Big Harmony Bracelet announcement

Great news!
I was crunching the numbers this weekend and I’m able to offer a special on the Diamond, Pinwheel and Floral Garden style bracelets!  I have received about 3x more of these styles than any other style, so even though they’ve been my best sellers I still have a lot of them left.  I have all three of these styles listed for only $20 each!
Here is the scoop.  I have just over 2 months left to raise my last $4000 for my trip.  I have a large garage sale planned for spring (if you have a box or two of goodies you planned on donating and instead would like to send them my way please let me know, I’d be so grateful!) and am hoping to bring in $1000 from that and a few other small fundraisers planned as well in addition to the Harmony bracelets.
It’s about more than a bracelet.  When all bracelets are sold there will be 333 women walking around Minnesota and the country who have purchased from me and are all wearing these bracelets to represent what we can do when we join together and put our money towards good things in the world. We can all make a difference. This bracelet is a small step in declaring that.
I hope that every time you look at your bracelet you feel connected to all the other women who are declaring that they too are cheering on love and compassion, peace and unity over all else.
There are also a few red and pink bracelets left that are included in this sale that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.  (What a great gift.)
 
I will be wearing my bracelet on Valentines Day and I hope you will wear yours too. 
 
Post a pic to FB of you wearing your bracelet that day and tage me in it. Let’s help spread the word that together we are all making a difference! 
 
I am SO grateful for each and every one of you!  Thank you for supporting me. I will be leaving in only 4 months!
Make sure to let me know if you have any questions.

your joy is my joy

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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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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.

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I’m in the midst of my first major fundraising effort. Next year I will go to Israel with 333 other women to create a space for peace, sisterhood and change.  You can read all about the story here.  To make this happen I’ve stepped forward to raise over $9500 in the next 9 months.  One thing I never expected is how incredibly vulnerable I feel.   The passion I feel for the cause makes it all worth it to put myself out there, but I admit every once in awhile a little voice does step in, “who do you think you are?”, “that’s impossible”, “times are tough for people”, “if you fail, you are going to fail in front of EVERYONE!”…  uggghhh.  It’s not a fun experience when I am feeling those doubts.  Thankfully most of the time I am able to keep my mind clear of them and remember this isn’t really about me. It will undoubtedly be a life changing experience for me, but it’s bigger than me.

So that brings up the question that I admit I have asked myself,  “Why not just get a second job or bust my butt doing extra artwork and earn the $9,000 myself and never have to talk about it to anyone, no feeling vulnerable or ever feeling rejection?”  A beautiful friend of mine, Joan so perfectly articulated why this isn’t the best option and it really got me thinking.

Part of the beauty of us as women going to Israel to work with these 600+ other ladies is that it’s bigger than us.  Part of our goal is to raise awareness. Awareness for the possibilities of peace, the power of a sisterhood, that we aren’t as different from another as the world likes to tell us we are.  Awareness that we can make a difference, awareness that there is tremendous power in 10’s of thousands of people that have pitched in anywhere from $10 – hundreds or bought a bracelet or even simply sent best wishes. That is more people praying, sending positive energy and raising the consciousness of the power we have as a collective force.  That is 10’s of thousands of other men and women who get the gift of knowing they are part of something bigger, they get to feel the pride and goodness in helping others.  I once heard an interesting thing: those who witnessed an act of kindness actually had as much and sometimes more of an oxytocin/happy hormone rush that even the people who were the giver or receiver of the good deed.   Those people then take that happiness and spread it in their own lives to those they come in contact with.  So by the time we all head out on our adventure in May of 2014 there will be 100’s of thousands of people involved.  Involved, affected for the better, invested, praying, meditating. That is WAY bigger and better than little ol’ me and my $9,000 without anyone else being involved.  We are part of a swelling undertide of change, peace and love.  And that, it feels amazing for everyone single one of us.   **Noelle

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If you feel called to be a part of this journey through supporting me, I’d be so grateful.  There are a few ways to do this.

  1. Buy a gorgeous bracelet from me. I just got a brand new batch in on 4/8/2013!! These bracelets are beautiful and my hope is that each time you look at it you will feel the difference you’ve made. Each bracelet is $33 and comes in an organza bag and has a tag that tells about the project. These make a great gift also. This amount is not tax deductable since you will be getting a bracelet in return but all profits will go to this project. I will have limited designs of each one shown, if the one you order is sold out I will let you know and replace it with one here that is closest to what you order. Bracelets will begin shipping in April.
  2. If you own a store, salon, boutique etc where women frequent and you would like to help sponsor this project let me know. I will be connecting with 11 local businesses to sell bracelets; I will provide a basket to place near your register to sell 33 bracelets and will provide all information about the project to display. I will then be checking in with you bi-weekly. In exchange for this generous help, once those bracelets are sold out your name will be added to the Harmony Project website and I will add your store name to my own website and any future press releases about the project.
  3. SHE – postcard Print. This prints radiates beauty, strength, connectedness. Everything that the Harmony Project stands for also.  For $15 you get 2 – 5.5″ x8.5″ postcard prints!  See the print here.

Israel here I come!

I am thrilled to share with you my exciting news!

First, in order to catch you up fully let me rewind: Four years ago today, my beautiful mother passed away unexpectedly. The years since then have been filled by every emotion possible. In addition to being an LPN at a nursing home for many years by mom later devoted years to raising all of us kids. This brought us all a closeness, a protectiveness and a loving admiration for her that we will cherish forever. One thing that I have taken from that experience is a hunger for finding a way for me to connect and help other women see their inner light.

This leads me to today. I have an amazing opportunity to be a part of a project that is bigger than anything I could ever dream to accomplish on my own. In May, 2014 I will join 333 women from the Western world (US, Canada, etc) and we will go to Bethlehem, Israel for a week. While there we will join with 333 Israeli women and 333 Palestinian women for a 3 day retreat. During this trip we will follow in the footsteps of a smaller scale retreat that successfully took place in the fall of 2012, where a total of 33+ women from these 3 areas had breakthroughs, hugs, love and connection. To learn more about what we will do while there I have created a page devoted to this project here on my website.
To help accomplish this, I will embark on a tremendous fund raising effort over the next year. The final cost for me to do this will be over $9000. I know that I’m being called to be a part of this and I know that it completely aligns with my souls desire to help women both locally and around the world. I will come back from this experience with even greater skills and a heart to be able to do more work here locally as well. I ask that if you believe in me and this trip’s purpose resonates with you that you help make this possible for me by making a donation or purchase below. I have 4 options set up:

  1. A tax deductible donation. Braveheart Women is a 501c3 non-profit organization and your donation is fully tax deductable. To do this please make a check out to BraveHeart Foundation and mail it to me at: Noelle Rollins Art 543 Coon Rapids Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. (Any amount over $100 and I will add your name as a sponsor to a page on my website where I will have information. Any amount over $50 and I will add your name as a contributor)
  2. Host an art class at my studio. You will gather 6-15 of your friends, family or co-workers for a fun, relaxed evening out. All profits will go directly to this trip. This can be a kids party, ladies night out, moms group, painting party, etc. Cost is $40 per person. (This will not be tax deductible but your money will go towards the cause.
  3. Buy a gorgeous bracelet from me. These bracelets are beautiful and my hope is that each time you look at it you will feel the difference you’ve made. Each bracelet is $33 and comes in an organza bag and has a tag that tells about the project. These make a great gift also. I will have limited designs of each one shown, if the one you order is sold out I will let you know so we can find one that is close to the one you’ve chosen. Bracelets will begin shipping in April.
  4. If you own (or work at) a store, salon, boutique etc where women frequent and you would like to help sponsor this project let me know. I will be connecting with 11 businesses to sell bracelets; I will provide a basket to place near your register to sell 33 bracelets and will provide all information about the project to display. I will then be checking in with you bi-weekly. In exchange for this generous help, once those bracelets are sold out your name will be added to the Harmony Project website and I will add your store name to my own website and any future press releases about the project.

Lastly, I have one favor to ask each of you whether you are able to contribute through a donation or not.  I ask you to pray for this project, my part in it and the group of beautiful women and their families and friends that will be positively affected; surrounding it with uplifting and positive energy.

Thank you! Noelle

The story behind the art – Hold on Girl!


Title: Hold on girl – girl on bike

As my daughter prepares to begin middle school tomorrow, I think back to when my sweet girl was only 4 or 5.  She went through a phase I can only describe as Mary Poppins meets Sound of Music meets bag lady.  She’d layer her outfits, one day we counted 13 layers including 7 of them being dresses.  She’s wear a wide brim hat and carry around a basket or a bag full of her goodies.  It was so precious.  This artwork was inspired by that time. Care free, ready to take on the world and full of love, hope and all things good.

My vision for this artwork and it’s prints is to see them given to women that are stepping into new roles, changes, chapters.  School, college, first place, retirement, etc.   Encouraging yet fun and carefree.

You can click the picture to be taken to this print on my etsy site.  I also have a card available here.

*Noelle

Story behind the art – crossroads

Head Held High Crossroads artwork by Noelle Rollins

“Crossroads” by Noelle Rollins

Today I want to start a new weekly feature called, “The story behind the art”

Title: “Crossroads”

I created this artwork about 8 years ago. I was going through a divorce, I was back in Minnesota in a place of refinding myself. I knew what I didn’t want to be and I knew where  I wanted to get to. I was somewhere in the middle.  I was caught between the calm I wanted and the chaos I didn’t.  I frequently thought of the classy women in my life that were who I looked to for advice or to see how they’ve handled themselves at defining times in their own lives. I remember my friend Tammy when she was going through something saying in her fabulous southern accent, “I can either choose to handle this like they do on Jerry Springer or like Oprah, I choose Oprah.” It’s funny how such a simple line has helped me through so many situations. Choose classiness and all that is good over being sucked into the part of you that wants to rip someones eyeballs out.   Now don’t get me wrong, there are times you need to give it right back to someone, don’t be a punching bag, it’s not wrong or unclassy to set appropriate boundaries with people when they are trying to put their own crap onto you. But I try to remember to keep my head high and embrace my fabulous, even during those times I surely don’t feel fabulous or classy.

I think this artwork has resonated with so many people because there are times in all of our lives where we are in the in-between zone. We want to be reminded of what is possible and to just keep going and be aim to be strong; knowing there are great things ahead.

You can find prints of this piece here if you are interested:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/102123305

Or the Pallet Print here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/105383000

**Noelle