Lean in to the Sweet

Amidst a bittersweet life, I prefer to celebrate and lean in to the sweet.¬†ūüôā¬†This painting and the playlist that goes with it helped remind me of that as the message emerged to “lean in… life is sweet.” (Please click to … Continued

Pure Light – Sweet Solstice Blessings

i see the pure light within you walkin‚Äô on sunshine alive and true Sweet Solstice Blessings¬†to You! This one feels fitting for the Solstice… whether it’s the day with the longest sunlight, as it is here in the northern hemisphere … Continued

Tis the Season! December Solstice E-Zine Gift Now Available

‚ėÜ Happy Holy Days ‚ėܬ† It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. ~ Adlai Stevenson The December Solstice offering of the Thrive True e-zine is now available! This is the biggest one yet so please be … Continued

Impeccable Words

* Note: This blog post was written before moving from the Loving Rd domain/website to Thrive True for technical reasons and before adopting the pen name Julia Ostara (which is just 2 letters different than my married name and sounds … Continued

May Blessings Bloom

May Blessings Bloom! <3 My primary words/sentiment for 2016 is “trust grace” which has become a prayer/blessing of sorts: trust grace, reverence, and delight. I always have a hard time choosing just 1 word for a year so the roses … Continued

Life's a Wild Ride

Life’s a Wild Ride! ¬†If there’s anything I ‘know for sure’, that is it. ¬†The more I embrace vulnerability and open up with people, who in turn share their stories, the more I realize how wild life is for all … Continued

Wonderful Winter Walk

Would you like to join me for a (virtual) winter walk? ¬†There is still so much bare beauty to be seen, even in winter. ¬†The bareness seems to make it even more intimate to be in nature somehow. ¬†Every season … Continued


Giving away a pack of 5 postcards¬†(and giving this¬†dream a chance) and including¬†a bonus extra¬†of the favorite turtle postcard!¬†¬†Please share this post from¬†Loving¬†Road on facebook¬†to enter.¬†¬†Celebrating¬†the first Loving Rd¬†postcard series.¬† Hoping to spread some joy, smiles, love, and inspiration.¬†¬†Winner will … Continued

Go Your Own Way

Art keeps mending, healing, growing, and lifting¬†this heart!¬†¬†Learning to go my own way…¬†<3 Thanks again to Tamara LaPorte¬†for the awesome (and free) art, heart, & healing course!!¬† I’m finally up to the¬†whimsy girls part of week 2.¬† I made 2 … Continued

What a difference! Art 101 Week 5

How much difference can a free online class, a little practice, and a week make?¬† I’m actually doing a happy dance over here!¬† Though¬†pretty embarrassed at the before picture below!¬† I can barely believe the after picture was also¬†made with¬†my … Continued