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Name: Johanna
Home: Sacramento, California, United States
About Me: I am a girl; I don't quite know where I came from or where I'm going. Though I'm still getting comfortable in my own skin, I love to think about a world more simple than the one I reside in now. I like to imagine a magical place with elegant gowns, tea time every hour, true friendship, etiquette, and art. Don't let the busy reality of the world take you over. Hold onto your innocence.
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Planned Ink pt. 1
Training to be a tattoo artist is really inspiring. It gets you so excited to think of the artwork you can both receive and give- that's why I'm going to be periodically making lists of tattoos that I'm looking at getting in the future.

I want to get a moon with a face for my mom. My father always called her "moonface" as a nickname, and every time mom needs a username for something she uses 'moonface'. I'm thinking about having her young profile as the face. Not sure yet where to put it.

A slice of green marzipan Princess Cake sitting on a doilie with the words "Lulie" on top and "Cake" underneath. Ever since I was born my aunt would bring princess cake when she visited me. EVERY TIME. Since I called her "Taunte Lulie" when I was little (since I didn't say Lory for whatever reason), the cake was called Lulie Cake. This is both for her and for my child-hood.

A tribute portrait of my father when he was younger in the band Electric Toys. I'm leaning towards black and grey and it'll be either on my forearm or my calf.
posted by Johanna @ 8:04 PM   0 comments
Today I had a little photoshoot:

posted by Johanna @ 10:37 PM   0 comments
It's not sin that separates us from the Lord, but it's our guilt from sin that makes us separate OURSELVES from His presence and Love

While I was cleaning my room this suddenly popped into my head! I should be silent while I do everyday tasks more often, two little life-changing statements in two days.

So I didn't really have to think about this one- the moment it popped into my head I stood there, soaking in its Word and then ran to scribble it down on a large piece of cardboard with a thick green sharpie. It seemed so important to me, I had to even date it. I have an urge to tack it into my wall along with a small picture of Jesus I picked up one day on the road.
When I found the picture that day, though it was an advertisement for the Church of Latter-Day Saints [Mormon], it touched me so deeply- I mean- A picture of Jesus was in the road for cars to run over. So I ran into it and got it. I carried it with me always when I was sick with mono, and I was protected from the harm of double-dosing on my pain medication every 4 hours...
ANYWAY, back to my message-

God is always there. Nothing is without him. So when we get discouraged and think that we are separated from him because of the things that we do, that isn't true. It is our own guilt that we put onto ourselves that cuts us off from Him. He is infinitely forgiving, something we have to learn easier.
Maybe the true sin is distancing ourselves from him. We're sinners. He knows. He made us. Maybe the only real way to disappoint him is our own guilt on ourselves. What makes us so much better as to be able to choose to not judge. He is the greatest of all, and yet Jesus was humbled. I think that us being guilty and not forgiving ourselves is a giant form of pride.

...What are your thoughts?
posted by Johanna @ 1:27 PM   0 comments
The Greatest Joy In Life...

...Is the joy of others.

While I was getting ready to bathe, this little sentence popped into my head. I'm not sure how it got there- maybe God sent it to me, I'm not sure. (but then I wondered if it was a famous saying somebody else came up with! LOL)
But I know that I'm the "half empty" type of person, and that always instills some kind of uneasiness or sadness in me. I'm making a conscious decision to be a "half-full" kind of gal. I'm making a conscious decision to put my selfish self aside and make others happy- because your joy can only be short lived if you're the only one with it and celebrating.
I have to remember to not try and impress God- for he sees my heart always and not the good deeds that I do.
posted by Johanna @ 11:00 AM   1 comments