September 20, 2011 jennyrain

GitzenTats | YOU: Create | Choose Joy

Creatives inspire me.

Gitz is a creative and she has inspired a whole world of beauty and wonder around her. She is a JOY-filled creative who has inspired a legacy of choosing joy despite her circumstances.

Saturday morning I had some much needed down-time, and time to reflect on this beautiful legacy that Gitz is leaving in my life… that of embracing creativity and celebrating joy. Tam and Alece had organized a community tat effort and enlisted the design expertise of Trevor and all this creativity and community inspired me to contribute.

As I sat down to unleash my creativity, I was surprised to discover that the more I created… the closer I felt to my friend Gitz

…and the more I felt like I was helping carry on her legacy. It also helped me grieve in some small way… and then enabled me to CHOOSE JOY again.

The designs below are my contribution to the community ink effort over at Tam and Alece‘s sites… some inspired by Trevor – just with a splash of color to add some sassiness! They are to remember and celebrate the legacy Gitz is leaving of “Choosing Joy.” The handwriting is all hers. The creative inspiration I must thank Gitz and the community for.

Each design is downloadable via the link below it and my prayer is that it blesses those of us who are celebrating Gitz’s legacy …

These can be used for inking yourself (if you decide to ink yourself – go link up with Tam here), or a badge on your site, a reminder on your computer, a sticker on your car dashboard, or a morning greeting on your bathroom mirror…the important thing is that we each – who love Gitz – find a way to remember her in creative ways…

Choose Joy Choose Joy 2  Choose Joy Cross
Choose Joy Drop

Choose Joy Grey

 Choose Joy Heart

Choose Joy: Hebrew Nehemiah 8:10
Choose Joy: Greek
 Choose Joy: Psalm 16:11

Choose Joy Simple Script

So today… I celebrate Gitz through the JOY I get in creating stuff like this! What helps you find joy in your life? 

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I break things and trip a lot. I like to chase things like dreams, goals, ideas, and raindrops. I create things with words. Writing has been an outlet since I first discovered the magic empty space of a journal. Words dance around in my brain and often land amidst scraps of paper, find their way into journals, or etch themselves into blinking pixels. I hope my words fall like rain on tender souls in need of refreshing. Finding photos in random moments helps me share stories. During a trip to Africa the perfect trifecta of my first DSLR, mission trip, and dream-location happened and my love of photography became a reality. I'm currently writing my first book, "Will They Laugh if I Call You Daddy: Growing up with 2 Dads in an Evangelical World," I'm a board member for One Million Kids, and I believe that every kid of an LGBT parent should have an opportunity to #ChangeTheConversation with their story. My bio remains in process because I am.

Comments (11)

  1. Jen

    Ha! The second one was what I originally had in my head 😀 When I cam home Adam was like, I thought you were getting joy in red? 🙂

    They are beautiful, Jenny. You honour her well xx

  2. LOVE these, Jenny! Unlike you, I’m not inspired by creatives. I’m downright envious of them. Not one of the 206 bones in my body is a creative one! Gitz will be so proud to see these. Thank you for honoring our friend so well. I grieve beside you.

  3. Sorry if the answer to this question has been posted elsewhere, but are you getting a tattoo yourself, Jenny?  I told hubs last night that I would def get one, but I feel like it would draw attention to my body, which I really don’t want any attention drawn to.  hahahah

  4. These are great. I have been contemplating getting one in Sara’s honor and as a reminder to choose joy even while struggling with everything carsyn is going through. She is inspiring!

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