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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Thrifty Thursdays – Cheap and easy Breakfast Skillet

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Cheap & Easy Breakfast Skillet:

We are OBSESSED with this in my home right now.  It has a variety of food groups and it pretty simple and CHEAP!

It includes:

  • 2.5 lbs cups Diced Potatoes (3 large potatoes)   (Cost: $1.13 for 2.5 lbs. We buy the 20lb bag from costco for about $9.  We’ve also used organic potatoes, for that we paid $3.69/lb at Aldi.  So for 2.5 lbs it’d be $3.08)
  • 1/4 c. Vegetable oil (we had this so I’m gonna guess $0.20)
  • 1 medium onion (.25)
  • 1 diced tomato  (We got a 5 pack of roma tomatoes from Aldi on sale for $1.00  so for 1 tomato it’s $0.20)
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese ($2.00 for a block of cheddar at aldi,  we used 1/2 of it.  So for 1/2 it was $1.00)
  • 1/2 cup chopped brocolli ($4.59 for 48oz at Costco  = 4oz for $0.38
  • 3 eggs  (we use organic from Costco, $6.50 for 2 dozen, so about $0.27 each;  $0.81 total)

= Total of $3.97 for a huge skillet breakfast for 4 people!  AMAZING

Optional:   chopped fresh spinach, other veggies

Instructions: Chop the potatoes into 1/2″-1″ squares.  Heat up the oil in a large frying pan over med/medium low heat.  Add in potatoes.  Cover and allow to cook, stirring every 5 minutes.  After 30 minutes add in chopped onion.  Continue cooking until potatoes are tender and starting to crisp.  Then add in veggies, I add in a few Tablespoons of water here and re-cover, it helps steam the veggies.  Start making scrambled eggs in a separate pan (or make before you start the skillet and set aside).  Then top the potato mixture with the scrambled egged and shredded cheese.  Serve immediately.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

We used to  buy hash browns and diced potatoes already chopped, shredded. But when we realized what the savings were if we would do that ourselves we dove in and have been doing it ourselves ever since. PLUS we know there are no extra added ingredients that we don’t like.

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I’d love to hear what your favorite breakfast recipes are!  Share in the comments below:

Let’s begin

It’s late, everyone in the house has been asleep for hours. I just finished up a painted and I feel this strong nudging that tonight is the night that I need to start this blog. I’ve been feeling for awhile now that I need to make some changes in my life and my hope is that others may identify with my journey. Plus maybe you can help hold me accountable when times get tough in the future.  

Let me back up and say that I feel so blessed in my life. I should have nothing to complain about. I am married to my soul mate and literally wake up each day so grateful to have found my husband. I have an 11 year old daughter and an 18 month old son. They are the light of my life. I have a love for painting, art and business.  Lately though I’ve been feeling such an overwhelming mixture of emotions.  I have my youngest home with me everyday. I do my best to paint, fill orders, keep my websites updated with him here. Surely I can’t be the only one though that struggles with finding the balance between working from home, being a mom and trying to keep a nice home. Somehow while juggling all of them I end the day feeling like I just broke even, the house is tolerably clean, my baby is very loved, well fed and happy, my business… not so much. I want it all: success, the perfect family, a perfectly decorated home, clean, and I want to have time to workout, have cute hair and wear more than yoga pants and black t’s. For the last few years I’ve painted pieces inspired by yoga, the deeper meaning of life and soulful living.  I live my life full of love, passion and care however I’m lacking in self care, quiet contemplation and any sort of physical activity. (Except the squats I do over my chair while my computer is thinking or the occasional series of reps I do w/ the arm weights I have sitting by my computer)… I really need to get my act together.  Tonight after hours of talking it out to my very patient hubby I think I talked myself through some decisions I’m making.  I’m giving myself permission to take the next few months off from updating my website, coming up w/ new glassware designs, prints, etc and will limit my artwork to filling orders and completing homework for the amazingly awesome business course I’m taking (more on that in another post).  I am going to give myself the blissful permission of a timeout from “real life”.  I’m going try to paint almost everyday (and for the first time in years… without the intent to sell them.). I’m going to get my house organized from top to bottom and get some long needed family plans in place. I don’t know if it’s the artist in me but I tend to love the idea of structure, plans, etc but have a hard time implementing them.  I am however an obsessive list maker, so we’ll see how that helps me over the next few months. I’m also going to consciously do some soul searching, learn yoga and start meditating. I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 7 years and the last 4 months I’ve been eating about 95% vegan. I am finding so much joy in making healthy recipes, measuring out the spices and feeding my family such healthy food. The few weeks though I gave in and have bought some technically vegan food that is really not healthy. Mountain Dew, crescents, and chips. I don’t want to be a junk food vegetarian so I’m actively putting the intention out there into the universe that I plan on getting healthier, losing the weight I gained after my mom passed away and working towards 100% vegan. I’d love to take you along on this journey, and share things, tips, techniques and hopefully breakthroughs over the next few months.  I have so many big plans for my artwork and I hope by taking time away and re-finding my passion for painting that it will help me clear the clutter in my mind and let me zen out a bit.