💜With acceptance of what is - comes love. 💜 Elkhart Tolle
I was told not to paint animals, goddesses, or use gold if I wanted to be a successful artist. I was told I should stick to one recognizable style. A gallery threatened to stop representing my work when I started painting the Divine Feminine. I faced loosing a gallery that sold the most of my art and supported my family. But my heart said differently, no matter the cost. 👑
Creative Courage, following your heart, paving your own path, is the journey of Creators. I’ll tell you, painting exactly what asks to come through me has been the catalyst for the most beautiful connections and friendships. I receive messages all the time that bring me to joy-filled tears, from people who buy and see my Divine Feminine and animal paintings. I wouldn’t trade that for someone else’s approval, ever. 🎨
When we are called to create something, someone in the world is asking for that creation, knowingly or unknowingly, THAT creation that wants to come through you is medicine for another. 🔥
As artists (aka Translators of the Divine) it is our job to cultivate courage... courage to really share the messages and stories closest to our hearts. Courage to share our creations, no matter how terrifying and vulnerable. Courage to BE our different, unique, weird, one of a kind selves. THAT is magic. Your “different” your “weird” IS YOUR MAGIC! 🦋
I INVITE YOU to a FREE 7 day Cultivating Creative Courage Challenge for Artists & Creators!!! I invite you to share your Creations with deeper Courage, trust and vulnerability, reaching a wider audience and calling in the collectors your work is for 🌹 🦄
What you will learn in these 7 days: ~INSTAGRAM CRASH COURSE for Creators! I will share how I sold $11,000 of my art my first month selling my HeARTwork on Instagram ~I will be sharing my own story of how I quit my job to be a full time artist, the steps, the strategies, the breakdown of how I TRIPLED my income the first year I went all in creating full time ~Powerful daily Soul Work Assignments & sooo much more!!! To join this FREE 7 days of Cultivating Creative Courage, click link in bio and sign up to join our private Cosmic Creators Community ❤️ See you on the inside ❤️
So excited to lead a group of inspiring, ambitious ladies in the “Artist’s Way” starting this September. I have one more slot open for this group, if anyone is interested ;) #artistsway #creativity #helpingothers
Be your own muse.
Lately, I’ve found myself reluctant to scroll very far on the ‘gram. I admit, after I transitioned this account from solely quotes to one that represents my own holistic healing journey, I spent a little too much time seeing what everyone else was up to. I unfollowed all of the accounts that I felt didn’t represent where I was headed and curated my little feed to be a source of inspiration. A perfect vertically oriented vessel of aspiration and vision.
Thing is, that could only take me so far. Those visions are created by someone else, with their own set of values, goals, beliefs, and circumstances. They aren’t mine, and their life isn’t mine.
That’s what makes us all so unique. The fact that there will never be someone with the same DNA, upbringing, culture, perspectives, conditions, etc. as you. There’s never been anyone like you before, and they’ll never be anyone like you after.
So when I need some inspiration these days, or just a reminder, I often turn to my own words. I’ve reread my blog posts for the first time since hitting publish and wincing a bit that I’ve shared too much. I’ve often revisited my Instagram posts to remind me where I was at it in that point of time, and where I’m at today. And I’ve learned to think clearly for myself, not based on what’s popular or trendy.
As a result, I’ve decided that the best muse will always be the one inside you. Let your art - and your life - speak for itself, literally.
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“This is my life now
Utterly jagged by magic” - Maggie Nelson . .
Back from San Diego & remembering this moment of sheer wonder, subhan’Allah. Dhikr in motion. ✨
I’m chatting with @helenstephenslion
about creativity & playfulness on the podcast today! Helen shares her brilliant strategies to avoid perfectionism and tells some delightful stories of growing up in the English countryside. 🌳 Find the episode in your favorite podcast app or at kindlecuriosity.com 🔥 P.S. I’ve just started a FB group for podcast listeners to connect and talk about the creative process. I hope to see you there! Links to everything in the bio. ☺️ #kindlecuriosity
My idols from my teen angst days were people like Kerouac and Bukowski. I still love their work but I’m no longer under the delusion that I’m a drunk old man sitting in a 1960s dive bar feeling lonely and into my existential pain. And not to reduce them to that...it just helps me to see the humor in it. Anyway. I get you old archetype, but it’s time to make room for new stories and role models...new artists to inspire me. Enter Patti Smith. I’m digging her and her hunger for her art. Her rawness and realness. Her edge and poetic tenderness.
There is a magic that is “working” in my favor the more and more I believe in it; it gets stronger and stronger. This Universal Force feels my excitement and wants to create even more good for me to experience. I am learning to take pleasure in life and to “stop and smell the roses” along the way. It’s really that simple.
Approach it all with ease and grace, remove the guilt, fear, worry, and obsessive thinking, and feel the lightness that takes over. A relief, a vacation from the crazy swirling of thoughts and ideas and lists of things to constantly be doing. Doing, going, reacting, struggling, trying to stay afloat. It’s exhausting and really gets you nowhere you actually want to be, not on a soul level anyway. And your heart knows this. It’s just waiting for your mind to get out of the way so you can hear it again. The struggle is not real, it is a choice, a choice one must make in every moment of every day. Do you listen to the head or the heart?
The calm waters are here to soothe your soul, because peace is the true essence of your being. The rest of it, anything that isn’t peace, was added and inherited. But it’s time to let it all go. Let it all burn away, whatever it is that has a hold on you, and let it be transmuted into love. Any forgiveness, regret, worry, it all goes in the flames. That contentment, that feeling of “all is well in the world” is your real reality, or at least it can be if you so choose. It is not naive or foolish the think this way. One must function from the overflow, emphasis on the flow, so they can bring more beauty and hope into the world.
If we are all drowning below the waters then who will lift us back up and help us to see the light, breathe the fresh air, and feel the warmth of the sun again? Who will clear away the clouds to reveal the blue skies above? It may not be the easiest path, but it is certainly the most rewarding, and pleasurable. Hope floats and love heals. Remember, in the darkest night, the stars shine the brightest.
So Rise and Shine.