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Friday, May 20, 2011

Date Night With Lori

"She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful & life was so short."  Story People 
(I found  this quote on Happy Mamma's other blog, thank you, Lisa)

Artwork by Lori Portka

Lately, I feel like I need to be pinched.  You know that feeling when whatever it is that's going on around you/inside of you just feels too good to be true?  Yesterday morning, I was sitting outside on my front deck, breathing in the air (that felt especially fresh after the night's heavy rainfall), listening to the singing birds, feeling the warmth of the sun on my body, and just thinking...oh my gosh, this is all so beautiful.  And the beauty is everywhere!  It's in that tree moving ever so slightly in the breeze, it's in the smell of the freshly cut grass, it's in that blooming rhododendron, it's in the little freckles on my little girl's cheeks... 

And right after I had this moment, I read the post that Lori Portka wrote on her site about our time together and my heart melted into a sweet little puddle of love.  This beautiful woman who creates art that sends happy chills throughout my body and makes me want to skip and sing. This woman who exudes goodness and softness and strength.  

I stumbled upon Lori's artwork first, before her blog, before email exchanges, and I immediately knew that this was a person I needed to know.  Isn't it incredible how healing and connecting art can be?  And from that initial love-at-first-sight, we connected through our blogs and then email exchanges and many notes of encouragement...and then (fast forward a year or two) we got to hug and talk and drink wine and giggle in person!  It was such a treat!  To think that we live on opposite ends of the country and connected in such a deep way, a connection that began with a brave woman pouring her love into her art and then having the courage to share it.  Thank you for being so brave and open-hearted, Lori. 

Ahhh....I am continually amazed at what happens when we begin to nurture those precious seeds of inspiration, when we follow those nudges to connect and say thank you.  I am so grateful for it all.  Lori, you are so one of those people who has helped my soul to blossom, I'm so thankful for you.

If you haven't already had the honor of connecting with Lori, you must go check our her beautiful blog and artwork, you're in for a treat.

The two of us in Portland...isn't she gorgeous?

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust

Today's fearLESS Friday stretch...
Have you had a nudge to reach out to someone lately?  To tell them you appreciate them....why don't you just do that today? Why wait?  It will make such a positive difference in their day and you never know what beauty might follow...


  1. If you ask me, your friendship with Lori is a match made in heaven :) You are both warm, kind, open-hearted and generous with your spirit.

    <3 So glad you were able to spend time together. May it be the first of MANY dates! :D

  2. Aw! I just read Lisa's comment and it made me laugh and clap my hands out loud! Thank you, THANK YOU, Julia. I am still giddy about it all. Someone on my blog said we look like sisters! Yes! What a compliment! We are heart sisters, for sure. Heaps and heaps of love to you, my friend.

  3. Just beautiful. I hope to meet you both one day. :) Bali is waiting for you...
    Thank you for sharing your sweet friendship with us here. It warms my heart so much. Two of the most beautiful, inspiring, compassionate women I know.

  4. How lovely. A beautiful post. Yes I can't believe what is happening to me internally lately! How beautiful everything is(including me). I reached out today to two people - great post.

  5. oh yes, i've had one of those weeks where i feel reconnected to everything and everyone. thanks for the beautiful inspiration ~ what a perfect date! :)

  6. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful post!! So much love and such an open heart. You're inspiring x

  7. I met Lori at the B&B she stayed at in Portland randomly too - and LOVE her art, and I found your page through hers. You guys are adorable together! My family lives in OR and I was visiting and traveling the coast. I'll be back!! :)

  8. So special that you both connect in person to share your beautiful energy with each other.

    Let’s dream of a time and place where all of us “soul Sisters” can retreat together.

  9. so excited you were able to meet!!!! you two are lovely amazing ladies!!!! yay!!!


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