Monday, August 14, 2017

Embracing the Simple Life


“Sometimes just explaining your predicament--
to a bartender, a priest, 
the old woman in a shift and flip-flops 
cleaning the lint traps in the Laundromat dryers
--is all it takes to see a way out of it.” 


It has been four years since I wrote my year-long class
That class came about at a time when
 my world crumbling down around me. 
I was drowning in despair.
I found myself wanting to sleep 
and hide from the world.
And I did.



I sat on my couch, mindlessly watching television 
wishing I was anywhere in life but where I was.

My Heart ached.
My stomach churned.

And I swore with everything that once we got out of the mess 
it would never happen again.

EVER.



Yet, here I am today.
Sharing with you.
Being honest with myself.

We are here.

The same panicked feelings.
The churning stomach.
The aching Heart.

And I am mad.

I am depressed.

I  find myself sitting on the couch.
In the morning I don't want to get out of bed.

Yet, I tell myself everyday that we are going to be okay.
And we are.
I know that.


I have decided it's best to go where I KNOW I will find Peace.

God
My studio
Creating uplifting art
Long walks outside
Eating healthy
Spending time with family and friends

And in the end...it's those things that matter the most anyway.

Another way I know is best for ME to get out of my slump is to write.
I have been beyond BLESSED this past week!!
For 5 years I wrote a weekly column in our local newspaper. 
I have been asked to start that up again and am THRILLED!
Writing allows me to see my situation differently.

Writing is something that makes me dig deep into my Soul and see the very best in my situation. 
It also inspires me to inspire YOU.

Soooo....I have decided to share a FREE workshop with you coming this September...

"Embracing the Simple Life".

More details coming later in the week.


I encourage you to check out "52 Weeks Being Me".
I am so proud of that class and all the lives it has touched!!!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Empowered Creative Woman Week Four


“You couldn't relive your life, skipping the awful parts, without losing what made it worthwhile. You had to accept it as a whole--like the world, or the person you loved.” 



 I don't know about you but I
 have been sooooooo inspired by YOUR work 
in our Facebook group! GREAT job, girls!!

If this is the first time hearing about Sherry Canino and I's FREE workshop or you just need to catch up here are the links to Week's One-Three. 

 
Be sure and ask to join our private Facebook group for more inspiration...The Empowered Creative Woman

Welcome to Week Four of The Empowered Creative Woman Workshop

Our focus this week is Acceptance. 
So much thought has gone into this concept off Accepting where I am in my life.
It's not an easy thing to do...but once you make the decision to Accept
what life is dishing up at the moment...there is a wave of Peace that comes over you.
It's almost magical.
And I promise no matter what's going on in your world today
you CAN take your Power back once you
stop resisting, stop complaining and stop blaming.

Our prompts for the week

Acknowledge
Approval
Yes
Recognition
Consent
Permission
Denial
Refusal
Opposition

“Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, So what. That's one of my favorite things to say. So what.” 
― Andy WarholThe Philosophy of Andy Warhol


Let's talk about Acceptance



Making Peace Tags #1


Making Peace Tags #2

 

Sprinkled throughout my videos are MY thoughts on Acceptance 
and all that I have learned this week.

Thank you so much for joining Sherry and I. 
It has been a WONDERFUL Workshop and I can't wait to 
see what you come up with this week!!!






Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Empowered Creative Woman Week Three

“Because true belonging 
only happens when we present our authentic, 
imperfect selves to the world,
 our sense of belonging
 can never be greater
 than our level 
of self-acceptance.” 
― BrenĂ© Brown




Welcome To Week Three of The Empowered Creative Woman Workshop

Before Week Three gets underway I just want to say Thank You to Sherry Canino for asking me to be a part of this Journey. I am honored to be on this Empowering Journey with each of YOU. 

I invite you to grab your favorite drink, sit back and spend a little bit of time getting to know me.


The minute Sherry invited me to be a part of this workshop I KNEW what the theme would be...

What does it mean to BELONG?



Here are this week's prompts...

*Where do I belong?
*Do I belong?
*Who do I feel a kinship with?
*Do I accept myself?
*What can I do to accept myself?

Word Prompts


*belong
*kinship
*acceptance
*reliance
*tribe
*loyalty
*harmony
*insecurity
*disregard
*disagreement

In the following videos I share my art journal page..."She is a Wildflower".
Peppered throughout the video's are bits of wisdom and Awakenings I have gathered by studying the Word BELONGING. I also share my creative process with you. I hope you ENJOY!

Creative Video #1


Creative Video #2


Creative Video #3


My finished page


Here is a list of products used in this week's videos...

Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint, washi tape, various magazine and calendar images, letter stencils by Pebbles in my Pocket and word strips by Melody Ross from Brave Girl's Club.

Again I want to THANK each of you for being a part of our Workshop!! So grateful for YOU.
If you would like to share your work with us be sure and use the hashtag #theempoweredcreativewoman

Have an Empowered week, girls!

xoxo


Leslie

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sneak Peak of Week Two!!

I am ready.
How about YOU?

The Empowered Creative Woman kicked off last Thursday with thought-provoking
prompts and inspirational videos by my friend and collaborator Sherry Canino.

This week it's my turn.
And I am so ready to share some things that have been on my Heart.



See you Thursday!!

xoxo

Sherry's blog with Week One is here
The Empowered Creative Woman Facebook group is here
Brave Heart Sisterhood Mixed-Media Art is here


Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Empowered Creative Woman Collaboration

"All I have to do is offer up what comes naturally to me-which is to share my passion for inspiration, motivation and encouragement-and from that I know that no matter what choices I make in my life, my Heart Voice will be there for me when I'm ready."  
-Carmen Torbus

Hello friends! It's been awhile since I 've blogged on a consistent basis.
But it's taken a long time for me to understand what Carmen is saying...

"All I have to do is offer up what comes naturally to me...."

I was incredibly blessed to spend last week in Boise, Idaho at Brave Girl's Symposium.

The BRAVE and Beautiful Melody Ross

Kalli and Jeanne Oliver...two incredible Spirits!!!

That's me second from the left. These women were hilarious!!

On the left is my friend Dot. TRULY one of the KINDEST people I have ever met!!! The women in the middle I got to know over breakfast. So sweet!!! She is from Armenia!!

My fried and Sister D'Wana. She sang her Beautiful Heart out. So proud of her!!!!


The lessons learned in those few days will stay with me ALWAYS. 

I am SUPER excited to share a BRAND NEW venture with you...
my friend and fellow artist Sherry Canino has invited me to be a part of a VERY special class called...

The Empowered Creative Woman.

You can learn all about it in this video by Sherry...

(please click on READ MORE  that's below to view the video)






Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Inspiring Summer Challenge and Sharing My Story



It's been a LONG time since I posted. 
I believe it's the longest time in the past 7 or so years I have stayed quiet. 

But you know what?

I NEEDED time away. 

I NEEDED time to just BE.

I was feeling overwhelmed and burnt out.

Plus I just needed to figure out where I wanted to go with my writing,
my art and my FB community.

I was blessed to attend Sister Camp in Ponca, Arkansas the end of April. 
It was EXACTLY what I needed!!
Two and half days filled with love and light from 12 AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL Souls.
My Heart is STILL full from time spent in the Mountains.

While I was there I made a decision.
I am NOT going to get Brave Girl Certified. 
While I LOVE Brave Girl's Club and all they do and have done for me...
it just wasn't feeling authentic for ME.

I realized during my stay at Camp I have my OWN Story to tell.
 I've decided to share what's in MY Heart.

So this summer as I continue my Creative Journey I will 
begin writing and gathering for my OWN Soulful Retreat. 
As I do so I will be thinking of YOU. 
Thinking about what it is YOUR Heart is yearning for.
What YOUR Heart needs to Heal.

I hope you can join me in my on-line community on Facebook


I am working on a simple, yet inspiring Challenge for the Summer.
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

100 Days Project




I am participating in the 100 Days Project.
Can't tell you how motivating and exciting this is to me!! 
LOVE IT!





I have decided to create 100 journal pages and/or cards with Brave sayings on them.

The hashtag I am using on Instagram is...
#100daysofbrave



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