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!
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!
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!)