Intentional artwork – hidden meaning and love – 7 horses – New Artwork

I am in awe sometimes of the moments in life I get to be a part of.

This new painting was so special to me. It’s a larger piece, 6ft wide and 3 feet tall. It features 7 clydesdales and is full of meaning.

 

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I’ve created a video to show the the story and the hidden messages I’ve hidden within the artwork, click the link to see the painting unfold in this short video.

This artwork was coordinated by Robin at Front Door Coaching, she soulfully teams together interior design, coaching and bodywork and had the insight to bring me in to do this artwork. It was a group effort that I am so incredibly proud to be a part of.  It’s a kind of artwork called, Intentional Artwork.  Where there is meaning layered throughout the piece.  It’s a perfect type of artwork for people looking to capture a deeper meaning after loss, life changes or encouragement moving forward.

When you watch the video I’d be so grateful if you’d take a second and send love to the family this was made for. https://vimeo.com/180342361

 

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feel the knowing saturating the areas of uncertainty

december 31st, 2015

I feel myself coming up after being pulled down under the tide. A tide that held me too close to wanting to be understood, Scared to really be fully me.

I can feel that I’m ready to really hear my truest self.  I turned 38 a few days ago and it’s like a switch clicked and I see things a bit differently and it’s beautiful.

What I’m hearing… home school the youngest, help him to be is greatest self. Move on from dairy and sugar and wheat.  Give my body the truest nutrients it’s been looking for and craving. Own my voice, my powerful observations, knowings, challenges and hopes. Dare others to dream big, listen to their knowing. Teach myself how to cook and serve good to nourish my family deeply and satisfyingly. Listen, learn, pray, dance. I feel myself not caring what “they” think. Wanting to speak up for what I know and have seen. To be able to stand proudly and confidently in me, not needing to prove anything just receive and learn and know and love. To own the greatness that is waiting for me.

All those times I’ve been shown that I need to be brave, stand up and really dive into my deepest strengths… I thought it was all about art… it’s about my body, my temple, my family, my mind. Trusting and forgiving myself as I learn and grow and try and fall and GET BACK UP.

I see 2016 as a year of learning, growing and feeling. Listening to the universe, my body, my children, my love. Serving with love, laughter and richness. Done are the endless conversations about money, tightening spending, lack, only so much. Instead I trust that abundance is already ours. That as I step into my calling fully that an abundance of money, love, good health and peacefulness will cradle us and saturate all that is already good.

I feel my best artwork is yet to come, more than just about the artwork.. I use the art as a tool a way for us to connect, to feel, to believe in what is unseen and not yet known. Artwork that helps us to transport into another part of our our mind, our life, our being, the world. To feel. Yet also growing as an artist and owning my craft, my skill. Allowing my skills to grow and myself to continue to develop, to play and not take it all too seriously while also knowing it’s the most real thing I know; a piece of me. A piece of what I’ve seen, a piece of what is coming that even I don’t know yet.

I’m breathing in the changes, the healing, the love. Praying for courage to answer the call on why I’m here on earth at this exact time, with these exact people in my exact life; including you who are reading this.  Breathing in and owning the wisdom that has come from all my mistakes, shortcomings, past tries and successes.

For 2016 I feel an allowing happening. listening. a transformation.

Has anything been trying to get your attention?  Are you feeling changes coming or a deeper settling in what you already know to be true?  I wish you an incredible beginning to 2016!

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a new move

We are getting all settled in the new house. Painting, unpacking, decorating, savoring.   This move has been a lesson in life about faith, trust and manifestation.

Let’s rewind to just over two months ago… my loving hubby and I were having a long look at our budget, bills, list of house fix-it projects and by all accounts we could not figure out a way for us to move.  We had been working hard to pay off everything so all we’d have left was a house payment.  It was a wonderful thing to not have all the payments but for the moment we were cash poor.  So we debated and decided the safe thing to do would be to list out all the projects we needed to work on and we’d spend the next year working on them and saving up as much cash as possible for a down payment.  We got to work that weekend and fixed some exterior things on the house.  It seemed fine for about 48 hours…

I sat with the feelings I was having and tried to identify what wasn’t sitting right.  I realized we were choose fear instead of going for our dreams.  We were playing it safe instead of taking a leap.  So I made a conscious choice.  I started packing boxes.  That night I shared my feelings and Bruce agreed. We decided that we would do whatever we could in our power to make a move happen and if it was meant to be for this summer then it would happen and if it was meant to be that we wait a year then that would happen.  We just needed to do all we could.   That week we continued working on our list of house projects.   I happened to post  the picture online of our packed boxes sharing our intention to move.  My lifelong best friend let me know of a house that would be perfect for us.   So we scheduled a showing that weekend and came to see the house on the hill.   We both knew immediately that this was our home.  It was what we’d been looking for over the past years, the yard, space, buildings all were a perfect fit for us.  All being finished enough that the house was move in ready but still enough character to the home that we could continue to do projects and add our own special touches.

We let the seller know that we wanted it and since he is a friend he agreed to hold it for us until our house could be sold. AMAZING.  So we were able to spend the next 3 weeks getting our house ready to be on the market. I was so grateful for family coming over and helping us paint, plant flowers and borrowing us a few things for staging.  It all worked!  We listed it and it sold in 2 days.   The buyer for that house wanted to be in it by the end of May and thankfully we had a new home to go to.

Pictures of the old house once we got it staged:

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So my friends, here we are.  Living in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley area in Wisconsin.  We can see Minnesota off in the distance.  We are learning more about this amazing community we are getting to be a part of here in Osceola and loving it.   Here a few pictures of the new house:

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This is the ugly peacock / chicken coop, remember how creepy, dirty and ugly it is now…  next summer it’s on the list to transform it into one of the coolest guest bunk houses ever:

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So that my friends is our story of our spring miracle.  What seemed impossible and we had no way to figure it out, we surrendered, trusted and worked our asses off and somehow here we are.  🙂

Sending love and support to every one of you for that impossible dream in your life!  And also to myself that I can remember this life lesson for the other areas where I have big dreams that seem out of reach.

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European Tour Recap – Creating an Inspired Life Radio

 

This week on True 2 You Radio I share all about the amazing lessons, experiences and life changing moments from my 2 week tour in Europe.   Listen in as I talk about how the project came into fruition, how I became involved and what transpired with the women from around Europe during our visit.  I wish everyone could have a chance to spend two weeks with these incredible Braveheart sisters. It’s truly an experience of seeing the best in people.

 

https://true2youradio.com/previous-shows/     go to this link. Scroll down to the Creating an Inspired life link. Scroll down to the October 26th, 2014 podcast: Harmony Tour recap.

 

The show will be replaying all week long. You can see the schedule here.   You can also do a search on iTunes for Noelle Rollins Creating an Inspired Life.

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Pet Portrait Flash Sale

Monday, August 11th  –  Monday, August 18th!

Treat yourself and/or your loved ones to an amazing custom painting of your pet!  Show off your pet’s personality and uniqueness with a custom painting of them.  

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This is a fantastic way to honor a pet that has passed.  (If you’d like the name added or years, just let me know – I can do that)

Your custom portrait will include a custom acrylic painting of your pet on canvas, the edges will be painting black so it is ready to hang or you can frame.

You can choose from your cat, dog, horse or other pet. After your order, please message me and include 1 or 2 clear photos of your pet for me to work from. This price is for a single animal per portrait. Message me if you would like a quote to add additional animals to your artwork.

Choose from:
Closeup Option: This is a closeup of your pet’s face, similar to the styles shown on the left side of the 2nd photo. Choice of 11″ x 14″ canvas or upgrade to 16″ x 20″ canvas.

Full body option: This features your pet in a more scenic view, will include a non-detailed background, ground, field, etc. See examples on the right side of the 2nd photo. Choice of 11″ x 14″ canvas or upgrade to 16″ x 20″ canvas.

Save over 60% this week only!!!  Sale prices will show up automatically.  You can see all the options here in my store.

Larger sized are available. Message me for a quote! 

Paintings will ship out in 2-3 weeks from order day.

 

Want to see the behind the scenes process of a pet portrait?   You can watch me paint Hondo, the very loved dog of Vanessa.

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I’ll send you on over to my YouTube channel to watch the video here.

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!

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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

 

a day that changed it all – by getting really real

It’s Wednesday. Oct 23, 2013.  It’s cold outside today in the 30’s.  I’m crabby. We’re just coming off a full moon.  Aunt Flo has overstayed her welcome and I’m exhausted. I have been wanting to either yell or cry all day.  Finally, tonight at 7pm I started crying. I walked outside to the garage to get something and just started crying and crying. Praying, pleading for a sign that I’m on the right track with my art career.

Today is the day in 2 different online groups I’m in I did something I’ve never done. I confessed I’m having a bit of a breakdown, I don’t have it all together and I’m scared. I feel like I can’t tell if I’m wildly succeeding in going for my dreams and this is a good scared, or if I’m failing miserably.  I have such big dreams I’m going for and here’s the thing; they are SO deeply personal and close to my heart that it can almost be paralyzing to me when I need to reach out to the next step.  Being an artist is intertwined through my every cell so sometimes I don’t know who to find a healthy distance so that I can take chances without my whole heart involved.

This is the day that I realized there are moments where those completely opposite results and visions of success and failure are only a  sliver apart.  I always pictured success as a road going in the complete opposite direction of failure. So it was obvious to everyone involved what road any person was on at any given time. And furthermore… to get on the other road you’d first have to backstep and trace your path back to a nuetral point and THEN begin on the other path.  I NEVER knew that they can go parallel, criss cross and even merge together here and there and that sometimes you wouldn’t even know what one you were on.  Holy Shitballs.

As I posted my plea for help online the thing that scared me most is that no one would care to help give me advice. I would be invisible.  I cried out of fear as I posted all of my worries.  Then minutes later I cried in amazement and gratefullness as my cyberspace soul sisters poured their support and wisdom my way.

Today is the day my gratitude shifted. A deeper thank you for each person that takes the time to respond to a newsletter I send out, to “like” a new picture I post online of my artwork to even respond to a personal email.

Today is the day I realized I have mindset issues. When I see someone left me feedback on an Etsy purchase and I click on it I hold my breath hoping it’s not bad. Why am I like this? I love myself, yet where does the doubt come from. The fear of confessing what everyone around me already knows. The fear of saying, “Guess what, I don’t have all my shit together”. Intellectually I understand that no one does.  I applaud for the underdogs in stories. I weep out of joy when people go for their dreams.  Why can’t I feel that same appreciation for myself?

Today is the day I realized I don’t know how to be vulnerable.  And do you know who are the most vulnerable?  Those that don’t think they are… and that is not a good thing. It feels like the joke is on me.

Today at 11pm is when I did my Brene Brown and Oprah homework for their online course, this is when I gave myself permission to do the following:

Be shallow, ask questions, give a 100% and maybe still fail, to experiment, to take long baths, to be wrong sometimes, to be crabby or tired or angry… unapologetically at times.  To not apologize for crying, believing in mediums and pyschics and all kinds of woo woo things.  Today is the day that I give myself permission to explore a part time job that will add to my skillset and business goals.

Today I stop worrying what people will think. I will go balls to the walls for my business and my family.  I will make phone calls, get shit done and fight for my dreams.  I know through EVERY cell of my body that one of my soul’s missions here on earth is to work with women. To help them live their most authentic, soulful and inspired lives. I know I do this through my artwork, my stories and community.  I know this. I believe it in. I know I have a story to tell that will help women.  I know that the crap I have gone through in my life is not so that I can sit here now feeling sorry for myself. It’s been my greatest teacher.  I believe in my artwork’s message.  I surrender on what the universe has planned for me on how I will get it out to those who need it.

 

Reflections from a week later: It’s amazing how tough things can be when we are in the middle of it. It’s hard to see beyond our perspective and the big picture.  It’s hard to know how we’re coming off to others, how many things we should be really proud of ourselves for.   You know what else I can say now, I am vulnerable. I am vulnerable throughout painting every painting and presenting it to the world. For writing poetry to go with it not sure if anyone will connect with it. Walking a line between the different parts of my personality; flowy, spiritual artist and obsessive list maker who gets a natural high from budgeting and doing accounting.  I am my friend, a messy, blurred ball of contradictions, good intentions, dreams and mostly love.  This week I’m perfectly content with that.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Being Brave and facing fear head on – and some BIG NEWS!!

Spoiler alert: BIG news being shared in this post. I’d love for you to read the whole thing but if you just can’t wait and want to read the news first scroll to the bottom!

I am doing the bravest thing yet in my life and I need your help to make it happen.

Life is full of daily lists, to do’s, obligations. Within every second of my free time, moments between conscious thoughts are filled with my dreams. There are also my regrets. I live a good life. I have my 2 kids and a dog, my dream man as my husband and a family I am so proud to have grown up in.

Yet, I know that as an old woman someday I want to be able to tell my children, “Don’t spend every day in your safe, perfect little world. Help others, get out of your comfort zone, be bigger than you think you can be.”  I want to be able to look them in the eye and say with full certainty that I lived a life full of love and also full of a knowing and a connected-ness to others.

I watch clips of marches in the 60’s, Holocaust stories and I like to tell myself that I would have marched, I would have spoke up. I would have made myself vulnerable for the good of all people.

I know that I was put here on this earth to use my artwork to speak messages of hope, light and love. I know I am here to be a light. I know that I am here not as a midwestern, blond haired, blue eyed girl that gets to stay in a safe bubble.  I am here to connect people. I am here to help people see the other side, to love themselves, to love each other. I believe we are all connected and when one of us hurts, it hurts all of us. I know this.

So when I found out a group of Braveheart women were going to Jerusalem to work with women and start to plant the seeds of peace and hope to the places that need to hear it in this world I cried with happiness for them. Yes “them”.  At first I admit, I said that sounds amazing… for someone.  But not me; I have young kids, I could never raise that amount of money, who do I think I am to get to do something so big?

Then a month passed and I started dreaming about it, I started thinking about the what ifs. What if I didn’t let my fear of the unknown stop me? What if I stepped up and fully owned the power to make a difference that I have? What if I faced fear straight on and beat it? Wow. What if…  So that’s what I’m doing. I laid out all the “what if’s”  and worked out how we would handle them and with my family’s support I signed up. I grew up a little bit that day.

 

Click here to read more, visit my fundraising site and see all the new free gifts I’m giving away as thank you’s for donations!!

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As most of you know I’m also selling beautiful bracelets to support my journey to the Israeli-Palestinian region.  I just got 80+ new ones in yesterday and have them all loaded in my store now. You will LOVE them.  These have a dragonfly on each side of the flower.  These are roses blooming.  There are new multicolored ones, and dainty ones. You will love. You can see them all (sorted by colors or styles) here.   These make a great gift and all the new styles only have 2 of each bracelet in each color so some will go fast.  These make a beautiful gift for the women in your life.  For around $100 you can get 3 bracelets, 1 for yourself and 2 for sisters, girlfriends, daughters, etc.  Each come in a purple organza bag with a card explaining a bit about the project.  Each time you wear the bracelet you know that you are connected to a large group of women from around the world working together, knowing that peace begins with us.   I’ve had a few women that have bought bracelets and loved them so much and what they stand for that they wanted to show their friends and families.  I have enough bracelets for 11 friends who will each take 11 bracelets to your circle of friends.  I will give you paperwork that explains the project and as a thank you when you sell the 10 bracelets I will gift one to you for free.  Plus, there is no money due up front. If this interests you please let me know.  I will make sure to say thank you publicly on my website also!

 

BIG NEWS!!!!! –

Braveheart has changed up the way the trip is going to happen.  There is a beautiful woman named Tamara who is from Canada, she has felt so moved by this project that she has been living alternating between the Israeli side and the Palestinian side over in that region. She has been coordinating the continued gatherings over there. What she’s finding is that she doesn’t believe she’ll have any problems getting the 333+ women from each side but she is finding that the process of really and truly gaining trust, friendship and women with a shared goal may take a  little longer than May of 2014.  A certain percentage of women (just like here in the US) may attend the event just out of curiousity, free food, etc).  There is a big difference in those who casually attend and the women that feel deeply called to carry out an ongoing sisterhood from an authentic place.  That coupled with 300 women from the US, many who have never had to raise money, some are getting a slow start.  So what Braveheart has done is reduce the 2014 trip in 1/2 of what it was planned to be.  They have then moved the large event to May of 2015.  This will give women that are a bit slower at raising money until 2015 to do so.  Let me just be clear, I AM NOT going to be one of those women.  Here is the good news. As an incentive to those of us who have been fundraising and reaching our goals and are super motivated to go over there and make a difference, when I raise my money by early spring of 2014 Braveheart has decided to honor us by including BOTH the 2014 and the 2015 trip for the original amount that I am raising.  That is AMAZING!!  So essentually now every donation is having double the impact and getting me a trip there both times. This includes airfare, food and hotel and event both times!!  I am going to be very honest, my goal is to raise the majority of my funding by the end of this year.  I want this for a few reasons, I want to show people that it can be done, I want to be able to move into a more peaceful stage of planning instead of still fundraising next year and I like the challenge. It scares me a bit so that must mean something good.   So now you can go back to the top and read a bit more that I haven’t shared before about why I want to be a part of this journey.

Say No or Say Yes. Just make a decision.

There is an incredible power that comes from being able to quickly analyze a situation and make a decision.  People worry about making the wrong decision, I get that.  There are times where a deeper level of breaking down options and benefits, etc is needed.  But let me say clearly: not making a decision is STILL making a decision!  Think about that, by putting off making a decision there are often consequences to that choice also. I’ve watched many people around me become nearly paralyzed with fear of making a wrong decision so they don’t make them.

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So yes, by being in denial that your kid is on drugs and not being sure what to do… that is doing nothing essentially until you DO SOMETHING. In a bad relationship and yet it’s just easier to stay because you don’t want to deal with deciding to end it or not? That is making the decision to stay every day until you make a different choice.  There are times where you know you need to do something but it’s not the right time.  Make a conscious to wait to make the choice. Awareness is everything.

I was sitting having coffee this week with my sweetheart summer intern Holly. She was interviewing me for a follow up to her internship for school.  Then she was sharing about what she has learned.  One point she brought up was that she had learned about managing risk, how business owners will have to make choices, analyze options, etc. She talked about how valuable it was watching me make the decision to close my studio in order to expand my business in other areas. How she watched me take into account the risks, the benefits and bottom line financial effects.  It was such a cool treat for me to hear her tell me that. I’ve never taken college business courses so I wouldn’t have used those words but yes, I had to admit that’s exactly what I did.  She asked me about how I was able to make such a fast choice. Here is what I said:

“I have watched people not be able to make decisions around me for years, it makes me crazy. I have a belief that people need to build that decision making muscle and remember even if they make the wrong choice then they can make another choice after that. There is also something about being very in tune with my intuition and my gut feelings about the situation. Many times there are clues along the way that we ignore but if we start being aware of them and making mental notes of them then it makes it much easier when it’s time to make a decision.  Like with me and studio, I’m not against having a studio but for me right now I didn’t need to have that studio. Someday maybe I’ll decide I want one again. We’ll see”

This sometimes can also go hand in hand with knowing you need to set a boundary but you are afraid to.

See this post for my thoughts on that. http://noellerollinsart.com/i-give-you-permission-to-say-no-2/

What decisions are you putting off making? Have you been guilty of this?  I’ve read and heard about many different tools for making decisions. One of my favorites is the 10-10-10 rule.  Analyze how your decision will affect you in 10 minutes.  Then how it will affect you in 10 days.  Lastly, what are the benefits, downsides of your decision 10 years from now?  Often what happens for me is that I’ll realize I’m make a big deal about nothing. So many of the decisions we make will have no affect on our lives even 10 days from now. Then you can also really train your brain to look at the big picture as well.   You can also consider who will be affected by your decision.

When I was a project manager our goal with projects was to finish a project while staying within our budget of money, time and resources.  What is the effect of your choice in each of these areas?

Good luck and happy decision making!