1: to cause to move continuously toward or after a force applied in advance: pull
2: to cause to go in a certain direction (as by leading)
3: to bring by inducement or allure: attract
4: inhale
5: to extract the essence from . . .
7: accumulate, gain
8: to receive or take at random …
14: to infer from evidence or premises …

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Draw (v.): c. 1200, spelling alteration of Old English dragan “to drag, to draw, protract,” from Proto-Germanic dragan “to draw, pull,” from Proto-Indo-European root dhragh- (related to: drag).

Sense of “make a line or figure” is c. 1200.  Meaning “pull out a weapon” is c.1200.  To draw a criminal (drag him from a horse to a place of execution) is from early 14th century.  To draw a blankcome up with nothing” (1825) is an image from lotteries.  As a noun, from 1660s; colloquial sense of “anything that can draw a crowd” is from 1881 (the verb in this sense is 1580s).


“It's not what you look at that matters, It's what you see” 

Alphonso Dunn (accomplished artist and author of "Pen & Ink Drawing: A Simple Guide")

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“Create with the heart; build with the mind.” 

Criss Jami (b. 1989, poet, philosopher, author, and founder and designer of Killosophy Apparel)

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“It taught me that there are three versions of things: the one I see in my mind, and the one that carries onto the paper, and then what it ultimately becomes.” 

Lauren DeStefano (b. 1984, American young adult author, best known for writing "Sever")

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“I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.” 

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943, British author who wrote and illustrated more than 20 children's books starring Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Benjamin Bunny)

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“We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.” 

Walt Stanchfield (1919–2000, American animator, writer and teacher, known for work on a series of classic animated feature films at Walt Disney Studios and his mentoring of Disney animators)

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“It was amazing what an hour with her sketchpad could do for her mood. She was sure that the lines she drew with her black marker were going to save her years of worry lines in the future.” 

Victoria Kahler (author of young adult fiction, romance, and travel, best known for "Their Friend Scarlet")

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“But perhaps it is always so, that men form their conceptions from fictitious, conventional types, and then—all the combinations made—they are tired of the fictitious figures and begin to invent more natural, true figures.”

Leo Tolstoy (1828—1910, Russian author, a master of realistic fiction and one of the world’s greatest novelists)

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“Create with the heart; build with the mind.”

Criss Jami


Have you ever been at a stand-still of how to initiate a project or embark upon a new path?  You may be passionate about taking the journey, but you may not be sure of how it’s all going to come together or get done.

All of us have had these challenges.  Our hearts point us to important dreams, but we may not have all the knowledge or the details, for that matter.  But, once we focused our minds, the answers will come, especially if we put our temperament and the right conditions of peace.

Years ago, when I was separating from my marriage, it was a time a uncertainty.  I knew, though, in my heart-of-hearts that I was making the right decision and on the right track, and I would eventually have a peaceful and happy life.  But, first I had to transition at multiple levels, including changing jobs to a position with greater responsibility.

It was a pivotal time for endings and beginnings, and coincidentally the school year would soon be over for my children as well.

My daughter, however, needed to go to summer school for about 6 weeks.  I had no trouble getting her to school early in the mornings and get to work on time.  But I had no support in picking her up every day at 12:00 noon.  I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do.  I did know that my new boss wouldn’t want to hear any excuses that I needed to work only for half days, especially without proving myself in my work.

While in a meditative walk to pick up my daughter the answers suddenly came quick and loud.  I was to speak to one of the mothers of two daughters who volunteered at the school every day.  As soon I walked over to Arielsa I could barely get my words out when Arielsa said that she would pick up Maya from school every day and take her home with her and her daughters.  I said I would pay her, but Arielsa was not at all worried the amount I offered.  She and her daughters were more than happy to have Maya be in their home.  It was a gift for me as well, because when I picked Maya up Arielsa would have dinner ready with the most amazing dishes from the Dominican Republic.

Since that experience and those like it, it’s now my practice to stand still and to draw the answers to me by being calm and allowing abundance to come.  The tag on my Yogi Tea bag said the other morning, “Prosperity is within us.”  It sure it!

Sojourners, lets cultivate passionate hearts and attentive and focused minds.

Written with Love, Tonya










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