Focus on What to Bring Forward

As I say goodbye to 2015 and welcome 2016, I recognize the need to let go of what no longer serves in order to make sacred space for two things– the cherished and the new.  But, instead of dwelling on what no longer serves, I’ll try to let go with gratitude for the lessons I’ve learned and focus my energy on the wonderful gifts in my life that I want to carry into the new year.

The Cherished are all the experiences, people, and things that I treasure and want to bring forward with me.  I want more time in nature, time with friends, and quiet time at home with Jim and our dogs.  I crave more time for spiritual pursuits and creative expression…. lots and LOTS of time for creative expression!!!

This page of words reflects what I hold dear and want to nurture in 2016.  It’s a quick little piece that I created in permanent marker, pastel, and yes– GLITTER (glitter is fun and keeps me from taking myself too seriously).  I invite you to take the time to do this for yourself.  Get a sheet of white paper and whatever art supplies you have handy (a box of crayons or just a pen will do).  Quickly brainstorm all the wonderful things in your life that you would like to carry into 2016.  Embellish the page with glitter, stickers, ribbon, or anything else that makes you smile.  Then, hang it up as a symbol of what you want to have more of in the new year.

A quick art journal page to illustrate what I love about my life and want more of in 2016.

A quick art journal page to illustrate what I love about my life and want more of in 2016.

I’m also making space for the New- all those wonderful yet unknowns.  Most of us are familiar with the saying that “only change is constant”.  So for 2016, I’m embracing all the new things I’ve yet to learn, the fun adventures I’ve yet to have, the wisdom to gain, and the new friends yet to meet.  This second piece, from my art journal, represents transformation with a brave and confident woman welcoming the opportunities ahead, secure in the knowledge that she is divine and will continue to grow in strength, wisdom, and love no matter what the new year brings.

Transformation- welcoming in the new. A mixed media art journal piece.

Transformation- welcoming in the new. A mixed media art journal piece.

Thanks to Effy Wild, who in her LifeBook 2015 video, spoke of her preference to focus on bringing things forward rather than dwelling on what she needs to let go of.  She reminded me of something I’ve known practically forever…if I focus on the positive with gratitude and appreciation, I will attract more of it to me.

Happy New Year Everyone!  May 2016 be a year of abundance in all things positive.




Creativity Needs Encouragement

I am very lucky to have a supportive ring of people around me because their positive energy & encouragement give me the strength to pursue my dreams despite the challenge of living with my head in the clouds 🙂  Dreams can’t come true if we don’t have the courage to dream in the first place.  Negativity shuts out the light, preventing inspiration & imagination from getting the nourishment they need to thrive.  The positive people that surround me are radiant sunshine, encouraging me to try new things & stretch creatively.  They support my desire to express my vision in a unique way.  The saying goes, “It’s the journey, not the destination.”  How much more wonderful it is to travel this journey with loving, supportive people who nurture me!!  It hasn’t always been this way.  I had to make tough choices about what kind of people I wanted to spend my time with & do some pruning so the strongest, healthiest relationships could grow.  Are you able to surround yourself with positive people who nourish you or do you need to do a bit of pruning, too?

A week or so ago, I mentioned a friend who is battling cancer.  I’ve completed her painting, Ring of Friends, with this sentiment in mind.  While this is her lonely battle in some ways, she need not ever feel alone.  She’s got wonderful women from our workshops sending her positive energy, love, & light.  We aren’t in the room literally holding her hand but we are there in spirit, lifting her up.  Ring of Friends is my interpretation of the light-hearted, free spirited time in our lives where we played & laughed, twirling in the sun.  The women in this painting are us– the nurturers, the supporters, & the dreamers– holding hands & encouraging one another.

Ring of Friends- nourish, support, & love us.