Giveaway Time! {3 Gifts to Claim}

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, I am excited to gift 3 spots in my last round of Art Journaling ROOTS the e-course!

Win a spot in Art Journaling ROOTS the e-course!

This course has been life changing for many – giving them the courage and confidence they needed to fully step into a practice that will support them for years to come.

And I know it will be just as powerful for you.

Think so too? Then tell me in the comments below, how would you benefit from taking this course? Or, what is it about the course that has you itching to sign up?

One winner will be randomly chosen from the comments to join in on the journey starting February 2, 2015 for free! Want more chances to win? Share with your friends, and visit my Facebook page!

The Nitty-Gritty Giveaway Deets:

  • One winner will be randomly chosen from the comments here, one winner chosen from the comments on my Facebook post, and one winner chosen from those who share about the giveaway (don’t forget to tag me @KristalNorton!).
  • Winners will be chosen on December 29th, and notified by email (if known) or tagged on social media.
  • If you decide to secure your spot in the course now, and win a free spot later, you can choose to have your payment refunded or gift it to a friend.

Art Journaling ROOTS e-course
Want to learn more about the course ROOTS? It’s a 7-week online journey in which you’ll develop your own transformative art journaling practice as we let go of comparison and open ourselves up for self-exploration. Learn more about it by clicking HERE.

Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

PS. Don’t forget – if you want to take advantage of the payment plan option for ROOTS, it is only available until December 31st.

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    Time for Living – a 30 Day Challenge


    Each December flies by so quickly, I don’t even have a chance to breathe.

    This year, I want it to be different.

    I want to stop rushing around, feeling like I’m always behind.
    I want to see the sparkle in my little one’s eyes when she grins at me.
    I want to hear the crunch beneath my feet on newly fallen snow.
    I want to take in the hidden beauty of the life around me.
    I want to be amazed by my eight year old’s ingenuity.
    I want to savor each delicious bite without feeling guilty.
    I want to feel the warmth on my face as I snuggle up next to the fire…

    In short:

    I want to notice the magic of everyday.

    Because if we don’t… we’re missing out on our lives.

    If you feel the same way, I invite you to join me in a challenge this month:

    Simply practice taking notice and giving gratitude everyday for the next 30 days.

    Why? Because I have seen how a moment of pause, to take in what’s around me, has led to feeling more connected, more loved, and more fully alive. But it’s easy to forget. So I’d love your support in witnessing my challenge, and I’d really love for you to join in with me. Let’s keep it simple: No daily blogging. No mandatory check-ins. No pressure.

    After all, the whole point of this challenge is to simplify life, reconnect, and to enjoy actually LIVING.

    The Challenge:

    Take Notice – Throughout your day, look for the beauty that surrounds you. And when you spend time with someone, or step outside, or take part in a tradition, or experience anything else that you welcome into your life: stop for a moment. Take notice. Breathe, and take it all in.

    Give Gratitude – Each night take a minute to write about one thing you’re grateful for. Get specific. Why are you grateful for that thing, person, or experience? (Learn more about the power of details when it comes to gratitude with Marie Forleo’s recent video.)

    Witnessing and Contributing:

    Like I mentioned, I want to keep this simple. This challenge is about really immersing yourself in life, which is impossible to do if you spend all your time online. So I have no set schedule to email you, or post on the blog, or any of that. If I feel inspired to share something, I will. And I invite you to share and contribute in any way that feels right for you.

    Most if any of my sharing will be on:

    Instagram – (perhaps some photos of special moments, or everyday beauty I find)

    Facebook – (where I may share some of the experience, what I’m grateful for, and invite you to share as well)

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    Ready to take on the challenge? Why not start now by sharing in the comments what you’re grateful for today and why. Continue practicing taking notice and giving gratitude throughout this month, and I’m sure it will transform the way you view and experience your life.

    If nothing else, remember this:

    Slow down.



    Live your life.

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      Gratitude, What’s to Come + You are Not Alone

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      Stuff I mentioned:


      • I’ll be running Roots again early next year – and it may or may not be the last time I’m running it.
      • I’m working on a payment plan for Roots this time around as requested; it should be available by the end of this month.
      • I plan to share more about budget friendly options for art journaling on my blog.
      • My coaching sessions will be available publicly soon, as I’ll be graduating next month! I hope to plan some group coaching opportunities as well.
      • I have decided NOT to incorporate business topics into my blog right now. But, for those of you who are interested in learning more about building a business, I’ll be putting together some free resources and mentorship programs.

      Thank you so much for your input, support, and for just being here. I am overflowing with gratitude and inspiration for what’s to come next year!

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        One Artist’s Journey

        “We didn’t all come over on the same ship, but we’re all in the same boat.” ~Bernard M. Baruch

        I have been so honored to be teaching in Connie Hozvicka’s online workshop 21 Secrets this year. The women she gathered together to teach in this course are absolutely awe-inspiring! So when Connie announced she was doing a free video series where she chats with each artist, I was more than just a little excited!

        She asked each artist one question: "How has your journey as an artist unfolded over the years?". It has been amazing to see how each of us have taken such a different journey to get here, and yet we are all so very much alike. We all are – you included!

        Today, I’m joining in on the conversation with my own story. I share my experience of letting go of a successful creative business to find my own creative freedom and chat about how having less may mean having more. Click here to hop on over to Connie’s blog to listen in. I’ll see you there! :)

        P.S. If you don’t see the video when clicking on the link, click on Home then scroll down a bit.

        Wishing you continued inspiration,

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          Everything You Need is Within

          As you saw in my story, and as so many of you have experienced for yourself, it’s easy get caught up in the excitement of art journaling – buying all the new products, delving into the infinite possibilities of techniques, and exploring how other people approach their journal.

          But art journaling doesn’t actually require those things…it’s simply a container, a method, to help you reconnect with yourself.

          Don’t get me wrong: I also love exploring with new techniques and learning from other artists; but only when I’m looking to expand my artistic skills, not when I’m stuck in my head, worrying about how my journal should look.

          We lose sight of the fact that everything we need to create meaningful art journal pages is right within us. (tweet that!)

          Everything you need is already within YOU.

          By looking within for the answers instead of outwardly, you create a safe environment to express a reflection of who you really are.

          The key is getting clear about your intention.

          What is it that you want?

          Do you desire a tool to help you dig deeper into your soul?

          Are you ready to create an art journaling practice that will help you playfully reconnect with your true creative self?

          If so, then the first step is to shift your mindset when you approach your journal. By bringing out your playful self, looking within, and creating a safe environment for expression, you are building a solid foundation for a transformative art journaling practice that can potentially change your life – which is exactly what I guide women do in my e-course ROOTS.

          It all begins with that simple shift of how you view your journal, and trusting you already have everything you need.

          With that shift, you’ll be able to tap into deeper parts of who you truly are. That’s when the magic happens: Your journal becomes a tool for self-discovery.

          So, what is one belief that you have about your journal that you can shift today to help you view it in a new light?

          Perhaps it’s a belief that every page has to be beautiful. Or that you have to finish a page when you begin it. Maybe it’s belief about needing the latest supplies before you can start journaling at all. Choose one, and re-write it. Then be sure to share it with us in the comments below.

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