Big news over at Casa McDaniel... we are finally moving out of my parents upstairs apartment and into our own house again! The decision to move into my parents house nearly 2 years ago was a good one. We have been able to take advantage of repairing ourselves financially and most importantly we have come to learn that we really don't need a lot of stuff to be happy. Downsizing helped us appreciate what is truly important to us and what really matters. With the increasing amount of art supplies, workshops, and commissions I am in need of a bigger studio. My husband too, an artist at his core, is ready to start building his furniture again and getting creative. Being and living as artists is important to us. Finally after almost 2 years we are ready to begin again with a new found respect for what truly matters.
These last 2 years have been about big changes. In this time I grew as an artist, quit my job, let go of being a landlord, let go of friendships that drained my energy, which in turned allowed space for new friendships... Jeff and I got married... there were ups and downs...there still are, but I move through all of it with unwavering faith.
I have learned that having faith in myself and in the journey helps me to make choices that are truly aligned with my values. I value living with intention.
I practice bringing my mindfulness to each interaction, circumstance, or situation I encounter. Practice makes everything possible.
Working with the Talisman assignments through my COW training has been such a grounding experience. I love meeting each Muse that comes through the portal of my canvas. There is something so profoundly magical that happens when I take my time getting to know the face staring back at me. The conversations we have...the Love that is present...just really amazing. That is me painting up there at the Southwest School of Art here in San Antonio, TX. I am currently working on a proposal for a class I want to teach. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
My Talisman, Ewya, is still not quite finished. I am loving her with her blue skin so very much but I am not sure if I should leave it or glaze over her to integrate her more...we will see. This strong and powerful "she-ro" has helped me to feel a confidence I did not know before. I got bolder this month just like her vibrant colors. I committed to facilitating a workshop and another red thread ceremony.
My husband and I sold two of three properties we owned and just this last week closed on the second. We still have one more to go but I feel a heavy weight has been lifted. I have been in the real estate game for 13 years and it's definitely time to let go.
Ewya, showed me the wisdom inside of myself and allowed me to keep going even with traces of fear. Letting go of what doesn't serve my life and values is a continuous process. I am getting more and more comfortable with changes and more comfortable with what I am offering in the world.
Enjoy your weekend and have faith in all you do!