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Truth, Love & Insight – Hope Wallace Karney

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People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that
the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that
you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty
in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.
(Salma Hayek)

Hello my lovely friends. How’s your week going? Things are rockin and rollin over here. I’be been feeling equal parts of delight and joy, with a dash of overwhelm. There’s a lot of newness still with work, but I’m getting settled in.

Today’s Truth, Love & Insight interview with Hope Wallace Karney is sure to make your heart smile. Last week’s TLI post featured Elise Blaha and her approach to creative living. It’s a great read if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet.

I first discovered Hope through her online shop, Paper Relics. Since then, I’ve found lots of inspiration through following her blog, tweets and pins. Here’s a little more about Hope, in her own words:

Hope Wallace Karney is known for mixing old elements with modern principles to create unique and whimsical designs. Her work has been featured in several national magazines, including Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion and Country Living. Hope also has a love for art journaling and enjoys sharing her pages with others to inspire them to start a journal of their own.

Visit Hope’s Blog at www.besottment.com to peek into her life and art.

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1. How did your blog get started?

I started blogging back in 2003 as ‘The Soul of Hope’, it was a big step for me, not knowing what type of world I was entering. I was in a dark place at the time, lacking a life of creativity and happiness, and I shared parts of myself I never imagined I would post on the internet – I put myself out there… and found support and friendship.

My blog ebbed and flowed for a bit while I worked on my company (Paper Relics) and in the spring of 2009, I found that I was in a place I was able to put my heart back into blogging seriously again, under the name Besottment, which to me is the perfect name, a version of an old fashioned word full or wonder and awe. I started the blog to chronicle my journaling – both my new found love of incorporating art into them and and my search for personal truths which I explore in my writing.

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2. What motivates you to continue sharing your story with the web?

Blogging holds me accountable to myself, it keeps me journaling on a regular basis, and keeps my mind full of ideas about what I could share next. I also really am encouraged by the comments and emails I receive from people saying they are inspired by my work, and if I can inspire even just one person, I want to keep at it, because there was a time when I needed to be inspired, and when I found it through other blogs, it helped me start a new life for myself.

Hope Wallace Karney iPhone Photo Be True

3. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to yourself as a budding blogger?

Don’t be afraid to be honest and true.

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4. If you could go forward in time, what is one question you would like to ask yourself? How do you imagine you might answer it?

Q: Did you live and breath with your full heart?
A: Yes.

Hope Wallace Karney At The Beach

5. What are your favorite creative resources?
Old type and graphics – I have a vast collection of pre-1900’s ephemera and I use imagery from pieces of it in my graphic design, greeting card line, and journals.

6. Who inspires you online? Offline?

Offline I am very lucky to have some close creative friends that can always jump start me, inspire me and push me to be the best I can be, in life and art.
I am also inspired quite a bit by some of my favourite authors, from Jane Austen and Juliet Marillier (fiction) to Deepak Chopra and Mark Epstein (non-fiction).

Online I have a couple of places where I search and ‘store’ art journaling inspiration:

Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/30683806@N06/favorites/
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/besottment/inspiring-journals/

For thought inspiration, I wish I could take a class at The School of Life in London, but have to settle for following their blog. Also the Tiny Buddha blog  has a lot of thought provoking articles that inspire some of my journaling prompts and pages.

7. How do you make every day extraordinary?
I tend to delight in the small things, which helps make each day joyful.

Image Credits: via Hope Wallace Karney

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Seven Years

soak up sunshine

Life is not easy for any of us,
but what of that?
We must have perseverance.
(Marie Curie)

She writes in a pretty red notebook with red painted nails. Sipping mint tea next to her Mister, lovingly tinkering with her MacBook Air. Her cheeks grow red in the warm sunshine.

A few days ago she ran 10 miles, nearly. There was a point when she stopped to walk. A few points, actually. Towards the very end when her body was tired. I don’t know what she was thinking about, but it seemed like she was trying to be fair. Trying to be kind. Trying to be sweet to her body.

That body has given her so much, a point she rarely acknowledges. That body taught her so many lessons. It helped get her a swimming scholarship to a Division I school. It took her around the nation. It introduced her to teachers, mentors, coaches and friends. It was there for her.

Sure, dedication and drive played a part. In fact, they were key ingredients and they are used to the limelight. They get all the credit. But, even when drive and dedication falter, her body is still with her. Her breath still expands her lungs. Her veins pump warmth throughout her body. Her heart beats, giving her courage.

She turned her back on that glorious body seven years ago. When she hung up her cap and googles, she unplugged the deepest connection she had ever felt. From time to time since, she has practiced yoga. Connected in waves, in pieces. Moments on the mat, in the silence and stillness of savasana.

After seven years she is patiently reconnecting. Recognizing her body’s knowledge. Its importance. Its love and unwavering faith in her. She is living in gratitude. Keeping focused on the greater meaning and the minuscule details. She is honoring her body, being patient with it. Giving it another seven years to catch up.

 

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