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There is no fear in love. Perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. Love has to do with acceptance and protection. This is not something I understood growing up…..I had to learn what healthy love meant. Once I did…..my whole world just opened up.
This piece of art started as an acrylic abstract on Yupo. Many months later I saw a cliff in the painting and the idea of a tree came to me which then evolved into a symbol for true love. It is a mixed media piece that combines three elements (background, tree and heart) created separately and then beautifully married on the computer. The results are very satisfying to me.
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Are you trying to hold on to your youth? Your children? A dysfunctional family? A job that isn’t right for you? A marriage that doesn’t work? That D you got in trigonometry in high school?
So many of us cling tightly to what is familiar or comfortable. Others bind themselves to the past and allow it to punish them for their entire lives. Change is scary. Some just cannot picture a life different than the one they currently have. I have learned that the harder you grasp something, the more it hurts when it slips away from you. The secret to life is “letting go”. Also known as acceptance. This has nothing to do with giving up and everything to do with knowing when it is time to move on.
I had a few years of uncertainty and fear as I moved into middle age. I was panicked at the thought of my little girl out in the big mean World all by herself. My marriage had a major hiccup one Summer and I was not sure we would make it. I noticed that I was starting to lose the interest of men when I walked into a room. My body and face were aging and I did not know how to handle it. I was also very confused about what I wanted to do with my business. I considered shutting it down and taking a different path by getting back into Holistic Medicine. I call those years “the worry years”.
Slowly I started to realize that I could not hold onto all of those things that I wanted to remain the same. More importantly, I did not want to. I discovered it was safe to let go and just celebrate where I was headed. I was not only physically different, I was also mentally and emotionally transformed. At 45 I am now excited to watch my daughter leave for college and blossom into her own life. I will not be keeping her bedroom as a shrine where I can focus on the past. Instead it will be converted into a sanctuary for yoga and thinking. She will be welcome to visit anytime, but I will use that space for mediation. I have learned to work “with” my partner instead of “against” him as we weather life’s bumps. I am less selfish. I have also decided that I will not be artificially preserving my youthful face. It’s gone and no amount of face lifting, injecting or sand blasting is going to bring it back. It’s o.k. to have wrinkles and fine lines. In fact, if you allow yourself to let go of what society dictates is beautiful, you can actually admire them for what they really are: signs of a life that has endured numerous storms and celebrated many triumphs.
As for my career that is still being pondered. I have a few new ideas about what direction I would like to move in. But whatever I decide, the process leading up to it will not be fraught with anxiety. No, these are truly “the wonder years” for me. The dictionary tells us that “wonder” means: a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. And that is exactly where I am. Bring it on life!
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Sometimes it feels like your life is in a rut and there is no way out. You have lots of seeds planted, but nothing is happening. There is plenty of creative sunshine and marketing water, but the seedlings stay the same size. You keep doing what you’ve always done and you get the same results you’ve always gotten.
Just when you start to feel a little stale like there is nowhere else to expand, something happens to let you know that there is always room to grow. Whether it is in a relationship, your health or career, you can always find new avenues to take you to destinations that will increase your satisfaction in life.
I am super busy this Spring with many projects in my fire, but they are all tasks that I have been doing for years. Nothing new. So I was delighted when an art consulting firm in Atlanta contacted me about designing art for a new hotel. Right now, I only know they want tropical fish, 8 unique pieces and that it will have a Florida Keys theme. Talk about right up my alley! Or should I say coral reef. 😉
So I am growing into new opportunities with my artwork. The most important thing you can do to move in new directions is be “open” to them. Right now I am WIDE OPEN!
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Her Heart Has Wings
Her heart has wings,
for more than flight.
They give her strength.
They give her sight.
Her heart has wings,
battered by the wind.
They do not break.
They help her bend.
Her heart has wings,
that can’t be tied.
And hopes and dreams.
That won’t be denied.
Her heart has wings,
for so much more.
Her body has limits.
But her spirit will soar…
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I have been super busy painting commission work lately and they are all HUGE! But I am not letting the World completely go by me. I try to take time each day to get outside into the sunshine and fresh air. To commune with nature. I am ever amazed at how strikingly beautiful the World is “up close”. Through my macro lens even a common weed is bursting with beauty. This one reminded me of stars and snowflakes……Ahhhhh taking time to smell the roses….or in this case the weeds. 🙂
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Ever had a moment when you realize that all of the good you have been dreaming of just starts to happen to you? When you find yourself surrounded by positive and life affirming people? New friends show up in your life that bring you happiness and good times? Your career just takes off in an upward direction with no slowing down in sight? Where your family life is a comfort, support and joy to be in? Where you feel at your physical best? I am sooooo there!! It has not happened by accident and it certainly was not an overnight. I’ve have had to make some tough decisions in the past year with regard to certain friendships that had to go. Even some family members had to be removed for my emotional well being. I have also had to work really hard at my business to see the results I believed I could achieve. I have had some therapy with some loved ones to work out long standing issues. And I have made some changes to my diet and lifestyle. The key word here is CHANGE….The things around me weren’t changing on their own…I had to actually do something! Those “somethings” have been some of the hardest things I have had to do. But now that I have made the necessary adjustments to my life, I am on FIRE!!
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I’ve been very focused on my photography lately and I have thoroughly enjoyed capturing moments, telling stories and creating moods with my photos. But yesterday I got back to some paint slingin’. It sure felt good! I was drawn to bold colors with energy and life. This piece reflects growth and renewal to me. I see three buds stretching upward into a vivid yellow and green sky. It makes me feel happy. 🙂
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