New Endeavors on the Horizon

Hi Beautiful Friends,

The past week has been a whirlwind of ups and downs for me.  The meditation / vision and enlightenment that happened earlier in the week was very powerful and full of intense feelings/emotions and healing.  But I didn’t truly get in enough self care for myself after that and so it left me feeling drained and a bit off and irritable as the week went on.  As we still have remodeling construction going on in our house it’s so very hard for me to get that “quite” time that I really need to just decompress.

Friday I had the house to myself to in the  morning I took some time to just “be”.  I drank my tea, sat on the couch with Luna snuggled in next to me and the pugs in their “spots” by me.  I lit a candle, dabbed on some of my favorite essential oils (of course Luna has to have some too because she loves the oils lol), put on some soft “Healing Harp” music, flicked on a little mood – lighting ( little lights I have next to the couch).  I allowed myself to just shut my eyes, breathe, let my thoughts wander, relax and enjoy the quite, the peacefulness of the morning.  I sipped my tea and watched the squirrels outside my window running about the trees.  The rain was just coming down every so gently and what should have been a gloomy rainy day was a day of peace and tranquility for me.  It was exactly what I needed to rejuvenate from the week.

We always talk about “doing the work” to heal, the process you go through, the steps that one needs to take, but we all but forget to talk about the self care that is so very much needed when doing this work.  We forget that just like when engaging in physical work we need to rest – with emotional work we need to rest and be gentle with ourselves as well.

I have learned for myself that if I do not get the time to do this self care and for me a lot of it really is just about having quiet time – peaceful time – time to reflect and just be, then I get very anxious, overwhelmed feeling, and a bit stressed out.

Once I was feeling more like myself I sat down at my table and decided to draw an oracle card from a new deck that I have been totally crushing on,  it’s called Earth Warriors Oracle by Alana Fairchild.

Rarely when I use my oracle cards or tarot cards to I ask a specific question, I almost always ask what message do you have for me today?  As I’m shuffling my deck, I think in my head:  allow me to draw a card that I need today, be the guidance and show me what I need to work on or whatever message that I might need to know.

So this was the card I draw:  Anka – Kin of the Red Hawk Tribe

Instantly upon seeing this card I thought WOW this is a powerful card.  The colors, the imagery, that hawk staring right at you.  I have not worked with this deck enough to know what the message was, and intuitively I just knew it was a powerful message but was not sure what it was going to entail.  So I went to the guide book to read the message this card had for me.

It totally blew me away as it was right inline with the things I have been putting into motion these past couple of days.  I have been going over in my head a vision I have had for probably over a year now.  Asking the Universe to help me bring it to fruition.

My Vision…

I have been envisioning leading a gathering of women – coming together for more than just art – but for the community, for the support, for the healing that a gathering can provide.  So one of the steps that I recently took to move forward with this vision is signing up for a certification class called the “Art of Circle” this will guide me on how to hold Soul Women Circle Groups here locally.

And so a new endeavor is born…

I am planning to hold my first “Circle” sometime in May.  My Circle Gatherings will encompass art and rituals that you will then be able to use again on your own, there will art journaling, connecting with ourselves and each other.  We will support and uplift each other, we will learn how to connect again to our true-selves and use the 4 elements Earth, Wind, Water and Fire to heal and strengthen us on our journeys.  When our circle is complete you leave feeling full of life, love and support.  You will feel grounded and whole.  If this sounds like something your soul has been craving then fill out the form below to be notified when I launch my first Circle Event.

These gatherings will be small, intimate and open to a  limited number of participants.  To have exclusive access to join fill out the form above and you will be notified before my event goes live on my blog and social media.

And so I created a soul card for my new Endeavor – She is holding a sword and above her   the question Fear or Courage – as she looks below her with sword in hand the words purple power are there.  This week in the Empowered Creative Woman group   our Weekly Challenge was to create a piece of art using the color that you see yourself as.  I see myself as the color of a purplish – indigo and so created this card using those colors to express my new endeavor and these colors.  What I am undertaking is powerful – important – challenging and yet I feel so strongly that this is not only what I need but what the world needs right now, that I am choosing to use my “purple power” to move forward with courage.  I choose courage and I encourage you all to choose courage as well,  if you feel drawn to step out of your comfort zone, to connect and learn to live a more full life, come with me in this circle journey and embrace your life’s journey with me.

Here you can see what I glued on the back of my soul card

I would love to hear what you all feel is “your color” leave me a comment below and tell me.  Have an amazing day my friends!

xxoo – Sherry

5 Ways Sleep Can Promote Creativity

Good morning creative friends,

Today I come to you with a heartfelt post that I feel I must share with all of you.  Up until just recently I have been not giving my body enough rest and had been living off caffeine.  Getting enough rest and not needing caffeine has been such a game changer for me.

Being dedicated to your craft is admirable, but to maintain or improve your artistry, rest is as important as devoting time to create art. As I talked about in my post here taking some time off can bring about a different perspective. It lets you reflect on what you really feel inside as well as what you want to express.

In fact, the amount and quality of sleep you’re getting has a lot to do with your creativity. Sleep has been proven to promote creativity in multiple ways, and here are 5 of them.

Keeps your creative juices flowing

The part of your brain responsible for creativity is like a machine that churns out new ideas. It needs fuel to run properly, and this is replenished when you get enough sleep. It was proven in a study from University of Haifa cited by Leesa, which found that people who slept sufficiently were more creative than their sleep-deprived counterparts. This is more important if you’re a visual artist, because the researchers also observed that visually creative people have more difficulty functioning during the day. Needless to say, you don’t want to make that worse by skimping on sleep.

Dreams make you more creative

Sleep is your ticket to dreams that make you more creative. “Dreams are just thinking in a different biochemical state. In the sleep state, the brain thinks much more visually and intuitively,” explains Harvard University psychologist Deirdre Barrett. Many priceless works of art actually sprouted from their respective artist’s dreams, and one of the most famous is Salvador Dali’s Persistence of Memory.

Maintains memory skills

Memories may also serve as inspiration for art, be it a profound experience or something rather mundane. ABC reported that sleep strengthens the connection between brain cells, which helps you consolidate memories properly. Among today’s talented contemporary artists, J.M. Culver admits to frequently incorporating his memories in his work, especially those with his grandfather who suffered from schizophrenia.

Reduces stress

When you’re suffering from stress, your creativity is stifled because you’re overcome with negative thoughts. Sleep counters this by regulating cortisol, AKA the stress hormone. Albeit some great artists were able to channel stress to create a masterpiece, like Vincent Van Gogh, not everybody can do the same. When you’re well rested, your mind is calm and you can maintain focus on creating your artwork.

Enhances problem-solving skills

Rapid eye movement sleep helps incorporate information from your brain, and the compounded knowledge is useful for solving problems. It’s important to remember that creativity is also about finding new ways to correct an error or turn it into something positive. A mistake or accident can provide ideas for artwork and may even make the project more interesting. A good example is Alexander Cozens who started his skill of illustrating landscapes from ink stains on his canvass when he was lecturing one of his pupils. Today, his works and art form are considered to be one of the most beautiful in the field.

In a time when virtually all ideas have already been thought up, creativity is even more important. Today’s artists have to push the boundaries when making their art or craft pieces, and sleep can help you achieve your next magnum opus.

Thank you dear friends for sharing your time with me today.

xxoo – Sherry

This is a contributed post

 

 

Have you ever been thankful for….

I woke up the other morning with this crazy thought after being sick for a week – I was thankful for getting sick.

Now I know you are thinking totally crazy right? I mean who is thankful for being sick!  The thing is getting sick allowed me not just to slow down but it allowed me to STOP!  You heard that right I was almost completely off of social media, I didn’t do any work for my art business, I did very minimal work at home (just things like taking care of the dogs and such).  It gave me permission to just stop – regroup – restore.

I needed this so badly!  I realized that I had been neglecting my needs since my dad got sick and passed almost 2 years ago.  Honestly I can’t believe it took me this long to actually get sick but way back then at that time I was in extremely good health.  Feeling so awful made me realize I have been feeling not all that great for awhile but it took getting sick to force me to make the changes that I should have long ago.

It actually takes me back to the Gratitude Junk Journal Online Workshop that I taught in last November where I did a lesson in Gratitude for Loss and Sadness.  That is still available to take and you receive lifetime access if you are interested in checking it out go here.

You know they always say in an airplane put your oxygen mask on before helping someone else get theirs on – there is good reason for this.  If you are not ok, if you are not taking care of yourself you can not help others as effectively.  Or you might help others for awhile until you burn out.

Nourishing my body

Since getting sick I have gone back to my better eating habits.  Eating at home and eating clean organic homemade foods.  It’s crazy that I was eating out so much when I absolutely love to cook.  I have actually stopped drinking coffee and that’s a big one for me.  I am a total coffee nut but I have actually stopped before.  I may go back to it but for now it feels good not to have the caffeine and other things in coffee that might not be so great for me.  This in turn has also gotten me off using the Creamor which I use to use in my coffee.  I have now switched to using a little coconut milk creamer if I feel I want a cup that has a bit of cream.  Here are 3 teas with links to where you can purchase them that I have been crushing on that have become my favorite right now Turmeric GingerChocolate Cinnamonblueberry green tea .  I am fortunate that I am able to purchase these all from my local Wegmans – which is how I found them 🙂

I have been cooking delicious hardy soups with the freshest veggies I can find during the winter, using lots of greens and colorful veggies that just feel so good to work with when cooking and are so yummy to eat.  I have been going to bed earlier to get an extra hour of rest at night and I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to wake up rested the morning.  It was so silly of me to be staying up later to watch a show that I can watch the next evening on demand.

Using Essential Oils

Because of all the clean eating and drinking my mind feels so fresh and alive.  I feel like for the longest time I have been in such fog.  Like I’m going through the motions but not really feeling things and not really being aware of what is going on.  The clarity that has come is so amazing !  I have also been using my essential oils a lot.  I have gone back to wearing frankincense on my wrists, I dab some Joy over my heart and I have been doing steam inhalations with peppermint.  To boost my immune system and cut down on the acid in my system and to make my body more alkaline I have been taking a capsule of Thieves Oil blend with lemon in the morning – 3 drops of each.

Now that I’m feeling better I am back to walking Luna about 2-3 miles a day depending on what we have going on.

Nourishing my mind

I have also been nourishing my mind and soul with books such as Healing with the Angles by Doreen Virtue and Warrior Goddess Training by Heatherash Amara.

I have committed myself to learning and using my Tarot Cards and Continue working with my oracle cards – in the online class Pull Pen Paint which I have been really enjoying learning so much here.  So many people hear the word Tarot and they get freaked out and I honestly never new exactly what they were all about but since working with them and learning about them have found that they are a wonderful tool.  They can give you the guidance just like Oracle Cards in things in life that are a challenge.  They help make sense of things that just otherwise have kinda been a mystery in my life.  They can jump start your creativity and are just really eye opening!  And I have been journaling I mean hand writing journaling like a crazy person because of using these cards and I love it.  It’s so releasing and refreshing.  I used to journal a lot and add art journaling in with it but then when I started showing a lot of my stuff online I cut out the journaling part and it feels so good to get back into it!

I also came across a couple other books that I wanted to share that are interactive – I am thinking about getting both of them I really like the description and what they are used for.  You can choose either the hard copy or an instant download so they are fairly inexpensive if you go with the download.  They are both by Jeanne Oliver and one is called Listening  and the second one is called Salt and Light

First Full Moon Ritual Practice

This Wednesday January 31st we will have the 2nd full moon of the month also known as a Blue Moon – it is also a super moon or aka blood moon.  I plan to do a moon ritual of letting go of things that I want to rid myself of you can check that out here.

Nourishing my creativity

Below is my latest Art Journaling Video – I am using elements from this month’s newsletter download – if you missed it you can purchase the download here

As always friends thanks for sharing your time with me and I’d love to hear how you are providing yourself with Love and self care this winter!

xxoo- Sherry