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Create A Day

One creative project every day for a year

We’re trucking on through the themes that my facebook friends suggested for photo montages! The third winner was my friend Lauren, and this was her suggestion:

Verryyyy interesting!! I think that that’s a cool phrase to think about! So, I just copied and pasted those exact words into google! The images were extremely varied, but there were a few that caught my eye and I feel like this montage captures the statement of warmth and the way it can help the soul grow. I wish I had more time to make it pretty :(

The background was the first thing I found. I thought it was appropriate because the colors really represent warmth, the image grows out from the center, and to me it’s sort of a visual interpretation of what I think a soul or aura would look like! Next I found the old books, and, I don’t know about you, but reading a good book warms my soul better than anything, and the older the book, the better! I love finding musty old books! The small child holding the soccer ball also warms my soul, because I think there are few happier things in life than a child’s laughter :) . And I love to see the way children grow into themselves and find their own souls! The plant is sort of an obvious choice for growing, but I think that it’s also significant because it takes the warmth from the sun to grow the plants, and plants help our souls! I mean, do you know anybody who’s just like, “Yuck I hate growy plant things…?” NO! I had to include the strawberries in because they are my absolute favorite food (in fact I’m eating some now… *nomnomnomnom*), and the make my soul happy when I eat them!

The final image I used (Top Left) I think has the most significance to me personally: St. Brigid’s Cross. St. Brigid is one of the patron saints of Ireland, the first female Bishop in the Anglican church, and the patron saint of many many things (most notably for me: creativity :D ). I went to Ireland on a pilgrimage with my youth group in high school. One of the major highlights of the trip, for me, was St. Brigid’s well (we also went to her cathedral, which was amazing). I can honestly say that that was the closest I have ever felt to God in my entire life. My youth group and I entered and remained in silence for the entire time we were there, and I just felt the spirit of Brigid within me and was overwhelmed with the healing power of it all. I’m not one to really preach about miracles and God moments or whatever, but that was definitely one! At any rate, Brigid has sort of become my own personal saint since then, and I even have a tattoo of her cross on my foot. One story of how her cross came about is that (and I’m seriously paraphrasing…) on her father’s death bed, she went and collected reeds from around the house and wove this cross out of them. When her father saw the cross, he asked to be baptized, and so that became her cross. If you hang them over your door, they supposedly protect your home from fire and evil. So, that was a really long explanation, but I guess what I’m saying is that this cross is a perfect representation of this theme: Brigid’s love and faith provides warmth for you and your soul, but help protects your home and soul from too much warmth. The cross is made from reeds grown around her home, and as the story tells, her father’s faith and soul grow from the sight of the cross! And my soul grew in Ireland because of this, and I’m so happy to share that moment with you!

Woah… I didn’t mean to write that much, but I think that much background was necessary! Thanks, Lauren, for the inspiration, and for the reminder of that beautiful moment in Ireland so many years ago!

Check back tomorrow night for the next winner! I’m pretty certain it’s going to be a ridiculous montage of hilarity!!

Anna Grace