Soul Warrior: Rebirth

Meet Rebirth, my first Soul Warrior. She was actually completed in July 2013 but I needed to sit with her for awhile before I was ready to move forward with the series. "Warrior" strikes such a strong chord with most people I had to make sure I was ready to "own" both the positive and negative aspects of the word before I launched the series into the world.

When I think of warriors and warriorship, I follow the concepts put forth by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in his classic Shambhala, the Sacred Path of the Warrior... the sacred warrior conquers the world not through violence and aggression, but through gentleness, courage, and self-knowledge. That being said, I do believe there are times and situations when you have no other choice than to meet fire with fire. 

As you know, I launched my eZine, TAO::The Artist's Oasis in January. I quickly realized that a weekly distribution schedule was going to be too much so you can now expect to receive it each month on the 15th. My goal is quality over quantity. Click here to sign up.

Click here for Volume 1, Issue 4 of TAO::The Artist's Oasis.

What a Difference a Year Makes

This time last year, if someone had told me I would be engaged to be married this year I would have told them that they were insane. But here I am. Engaged to the most amazing man I’ve ever met who also happens to be my best friend and the love of my life. Plans are still underway but right now October 23rd (New Moon) in Las Vegas (yes, I'll be getting married in jeans, rhinestones, and cowboy boots) is feeling very right for us. As you can imagine, the next seven months are going to be crazy busy.

Trusting the Universe

I turned 54 at 7:13 ET this morning. As I sat here in the dark wrapped in my comforter with my cup of coffee, I remembered how I felt and where I was in my life last year on my birthday. As unsettling and challenging as 2013 was, I'm grateful for the changes the past 12 months brought... an amazing new person in my life who loves me with a purity and intensity I’ve never known before… people who moved on with love and grace because it was time... new personal and professional relationships that are taking my life in exciting new directions... a new direction for Gypsy Wolf Marketing and Dakini Dreams... a renewed focus on my weavings (my artwork is now available at New Mexico Creates)... a continuing self-care regimen including yoga, tribal fusion belly dancing, and spa treatments... making the leap to work with life and business coach, Christine Kane in her Platinum Mastermind program... and new daily rituals including meditation and affirmations to keep me centered and on track.

It’s hard to trust that everything is going to work out sometimes, especially for a control freak like me, but last year taught me that ultimately the Universe really does look out for us. If we let it.

Volume 1, Issue 3 of TAO::The Artist's Oasis is available here.