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.
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.
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!