Rewire your thinking! Shine your light brighter in the world!

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I was talking with a friend a few weeks ago.  She was sharing how she had quit smoking earlier this year, slowly she’s started to reward herself with pampering and self care. She’s been putting the money that previously went towards cigarettes, instead towards massages, clothing and fabulous hair.  I was so proud of her and loved hearing about her doing that for herself.

Then she shared how she had been talking to another woman about this and that person had said something like this to her, “oh, are you going to become all high maintenance now?”.   A seemingly simple comment, probably meant to be funny….. yet completely loaded with judgment.   It left me wondering, why are we so quick to bring each other back down to whatever level we think they should be at to keep us comfortable?   It’s not like my friend has dropped everything and developed an all consuming clubbing habit at age 50 and was putting her family at jeopardy…  she was doing things within her budget and available time that made her feel good.   She was grasping onto a hope that she could keep on keeping on by making herself see how good it feels to treat her body good; to never want to crave a cigarette again, to honor herself for doing something that is so amazing.   We should have a parade in her honor! NOT tear her down.  Have you been in her position?

From the outside perspective it’s so much easier to see how a person can start to dim their own light.  We speak up, we feel good and if we don’t have a strong enough support system or our internal knowing isn’t strong enough yet in that area then once we face resistance we question ourselves.

I know I’ve experienced this so often.  There are many ways in which I’ve always been just a bit on the outside of what seemed like “everyone else”.  From day one, left handed.  Then an artist that loves art but never quite felt like I fit in with the artists…  I was a mixture of the smart kid, the athlete, the artist… yet not really completely any of them.  As an adult I married early and became a mom while everyone else was single and having fun. Then just as everyone around me was getting married and starting to have babies… I was a divorced and then a single mom…   Then a vegetarian for over a decade, then not, then the mom who cloth diapered, and then home schooled while also the mom to the social butterfly, daughter who loves everything about public school.  A stay at home mom who also works from home.  In virtually every area of my life I have to face feeling like I don’t fit in completely… and yet I’ve learned to see that this is where I find my superpowers… my uniqueness and what gloriously separates me from the masses.  A uniquely, perfect perspective that there isn’t an “us” and “them” or success or failure; there are are layers between.

 

What has helped me to find peace in this area?  Mentors, seeing people who are so different and wildly successful and happy.  Seeing my friends who stay home and raise their children and are so amazing at it.  Seeing other friends who run successful businesses and are so tapped into their callings while also raising awesome kiddos.  Seeing retired women who have so much fire in their bellies and are so full of dreams and life.  Seeing the friends who go to work each day and are unapologetic about their passion for living life on their terms.   There is no right answer, only what is right for us, our families, our purpose, our knowing.

Back to my friend who I started this post about, for her it is so perfectly fabulous that she is embracing this time for her and honoring what she knows she needs.  That is not to take anything away from the other amazing women who have no desire to have a massage or new clothes and yet are perfectly content.  For one person it may be taking time to simply indulge is music and solitude, for another it may be a weekend retreat or business conference, for me I light up from my soul on out when I see new places and get to take in beautiful scenery and share those experiences with people I love.  Pay attention to the moments you feel the most peaceful or the experiences you find yourself craving. Those things that can help you to access your own knowing.

What does it mean to shine your light?  To me it means to to honor yourself and trust yourself enough to speak up when you see a wrong, to speak up in support of what is right no matter how unpopular.  It means embracing and celebrating your gifts, your talents, the fruits of your hard work.  It means being a beacon of hope for others, being the truest version of you.  Cutting away the distractions, the stresses that hold you back. It means being so true to your deepest, wisest knowing that you can’t help but inspire others to be more true to themselves.

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For me, when I’m shining my light it means I’m honoring my optimism, my belief in the good in people, it means I’m a warrior for love and good in the world.  It means I’m taking time to get quiet and tune in, I’m creating artwork or writing. I’m at peace with my desire for me time and honoring my inner introvert that needs rejuvenating time.

What inspires you when you see it modeled in others?  What have you witnessed other women or men do that you thought was so badass that you wished you had the guts to do it?  How about simple gifts they have given themselves that you admire? Make a note of those things.  You don’t have to do them, but they are clues.  Start collecting clues. Start honoring when you feel in the flow.   Don’t forget to download my free gift to you here to take the next steps in stripping away stresses to help reveal the real you and help you shine your light brighter in this world that so needs your light!

Sending you so much love!

 

 

 

 

 

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when a mural is painted over… your gift erased

I came across these photos yesterday of these murals that I painted about 15 years ago in my parents house.  My mom had been wanting something with this Tuscan feel and when Skylar was a baby there was a time that we lived with them so I painted these murals kind of as my rent and a thank you to her and my dad.  I was about 25 years old or so.

This piece was on a large wall that went up the middle of the house in the main living area.

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Over in the hallway both sides were lined with similar styled, soft glowing italian countryside inspired art.

So these murals stayed up for about 5-6  years I believe.  My mom told me many times how much she loved them and the feel it gave their home.  My mom passed away in early 2009, her passing was unexpected and shook my world as you can imagine.

Fast forward a few years later and my dad and his girlfriend are living in this house and getting it ready to sell.  My dad’s girlfriend expressed a desire to paint over all these murals with a soft gray color.    I was completely okay with this.   What I didn’t expect was the number of relatives and family members who heard that these murals would be painted over and came to me with complete disapproval.  They couldn’t believe that they’d choose to paint over these.  Over and over for years I heard this from people

I want to share why I felt so at peace with giving my permission.  I think it translates to so many other areas of life.   Even though I had spent dozens of hours painting these pieces, I knew that that was as a gift of love to my mom.  As much as my dad was also there and appreciated them, it was really for her.  I knew that I was okay with keeping those pieces sacred with her, when she was no longer there to appreciate them and enjoy them, then I was okay with understanding that the purpose they fulfilled was complete.   They were no longer needed.

My next reason was more practical, I understood that these murals were not everyone’s taste and neutral colors sell better.

So, I consciously said goodbye to them, thanked them for bringing my mom joy and also felt gratitude that I was able to do something to have brought joy.

I don’t have a clear picture of that wall after it was painted but you can get a feel for the space after:

I share this because it’s not just about the murals.  This could be any heartfelt, handmade gift that is no longer needed.  Giving both the giver and receiver permission to release it knowing it’s purpose was served, love and gratitude were felt and it’s okay to let it go on to provide those to another.  Or in the case like the mural, it won’t be re-gifted… it’s just done. No longer there.   This could be a piece of decor that has brought great joy, like a bowl, dish, etc that gets broken.  Instead of focusing on the breaking part, focus on the joy it brought. Say thank you for that joy or usefulness.

Everything has a cycle, a time.  Sometimes we hold things past when they are meant to be there for us.  I think as a society we have a lot of work to do in giving ourselves permission to release things that no longer light us up.  Or to simply say thank you and let things, people, experiences go on their way. Hold gratitude for the role they played.  This can also be a friendship or job… not all are meant to be forever.  Things will sometimes end, don’t let the ending cloud the lesson and rewards of the experience.

My sister and Skylar in front of the mural one Christmas.

Me, Skylar and my mom

The question I’ll leave you with this this, is there something you’ve been holding on to that you need to let go?  Or a way you can re-frame an experience to find appreciation for it instead of focusing on the loss?

Sending you all love.

 

It doesn’t have to be so hard, does it?

My whole life I’ve been taught (or just assumed) that we must force things, head down, grinding it out to make things happen. While that is true at times, what if things don’t have to be hard to mean they are worthwhile? I’ve always had an underlying feeling like fun had to be earned. Especially working on my own business there is always work to be done and it can feel like there is never time or validation for frivolous fun. The last few years though I’ve started to notice that it’s the times when I’m allowing myself to be swallowed up by fun and life’s simple enjoyments that inspiration hits, I’ll see an order come through or finally get clarity on something I’ve been thinking about. hmm It got me thinking and researching and turns out that nudge and subtle noticing is right on. Swimming against the current doesn’t mean it’s smarter or better. I’m sharing this image as much for me as anyone else. In the flow of inspiration and joy

 

 

do you have a friend or loved one who has lost a parent or a child? Here is something you can do.

NEW – Introducing my newest Sacred Hellos remembrance greeting cards 

There are those days that come up; Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, perhaps a wedding, birth of a child or a deceased loved one’s birthday.

These are days where it would be so nice to have a card to send to the family member or friend who is desperately aching for a parent or child that they miss.

These cards are the perfect fit for those occasions.  Letting that person know you are holding them in love, for that specific day and all days. Letting them know you know and see them and their love, their pain. Acknowledging what they are going through without having to come up with the words yourself.

Do you know someone who has recently lost someone close to them?  Get this card, then set a reminder for 51 weeks from now, or for the anniversary of the passing to give that card to them. You’ll be prepared and they will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Click on the picture for more information or to see closeups.

For the parent missing a child who has passed:

   

For the person missing a Mother –

   

For the person missing a Father –

   

You can click on the pictures above or go to my etsy site to see all the cards. These cards to not mention a specific holiday so they are perfect for any day that you know your friend or loved one could use a little extra love.

I love living in a world, were even when we go through loss and hard times we can be surrounded by friends, co-workers and loved ones who take a moment to let us know they’ve got our backs, are holding us in prayer and surrounding us with love through those especially hard days.

Please share this post or a card link with anyone you know that would love to have this share with a person in their life.  Thanks,

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Personal wholeness.  Time and love poured into emotional, physical and spiritual wellness.   Then we can truly love and be loved.  Valentine’s Day (week) writings.

 

Commissions – the magical way to get exactly what you need

Have you ever asked an artist to create something perfect for you? It can sound intimidating, and truthfully some artists won’t do it.  But me, I love them.   I love seeing the ideas my clients come up with.  They are inspired by something they’ve seen, another piece of mine that they need a bit different, a name added.  You get the idea.

I want to share a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.   Some things to consider when you’re looking:

what colors do you love?

what color is the room you’d like the artwork?

is there a style you’re drawn to? Rustic, romantic, bold and abstract? Don’t be afraid to ask for something in that style.

General size of the art you’re wanting.  A bold, room statement piece or a subtle smaller piece to accent an area.

 

One piece I just finished this week went like this:  I had the client tell me she loved the guitar piece I had a few years ago.  She wanted something like that to go in her living room.  Except she wanted her and her husbands initials monogrammed on it and their wedding date.  Plus she wanted lots of colors in the background.   So I emailed her a few ideas with a few different styles of writing and we came up with her design.  For commissions I require 50% deposit for me to get started, then the other 50% is due after I send you pictures and you approve the design.   You can find this sign here and have it personalized with your monogram and wedding date here.

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Forgive the horrible photo on this one but it turned out to be one my favorites.  There were specks of coppers and golds in the fall leaf.  There is a beautiful story behind this painting (that I’ll leave sacred with the client) but this large 30″ x 24″ artwork has turned a special moment into a daily reminder of love.

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This is an example of a step during the commission.  For this one, the client asked to have teal, reds, yellows, oranges and a touch of green featuring the Colorado mountains.  Then their last name.   So one the painting was finished, I send something like this to them to get both approval on the background, see if there are any changes needing to be made and also select the text style that they like best.  This sign is on a great solid wood plan and will be going over a door.

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This glass was part of a set of glasses commissioned and sent out to New York City in time for a one of a kind Christmas gift.  Inspired by the movie, “Birds”.

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I hope this helps take a bit of the intimidation out of having custom artwork created.  I’ve often had people come to me and say, what can you do for $500, I want a scene with “fill in the blank”.  around this size….    what can you do.    This is common.  It takes the fear out of not knowing if an artist is going to come back with a quote of $200 or $2000 and puts a bit of the control back in your hands as the client.

So take a look around, get inspired.  Look at your home, your office, is there something that could go in those spaces that speaks to you directly and inspires you?  Let’s chat and find out if we can create the perfect piece for you.

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Butterfly wishes from Grandma

This past year I’ve been shown in a million ways that I am supposed to paint the Sacred Hellos artwork.  Validation to others, they aren’t crazy when they see signs; especially the ones who aren’t as vocal as I am about talking about those signs.  Also a comforting, recognition to the hellos I have gotten. They give me so much comfort and peace. After losing my own mom and other’s since I’ve been open to receiving and paying attention to the signs thsey send.  I’m so grateful.  I don’t go looking for them but I do try to notice them once they are there.      Well I have tears today as I realize another perfectly orchestrated hello from a new angel in Heaven.

Since I created the Sacred Hellos artwork I’ve had people asking me if I had any butterfly art. But this week it was all amplified. This week I’ve been overtaken by inspiration, numerous people asking for butterfly art.  I knew that I now was the time to paint them.  I sketched, plotted then I worked all day on Wednesday painting butterflies.

Today, in a completely different mind space I spent time this morning watching videos that my ex-brother in law has taken of his Grandma. This would be my exes Grandma. Sky’s great-grandma.  She was an AMAZING woman.  I feel so blessed to have known and loved her these past 18 years. She passed away earlier this week.  I’ve felt a range of sadness for those she’s left behind and complete happiness for her; imaging her reuniting with her husband who passed away long before I knew her and also seeing her parents again.  She was ready to go be with them.

Below is one of the videos I was watching. It’s a couple years old, yet I haven’t ever seen it.  Feel free to jump to the 6 minute mark.

She talks about how she wants to come back as a butterfly.   Chills and tears.

 

Hal has taken hundreds of hours of video of Grandma. She grew up in New York and is a bold, beautiful Italian woman.  Her blunt, bold style was a new world for me after growing up with my reserved, Minnesota family.  She was full of love.  Her and Skylar shared a birthday. We were all Capricorns and she called us her Minnesota Nanny Goats.

I just sit today in rememberance of her.  I feel like I got a visit that I wasn’t even aware I was getting now looking back at the paintings of butterflies that have overtaken my week.

Thank you for the hello Grandma.  Love you forever!

Here are the paintings from this week. You can click on them to learn more.

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I am grateful I followed the nudge to paint these.  It’ll be fun to see who there were meant for.

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New artwork line coming soon!

I am so thrilled to announce that my new artwork line will soon debut!

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Starting over 6 years ago, the night after my mom passed away I had my first “visit” dream.  I knew that she met me in my dream to let me know she was okay.  I woke up from that dream with so much peace about her.  To this day years later I can see the vision from that dream and feel that same feeling of her letting me hold her sweet face in my hands and we poured love into one another.  I will always cherish it.

Fast forward to the night Aspen was born.  I thought my water has broke and started to trickle. I wasn’t sure.   Out loud I asked my mom, “Mom, help me out.”   I went and laid back in bed, then the contractions started.   I got up from bed and it was like it was slow motion, I looked at the clock as I stood up and just as it clicked 11:11pm, mom water broke and gushed out.   Thank you mom.   I counted hundreds of signs I’ve received since her passing.   Songs on the radio that I kept hearing, finally listening to the words and knowing it was from her.  A talk with a medium who validated so many things.  Feathers.  Many feathers.  Tvs, lights doing things.  Dreams.  Birds, heart clouds.   Things that when I saw them, I knew. I felt though every part of me they were hellos from her.

Have you ever experienced this?    I’ve been longing for years to visually bring these experiences to life.  Artwork to inspire, remind us of those who have passed.  Artwork to remind us that we are loved, never forgotten and we will see them again.

 

Today as I was painting one of the paintings for this series, I had to stop because I noticed something wierd going on with my brush.  Yes, this is what I saw.   Thank you spirit for yet another sign, I am listening!

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New Artwork – sacred garden

Growing, wishing, blossoming.

Life, color and possibility.

Connection. honor. love.

Savor it all.

For the expectant mother, the midwife, the nurse.

The honoring of the sacred garden. The growing child. New life.

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This image is available in cards, prints or posters.  Visit my etsy shop to see the options.

© Noelle Rollins Art

Pallet prints – 8th day of Christmas special

Welcome to the 8th day of Christmas!

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These prints are mounted upcycled pallet wood. Wire and ready to hang.  Approximately 9″ x 11″

1 of each print available.

Your choice of:

For Me – Guitar: These piece’s are closeups of a man playing the guitar. It is full of soft colors and has a slightly abstract quality.

Poem on print:
There are no crowds, no one to hear as I work through my song. It is just me and my guitar, together we learn to know each other and strive to sing in harmony. There may never be anyone who hears my song, I may never fill a stadium or a club but I love to play and today I play for me.

Guitar: This features the word guitar over a black arrow pointing. The original was done on old weathered wood and so much of that great detail shows through on this print.

Soulful Yoga Standing Bow pose: This pose is the Standing Bow Pose. One of the chakras it can help clear is the root chakra. Leaving you feeling grounded and connected to the earth.

Great for those in your life that love not only yoga but all things natural, calming and centering.

About the The Root Chakra –
Let’s ground ourselves. No not the punishment but lets connect with the earth, feel secure and bring ourselves back from spacing out.
When I focus on this chakra is encourages me to come to terms with my Attitude toward money, security, greed, lack. This comes up so often being an entrepreneur. I have to choose to believe deep in my soul that this is an abundant world, there is enough for everyone. There is enough business for me, there is enough money for me and I get to attract it.
This artwork is great for those that are suffering from: lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, rectal tumors, depression, immune related disorders and/or the emotions that come with survival, self esteem, social order, security and family.

Or Soulful Yoga Pigeon Pose: Perfect people to receive this pose/chakra artwork are: people suffering from low back pain, sciatica, ob/gyn problems, pelvic pain, libido, urinary problem and those working through the emotions that come with blame, guilt, money, sex, power, control, and creativity.

From About.com: The Sacral Chakra is associated with the color orange or red-orange. I usually visualize the Sunkist orange that has been dyed to attract the produce buyer, or the orange red of an evening sunset when I’m focusing on spinning my second chakra. This chakra often offers us the opportunity to lessen our “control issues” and find a balance in our lives, teaching us to recognize that acceptance and rejection are not the only options in our relationships. The process of making changes in our life stream through our personal choices is a product of second chakra energy. A well-functioning second chakra helps one to maintain a healthy yin-yang existence.

Order here.  (or see more pics)

 

Thanks so much!

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