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What is a Goddess….

Collaborative Creatives

Recently, I joined a brilliant gathering of women in co-creating The Goddess Chronicles: A Traveling Art Journal.  The mixed media, multi-country journal is the brain-child (perhaps that should be heart-child) of Texas artist (and world traveler) Sofia Dabalsa.  Sofia and I met on-line while taking Flying Lessons with Kelly Rae Roberts.  Not long after the class ended, we arranged a meet-up and have been cultivating a friendship ever-since.


Texas Fly Girls: That’s Sofia in the middle with the beautiful, long, curly hair and me in the green.  We are joined from left to right by Christina Fajardo, Ann Marie, Amy Hillenbrand, Rose Duncan, and Lisa Stamper Meyer.  Christina and Rose are also part of the Goddess Chronicles. 

Being part of the Goddess Chronicles is one of those game-changers for me, the way Flying Lessons was.  I have always been comfortable with the word goddess, but I know lots of people who aren’t.  They struggle with it’s alignment to a form of deity.  I took that to heart when I joined the project.  Latching onto it gave me the opportunity to figure out how to make the word safer for others while still being true to myself.  Certainly my intent would not be to convert someone to my way of thinking, simply hold up a mirror so that the word might be reflected in a new light.

Sunflower brilliant

Another part of the project that drew me in was the fact that The Goddess Chronicles will eventually make it’s home at Girls Inc. in San Antonio, Texas.  My friend Rhonda Wilson Williamson is President/CEO, so contributing to the girls she works with brought the intention close to my heart.

When it came time for me to do my page (which I can’t show you because the project may potentially go to publication…..but a good story will potentially satisfy your curiosity) I contemplated those people who might not get the Goddess thing and tried to put myself in the shoes of the girls who would ultimately take possession of it.  I kept thinking…What is a goddess anyway?  Over and over the answer came….Just another name for woman.

It is simple and profound all in the same utterance.  The word lets us know that we are special, that we have always been enough, that we don’t have to try to be more. We are enough today. We were enough yesterday.  We are enough at our best, and enough in our worst moment. Always enough.  It also informs us that goddess is common and universal…not touchable, but everyday.  When I say everyday, though, I mean it as it refers to all the beauty of what woman is.  Beauty in her simplicity, authenticity, and in her the complex intricacies she exudes.  What a paradox, woman…what a paradox, goddess.

flower girl

Lastly, the pages I offered for The Goddess Chronicles: A Traveling Art Journal became a reminder to myself of how precious I am.  Everyday I have the opportunity to honor the goddess I am.  I honor her by creating a life worthy of the divine-feminine in me.  I honor her by being in my power when others need the gifts I have to offer and especially when others are in their own power.  I honor her in small ways, like mindfully choosing how I talk to myself, and in the big ways like making self-care and self-love the standard of living that I set for myself.

The Goddess Chronicles isn’t just about me, though. It is packed full of amazing women.  I would like to invite you to get to know them…be inspired by them, and maybe along the way you might make friends with the goddess in YOU.  Sofia is featuring the goddesses on her blog so you can do just that. This week I was one of the featured artists.  I would love for you to stop by and support Sofia and what she is doing.  She proudly sports the Creativity Tribe badge, so feel free to let here know you dance to the same groove!

My Feature on Sofia’s Blog


Words for 2013


When I have a party, I like to spiffy up the house, bring out a few niceties like super cool, patterned paper napkins or a favorite bottle of vino, light a few candles and make things special. Well, I am excited to have visitors to Creativity Tribe today for Word Hop 2013, hosted by a special group of ladies who took Kelly Rae Roberts‘ Flying Lessons with me in 2011.  I am thrilled to say the Flyers are still a tight group.  I consider them the fairy godmothers of Creativity Tribe.


Word Hop 2013 is all about the word each of us has chosen to guide our year.  It is about setting an intention.  This is one of my very favorite practices of the year. Last year, I chose the word Clarity. Throughout the year, I checked in with the word to see where it would lead me, and by the year’s end, I have to say, I felt like my word carried me through to a much more clear and focused place.

So this year, I am tweaking the game a bit. I am choosing a pair of words.

The first word came to me in early December. I chose the word GIFT….well, actually the words feel like they choose me.  My intention around GIFT is to explore and share my own gifts, redefine the gifts I have to share with the world, help others tap into their gifts, and look for and be grateful for the gifts others and the universe share with me. This word makes me feel super happy!

My second word has been like a persistent little child, jumping up and down begging…pick me too!  Okay, my little darling! I shall choose you…my second word is SENSATIONAL.  I have been playing with this word for several months already, in preparation for a year long blogging series that I hope will inspire paying more attention to the senses as a means of connecting more deeply with life.  I have invited a number of guest bloggers to write about the senses (defining them in a very loose way rather than with the traditional 5 we grew up with).  We will be exploring things like a Sense of Wonder, a Sense of Belonging, a Sense of Humor….you get the picture.


This Sense-ational Life

Get Inspired:  Every Tuesday (starting tomorrow), I am going to post some thoughts about one of the senses.  The post will either be written by me or a guest blogger (maybe you?).  Each post will provide a simple prompt for encouraging you to connect with that specific sense. To get more information about becoming a guest blogger for This Sense-ational Life, email me at

YOUR Sense-ational Life:  Bring something sensational to your life by exploring that week’s sense.  Then become part of the festivities by sharing your thoughts in the comments or by sharing what you discovered on your blog with a story, a doodle, an insight, experience or quote for how that sense works in your life. I will have a space for you to share your link so you can tell us how you see yourself connecting more with life through the senses.

OUR Sense-ational Lives:  Creativity Tribe will bloom this year. I can already feel it happening. One of the ways that will happen is by sharing our lives with one another in meaningful ways. There is magic in that sharing. I would love for you to be part of that connecting by supporting each other as we each craft our own Sense-ational Lives. Drop by and visit those who leave a link during the week. Support their becoming, their growth, their desire to be more present in their lives. Tell them just how SENSE-ational they are….and get ready for them to support you too.

Check out the very first This Sense-ational Life post.

A Sense of Connection


My Wish for You

May 2013 be a blessed year for you. May you know you are loved, find ways to love yourself  and others more deeply.  May you know joy and cultivate kindness towards yourself and others. May you find peace even in….especially in the midst of difficulty.  May you bloom and see the blooming in others.

Please leave a comment letting me know you dropped by. Then head back to Word Hop 2013 for more inspiration!





Top 10 Tips for Making My Creative Business Fly

Excitement is filling the air today.  In little spots all over the globe, creative spirits are daring to spread their wings.  Today begins the last time Kelly Rae Roberts will offer her e-course, Flying Lessons: Tips + Tricks for Helping your Creative Biz Soar. I know what it is like to feel the kind of promise that I am sure today’s participants are feeling because last year about this time, I was stretching my own wings in that very same course.

It was a wild ride, one that I hoped might give me the know-how to find a direction for the blog I hoped sometime to shift into a website for helping others live a creative life.  (Hey, check it out, I am doing it!) Before long, I jumped into my business full-time and have been steadily flying higher and straighter.


With today being such and great synchronicity, I thought it might be fun to dust off a post from my old blog. I wrote it just under a year ago, and it quickly became the all-time most viewed post I have ever written.  The post somehow got shared with Kelly Rae the day I wrote it (which was for a blog hop I did with my Flying Lessons classmates). Before I knew it, Kelly Rae had shared it with her Facebook and Twitter groups.  Boy did I feel famous for a day!

After a few weeks, I started noticing that it got at least a few hits every day….and still does. I am excited to bring it over to Creativity Tribe because it has such history for me, but more than that, I think it still offers great insight into Kelly Rae’s class while throwing in a bit of inspiration for those who might never take the class.

….Originally posted 11/1/11 on Art of Collecting Yourself….

Welcome to the Spreading Our Wings Blog Hop!

Some of you may have happened upon this blog hop by accident. Happy accident for you! This event includes a gathering of some of the most creative bloggers I have ever had the opportunity to be connected with.  Over the last several months, we have gone from being complete strangers to developing a tight web of support, encouragement, and knowledge for one another.  And at the end of the blog, I tell you how you can become part of this story…and part of a community with these creative spirits.

We met one another during an e-course taught by Kelly Rae Roberts called Flying Lessons.  Since then, we have taken up the symbolism of flight and, well, flown with it.  This blog hop offers a glimpse into that our thriving tribe.  Feel free to visit these phenomenal women.  Enjoy their art and their insight.

For my part of the blog hop, I want to offer a peek at one of the paintings I have been working on and some insight I gleaned from the class.  The painting comes out of a series of drawings I have been doing for several years now.  It is the first I have interpreted with paint, but I am looking forward to many more. I thought it was perfect for the season.


copyright Rachél Payne

And now, I would like to share some of my favorite highlights from Kelly Rae’s Flying Lessons.

 Top 10 Take-away Tips for Making My Creative Business Fly

10.  Turn goal setting into time management.  Kelly Rae offered us practical how-to’s for setting goals, then helped us turn those goals into a bite sized to do list that could be integrated into our daily schedules.  What a great way to reach for something and keep yourself on track!  I am learning to make this part of my creative biz and am finding it helps me get lots done.

9. Etsy vs. Other Online Markets vs. Selling off our own Website.  There are lots of options for where to sell artwork on the internet.  Kelly Rae boiled the pro’s and con’s down, including resources and perspectives from various artist.  We then were left to decide which route worked best for our own needs.  I personally decided to go with Etsy. I love the Etsy culture and built-in community.  I opened a shop and will soon have some fun offerings in it.  Check it out: Creativity Tribe Etsy Shop, and feel free to join my circle.

8. Branding.  I was familiar with the idea of branding.  I knew it meant to have a cohesive look to your marketing, so that your logo on your business cards had the same visual feel as the banner on your website and the packaging for products.  What I learned in Flying Lessons was that it can be helpful for our artwork to have a cohesive look to it as well.  This is a challenge for me personally.  I have lots of things I do. But as I am exploring what I want to put out to the world, I am fine-tuning my look so that it has my personal expressive signature.

7. Copyrights.  Copyrights are a two-headed coin for me.  On one side, I am working on honoring the rights of other artists by researching the images I might want to add to my own mixed media works.  This can include stamps, patterned paper, and ephemera.  The other side represents my rights as an artist.  Flying Lessons encouraged me to honor my value as a creator of images and to advocate for myself and others.

6. Build Community not a Customer List.  My blog has always been about relationships, so when Kelly Rae made this a priority in her lessons, I knew she was golden.  She gave us concrete ways to make our on-line life about people rather than products.

5. Face the fear.  This was certainly the first lesson I learned.  For the first week or two, I discovered I carried a lot of fear about facing my biggest dreams.  We were encouraged to recognize the fear.  For me it was huge and almost paralyzing, but each day I worked through the messages that were at its base.  Eventually I practiced being brave and the fear lost most of its sting.

4. Dream Big.  No surprise this came up.  Flying Lessons wasn’t called that for nothing.  Kelly Rae encouraged up to dig deep and own the dreams that we found there.  For me, I kept hitting road blocks with signs that suggested I was only allowed to dream up to this point and nothing beyond.  Or announced that the dream I was cultivating was too big or bright for me.  But Kelly Rae helped me to believe otherwise.  She helped me to understand my dreams are perfect just the way they are and that I am worthy of them.  What a gift!

3. I am not alone.  The most valuable part of Flying Lessons came out of the build-in community Kelly Rae created.  That community is the group that created the blog hop.  Over 400 creative spirits took the class and a significant amount of them stayed around afterwards to offer support, encouragement and wisdom to one another.  When I made my leap from a full-time job to working full-time in my creative arts business, these women were there to champion me on each step of the way.  If you are one of the Fly Girls, thank you.  You have deeply touched my heart.

2. I am my biggest asset.  I can’t tell you how many times Kelly Rae stressed the value of honoring ourselves as an asset for our company.  I have taken that to mean that I must consistently protect and care for this asset by practicing rigorous self-love and self-care.

1. The number one Take-away Tip for making my creative business fly…is to emulate in my business what I valued in the person that Kelly Rae is.  She was so generous, engaging, and authentic, that I know that has to have been a big player in her own success.  Now I want to be clear that I am not saying that I want to try to be the next great Kelly Rae, but I believe the quality of her actions is worth reaching for.  Kelly Rae understands how to imbue business with soul.

(For blog hop links and unedited text, click over to Art of Collecting Yourself.)


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