Bloom where you are planted!

April23

Hey – sorry I’m late posting – I keep forgetting that i am to post on Wednesday mornings and lately I have been having a lot of dental work done……so now i am recovering from a root canal! It’s all good though because I’m getting a sore tooth fixed as well as a few others i have put off getting attended to.

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Here is Day 8’s cartoon – “Live your life out Loud!” I think it’s pretty self-explanatory Smile I hope you are living your life out loud and being true to yourself.  The world needs YOU!

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Day 9 cartoon – “We can sprout beautifully in the most unlikely of places” – and that means we can grow even in crap if we choose to!

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We had an art journal Jam yesterday – what fun – it was a smaller group this time – about 12 people which was great as well.  When you have a smaller group it’s easier to chat to several people.  I took some video footage so stay tuned to view the video in this space Smile.

If you care to join us we meet up at the Good Day Sunshine cafe the 4th Tuesday of every month. We take a break during the month of July and August. 

See you all on Friday!

Love, Violette xo

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    Fly your Freak flag

    April21

    So sorry that i am late in posting my blogpost today! I was busy with meetings and creating an audio interview with jennifer Lee author of Building your Business the Right Brain-Way! I can’t wait to share the interview with you soon!  Jennifer is such an inspiration to creative entrepreneurs everywhere!

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    I am continuing on the #60in60 day challenge i started a while ago.  Here is day  “Plug yourself into Joy” – Day 3

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    Day 4 -  “gratitude and Abundance surround me” – appropriate since Mr. G and i were working on my taxes that day Smile

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    Day 5 – Hug a tree and it will hug you right back!

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    Day 6 – Fly your Freakflag!

    I hope you like my little cartoons.

    See you Wednesday!

    Love, Violette xo

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      Notes to Myself: Art inspiration

      April16

      Hi all!  As my #60in60 challenge continues I have a few more images to add – you can read about the challenge i started around turning 60 in 60 days here.

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      Here is the first image I created. Before doing the drawing I ask myself what do i most need to hear today?  What will my 60 year old self like to focus on? Part of my challenge is living in the past too much or living fearfully in the future.  This little drawing reminds me to live in the NOW – like a book i once received written by Ram Das called Be Here Now.

      I put the little spider in the cartoon as a toy spider leapt off of a sculpture on the wall while i was drawing. I assumed it wanted to be a part of the picture – that of course sent me on another sideways diversion searching for the symbolic meaning of spiders Smile. Interesting stuff!

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      When i woke up this morning I asked Spirit what is it I need to hear most today and this is what i got “feel the Fear and do it anyway”. Many of us including me are fearful of numerous things.  Some of my fears are of stepping forward, learning new technology, looking stupid, missing out, messing up and not living up to my purpose.

      What are some of your fears and what tiny movement can you take to move towards your fears? Please let me know in the comments!

      Love, Violette xo

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        60 in 60

        April14

        Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We had a beautiful weekend full of sunshine, yard work and an outside brunch! I just love eating outside don’t you?!

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        In 60 days I’ll be turning 60.  I’m not super cranked about it – i was okay with turning 40 and even 50 but 60……not so much!  As a way to commemorate turning 60 (and be more positive about it) I decided (after hearing 60 in 60 in my head) that i would make a small piece of art every day for 60 days until my birthday on June 15.  At the end of the 60 days I’ll make these missives to myself into a small book.  I’m not sure if the art will be simply words, paintings or doodles…….I’ll just see what shows up! 

        I told Dale Anne Potter that i was doing this after hearing that she’s turning 60 soon.  She said she wanted to do it too but her first 60 days began the very next day. She’s such a trooper and took up the challenge right away! Check out Dale Ann’s art projects here. Thanks Dale Anne for taking up the challenge! #60in60

        If you have a milestone birthday coming up why not do the same thing?  If you’re turning 30 it could be 30 in 30 or 40 would be 40 in 40, 50 would be 50 in 50!  It could be anything – if you’re a quilter you could make a small square a day.  Good luck if you decide to join me!

        Brunch photos

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        Here’s my friend Barb, my Mom and me enjoying the sunny day!

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        Mom and Reinhard (my stepdad) soaking up the sun!

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        My G and good friend Barb saying cheese! We had such a lovely time visiting and eating yummy food.

        That’s it for today!  See you on Wednesday!

        Love, Violette xo

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          Random art journal page

          April11

          Happy Friday my creative friends!

          After all of that worrying about technology the 21 Secrets LIVE spreecast went off without a hitch!  I was worried that i would have too much time on the 1 1/2 hour spreecast and not enough art work to share……as it turned out I had to quickly glue down some of the elements at the end of the show as we were swiftly running out of time!

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          This is what i came up with – Random art journal piece!  I ended up adding the words and shading later on as there wasn’t enough time to get to the details. 

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          I wanted to show how you you could add dimension to characters by using pencil crayons.

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          I don’t know about you but i have difficulty talking and drawing at the same time so i had to have some rough sketches done up ahead of time to ink in while Connie was interviewing me.

          A workshop and help for Aspiring Authors!

          Connie is a brilliant teacher and facilitator – i just wanted to give you the heads up about her newest class – Painting the Feminine

          Marney Makridakis has done it again – she’s partnered with Marc Allen to help aspiring authors – Do you have a book inside you? Check out this free video about writing a book proposal, by two creative publishing leaders – take a look here! Just to let you know that i am affiliate of Marney’s programs so will receive a fee if you decide to buy this program. I only recommend programs that I believe in.

          Hope you have an amazing weekend!

          Love, Violette ox

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            21 Secrets LIVE spreecast today!

            April9

            Happy Wednesday everyone!

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            Today is the 21 Secrets LIVE spreecast and I’m the guest artist for this week.  Hooray!spreecast

            One of my challenges is technology. The thing is everything is changing so quickly in the world that it’s hard to keep up.  I think it’s easier for young people to keep up but it certainly is not impossible for more mature people – *ahem to get the hang of things.

            So here i am in the above photo this morning with a goofy pair of headsets on trying to get the sound and lighting down right before the show this afternoon.  You see the window lets too much light in so I had to  put up a sarong on the window – too much light means washed out face.  I have a fear of messing up so hope all goes well.  I had Mr. G help me last night with the headset and he was having difficulty connecting the speakers and getting the sound right.  He was pretty frustrated which made me worried since he’s a techie guy Smile

            I think we got it right………..so fingers crossed! 

            I’m assembling all of my supplies and books so they can be accessed easily during the spreecast – I’m upstairs and my supplies are downstairs so it’s a bit of a schlepp if i forget something.

            Because I have difficulty talking and drawing I’ll be sketching out some ideas so i can ink them in on camera.

            There is so much stuff, ideas and life stories that i want to share – I’m sure I won’t get to all of them! 

            I thought I would share my story here to demonstrate that it’s good to “feel the fear and do it anyway” in life.  You stay stuck if you let things like technology or not knowing how to do something prevent you from accessing your dreams!

            See you later alligator!

            Love, Violette xo

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