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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.


Just Do It!


Once upon a time in a land far, far away there were days when I would walk into my studio, sit down at my work table, and become paralyzed by indecision. I would shuffle things around looking for the "perfect" combination of beads and fibers, not really accomplishing anything while I waited for a bolt of inspiration to strike me. It wasn't until I took printmaking classes with Rhoda Rosenberg at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts that I realized what the problem really was. It was my misguided drive for perfection, a fear of making the wrong creative decision, and a huge fear of having my work ridiculed. I can thank one of my drawing teachers for that last fear. One of the first things Rhoda told us was that we needed to lighten up, learn to experiment and play, and not treat every piece we created as though it's precious. Apparently I wasn't the only one with the perfection issue.

Working with Rhoda radically changed my studio practice. Not only do I carry her advice with me every time I sit down at my work table, I carry it with me into every other area of my life. I've made the conscious decision to show up in my studio, and in my life, every single day prepared to launch my work into the world and open to taking advantage of the opportunities that come my way whether I'm "ready" or not. And yes, some days this is really scary because I'm opening myself up to failure.

This is a transformational time for the world and each of us plays a part in that transformation. Neale Donald Walsch says "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone". What's one thing just out of your comfort zone that you've always wanted to do? Let's all take a leap out of our comfort zones in 2014, even if it's just a small one.

Volume 1, Issue 2 of TAO::The Artist's Oasis is available here.