Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. Rumi

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Thank you for being here. I'm so glad you're here.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Taking Flight


Listen to your whispers. Identify them. Follow their truth. Hold possibility close to your chest and allow it to step into the light and give your creative spirit a chance. Do the thing that scares you the most. By doing it, you'll give birth to your life's promise and unearth your buried dreams. Rediscover your worth, your potential, your creative spirit. Then go and fly on its wings to places you won't ever want to leave.        Kelly Rae Roberts


I'm feeling an overflowing of gratitude for all the beautiful people in my life who surround me with love, support and inspiration. For all those who nudge me toward my truth.

The above words were written by artist and author Kelly Rae Roberts in her book Taking Flight-a beautiful book about giving our creative spirit wings. Kelly Rae has been such an inspiration to me. She is my living, breathing symbol of what is possible. By being brave and living her truth she has given me the courage to live my own. She has shown me what happens when we embrace possibility rather than fear. She has shown me what can happen when we look within for the answers to our questions and longings rather than looking to others for permission and validation. Her beautiful and whimsical artwork inspired me to pick up a brush and make my own color.

Oh my, what a journey this is. I'm beside myself with giddiness for my upcoming art show---it's a symbol of me stepping into my own truth, something I'm feeling very comfortable with these days. Here's to trust and love, inspiration and all things true and beautiful. And to taking our own unique, joy-filled flight.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Gratitude

This is fun.  I have a fresh new look to my blog and it feels good. 

Things have been quite busy around here as I prepare for my upcoming art show!  I owe a huge thank you to my husband who has been working like crazy to help me get ready; cutting wood for my paintings, making frames (which involves cutting, sanding, staining, nailing, etc...).  I am incredibly fortunate to have a husband who can do such things and do them well.  And, most importantly, is willing to do them.  Thank you Matt.

And then there is my friend, Brooke, who has been so completely available for whatever I need.  Today she sat outside on my deck with me for hours while our children--four of them total-- ran around like crazy people.  She is much better on the computer than I am and completely formatted all of my title labels (that i will display next to my paintings).  She helped me make the decision on what color the frames should be, gave extremely helpful feedback on the paintings themselves, offered to take care of my children while my husband and I hang the paintings on Monday.  Oh and let's see.  She took care of my children for four hours yesterday so I could paint.  Not to mention the overflowing of encouragement and inspiration she offers on a daily basis.  I am so blessed.  Thank you Brooke.

Okay, it's been an extremely long day.  Time for some sleep.  Night, night.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Permission Given

Imagine how happy our hearts could be if we lighten up and allow ourselves to BE-fully-all of who we are. Imagine if we were gentle and loving toward ourselves. If we embraced our imperfections and let go of all that didn't serve us. Imagine if we fill our own cups first so that we are offering our best to ourselves and others. Imagine if we truly believe that there are no limits to what we can create, and do and be.

Oh, the possibilities.

Below are some beautiful words written by Goddess Leonie. (www.goddessguidebook.com)
Such wisdom here.


Dearest Goddesss,

Today, and everyday, you have permission.

You have permission

Today, and everyday, you have permission.

You have permission to say no to demands on your time that don’t light you up, and don’t give energy back to you.

You have permission to not give a crap what’s happening outside your world, and keep your energy focused on what you are creating.

You have permission to let go of friendships that make you feel like shit.

You have permission to say no whenever you like, however you like, in whatever kind of voice you like, without feeling like only Mean Girls Say No and Nice Girls Say Yes. That’s bullshit. Yes and No have equal weighting - what’s important is if you use them when they are the best thing for you, not out of fear, obligation or guilt.

You have permission to know that Yes is powerful, and so is No. The power comes from you using either from your highest spirit and truest integrity.

You have permission to change. You have permission to not be the person you once were.

You have permission to get angry and self-righteous, and to also glean the wisdom from those emotions. They are leading you to where your boundaries are, and where they have been crossed, and what you need to do from now on.

You have permission to be exactly how you are.

You have permission to not be more like anyone else in the world, even if you think they are better, wiser or more popular. You have permission to be more like yourself, your gifts and your wisdom.

You have permission to not care what other people think of you.

You have permission to not try to change what other people think of you. You can’t ever argue that you are a good person. They will either know you are, or not. You don’t need to spend time with people who don’t believe in you.

You have permission to do things that your friends and family do not.

You have permission to be wild, expressive, truthful, exciting and outspoken.

You have permission to not accept friendship requests on Facebook, or anywhere else in your life. You have permission to block people whenever you like.

You have permission to share as much or as little as you like. You have permission to blog, or not blog. You have permission to Twitter, or not to Twitter. It doesn’t really matter. As long as it’s making you happy, that’s the best thing.

You have permission to suck at a wide variety of activities. It’s okay. You make up for it with your million other brilliant particles.

You have permission to be whatever body shape you like.

You have permission to choose, and choose again. And then choose again.

You have permission to not always be a perfect image of something.

You have permission to be a contradiction.

You have permission to not go to your school reunion, unless it really excites you and delights you, and you would love to really heart-reconnect with people you went to school with.

You have permission to not be interested in the newest fad: harem pants, geek glasses, polaroid cameras, scrapbooking, macrame. You also have permission to be totally obsessed with them, if it makes your heart light up.

You have permission to cut people from your life. You have permission to surround yourself with people who are good and loving and nurturing to you.

You have permission to be a disappointment to some people, as long as you’re not a disappointment to yourself.

You have permission to do nothing whenever you like.

You have permission to make your big dream come true.

You have permission to not do it all perfectly, or have all your shit together.

You have permission to not forgive people. You have permission to forgive people when it’s right for you.

You have permission to think some people are asshats. You have permission to think some people are smigging ice-cream with chocolate and wafers and sprinkles and cherries on top.

You have permission to not have the perfect relationship.

You have permission to not have a relationship.

You have permission to take whatever time you need for you.

You have permission to make ridiculous choices for yourself.

You have permission to use and listen to your intuition. To feel when things are off, and to remove yourself from them, even when you don’t quite know why. You will always find out why. Our intuition is here to serve us.

You have permission to be down. You have permission to be up.

You have permission to still believe in unicorns and fairies.

You have permission to believe in things that other people think are very very odd and strange. You have permission to not care. You have permission to believe in things that make your life wholer, richer and deeper. You have permission to make your own world that is the truest painting of you.

You have permission to suck at colouring in.

You have permission to say Fuck You to anyone who has ever told you that you’re not good enough, you’re not worth it, you are not beautiful, you are not lovable and you are not the most divine, wise, delicious Goddess to walk the planet. You have permission to know that you are.

You have permission to swear when you like, however you like, to your reckless abandon.

You have permission to not be the best of anything - just the best of yourself. And some days, just the best you can do that day.

You have permission to not always give. You have permission to fill your own cup up first.

You have permission to have things around you that delight you.

You have permission to live in a tipi if you want to, or a mansion. Whatever makes your spirit shine is the right thing for you.

You have permission to make choices on whether it makes your spirit shine.

You have permission to know you are a goddess, even when it doesn’t feel like it. Even when you feel utterly human. Even when you want nothing more than to climb under your blanket, or light up the sky.

You are a goddess.

You have permission.

You have permission.

You have permission.
big love,

Goddess Leonie

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Goodness



The secret is to enjoy being you.— Diane von Furstenberg

Okay, so it's been way too long since I've been here.

So much going on this summer, so many deliciously beautiful things. This particular moment is especially lovely...my little ones left Sunday evening to go camping with their grandparents--until THURSDAY! So, I'm sinking in, settling into the quiet. So much TIME to myself to sip coffee, take longs walks, do yoga, PAINT, talk with my husband (uninterrupted!), listen to oh-so-good-music and a few (very few) errandy things.

It's just been good and energizing. And when they come back home on Thursday, i'll give them giant hugs and do my best to settle into all the noise again. The good, beautiful happy noise of little girls running around.

My art show is next month! Yikes, yippee, yea! I'm very excited and am slowly collecting more and more paintings for the display. The reality that my paintings will be displayed on a great big wall for so many coffee drinkers to see has me giddy! The opening/reception is September 5th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m, at the Beanery on Circle. So those of you who are local, please come! I would so love to have you there.

Feeling over-the-top blessed with all this goodness.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I'm Back

We're back from our vacation. It was ten days full of long drives, camping, gorgeous scenery, marshmallow roasting, campfires, boating, rafting, hiking, biking, visiting family...lots of fun and variety.(Mixed with a few not-so-fun moments with little girl whining and fighting.) The girls are at great ages right now (7 and 4) and we're really enjoying them (mostly :).

So, now it's readjustment time; unpacking, laundry, house cleaning, etc...I always seem to have a tough time realigning after a vacation--so I'm working on finding my rhythm again. Below are some old words of mine I just stumbled upon...they are helping put things in perspective this morning.


It has something to do with that tree,
I’m sure
the way it stands so assured
so rooted and forever
so not this or that
So not trying
but simply BEing
all of this
And that