Monday, December 14, 2015

Catching Up With Reverb15...

Hello my fellow Creative Beasts,

Today I'm catching up with the previous FOUR prompts for Reverb15, hosted by Kat McNally of "I Saw You Dancing". There is still time to sign up HERE and play along if you are inspired to do so.

And now for the Reverb prompts, as I am quite behind in my blogging!

Prompt 11: Of Atoms and Stories

For this prompt, Kat gives us this to muse upon:

Muriel Rukeyser once wrote: The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms. And I could not agree more. Our stories are our own but, in sharing them, they become universal. And timeless. 

What stories touched you this year? Which stories of your own are you glad you shared?

An uplifting story that touched me this year was that of ballerina Misty Copeland being promoted to Prima Ballerina at American Ballet Theater. As a woman of color and dancer who began dance studies with a love of ballet, this story was an exciting one to watch unfold...of course, there has always been the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and the Dance Theatre of Harlem, both of which are African American dance companies, but to have an African American woman achieve the exalted position of Prima Ballerina in a primarily white dance company is truly breaking racial barriers and smashing concepts of what makes a 'perfect ballet body'.

As for stories of my own that I am glad I shared this year, I would have to say that sharing my frustration and exhaustion and burn out with an old friend was instrumental in my taking time away from all of my hard work, and it also helped me take the leap to join Mondo Beyondo, which has been EXTREMELY HELPFUL in regaining my TRUST in MAGIC and helping me gain better CLARITY that has helped me MANIFEST some dreams I've been holding close and dear and I plan to carry this intention well into the new year!

Prompt 12: The Alchemy of Fear

This Reverb15 prompt is a guest post from Alana Lawson, aka Wolf and Word:

Can you think of an instance in the past year where you have been successful at making fear useful? 

What fears do you hold about the year ahead? And how could you use the energy of those fears in a different way?

Where in the past year have I made fear USEFUL to me? I guess it would be in all the work and reaching out I've been doing to locate venues to teach from, only I've now come to the realization that teaching from my own studio might be the best-fit plan of all...

But this taps into my fears for the year ahead - that I will not be able to get my studio into a suitable and tidy state for teaching in, which leads to other fears that I will never be able to earn enough money to pay my bills with ease...

But I think I can use this fear to my advantage and maybe even transmute my fears into a motivated energy aimed at discarding all goods, supplies and items that no longer serve me or bring me joy in the thought of using said items for future creative projects. I am close to completely filling TWO 18 gallon tubs of fabrics, trims, paper, and various supplies to be given away through art groups and I am finally starting to see some pockets of spaciousness and areas of carpeting that had been previously covered with too much stuff...and seeing this clearing begin to really take form is getting me excited to reach the finish line!

Prompt 13: Shake It Off (yes, really!)

What are you going to shake off with fierceness before you enter the new year?

There is something about this prompt that feels so powerful, to be able to shake off that which no longer serves me or, as Ann Miller once sang, to 'shake it away'...

And if there was something to be shaken off, it would be the perpetual resentment I harbor toward people I wrote about here last year, resentment which hasn't quite lost its grip, much to my chagrin...

Interestingly, I received a message in my inbox yesterday, from Mindy Tsonas, who is providing some daily alchemy card wisdom for December (you can sign up here!) to help keep balance during the hectic holiday season and yesterday's card seems to connect to this prompt of 'shaking it off' is the alchemy card Mindy shared with us:

Oh, the work of Envy.
We all feel it and experience it. The feeling of Envy is a compelling one. It's a double edged blade that tells the story of something we deeply desire and also something we fear.... our own not enough-ness. This is a powerful card that can push us into uncomfortable places, but it also can be a great teacher and provide lots of insight should we allow it. The trick is to listen to what your envy is telling you, what work it's bringing up for us as unfinished and present, and to not get consumed by the immediate, visceral response. 
The Envy card allows us to be in our jealous feelings without the fight or flight response. It give s us an extra beat to let the emotion of it move through. Otherwise unchecked, envy can lead to outward hostility and projecting our negative emotions onto other people. It is an emotion we must own and endeavor to understand. It is a root feeling that is much more about what we fear we lack, than it is about what someone else might possess.
Today, delve into working with this feeling with a bit of gentleness and a wide open heart. Take kindness and compassion along as companions, and know we all have imperfections and places that need shoring up. Find the flow in Envy so that it does not shut you down. Don't let it block you from knowing your truest self.

The idea of feeling ENVY or JEALOUSY is one that pops into my head often as I continue to rid myself of my resentment and anger toward the 'narcissistic energy suckers' that take up space on the fringe of my world. So if there is an underlying current of envy being felt here let me now share just what I do feel envy and jealous of:

The utter disregard for 'politeness' in getting what they want, and they do get what they want...I have witnessed some stunning displays of entitlement and arrogance, and the lengths of selfishness taken to get what they want has been appalling to witness, to say the least, and there is NEVER ANY APOLOGY for this behavior...EVER.

These 'energy suckers' want what they want and, by god, they will have it...and they will have it WITH NO CONSEQUENCES...

Some days I wonder what it must be like to feel so entitled to be able to act so selfishly for one's own ends, with complete disregard for putting out anyone else. Being able to get what you want when you want it is something I envy, no doubt about it...but I also see how empty these lives truly are and I can begin to see that these lengths of selfishness are but one way to cover the shallowness these people are harboring, the lack of inner self possession, lack of healthy self centered-ness, lack of peace, calm or serenity...

...the kind of peace, calm and serenity that I strive toward with my daily meditation rituals...self care rituals I know the narcissists can not be bothered with doing for themselves, after all, who needs to take of yourself when you can throw tantrums to get others to take care of you?

Maybe with a little more contemplation on my feelings of envy and jealousy, I can get closer to finally shaking off the anger and resentment so I can one day look upon these people and feel absolutely NOTHING in their presence...I hope so.

Prompt 14: Transformation
This is a guest prompt from Lisa Sadikman who gives us the following prompt to ponder:

You wake up and the light through the window seems different, the air carries a chill or maybe a hint of warmer days. 

What has changed? You? The world? 

It can be a change that happened this past year or one you're looking toward in the time ahead. It can be a broad sweep obvious to all or a more subtle shift that only you know about. 

Tell us about transformation.

What changed is that I made a CHOICE to take a leap...

I took a leap to reach out despite my burned out, blocked and broke state of being and I reached out to strangers who would not remain strangers for long...

I took a leap to reclaim the inner magic I lost track of and I set an intention to invite CLARITY, TRUST and MAGIC into life...

And with this change to invite these values into my life, not only did I change myself, but the world shifted to meet my inner change...

And I can feel my 'dreaming big' and 'magic making' muscles begin to grow back. And I am glad I took a leap to make a CHOICE to reach out for HELP =)

Thank you for stopping by my blog and reading today!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Reverb15 - Radical Acts of Love

Hello my fellow Creative Beasts,

Today is Day 10 of Reverb15, hosted by Kat McNally of "I Saw You Dancing". There is still time to sign up HERE and play along if you are inspired to do so.

And now for today's writing prompt...

Prompt Ten: Radical Acts of Love

We have a guest contributor for today's prompt and her name is Julia Inglis of 'Sacred Familiar', who creates some of the most amazing needle felted medicine dolls I've ever seen!

Here is the prompt given to us from Julia:

When we heal our spirits the ripples are felt from the highest branches to the deepest roots of our family trees. 

What radical act of love or non-conformity did you embrace this year? 

How did performing this alchemy affect your ancestors and what is the gold waiting to be shared with future relations?

Hmmmm, once again I'm feeling a bit stymied with this prompt, as it harks back to ancestors and to family trees...

But I do love the primary question of 'radical acts of love or non-conformity' that I may have embraced this year...

For anyone who has been reading at my blog for sometime now, you will understand that I have been 'committing an act of non-conformity' for over THREE years now, and that is to blaze my own trail, to utilize my skills and forge a creative career as a maker and instructor.

This has not been easy.

And this year in particular has been a difficult one, with some real challenges thrown into the mix in the past two months...

But each day I choose this 'radical act of self love', knowing it is the best choice FOR ME, as I finally begin to truly 'honor doing things in the way that works best for ME'...and 'doing things in the way that work best for ME' might now mean scrapping some things and starting from scratch, and blazing more trails, instead of walking well worn paths that are not bringing the results I wish to see.

This will not be easy.

But it will be easier knowing that working within 'established systems' is not going to work for me because I really don't like 'established systems'!

And not working within 'established systems' is also an act of 'non-conformity', something that was not really looked upon favorably as I was growing up...but then, who was raised to think as a non-conformist?!?

I really don't know how my radical acts of self love and non-conformity will affect my ancestors or future relations with anyone I may cross paths with in the future, but I'm beginning to see that the 'gold waiting to be shared with future relations' will be a strong sense of resilience, determination and confidence and I can only hope that these qualities I am cultivating by walking my own path will be an inspiration to anyone I may meet in the future.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and reading today!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Reverb15 - Secret Ingredient

Hello my fellow Creative Beasts,
Today is Day Nine of Reverb15, hosted by Kat McNally of "I Saw You Dancing". There is still time to sign up HERE and play along if you are inspired to do so.

And now for today's writing prompt...

Prompt Nine: Secret Ingredient

Here is what Kat proposes for today's writing prompt:

As you may know, the theme of this year's Reverb reflective writing challenge is Alchemy. This was my word for 2015 but it has been so rich and evocative that I may just keep it for life.

Just the idea of Alchemy makes me curious. 

Like, what if you had to give someone a recipe for how to make a YOU?

What major ingredients would be required? What method would you recommend?

How would your je ne sais quoi be recreated?

Hmmm, what an interesting proposition, to figure out a recipe on how to make me, ME...

It brings to mind a conversation I once had with my dear Wise Woman:

ME: We need to have more Wise Women on this planet! (I have said this on more than one occasion!)

Wise Woman: I told my dear husband that you think we need more Wise Women in the world and he said that I should tell you that "if we have more Wise Women, we need to have more Dear Husbands to take care of them"!!

Which is to say that the very first ingredient to make another ME is to create a matching Dear Boyfriend to take care of my doppelganger! ;)

But if someone wanted to know what helps to make a Creative Beast, what would be needed..?

Here is my list of not-so-secret ingredients:

BOOKS, to start - good children's books, followed by some psychology and social studies, historical fiction and the occasional novel that includes vintage fashion or clothing in some way!

Add DANCE classes because a Creative Beast is a restless beast unless she learns various forms of dance to keep her moving when things get a little dull (which is RARELY!)

Throw in lots of ART: drawing, painting, some ceramics, some 3-D Design, some wood sculpture and LOTS of collage and mixed media, not to mention some traditional book binding skills...and some sewing skills...and some knitting skills...

Stir in lots of MUSIC which will do double duty by 1) soothing a savage (Creative!) Beast and 2) give the Creative Beast something to dance to...just about any kind of music will do - except maybe Country Western ;)

Sprinkle in the following FOODS, sparingly: potato chips; french fries; McDonald Big Macs; really good carnitas; AMAZING tamales*; sushi**; really good clam chowder***; tiramisu; chocolate cupcakes with homemade mocha icing; blood orange soda; Pepsi; hazelnut chocolate ice cream or hazelnut chocolate cookies; ANYTHING with lemon flavoring; ANYTHING flavored with pineapple; pepperoni, mushroom and black olive pizza; homemade mac & cheese...dang, now I'm getting hungry ;)

Add dollops of costume drama MOVIES, comedies and historical documentaries...

Toss together with a few NAPS and BIKE RIDES and I believe we would get 'Souffle du Creative Beast'! ****

Would anyone care to try my recipe??!? ;)

Thank you for stopping by my blog and reading today!

* - it is not easy to find AMAZING tamales, so I already eat these sparingly - I could actually eat them every day, I love tamales so much!
** - Sushi can be pricey, which is why I already eat this sparingly too - wish I could eat this more often!
*** - really good clam chowder can be surprisingly difficult to find in some restaurants, unless it is a seafood restaurant, like this one, which does, in fact, serve a really good clam chowder
**** - this translated to 'Breath of the Creative Beast', which I thought sounded great for a recipe to create me! ;)

Monday, December 7, 2015

Reverb15 - Alchemy & Serendipity

Hello my fellow Creative Beasts,
Today is Day Eight of Reverb15, hosted by Kat McNally of "I Saw You Dancing". There is still time to sign up HERE and play along if you are inspired to do so.

And now for today's writing prompt...

Prompt Eight: Alchemy & Serendipity

Today's prompt is a guest post from Jennifer Williams-Fields, who is also a participant in this year's #reverb15. You can learn more about her story and her book at her blog.

Here is the prompt Jennifer shares with us today:

While alchemy is the active process of creating something of value, serendipity is the passive path to finding an unexpected treasure. 

Looking back through 2015, what did you diligently try to create? 

What great thing did you just happen to find?

Many of you know that I have been working diligently, for over a year now, on launching my creative career with teaching my own workshops. It has been a real struggle with very little results to show for it and this eventually caused me being burned out, blocked and broke.

Rest is what I needed and I began to make a conscious choice to stop all work tasks and to begin the process of RESTING. I even recruited my mail art buddy, Cindy Mearns, to be my accountability buddy as I checked in with her to share what creative or restful actions I would be taking each day, instead of doing more work to launch my creative career and she was happy to hold me accountable and lend her encouragement and support!

I guess it might sound as if I was also diligently working at RESTING!

But while I was starting my 'regime of rest', I took the leap to join in Andrea Scher's online course, Mondo Beyondo, where I set my intention to 'Invite CLARITY, TRUST and MAGIC into my life' and that is when the serendipity began to fall into place, which I have already mentioned, but will re-list again here:
  • A free spot in the Inner Alchemy Card Deck course from a 'fairy godmother'
  • A 'fairy card reading' from a friend given to me out of the blue, yet setting a positive tone before my 50th birthday
  • A visit with a 'fellow dreamer' which turned into more of an 'intuitive business reading' with many insights on how I can move forward with my creative business, that doesn't require me to work so damn hard all the time!
  • Some opportunities falling into place
  • Free session with a wonderful and energetic life coach who showed me I can honor doing things in the way that works best for ME
  • Making some new connections that might result in a part time job and place for teaching my workshops
  • Another 'fairy godmother' gift being given to me
  • Finding 'Messages from the Universe' throughout the Mondo Beyondo course that were meant for me, particularly this message: "Everything is unfolding exactly as it should - YOU CAN REST"

I am still working on continuing with the rest, especially as the year winds down, but I am happy I took a leap to join Mondo Beyondo because it has really helped me to rebuild my 'dreaming big' muscles, as well as helping me tune in to my intuition, which has been slowly guiding me toward a few opportunities I might otherwise have missed...

I am slowly beginning to see Hope on the horizon =)

Thank you for stopping by my blog and reading today!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Reverb15 - Ancestral Healings and Verdicts...

Hello my fellow Creative Beasts,
Today I am playing catch up with two prompts of Reverb15, hosted by Kat McNally of "I Saw You Dancing". There is still time to sign up HERE and play along if you are inspired to do so.

And now for the writing prompts of this past weekend...

Day 6 Reverb15 Prompt: Ancestral Healings

This prompt is given to us by fellow Reverb participant, and now amazing contributor, Cindy Mearns, with whom I began a wonderful mail art correspondence after last years August Moon! I am SO EXCITED to see her contributing to this years Reverb 15!

So here is our prompt...

As each year progresses, we unknowingly gather many thoughts, beliefs, and patterns to us. In fact, what we are carrying may have been passed down to us from previous generations.  

Looking at the thoughts and patterns that may be holding you back from living the life you want, trace back through the generations of your family and see if your beliefs originated generations ago.  

In 2016, how can you bring healing to these patterns of thought that are holding you back?

...Honestly, I'm not sure how to work around this complex writing prompt...I began to write about my great grandmothers sewing skills, and the sewing skills passed along to me from my grandmother, but this is not getting to the heart of what is being asked...

However, I did speak to a friend today about how my grandmother was a 'gifted invalid' throughout my mothers childhood, giving the impression that she was not able to prepare meals or clean the home, tasks that were given to my mother and uncle while growing up - in fact, my grandmother had all her meals brought to her on a tray...oh, to live in such luxury!

You see, my grandmother had a lung removed due to tuberculosis, which took place during the early 1940's, and having only one lung to work with meant my grandmother 'couldn't get sick' since she only had one lung and catching a cold could be fatal...or that is what we were told growing up.

But once my uncle and mother were able to leave home, lo, and behold, my grandmother showed herself capable of cooking the meals and using a vacuum cleaner to clean what was her immaculate, spotless home, that my mother would joke looked like 'a layout from Better Homes & Gardens' for all its perfection...and my grandmother was also able to take a solo trip to Europe, long after my uncle and mother moved out of the 'old homestead'...that is a pretty big adventure for a person with only 'one lung'.

And did I mention that my grandmother was verbally abusive to my mother growing up?

I can tell you that my grandmother was not a 'fun' grandma when I was a child, and truth be told, learning to sew with my grandmother was an awful ordeal for me as my grandmother was critical, picky and had perfectionist tendencies.

Some days I marvel at the miracle that I bothered to keep sewing at all, even going so far as to enroll in a 2 year Fashion Design and Pattern Drafting program.

But what does this have to do what is holding me back from the living the life I want?

Oh yes...the idea of having the 'perfect home' - clean, uncluttered, perfect and pristine, which my grandmother lived for, became anathema for me, as it did for my mother.

My mother would always say how she preferred a home that 'looked lived in' to my grandmothers 'showcase home', and this has formed how my own living environment has been for a long time, with my creative studio taking this 'lived in look' to an extreme with too much clutter...

How to heal this 'pattern of PERFECTION vs. LIVED IN home environment'?

Lucky for me, this week I had a session with an energetic life coach who pointed out that living in a messy studio is NOT WORKING FOR ME and I need to HONOR this...and as an adult, I know that I don't need my studio to be a 'perfect studio', but I DO need a cleaner and tidier studio to MAKE ME HAPPY.

So I began to fill an 18 gallon tub with supplies and materials I no longer wish to keep in my studio...bit by bit, I hope to heal the old wounds of 'clutter as rebellion' toward my critical grandmother and clean out my studio into a place of calm, grounded serenity, that will MAKE ME HAPPY TO WORK IN...

As I continue to 'invite CLARITY, TRUST & MAGIC into my life', people are beginning to cross my path to help me with healing many old wounds. And this is a wonderful thing...

Day 7 Reverb15: The Verdict

The prompt from Kat is this:

In her seminal book Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott offers the observation:
“The evidence is in, and you are the verdict.”

Regardless of where you live in this crazy beautiful world, I'm sure you'll agree it's been a BIG year.

Today, I want to acknowledge that you are here and I am here and we are here.

We're just... HERE.

That feels like a BIG DEAL.

And, that being said, I invite you to reflect on all that this evinces. What are you the verdict of?

(And if you have any doubt that you are a wonder to be celebrated, may I suggest you go back and look at your entry for Reverb15 Day 5?)

If I look back to my Reverb15 Post for Day 5, I stand as a verdict to the power of setting intentions...

As I made my intention to 'Invite CLARITY, TRUST & MAGIC into my life', slowly but surely, things have begun to fall into place in my life:
  • A free spot in the Inner Alchemy Card Deck course from a 'fairy godmother'
  • A 'fairy card reading' from a friend given to me out of the blue, yet setting a positive tone before my 50th birthday
  • A visit with a 'fellow dreamer' which turned into more of an 'intuitive business reading' with many insights on how I can move forward with my creative business, that doesn't require me to work so damn hard all the time!
  • Some opportunities falling into place
  • Free session with the aforementioned energetic life coach
  • Making some new connections that might result in a part time job and place for teaching my workshops
  • Another 'fairy godmother' gift being given to me - more about this soon!

Thanks to participating in Mondo Beyondo, I am finally learning how powerful intentions really are, how powerful it is to have goals, write lists and believe in magic, and I have learned that it is okay to honor doing things in a way that honors me and my needs...

This feels like a BIG DEAL!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and reading today!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Reverb15 - Show Us Your Selfie

Hello my fellow Creative Beasts,
Today is Day Five of Reverb15, hosted by Kat McNally of "I Saw You Dancing". There is still time to sign up HERE and play along if you are inspired to do so.

And now for today's writing prompt...

Prompt Five: Show Us Your Self(ie)!

Here is what Kat writes for todays prompt:

Go on, show us your selfie! You know you want to.

If you've been a part of Reverb before, you know that this is the bit where I invite you to share your favourite photo of yourself from the year (selfie or otherwise). 

For bonus points, give us a montage of the photos you have shared during each Reverb you’ve participated in. (Throwback Thursdays #tbt are also welcome!)

Hmmm...As I've already mentioned, this has not been the best year in my life, which results in very few photos of me, let alone any selfies.

However, I DID take a selfie shot of myself on Halloween this year...

I posted this shot on my Instagram account and at my Facebook page, as I was beginning to feel a little more upbeat about my life, despite one of two crises that began to unfold in my household.

Participating in Mondo Beyondo was helping me regain my 'dreaming big' muscles and I had received the gift of a free spot in Mindy Tsonas' Inner Alchemy Card workshop, so I was starting to feel better about things when I shot this photo...

Sadly, there has been a different crises unfolding in my household, which I can not share many details of at this time, but suffice to say that there was an unexpected death of a family member last month...

...And yet, I continue to 'invite CLARITY, TRUST and MAGIC into my life' each and every day when I write this affirmation in my little altered notebook and I'm happy to report that I have been visited yet again by my 'fairy godmother' who is making a big 50th birthday wish come true, so I have reason to smile these days, despite the loss and sadness hovering in my home.

Soon, I will share more of the happy news I received today, making this day a 'Good Friday'! But for now, I will share this years self(ie) with you all and hope that it will make you smile =)

And for fun, I'll share links to the previous selfies I've shared in Reverb12 and Reverb14 - hope you enjoy the old photos I share in those old posts!

Thank you for stopping my blog and reading today!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Reverb15 - Replenishment

Hello my fellow Creative Beasts,
Today is Day Four of Reverb15, hosted by Kat McNally of "I Saw You Dancing". There is still time to sign up HERE and play along if you are inspired to do so.

And now for today's writing prompt...

Prompt Four: Replenishment

Today's guest prompt is given to us by fellow Reverb participant and writer Kathleen Jowitt who poses a thoughtful question for us:

As the year ends, and we look back at the joys, achievements and disappointments of the past twelve months, it's worth taking some time to recognise what our efforts have demanded of us and where our resources have been depleted.

Whether you have spent 2015 bringing some long-cherished project to fruition or simply trying to keep your head above water, it's likely that this has come at some cost to you.

How can you replenish your (physical, mental, spiritual and/or emotional) resources? What do you need most of all at this moment? 

How in the world did Kathleen know that I've been trying to keep my head above water this year, above the disappointments, challenges and struggles and, most recently, big losses in finances and family members...

2015 has not been the best of years and I have felt my personal resources depleted time and time again.

I realized how burned out I was by mid-summer and I began make a plan to replenish myself by stepping back from all the work I was doing that seemed to be going nowhere and I began to carve out some morning rituals that do help to replenish my spirit:
Some of these practices have fallen by the wayside due to the recent difficulties that have taken place in my household, but I always start my day with quiet breathing meditation and my exercises, followed by the inspirational reading and ending with my 5 minutes of journaling gratitude and setting intentions for a great day.

I really do miss my reading time and would like to build that back into my day, with reading time during the day and ending my day.

However, what I do need most at this time in my life, to replenish my spirit after the beating it has taken this year, is to carve out time for my annual Word of the Year reflection. As I now use more than one worksheet for finding my Word of the Year, along with worksheets to reflect on the challenges and highlights of 'the year that was', much of my year-end reflection now takes quite a few hours to work through, so scheduling specific time for all this journaling is a must.

And planning for special snacks and treats to nibble on while doing this deep reflection would be a good idea too!

I could also use the remaining weeks to simply do nothing but watch my favorite holiday movies, more than once if possible, accompanied with lots of buttered popcorn.

I could stand to add a daily nap into my day for the rest of this year.

And I need to acknowledge every day that it is okay for me to 'honor the way things work best for ME', and to follow through on that, however that looks.

Many thanks to Kathleen for posing this much needed question on replenishment so I can have CLARITY on what I need for the remainder of this year, and I can then set the intention to invite TRUST and MAGIC into my life to make my replenishment fall into place, with the possibility of a nice surprise, like a healing body massage!! ;)

Thank you for stopping by my blog and reading today!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Reverb15 - La Luna

Hello my fellow Creative Beasts,

Today is Day Three of Reverb15, hosted by Kat McNally of "I Saw You Dancing". There is still time to sign up HERE and play along if you are inspired to do so.

And now for today's writing prompt...

Prompt Three: Lady Luna

When was the last time you stopped to look up at the moon? 

What did she have to say to you?

As a matter of fact, I stopped to look at La Luna last week, just before Thanksgiving Day. It was a cool night and La Luna was very nearly at her fullest and quite lovely to gaze upon. But then, she usually is...

I don't often hear any messages La Luna might have for me, but that could be because I am usually stopped in my tracks at her beauty.

But if La Luna did have a message for me, particularly these days, it might be this:


I am reminded of a quote I once heard about the moon:

"As the sun rises, she will surrender the night, but she is always with him, even when he can not see her."

(Chow Yun-Fat as King Monkut in Anna and The King)

Thank you for stopping by my blog and reading today!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Reverb15 - Surprises

Hello my fellow Creative Beasts,
Today is Day Two of Reverb15, hosted by Kat McNally of "I Saw You Dancing". There is still time to sign up HERE and play along if you are inspired to do so.

And now for today's writing prompt...

Prompt Two: Surprises

"What surprised you this year?"

What surprised me this year...was being given the gift of an online workshop I had been dreaming of taking since hearing of it from Ms. Kat McNally herself sometime last year...shall I share this story?

Kat McNally told me of the online course called Inner Alchemy Cards, hosted by Mindy Tsonas and this course is about creating your own oracle card deck based on the elements Air, Water, Earth...and the Earth Coven takes pace during the fall, just before my birthday and after seeing this online course, I KNEW I would have to join the Earth Coven to make an Earth deck before my 50th birthday took place this year, so I had time to figure out the funds to join the course...

...Except for the fact that I've been struggling to earn enough money to even pay just my personal bills, let alone having any extra money to use for joining creative workshops for my enjoyment and personal growth.

But I dreamed of joining the Earth Coven to make myself a special, personal deck of highly creative and intuitive cards in time for my big milestone 50th birthday.

Not long after taking the leap to join Mondo Beyondo to jumpstart my burned out spirit and recharge my 'dreaming big' muscles, I received a newsletter from Mindy announcing registration for the Earth Coven AND an opportunity to WIN A FREE SPOT in the Earth Coven!

There were other freebies being offered too, but all I wanted was a spot in that ecourse!

All I had to to was share the attached photo from the newsletter in my social media, using hashtags for Mindy to find me, and she would pick a winner within 10 days...well, I am not fond of bombarding my friends on Facebook (or Instagram or Twitter get the picture!) with promotions, so I was a bit reluctant to use my social media for a contest to win a spot in an ecourse.

But I REALLY wanted to make that special deck of cards for my upcoming 50th birthday!!

AND I had just made the commitment in Mondo Beyondo to 'invite CLARITY, TRUST and MAGIC into my life', and I knew I had to honor that commitment, so I began to share my intention of CLARITY, TRUST and MAGIC, with the hopes of gaining the free spot in the Earth Coven, the online course I had been dreaming of participating in ALL YEAR LONG...

In just 3 days, I received THREE EMAILS at each of my email addresses (yes, I have THREE EMAIL ADDRESSES, something I NEVER thought I'd do, but more about that another day) from Mindy informing me of the following:


Someone special purchased this class for you as a gift! They wish to remain anonymous, but send you much joy and love on your journey - lucky girl!

Welcome to Earth Coven and to our FALL Inner Alchemy Circle! 


I looked at that message and looked at the message at each of my email addresses over and over, and then I wrote back to Mindy to confirm that this was REALLY TRUE, because I doubted this MAGIC for a full 24 hours...
This is how bad my BURNED OUT, BLOCKED AND BROKE state of mind was when this message came to can see how I REALLY needed Mondo Beyondo to help me with my 'dreaming big' muscles at this point!
But it was true - a 'fairy godmother' gave me the gift of a spot in the Earth Coven, which meant that there was room for someone else to WIN the spot AND get the other free goodies that were part of the giveaway, items I really didn't need anyway...and I love the idea that there is 'enough pie to go around', so this gift meant there were TWO WINNERS, after all.
I recently shared this story with an old friend and she almost began to cry upon hearing it...some days, I still cry a little at my good fortune...or should I say at my CLARITY to TRUST in MAGIC again??

 Two cards from my deck-in-progress: Conjure and Ritual - Both are taking priority in my life these days!

This is how my mantra, affirmation and talisman have been working for me, since setting my intentions and this is just one of the surprises that have taken place since then...but more about those other surprises for another post, another day...
Thank you for stopping my blog and reading today!