made it to the future.

shakti gawain quote

Shakti Gawain wrote Creative Visualization, a remarkable little book that gave birth to the whole law of attraction child!

I read it when I was about 28.  My Saturn Returns was simply horrible. During that tunnel through darkness, I wrote poetry on the floor of my Los Angeles apartment trying to forgive myself for living a wandering adult life. 

I deeply felt life was punishing me for being an artist,

accusing me for continually desiring new palates,

shaking a finger at my operation to shape and sculpt new experiences because

monotony bored my senses.

With the right college degrees and wherewithal to manage, train, and supervise, why did I voluntarily seek a life path that promised instability, that guaranteed uncertainty?

 

The tone of my journals keep indicating my unresolved obsession with that same question every 10 years.  Now at 47, I face another internal and external rumbling for change.

I’ll have to create a pathway to a land of dreams using my tools:  faith and art.

I must let myself

be.

Let go of ideals and losses.  Be who I am.

In retrospect of the 47 years of fear and curiosity, life is as life does, meanwhile

I have created a me I like and trust.

This year, I have been helped into a better acceptance of knowing myself with support from these pieces of art.

The War of Art, Steven Pressfield – Confronts the courage to create
#Girlboss, Sophia Amorusa   Tells how she created a lucrative business with only a-being-herself business plan.
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert – Reflects on creating: the acknowledgement and acceptance
re-reading The Artist’s Way – Navigates the way the artist unlocks creation
The Motivation Manifesto, Brandon Burhard – Strong call to action: spend deliberate time and energy interacting with living!

 

plus

30 days to write yourself alive  –  an online writing course with Andrea Balt

and

listening to stories from my courageous girlfriends – not naming them, obviously, but insert your people here…

 

So, to the liberated art (artists) – THANK YOU  for showing me myself

by showing yourself

 

rumi bewilderment

Stepping into more, here’s to the wild future – 2016.

 

sophia quote

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You: the art.

 

thanks for reading today,

michelle bernard

http://www.sculptedbybernard.com

Dig-able gifting you can do this time of year

here are 8 really swell gifts people might actually use and really dig for the holiday exchange thang this time of year :: 

1. Amazon gift card  ✌  some people think it’s impersonal to give a gift card or money as a gift.  I’m here telling you,people really love to receive them, so give one.  

It’s easiest to send the gift card via email ( only 10 minutes online to order and ➠ ba da- bing, ba ca-boom ☈  press send).  You can choose funky, animated cards that sing when they’re opened, plus you get to write something heartfelt in the message blank.  Believe me, the message you write is the real gift anyway!

2. iTunes gift card  ✾  no, this is not going to be a post about giving gift cards, however, if your giftee is a music soul, you will have delighted them with glee if you do this.  An iTunes gift card will be golden!( and it’s likely to get used within the week!)

 

3. Shutterfly mugs or blankets  🐼   they are personal favs of mine.  I have gifted both to smiling receivers.  Shutterfly.com is an online photography developer/ editor at your fingertips.  Upload photos and store them until you’re ready to edit and make a photo album or  order copies.  

You get to paste your pictures onto the mugs and blankets and even write a little blurb.  Now who wouldn’t think it swell to have a photo album blanket wrapped around them during a cold, January, hot-cocoa kind of night?

4. A pack of sessions for yoga classes, Zumba classes, Pilates classes, soul cycle…   ☮  If you give someone money cuz they want to start taking these classes, don’t necessarily believe they’ll follow through.  Things come up, you know.  

If someone has expressed a great desire to start taking “an exercise class”, well, help em out. Put the tickets in their hands!

5. An herb garden ( in a big ole basket, of course)  ⚛  stuff the basket with the necessary grow-goodies   ➠  soil, 5-6  4″pots, organic seeds, a hand shovel, and gloves-optional

( I don’t use gloves.  My mother told me I should caress the soil.  It makes the plants grow)
They can house the herbs on a windowsill, or see Pinterest for cool ideas for displaying. Plus, maybe they’ll buy a helpful book on planting with their dig-able amazon gift card.
 

6. A groupon for a massage  ☮   holy moly, do I need to explain how this will please the gifted? 

7. Headphones  ❢   for iPods, iPads, iPhones ( sorry, I’m kinda a Mac person). Headphones always get tangled, lost, shorted out, stepped on.  Trust me, lots of people need new ones.

8. Take someone on a holiday night out  ⚛   forget having your giftee exchange your gift for something better.
                                  Give ’em an event {something you can share} , instead.  Dress up. Make a day into night of it.  Bustle around in your hat and mittens with a hot cocoa in hand.  Listen to music/ carolers.  See the town tree.  Take pictures like a tourist.  Film close-up video footage. 

Window gaze at macys, saks, perhaps jcpenney in some towns.  Ice skate for an hour. At tea time, choose mulled wine. Find a cozy spot for dinner.  A place with a wood fire place.  Chuckle.  
 
To me, these are just the greatest dig-able holiday gifts ever.
To you, 
                 be merry and   ☀    bright. Image

Don’t lose your apples and spend gobs and gobs of your moolah trying to do perfect gifting.  
Be creative.  Get personal.  
Dig-able gifts aren’t so complicated to find.
❥ Spend time with peoplewho you really really dig.  Tell them so.
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Here’s to your big ole, simple holiday season, sweetee!

Cheers!
9. A good ole bottle of wine is always an appreciated gift (for me, at least).  Plus, we can share it.www.sculptedbybernard.com