Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ready for change

If you're ready for transformation,
open your arms wide to the experiences...
 that will lead you there.
You may feel a void, an emptiness,
fear of the unknown, an ache for certainty.
Breathe confidently into the hollow spaces. 

You may feel a longing to scream...
from a place that embodies a stifled memory.
Go ahead! Scream as loud as your pain.
There will be hallways (in-between places )...
where you want to give up on the process.
But instead walk faster towards the darkness.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Writing your script

Is your story woven with of acts of kindness, courage, and faith? Or are your pages filled with fear, self-doubt, worry, and unworthiness? Suppose you could write a brand, new script. What would you choose? Would you be the hero in your story? Would you forgive everyone for everything that's ever happened? Would you forgive yourself for your own mistakes? Would you use your power to change the heart of the world? Would you become fearless? Would you strongly stand up for what you believe in, being humble and fierce at the same time? Would unconditional love be your greatest achievement? Would you throw away the tarnished mirror of your past? Would you be a warrior for your truth? Would you be willing to let go of shallow living and youthful arrogance? Would you meet life every day with open palms- letting it hand you what it wishes?

Each moment you are writing the script with your thoughts, beliefs and actions. This may be hard to wrap your mind around, but it's true none the less...


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sacred times

We all experience times when we feel lost.

Days when we don't feel purpose or joy. 
There is nothing you need to change.

Just sit quietly in the emptiness...



Monday, April 27, 2015


No more stories about demons and goddesses.
No more playing the blame game...
creating drama in your mind where...
someone is the victim, the hero... 

Enough chatter about good guys/bad guys.
 Never mind about who's right or wrong.
Shame loves to point the finger.

Don't idolize anyone either.
It's helpful when someone inspires us
but don't make them better than you.

Everyone who comes into your life...
 is here to teach something valuable.
Look for the lesson rather than...
 letting your mind be seduced into conflict.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Claiming freedom

You make a significant difference in the world when you do your healing work. Recovery is about letting go of self-defeating thoughts, patterns of behavior, and old beliefs.  It also includes looking at unhealed hurts from your past. If you don't do your work, you will continue to see life through a distorted lens. Your wounds will bleed into every relationship, situation, and how you feel about yourself.
People are often afraid to do their work. But having been on both sides of fence, I will tell you that being stuck is a lot more painful than facing the stuff...


Friday, April 24, 2015

Welcoming joy

Greeting cards - white linen paper, glitter,
pink and blue linen envelopes.

Let your goal be peace.
Chaos is ego's way of tricking you into unhappiness!
Know that your thoughts and beliefs are the reason...
 you are drawing the experiences you're having.
Change your thoughts!
Affirm that you are worthy of a JOY-FILLED life!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Picture Yourself as a Woman Who...

Isn’t afraid to say “no”
Loves her body, imperfections and all
Has the gift of self-esteem.
Uses her confidence to inspire others
Re-nourishes her spirit with solitude
Thinks carefully about her choices
Will risk getting her heart broken again

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Creating a beautiful life

When you find the courage to get
more honest with yourself
about your hurts, fears, and insecurities,
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Saying thank you

Trying out my new camera
Blog- Father's Day June 17, 2012
I want to write about my dad today, 
but I'm groping for words...
trying to find my here goes...
Dad died 17 years ago...he played a huge part in my life.
When he died, I thought I would die too...
at least, the little girl in me thought so...
I felt abandoned, afraid...
it took me a long time to work through the grief.

My last memory of dad that I will always cherish,
is holding his hand as he lay dying.
As a little girl, I dearly wanted to hold his hand,
but that wasn't dad's way of showing affection...
he was more apt to rub my shoulders or playfully tease me.
So it meant the world to me
 (and my little girl) to finally get my wish.

The old, longing ache for my dad has long since healed,
as well as, my abandonment issues.
My feelings today are those of gratitude.
I'm grateful for the years I had...
the memories we made...there was a lot of laughter,
tears, and some good arguments (we could both be stubborn).

Thank you dad for being my father, teacher, friend...

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Embracing change

If your life starts to dismantle,
just breathe and let it happen.
There is a season for all things.
When the season comes to an end,
it has fulfilled it's purpose.
Now it's time for something new!
Don't hold unto yesterday!
Let faith carry you into tomorrow.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sitting on gold

A beggar had been sitting by the side of a road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. "Spare some change?" mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his old baseball cap. "I have nothing to give you," said the stranger. Then he asked: "What's that you are sitting on?" "Nothing," replied the beggar. "Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember." "Ever looked inside?" asked the stranger. "No," said the beggar. "What's the point? There's nothing in there." "Have a look inside," insisted the stranger. The beggar managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.

The true gifts in life are when...

 We have made peace with ourselves and others.

We let go of control and learn to just trust.

We face our pain rather than cover it up.

We stop looking for external validation.

We feel a deep sense of belonging.



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Inside happiness

Picture yourself as a woman
who awakens
to feeling blissfully happy
“Happiness is when what you think,
what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A blissful life

Imagine seeing the beauty in everything;
  in yourself, others, your surroundings. 
Every day we are blessed with so much.
The magnificent colors in the sunset, the salty air,
nature playfully dancing around us.

Deep appreciation comes from our heart.
If we have a protective barrier around it,
we forfeit the joy of existence.


Monday, April 13, 2015

The taste of freedom

Let go of fear

fear of change

fear of what tomorrow will bring

fear of being powerless

Release the past

forgive those who have hurt you

forgive yourself

for your own mistakes

Have faith

trust whatever comes your way

will not be more than

you can handle

Be the best you can

share your heart with others

be gentle, kind,

patient and thoughtful

It is in dying to our old ways

that we come ashore
to taste the joy of new freedom

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Special moments

These moments can be as simple as…

chasing rainbows,

wishing on the brightest star,
taking risks,
standing on the edge,
learning to fly.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The simple things

Our lives are full of simple pleasures

that are too often overlooked.

Take a moment to slow down

and show appreciation for

all the little things in your life

that bring you happiness…

Thursday, April 9, 2015

My wish for you

My Wish For You
Stay positive
expect miracles to come
your way every day
Don’t hang on to the past
it’s over
the best is yet to come
                                 Let go of unworthiness
    see what a beautiful, gifted
woman you are

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Changing the things I can

Written in 2012
Yesterday I saw something about myself I'm not proud of.
I was silently pointing the finger at someone.
 Wanting to place blame on them for something.
It's an old behavior and didn't feel right.
 I'm grateful for these moments of clarity.
Awareness is the first step to change.

The old ME would be clinging to my old ways.
Digging my heels in.
Justifying my behavior.
But today I am willing to change.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The face of courage

She stopped tip-toeing around her desires
and leaned into passion with her whole heart
 Courage is conquering your fears

fear of failure

fear of success

fear of change

fear of vulnerability

fear of the unknown


But he'd learned long ago that a life lived without risks pretty much wasn't worth living.
Life rewarded courage, even when that first step was taken neck-deep in fear.”
Tamera Alexander


Monday, April 6, 2015

My cup runneth over

Blue Mountain card
Several years ago I was fortunate to have one of my poems published on a Blue Mountains Greeting card. A couple weeks ago I sent off a few of my new drawings (similar to my new tee shirt) and some poems. Last week I got a response. They want to test them on the market. I'm very excited...
For the past three years I've enjoyed sharing my feelings, my artwork, and my photography on my blog. It has a beautiful experience. But to be honest, I've never seen myself as a gifted writer or artist. Writing from my heart is easy. And my playful drawings comes from somewhere I can't explain nor can I duplicate. But my grammar isn't the best. My words aren't always eloquent. My drawings are imperfect. And my camera is a cheapie.

So what are my gifts? Great determination and a willingness to be vulnerable by sharing pieces of my life struggles, my victories, my hurts, my joy.
I don't know what the future holds with Blue Mountain or anything else. I've learned to leave the results to God. For today, my heart is full. My cup runneth over....

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The joy of connecting

Written in 2103- One of the realities of growing up in a dysfunctional family is the lingering effect of feeling unsafe. Your natural ability to trust in others may have been shattered. Mine was!  Even though I've worked on this issue for a number of years, it can still challenge me today...who to trust...who not to trust...trusting my own choices.

Ways I've dealt with feeling unsafe in the past is either avoiding intimacy or controlling others/situations. Neither are good options.

Regaining our ability to trust can be a life-long process. We will all be challenged with loss, rejection, and disappointment. It’s simply part of the human experience. But it's important that we not let fear block us from the joy of intimacy.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hidden gifts

One of my new greeting cards...
sweet and glittery
Blog post from 2012 - Until six years ago, I’d held a belief that I couldn’t draw. Although I had enjoyed doing various creative projects, I had never attempted sketching. One day I sat down with a pencil, paper and my daughter’s elementary school drawing. I tried copying what she had done with some success. That day something magical began to unfold. I discovered an artist deep within me. I started playing with paints, markers and anything else I could get my hands on.
Slowly my drawings improved. Then one day a voice inside me said, “you’re going to design greeting cards.” My reply to this internal voice was, “how is that possible?” Today my cards are in the finest gift stores in the area. I could never have imagined this during that first rough drawing. I still shake my head. All these years later it still feels brand new, dream-like & exciting. No one knows one’s true potential until one takes risks and tries new things. I am thankful for that one moment when I looked at my daughter’s drawing and said to myself, “I wonder if I could do that?”

Friday, April 3, 2015

Walking the walk

Your role is to dream big 
then leave the details to God.

One of the best things I ever did was to learn more about who I was...learning to connect with my feelings and my physical body...looking at the emotional baggage I was still carrying...understanding what my needs were...looking at things I needed to change. Here are a few ways that have helped me on this amazing, spiritual journey of not only self-discovery, but a closer walk in faith.

Support groups - people sharing their stories

Counseling - seeking guidance to explore feelings

Meditation - quieting the agitated mind, creating an openness

Prayer - a union between yourself and God

Journaling - going deeper for answers



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Living bravely

She looked at how far she had traveled,
 the experiences she had,
the people she met,
the lessons she learned.
So far, it had been quite a journey,
the twist and turns,
the unpredictability,
the unseen blessings.
Stepping in the fire of fear,
broke the mold of suffering,
transforming her,
setting her free.