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Getting to joy

the start of a new collection...

One of the biggest challenges as an artist is

learning to live with the chaos and openly receive life's true joys. That gentle inner voice, it flutters like a butterflies wings, softly gliding in the air on a path all its own.

Living the artist's life means listening to that voice that leads us, responding to where the heart wants to go. 

I'm creating on my own kind of path, working through the chaos of yesterday and tomorrow, to focus on the journey forward. 

Come along with me. I promise it will be fun & inspiring



We live in a world with many challenges and they often impact our ability to experience joy.
If this is you, you’re not alone. A little over 15 years ago, a few years into the adventure of motherhood, I felt empty and my life felt devoid of passion and joy. Those same feelings are creeping in again. My heart feels vulnerable. I want to be more than "fine." Join me as I share what helped then and what I’m discovering now to so that I can feel more alive and fulfilled again.
The path to joy is possible.
It's a matter of starting.

Where to start?


I’m starting with what I know - from over 20 years practicing health education and my experience of caring for myself through burnout as a young mom, And this time I'm going deeper. I’m putting researching and studying with experts and scientists. I’m even immersing myself into old and a few new self-care practices.

And sharing it with you! I'm so glad you're here. I hope this helps you, too. At the very least I hope the first layers of Getting to Joy are what you need to start feeling more alive and fulfilled.

Human suffering is well, human.

Ok. Let's begin. First off, thoughts and emotions are part of the human experience. They are what makes us human. Accepting ourselves as we are and where we are is step 1. It's not necessary to beat up on ourselves for the thoughts and emotions we have. They are natural and unavoidable. Acknowleding them is the first step in the direction of getting to joy.

The wound is the place where the light enters you.

Rumi

How do we move through suffering? 

It's the acts of self-care we do every day...🌸🦋✨


Embracing the Struggle.

Life often challenges us with chaos around every corner. It's like a test of our resilience, our strength. For me, chaos takes the form of things happening around me every day that don't necessarily impact me directly: humanitarian crises in Ukraine, Somalia, and Myanmar to name a few, homelessness, or mass shootings...

Yet, I've noticed a pattern. Whenever enlightened transformation is ahead, the chaos seems to intensify. Overwhelm creeps in and we think someone else will take care of it, someone with more power. Lately, my biggest realization has been about taking charge. To paint, to create, to breathe life into making a positive impact, I must wisely use the precious everyday moments as we ride the rollercoaster of life.🦋

I've come to realize that when I focus on what matters most, cherish the time we are given, and approach it with pure love, the chaos dissolves. Don't wait for someone else to take charge. Especially if you always find yourself overwhelmed. Because it’s in our craziest, most chaotic moments that taking steps towards our joy becomes extremely powerful. 🦋✨

As you start to walk on the way, the way appears

Rumi

I'm giving myself a big hug then throwing down the first layers. They aren't necessarily pretty or bright or cheerful, but they are still beautiful...full of energy ...of grit and honesty.

My canvas: a landing place where the soul follows the path of the heart and joy eventually will be revealed.

The goal of "Getting to Joy", my newest collection, is to capture this playful journey with the unspoken. For each colorful piece to not be just a painting, but a celebration of this one precious life and its gifts.

Starting with where I am I build the canvas and myself up layer by layer.

Layer by layer...

Getting closer to joy.

My Happy Place

Spending every moment I can in the studio lately…✨feeling really excited about releasing my new “Getting to Joy” series with you all! It’s only a few weeks away…

And more layers

Swipe to see the newest layers to my Getting to Joy series…✨🦋 

This one is extra special because it's the layer I was beginning to feel the sun light up after a brief absence!🥰🥂 I’m absolutely in love with the marks. My range of emotions always seems to show up in new ways, this one also has a TON of magenta in it too. At one point I literally caught myself throwing wild swacks of paint onto the canvas. At first I was like "no you just didn't, and then I was like "oh heck yeah I just did!!!" ♥️ And I might just have to throw more color in my future work.☺️✨

DIG Deep = get deliberate, inspired, & going.

By Brene Brown

Find the Courage to Go Where Your Heart Is Calling You

No matter where you are in getting to joy, there’s a next step that awaits you.

As I continue to paint “Getting to Joy” I know what I want.
I want to feel joy.
I know how to get there.
Remember what I love.

Yet still, the path to joy is not a straight line. Just like with these paintings, getting my heart to align with the joy it wants to feel requires a bit of back and forth, pushing and pulling.

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown teaches us that instead of trying to push through the pain, heartache, and struggle… instead of sucking it up or soldiering on, —we should slow down, act deliberately, be inspired, and take action.

So that’s what I’m doing. Now that the shift toward joy has happened, I’m slowing down, deliberately taking the next steps - choosing colors I love, carefully, lovingly layering these on.

I’m not rushing it.
I’m digging deep to be patient -with the paintings, with myself.

Progress is happening.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how much gets done, however much gets done is enough. Because yes, we are human. We are worthy of joy. When we have the courage to go where the heart is calling, joy will come.

Getting Closer to Joy…🦋


The final layers are extra special because they are the layers where I was beginning to feel the sun light up after a brief absence!🥰🥂

I’m absolutely in love with the marks. My range of emotions always seems to show up in new ways, this one also has a TON of magenta in it too. At one point I literally caught myself throwing wild swacks of paint onto the canvas. At first I was like "no you just didn't, and then I was like "oh heck yeah I just did!!!" ♥️

And I might just have to throw more color in my future work.☺️✨

Let the Joy In

Keep asking myself - is this art connected to me? Am I loving this? Is this bringing me energy? Is this bringing me joy? Is this bringing me alive?"


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