Inner Voices
13Jun/131

My lessons learned from attending an Art Retreat

(I told you yesterday I was in list making mode... I was not kidding)

Sugar & Spice was my first one. I've been dreaming of attending retreats for at least four years, but there was always something that came up and I could not go eventually. But you know how I do firmly believe that everything happens for a (good) reason, and there was no coincidence here (yes, I would have loved to be at least at one Artfest, but I am now okay that it did not happen for me; and for the other ones, I know it will work out).

Everything settled down perfectly for me to go in Port Townsend last week. My Mom is here from France, I had a ride with Nancy to get there, three of my favorite artists were the teachers, it was in Port Townsend WA so the closest place in the US from where we live... yes, there was stress in the process, but it all turned out perfectly.

Port Townsend, WA. June 2013

I learned a lot, not only about creative process, but about myself as a Woman, about myself regarding my place in my family, about myself as an Artist, about myself as a friend...

In this retreat, I learned that

  • I really found my Half in my Husband and it's hard to be without him.
  • I belong to the water.
  • My happy place is always found when I create.
  • Wine is not that bad.
  • No dream is too big to come true.
  • Food is really a huge part in my life, still.
  • Writing makes me go deeper and deeper within myself.
  • Words and Images cannot go without each other in my artwork.
  • Quirky is good.
  • I think I've finally found my true calling.
  • I can be understood by total strangers.
  • Layers upon layers is what makes my heart sing
  • I really want to cultivate the Happy. Everyday.
  • I want to be successful, in my own definition of it {I needs to find my way, to let my people find me}.
  • I have Stories to tell. That my Truths matter.
  • My tears have their own purpose.
  • Sharing needs to happen more often.
  • Age is something that absolutely doesn't matter in a relationship.
  • Road trips make me happier.
  • I am a true hugger. And I love it.
  • I want to embrace who I am. 200%.
  • Learning is another of my deep passions.
  • My Soul longs for symbols. And that's okay.
  • My body is my temple, I need to honor it, to take a better care of it.
  • I am a passionate person.
  • I am longing for connections. In real life. Face to face. (but the internet is nice too).
  • I can trust my gut feeling when I do feel that special something regarding someone. I'm not that crazy.

This truly was as life changing as I thought it would be.

I left feeling that growth spurt of my Soul, my heart bigger.
Expanded.

12Jun/130

When a new mantra forces its way in {It’s okay}

IMG_0131I believe in positive affirmations and how, coupled with concrete actions, they can change our lives. I've witnessed their power myself many many times and find it weird that I totally stopped for a while. Doubt is never too far I guess.

My heart feels so fulled, I feel like it is going to explode without warning at any moment.
During the retreat, I caught myself repeating again and again (either out loud or just thinking it)«It's okay».

It's okay to be here.
It's okay to be emotional.
It's okay to share.
It's okay to be myself (without any mask).
It's okay to be in that hotel room by myself.
It's okay to get out of my comfort zone.
It's okay to tell my Truths (in words, in paintings).
It's okay to revisit old emotions and old stories.
It's okay to cry.
It's okay to laugh out loud and giggle snort in public.
It's okay not to have the perfect straight hair I am longing for.
It's okay to love art supplies so much.
It's okay to create weird and unusual art.
It's okay to BE weird and unusual.
It's okay to stay silent for a while.
It's okay to be a living paradox.
It's okay to have a girlcrush on someone you feel connected to.
It's okay to live a wide ray of emotions, all in one day (or less).
It's okay to paint girls who have no mouth and not to explain how come they don't.
It's okay to say «I love you» to someone you just met (not talking about a guy, love my man too much to see somewhere else ;)).

Guilt tends to arrive very easily in my Life. But I am ready to let her go (I know she'll still visit me from time to time, but that's okay too).

I think that Acceptance may be one of the biggest lesson I have to learn in this current lifetime. I made lots of improvements on that front, but I am aware that there is still a long road ahead of me... and that's just okay to be in the in-between stage and stay there for some time. No rush.

6Jun/130

Be open to the Unexpected

I'm writing you from my favorite spot in my hotel room here in Port Townsend, WA. It's almost time to really start my day and join the ladies for our first day of class.

I arrived yesterday afternoon after a few hours of car drive with my friend Nancy who also attends Sugar & Spice.

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I wanted to share that little mantra of mine, that popped in my head at night: be open to the unexpected.

Be open to the Unexpected
wonder of being surrounded by giant trees.
Be open to the Unexpected
joy of being yourself with a friend.
Be open to the Unexpected
memories, rushing back in my heart.
Be open to the Unexpected
feeling that you do belong here.
Be open to the Unexpected
Truth: you are worth it.

(Whatever your it is)

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17May/131

Gratitude Friday 05/17/2013, thank you fun times

Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual I started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during my week. I invite you to join me, you'll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read my introduction post.

Hello beautiful Soul !

It is grey today and it feels like the sky can open up to rain any moment now. But that's okay, the rain would water our tomatoes and strawberries, and the flowers we planted.

This week is one of those week: as the last one was pretty heavy negatively, this one felt somehow way lighter in emotions. They are true when they say it is all a matter of perspective.

This week, I am thankful for:

  • Facetime sessions with Anu (she even witnessed my dancing moves while I work)
  • Creative playdate with Melissa (and Mom)
  • Good food we cook
  • iMessage with Lynda
  • Mindy Lacefield sharing her beautiful (he)art
  • My new series of paintings (more on that later)
  • The ATCs I made for a swap, eventually loved the process
  • The tv show Criminal Minds (and that our library got all the seasons on DVDs so we can discover it from the beginning)
  • Music
  • The fun evening Cheridoo made us cocktails
  • New work opportunities that are opening up (bring it on, I'm ready and open)
  • Crazy dance breaks (while cooking. while painting. while pretty much doing anything)

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    10May/131

    Gratitude Friday 05/10/2013, Thank you creativity

    Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual I started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during my week. I invite you to join me, you'll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read my introduction post.

    Hola !

    Today, I just wanna make it short and sweet. Because I feel like I have not much to say better than what I've already said lately :)

    This week, I am thankful for:

    • Morning walks with Mom
    • The joy of receiving monthly kits from Studio Calico
    • My Gelli Plate and all I create with it
    • Lunches (and sometimes dinners) taken on our balcony
    • Snuggles & cuddles
    • The warmth from the Sun
    • Feeling better (not 100% back yet but better)
    • Taking actions
    • The Love from my close family
    • My Multi-Délices yogurt (and much more) maker
    • «What's app» that allows me to text with my bestie
    • Facetime that allows me to chat face to face with my Soul Sister
    • Advices given in such a kind way
    • Game nights with Cheridoo and Mom once the girls are in bed (we play Life and have lots of fun :D)
    • My Mom's understanding and her not being judgmental

    I feel filled with joy and a sense of accomplishment. I am finally taking actions for Inner Voices/Inner Worlds, I can't be seen if I don't put myself out there. I know my messages have people waiting for them somewhere, I just know it. We need to find each other :)

    Tell me, what is on your weekly list ?

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