Why do some things feel like they take forever?

Do you ever feel like some things take waaaay too long?

Patience is not one of my virtues, if you know what I mean.

I want whatever 'it' is to happen like yesterday (maybe cuz I'm an Aries or I grew up in the 80s, who knows?).

Things like:

World peace
Justice for everyone
Total Self Love
Every creative project I've ever started

It's like they should just happen already. I mean, come on! 
Can't it be all easy and fun all the time? Why does it have to seem so hard and dark and crazy? Can't we all just seriously get along, already!? 

Pretty much everything I do is imperfect!

Pretty much everything I do is imperfect!

When I say 'pretty much' I really mean all of it. Because perfection is one of the biggest illusions, traps and epidemics of our time!

There are so many ways to screw it up (whatever 'it' is).
There are so many ways to do it wrong. 

The fact is we'll always be judged and we'll always be our own harshest critics. That's probably not going to change.

With that said, there's no more time for you to not use your voice. 

Do you feel like a super hero with a broken heart?

Do you feel like a super hero with a broken heart?

Hello Love,

With #Istandforlove day coming up on August 8th, it felt like a good time to finally share this...

About a year and a half ago my amazing friend and photographer Debbie Baxter was on a mission. She was exploring the place in each of us that's had to be a super hero in our own lives.

This was before we had even heard a whisper of the movie coming out. 

She wanted to delve into that place where we decided that no one is coming to save us and we have to save ourselves. We rise up to a challenge and dig deeper then ever for strength and resolve. 

Snippets of magic!

Snippets of magic!

Hi Love,
I'm in it now ~ one of my favorite times of the year.  
It's full-on calendar creation time!

The messages that will guide you with love and inspiration are finding their way to align with the perfect day of next year. Hooray!

I'm looking to the future, asking for guidance and pulling the threads of wisdom through the ethers that will soon become the 2018 "Life is Beautiful and So are YOU!" calendar.

Today, I want to share with you the first glimpse into the oracle process (in case you thought it was all just random ;).

What's your thing?

What's your thing?

Hello Lovely,

Holy break time. I really missed you! 

Truth be told, I thought I'd be back a lot sooner. As I write this I keep asking myself, "How did 2 weeks turn into 8?". 

It started out as a nudge and then became a longing to step back so I could get a better look at things. You know, take a little break and come back with a fresh perspective.

I felt the need to go deeper so I could really offer my best to you. Whether in art form, inspirational messages or workshops, I wanted to distill it down, start fresh.

Taking a break... You need one too?

Hello Lovely,
Has it been a long winter or is it just me? I loooooove the energy of spring so much. The bursting forth of energy from the Earth.. Hooray!

AND I'm feeling like I got hit with a BIG message this week... I hope it inspires you too.

Before I can burst forth into the newness, I need a break.

Going from a fantastically busy calendar season (aka the holidays ;) to a few months of political activism, teaching art classes and the Love Warrior Bootcamp, I reached my birthday (aka the finish line) and I really need to rest and renew.

The world needs your loving heart!

Hi Love,

I've been back to the drawing board a few times on this.

Because my biggest heart's desire is to contribute LOVE to this moment in time. We need it. That much is clear.

Every day I ask myself "HOW?". (you're probably asking yourself the same question.)

I believe we're at a turning point collectively and there is major opportunity present with every breath we take. 

We can move towards a more loving world that works for all or we can keep perpetuating the cycle of greed and separation.

An Insane Amount of LOVE to balance things out!

An Insane Amount of LOVE to balance things out!

Hello Love,

SO much is happening, so many ways we can get triggered right now. 

How do we not completely lose our marbles? 

What's clear is we're going to have to get creative. Like really creative. 

As I was walking my dog yesterday, trying to focus on the positive, find the silver lining, (but truthfully having a hard time with it), I suddenly had a burst of inspiration! 

A moment of AHA came over me.

Less Talk and more ACTION ~ baby steps to the LOVE Revolution

Hello Love,

Well, here we are. 
We are alive and we are breathing. 
We are here.

This is the moment we are living in. 

I'm rapidly realizing I have SO much to learn while I also have so much to give. That's the dance, isn't it?

The question is, what now?

How do we move forward together to create a world where we can live with hope in our hearts and respect for all beings?

Pulling back the curtain for you...

Hello Love,

As we stand at the threshold between years, it's time to let you in on something I've held close. 

In the past, the part of my creative process that involves consulting oracles, astrology, ritual and well, magic, I've kept pretty private. 

It's not a secret, per se. It just felt a bit hard to explain and maybe it hasn't felt necessary until now.

The ritual. The love. The magic. 
It feels needed now more than ever.

A moment of Calm.. My Solstice Blessing

A moment of Calm.. My Solstice Blessing

Hello Beautiful,

Happy Solstice! 

It's a special day that we all share, whether we know it or not.

Whatever you believe in, whatever your traditions are, today (December 21st) marks the longest night of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere) and the return of the light. Hooray! 

It's a perfect time to slow down, take a deep breath and extend some love to your own precious heart!

Doin' It for the Love

Hello Love,

I'm coming at you today with so much love overflowing in my heart!

Do you know the music of Michael Franti & Spearhead?

They've been pretty heavy on the soundtrack of my life for the last 15+ years. Their enlivening tunes and empowering lyrics have kept this Love Warrior's heart uplifted and inspired through all the ups and downs of life.

AND their live shows are not to be missed! Total community building, peacemaking, dance parties where you leave feeling way better than you came.

When was the last time you got crafty?

When was the last time you got crafty?

Hello Love,

I got crafty.
It had to be done.

You may think because I'm an artist, I'm always making cool stuff with my hands, but oooooh no. 

In these days of running an online business, my creative-art time seems to be the thing that falls off the priority list. 
(I aim to change that in the new year, but that's another email.)

Can I just tell it to you straight?  

Whatever's going on in your life, I promise a little arts and crafts can help. It really can. 

I don't mean to offend you, but F*ck Black Friday

I don't mean to offend you, but F*ck Black Friday

Hi Love,

I truly don't wish to offend you, but F this 'holiday' we've created called Black Friday. It's a load of crap. 

You know I'm all about love and sunshine, but in the light of recent events I'm feeling more inclined to speak up about what's weighing on my heart and mind. I know you're feeling it too. 

We have to start looking at things, listening to each other and feeling the feelings we haven't wanted to feel for so long.

Shining light ~ A Gift for YOU

Shining light ~ A Gift for YOU

Hi Love,

While I'm still swinging on the pendulum of taking inspired action and asking "WTF is going on?", the bigger question I've been asking myself is, "What can I do to make things better?"

Then I saw artists I adore like Kelly Rae Roberts and Flora Bowley started a movement called #artistsforlove I had to jump in on the action. 

They decided to make posters that anyone can download and print.

The message is "We stand with You" and it's directed at anybody feeling scared or anxious about the current state of our nation and the uncertainties in the future. 

My Promise to You.

My Promise to You.

Hi Beautiful,

It's time for a group hug. 

Like you, I've been on a rollercoaster of emotions for the last few days. Still working through it all.

Whether you're feeling excited or pissed, validated or heart broken, I want you to know I am here. 

I'm right here. And while most things are feeling pretty unclear to me at the moment, there is one thing that's super clear indeed.

I'm doubling down on my commitment to Love. 

And I need you to keep me accountable. That's why I want to make a promise to you now.

I promise to write a book going into detail on this manifesto. 
I'm breaking down each step and expanding on these principles. 

2 Reasons that my Heart is Breaking Right now

2 Reasons that my Heart is Breaking Right now

Hello Love,

If you are new to my world, this is not the norm. 

I typically like to polish my shares into really loving nuggets of truth, optimism and encouragement.

These times are calling for different actions. 

It's still full of love, but let me warn you it is raw.

I made this video last night in an attempt to move through the intense energies we are experiencing in our current state of affairs.

I hope it helps you if you're feeling at all lost or heartbroken by what's going on in our world right now.