Thank you for the thoughtful post @sarbare__  and to @appleseedyoga for getting the word (and the art) out! 
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Oh my, have I been feeling a real drought of creativity lately.
I’m reading,
I’m writing,
I’m drawing,
I’m dancing,
I’m listening to all the music,
but when it comes to planning my classes, I’m having a hard time finding inspiration.
My mind feels way foggy, I’m having a hard time focusing, but I’m determined to find my inspiration once again,
I feel this incredible NEED to create.
Just not so sure what or how?
This happens from time to time, especially when you work with kids as often as I do - sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the pace of their creativity and imagination.
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Then I picked up this magical book,
“Sun,” by @alisonoliverdesign,
(thanks to @appleseedyoga’s recent story feature)
and it reminded me about what it’s all about.
Sometimes we can really love what we do,
and still feel a little twang of longing for something more.
Sometimes it just takes a friend, a family member, even a stranger, to inspire us to move forward.
Not only do the incredibly vibrant illustrations paint such a beautiful journey,
but the story itself is so relatable.
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So I’ll keep working at it, leaning on some of my comfortable “sequences,” while I work on what this next bought of creativity will birth.
Feeling extra grateful, supported, and loved these days - thank you 
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What are you working on lately - how are you exercising your creativity?
Might just help spark this little flame over here 
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@calmunityyoga

Thank you @bibliobebes! ・・・
it may be cold outside but we’re grateful for the sun shining down on us as we play outside & the neighborhood fox that has been visiting our street lately. also, this book has been read no fewer than once a day in the last week. a tale of friendship, brotherhood & love. oh, & soccer, which both my boys love! I love that they can see themselves in the books we read.

Thank you @kindtokidz!

@kindtokidz
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Favourite story book  
Okay I thought MOON  was good but SUN ️ wow @alisonoliverdesign we are absolutely in love 🥰 with this book  
It’s about reconnecting with creativity 🖼 seeing the world 🌍 in a fun and creative way! I love being able to share books that have such wonderful messages and meaning inside. Plus the illustrations are so catchy and relatable. 
I hope you create more books  you are very talented Alison. I highly recommend both as a conscious parent raising aware children

More from The Bear’s Garden proofs

The Bear’s Garden by Marcie Colleen (illustrated by me) is available for pre-order! It is based on the real story of how a famous community garden in Brooklyn came to be.
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I got proofs! Can’t wait for Spring 2020!

The Bear’s Garden by Marcie Colleen (illustrated by me) is available for pre-order! It is based on the real story of how a famous community garden in Brooklyn came to be.
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The Bear’s Garden by Marcie Colleen (illustrated by me) is available for pre-order! It is based on the real story of how a famous community garden in Brooklyn came to be.
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Thank you @matthewcwinner of the @thechildrensbookpodcast for this exciting cover reveal of The Bear’s Garden. I loved working with Marcie Colleen on this story inspired by a real community garden in Brooklyn. 
Repost from @matthewcwinner using @RepostRegramApp - Exclusive Cover Reveal of THE BEAR'S GARDEN by Marcie Colleen and Alison Oliver!!! Author Marcie Colleen finishes my sentences:

THE IDEA FOR THE BEAR'S GARDEN CAME FROM... a garden in my former neighborhood in Brooklyn, called The Brooklyn Bears Community Garden. I found that quizzical. I mean, do bears roam around Brooklyn? I soon learned that the garden was named after a stuffed bear who was found in the weeds when workers began to transform the lot. Immediately I wondered “where did the bear come from?” This purely-fictional book attempts to whimsically answer that question. 
IN THE STORY... a little girl sees an empty lot in her city and imagines what it can be. With the help of her stuffed bear, the girl brings her community together to create a beautiful garden.

ONE THING I LOVE ABOUT ALISON OLIVER'S ILLUSTRATIONS IN THE STORY... is how she subtly changes her color palette as the garden grows. The story opens in shades of greys and blues yet moves to popping color as blossoms burst and the community flourishes.

SOMETHING I HOPE THE READERS WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THE STORY IS... that beauty is everywhere. As in the story, anywhere can be “a place to grow, a place to play, and a place to love” sometimes it just takes a little imagination and resourcefulness.

GARDENS ARE... perfect intersections of nature and humankind—especially urban community gardens. They are gathering places overflowing with and surrounded by all sorts of life. Pure symbiosis. *THE BEAR'S GARDEN will publish in March, 2020 from Imprint.