I have been drawing steadily for the past few days but haven’t felt much like writing. My daily writing habit has been my salvation and my joy this past few days.

In fact, since the news about Kobe Bryant and his daughter and the other families who lost their lives on Sunday, I’ve felt off kilter.

I’m on this journey of 100 days of positive self-talk through drawing and writing and it felt difficult to stay positive.

It’s been hard. I am always deeply saddened by the loss of young lives. As a parent I can’t imagine the depth of grief at the loss of a child.

And my life has moved on, I’ve kept drawing and thinking and reading and talking with my husband and friends. Trying not to feel guilty for not keeping up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge this month.

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Plus I had the flu. Monday I sat on the couch all day and didn’t do much except watch old Highlander tv reruns.

Blogging has felt challenging and too many words wanted to flow through but I didn’t know what to say.

I am using my drawing to nourish, heal, express grief and stay calm and centered. And remember that I am surrounded by love and support on all sides.

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That includes my daily illustrations for the 100 days of positive self-talk but also another favorite drawing activity which is drawing in books of poetry. I love illustrating poems in this way and connecting with the words deeply as I draw. I found myself longing for more poetry and knew I needed a way to spend more time in deep appreciation of poems again. Here is a lovely poem about relationships as they age.

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I’m grateful for my wonderful husband of 23 years and I see us reflected here in this poem.

What are your favorite practices for self-care when times are challenging?