healthy boundaries = healthy relationships

I’ve been through some muck in my life, I’ve lived through times where I let people dictate how I spent my time, I spent all my energy trying to save, help and be there for others. Often with little appreciation or notice. After watching it in others it was a mirror that showed me how bad it was. I decided to take control and research everything I could on how to set healthy boundaries.

I learned some skills and a new mindset for how and when to say no or even, “that doesn’t work for me”.

It was LIFE CHANGING!

I love to use my life experiences as teachable and helpful lessons for others so hopefully they don’t have to go through what I did.

I invite you to be a guest and listen in on a Free class I’ll be offering. You can dial in on your computer to listen or call in. Everyone who registers for the free call will be sent a recording of it, regardless if you were able to listen to the call live or not.

I will be talking about ways we can all surround ourselves with people that support us in our goals, say no when needed and help eliminate toxic relationships.

It’s a win – win.

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A course for women EVERYWHERE

The Finding Myself in the Moonlight online course is BACK!!

 

We’ve had an amazing first run of this course earlier this year.  After it begun I had many people who told me they didn’t realize the course was all done online.  So let me be clear, this is a course that can be done from the comfort of your own home from anywhere in the world.

This is a course that every woman should take. It’s all about living a life that is true to you!

 

I’ve been getting AMAZING feedback about the course, read what women have said:

 

“I’m relearning some important things about myself that got pushed aside when everyone/everything else became a priority.” 
-Molly

 

“I am realizing how unrealistically high I set expectations for myself and how miserably I beat myself up over them when I fail to meet them. I would never dream of expecting the things I place on myself from others.” – Amy

 

“I know I will never put myself back in that space of loneliness and low self worth again or let anyone talk to or treat me like that again. I am done with all of that. “ Angela

 

A sample of what this course will provide:

 

Learn more Here: http://noellerollinsart.com/finding-myself-in-the-moonlight-2/

The dirty little secret of some of us mommas and wives

 

Let’s get really real for a moment here.

I can remember back, I was living in Texas raising a beautiful 2 year old little girl. I glowed even thinking of her, she was a gift and I loved everything about being a mom.  I really wanted to be a mom that stayed at home and raised her. I had it all figured out, the more I was with her the more I could fill her so full of love, healthy food, and wisdom.  My mom had raised 5 of us, seriously how hard could it be raising 1.  Most of the time it was amazing, fulfilled pieces of me that I didn’t even know were there and I didn’t think life could be better.  Looking back, my marriage was pretty much done. I just didn’t see it.  I really just figured there would be good years and bad years. And the 3 year bad cycle we were in would be followed by a lifelong good cycle… hmmm.  We really never fought so I figured it was fine and I shelved my feelings about it.

But under that, this part of myself that I didn’t want to even see, hear or acknowlede was growing louder.  I started to notice it in pictures, a subtle sparkle that was missing.  What was I doing wrong? I really did love getting to be a stay at home mom and wife.  I was 25 and I just kept plugging.  With my  head high.

When money was starting to get tight I noticed there was something different about the way I handled it. Me, the one who worked 3 jobs while in college suddenly was terrified of getting a job.  How could I even think of putting my little angel into the care of someone else.  And I can’t say I was wrong for having those fears, maybe it was brilliance masked in fear. Realistically, its possible the part time work I may have done at that time very well could have not even paid for the babysitter while I worked, who knows.  The growing issue was something deeper.

I was starting to lose my mojo. My confidence. My certainty of my place in the world.  In theory I knew I had lots to offer but I felt bad and sad about myself.  I was missing my connection to the outside world.  My connection to women that understood me, that wouldn’t judge me or think I’m a bad mom or wife because there was some tough days.

In the years since I have gotten to do it again. Both a new marriage and a new child.  6 years ago I met my soulmate husband.  Then almost 10 years after my daughter was born I got to be a work from home mom with my son.  Things were so beautifully different this time. I made sure to find connection, I continued to work even if only a few hours a week to keep my toe in the water. But most importantly I continued to nurture my own self and honor my place in my family.  I set better boundaries with people and I reached out for wisdom from nurturing and wise women around me.  It isn’t always rosy every second, I’ve felt judged by others outside my family for my choices, there are times I wished I made more money, times I wished I just had a normal job that I could come home from, times I have felt paralyzing fear because I’m pursuing my dream and I want it SO bad. The time I called my sister having a breakdown because I felt like all I was doing was feeding my 4 month old son ALL THE TIME. I wanted my boobs back.  But each of those stressful times passed and have fallen into their proper place with time and perspective.

I think it all comes down to this. We can be really good moms, really loving and doting wives but if we don’t honor our well being as women then we will crack.  I’ve realized how fragile people are. The ones who are having a momentary emotional breakdown are often not the weak ones. They are often the ones who carry more than those around them.  When we aren’t living in tune with our authentic, soulful mission we feel that disconnect.   We need to just quiet down sometimes and listen to what our inner self, God, intuition is showing us is right for us.

I really dream of an online place for us as soulful women to gather, share and support one another. A place without judgement or competition. A place without bragging over our kids test scores or size. A place where we can be strong, wise and nurturing while simultaneously being soft, vulnerable and supportive.  I have visions of having an online community, a series of video interviews with women around the country and the globe who are making things happen and thriving through all walks of life.   My first step in  making these things a reality is an online journey I have created called, “Finding myself in the moonlight”.  This is going to be a 6 week online course where I will facilitate presenting various topics up for discussion, throw out what people have found has worked for them and we will use those things, my own artistic, inspirational touch and the wisdom of everyone in the group to each help ourselves define what works for us. We will work through areas such as boundaries, guilt, self care and more.

You can find out more about this course and watch the videos for it here: http://noellerollinsart.com/finding-myself-in-the-moonlight-2/

 

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I’ve created a few different videos about the course. I wanted to make sure to speak to different groups specifically.  (Just make sure to hit play quickly because it’s horrible to have to see the video frames that youtube has chosen to freeze as the start. ha. )

If you are a stay at home mom this video is for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hgk9vLJ_BNY

If you are finding yourself outgrowing some of the people in your life and you are looking for people that “get” you now and the spiritual, soulful part of you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9XrEgeCZnk

One of my greatest teachers has been my mother.  I’ve shared a very vulnerable lesson I’ve learned through watching her and the heartbreaking frustration of her death. This is for you women that have raised your kids and are now finding your place in the world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzy1Vfb8qfs

In October I have AMAZINGLY low early bird registration prices going on. Seriously under $5/week!

If you’re ready to connect with other amazing women of all ages register now.

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Fall updates and new announcements!

It’s been a year full of all sorts of changes so I wanted to take a few minutes and share a few new stores I’m in, where you can find my work and what new work I’m offering.  Plus I have a SUPER big announcement that I haven’t told anyone about yet. You’ll find that all the way at the bottom.  yep, I’m (not so subtly) sneaky like that.

At the end of July I ended my year at the studio, it was a really great time. I made a tough decision to listen to the inner voice telling me that even though it was great and parts I loved, it wasn’t a perfect fit.  I found myself producing and selling a lot of work, racing between home and the studio and yet somehow not any further ahead. I am learning to really appreciate that as much as I fight it, it’s when I quiet down and make myself sit in that silence for a bit that my best and deepest (most daring) ideas come to me.  2 days after moving out of the studio my family went on a 2 week road trip through Utah and out to Oregon and up to Washington and back through Montana. We did about 1/2 camping and 1/2 hotels. It was really great. Not only is the nature and site seeing incredible I am always amazed at how much it feeds my soul to take time away and be an observer. I let myself relax more, reserve judgement and just take it all in. I don’t think I’ve been on a vacation yet that didn’t change me and help me know myself better. Now with both the kids at school and preschool each day and after the changes I feel like I’m finding my groove again and hitting my stride.

NEW artwork, stores and more:

My music artwork is hanging on display until the end of the month at the Egg & I East restaurant in St. Paul (off Univ. and 280).

In a few weeks you’ll be able to start finding my Soulful Yoga artwork at the Living Waters Cafe. 12201 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305

 

I have a few studios out east now carrying my Soulful Yoga series, you can also now find my prints, cards and some pallet artwork in Anoka, MN at the New Moon Metaphysical Store. They are great, and offer classes and more.

I have been expanding my small print selection.  These are small prints mounted into a 5″x7″ mat. They are ready to fit into a standard size frame that can be found at any store. People have been loving them to give as gifts and they are perfect to hang up around the office or a cubicle.  I have a few new selections on my Etsy page.

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Here is my newest pallet art designs. These are so versatile, I hope you’ll love them: (you can click the image to see them on Etsy)

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Sports Art Special:

There are a few more days left to get in on the action and order an original Volleyball or Football painting! These are great and people have loved that you can add a name or # if you choose also.  Only $47 for an 8″x10″.  Great for a middle school or high school athlete. I’ve also had some that have been adding to their collection each quarter that I offer a new sport and are building a sports themed family room. Love that.  In November I’ll be offering a basketball and hockey special!

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Upcoming show dates:

This Saturday, the 28th – Ladies you are welcome to join me at the September Braveheart meeting.  It’s from 10am – 1pm. Msg me for details.

Sunday October 13, Temple of Aaron Sisterhood Arts and Crafts show.  I will have a booth here, it runs from 9am – 4pm.  at 616 S. Mississippi River Blvd

Saturday November 2nd & Sunday, Nov. 3rd. 4 Angels arts and crafts show.  – 27th and Stinson in NE Minneapolis    this runs from 10am-4pm both days. I did this show last year and it was awesome. Cool area, great vendors, outdoor. You can see all the info and vendors that will be in this show here.

Thursday, November 21st.  Stella’s on 97 Winter Craft show.   I did this show for the first time earlier this month and it was great. Tons of vendors and food and drinks. Plus it’s always fun to be back in Forest Lake.  If you’re in FL know that this is the show too that I’ll be bringing some of my remaining wine glasses with me to. I have a couple dozen left so I’ll have those there.    7050 Scandia Trail N  Forest Lake, MN 55025     4pm – 9pm.

 

Harmony Project:

Lastly, I am excited to announce that I’ve hit the $2500 mark on my fundraising for my Israel trip!!  I thank each of you who have so generously donated and purchased bracelets from me the last 8 months.    I’m both trying to celebrate the moment and feel the gratitude and also know that I still have $7000 still to raise.  I have to admit that it is not in my comfort zone to feel so publicly vulnerable and at such risk to not reach my goal all while everyone is watching.  I am trusting that things will continue to come together and I know that I am meant to be over in Jerusalem next May.  I see such a need for what we’ll be doing over there. In fact I love it that I’m beginning to be abt le to use some of these same skills and perspective I’m learning for over there and apply them right here in my own town and in fact even my own family.  This entire journey is so beautifully teaching me and making me a better person.  I would love to ask you to take a look at all the bracelets I have on my website. I have gotten another 80+ in since I’ve shared before.  The earth tone brown seems to be the most popular this fall, there are just a few of those left.  You can view them by either color or style on the website. I will also have bracelets with me at each of the shows listed above.  You can see them here.

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I also have an online fundraising drive going for the next 27 days. I am at $33 raised out of a goal of $500 on here.  If you can even donate $11 I’d be SO grateful.  There are some new incentives and gifts for donations this time also.  Please check it out. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/noelle-rollins-harmony-israel-palestinian-trip-round-2

The NEW super exciting news:

 

  • Have you blurred part of your identity while giving everything to others?

  • Are you needing support in setting some new healthy boundaries?

  • Are you longing for a path to help guide you in reconnecting with your inner wisdom, purpose and authentic self?

  • Are you ready to move forward and start creating an inspired life?

  • Are you so busy doing everything for everybody that you don’t even remember what YOU find fun and enjoyable?

  • Do you long for new connections with other soulful women?

 

If any of those describe where you find yourself right now then you won’t want to miss what is coming in January 2014:

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Starting in October I will begin sharing more information and details.

 

Until then, I hope you’re enjoying fall as much as I am! Sending hugs to each of you, Noelle

 

 

 

2013 New Class Schedule Announcement!

It’s here!   The class schedule for Jan – early April 2013. Join us at the Noelle Rollins Art Studio and Classroom just north of Minneapolis, MN for a  soulful, fun informative class.  Great excuse to gather the ladies together and get out and try something new.  You can register for these classes now by either clicking on a picture above or go to:  Soulful Art Classes    Hope to see you there! **Noelle

 

Sat. Jan. 5, 2013 10am – 12noon – Vision Board Class – As we begin this new year lets put our intentions and goals on paper. Learn how to create a vision board and tips for manifesting the life you want. We will scour through magazines (supplied) and use those images that resonate with who we are and where we want our lives to go. $10 per person.  Register Here

 

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Sat. Jan. 12, 2013 10am – 12 noon – Yoga Art – I am that I am – This class you will learn the techniques and brushtrokes used to create this artwork. We will also add the powerful message, “I am that I am”. Learn more about how I interpret this powerful message and how it can be life changing.$35 – 11”x14” or $45 – 16”x20” – includes supplies and canvas Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 7-9pm – Wine and Coffee Art – You can choose your choice of 2 coffee themed canvas or 2 wine themed canvas. These vibrant and fun pieces will look great in your kitchen or dining room when you’re finished.

$30 include2 – 8”x10” canvas and supplies.   Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat, Jan. 19, 2013 10am-12noon – Crossroads – We are between the calm and the chaos in our lives. This bold, fun artwork is full of reminders to hold our heads high as we work through changes and different times of life. You will learn techniques to create the background and can create it to match your décor or mood.

$35 – 11”x14” canvas or $45 – 16”x20” Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 12-2pm – Mother and Daughter Crossroads – Schools out and this is an unbelievable bonding time for a mom and teen/tween daughter. We are between the calm and the chaos in our lives. This bold, fun artwork is full of reminders to hold our heads high as we work through changes and different times of life. You will learn techniques to create the background and can create it to match your décor or mood.

$50 – pr. of 11”x14” canvas or $60 – pr. of 16”x20”       Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine Glass Painting Class

 

 

 

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 7-9pm – Wine Glass or Beer Glass Painting – We will apply a frosted layer to our glasses and then apply metallic swirls and uplifting phrases and words of your choice.

 

Class options: 2 beer or 2 wine glasses is $22 or 4 beer or wine glasses is $26.   Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat, Jan. 26, 2013 10-12noon – Cardinal Welcome Sign – We will paint a vibrant red cardinal on a branch with the background color of your choice. I will teach tips on painting the writing also.

$25 – includes supplies and 8”x10” canvas         Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 6-8pm – Connection – We will work on the techniques to create a fun. Flowing background and drawing this couple in a loving joined meeting. You will be able to customize the background to match your décor.

$45 for 16”x20 or $60 for 24”x30”.            Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 1, 2013 7-9pm – Backwards Family Portrait – This will be great for your family wall or as a gift for another family or grandparents. We will collage or paint the family heads from behind of each member of the family. This will be so much fun! $25 include 6”x12” canvas and supplies      Photo Coming Soon – Register Here

 

 

Saturday, Feb 2 & 9, 2013 10am-12noon – 3D Floral art (2 sessions) – This class will teach you how to do layers of glazes, florals and touches of 3D flowers in the artwork. You will be able to use these skills on other pieces of artwork, walls and more.

$80 includes 2 sessions and all supplies to make this artwork.    Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 6-8pm – Wine Glass Painting – Grapes Wine Glasses – Set of 2 wine themed grape bunch glasses. We will walk through step by step to create these fun glasses. $22/ 2 glasses or $26/ 4 glasses     Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

Pencil Face Drawing Class

 

 

Sundays, Feb 10, 17 & 24th and March 3, 2013 5-7pm – Face Drawing (4 sessions) – We will walk through the face step by step and learn to draw with pencil. Week 1) Proportions, shading. Week 2) Eyes, Noses Week 3) Mouths, Chins and Week 4) ears and hair. You will need a drawing pencil kit that includes a range of 6H, HB and 6B pencils. (Check Michaels, Walmart or Dick Blick).   $80  –  You can Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2013 3D floral class preview

 

 

 

Sunday, April 14 & 21, 2013 6-8pm – 3D Floral art (2 sessions) – This class will teach you how to do layers of glazes, florals and touches of 3D flowers in the artwork. You will be able to use these skills on other pieces of artwork, walls and more.

$80 includes 2 sessions and all supplies to make this artwork.            Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

What are people saying who have taken classes with us before?

I  loved your classes, both were such fun experiences.  It was such a fun activity to do for our MOMS night out too, everyone was able to put their own inspiration into their work and spend time in the company of great women!  I love your focus and themes that you have brought to your studio and your classes.  All ages and walks of life can find comfort and easy as they step into your studio and create.  You also have a way of making the not so creative souls find their own creativity too!!!  Thanks so much for the wonderful experiences, I know I will be back or more!      Darcy
Noelle’s new studio is fabulous and fun!  I went to a class last week and went home with my own painting – and I can’t paint!  But, indeed, Noelle had a special way of teaching through meditation, reflection, and new insights that she shared.  As a result, my messy start to art with dark, disjointed, and wildly placed paints turned into a beautiful fall day with brightly colored flowers and trees with leaves falling all around the bench I envisioned as Noelle talked us through the painting process.   I’ll be back for more classes soon!        Charity
I had such a great time taking your class a few weeks ago!  I haven’t painted in over ten years, so was pretty sure my painting would look like my 5 year old’s work.  But it turned out beautiful, and I was so inspired by the night!  The fun, the laughs, just letting my creativity take over… it was wonderful!  You were a fantastic teacher and it was so much fun to spend the evening in your studio.  Thank you!!        Bonnie
I attended two of Noelle’s painting classes and thoroughly enjoyed the experience!   Her spiritual take on life is a breath of fresh air.  She was positive and encouraging.   I’ve recommended her Soulful Discoveries class to friends. -Kathleen
Noelle’s “Crossroads” painting class was amazing!! I have never thought of myself as an artist but this class changed the way I look at myself!! This class provided 2+ hours of fun and friendship and opened up a whole new world of creativity for me!  – Brenda

You can register for these classes now by either clicking on a picture above or go to:  Soulful Art Classes

First Week of Art Classes!!!

So I’ve completed my first group of art classes this past weekend. I finished that 3rd class and afterwards as I was cleaning up I was overtaken with appreciation and gratitude.  I feel so incredibly blessed that my hard work all these years and putting myself out there and trusting my intuition that kept shouting at me to offer classes, open a studio, etc.. was right.  I felt 1000% sure that I am doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing in my life right now.

During these classes I got to share a few hours with amazingly beautiful women. Got to hear about their lives, their humor and share some deep life conversations. All while doing art.  Life is good.

Here are some pics:

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Have a great weekend!!  **N

lovely little touches

Whether it’s a wedding or a class or a dinner at your home; I think it’s the little touches that show your guests the love.  I’ve been busy in my studio setting up all the big things and now I’m working on all the little ways I can show love to anyone who enters the classroom.  I want people to come and feel the love, comfort and inspiration.  To connect with themselves and each other and feel my gratitude for them being there.  My latest little project was painting messages on each of the classroom aprons:

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And here are the fabulous gift bags that arrived the other day I can’t wait to wrap the art and gifts people purchase in these beauties:

 

Happy Monday to you!   *N