I’m obsessed with Instagram – it’s my favorite online home! Here’s a recap from the last two weeks, and for those of you who aren’t on Instagram, come and join me! And you can click here to see all the Instagram updates right here on my blog!
Friday, April 24
Together, our hearts were wide.
We’re continuing to celebrate gifts for all the mamas, grandmamas, teachers, mentors, aunties, guides, friends. Together, in love and gratitude, you are changing the world. Thank you.
True and I are loving Lisa Congdon’s
book on drawing flowers. Perfect for inspiration and side by side doodling.
Do you ever see something out in the world and surprise yourself with how much you love it or are drawn to it? That was the case with this vintage French Italian lamp (and its matching pair), spotted at a flea market. I had no idea how I could make them “fit” in our home. They matched nothing. They were super tall. And we own nothing that “matches” their vibe. But. I fell in love, and decided to bring them home. Verdict? They look fantastic in our colorful, eclectic living room and I get to admire them on the daily. I’m a big believer in only buying stuff for our homes that delight us and bring us joy, and not worrying so much about how it will “fit” in our homes. If we only buy stuff we LOVE, it will come together. Living room tour is still up on the blog and more room tours coming soon!
Sneak peek. More deets soon.
That time we discovered that the new iPhone has a timer for photos!
I feel like I’m watching history, and I’m just so proud of bruce jenner’s extraordinary courage. I’m thinking of all of the dear spirits he will inspire by telling his story, likely many lives saved. Here’s to being who we are, being true, and showing compassion and kindness to all people.
Saturday, April 25
This happened. And even better? They were $100 cheaper on Amazon (vs the Sundance catalog). Add in a 20% discount code someone (thank you!) mentioned on my FB page, and well, it was a major early 40th birthday score!
I’ve spent the last couple of days with this little man, just the two of us, and I’ve truly loved our bonding time. We’ve been playing, adventuring around town, drawing together, and having a low-key, easy relaxed time. This evening for bedtime reading he asked if I would read his new “favorite, favorite, FAVORITE book EVER” which I was surprised to learn was a book I recently bought for him by Wayne Dyer called “I am” – a book about God/Spirit. When I asked True why he loved this book so much he said, “because I love God and heaven and Spirit World.” Which is true. He loves talking about “love energy” and all things related. Anyway, after reading the book (and its guide in the back), we had a gorgeous conversation about using “I am” statements – how we want to say positive “I am” statements so that we can stay close to the God light that lives inside of us. And how when we say negative “I am” statements (I am ugly/bad/etc) we get further away from the light. Friends, if you are looking for spiritual books for your kids, the Dyer books are amazing. So. After the book and discussion was over, we snuggled a bit. And I could here him saying “I am brave. I am wonderful. I am loving. I am silly.” And then he was like “Mama, the light is thumping in my chest. It’s growing!” And then I promised myself to never forget this moment. He gets it. All kids do. They are closer to the light than we are, having been there more recently. I am so grateful for this spirit, child, teacher, extraordinary gentle human in my life.
Sunday, April 26
Whatever these are, it was love at first sight.
Monday, April 27
“To live in the world of creation—to get into it and stay in it—to frequent it and haunt it—to think intensely and fruitfully—to woo combinations and inspirations into being by a depth and continuity of attention and meditation—this is the only thing.” — Henry James
Wordy? Yes. But oh so true. In living our creative lives, surrendering our fear makes way for inspiration, and the bravery to take hold and create. It is the only thing.
My mantra, always. Just be True.
I’m working from this room today. I’m writing my heart out on a new offering (hope to announce it today), trying to remember to be true, and just mustering my courage and determination to just get it out into the world, imperfect and all.
Happy birthday to one of my favorite
people on the planet. Lynx, a force, a soul sister, a kind and
understanding friend who makes me feel seen, and loved. ::: This photo
was taken during the filming of my painting ecourse where Lynx was my
very awesome live student! It’s the rare photo where we don’t look like a
couple. Or maybe we do! I dunno. Either way, I adore this friend. Happy
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Tuesday, April 28
Goooooood morning! Leaving home and heading to the studio soon. Full day ahead.
“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
― Eckhart Tolle
Being in the flow of life is a practice, a muscle that needs work. The more we do it, the easier it gets. When we say “yes,” we clear the way for growing, healing, vulnerability, joy. What will you say “yes” to today?
Wearing my joy today! After getting stretched at the cobblers for a couple of
weeks (I have large calves ️), I’m wearing my new boots today!
Wednesday, April 29
“Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so that we can make changes for the better.”
― Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
Quiet, reflective time is when I am able to listen to my life. I remember almost ten years ago (!!!) when I just started my creative journey, it was getting quiet and listening to the whispers while laying in a hammock in North Carolina that led me to take the next small step, then the next, then the next. And now we’re here.
On a little midday hike with my family. Good for the soul and making family wishes.
Favorite shot of today of the boys in the woods. So thankful we can be with the redwoods right here in the city. True picked these two flowers and said “let’s put them in the Spirit room” and later after John pointed out the unfurling of new fern leaves he said “wow, papa, you sure do know a lot about nature!” Really FULL day. Now I’m up late and watching a Dateline rerun (tiny addiction).
“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe
there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most
and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost
― Laini Taylor (my old friend!)
Here’s to all of you hopeful spirits.
Love. Spotted in the woods.
That’s it for this week! Check back here next week for another update, or join us over on Instagram for daily photos and thoughts!