WintEr of WE

WintEr of WE …….we are a sum of all our parts and a very important part is our community, our support system, our kindreds. You’ve heard the phrase “It takes a village.” and I am here to tell you that is indeed the case.

I am blessed to have a fabulous husband that is supportive beyond measure. I have a best good girl that is closer to me than any other person, aside from my Mr. I have many other friends that love me and lift me up both in person and online.

As we celebrate the beginning of winter, a time to reflect and stay in and with our families and selves. I urge you to take a look at those around you, the ones who offer love and support and let them know how important they are to you, how much you appreciate them, how they are a part of you. xo

This Day…….

This is the day we have set aside to collectively give thanks, acknowledge even the smallest blessing in our lives. As I look around I see reminders of goodness and this gives me hope.

I have always been an ‘old soul’. Most times I yearn to lighten up but I am learning to lean in, to accept all that I am, to ALLOW. Being thankful and grateful offers a gateway to the best of both of those worlds while offering little conflict with my true ‘old soul’ nature.

Daily I try to be thankful for all the wonderful things and people that make up my life. I am thankful for a sunny- yellow VW bug that makes me smile every time I see her. I am thankful for the unending love and devotion of my one true love. I am thankful for blue hues everywhere. I am thankful for those that left their mark on my heart even though their stay was all too brief. I am thankful that I am gathering my tribe of creatives that envelope me in their support. I am thankful for good times and good friends, my family. I am thankful that I am on a journey to myself, that this very day, I am more of who I am meant to be even if I can’t always articulate what that means.   I am thankful that when words fail me,  I am but a moment away from others that are on similar paths and in their words I oft times find my voice. An on-line friend of mine, Darlene Kreutzer, has an uncanny ability to see into my very soul:

‘The words swallowed whole, gulped down in a fit of desire come out fragmented from lips that no longer understand how to speak the language of a life changing inside of her.”

I am thankful for my life, even when the words are just out of reach, leaving me with emotions just at the surface.  I am thankful that we can always re-write our stories, our happily ever afters.  xo

Tribe…..

I have always been creative and assumed it was a natural state for everyone. Then, as I got older and life happened all around me, I started to feel isolated. I was roaming the internet reading ::collecting::  blogs and stumbled upon Kelly Rae Roberts. She was offering her ‘Taking Flight’ e-course and I jumped at the opportunity as I was researching ‘what I wanted to be when I grow up’ and knew she had helpful information to which I had to be privy.

This led me to my Tribe – the Fly Tribe. We even have necklaces:

Fly Tribe by Renee Burke

These creative souls understood where and who I was ~ no judgment no questions~offering only love and support. We have been through a lot of life together in this last year and while I have only met two of these special angels in person it feels that we are all kindreds and should only be 20 minutes down the road from one another. These women know me better than I know myself most days. They have taught me to be gentle with myself and to trust the process. They are there to lift me up when I forget. These women give without thought of receiving. I am one of their own and they make sure I know this as I hope they know they are mine.

In honor of our first year together, we wanted to ‘give back’ and our tribe has donated eight classes for what will be the last run of Kelly Rae’s ‘Taking Flight’ e-course. She has graciously offered to match our eight donated classes with eight of her own – that means SIXTEEN possible chances to win a placement in the class that helped to connect me to my Tribe and change my world as it helped me to live a more authentic life. To enter, you just need to visit our Fly Tribe blog page and follow the instructions there. Good luck!! xo

Art……

I am joining a few friends of mine in taking part in a blog hop entitled “Love of Art”.  I wasn’t sure what I would write as, even though I love words, they oft-times elude me. I tend to read blogs that sum up my emotions but as far as writing my own, I am sometimes stumped.

This is one reason art has found its way into my heart. In a few words and some paint, a bit of paper and a button, scrap of lace or stitch, I can convey what is in my soul. I find that as I sit with a brush and ALLOW myself to just start that I amaze myself with the end result. Sometimes it is rather simple but I would like to think that life is the same and if I follow my heart that it will lead me where I need to go.

Art can take all shapes and within us stir all ranges of emotions.

Art can bind and build communities.

Art can heal our hurts and open our hearts.

xoxo

join me and a few of my closest~ My Tribe ~ for their thoughts on   “Love of Art”