Friday, April 29, 2011

What Does Success Look Like for You?

I saw this question the other day, and I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time pondering it.


First I thought about it only in terms of work or career. Then I realized, well, no, success in life need not ~ should not ~ be limited to such a narrow path. So I opened the window, I thought about success in broader strokes, in bolder colors. Success in relationships, in creativity, in happiness, in the search for deep meaning in life…

Yes, it got metaphysical real fast.
But that’s what I do.

So.

I went back to my original answer, which was ~

The freedom to choose.*

And realized this is what I mean when I open it up to all areas of my life:


To choose my best creative self at all times.

Oh I just love that! So what does that look like? Well, before I begin...


A small digression is needed here. Consider it the backfill.

When we had that super moon and vernal equinox together last month, something shifted for me. It felt like some small little seed was planted deep within.
(and no I’m not pregnant, so it wasn’t that kind of seed, focus people!)

It was something that I could feel, but was still a mystery to me. I could perhaps tell you what color the seed is, the shape, the texture. But I’ve been at a loss as to describe what’s inside. Which means I must wait. I must be patient. I must water that little seed, give it plenty of sunlight, not let the cats dig in the soil or knock it over, and tenderly await those first green tendrils reaching towards the light.

The most amazing thing?

I am enjoying this. The anticipation. The quietness and being-ness of this moment.



A new experience for me, who likes to have the goal reached “right now!”

But you what I do know? Getting back to the main story here…
I know, really, it’s related to ~ wait for it ~ my soul’s purpose.

Whoa.

Yep. It’s that big.

And it feels entirely related to that question up at the top ~ What Does Success Look Like for You?

I think those first little green tendrils have emerged since that first day of spring, because here is what has flowed out in just one day.

{I share this with you in tenderness, and with a bit of shaky-shaky nervousness, but I know that it’s time for me to start defining this new thing, and by speaking it out loud ~ on this blog ~ I am believing in it, I am giving it form, I am trusting that the most beautiful flowering plant or tree is growing towards its own majestic and fruitful potential. So thank you for your love and support in advance.}


What Does Success Look Like for You?

I create art.
I create because it fills me up like nothing else. Because it’s how I express my soul. It’s how I express love. I create art through divine connection. I create art from an intuitive, process-driven place. I create because now that I’ve started, I can’t stop.

I share my art.
Because it inspires others to create their art. Because it adds beauty and soul to this world. I sell my art. Because it supports me and my family. Because it affirms that what I do has value out there in this world.

I inspire others.
I create ways to inspire others. Through my words. Through my actions. Through how I express myself in my life. Through my choices on a daily basis ~ healthy organic food, fun funky clothes, a colorful artful home, kind and loving words, sincere and authentic relationships. I create inspirational and beautiful things. I sell these creations so that others may be inspired. Because what I create has value and it is needed, at this time more than any other, out there in this world.

I teach others how to tap into THEIR creative source.
I have a lifetime of stories and a path that shows others, it is possible, that reaching for what you love is the most beautiful gift you can give yourself and the world. I give others permission to create. To experiment with art, opening themselves up to their soul’s expression. I also have a goofy sense of humor that makes learning all of this fun. That too needs to be shared. And I am paid to do this, because there is a great need for this right now, and there is great value in what I have to offer others.

I connect with others and I connect others.
I am a spider, I am the web, weaving together strands of love and encouragement, and sisterhood and friendship, and spirit. We are all on this path, it is for everyone who is ready. We are a tribe of soul-seekers, ready to join up together in a powerful and joyful way!

That is success.

That is my success.

Thank you for witnessing it.
Thank you for sharing this path with me.




*P.S.
And, the ultimate freedom of choice? Dreadlocks. I’m going to have them again some day. Just so you all know, in case you need to prepare yourself for that or get used to the idea, now you have some lead time and it won’t be such a shock to you. {grin}

Friday, April 22, 2011

Inside and Outside

Getting more comfortable with the whole self-portrait idea.

Here's me. I rather like this photo.


That's me on the outside.

But you know what?

Here's how I feel on the inside:


What I am feeling today, is that it would be quite fun to bring the inner me out into the world more.

Step by step.

Little by little.

I did this, right?


Hmmmm.... the possibilities!

How do you express your inner you on the outside?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Winner!

Good morning friends!

We have a winner of this fabulous art print by


The winner was picked randomly by my fabulous assistant, Ian...



...and the winner is...

(can you read it? my fabulous assistant has a lot of energy and doesn't stay still for very long)



Melissa!!!

Woo hoo! Congratulations Melissa!

The print is on its way to you!

Thank you again Danielle for your generosity, and for inspiring the world.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Gratitude

Today I am grateful for...

Spring and new beginnings...

This cat...


This spiritual path...


This cat...


This wee garden...


This seasonal creek...


This love...


This cat...


This artist and friend...


This creative path...


...and this life.


What are you grateful for today?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Speak Your Truth


Have you ever been so completely inspired by someone, that you just don't think you have room for all the goodness?

That the beauty they create, the life they are leading, simply who they are, just penetrates so deeply into your own core that it forever changes you?

The knowing, deep, deep down, that there is some connection, between this person and you, not even sure what it is? But trusting it. Whether is be a small flame that lights your own fire, or a kindred spirit who you are destined to meet.

The feeling, that YES! Look at them go! If they can do it, I can do it too!

Have you ever experienced that?

A little over a year ago, I met someone like this in this fabulous online course called Mondo Beyondo (see HERE for more about that). She had recently jumped off the big risk cliff and started living her dream ~ she is an artist, painting at her home studio, following her heart, and putting her art out into the world. Within a year she had her own SOLO art show! And was interviewed on the TV news!

She is just so dang inspiring!

I know someday we will get to meet in person!

And oh, have I mentioned how beautiful and uplifting and moving her work is?

Oh my!

So, today, here, I am so thrilled to share her with you, Danielle Fraser of Her Painted Word. Make sure to check out her website, her Etsy shop, and her blog ~ all fabulous, fun places to visit!

She is also a very generous person! For the anniversary of her Etsy shop she was offering her prints 2 for the price of 1.

Oh my gosh, heaven! But because giving is just so much more fun than getting, I'm giving one away here!!! All you have to do is leave a comment below, share with us ~ how do you Express Your Soul? How do you love to create? What moves you and inspires your heart? How do you Speak Your Truth?

The winner will be drawn randomly at the end of the weekend ~ Sunday, so make sure you post a comment by Midnight, Saturday, April 16.

That beautiful print above? That's what you'll win!

Thank you Danielle, for all you are.





Sunday, April 10, 2011

On Being Seen



What is it about self-portraits that are so scary?

Well, to me anyway.

There is something risky, at being seen, up close, vulnerabilities and all.

Over at 21 Secrets I'm doing some art journaling around self-portraits.

Who am I? Who wants to be seen?
Who am I 'letting' be seen? Who's me anyway?

It feels very connected to this quote, by Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”


Here's to shining our light and being seen.


How do you shine your light?

Friday, April 8, 2011

This and That

Thinking a little about duality lately.

How it locks us into this or that, either/or, black or white, dark or light, rich or poor...

Feeling like it's time, time to shift, to embrace both, all...

This AND that.

Each is part of the other.

We only know light because we have dark.
We can only feel happy because we know sadness.

What would it be like to hold the space for all of it?
To not be attached to only one way, but many.

It probably means being aware. Stepping back, paying attention.
Getting both chocolate AND vanilla in that cone.

Am I making any sense?

That's ok.

Here's what I've been doing.
Something a little different than painting. But not.

A little of this. A little of that.



What have you been creating these days?