September 2012 Newsletter

 

Cocooning

Ever felt like cocooning? To just want to retreat within and do nothing more than reevaluate where you are and where you are headed? I have these moments from time to time and they usually present themselves as a signal that a paradigm shift is about to occur in my life. I had one of these “introspective auras” a couple weeks before I met my husband, another one before I quit a job of 13 years (thereby walking away from a full-time income with no safety net), and now I am having another one — purpose yet undefined. At times like these, I am not always sure what my inner voice is trying to tell me, but I like to give it space and honor its existence. This inner compass is seldom wrong. So, I do what feels best for me when I feel that tug: I spend as much time alone as I can with some uplifting books, my iPod, my camera, a journal, and my scrapbook supplies and I see what kinds of goodness I am able to unearth as I listen to the quiet and work through my thoughts. I reconnect with myself. I give myself permission to “just be.” Some of my biggest milestones have been born while letting the creativity flow and going along for the ride. In my case, and in the case of many others, creativity precedes (or at the very least, is a catalyst for) knowledge. So, if your heart and soul are trying to tell you to slow down, take pause, and reassess — listen to them. I would be willing to bet that they know you better than you know yourself.

If you have something that your soul guides you towards when you are feeling imbalanced and off path, I would love to hear from you. What is your safe place? Is it someplace spiritual? Someplace artistic? A special location that only you know about? Please share!

Much love,

Jenn

Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.”  ~Michael Burke

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.  ~Stella Adler

“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.”  ~John Updike

Keeping it real

Keeping It Real

The above scrapbook page was created in 2007 during a particularly tough time at work, a really loathsome time with my body, and a time where I felt just a general sense of melancholy. My life was completely devoid of work/life balance, insurmountable overtime was being worked, and a there was a total lack of appreciation from my professional peers. I was literally living the movie Office Space, barely holding it all together, and felt that I was coming unglued. As often as I could (once the kids were taken care of and I had a few moments to breathe), I put pen to paper and found a way to not only express myself, but to rediscover myself. It was cathartic, illuminating, and ultimately life-changing — because it was on those pages where I gave myself permission to just walk away and reassess.

The purpose in telling you this is to let you know that we all struggle. We all need to find an outlet at some point or another (ideally one that is not self-destructive). And we all need to live authentically and tell our “whole” story, as painful or strange as it may be. Let the absurdities creep into your journals — it is in those moments of imperfection when you are at your most real. And then, when life is treating you right and you are flourishing, you can always look back and marvel at how far you’ve come. Enjoy the journey…

Savor life

Newsy Nuggets

  • My Artful Affirmations class at a local school is taking off amazingly well. This class serves as a way to help middle-schoolers navigate through their academic, personal, and familial challenges in a positive, artful way. It is character education with a dash of creativity.
  • Check the events page for info on our upcoming classes at Medfield Recreation in October and December. Register on-line ASAP.
  • I’ve been spending a lot of time planning and preparing for a women’s retreat. This all-day event will be a compilation of assorted soul candy and something you certainly do not want to miss. Save the date: January 26, 2013. More info to follow about registration and early-bird registration (this event is for women, ages 18+).
  • A quick reminder to plan your one-of-a-kind Self Esteem Through Art event. Birthday parties, fundraisers, girls’ nights…all perfect opportunities for a little positivity and pizazz. Email me to work on your special event.