The holiday craziness is approaching and I find myself wanting to retreat inward even more these days. How do you handle the stress of the holidays, or regular days for that matter!? I know I have a unique situation here being on my own with no kids. It makes it easier to find quiet time…lol, there is actually only quiet around here. All joking aside, the older I get the more quiet and down time I need. I think it is so important in order to balance the stress and hard challenges we face everyday. What is my point? I want you to think about your days, do you set aside any time for yourself? Even something as simple as sitting by yourself with a cup of coffee in the morning instead of trying to slurp it down while the kids are running around or drinking it in the car on your way to work. Setting aside a couple of minutes a day to clear your mind (don’t obsess about all of the thing you have to do) will quietly replenish your soul and make it easier to handle your day. The funny thing is the more time you make for yourself and the quiet, the more you will find yourself wanting more of it. It is your soul calling you home. Take a minute and try to listen to what it is trying to say to you.
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Please join me at my business mentor, Betsy Cordes of February 13 Creative’s blog for an interview!
When I met Stephanie Ryan earlier this year, she was at a big turning point in her career. Already a successful licensing artist—known and loved for her upbeat and colorful watercolors, many bearing inspirational messages—she’d been working quietly on a new collection of work with a very different mood. She also had a strong relationship with a licensing agency. She wanted to continue working with her agent to promote her existing brand, while taking charge of promoting the newer art herself.
So Stephanie set out to differentiate the new work even more, creating a standalone brand that she could represent herself without causing confusion for her existing brand. Rather than trying to license this new work immediately, Stephanie is focused on creating a small collection of home goods and stationery, which she’ll produce and market herself.
Enjoy Stephanie’s art brand story!
I walked outside today and an eagle flew over my head and landed in the field next to my house. It was really amazing. I watched it for a couple of minutes trying to lift a heavy branch. I am hoping that he is nesting close by and I will get to see him again… with my good camera!
This pretty much set the tone for my day. It is making me think of the wonders of nature and life and how it is possible to touch a piece of magic if only for a minute throughout the day. We have blessings all around us and most people don’t even see them. Eventually, the eagle lifted up and flew away and Luna and I returned to the house. Of course, I see this moment of beauty as a sign and looked up the symbolism of the eagle.
“It is time to reconnect with your spiritual path. It’s time to listen to and heed your spiritual directives as well as your heart and to allow them both to lead the way for you at this time. When you can find yourself in this state of flight then all the doors will open and the directions you need to follow will be made clear. Like a beacon – your heart will follow the light.” -spirit-animals.com
I also liked this one: “Eagle symbolizes a state of being that is reached through inner work, understanding and passing the initiation tests that come about from reclaiming our personal power. Eagle is the gift of clear vision with which one can truly see, to live in balance with heaven and Earth. Eagle shows you how to look above so you are able to touch Grandfather Sun with your heart, to love the Shadow as much as the Light. You are being asked to give yourself permission to be free in order to reach the joy that your heart longs for.” -ShamanicJourney.com
I am being reminded a lot these days to go inward, to listen and just be. I am also being called to simplify my life, meditate, write in my journal and most especially the need to get off of the computer and create with my hands more. I have been so attached to the computer that I almost forget how to create with my hands outside of painting, of course. There have been so many changes in my life these last two years and most especially these last three months, it’s hard to believe some days. I can however, honestly say that I know deep in my heart that I am exactly where I need to be right now. I will continue to walk bravely forward and put my fears aside because I know and trust that the universe has my back and will continue to support me on my journey. I can’t wait to see what is waiting for me beyond those next few steps.
I’ve been sick for almost a month! Yep, a horrible cold has taken me down. I fought it for the first week but then just surrendered to it and started allowing my body to heal. It’s funny, I struggle with brain fog everyday and having a cold makes it a thousand times worse, but for some reason during this time, I was so sick that my brain shut down and I found myself… well foggy… but also very present. I was in the moment; feeling my body and noticing everything around me. I used this time to read and gain clarity about my life, art and business. It was pretty amazing. I am starting to feel better (finally) and already my mind is starting to race, overthink, worry, doubt my clarity and second guess the beautiful ideas I had during that time. It’s okay though, it is showing me the contrast of the two which is a valuable thing to witness.
This painting was painted on the cusp of feeling better. My work continues to get looser and more soulful. It’s like painting in a dream that I have been dreaming for a lifetime but didn’t know it existed. I feel like I am finally able to touch that thing that I have been searching for so long.
And for you Luna lovers out there. This is the look I get when I am trying to work and am not paying her enough attention. Lol, I love those eyes!!!!
It has been so long my friends since we have shared this space together. I can’t believe my last post was in May!!! So much has happened since then. I finally sold my house after it being on the market for a year and a half. I was so ready to move on and also so grateful for my time alone there after my separation. It was a safe little haven for me, I was protected and hidden from the world and was given time to adjust to my new life. My patience was running short towards the end, I was getting uncomfortable in the space and annoyed… I knew the energy was shifting and it would sell soon, and it did! Of course, it sold at the most perfect time. I was a little worried about finding a new place because I had been looking on and off while the house was for sale just to get an idea of what was out there and nothing felt right to me. I was amazed that within two weeks of looking the perfect home presented itself to me. It is a dream house! I still can’t believe I’m living here! Seriously, I wake up everyday pinching myself. It was worth the wait. I moved in the beginning of September and am finally feeling settled. Luna and I are starting to have a rhythm to our days and I am back to working and creating. It’s funny, my old house felt like a cocoon to me, the new house feels so expansive and open. I feel like possibility and life are at my doorstep inviting me out into the world. This is a little unnerving for an introvert that loves being home but a pretty amazing feeling too.
The new house is a 200 yr old farm house that sits on top of a hill with an amazing view! There is a farm next store with horses and cows that roam the fields all day long. It’s beautiful. I also moved back closer to my family which feels really good.
Oh, and little Luna is adjusting to her new home and is quite happy!