Over the weekend I hung out with an old friend, and my spirit is totally revived, refreshed and on fire! It's amazing how people from the past can remind you of who you used to be, who you really are deep inside. My friend is an artist and he gave me some valuable advice about art and life. For the way you do one thing is really how you do everything, there is so much overlap and expansion when you chase your passion and let your creativity take whatever shape it needs to take in each moment.
I absolutely love my life! I get to make things all day and follow my inspiration where it leads. At the same time I have been playing pretty small to the point that my dreams feel improbable and damn near unlikely. Seeing my friend this weekend reminded me that it's ok to have a devil may care attitude, it's ok to play guitar AND sew AND paint AND draw AND write AND dream. I often spend a lot of time worrying about what to create. I always have so many ideas and I love dabbling and playing with all different art forms. I've been worried that I will never be taken seriously as an artist if I play too much....that somehow I am supposed to follow steps in some kind of order to come out on top in the game of life.
For a couple weeks I've been "on retreat", doing the Women Unleashed retreat hosted by Amber Kuillimilani Bonnici (spelling?). The retreat is all about feminine power, living on purpose and tuning into your creative fire. I feel like my spirit is breaking apart, and a new me is emerging out of the shell of who I once was. It feels pretty freaking amazing and I can't wait to take action on some new dreams and ride the wave of inspiration.
(The above painting is the start of my new series about animal totems. Whitney Freya was one of the teachers at the retreat and I have her latest book on order. She is a Shamanista and hippie and I'm totally smitten with the energy she brings to art, spirituality and empowerment.)