Archives for December 2013

Whats coming up for 2014 plus a year in review

Hello to you!

I wanted to take a moment to share with you what I have in store for 2014 and what it means for you.  (make sure to read to the end, there are some great inspiring links, photos and more)

Let me also take a moment to say Thank you to each of you.  I feel so blessed to be a part of a community where I can pour out my heart, share new artwork and be vulnerable in sharing my biggest dreams, goals and most personal stories. I love doing what I do, I love to paint, story tell, write poetry and teach. The fun part; I’ve been painting for 20 years and I feel like I’m just getting warmed up.

I just treated myself to a birthday gift this past week, I bought a set of oil paints.  The last time I tried oil painting is when I was 12, I put the painting in a drawer of my desk when I was finished and went back 3 months later and it was still wet… I decided right then that oil painting wasn’t for me.  Since then though I’ve wondered, I often paint with acrylics in a style that would work great in oils.  So fingers crossed as I experiment with them, I’ll make sure to share some of my work as I complete them.

So, what a year 2013 was.  I have gotten to see some of the fruits of past labor.  In November a necklace I designed was presented for sale internationally. I loved hearing more about the final details of it (since I was only involved in the initial stages), it is made of recycled silver and the chains were all make in Bali.  How amazing!

She #9 Necklace designed by Noelle


 

You can now find my bridal card line at Amazing Alterations in Anoka, Minnesota.  New Moon Metaphysical Store in Anoka also began carrying a line of my uplifting and soulful artwork, prints and cards.


 

I was also able to do the first (of hopefully many) baseball paintings on the fabric from the roof of the metrodome.  This is some of the fabric from when the roof collapsed a few years back.


 

And we had SO much fun at the studio.  When the time is right and I find the right people to share a space with I have a feeling I’ll go the studio route again. It was a little isolating through all by myself.

                 


 

Drumrolllllllll … What is up for 2014:

January 19th – “Finding myself in the moonlight” 6 week ecourse begins.

This online journey is going to be life changing! It’s for anyone who is ready to re-find their inner light. Instead of looking for it in everything and everyone else. It’s for women who are exhausted being who everyone else wants them to be. They are ready to figure out what it means to be the real them.  You can see videos and read more about the course here.  Today is the LAST day to get the December early bird pricing of only $49! Don’t miss out.

February – I will be at the Food & Wine Extravaganza in Coon Rapids, more details to come.

March 27th – Stellas on 97, Forest Lake – Spring Boutique

April – I will be having a HUGE fundraising yard sale to raise money for my May trip.  If you are in the Twin Cities and want to donate items to the sale just let me know. I’ve been so blown away by the support and offerings of people so far, it’s going to be a great sale.

May – Harmony Journey – I will head to the Israel / Palestinian region along with other western women as we bring together women from both Israel and Palestine for a life changing event. You can read more here.  I am over 1/2 way on my fundraising, leaving me with $4000 as of today left to raise. If you feel called to be a part of this project and forever use your donation to change not only my life but also the lifes of countless other women you can do so here.

Some of the new fundraising bracelets that have recently come in:

       

 

July – My Music Wine and Soul artwork will be on exhibit at the Susan Hensels Gallery in Minneapolis.

August/September – My Soulful Yoga artwork will be on exhibit at a Health aware law office in Minneapolis for the, One Yoga exhibit.

September 11, Stella’s on 97 Fall Ladies Night out boutique

November – 4 Angels Art and Craft Show

November – RISE in Los Angeles, Yoga artwork vendor

December 4th – Stellas on 97 Holiday Shopping Event

 


 

Here are some great tools to start off the new year. 

 

Watch this video.  Gorgeous women that will make you feel better about yourself as a woman and know your beautiful!

– http://www.upworthy.com/finally-pictures-of-gorgeous-women-that-make-you-feel-better-about-yourself-inst

 


Your Life is far too valuable to live it like everyone else!

 

1. Celebrate your uniqueness. Your life was never meant to be lived like everyone else. You don’t look the same, you don’t sound the same, and your personality is special. Your deep-held values are unique. Even your laugh sets you apart. Throwing that away just for the sake of looking and living like everyone else is one of the cruelest things that you can ever do – it will always prevent you from fully living your life. Instead, champion the things that make you unique. Celebrate them.

 

2. Realize that most peoples’ lives are heading toward destruction. Just consider the latest statistics. For example: Last year, on average, Americans carried $8,100 in consumer credit (not mortgage debt) – that is $8,100 for every man, woman, and child in America. It’s no wonder 46% of Americans say they suffer from debt-related stress. And according to the American Medical Association, stress is a factor in more than 75% of sickness today. In addition, The Americans for Divorce Reform estimates that soon “50 percent of marriages will end in divorce if current trends continue.” One of the leading factors? You got it, financial problems.

 

3. Accept the truth that there is a better life out there. Reading through the statistics above, one can not help but say, “There must be something better out there.” There is and there always has been. Unfortunately, most people are so busy tripping over each other to purchase culture’s newest release that they miss out completely on the better life. Do not be fooled. The better life is not being mass-produced in a factory… you won’t find it on the shelves in a department store. It has never been found there. And never will be.

Read more from this great article here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/your-life-is-just-far-too-valuable-to-live-it-like-everyone-else/


 

See how Minnesota photographer Pam Dusbabek (and my dear friend) is changing the way people see their own families.  She photographed my family this summer and it made me find new beauty in our everyday activities. She’s so amazing , you’ll LOVE her.  Plus she gives great ideas too, like when she started photographing her own children on Christmas Eve as they slept.  I’ve started doing this now and I love looking at those photos knowing they are filled with a magical feeling that only happens on Christmas Eve night.

        


 

I had a life changing dream a month ago that forever changed the way I handle competition, jealousy, envy, etc. You can read about it here.  

 

Sending HUGE amounts of love, gratitude and well wishes for an amazing 2014 to you! (and a Happy Birthday today to my sister, Ang!)

 

**Noelle

 

your joy is my joy

One of the most powerful dreams I’ve had and I can’t stop thinking about it and what it means for my entire life.

 

I was sitting at a large table with several other people, we were in a cooking show competition.  I was so proud of these seasoned french fries I made, they had some sort of special way I cut them, they were coated with a perfected coating. They were delcious.  

Then someone else across from me at the table presented the most amazing super in-depth dessert. It was beautiful and delicious. I remember momentarily feeling deflated, how could my french fries compare to that beautiful dessert?

I remember then hearing a voice telling me that we are connected, when one of us wins we both win. This is also true for when one of us is hurting.  I sat and pondered that idea.  I remember then accepting that we are all cooking different parts of this meal. There is no competition, you need both the basics (like potatoes) and the beautiful extras.  

Later as people tried my potatoes they raved about them, they were delicious. They didn’t need to be dessert, they just needed to be the best potatoes they could.  (hows that for a metaphor…)

The dessert woman won the competition, but instead of feeling angry or jealous I cheered for her.  I remember so clearly feeling so proud of her.  The feeling of joy was as strong as if she was my own daughter, an extension of me and I genuinely cheered for her success.  

 

I had that dream over a month ago and I’m amazed how much it’s stuck with me.  

 

I think of that message when another artist friend of mine completes a beautiful painting. I celebrate her and cheer for us, the world is a better place with that art. We all get the benefit of feeling good by seeing it.  I’ve thought of that when I see someone who is further along in their career than I am, when someone has worked and improved their health and lost weight, when someone who has had trouble saying no learns to set healthy boundaries for themselves. I cheer for them. 

Especially us as women, when we can quit competing with each other and start collaborating, cheering for each other and genuinely celebrating what we each add into this world, then the world around us will dramatically change.    Let me add that I’m not talking about the type of competing like we do in sports, competitions, etc.  I’m talking about the kind that quitly eats you up inside as you feel envy or jealousy.  The kind that is not healthy or productive. The kind that instead of being happy for them we cut them down and “put them in their place”.

WE are that change!   Sending this out into the world with peace and love!    *Noelle

Do you ask for what you want?

I just watched this video, it’s a brilliant PR move and so incredible to even watch and feel the joy for these people.

You can watch this video here:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/12/09/viral-airline-stages-magnificent-christmas-miracle-for-hundreds-of-lucky-passengers/

As I sobbed my way through, smiling and laughing I had another thought also.  This situation is so much like life.  Some of us expect great and powerful lives, others expect very little. And often we get what we ask for.  I’m gonna get deep here.  It’s one thing to casually throw out ‘dreams and wishes” and expect them, it’s a whole other thing to know in every fiber of your being that you are called to be a part of something, live somewhere, have things. You are worthy, you  are deserving.   When you focus on what you don’t have the energetic vibration you are putting out into the world is that of lack, not enough. You will attract that.

In applying this to my own life here is what my takeaways are:

1. I know that I’m being called to move our family somewhere else.  I love being near our families and friends but it’s as if chapter is closing and it’s no longer in alignment with my or Bruce’s calling and purpose.  No matter how much we are trying to convice ourselves to stay put, suck it up and that it’s safe and comforatble we know different.

2. It is really easy for me to go into my default way of thinking and curse the cold, dread going outside this time of year and focus on knowing the details of this calling.  Where are we supposed to move? How will we financially make a living there? What about the benefits we have here? What about the kids and their friends that they’ll miss. On and on.

3. In trusting the bigger picture it’s vital for us to do a handful of things:

     a. Visualize the feelings I feel when I think of being in the perfect place (for our family). Imagine everything working out, the jobs fall into place.

     b. Don’t get stuck in my perception of reality right now and all the things that appear to be conflicting.  Example – I will miss my siblings and their kids, our parents and grandparents are aging, does this make us selfish?  How is Bruce going to make what he makes now? He’ll lose his senority, benefits, etc.

     c. We must live our lives here in Minnesota with as much happiness, fun, and gratefullness as possible. Appreciate it, savor it. Knowing this won’t make us stuck here but it will put us in a vibrational match with the feelings we want to have. (Wherever we live.)

     d. Make room for miracles.  We have been de-cluttering. Asking ourselves of every item we own, “would we still want that if it meant we had to move it?”  many times the answer is no.  So it goes.  Lightening up is both literally making room for miracles and decluttering our thought process and spirit so we can spend less time cleaning, moving and walking around things that no longer serve our vision or life.   This also includes financial preparations; saving money to move, paying down things, doing fixes on the house to rent it or sell it.  Anything that will hold up the process when that place we are meant to be calls our name and steps forward.

4. Honor the knowing, not the ego.   I no longer feel the need to constantly explain why I feel called to move.  The biggest thing I looked at internally however is “am I running away from anything?”  I think a couple years ago when I wanted to move the answer was yes.  So I’ve stayed, worked through the muck, done lots of deep soul work, the repairing and understanding of relationships. I can say with certainty that we are making changes that are in complete alignment with why we have been put here on this planet, at this time.  It’s connecting more with ourselves, honoring ourselves and trusting.  Knowing it will fall into place when the time is right.

 

So back to the video, it also made me wonder – there is a guy who asks for socks and underwear. necessary parts of life. But do you think he was a little pissed when he saw the next family ask for a big screen tv (and get it)?  Do you think he kicked himself for not thinking bigger?  Not in a selfish, greedy way but maybe he needed a new dishwasher or something really valid.   Just a thought worth pondering.

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So it all comes down to this.   The universe, God, source, energy is asking you every day what you want.  And from a deep, spiritual, loving place you can stand up and claim what you need and want. But many of us never do.  We stay little, we don’t want to make waves or seem “different” or crazy.  So we don’t dig deep enough to find that place in ourselves that is peaceful and authentic.  We are so caught up in our stories. All the reasons why things can’t be.  We need to let go of those.  This can take moments or years, some people never will let go of all their story or victim mentality.  There are so many great coaches, speakers, pastors, online courses that can help us do this.  Some of the things I’ve done and I continue to do so that have helped me learn to listen and release the past:  I’ve cried, prayed, talked, meditated, had dreams, re-birthed (breathing technique), released blocks on a cellular level and pulled cords, re-lived emotions letting myself cry them out and re-enact them releasing their hold on me. I’ve worked with coaches, learned breathing techniques, found connection with people who are wise, supportive and loving. I create vision boards, lists of goals. Done acupuncture visit my chiropractor bi-weekly, this makes sure my body if functioning and the nerves are unblocked and my energy is flowing. I pray some more.  Then I make sure to sit and listen. Not to an external voice but an inner knowing that arises.   I also use my art and journaling as a release.

It sounds like work but I savor every one of those items on that list. Like a gift to myself. They feel good. Like coming home.

 

Wishing you peace and love!!