taking flight into art, love, and life (the blog)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Family Photo Shoot!

We recently had a family photo session with the lovely Jen Downer of She Saw Things.  I'm so grateful we had this opportunity, and I think she captured our togetherness beautifully. What a warm, generous heart she has, and I just love how she sees things. When I saw these photos for the first time, I immediately thought of the afterglow effect. As gorgeous as these photos are, I consciously worked (so hard!) to appreciate these pictures with all my heart NOW vs years from now when I look back. I celebrated the imperfections I saw -you know the ones - the ones we inevitably see when we see photos of ourselves. But just the awareness of the afterglow effect dropped me deeper into the now of these photos, to a place where I feel so in love with my life, with my family. I cannot wait to have these printed and framed all over the house. Thank you Jen, for the precious gift of seeing our family and for capturing our joy. I am grateful, grateful, grateful.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dear you, you can release me, and gently let me go. All my best, Fear

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Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Arianna Huffington speak at Emerging Women Live in NYC. I have so much to say about the conference and speakers as a whole (all good), but I'm still thinking about Arianna Huffington's talk about her personal story of severe burnout and her long road toward defining a new way of working, living, and thriving. Super inspiring, so real, so thoughtful, and just so full of truth.

She encouraged us to share our burnout stories so that we can own what's not working, and start an important dialogue with one another about what it looks like to thrive. 

I've shared a couple of my burnout stories over the years in this space. Once in 2008 (that was a big one) and another one in 2010 when we were renovating our house while 8 months pregnant and working full time. But I haven't shared the full story of the last many weeks/months. I'm feeling called to share it now that I'm beginning to emerge from it, extracting lots of lessons along the way. 

A few months ago I could feel myself on the edge. Moving houses (even if it was a dream come true). Moving studios. Launching e-courses (passion project!). Big transitions in my creative biz (new licensing mgr, new employee). Through it all, I put too much pressure on myself: Pack! Unpack! Decorate! Make art! Blog! Garden! Meet the new neighbors! Launch that new idea/project/practice/product! Enjoy the summer! Be an awesome employer, mother, wife, daughter! Volunteer at True's new school!   

I felt myself sinking deeper and deeper into feelings of dread, desperation. Eventually, my inner voice whispered, "Let yourself off the hook. Just let yourself off the hook." I sensed my burnout wasn't just having too many balls in the air for too long, but that I was becoming fully hooked onto bigger issues: perfection, self expectations, unrealistic timeframes, FEAR. 

Let yourself off the hook has been my mantra and my practice these last couple of months. And it's been working. When I feel the pressure to do/be/produce, I practice stopping, recognizing I'm in fear, and then give myself permission to unhook. From unpacking the last of the boxes. From creating if I'm not in the mood. From cooking. From emails (huge). From saying yes. From expectations. But most importantly, unhooking from the shoulds, which, of course, are 100% soaked in fear. 

The practice of unhooking hasn't been easy, but it's allowed me to consciously hook onto new, healthy, things: Rest! Sleep (10hrs a night!)! Saying no! Reading! Boundaries! Relaxing! TRUSTING (my word of the year)!

I've been deep in this new practice for months now. And as hard as it's been, it's been a deeply rewarding experience to rearrange some brain patterns, bad habits, and slowly but surely find a new routine that feels more like thriving. Because it's no fun to dread the things you used to love. 

I have a long way to go, but I've exhaled, unhooked, and detoxed from the I am not enough gremlins. I'd like to take this practice further. I want to cultivate more rest, more play, more trust in the process of letting go. I don't want my worthiness attached to what I do and how much I do it. I don't want it to be attached to anything. We are enough. As is. 

So. Here's to new horizons. And releasing, as best as we can with conscious and open hearts, our shoulds, our coulds, and our fears. 

Thank you, burnout. There is so much richness, and gold in the dark pockets of your lessons. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

BRAND NEW products to help your courage take flight!

"Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest." – Maya Angelou 

Friends, I adore this quote by beloved Maya Angelou. Last week I attended the Emerging Women conference in New York City, where the late Angelou was to be the keynote speaker. Her spirit infused the conference and each of us attendees walked away with the sparks in our hearts burning a little brighter.

Courage has been a touchstone throughout my career, one of the consistent mantras I return to again and again. Like Maya Angelou said, it takes courage to practice kindness, to give generously, to be honest (with myself and others).

Friends, we're so excited to unveil a few of our BRAND NEW products to celebrate your courage and bravery! Take a look!

Be Brave Angel: 

Love love love this angel's sweet face and even sweeter message: Let it go. Say yes to healing, yes to change. Be brave. Trust the voyage. Believe in possibility. Practice courage (every day.) Embrace your vulnerabilities. Have faith in your dreams. Choose joy. Live your truth... 

Add her to your collection, and find more like her, at the online retailer Garden Gallery here!

Be Brave Manifesto Wall Art: 

You guys, manifestos are one of my favorite offerings, and the the Be Brave manifesto comes from a place deep in my heart. Now it's available in a 18" x 24" canvas, bright and beautiful, ready to hang (a smaller option is available in our print shop)! This manifesto reads: Be brave. May you surrender fear, embrace uncertainty, and trust your strength. May you be gentle on your soul (and ask for what you need). May you feel the immeasurable power of how deeply you are loved. May you discover all the ways in which you are not broken but deeply, profoundly whole. May you embrace your vulnerability and practice courage (every single day). May you emerge softer, wiser and more beauty-full. May you discover all the ways hope rises up to meet your biggest struggles and cracks open your heart to the light within yourself, waiting to be seen, waiting to be born.

Find this manifesto and others at the online retailer Garden Gallery here!

Be Brave Pouch:

Totally in love with these new pouches, perfect for carting around my necessities (lip balm! glasses! keys!), and great for gifts as well! This pouch reads: Have faith. Believe in healing. Trust the possibilities. Be yourself, always. Such great reminders!!

Find this pouch, plus others from the collection, at the online retailer Garden Gallery here!

Voyage Toward Truth:

Friends, another new piece from the canvas wall art collection (smaller print and postcard available from my shop)!! This canvas reproduction is so, so close to the original, I could barely tell the difference. She reads: She was on a voyage toward truth, love and profound transformation. She found courage amidst the storms and faith in her sails as she left the safety of the harbor for freedom, dreams & possibility.

Find this canvas reproduction, plus other pieces of wall art, at the online retailer Garden Gallery here!

Hello Courage: 

An oldie but a goodie – this Hello Courage wall plaque actually hangs in my home studio! I look up at it hanging above my window and take a moment to say hello to my courage, recognize that it has always been there, waiting to take flight. Love love the rustic feel of this sign, and at more than two feet long, it is definitely a statement piece!

Find this wall plaque at the online retailer Garden Gallery here!

Friends, we are all Possibilitarians, testing out our wings and working up to taking flight. Sending you so much love, warmth, and of course, courage!

Kelly Rae 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weekly love delivered to your inbox!

Lately, as I've been finding it hard to get to my blog (schedules! life! family!). I'm trusting their are seasons, ebbs + flows, and I'm certain the regular flow of writing will return. In the meantime, though, a silver lining has emerged. I've been getting into a rhythm of sending out weekly updates about life and business via my newsletter. There is something about it that I'm totally loving, and I want to invite you to join the list.

Not only are subscribers the first to know about sales and updates, receive special subscriber-only coupons, link love, and more, but these letters feel like just that, actual letters where I share what's going on in life, in biz, in art.

I'd love it if you joined my list! Click here to sign up.

I promise to keep your email address locked in a digital vault, and never-ever share it with mean people.

Come join us, friends!

Kelly Rae 

Monday, October 06, 2014

Your imagining it, is my creating it. Love, The Universe

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I had a really big aha moment a few months back when I was given this truth through a sort of divine intervention during a healing/visioning exercise - a part of my collection of woo-woo experiences earlier this year. I'm so grateful for the opening and the wisdom received, because it's true. When we imagine anything, we're in sacred co-collaboration with our highest selves, the universe, God. 

But, often, and I mean often, I need the reminder. I don't know about you, but when I reach my own edges, all my imagining is replaced by worry. How will I ever do/begin/finish it? What if I'll never heal this certain wound? What if I fail? What if it's not perfect? 

I love this quote by Abraham-Hicks:
"When the desire is born, right away you start counting yourselves a failure, because you’ve got this desire that hasn’t been satisfied. Know that you never get it done! And since you never get it done, it’s time to stop being unhappy about what’s undone, because most of it is undone! You are an eternal being. Most of it is undone. Instead of taking score about what’s been achieved — we want you to start feeling anticipation about what is still to arrive."

This wisdom brings me back to center. And back to the truth that my imagining the things I want to release, the things I want to birth, the people I want to surround myself with, the the life I want to live, is a part of a bigger vision that is being held and nurtured by something deeper, more profound, and more beautiful than any mystery I can begin to unravel. But it starts with my imagining it, and having a little faith. And then the magic begins.

I know you know what I mean. And that's precisely why I like you. A lot.
Kelly Rae