Archives for January 2013

New Artwork – All that will be

 

“Out of the borders of the mind. Harmoniously connected to all that ever was and all that will ever be.”  – Noelle

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Israel here I come!

I am thrilled to share with you my exciting news!

First, in order to catch you up fully let me rewind: Four years ago today, my beautiful mother passed away unexpectedly. The years since then have been filled by every emotion possible. In addition to being an LPN at a nursing home for many years by mom later devoted years to raising all of us kids. This brought us all a closeness, a protectiveness and a loving admiration for her that we will cherish forever. One thing that I have taken from that experience is a hunger for finding a way for me to connect and help other women see their inner light.

This leads me to today. I have an amazing opportunity to be a part of a project that is bigger than anything I could ever dream to accomplish on my own. In May, 2014 I will join 333 women from the Western world (US, Canada, etc) and we will go to Bethlehem, Israel for a week. While there we will join with 333 Israeli women and 333 Palestinian women for a 3 day retreat. During this trip we will follow in the footsteps of a smaller scale retreat that successfully took place in the fall of 2012, where a total of 33+ women from these 3 areas had breakthroughs, hugs, love and connection. To learn more about what we will do while there I have created a page devoted to this project here on my website.
To help accomplish this, I will embark on a tremendous fund raising effort over the next year. The final cost for me to do this will be over $9000. I know that I’m being called to be a part of this and I know that it completely aligns with my souls desire to help women both locally and around the world. I will come back from this experience with even greater skills and a heart to be able to do more work here locally as well. I ask that if you believe in me and this trip’s purpose resonates with you that you help make this possible for me by making a donation or purchase below. I have 4 options set up:

  1. A tax deductible donation. Braveheart Women is a 501c3 non-profit organization and your donation is fully tax deductable. To do this please make a check out to BraveHeart Foundation and mail it to me at: Noelle Rollins Art 543 Coon Rapids Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. (Any amount over $100 and I will add your name as a sponsor to a page on my website where I will have information. Any amount over $50 and I will add your name as a contributor)
  2. Host an art class at my studio. You will gather 6-15 of your friends, family or co-workers for a fun, relaxed evening out. All profits will go directly to this trip. This can be a kids party, ladies night out, moms group, painting party, etc. Cost is $40 per person. (This will not be tax deductible but your money will go towards the cause.
  3. Buy a gorgeous bracelet from me. These bracelets are beautiful and my hope is that each time you look at it you will feel the difference you’ve made. Each bracelet is $33 and comes in an organza bag and has a tag that tells about the project. These make a great gift also. I will have limited designs of each one shown, if the one you order is sold out I will let you know so we can find one that is close to the one you’ve chosen. Bracelets will begin shipping in April.
  4. If you own (or work at) a store, salon, boutique etc where women frequent and you would like to help sponsor this project let me know. I will be connecting with 11 businesses to sell bracelets; I will provide a basket to place near your register to sell 33 bracelets and will provide all information about the project to display. I will then be checking in with you bi-weekly. In exchange for this generous help, once those bracelets are sold out your name will be added to the Harmony Project website and I will add your store name to my own website and any future press releases about the project.

Lastly, I have one favor to ask each of you whether you are able to contribute through a donation or not.  I ask you to pray for this project, my part in it and the group of beautiful women and their families and friends that will be positively affected; surrounding it with uplifting and positive energy.

Thank you! Noelle

The most important vow

Rewind to the Ausust of 2004.  I had just moved back from Texas 2 months prior w/ my daughter.  I had spent the summer reflecting on what had gone wrong in my first marriage.  Where I had “lost” myself.   I was still in a place in my mind of thinking I could do enough to somehow save this broken relationship.  (It would be 2 more years of me being the only one trying before I finally realized that I had to let go.)

My best friend was getting married.  I was excited for her even as my own heart was broken and needing extra care.  4 years prior when I delivered my daughter my in-laws presented me with a gorgeous ring. It had a large heart stone in the middle of my (and Sky’s) birthstone, surrounded by diamonds.  It was so thoughtful.

As I stood in my friends wedding that summer day I chose to feel no sadness. As she said her vows to her husband, while I celebrated with her I put that heart ring on my finger and said those same vows. This time to myself.  I promised to honor myself, love myself through good times and bad, etc.  I knew that I had to re-find a way to appreciate myself, love my life and know that I am enough before I would ever attract the right person into my life and be able to offer those things to another.

8.5 years later and I still think back to those few moments, changing my perspective, putting myself and my needs back on my to do list.  It was life changing and I know that it was such a simple yet profound set of promises I made to me. Secretly (until years later when I shared it), my own gift.

 

Be love and it will emanate from every pore.

Noelle and Skylar nose kisses

a grateful next step… clarity

I have had such a sense of frustration the last month or two.  I knew I was growing and in a time of transition so I tried to use that uneasy, feeling and keep it in the background and trust the answers would come.  I shed a few tears, had a few moments of total panic wondering if I’m crazy to think that I can make a living as an artist and in my own way, journaled, found new information to help guide me, prayed, learned, slept …. but then….

This morning I woke up with such clarity.  Finally!!   I’ve been feeling unsure if I want to continue teaching my art classes in the way that I have been, I love doing them but something wasn’t sitting right.  I finally know what it is.  The reason I do the classes is to help women, I love to see a spark occur in women that normally give all their energy to everyone else around them but finally take a few minutes for themselves.  I realized this does not belong in the business part of my life.  It belongs more in my heart area of giving back, helping my comminity and global sisterhood.  I have so many great ideas how I can move forward in teaching through retreats, and collaborating with others but for my own classes in my own studio I have some great things I’m working on that give me goosebumps.  I see a clearer plan for my artwork, prints, licensing, wholesale. A larger global presense and a stronger sense of my place in it all.   Sweet hallelujah.

More to come as this clear path ahead of me continues to unfold and come into focus.

Here is one of my newer paintings in my Souful Yoga Line.  For now it’s simply titled, “Being”.

Soulful Yoga BEING artwork

Toy organizer

Just had to share:  A couple years ago I picked up this closet shoe organizer.  For awhile I used it to sort postcards, business cards, etc for my business.  Once I moved to the studio I had enough space to have other shelves for those.  So this shelf ended up in the garage… until yesterday.  When we realized it would be the perfect organizer for my sons growing truck and tractor collection. Viola!

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“She” – new artwork

Happy New Year!

Cheers to you! Wishing a year of peace, love, wholeness and being our best, most authentic selves in 2013.

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WebNoelle_CCart She is whole

She is connected

She is love

She radiates with her soul’s musical essence

She has a song inside of her the world longs to hear

She believes in good

She is you, you are her, we are one

She is every woman

She Is

She

 

 

 

Acrylic on 48″x48″x2″ canvas. Artwork and Poem ©Noelle Rollins Art

To read more about the inspiration behind this painting visit my blog here.