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Giving Heart

Yesterday I wrote about this yearning I had to give more mindfully this year and to give in new ways.  Then, I turned around and found a beautiful affirmation of giving reflected to me by a dear friend.  I feel extremely blessed to have a very special circle of women who have been by my side as we have together discovered the exquisite nature of being a woman.  Milena Worsham of Running Buffulo Journeys is one of those special ladies.

Our circle began forming about ten or so years ago.  We were all coming into our thirties or would be before long and were on fire with a desire to build a unique community. More than anything, I think we wanted a place in our small-ish South Texas town where we could practice being the grand creatures we were destined to become.  We each found our way to a center on the edge of downtown and one by one opened shops that circled around a courtyard.  Milena  had The Lotus Cup.  Irene Jaan who shares as the  had a shop called Yin Yang Fandango that specialized in amazing clothes, jewelry, and musical instruments with a world vibe.  Jessica of WildWood Naturals and I shared a groovy movement studio called Creative Spirit Studio that was connected to my massage business.  Together, along with the amazing community of people we served, we found our footing as women.

Sometimes, though,  finding your footing only comes from falling on your ass.  (Sorry for the crassness, but it is true.)  From that vantage point you get a real feel for what you want in life.  I think in one way or another, we all ended up on the floor.  I know I certainly did.  But the beautiful part to this story was that none of us stayed down.  One thing about practicing living as a grand creature is you learn to be resilient.  One by one, we reinvented ourselves.  But we have never let go of those bonds and have never stopped reflecting to one another the dynamic essence we saw in one another.

That circle of women and the group of Creatives who arrived to help usher in a celebration of creativity and expressiveness were the ones who set the foundation of The Creativity Tribe for me.  In my mind, they are the elders of this tribe.  They are out in the world doing amazing things, all of them creative and filled with loving intent.  I am so proud to be OF them.  The work I do here is about holding a space for others to discover their own seeds of possibility, to step into their big, wild dreams and live from authenticity.  Today’s gift from Milena was a very sweet message to her circle on Facebook of the work she saw me doing.  It was a gift.

Who in your life is living from a place of possibility, authenticity, wildness, or resilience?  Let them know in some small, quiet act.  Let’s start giving/gifting to one another and start looking for the places where our gifting comes back to bless us.  And if you would,  drop a note here to the Creativity Tribe about how this project touches your life.

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I have been in my studio smock all day, hands drenched in paint, music blaring…getting ready for Feather’s Beauty Lounge’s Trunk Show and the South Side Farmer’s Market Arts and Craft Show.  Having a blast!

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Make More Art from the Heart

It’s been a whirlwind day.  I started by creating a care package for a dear friend who is going into the hospital tomorrow.  I created a few coloring pages for her with small poems circling around them, threw in a few black and white copies of my favorite drawings and a new zine my husband drew up last month.  I tucked inside one of my dreamcatchers and a few notes from some shared friends. Not long after that, my hubby and I drove out to meet her and her hubby. First I shared the care package, then we headed to dinner. It was a great visit.

I have been thinking a lot about sharing.  It sounds like a no-brainer. It was one of those lessons we have been learning since before we were potty trained.  Share your toys….share your spot in the front seat….share where you bought those fabulous shoes….share your mind, your money, your heart.  Sometimes I am better at sharing than others.  I admit it!

But recently I have been feeling the benefit of a few powerful sharing moments.  About a year ago my hubby and I gave a friend a gift. It wasn’t for Christmas or birthday, it was given because someone gave us a gift that we were choosing to share.  Then about six months ago the family we gave our gift to, gave us something totally unexpected.  Their surprise gift got tucked away during our travels and a portion of it was found in my studio yesterday.  It included an incense burner, a bit of charcoal, and amber resin.  This morning I lit the charcoal and dropped the amber on it.  The smoke-filled the house and permeated my clothes.  It is a sweet, rich smell that made me extremely happy.  It is, in fact, my very favorite smell.  The gratitude for the gift reminded me of the long chain of giving that had brought it into my life.  From someone to me, from me to another, from that other back to me.

As I am looking at the upcoming holidays, I want to remember how good giving feels.  I want to connect with the giver in me and give that part of me space to explore new frontiers in sharing.

Speaking of sharing, let me share how I ended my day….making art in the studio.  I have trunk show at Feather’s Beauty Lounge this weekend.  My focus today……why, feathers, of course!  A few owls in the works and a few chickadees.

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