Monday's Food for Thought

Welcome Back!

Welcome back dear graduate wife readers!

After a much needed break, we are excited to be back and to offer a full fall line-up for you. Get ready for many more personal and inspiring stories, a new “Dear Abby” style column, many exciting seasonal cooking and Beauty & the Budget tips, and much more.

It is definitley starting to look and feel like fall around Oxford and to kick us off for for this new school year, we are highlighting below some previous posts that help prepare us for this new season. If you are a new reader-welcome!! If you are a faithful follower of the group we hope this next year on the blog will bring you much more reflection, support and inspiration.

Happy fall and start of term!

Mandy & M.C.

p.s. If you are just beginning your grad wife journey, check out the resources tab-Inside Scoop to hopefully find more info on your new city!  And even if you aren’t just beginning and there still isn’t info on your current city under the resources tab, then please contribute some info today!!!

What I Wish I Had Known
You say Goodbye, I say Hello
Starting Over

Monday's Food for Thought

Monday’s Food for Thought: Sketchbook Project

This time last year I was gung-ho about signing up for the amazing sketchbook project put on by the ArtHouse Co-op (a group out of Brooklyn that creates massive international art projects that tie artists from around the globe together).  The sketchbook project takes the sketchbooks submitted by thousands on tour.

 It is like a world concert tour, but of sketchbooks.

Sadly, with our move across the ocean, delayed shipment of my treasured art supplies and a big trip back to the US in December…I dropped the ball and never finished my book.  I had planned the entire theme of the sketchbook to be on my graduate wife journey, even though I was only a few months into it at that point.  Happily, when I discovered the Art House was doing it another year, I jumped on board and hope to have a wonderful sketchbook that depicts in images and a few words,  my graduate wife journey!  It is a challenge to work on something like this, but it is also so good to be stretched and forced to think inwardly about myself and my life in a way that is ‘outside the box’.

I encourage you to check out this fascinating experiment of thought, imagination and the ideas behind getting ‘art’ and ‘inspiration’ to the masses.  It is only $25 dollars to participate and receive a sketchbook. Even if you don’t ‘feel’ like an artist, you should totally give it a try.  You can use almost any materials and you can get really creative.  The deadline is quickly approaching so check it out soon!  Wouldn’t it be cool if we were all able to document our graduate wife journeys in different ways through this project?

Image, word, photo, poetry, color, shape…