Stepping Up My Art-LOVE Game

Stepping Up My Art-LOVE Game

Hey Beautiful Human,

Happy May 1st, May day, Beltane (for those that celebrate)!

April is a wrap and what a month it was. With all it's ups, downs and inside outs, I'm grateful to share something beautiful with you today. A long time vision of working with youth on a BIG project came to fruition this month. Yippeee!

These past few weeks I had the immense pleasure of working at a local elementary school here in Portland, painting a mural for their library. The theme was diversity and we decided early on that getting the students involved was a great way to actually embody the diversity of the school. We had over 150 kids participate in the project creation.

Trust in what?

Trust in what?

Hey Beautiful,

I've got a message for you today that I wish I could deliver straight to your door with a cup of something delicious to share. It's the type of thing we could spend a few hours talking about.

It's a little word called trust.

We're talking about TRUST in your heart, your gut, your inner knowing. Trust in yourself no matter what you think you've done or haven't done. TRUST that spring indeed follows winter. Trust in the person you are BECOMING and trust that you will make the right choices to become this new version of yourself.

Your Creative Power is needed NOW

Your Creative Power is needed NOW

How's your heart today? Have you taken a moment to breathe? Let's do that now, ok?

I have to start by saying thank you for the honor of being in your inbox. I don't take it lightly that I get to be here. It's a sacred space (even if it feels the opposite sometimes) and I thank my lucky stars that we can connect in this space. Because at the root of it all we are wired for connection.

At our very essence we are designed for community and relationship.

And as we both know, social-media-land and endless emails typically do not leave us feeling fulfilled. The grinding and striving, comparing and absorbing, it's not healthy day in and day out. We need to pause, connect, create with our hands and our hearts and take our over-worked minds off of overdrive.

For some time I've been wanting to connect in a new way, an old way, a more you and me kinda way.

A good time to pause...

A good time to pause...

Is it really the end of the month already? Wowie zowie!

My hope is to bring some love so to you we can enjoy a moment or two of pause and presence. Can we transition into the next month (Hello March!) with ease and grace?

Are you with me?

Sweet! Cuz there's a lot of goodness in store.

I made this video for you all about moving through the energy of February into March and the fabulous theme that March has for us.

Do yourself the favor by slowing down to savor this moment and watch the video now:

Can We Create the World We Want to See?

Can We Create the World We Want to See?

Hello Lovely Human,

How are you doing on this last day of January 2019? I hope you're being kind to yourself no matter what's showing up in that precious life of yours. Because, frankly, you are the only you that will ever be and that is no small thing.

I come here with the deepest gratitude for you allowing me in your inbox. I come bearing gifts of hope and magic to uplift and inspire your heart. So let's go!

First off, I've got the latest installment of the theme of the month for you. The guiding force of February is the direction of Above! It's super cosmic!

Expanding and Streamlining.... is that a thing?

Expanding and Streamlining.... is that a thing?

Hey Love,

This is us in 2019. YUP. We are here. We are alive. What do you say we make it fun and meaningful, healing and enjoyable, magical and impactful together? I'm ready and I'm so grateful to do it all with you!

There's going to be a lot of changes and new activities coming down the love line. I think I'm figuring out how to streamline and expand at the same time. Fingers crossed.

My goal is to keep these emails straight to the point and easy to navigate so you can go where your heart leads you. Let's get to it!

Let's not rush into anything..

Let's not rush into anything..

Hello Love,

Before we rush into 2019 like bats out of hell (that may be how you are feeling getting out of 2018, after all), let's take a few moments to acknowledge some things. That's the best way to start fresh. Honor the past and welcome in a bright future.

Cuz, let's face it, we go from thing to thing ever so quickly, spending most of our time in the future, dreaming and scheming. I'm the worst when it comes to rushing forward with a new idea or goal and taking no time to honor the days gone by.

This is my invitation for you and me (even if you're reading this after the new year).

All Good News!

All Good News!

Hello Love,

I've got the goods for you this week, starting with a genuine happy dance worthy celebration!!! Hooray!

After tallying up the November matching program, I'm delighted to share that we hit a grand total of 1134 calendars sold! Which means 1134 calendars are being donated to people young and old!! (#sorrynotsorry for all the exclamation points!! I can't help myself.)

The first round of love bombs went out yesterday when I dropped off 4 cases of calendars at the IRCO office (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization). I've donated calendars there for the past two years and they've been a big hit, especially with the youth program. They distribute them to the after school programs ALL OVER the greater Portland area. Kids that may be having tough times out there will be able to take a calendar home and read the inspiration message everyday! (Insert cry emoji)

One sure way to go from hopeless to Hope FULL

One sure way to go from hopeless to Hope FULL

Hello Love,

Last week I was down in the dumps... There was much to be grateful for, but I was just feeling so low.

(You know that working on loving the crap out of myself for 20+ years, writing daily love messages, and painting colorful hearts does not mean I'm over here skipping and singing and feeling great everyday, right? Sadly it does not. I go down and I go down hard.)

I'm on the upswing now, but I will testify that even with ALL my daily practices and years of dedicated positivity, I still get crushed.

Multiply the Love

Multiply the Love

Hello Love,

It's time for a new way of being... Well, it's past time (IMHO), but the past is the past, so let's make now the time, ok? You and me, we need to step up our love game. The whole world is crying out for it in so many ways. It's like one giant cry for help.

These wounds of separation and oppression are so deep and they've been there such a long time. We need BIG, deep healing and courageous acts of love. We need tiny seeds of love planted in the soil of our hearts and giant leaps of love being taken in our homes, communities and beyond.

Every Day I Forget

Every Day I Forget

Hello hello!

I'm back from the land of gelato and amore, ravioli and chianti. And I brought back some sweetness for you, too.

First, let's just say, it was a big trip...

BIG in its intention to celebrate 10 years of marriage (we've talked about this trip for 14 years actually!), big in the amount of family (cousins on my husband's side) that embraced us with their giant hospitality, and BIG in the level of self reflection and awareness that was gained in the process.

Ciao for Now

Ciao for Now

Hi Love,

You ever have one of those big dreams that just lingers in the back of your heart for years and years. Of course you have! Every once in a while they move from the back to the front and you know it's time to make it happen. We finally go ALL in for what we've been dreaming about...

This is one of those times for me. I'm leaving on a jet plane to celebrate love!

My dear Sean and I have dreamt of going to Italy together for 14 years now. When we were coming up on our 10 year wedding anniversary we decided this was as good of a reason as any to do something BIG.

Don't Believe the Hype

Don't Believe the Hype

Do you ever grapple with navigating BIG contradictions in your life? To put it mildly, we live in a world of contradicting information, contradicting emotions, and it can feel crazy making to live our lives while trying to see all sides of the situation.

One of the biggies I've been grappling with for many moons is how to be a successful artist/entrepreneur AND hold my belief that our current capitalism is a destructive system.

I recently did a Live broadcast about it ... (Do you watch #toughlovetuesday?).

The feel-good deal of the year

The feel-good deal of the year

Hello Love,

How's your heart today? I hope you are taking good care of yourself with just a little extra attention wherever you can muster it. Remember, a little bit goes a long way. One moment of slowing down, breathing a bit deeper and saying kind words to yourself really does make a huge difference.

I'm over here trying to do the same. One breath at a time.

The thing I'm most excited about right now is the 2019 I Stand For Love calendar is open for pre-sale!!! (Pre-sale means you save $$$ and get your calendars before anyone else). They're priced at $8.88 each (normally $11.95) and start shipping to you by the end of August. Hooray!

Here's a sneak peak:

My Favorite Day of the Year!

My Favorite Day of the Year!

Hello Love,

Today is THE day!!! The one day of the year where we rock the internet with the power of love!

#IStandForLove Day is a simple call to action to unite people from all over the world that believe in the power of love. Yay!!

WEAR A HEART, SHARE A HEART

You're invited to participate in #IStandForLove day by wearing a heart, snapping a pic and sharing with the world on social media.

IT'S ABOUT SHOWING UP FOR LOVE WHILE FILLING YOUR HEART UP, TOO!

The goal is to infuse the internet with love. Together we can create a ripple effect in our online spaces.

We need you to take a stand because Your love changes the world.

One Day to Rule Them All... and Giveaways Galore!

One Day to Rule Them All... and Giveaways Galore!

Hello Gorgeous Heart,

I know I just totally outed myself as a Lord of the Rings fan with that subject line ;) I'm sure you aren't surprised....

Let's get down to it!

First of all, your best doesn't have anything to do with perfection (remember you already are perfect). This is not some unachievable goal that we're aiming for here. Doing YOUR best, with your unique and beautiful self, means going a little farther in the direction of love than what might be normal for you. Stretching a bit. Striving to create a new level of normal that is just outside your current comfort zone.

Doing your best means being Loving inside and out with a deep commitment to healing, compassion and kindness for yourself and others. It's not as hard as it may sound.


It's a twofer!

It's a twofer!

How's your heart today? If you can, take a moment and put your hand on your chest. Take a big breath, let it out and say "I love you". One more time. Yes...

Part of the human experience is a tendency to forget and remember over and over again. For instance, we fall into a feeling of helplessness and isolation and then something (or someone) comes along to remind us that we are connected to this amazing web of humanity. We bounce back! Hooray!

We do this dance in all areas of life. I'm sure you know the cycle well. Some call it the 'cosmic joke'. Do we forget in order to have that glorious a-ha moment? Who knows.

We've got to keep love alive

We've got to keep love alive

Hi Love,

It's a new moon tonight. What does that have to do with love, you ask? Well, we're all here on a big blue planet hurtling through space with a beautiful moon orbiting around us. Both the moon and love are big players during our short time here on Earth.

For me, looking at the big picture can be soothing during these great times of shift. No matter who you are or what you believe, the moon is starting a new cycle and I just love to lean into that rhythm and the unifying effect of that.