Something that I have always struggled with is caring too much about what other people think. Ever since I was little I stepped on tip-toes around certain people to preserve their opinion of me and not cause ripples. We all have people in our lives that do not want to hear opinions contrary to their own because they always have to be right.

Thankfully, marriage and parenting have pushed me in the right direction. That is not to say that I don’t struggle with this still but I am definitely better at standing up for myself. My husband is one of those people who could care less about other people think and has been very instrumental in helping me overcome my weakness. Also, becoming a mother has played an even bigger role. What mama bear doesn’t stand up for her child? I find myself saying and doing things that I never thought I could do, just because someone has invaded my child’s comfort zone. I hate rocking the boat but lets face it, some people just don’t pick up on hints. I am certainly learning the meaning of Ephesians 4:15a “Speaking the truth in love…”

I have always wondered why older people seem to say what ever comes into their head. It is almost as if a switch turns off when they reach a certain age that says, ” Your Social Etiquette filter has been disabled.” Why do a lot of older people feel the need to make negative comments about everything? I can’t tell you how many insults I have received both in my pregnant-state and non-pregnant state about my size, weight and lack of un-kept mom hair. And not only about appearance, but callous remarks when I have been going through difficult times. I want to scream, “Don’t you remember how it feels?”

When I come across a kind and uplifting individual that is up in years, I cherish their friendship and advise. I love that for all the rude and un-filtered individuals in my life, there are many more that have impacted me in a good way. How thankful I am for those that listen to my opinions and respond with a kind word.

So, don’t be a shrimp. Be a….mermaid?

Creating The Journal Layout

Inspiration…or Lack Thereof

I am still on the mermaid journal but I can feel my inspiration draining. I have a few more layouts to share and then I will be closing this book. I love putting an idea to paper but after a while I need a new topic to pour myself into. Usually I have two journals going at the same time because of this.


My background is a combination of PaperArtsy Infusions, Embossing and stenciling with Gwen’s new Decorative Flower Stamen Medallion. The paper flowers are I Am Roses and the stamped flowers and fish are by PaperArtsy. The checkered background is a Tim Holtz stamp. I used a bit of thread, printed images and a typed quote.

Mermaid Art Journal Layouts:

No Tears

Sea Treasure In Simple Things

A Beautiful Story

Pollution Makes for Creepy Mermaids

Always Be A Mermaid

I Have Fins,Do You?

Spell Of the Sea

Thank you for sticking with me through my rant about opinions. 😉


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