Inner Voices
23Oct/133

Just do you

(I am sorry if this looks like a big rambling. I currently have a hard time organizing my thoughts properly, thanks to this fibro fog that likes keeping me company for longer than I would want).

We all start somewhere. I  don’t believe in overnight success. Maybe it happens, but I do firmly believe in hard work (even those who work only 2-3 hours a day, they’re not procrastinating).

I always have had a hard time with owning who I am, even as a kid. I found myself to be quite peculiar, not really fitting in. This feeling is still creeping in now and then.

However, what changed over time is that I now know my core values, and get more and more comfortable with myself (don’t get me wrong, I am not totally there yet).

I started Mixed Media in the summer of 2008. I watched back to back videos from Suzi Blu, Tamara Laporte and Samantha Kira. I signed up for classes. And I started simply by trying to do exactly what we were tought in class, same shapes, same compositions, same color and same everything (I am not a good copycat, however. When I look at it, it was pretty ugly, but it was huge steps for me).
It took me about three years of practice and frustration to get where I am now. Finding my creative voice, creative style. It is, for me, the same in real life. Trying to be someone I was not, too scared of what people would think if I simply was the quirky but funny, smart but insecure, spiritual and not religious, Me. Just Me.

The creative universe is just a mirror of what it is in the everyday as well.

We tend to adapt our personality regarding who we are with, putting different masks, sometimes building tall strong walls. Becoming someone we are not, not really.

And I guess that at some point, this is what makes us feel safer. We are not risking to expose ourselves to potential rejection by putting on these different masks… But it took me a decade to notice that I was not myself around people (and I do qualify myself as being sometimes socially awkward)

What is authenticity ? what is being true to who I am, without compromising it to fit in ?  I think this is why I was pulled to star my «Pieces of Me» series of painting, to let all these personas come to life on paintings. There are me, (or were, or will be).

Something became really important to me, my daily mantra, one I live by: Speak your Truth. Accept that Truth is something personal. Know that Truth may change.

This song, from India.Arie's new album, sums it up beautifully.

18Oct/130

Gratitude Friday 2013/10/18, Thank you Trust

«Thank You» 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.

Happy Friday !

It’s the small moments, friends, the small moments. The ones you don’t always notice when they are happening.
To me, Gratitude is almost always linked to appreciating what is there on a precise period, even if it is 2mn.

This week, I am thankful for:

  • Email exchanges with a certain TrueSister.
  • Brittles of past lives exposed.
  • I survived the long weekend.
  • Cooking my Mom’s recipes. My way.
  • Sharing two {In Motion} videos with you guys.
  • Friends who check up with me, just because.
  • New cookbooks.
  • The warmth of the Sun on my skin. And seeing the Moon every night.
  • Knowing that emotions are just that, emotions. They come and they go. I learned not to fight any of them.
  • Putting some makeup on.
  • Finally getting some of the stuff I had issues with, for my future new website.
  • My Husband. I would not be without him.
  • Hot bath with a good book and great music in the background. I can stay there for hours.
  • Learning and cooking more vegan meals (No, I can’t give up my butter and my eggs folks !).

Oh I wanted to know, would you like me to share about my creative process… in the kitchen, now and then ? Recipes, new discoveries. Just like once or twice a month. Tell me :)

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    11Oct/130

    Gratitude Friday 10/11/2013, Thank you Home

    «Thank You» 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.

    Happy Friday people !

    The home is calm. Chéridoo is at work, the Witchlets are at school and I am here. The sky was grey earlier this morning but it does not matter because I saw the blue peaking through the fluffy clouds (my favorites).

    This week, I am thankful for:

    • Trust some people put in me.
    • The «I love you», often unexpected.
    • The last minute road trip with my friend Nancy, to Port Townsend (WA). Heartfelt conversations. Tears. Connection.
    • Dancing. I did not know how much I missed dancing, like no one is watching (even surrounded by people).
    • Unicorno figurines. Unicorns in general (they are currently rocking my world).
    • Mindy, Danielle, Micki. Beryl. They all add so much in my life. It makes it richer and makes me want to reach for higher.
    • Music, it is the rythm of my days.
    • Creativity. New perspectives. Dreams that never really go away, I am letting them in again.
    • My paintings that will be shipped to new homes tomorrow.
    • Books (I am currently reading «Graveminder» by Melissa Marr. Yes, I love YA books and own it). New cookbooks, I love cookbooks.
    • These moments with my Witchlets, when I surprise myself thinking «this is exactly how I want our relation to be. always»; when we laugh, get each other. I want it to be our new normal.
    • Sushi (the sushi place next door Dick Blick in Seattle is really good !)
    • This feeling of finally being aligned with abundance (not necessarily material or money related).
    • The «I am sorry» and the hugs that come right after it.
    • This strong desire to declutter my home and my life. Getting rid of the unnecessary.
    • This picture where you can kind of see me, in the Mingle magazine. It just made me happy because I did not know about it. And one day, sooner than later, there will be an article with my art in one of their magazines.

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      27Sep/130

      Gratitude Friday 09/27/2013, thank you fun

      «Thank You»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.

      Happy Friday !!

      Autumn definetely made its entrance here in BC, with the rain and grey sky. I usually don’t mind the rain if I don’t have to get out the house, I love watching it fall through the window and how it affects all my senses. But my body is not really friend with humidity, even less since fibro hit. But I like when it rains because it means our plants are naturally watered. And because there is less guilt in indulging with a hot cocoa.

      This week, I am thankful for:

      • The birthday love I received last week.
      • Working on the next version of Inner Voices.
      • Inspiration.
      • Friends.
      • Unexpected opportunities (give me some more :D)
      • Cooking, even when I don’t really want to.
      • The good dentist we found.
      • Laughter.
      • Snail Mail from the UK. And I received Micki Wilde’s painting I bought, love it even more because I actually am able to see the entire process of her creating it, as it’s one of the painting in her Wilde & Free class.
      • Chéridoo’s work opportunity, he's giving all he’s got.
      • Losing some weight. Finally.
      • Sending packages with handmade goodies.
      • Good hair days.
      • Jimmy Fallon
      • Fun.
      • Truth.
      • Stories.
      • Danielle Daniel’s first solo online class, HerStory.
      • Finally taking the power back in my career. I will start a weekly mastermind brainstorming with a friend. We will base it on Leonie’s Buisiness Goddess class, that will run live again next week. This is a gold nugget.
      • Getting back to owning who I truly am, no matter how scary it can be sometimes.
      • Decluttering.

      I love Liz Lamoreux for many reasons. One of it is she shares her True Stories, the ones that we usually ponder a lot before putting them to everybody’s eyes. Earlier this week, she shared this video of herself having the time of her life while lip-syncing «Jolene». It all began thanks to Jimmy Fallon and his lip-syncing battle video that is just… you have to watch it.

      I had a blast and I am proud of myself for putting myself out there, especially being silly like this publicly (because you know.. I do lip-sync everyday, oh no I should say I sing out loud to my favorite songs everyday. So do my kids.

      My time to dare you, because it will brighten your day to simply have fun !

      Enjoy (note, I would deeply appreciate that you only comment something positive, you have the right to think whatever you think but I want to surround myself with positivity only. Thank you):

       

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        20Sep/131

        Gratitude Friday 2013/09/20, Thank you Mama

        «Thank You»

        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 !

        There is so much I want to share with you, but I hate mixing everything up *well, it’s untrue but I understand myself here* !

        Today is my birthday. 28. Love those two numbers. I have plans and hopes for what this year will look like. and wishes will be blown over a candle tonight, surrounded by my little tribe of Love.

        This week, I am thankful for:

        • My TrueSisters.
        • Abundance.
        • Magic.
        • The power of sharing.
        • Inspiration.
        • My Rainbow Salads for lunch.
        • My new iPod touch, replacing the one we got just before the Big Move (thank you Chéridoo). 32gb against 8gb. Oh and this electric blue ? yes.
        • Unicorns.
        • Love. Truth. Rawness. Cracks.
        • Morning kisses.
        • Snail Mail.
        • «I love you»s
        • Poetry.
        • Sharing my birthday with one of my TrueSister.

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