Vulnerability

Last week I sat down with Karen Carrington on her brand new show 'The Karen Carrington Show' and it was a huge step in my Spiritual Healing journey!

I practiced some deep meditation and breathing on the way there because I was super nervous, but I arrived at a very centred and calm place.  I felt ready!  Karen made me feel so comfortable.  She has a way about her, a realness, an authentic caring in wanting to know who you are.  A beautiful vibration began to fill the room. I love to share some of the amazing experiences I am going through in my life, but when it comes to my childhood/youth and the tough things that I went through, sharing publicly can be a very scary step for me.  I wanted to really dig deep and tell my story and I did!  It puts a lot of context around why I do what I do now.  Why I create art and educate children, youth and families on how art can be used as a tool to heal and express their stories.  If you ever wondered why I work so hard to build and carve out space for myself to work my magic through art, it is because creating art saved my life!

after the show!

after the show!

After my interview, I felt so uplifted.  My courage held me throughout the interview and being centred within my spiritual essence allowed me to articulate my truth.  The views were great and feedback even better.  I began to hear from women that I helped by sharing my story.  I was in a whirlwind of light!  Then I began to have this uneasy feeling in the pit of my tummy and started to think how my family would see this interview and me for not letting them know that I would be sharing some 'stuff' from our past.  I felt pangs of guilt, pain and fear of the potential reactions I may receive from my family.  I immediately went within and used tools that I have learned throughout my Sacred Leadership Training to honour my journey and detach from the path that others are on.  I understood better that this is my journey and nobody else's.  If anything came up for my family members, then it would have to be their choice to do something about it or not.  This has nothing to do with me.  I can support them, but I cannot control how they react.  Phew!  Now I felt that I could go back to the light that I was soaking in, soaking up and emitting from my soul!

Then I heard from my cousin, aunties, and my MOM!  They shared loving words of support and expressions of reverence and joy for my courage and articulation.  I am over the Moon for their reaffirmations and feel so held in this place of love!

Vulnerability is as real as it gets.  To me, this word means so much and is synonymous to LIVING LIFE!  If we cannot be real, share our sadness, pain along with our victories and joys, then how human are we?  Everyone experiences an array of emotions with any given experience, good or bad, and sharing how we feel is so important in the evolution of our spirits.  Living in higher consciousness is about connection to our spirit and to the Divine Essence around us. It's about deepening our gratitude for the abundance around us and recognising that WE are all WE need.  YOU are enough!  Your very existence and being is enough! You can change the world by sharing your truth and your Spirit!

So, I GIVE THANKS!  I am so grateful for Karen, for the platform she is creating, for her voice and energy that attracts and brings out these stories deep within us.  I am grateful for my childhood, the good, the bad and the ugly.  For the joyful moments, triumphs, pain, and trauma. I give thanks for every step before my next one and for the steps along this journey that have made me who I am in this very moment.  I give thanks for the present and all that is, around and within me.  I am so grateful for the courage to share and put into words what I have only been able to create in art.  I am so thankful for the impact that I am having on others and for the transformative healing powers this experience has had on me.

Check out the complete interview here: https://www.facebook.com/frequency5fm/videos/1342143562581945/


This piece is written in loving memory of my late great Mom, Grandma and Friend - Patricia Campbell.  Happy Birthday, we miss you and we love you~

The very last pic we took together june,  2015 xo

The very last pic we took together june,  2015 xo

21 Day Challenge

Today I began a 21 Day Get Fit Challenge!

Photo by CreativaImages/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by CreativaImages/iStock / Getty Images

I am freaking out a little but super excited to get fit, feel good, eat right and be healthier.  It's time!  I feel like it's the missing piece to my life.  I am on this journey of self-discovery and development.  I feel incredibly grateful for my journey so far with Sacred Leadership Training that began in March and ends in December and no the start of Leadership Durham Program that ends in May.  I have my arts residency and exhibit at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery from December to January and feel so grateful for this opportunity.  So, between my personal Spiritual practice, artist practice and professional development, a very important part of my journey is missing.  That is feeling good, looking good and becoming healthier through physical fitness and better nutrition.  I know that this will catapult the momentum that I have established thus far.  I am super excited and terrified all at the same time.  I really want to succeed!  I have developed some pretty nasty eating habits and have next to no exercise on a daily.   I am 46 years old and feel my age when I can't keep up with the kids, detest my body and feel sluggish.  I want to model good eating habits and physical fitness every day to my children.  I also want to be around to meet my great grandchildren!

So, here goes!  For the next 21 days and beyond, I will do the following:

  • walk every day - I initiated a local walking group, so join us here if you would like
  • smoothies for breakfast and lunch week 1, adding nutritional proteins and veggies for dinner, then lunch(week 2), then breakfast(week 3)

I am on a serious mission and it's going to be tough, but I am going to do it.  I will do what it takes to get healthy and feel good again!

Wanna join me?  Please feel free to share you health & fitness goals, journey and results!  I want to learn and be inspired.

As My Journey Unfolds

Welcome!


Today I share some of what I have been doing, what's ahead, but most importantly, this very moment in time!

I have been working very hard to align my artist/photography practice, facilitation/education, community building, womanhood, motherhood, partnerships, friendships, sisterhoods, spirituality, healing and evolution.  Not an easy task!  What has helped me is stopping and understanding that everything I feel, think, plan and execute is so deeply connected .  For example, being a mom and wife is impacted by the work that I do in the community and the art that I create. 

I see my spirit on one very clear and beautiful path with the ever changing scenery, the gifts and lessons that come with some of the  turns and bumps along the way.  So, I set out on a journey to bring all of what I do to one home, Jothi  The amazing team at Joint Development Collective, specifically Maria, captured my essence in such a fun, clear and authentic way and I am so grateful to them!  This is a place where you can get to know everything that my spirit is. I would love to know what you think!

"There is no force greater than a woman determined to rise"


THEN I embarked on a 10-month Sacred Leadership Training through

Sacred Women International

A journey that one can never be completely ready for but a journey EVERYONE should take! This world would be a very different place!

I am undergoing a serious spiritual awakening.  That is the best way to describe it. Learning ways in which I should be honouring my spirit, my truth, my gifts!  Understanding the power within, the power of meditation, listening to my ancestors and following my intuition.  Being grateful and knowing just how abundant life is.  Being more disciplined in spiritual practices and tools for clarity of vision and desires.  Accountability to self on a whole other level.  Full spectrum living!  Everything is connected....like, ease of flow of money, clean and clear living space, healthy eating, consistent physical activity, laughter, visualization, meditation, breathing, daily gratitude and grounding....the list goes on.  Bringing all of these areas to my walk along my clear path allows for ease.  I feel lighter and more open and free.  I feel a sense of peace. Don't get me wrong, I have many triggers and still a long way to go with my healing, but I am on a clear and open path for the first time in my life.

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Upcoming Projects

  • Creative Community 6-week Pilot Project  - 2 Sessions,  July/August & October/November

  • Art Exhibit - Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa - December 5 to January 5

  • Choose to Boost - Ministry of Health and Ajax Library, November to December

In this very moment I am filled with such awe and gratitude.  I feel that I am living my purpose more and more each day.  I am in alignment with Spirit.

Thank YOU for taking a few minutes to walk with me.  I appreciate your time and energy and I look forward to hearing from you.

Until next time!

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Artist Life

Artist Life

For the last two years both my kids have been in school fulltime.  I decided to pour my heart and soul into my visual art, photography and writing. It’s been an amazing journey with my very first show in the Fall of 2013 as a vendor and then Summer 2014 I did my first Art in the Park, Fall school fair, and a few Christmas shows. It has been a great start!

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My journey continues…

My journey continues…

So my journey continues with a few bumps and some new opportunities.  June has been a bit of a challenging month thus far but is now taking a turn for the better. I am sure I can thank Mercury in Retrograde for that in part, and PMS in other parts and just good old unexpected let downs and trip ups on my part.  What I have always found so fascinating is the timing of all of these parts set in motion with such synchronicity! Just as the saying goes….when it rains it pours!!!

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