A Covid-19 Wedding Day

A covid-19 Wedding Day | Charity Rissler Wottrich | This Artist's Life

We were supposed to get married on Memorial Day, May 25th, but because of this pandemic we had to make the difficult decision to postpone our big wedding celebration. This was hard for both of us… it didn’t seem fair to me. Something like an extravagant (or on a budget) wedding felt like a society […]

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Is This The End of the World?

Is this the end of the world? This Artist's Life

  It is not everyday that a pandemic interrupts what we call normal. It is not everyday that people wear masks and hide in their homes. Not everyday that the economy collapses. It’s not everyday that you worry if you or someone you love might get a deadly disease.    Yet that seems to be […]

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In the World but Not of It

In The World But Not Of It | This Artist's Life

  The phrase ‘in the world but not of it’ is a catch phrase in a lot of Christian cultures, but what should this Christian catchphrase actually look like in practice? John 17:14-16 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I […]

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Writing a Memoir

Hello sweet friends! It has been several months since I’ve written a blog post. For my readers who don’t know, I’ve written a book. It seemed imprudent to be writing a blog post when I dedicated myself to finishing my manuscript. As it is now, we are a few short weeks from launch, so I […]

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Painting some Perspective

This Artist's Life | Painting some Perspective

One of my hobbies is acrylic painting. I love to spend several hours, listening to music and watching a blank canvas transform into a glorious landscape. Grant it, it never looks quite as I pictured in my mind when I’m done, nor am I always completely satisfied with it, for that reason I do appreciate […]

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When Life Gives you Lyme

This Artists Life | When Life Gives you Lyme

There was an itchy spot on my thigh. Resist the urge to itch, it’s just a mosquito bite. Nothing a little benadryl can’t fix right? It was the end of summer 2015, and I was feeling pretty good. I was waitressing and saving money for the next school semester, running farther and faster than ever […]

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Facing my Fear & Why I Moved to Texas

This Artists Life | Facing my Fear & Why I moved to Texas

  They say distance makes the heart grow fonder, and I found this true when the flight attendant got on the loudspeaker and said  ‘we are beginning our final descent into Austin…’ I felt this really warm feeling – Of course, part of that warm feeling might have had something to do with the fever […]

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Not Just Where the Wind Blows

This Artist's Life | Not Just Where the Wind Blows

My two weeks with family on the East Coast which started in Pennsylvania and ended up in The Outer Banks of North Carolina came to a close yesterday. If you don’t know, I have 12 siblings, 4 siblings in law, and 2 nephews and 1 niece. My family is scattered about between Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia […]

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Stewarding Time & Choosing Focus

This Artist's Life | Stewarding time | Choosing Focus

  As I write this, I am awaiting boarding for my flight to visit my family back on the East Coast. My flight was delayed 3 hours, so I’m sitting in a little airport cafe and despite the overpriced half finished coffee in front of me, I am so tired. So mentally, physically, and emotionally […]

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Only Convenient Faith

This Artist's Life | A Convenient Faith

When I started this blog I had just moved recently to Washington D.C. from Pennsylvania and had spent my travel funds for a ticket for 10 days in Costa Rica. I traveled with one of my brothers, and together we made friends at the hostels, witnessed a small earthquake while staying in a tree house, […]

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