March 26, 2013

Goddess Chronicles Getting to Know Tabitha Jayne


Today's Getting to Know you Goddess is Tabitha Jayne! This woman is a rockstar! I had the privilege of talking to Tabitha over the phone last month for a powerful session that helped me honor my talents and stop second guessing myself! She held a space for me with love and great attention as I talked to her about where I am going with my creative life. A few days later she checked up on me and sent me her free workbook I have been using to grow on this creative path! I invite you to read as Tabitha asks us to Step into YOUR G.o.d.d.e.s.s. Power!



As the G.o.d.d.e.s.s. of Peace, Passion and Purpose I help bright soulful women who want to change the world cut through crap and create and live the lives of their dreams.  It’s my mission to help them experience authentic happiness and true fulfilment while they make this world a better place.

Too often when are working towards a bigger vision we fall into the trap of thinking that we need to make sacrifices to achieve it.  



I know that this was true for me. When I first started out on my path to change the world at 22 I set up a charity to help young adults affected by bereavement.  I had no idea what I was doing.  Even as I was recognized for the work I was doing by reaching the finals of the Everywoman Awards (women in business), I felt like a failure.

I was stressed and tired as I pushed myself to work part-time to support myself, run the charity and finish my Bachelors in psychology. Happiness eluded me and I felt resentful towards what I doing.  And I thought this was what changing the world was about.

A decade on I’ve discovered that if you truly want to change the world you need to start with yourself first.  There are no sacrifices to be made.  You can feel energized, relaxed, happy and fulfilled while you change the world.


Today that’s my first priority for myself and the results have been fantastic.  Following this approach I wrote and published my first book Thriving Loss: Move beyond grief to a place of peace, passion and purpose.  I threw myself into training to be a coach and am now an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation.  I studied towards my M.S. in Applied Ecopsychology.  I developed my own unique approach to work with clients called the Tree of Transformation®, a seven-step process that harnesses the power of trees for deep and lasting positive change.
And while doing this I created fun and new experiences.  


I spent nearly 3 months travelling around the west coast of Canada and the United States.  I moved to Barcelona so that I could teach English to Spanish students while discovering how to transition from a focus in grief to where I am now.

Now, through working with women on a deep level in my signature program G.o.d.d.e.s.s.Power: Live the Life of Your Dreams I support women to fully recognize their potential and channel their energy into making the difference that they dream of in a way that allows them to experience even more peace, passion and purpose.

You already have everything you need right inside of you to make the world a better place.  Greatness, Openness, Determination, Devotion, Environmental Awareness, Strength and Serenity (G.o.d.d.e.s.s.) are your birthright. 

I feel so strongly about this that I’ve created a workbook G.o.d.d.e.s.s. Power: Become your own super heroine that you can get access to for free at www.tabithajayne.com.

What are you waiting for?  The world needs you!

March 25, 2013

Spring Art Fair and a Story of Choosing Boldness!


We had a good time yesterday afternoon at Unity Church of San Antonio's Spring Art Fair. The weather was kind of wonky yesterday it was really, really windy and cold for this late in March, in San Antonio anyway. The team decided to set-up in the community center instead. We had plenty of space and it was nice and cozy for everyone coming in from the cold outside. I am very blessed to be part of such an open and loving community of people. The artwork among the vendors was unique and the crowds really supported us being there. I sold many of my paintings yesterday. I also sold one of my most cherished pieces. Earlier this year, I created a canvas with polymer clay of Mary Magdalene in honor of Sandy Hook. Karis above, was called to it, and so I said goodbye to that very special piece of my heart. It is nice to know it will be with her!




Of course my husband Jeff was there to help me set-up in the morning. He can be a little anal when it comes to putting things together just right...you see he is a perfectionist to the tenth degree. 



Even though this quirk of his can be unnerving its also why I love him. When I watch him sometimes, emotions surge from my toes through my body that get caught in a big lump in my throat...emotions of pure gratitude. Until I can blurt out...I Love You So Much! I can't believe how lucky I am to be enveloped by his love and support. 


Jeff is an artist as well. A very talented one. Not just because he is my family but because its true. Much of his work is unfinished or sits on a file in his computer. I have always asked him to put some of his work out for sale or to submit it to a gallery but he always falls short of getting from "Yes! I will!" to actually doing it. 

Over the years I have learned not to push so much that he turns and runs the other way. Last night as I was preparing the canvases I would take I came across a Ballerina that I did many years ago. I was just starting off as an artist and did not really follow any rules of color. Jeff asked me if he could work on it to bring it back to life. I told him I loved the the idea of a collaboration piece so off he went. 
















In the morning he showed it to me and I really liked it. I could feel the firey attitude I was going for so many years ago with her... only now it was controlled and beautiful. As I made my way down the stairs to leave I saw him staring at it. I could feel his critic coming out...."Ah, I don't think I'm going to take this one like I said. It just isn't right yet." Remember, he is a perfectionist. 

I shrugged my shoulders and said "Well honey its your choice. Remember though that there are two different kinds of artists in the world...those who live silently in the dark shadows and those who are audacious and live boldly in the light. Which will you be today?" I walked down the stairs and a few minutes later he came down with the painting along with another one he painted on his own at a class I taught previously. Inside of myself I was hooting and hollering and cheering him on! 

Wouldn't you know that the first painting that sold on OUR table was the ballerina. An elderly lady was almost in tears as she recounted how much the woman in the painting reminded her of her times in Brazil when she was younger. She was smiling and giggling as she held it in her hands. "Look at that face...she has got some attitude doesn't she?" I could tell that Jeff was shocked. I looked over at him and spoke only with my eyes. The moment between this woman and the two of us was pure magic. It is amazing to me what art does, to those who receive it and those who give it. I believe that because of this exchange we all got a little closer to Spirit. The positive energy that surrounded that small space rippled. 

Jeff's other art: Tranquility
My question to you, artist or not, is how are you going to choose to live today? Will you be silent in the shadows or will you live boldly in light? We have heard this so many times have we not? Be the light... be the change you want to see... I know that this is the way to change the world! Showing up and using your Voice however that manifests, are a couple of ways to live authentically and live happy! I will leave you to ponder and with my favorite quote from Marianne Williamson:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."


March 21, 2013

Goddess Chronicles Getting to Know Rebecca McFarland


I have the pleasure of introducing one of my fellow Fly Sisters, Rebecca McFarland today. I first met Rebecca about two years ago through an online course with Kelly Rae Roberts. Immediately I was struck by her beauty, brains, and talent! This girl is an amazing artist! Truly. To me her work speaks mystery and has such deep emotion behind it. 
What's more is her gentle and kind spirit. Rebecca is very modest when it comes to her artistic abilities. No doubt she is a superb actress but she is equally an outstanding artist! Without further a due Rebecca McFarland.



Hello everyone! I am an actor and artist living in Los Angeles.  I’m from New Orleans originally and started acting around the age of eleven.  It was the only thing I was really good at.  As a result, I decided it would be my life’s work, and it has been. 

I started painting in 2000 after a five-month trip around Europe.  I was so inspired by all the art and architecture that I picked up some oil pastels along the way and have never looked back.  



This was a major growth moment in my life.  I had never drawn anything other than a stick figure up to this point.  Painting is not easy for me, but it is one of my greatest joys!  



I love to decorate, go to flea markets, read, have dinner parties and spend time with my one and only.  You asked what makes my heart sing?  He does. 


My website is rebeccamcfarland.net
Still working on my art website.  I plan to start selling my art this year!

March 18, 2013

Come Paint Your Soulful Metamorphosis!

I am finally putting my Soulful Metamorphosis© Painting Workshop out there. I have been sitting with this idea for a long time now.... it has probably been over a year and a half. I worked and re-worked exactly what I want to give the world through facilitating creativity.


After my trip to NYC earlier this month, it all became so clear. I know I was put on this earth to be in communion with people who want to use art and creativity as a vehicle to move through life. For fun, for reflection, for love, for fixing things emotionally... for anything that calls from within. 

This really truly works! I have been painting this way for so long and I did not even realize it until last year. Because of this practice so many more creative opportunities have shown themselves to me and have been able to move towards fulfilling the life I envision. It has not always been easy but it has been worth it to me. 

My soul  mission is to provide a space in which to gather, reflect, discuss, embrace, celebrate, and transform our lives. I believe that through powerful and soulful exchanges and creating artwork from your spirit, you can begin to transform your life. 


It is my soul’s mission in life to share this with the world. I have built my mission around what I call The Four C’s:  COMMUNITY - CONNECT - COLLABORATE - CREATE.  I am committed to facilitating creativity through painting as a way to return to our true nature of joy and happiness! The possibilities of this day are truly endless. Won’t you come?

Visit the website for more information and details to register at soulfulmetamorphosis.com 

I hope you will join me. 




March 17, 2013

Goddess Chronicles Getting to Know Sydney Neblet


Today's Goddess Chronicles highlight is Sydney Neblett. Sydney and her daughters are doing some AH-MAZING work ya'll! It is so inspiring to see so many women living their dream and doing things to make a difference! Read on!


I think one of the hardest things to do is to talk about yourself. I am learning though, that in order to succeed we need to be our own greatest advocates.  So here it goes:
My name is Sydney Neblett, I am the single mother of 2 amazing little girls. One is a chef/engineer in the making and the other a prima ballerina hopeful. My alternate ego, if you will, is working at the hospital as a medical coder.  My true self emerges when I get home and put on my sweats.


I love nothing more then to be working in my craft area/living room creating new works of art.  I sew, paint, draw and any other craft that calls to me in the space between my living room and dining room. I love when the creative juices get to flowing, from the moment the idea sparks in my head until the finished product presents its self. 

What makes my heart sing is when my girls and I are able to help others. There is no greater feeling in the world then being able to give someone else an opportunity they might never have been able to have otherwise. My daughters have been blessed to enjoy any wonderful artistic opportunities in life from ballet, viola, Irish dance, art, sewing, even cooking.  I feel it is my turn to share these opportunities with other young women who may have never gotten the chance.

That is why I am in the process of taking my company "Dream's Achievement" non-profit.  My company is "helping young women experience, learn and love the arts by providing scholarships, opportunities, guidance and mentoring."  I am just getting started, but so far I have been able to offer 4 scholarships. In order to provide these scholarships, and hopefully many to come, I design, make and sell items in the store part of my website where all of the proceeds go towards our mission. Some items are designated for certain goals, like our scholarship fund, while others just go towards our general mission. Currently we are working on compiling a book of donated recipes to put together and sell, raising funds to help provide cooking classes to young women in our area.  We are always looking for individuals who are interested in helping us by becoming members, donating items for the store, or offering to be a mentor.





My business info is:





What I dream of most is being able to totally devote my time towards my business. Allowing me to provide even more opportunities to young women, all over the states, to free their inner artist and become what they are meant to be. I know I said it was hard to talk about myself, but I found writing this to be very freeing.  Putting my dream out there for everyone to see helps to make it even that more real to me.

Have a fabulous day!

March 14, 2013

Women, Community, and Art: Shannon Etnyre


The unity that is shared among women is something that should be celebrated each and every month. Earlier this year I dedicated 2013 to unifying women from the online community that have felt a deep soulful shift in their lives as a result of commitment, community and creativity! This month Shannon Etnyre has shared a beautiful post titled: Planned Happenstance of her experience. Let's show her some love ya'll!
My life seems as a thing of happenstance, planned happenstance.  I understand now that I am on the path I'm meant to be on, wandering in some direction toward my truth.  The feelings I have about my life, and where I am now, have been puzzling. It wasn’t until I read this piece from Anais Nin that I began to understand. In a letter to Harper’s Bazaar editor Leo Lerman, Nin expressed the following when asked for a short autobiography piece: "My life is not possible to tell. I change every day, change my patterns, my concepts, my interpretations. I am a series of moods and sensations. I play a thousand roles. I weep when I find others play them for me. My real self is unknown. My work is merely an essence of this vast and deep adventure."
I do not feel as though I have any choice in the matter. It would be rather difficult to deviate from this adventure; my purpose and the sureness of my heart.  Turning away would mean denying everything that I am; to shrink into nothing, to pretend, to be a fake.

After a series of events mis fortunate events, I found myself lost.  I had worked my entire life toward this disillusioned dream.  Rather than follow the path of creativity through architecture, graphic design, photography, cooking, or writing, I chose an education in the very secure & snooze-inducing (really some days it was hard to stay awake in class) field of economics. I made it work by “creating” financial models & “playing” with numbers (Strangely I really love finance). 

I was doing well fulfilling my disillusioned dream:  job (check), health (check), career (check), great money (check), until I was promptly shown the door & I realized the dream was a bunch of crap. None of those things can “make” you happy. I had it all wrong; so wrong.

They say hindsight is 20/20 and they are right. I laugh to think I was cruising down this ridiculous task list and at the end I thought I would be served a big ol’ plate of happy. Truthfully, it was more like I had fallen asleep at the wheel, taking everything for granted, and someone wrote “SUCKA” on my forehead in permanent ink... ALL CAPS.

It’s been a rough road, full of lessons and realizations, about me and my relationships with those around me.  In the tough moments, the moments I can recall every millisecond of, I found strength, a strength I didn’t even know I had until I needed it. I found art again; or rather it found me. In a time when I had no idea who I was, art helped me gravitate back to my center, to become whole again. I had no idea where I was going but I knew art would get me there. 

It also helped me connect with my people, the ladies who’ve saved me in a number of ways; the ladies who’ve listened to my gripes and deep sighs. The dynamic we have is unlike any other, this creative community representative of all ages, with our own wonderful life experiences and sage advice. I shouldn’t forget the laughter. I need them as much as I need anything. They are a life-blood. They are family. We lift each other up. We encourage. We shoo away disappointment and discouragement, because there’s no sense in wasting time on that.  We empathize. We are true to each other. Dare I say we love each other?  It sounds ridiculous that you could love someone, or a group of some ones, you’ve never met. In fact I haven’t met any of them.



It is because of the bond of these women, our connection through art, and the unlimited potential we have created, that I have found my true self. They have inspired me to create my very real dream of followtruenorth.com, a creative community, a business platform, a reason to come together.  We are each other’s superheroes. We saved each other.
  
I was disillusioned. Then I was humbled. Now I am whole.  

xo, Shannon