part six of this series on choice! maybe, like me, you’re looking around lately and seeing that as well-intended as most of it is -- there seems to be choices being made “for our good” at school, in our activities, at work, in our neighborhoods, communities, in our families, and even at church. while i’m truly grateful that so many have our best in mind, i do believe that there is a very fine line between supporting, inviting, encouraging, & guiding...AND the other side, which can be choosing, dictating, controlling, demanding and manipulating. let’s consider some of the places and ways that these are happening and find the best way to navigate it all for us individually and within our families.
do you ever worry about sharing too much or too often? what about with a big event? have you ever been so sad you missed something because you got behind on your email or social media? it's the worst feeling to realize you didn't hear about something you'd really liked to have attended until after the event. here are some ways to embrace the happy broken record and serve others in the process.
candy colored studio podcast episode #157: marissa huber & heather kirtland of carve out time for art - community, book & new podcast!
several years ago, marissa & heather combined forces to support mother artists & create a much-needed community on instagram. artists themselves, they were learning how to set aside tradition or opinions of others, and go after their own creative pursuits while being working mothers. soo many conversations and uplifting love shared between creative caregivers, artist takeovers, interviews, and hashtag challenges. (they even created a global directory on their website: carveouttimeforart.com) last year, their book, the motherhood of art hit bookshelves, continuing the support and conversation. most recently, they have started a patreon podcast called the creative instigators! enjoy this extra sweet conversation full of all the raw realness of mother artists, art journeys, boundaries, knowing yourself, an important litmus question, prioritizing, furthering your art through education, goals, passions, going for it...thunderstorms...and so much more. enjoy, enjoy! (make sure to enter the giveaway)
sharing twelve happy thoughts that have been lifting my spirits these past few months. also, info about my latest framed mini circle collection. you can make suggestions of colors or subjects you’d like to see in my series, or better yet: collaborate with me to create your own custom circle mini.
school is great, but there are some life lessons that can’t simply be taught at school, in a course, or by obtaining a university degree. two recent experiences with our older two boys are graciously providing our family with many life lessons. i’ll share 12 things that i see we’re learning from these simple and yet very profound life experiences.
also, the “visions of heavenly mother” art show at writ & vision was just a wonderful event and experience. thank you to those of you who were able to come and celebrate HER in this special way during the mother’s day season. My piece “souviens-toi” (asherah in full bloom) has sold, but i have been making & delivering prints. if you’d like a print of any of my asherah paintings, email me firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the PRINT SHOP on my website for pricing and sizes.
episode #154 - julianne donaldson: author of edenbrooke, blackmoore & newly released: “come, sweet day”
have you read blackmoore or edenbrooke?! whether you have, or will want to very soon, this episode is sure to bring back wanderlust as award-winning author julianne donaldson takes you through her process writing the novels & traveling for her research. she has a brand new book, “come, sweet day”, out that is so different from her romance novels and ever so timely -- julianne used her gift over the last few years in new ways to help she and her kids get through some incredibly hard times together. the result from this labor is a beyond-beautiful collection of short stories and poems that effortlessly flow together, gently offering hope and comfort at a time when many of us need just that. sections include: my wilderness, grace, light, home, & mercy. julianne reads a couple pieces during our interview...oh they are wonderful! one that i absolutely love is on pages 80 & 81: all about the journey to our own promised land. on pages 42 & 43 is another i adore about winter, birds, and hope...it’s lovely. keep an eye out for julianne’s 6 week creative writing course coming in the fall, as well as her regency retreat in september that will be a weekend to never forget as you step back in time and join the pages of julianne’s romance novels...it’s going to be unforgettable!
I believe that the 2 Plans that were presented in the Great Council of Heaven, are still in effect (God’s Plan and Lucifer’s Plan). I believe that a large portion of Satan’s Plan is to stop our brothers and sisters from having an earthly experience. I believe he uses infertility to achieve his plan. Like many, I have suffered much because of infertility. So has my family. While I do believe it has and continues to help me become my best self, I do not believe that God caused my infertility. I believe God allowed environmental factors (some of my own choosing and others not of my choosing) to cause my infertility. I also believe that these environmental factors were not of God but of Satan. I believe that their design and methods of delivery also did not come from God, but that they were introduced to men and women by Satan.
candy colored studio podcast episode #152 - how do they do it with just one thing, and how do i get there?!
how often do we look at others and think that they only have to put their time and energy into one thing to be successful? what is really happening behind the scenes and how do you get there? just some simple ideas to consider in your very personal art journey or creative business career. you've got this!
candy colored studio podcast episode #151 - time usage & how to keeping going when feeling discouraged
do you ever stress about your time usage and just plain feeling overwhelmed? maybe you’ve even considered giving up on your passion because life is just so heavy?! but then you realize that you won’t find happiness if you quit. you know deep inside that you have a superpower --- something that you can give to others...a very simple or specific way to bring light or beauty or love, support and kindness. well we need you! Here are some ideas that have helped me and i hope that your heart will tell you even more ideas as you listen.
my mother’s day collection at la petite maison antiques in draper utah is available! 8 pieces, some hummingbirds and fairy wren to represent mothering our small flocks, also some florals that will never wilt and local mapstacts to mark special spots. named after favorite french songs and singers...a couple from enzo enzo’s album about a mother’s songs. (“chansons d’une maman”)
candy colored studio podcast episode #150 - julia lowe: universal laws of giving & respecting choice (part v)
this is the 5th episode in a series about giving and choice (aka agency). if you missed julia's first interview, listen to that one first (link below). she gives some background on herself, family and her initial impressions/experiences with agency. this episode is a beautiful deeper exploration into favorite thoughts, experiences and quotes about agency. taking time, educating, natural consequences and so much more. enjoy!
candy colored podcast episode #149 - tricia petrey: universal laws of giving & respecting choice (part iv)
this is the fourth episode in a series about giving and respecting choice. enjoy hearing the very personal health journey of tricia and her family. she explains the hard work and research she dove into after listening to her heart give her very clear but also seemingly strange instructions. these are truly strange and trying times. i wish i had answers that fit everyone, but it don’t...i think it’s part of our unique journeys. may tricia’s words and experiences give you the courage to ask your own questions and follow your heart.
a dozen updates in the studio, within our home, current & upcoming on the podcast, and things filling our hearts this season. enjoy!