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LOVE WARRIOR // 2016

LOVE WARRIOR // 2016

I’ve missed connecting and sharing this space with you.

I’ve been quiet for the past year as change has swept through my life, very much invited and welcome.

I’m currently on a year-long creative sabbatical (or more, we’ll see). Carving out this space has been an intentional choice to follow my creative impulses, carry out a long-time professional plan, and give myself space to heal.

Heal from what? Lyme disease, burnout, loss, grief, a lifetime of learning how to love and share my purpose in a meaningful way. The experience of being human.

I closed my graphic design business and launched my dream in 2015. It has been quietly, slowly, and beautifully percolating as I give it form.

You will see something different emerge in the near future, and for now my website and instagram photo album capture where I’m at. My energy is focused on two things—wild women portraits who express the deepest intimacy of the raw human spirit, and surface pattern designs that embody nature and beauty. I’m fully leaning into my gifts as a sensitive soul eternally curious about identity and spirit, as a gentle woman who knows the power of beauty to nurture and transform, as a guide sharing what I’m learning, and by sharing myself with the world, supporting others in healing and being true to themselves too.

I continue to feel challenged and engaged by my mama role. Homeschooling our son and still getting what I need for myself hasn’t been easy and it continues to be a learning process. Societal definitions of what motherhood is and what being a wife means have continued to bring up questions for me—which has brought changes into my life as I navigate what these roles mean personally to me and find my courage to claim what I feel is right. Similarly we are choosing our own paths for schooling and parenting philosophies. This has led to deep reflection on belonging and feeling a part of a like-minded community; finding my people. The idea of home has been challenged and I am on a journey of exploring what home means to me and how to find it. My son and I have been living in Victoria, BC this year - with him participating in a Nature-based unschooling collective, and with me claiming independence and reflecting on where I feel at home. This city is weaving itself into our souls! It is so beautiful and connected to raw Nature.

So much growth. So much, so much. All good things for deep thinkers and feelers like us, right?

xo

Simple

I’m choosing a word to guide me for the beginning of this year—simple. Simplify; do less; choose carefully. I want this year to be about keeping things real; saying no more often than I say yes; and if I can't remember it without keeping detailed lists I'm probably doing too much. I want to observe and ask rather than making assumptions; and try drawing the simple conclusion rather the complicated one. It's touching on the personal, the family, and it's coming into the studio with me too as I find ways to practice my craft in small simple ways with minimal supplies. Simple. 

JOY: A Holiday Message

JOY, WATERCOLOUR, DEC 2015

JOY, WATERCOLOUR, DEC 2015

Happy holidays friends and colleagues! The season is upon us! I love this time of year. The lights, the carols, the excitement in the air, the delight in our six year old son:) My favourite things to do during the holidays are to curl up with a good book, get into the studio for some soul-feeding creative time, cook slowly, go for solo walks, and spend quality time with everyone I love. I'm so looking forward to doing these things for the next two weeks and I hope you are doing things equally joyful and inspiring for yourself.

As I wrap up the year I'm looking back and thinking, yes it's been a really good one. I've been focused on changing habits—doing less and choosing carefully. Homeschooling our son has been a challenging and exhausting but truly wonderful adventure and I'm glad we chose to do it.

I wish for each of you a restful and inspired holiday season with many moments of joy, connection and love, and vibrant wellness now and always. It's the real stuff, the stuff that truly matters, yeah?

J.O.M.O

This summer was full, full, full. I think when we went into it I had this intention for slowness and lots of days spent at the beach with my boy. It didn't quite go that way but it was so rich and rewarding I'm leaning into that. We did find many happy days in the garden, on the road (unplugged) and venturing into nature. We prioritized recharging important relationships with family afar and in the process had some amazing mountain, lake and ocean adventures, completely unplugged from technology. I breathed in the space – mental and physical – and really felt present. It was hard coming home to long to-do lists each time but it was worth it in so many ways. Now we're settling into fall and trying to find our centre again.

The gift of time, slowness and being present is something I've learned is really important to me.

A core value. I am shaping the year ahead with so much intention and this is at the centre of it. A dear friend shared this book title with me – Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – and I know with crystal clear clarity this is the next pathway for me. To say no to things, to stop worrying that I'm missing out on things and simply enjoy the JOMO - the Joy Of Missing Out! It's very timely actually as we unwittingly launched ourselves into a massive house purge in the summer, and so here we are in the midst of chaos in our home and all I can dream about is simplicity, having less, doing less, feeling more spaciousness and peace each day in my surroundings and in my lifestyle. We watched the documentary TINY: A Story About Living Small and though I'm not ready to move to a 100 square foot home, I'm stirred. This is the beginning of a new chapter – challenging ourselves to pare down to what's essential, and LET GO of the rest. I'm inspired. More to come.

More from the past!

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Hey y’all, I blogged regularly from 2012 to 2015 on blogspot. Head on over there to see the old stuff. It is really quite amazing to see the changes and shifts that happen over time. And also to see the threads that are woven consistently throughout—the parts of you that are just so YOU and are always with you. From the sharing of inspiration and beauty, to the reflections and deep questioning. It is still me, just in an earlier version of myself.

with love, xo