I had the honor of sketchnoting while Susie Larson shared her messages of faith, perseverance and freedom "Through God's Eyes" at the Appleton Alliance 2016 Women's Retreat.
I admit, I smiled to myself whenever I heard Susie talking about being engaged. While she was using the term as a reference to being accessible to God, I was making a connection to my classroom environment where I'm always talking about having students "engage and persist" in their art-making. I want my students to make art with confidence. I want them to engage their heart and care about what they create.
Get comfortable with your own sketching so you can share your work with your students. I make a habit of including images in my note taking at conferences and meetings, which helps me grow and provides an example for my students to follow.
Well, there you go. That's what I'm doing. Sharing my work so others can be inspired to give it a try. My meandering doodles may not make sense to you, but I look at them and I remember Susie's words.
In all honesty, the lemonade stand is a long stretch in relation to the main concept of Susie's message. She made mention of a lemonade stand and I thought "Oh! that is fun", and I began to doodle. I wove the image in as part of her apple/seed analogy that led into a reminder that we should all live a fruitful (full!) life where we laugh more and cherish our purpose.
I dare them to.
She also mentioned the importance of finding those friends who accept you without judgement. At which point, I nudged my sister-in-law sitting next to me. I've heard that statement from her mouth a many of times: "We won't judge!". Thank you, Jenn, for bringing me along for another wonderful, spiritual retreat, without judgement.
Speaking of judgement... last year at retreat, I embarrassed my sister-in-law by posting a photo of 19 Crimes wine with a "Praise Jesus!" on the FB. Sometimes I think I'm funny when I'm not. I blame my fun-loving parents who took my siblings and I to reconciliation at church, followed by an evening of family bonding playing Bull Sh(oo)t! because it's a game of lie, cheat and swear. You know... because we all just came clean with our sins, so we had to celebrate somehow. (Praise Jesus!)