Every weekday morning I invite you Behind the Scenes at my studio.
Today: As I start my writing, I’m feeling so blessed and supported – thank you! Right now I’m tuning into my origin story – and I’m curious about yours!
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Every Sunday is Art Day at our house. My sister Shannon and I are both taking The Year of the Spark with Carla Sonheim & Lynn Whipple. This week we worked on Lynn’s lesson about allowing our marks, in several different mediums, to be inspired by music. We drew and painted to everything from the Vikings soundtrack to Jessie J to Edith Piaf and had a fabulous time!
Every weekday morning I invite you Behind the Scenes at my studio.
Today: It’s been a full weekend, dealing with loss, celebrating love and being inspired by art.
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In that golden moment, I delighted in choir.
And I almost hadn’t gone. This time and many times. In fact, it took me years to arrive at this moment.
First, I didn’t go to choir because I didn’t want to intrude on something I thought was my sister-in-law’s thing.
Then, I didn’t go because even though my friends all wanted to go, they never seemed to be able to.
Finally, last summer a friend and I made it to choir – and loved it. Then she moved.
Then another friend joined me – and loved it. But was too busy to go again.
And another friend joined me – and loved it. And kept going without me.
People I’d told about it went – and loved it. And never invited me to join them.
I started to feel lonely and sad and awkward about going.
But here’s what I know, both as someone who has participated in and as someone who has led experiences:
Exciting, beautiful, unique opportunities do not last forever!
So this winter I decided to go, no matter what. I made it as easy for myself as I could. I set up a bag with my choir stuff ready to grab and go. I told my interested friends I was going every week and they had an open invitation to join me. I planned choir-night dinners so they were simple and I could get out of the house quickly. And then I went.
I went by myself.
I went in the dark.
I went in the cold.
I didn’t think about it. I just put on my boots and went.
It turned out going by myself was fine, sometimes even great. I found a surprising calm in doing this thing that was for me all by myself. No pressure to do anything other than just be there and sing. Sweet.
Sometimes my heart burst open with missing my Mom. She sang in many choirs over many years. I find myself wishing she could be with me here, experiencing this, and wishing I could go back in time and join in with her then. My mind wanders to my brother and sisters singing to Mom as she lay dying. In those moments I sing like I’m a raw pulsing nerve but I sing.
And I’ve gone to my dear sweet friend and told her I felt left out and hurt and we shared tears and love and all is well and healed.
And on the night of this video, I went with a friend and met another there. I smiled at people and they smiled back. As we poured onto the street, I hugged another friend I discovered in the crowd. As we stood there on the street, swaying, clapping, singing our hearts out, cars driving by, people walking past or clapping along, I felt at home.
I was with my people. I was doing my thing. I belonged.
Belonging took bravery and effort.
I’m sharing my tender story with you so that you’ll know that. You’ll know that I didn’t walk out the door one night, filled with ease, confidence and excitement, and stroll into a room full of fast friends, raucous laughter and immediate good times.
For this moment to arrive, I had to be willing to be uncomfortable. I had to be vulnerable. I had to be open to the magic that was available and not shut down when it didn’t arrive or took a different form than I expected. I had to show up, again and again.
I’m sharing my story to encourage you to be brave.
Don’t wait until the circumstances are perfect. Step in from wherever you are to what you want to experience.
Grab this moment.
More and more you’ll find you’re right where you belong.
On episode 47, we have a bit of a longer show for you today, with so many creative projects on the go, everything from T-shirts, to contemplating drawing to what it means to keep a journal!
On this episode we mention:
- The Year of Spark with Carla Sonheim and Lynn Whipple
- Twinkie Chan
- Jamie presenting a G Day
Keep up-t0-date with stART: Creating As We Go
The Full Moon is HERE!
What dreams are ready to burst into flower? Who are you when you’re in full bloom?
The practice of creating a dreamboard The Studio Way invites more of what you desire into your life while serving as a powerful tool of creative self-reflection. Dreaming in tandem with the phases of the moon helps us deepen our practice, learning the lessons of each moon and developing our Year of Dreams.
Over more than a decade of this practice, I have learned to make dreamboards that are not only manifestation magnets (which they are!) but also powerful reflecting pools. Creating a dreamboard with the full moon tunes you into your inner compass, focusing your heart on the true north of your dreams.
To support you in discovering the powerful practice of dreamboarding, I’ve created a series of workshops, rooted deeply in moon cycles, creativity and magic, rooted in my deep belief in dreams and in you.
Join me in this Full Moon practice and connect to your self, the Universe and your dreams: big and small, tender and brave, grounded and wild.
For each cycle of the moon, the Year of Dreams series offers a workshop that will guide you through creating your dreamboard under the specific influence of the upcoming Full Moon (e.g. Full Snow Moon, Full Worm Moon, Full Pink Moon). Every monthly offering will include not only the moon-specific workshop but also the How to Make a Dreamboard the Studio Way lesson so that we are all creating in the same context and on the same sacred ground. Once you’ve registered for your workshop, you will have access to it for the lifetime of this offering at the studio. You can return again and again under this full moon to connect to your dreams.
Each Full Moon brings with it a specific focus, a guiding light for your dreams.
On every New Moon, I will launch a new workshop that will guide you in creating your dreamboard under the specific influence of the upcoming Full Moon (e.g. Full Snow Moon, Full Worm Moon, Full Pink Moon). Every monthly offering will include not only the moon-specific workshop but also the How to Make a Dreamboard the Studio Way lesson so that we are all creating in the same context and on the same sacred ground. Once you purchase your first Year of Dreams workshop, you will receive a coupon giving you access to a special price for every workshop this year.
The Full Flower Moon asks: How do you wish to bloom?
That is the question we will be focusing on for this workshop. From the moment you arrive, that question will start to steep in your heart. Clues will begin to bubble as you gather your materials, holding the question in your heart. As you step into the creative process, you will start to engage with your dreams. When you enter the circle with the Full Pink Moon, you will have the opportunity to discover the messages she has for you. In that moment, you will create a dreamboard that will become a manifestation magnet but that will also serve as a reflecting pool, helping you discover the dreams in your heart – and the parts of yourself – that want to emerge.
Here’s what you get with this workshop:
- Welcome: A personal welcome video from me, introducing you to the workshop and inviting you into the circle.
- Dreamboard Lesson: A complete lesson on How to Make a Dreamboard the Studio Way, rich with magic, creativity, intention and intuition.
- Full Flower Moon Workshop: In this audio workshop, I take you through the entire process of creating a dreamboard as well as using it and journaling to to discover and connect to your dreams.
- Full Flower Moon Guided Visualization: One of the most powerful aspects of the workshop is connecting to the magic of the full moon. You’ll receive a separate MP3 so that you can visit with the Full Snow Moon anytime.
- Full Flower Moon Journal Sheets: To support you in the workshop, you will downloadable journal sheets, one to connect you to your dreams in this very moment and the other to uncover the wisdom within your dreamboard.
- Printable Supply List: This supply list will make sure you have everything you need for dreamboarding.
- Bonus Lesson: An additional lesson designed specifically to give you even more opportunity to deepen your experience with your dreamboard and bring more of its magic to life.
- Bonus Resource: A PDF of the moon cycles of 2015
- Lifetime Access: As a registrant of this full moon workshop, you will have access to this content for the workshop’s lifetime.
- Bonus Opportunity: Access to a dreamboard discovery session with me – at a special price!
A Note About Timing: When you register, you’ll have immediate access to this program and everything you need to know in order to create your dreamboard for the Full Flower Moon.
Years ago, sitting in my mom’s living room, hanging out with Mom and my sisters, cutting and gluing, dreaming, chatting, I had no idea that a life-changing practice had entered into my life.
Who would imagine that a simple, creative activity could open up the door to my dreams?
I know it will do the same for you!
More love from dreamers…
- I see so many doors and possibilities opening up already as a result of the workshops and my dreamboard. So exciting! Sara Rae
- I feel power crackling within my own [dreamboard]. It’s amazing. Angie
- I feel like my dreamboard reached into those core dreams that I sometimes hold back. Tonight, they are out and I feel WILD! Rae
- This was an incredibly powerful project. I have spent the better part of the past two weeks since the New Moon thinking about it, and collecting thoughts and images. But putting it all together and gluing it down — wow — such a commitment to myself that was. Camilla.
- It opened my eyes to the many dreams & desires I’ve been keeping deep within. Thanks, Jamie! Poetic Dreams
- This helped me to start back to where I need to be, listen to my intuition again. Thank you. Anita
- This is exactly what I need to keep living intentionally. Thank you, Jamie! Ginette
- What a wonderful way to focus intention for the month ahead. I almost felt like working magic! Emily
- I found a magical message hidden in a bunch of random magazines! Amazing. Thanks again, Jamie. Elle
- Thank you Jamie for creating this sacred space and place and for holding all our dreams so tenderly. Susan
I am delighted to be a part of Spectrum this year, a Holistic Creative Circle celebrating your Mind~Body~Spirit~Nature through the living expression of art and awareness. Spectrum is a collective of holistic-minded artists, healers and visionaries that have come together to offer a unique online experience devoted to awakening, exploring, deepening & celebrating your innate wisdom and intuition through visual journaling and more.
I will be leading a workshop called…
Gathering Words: Finding Your Voice,
Discovering Your Inner Poet(ry)
You are a poet. You are a poem. Inside you and all around you are the words of your heart, your story, your truth. In this workshop, we’ll delight in being collectors, gathering to us words that touch our souls. We will play with words as though they were colours, looking for magical combinations that unlock the door to the part of your creative heart that is alive with poetry – even if you’ve never fallen in love with poetry before. You will learn a process that you can use again in again to find inspired, personal words for your creative work.
Today we said goodbye to the sweetest cat I have ever known. He was my furry nephew, my sister Shannon’s constant companion. He was full of love and purrs and friendliness. He was the most laidback cat you could imagine. You could move him around on the floor with your foot like he was a mop. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t mischievous! He’d sit on Shannon’s alarm clock, turning it off, lick her eyelashes while she was sleeping and more than a few Facebook updates were written by his keyboard steps.
I’ll always remember how he would groom my face like I was a cat.
Dear sweet Gobo, also known as “Mr Man” will be missed. We loved him dearly.
This podcast is 24:11.
This Week on Creative Living with Jamie:
Anna Guest-Jelley, founder of Curvy Yoga
Anna Guest-Jelley is founder and CEO (Curvy Executive Officer) at Curvy Yoga, a training and inspiration portal offering classes, workshops, teacher trainings, retreats, a virtual studio and lots of love and support to women of every size, age and ability — in six different countries, on three different continents, as well as in over 30 of the United States.
Anna is a writer, teacher and lifelong champion for women’s empowerment and body acceptance. Author of, “Permission to Curve: Inspiring Poses for Curvy Yogis & Their Teachers,” and co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body (Llewellyn, Fall 2014), Anna has been featured online and in print at The Washington Post, xoJane, US News & World Report, Southern Living, Vogue Italia, Yoga International, Yoga Journal, CrazySexyLife, The Daily Love and more. Visit Curvy Yoga online at CurvyYoga.com.
Discover More About Today’s Guest…
- Website: Curvy Yoga
- Instagram: @curvyyoga
- Twitter: @curvyyoga
- Facebook: @curvyyoga
- YouTube: @curvyyoga
- Pinterest: @curvyyoga
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