taking flight into art, love, and life (the blog)
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
Friday, August 14
And let joy in... Amazing things happen when let joy into our hearts. Hope you have a joy-filled weekend!
Saturday, August 15
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
I want these pieces to find their way into living spaces where stories and connection are shared, where imperfect living is celebrated, and where honest, real, true love is nurtured. I believe in surrounding ourselves, always, in beauty and truth. And I hope these pieces inspire you to do the same.
I wanted to share some peeks from the lookbook. Please enjoy..............
For those of you interested, these prints are available in my print shop.
Ultimately, my hope is that this growing collection find its way into homes where love and togetherness are celebrated– in family rooms, kid rooms, living rooms– anywhere families come together. I envision everything from large statement wall art pieces, to small gift sized products, to stationery and photo albums, to soft goods, to home decor. The options are endless and I seek to partner with a company that shares my values– one that celebrates creativity, love, connection, and ultimately, all things True.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
In the last couple of years, I've been trying to integrate some everyday soul work practices into my life. These practices include simple but deeply soul filling things like The Wear Your Joy Project, giving myself eons of permission to create alone time, going to bed early, getting regular massages, working with healers, morning green smoothies, commuting with my bike - things like that. It took me a long time to realize that these simple daily rituals were indeed part of my practice of staying true to who I am, and awakening who I want to become.
One of my favorite practices I've been doing for a couple of years involves a nightly ritual. It's been transformative for me, and I'm feeling called to share it with you.
Here's what I do. When I fall in bed, I close my eyes. After doing a quick meditation, I count on one hand all the things I'm grateful for from that day. Usually it's things like "watching True light up during his dancing" , "receiving a kind note from so and so" , "witnessing the sunset" , and so on. I love this gratitude practice. Although I'm not journaling the gratitude, I'm conscious of taking in each gratitude, one by one, breath by breath, until I've counted out five. Sometimes I get to five easily and sometimes, on those harder days, it take me awhile. Either way, I am conscious of receiving it all in my body, in my bones.
Then, with the other hand, I count out five things I've done well that day. This is harder than it sounds. I started this particular practice because I was noticing how hard I can be on myself despite feeing a sense of accomplishment, peace, and joy. I wanted to fall asleep not just grateful, but knowing I tried to be my best self - everyday. I don't allow myself to list accomplishments, but rather things that took some intention and consciousness. Things like "asking for what I needed despite the urge to soldier through" , "saying I'm sorry to John, showing up for that moment" , "choosing to not fight a certain battle with my 4 yr old and instead connecting with him" , "being fully present with my family and not multitasking."
I can't tell you how HARD this practice started out for me, how difficult it was to come up with five things each evening. But as I made my way through it, it's helped me honor just how much intention I try and live each day. That's something to acknowledge, celebrate, and hold up to all the gremlins that come through each day. I encourage you to try it! And let me know how it goes.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Friday, August 7
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my journey (in chronological order from 2006 - 2009 ) into the creative life
- the whispers of inspiration
- the beginning
- feeling my heart lift
- first attempt at girlie painting
- humble beginnings
- i've come a long way since this
- when everything changed
- finding my style
- a review of that first year
- deciding to take the leap
- selling my first item on etsy
- beginning to build a business
- launching my website
- learning to be fearless
- still working out my style
- up up and away
- my first showing
- first gallery opening
- spilling myself into a book proposal
- book proposal accepted!
- the gremlins
- a more cohesive style emerges
- working on book projects
- published in a magazine for the first time
- a trip to ohio to meet with book publisher
- quitting my day job
- where i wrote the book
- embracing my vulnerabilities
- showing at a big san fran art festival
- licensing for the first time
- on guilt + the blues
- becoming a possibilitarian
- figuring out wholeness
- on becoming
- on saying no
- on magic + beginnings
- on anxiety
- finally seeing myself
- finding my community
- book is released
- teaching for the first time
- thoughts on riding the wave
- teaching in italy
- new studio space in seattle
- creative style turning point
- pretending until we're not
- new affirmation paintings emerge
- hired an assistant
- first keynote
- national product (home + gift) line debuts with DEMDACO
- new gift line debuts with demdaco
- love is the only thing that matters
- brand new website debuts
- first ever calendars + datebooks debut!
- feeling the pressure of it all
- on getting lovebombed (again)
- figuring out how to take care of myself
- on wanting to pinch myself
- on giving my medicine to the world
- some thoughts after three years of all of this
- on expanding my biz vision after a trip to kansas
- telling the truth about hard days
- on creative expansiveness
- on staying true in biz
- 2009 year in review
The Creative/biz journey continues in chronological order (2010 - present)
atlanta gift show part two!
on being brave
decorative art girlies arrive!
cover of somerset studio magazine!
it's about capacity + connection
announced my first e-course!
got an agent and a logo!
attending surtex in nyc for the first time!
why writing a letter to myself worked magic
on what it's like to run an ecourse
expanding our personal horizons
ranking #1 in gift beat's wall art category!
on inviting abundance of all kinds
decided not to play small
ranked #1 in gftbeat's inspirational category!
two year book anniversary
hired a portland asst!
babies make their appearance in my work!
new gift products are introduced
on missing my beginner artist self
featured in 10 pg national mag
traveled to China to see where products are made
announced new home decor line!
home decor line launches
celebrated 5 years of this life
greeting cards launched
moved oinline shop out of my house
launched hello soul, hello business
savoring vs dreaming
made a huge decision about online shop