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    to feel semi ok with the big ask Once I did the baggage felt lighter and I realised that it takes real strength and no fear of being vulnerable to do something which is imperative to your wellbeing I only saw the psychologist for 3 sessions because I felt that she couldn t help me with the deep inner work that I sensed was necessary In all honesty I was done talking to someone who nodded and looked all sympathetic at me I wanted some support where real change could be effected and someone who would actually get me I don t know about you but I feel the medical profession lacks a certain something During the 6 months with my coach I had no expectations or timetable of what topics I wanted to cover every session I was open and wanting to simply go with the flow and listen to what my body wanted to work on My coach was Susana Frioni Deep Living Coach Every session left me feeling open full ready to face the world brave and fucking fierce And that my friends is the reason why hiring a coach could be the best decision you ever make As Chantal states in her post I think if people can make an informed choice it s all about moving forward And that s what living a life is all about Just keep moving forward I didn t want to be stuck talking about my past stuff with no solutions what I wanted was to move forward I m not here to stand still or hold myself back either My holy smokes realisation as the 6 months with Susana came to an end was I invested in myself for a solid 6 months I did that for myself and for everyone I love I want to be the best person I can be and live to my fullest potential and that meant being gentle and patient with myself I was never gentle or patient with myself before that To just say that working with Susana was transformative would not do her justice So I m going to get personal here and share with you what has changed for me and the notes I wrote as I reflected back on what was a massive 6 months My Super Long List of How Coaching Has Helped Me Confidence A big mofo dose of it And conviction Launching my BUT I m not ready workshop idea which was on the 3 year list not the 3 6 month list Expanding my creative and business endeavours into new areas Clarity bigger vision Empowered self belief Tools to combat doubt and fear new approach to dealing with these things My creativity is at an all time high I speak up more Honouring my truth and honouring myself No second thoughts or bad aftertaste I also stand up for myself more boldly than before I talk about my feelings openly I communicate better I m stepping forward and no longer playing small Less self deprecation I danced a lot and need more of that in my life Thanks to Susana s Sacred Dance Parties I use breathwork techniques chakra work meditation and practice mindfulness to deal with issues or concerns in addition to self reiki which I ve practiced for a year now I feel like I can make it happen Whatever I want Less self analysis and justification which can lead to procrastination doubt fear lack of worthiness and not breathing properly I have faith in my power of manifesting abundance and what is for my highest good I can finally see myself because Susana reflected back to me what I didn t think I had I know that I am important and completely worthy of investing in myself Heart full eyes wide open to possibility thank you Susana I hope what I ve shared helps you and please feel free to contact me or comment on this post if you have any questions Do you desire more You deserve more View my profile and events in the Desire Map Directory here Alternatively visit my Workshops page where you can read the full description of Creative Fire featuring The Desire Map and book your place in my 21 22 March 2015 live event or the Virtual Workshop which begins 2 March 2015 If you are in Brisbane join me for an evening of connection and Your Creative Fire at the first free Gutsy Gathering evening on Friday 20 February Book your free ticket now Sign up to Gutsy News here Gutsy Woman Interview Sarah Wilder The Fifth Element Life 27 1 2015 I m thrilled to bring you the first Gutsy Girl of what will be an incredible 2015 Please welcome Sarah of The Fifth Element Life I have known Sarah for over a year and our connection began with her eye opening free one card readings in late 2013 It was at a time in my life where I realised it was important to my spirit and the future to heal open allow receive and step out and speak my truth The message Sarah gave me was Your focus should be on your powerful mind In aligning all your thoughts getting them in order before acting on them You are on a quest for new knowledge in a new field This will see you enjoying more mentally challenging activities and possibly transition to a new career x If you have followed my blog for a while you will have seen how scary accurate Sarah s words have been through 2014 up to now For Sarah s sparkling spirit insight and creativity I am so grateful Among similar interests and passions we share a love for Bjork and I have travelled to and fell in love with the destination she would love to visit read on I m the proud owner of her Vision mandala ring which took me ages to choose My advice is just trust what you are attracted to in the Mandala collection as your inner truth which will always choose what is most aligned to you and your journey Who are you and what do you do I m Sarah Wilder Williams I m a woman wandering the path of her spirit wherever that may lead I currently design create spiritually infused talismans art to help empower other women to live a life guided by their spirits too I m a mama to my beautiful son Billy who is 2 I m also a partner to my high school sweetheart a daughter a sister a friend and guide to other kindred sisters all over the world Officially you could say I m a entrepreneurial head with a philanthropic heart What do you love most about your business That I have the freedom to explore my own strengths interests passions and authentic self I never felt fully fulfilled when working for other people because I knew deep down I always had so much more to offer the world than what my job description dictated I love that I have created my dream career for myself and that I am so supported in doing so Best piece of advice you ve ever received and how it has influenced your life To work with what you have and to understand my why I am also a sucker for quotes and I always find Be the change you wish to see in the world by Gandhi is something I live my life by How do you deal with your inner critic I like to see it as something that is not actually a part of me Like it is just another person in my life that I can choose to listen to or not I now know my truest self from my inner critic and other noise that comes with it What has been your greatest challenge in life There have been a few Balancing work life motherhood relationships as a Capricorn I tend to really love to work a lot so I need to be extra mindful of this as my actual 1 priority is being a present mum The next thing is staying in my authenticity and truth and not acting on all the ideas I am gifted with and that those same ideas are shared amongst the world so to always strive to see things with the bigger picture in mind and not as like a competitive thing if that makes sense If you could give one crucial piece of advice to an creative artista entrepreneur seeker what would it be Stay true to yourself Find out what your UNIQUE strengths and gifts are What you could spend all day doing and lose time getting lost in it and then work towards building your life around nurturing this side of you Prioritise your values so if you value freedom self expression and authenticity then be mindful to bring those things into every aspect of your life If you could have dinner with any woman well known or otherwise who would it be and why Bjork I want her to just sit and talk to me for hours and me to soak up all her magick creativity and kook Such a fan girl If you could go anywhere what would be your chosen destination and why Morocco I m so intrigued by the architecture culture and textiles and I feel very drawn to this spiritually I would love to just lose hours in the souk collect trinkets and treasures and eat beautiful food and meet some beautiful people Oh and go on a camel ride through the desert too If you could be an expert in something what would it be An expert on my spirit Short and Sweet Favourite song right now is Twice by Little Dragon Favourite quote Be the change Gandhi as above Favourite book Conversations with God by Neil Donald Walsch What is your number 1 self care tip Do whatever feels right So sleep when your feeling tired eat when your hungry relax when you need a break SO simple yet so CHALLENGING in this addictive busy mindset Your role model s SO many from many industries Just anyone who is living a life in their genius zone People like Bjork Danielle LaPorte Gabby Bernstein Camilla Franks Samantha Wills Doreen Virtue Jane Goodall even Beyonce I try not to idolise more just see they are in their zone There are many of these women even in my small network of peers Thank you so much Sarah It has been a pleasure to interview you Dear readers I hope you all enjoyed reading and if you have any comments or questions please feel free to add them below Have a great day Bio Sarah Wilder is a free spirited creative multi passionate Soulpreneur and mama Boss Goddess visionary of her online sacred space www thefifthelementlife com Sarah combines her love of nature creative industries and spirituality into everything she creates Known for her ever popular Mandala ring range she has organically grown a cult following across the globe helping to unite like minded women in body mind and spirit Do you desire more You deserve more View my profile and events in the Desire Map Directory here Alternatively visit my Workshops page where you can read the full description of Creative Fire featuring The Desire Map and book your place in my 21 22 March 2015 live event or the Virtual Workshop which begins 2 March 2015 Sign up to my workshop list here and Gutsy News list here Set Up Saturday with Happiness Wellbeing Magazine 24 1 2015 Post by Happiness Wellbeing Magazine May Your Goddess Please Rise a poem 21 1 2015 She told me no more This is the call No more self doubt No more emotional beat ups about why it can t be you What you want is ready for you to take it The risk the chance is at your grasp Lean in and take it It takes guts my darling But when you take that chance you invest in you The unique masterpiece of your being your soul You will harvest what you want and what you need I d tell you take your time in another dimension but we are in the here and now Where your dreams and all the answers you desire Reside Don t wait another second a minute an hour a day a week or a month The goddess in you says now is the time Drink from the goblet of your desires You are who makes you whole No one else All is at your feet So many choices Trust that your heart knows what is right for you That is simply all it takes It can be this easy That s all she said My inner voice The one I quietened my whole life for fear of repercussions and anyone telling me being as I am is too much for this world to take So I drank my desires in and embodied wholeness like never before Do you desire more You deserve more View my profile and events in the Desire Map Directory here Alternatively visit my Workshops page where you can read the full description of Creative Fire featuring The Desire Map and book your place in my 21 22 March 2015 live event or the Virtual Workshop which begins 2 March 2015 Sign up to Gutsy News here The Desire Map Reframes Goal Setting 17 1 2015 Do you desire more You deserve more View my profile and events in the Desire Map Directory here Alternatively visit my Workshops page where you can read the full description of Creative Fire featuring The Desire Map and book your place in my 21 22 March 2015 live event Virtual Workshop Announcement soon Sign up to my workshop list here and Gutsy News list here Why Desire Map 15 1 2015 Happy Friday everyone I created this graphic on Why Desire Map Are you feeling the call Will you open up and allow more into your life It s all possible Really You are the compass to your own life You hold the key I can support you to unlock the gifts within your soul Do you desire more You deserve more View my profile and events in the Desire Map Directory here Alternatively visit my Workshops page where you can read the full description of Creative Fire featuring The Desire Map and book your place in my 21 22 March 2015 live event Virtual Workshop Announcement soon Sign up to my workshop list here and Gutsy News list here 10 Things About Me That You Definitely Don t Know 13 1 2015 1 I love Dolly Parton I have ever since I was a kid Dollyworld is on my destination wishlist Oh yes it is 2 I tripped on a nail in my primary school weatherboard shed and took a chunk of flesh off my knee when I was 9 I still have the scar 3 I love bubble tea the tea drink with chewy tapioca pearls Treat me to one of those and it ll be the start of a beautiful friendship 4 I m a texture junkie I will touch just about everything in a clothing or fabric shop because I love how everything feels Full sensory experience 5 Rose is my favourite essential oil scent Followed by mandarin Oh and ylang ylang 6 I love dogs I squeal when I see them at country shows Connects me with my inner child instantly 7 I m more of a savoury snacker than a sweet tooth But I do love musk sticks and friends who give me musk sticks 8 I m probably one of the messiest people you ll ever meet Except I will know exactly where an invoice I put in a stack 6 months ago is located True story 9 I love dancing with my girl at home She s getting a bit heavy for me to pick her up for a cheek to cheek tango these days but we still get our dance on when hubby is out What s on the playlist you ask Anything from MGMT to Taylor Swift to Delerium to Depeche Mode 10 I share a twisted sense of humour with my loved ones I won t name any of you this time but do pay attention to the notes above regarding bubble tea and musk sticks Do you desire more You deserve more View my profile and events in the Desire Map Directory here Alternatively visit my Workshops page where you can read the full description of Creative Fire featuring The Desire Map and book your place in my 21 22 March 2015 live event Virtual Workshop Announcement soon Sign up to my workshop list here and Gutsy News list here Recent Posts Warning May Cause Miracles with Gabby Bernstein 2014 With Gratitude Cookie Dough Two New Core Desired Feelings Gutsy Woman Interview Katie Manning Warning May Cause Miracles with Gabby Bernstein 8 1 2015 Last night I had the absolute pleasure and thrill to be in the company of 100 mighty fine women to see the luminous spiritual activist Gabby Bernstein in action There were so many moments where the whole room united A true leader and visionary knows how to bring people together and have the whole room trust that limitless possibilities are available to every single one of us We started the evening with some breathwork to get us grounded and focused followed by Gabby s talk Q A delicious chant to the music of Jai Jagdeesh followed by book signing I d like to share with you some contemplative writing that came through for me following this wonderful Earth Events evening I ve described my personal healing journey as a breaking open The message in this post is as relevant

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    realise I m ready I m cookies And then you know if I want someone to eat m or enjoy warm delicious cookie me then that s fine That ll be then When I m done I m going to echo the I m not finished with becoming who I m going to turn out to be I have no idea Who I am now and who I was a minute ago a year ago a decade ago is different Evolution does not stop Not when the soul is involved Not when the heart wants to and is opening If you have been a regular reader of my blog I thank you so much for being here It has been quite the ride the past almost 3 years But I m not done I m kind of cookie dough like but I have evolved and not departed from my passions My creative passions have instilled and been the catalyst for the development of a bigger vision of I m not quite sure It began with the workshop yet to be run It began when I started believing in myself and being honest about it It began when I let go of my emotional baggage of which I ve paid for over the years It began when I invested in myself When I hoped for something When I dreamed for something beyond my being comfortable parameters There really is no limit to you and what you can do you know Believe that it whatever it is is possible Trust yourself because you know your heart knows and your gut will let you know if it doesn t feel right for you I followed The Desire Map to map out how I wanted to feel this year Came up with 5 core desired feelings after a few weeks of writing and contemplating Felt them actively engaged with them and planned my life accordingly but wasn t rigid about it That s not my style I like to feel freedom For 2015 I m changing a couple of my core desired feelings These came to me in a very different way they came through 2 amazing guided meditations that invited my true self to tell all 2 words Limitless Pioneer Whoa Felt so right straight off despite the whole who me when the answers came Now I see these words everywhere No lie They appear in conversations in what I m reading in oracle cards in coaching sessions I can t believe it but I know it s right I encourage you to feel out what it is you want intention wise for 2015 If you haven t gone through the process or have no idea what core desired feelings are click on the button here and learn more My workshop will tell all Think Epic Soul Sharing Creative Fire and more I don t do anything by halves I embrace my shadow and my light I m seriously feeling more quoting my favourite tv shows and movies in 2015 Just a prediction Gutsy Woman Interview Katie Manning 18 12 2014 I m thrilled to introduce you to my last and very special Gutsy Woman for 2014 I met Katie when we did the Bright Eyed and Blog Hearted e course this year Katie has a beautiful heart and courageously shares her healing journey on her blog in support of others She has created a highly informative and special corner of the web for people who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I cannot imagine what CFS is like but I h ave had my own first hand health and wellness battles with adrenal fatigue depression and trauma I think it is so important to raise awareness about illness and all health matters and to provide a place where people can feel supported and less alone Katie certainly voices some thoughts here that I learned through my experiences I hope you enjoy the interview and please check out Katie s work and share it with anyone you know that will benefit Welcome Katie Who are you and what do you do I m a teacher writer and mentor and I created the blog Conquering Fear Spiritually to document my healing journey from M E or CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After a 10 year illness I ve been free from this debilitating illness for 4 years and I know it s never coming back This is the blog I really wanted to read when I was ill but couldn t find one like it I write CFS ebooks mentor lovely CFS clients and give intuitive readings via the website whilst working full time as a languages teacher What do you love most about your business I think the thing I love most about it at the moment is that it s still blossoming I only started offering more in depth paid resources a few months ago and I love experimenting with it and trying to be of the highest service to my readers Asking them for feedback is essential and I love connecting with them whenever I can I have to admit I was frightened to start offering services to my audience but I m so glad that I did I ve learned so much in a short space of time Best piece of advice you ve ever received and how it has influenced your life The best piece of advice I ve ever received was from my Music teacher from high school when I was starting high school teacher training He said Teaching is the type of thing you can 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year and you can always justify what you re doing Give yourself a break I think this can apply to so much in life especially when we re trying to set up our own business or make a difference in the world You have to treat your energy like a bank account and trust that you ll be looked after How do you deal with your inner critic I still battle with my inner critic on a daily basis but I m learning that she isn t out to get me She s actually steering me to become a better person I usually meditate with her or take her out into nature and these seem to help appease her quite quickly What has been your greatest challenge in life I think it has to be overcoming my ten year long illness with M E CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Ironically I didn t really see it as being an incredible challenge when I sick with it as such but I really went through a lot with it If you could give one crucial piece of advice to an emerging artist creative artista entrepreneur what would it be Don t let fear or others sway you from your path If you have an idea that you can t get out of your head or your intuition is screaming at you you have to follow that feeling even if you have no clue where it s going to lead you After being taught to lead with my brain for so long letting my heart and intuition guide me is unsettling but incredibly rewarding Also if you expect to be thrown around by fear the journey will be a little smoother for you What positives has your journey brought you and what are your intentions for the future Being ill for so long and missing out on most of Twenties has taught me so many lessons but I didn t realise this until I was well and truly over the line I think the main thing I learned was that resting and letting others help you is not a weakness Instead of pushing through things and pretending that you re ok giving yourself a break and really letting yourself have quality time out without the guilt this is the tricky part is the best the best thing you can do for yourself Also realising that everything doesn t have to be done all at once was a true revelation sounds crazy but if you re a type A like me this can difficult Ultimately I realised that at the root of all my pushing and perfectionism was fear Letting this go is a daily practice for me and I ll definitely be writing about fear a lot more in the future If you could be an expert in something what would it be I would love to be an expert in teaching people about using the energy that is already inherent in them to lead lives full of natural passion and enthusiasm It would be an honour to speak to audiences about CFS ME and spread awareness of this debilitating illness Short and Sweet Favourite song too many to mention but September by Earth Wind and Fire is on constant repeat in my head Favourite quote It s a toss up between Anais Nin s And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom and Max DePree s We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are Favourite book Against this is a really difficult one but Caroline Myss The Anatomy of the Soul is the book that truly changed my life What is your number 1 self care tip Rest before you get tired Your role model s Anything or anyone who speaks out and perseveres despite all the odds being stacked against them there are some incredible examples of this in nature Katie is has released The Little CFS Book of Relapse this week so do visit her social media links below to find out more Bio Katie Manning is a teacher mentor and writer and the creator of the blog Conquering Fear Spiritually The blog documents the steps she took to completely heal herself of a 10 year illness with M E CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After being free of the illness for over four years Katie inspires others to take control of their own healing journey and live healthy peaceful lives free from chronic illness Find Katie here Website Facebook Pinterest She Makes Magic A Reminder to Trust Your Inner Voice 14 12 2014 Hello Gutsy Folk I m starting the week with the reminder to trust Trust that it is only you that knows what is best for you Feel into your heart your gut and use that to guide you going forward In my tribe there has been so much personal healing development and growth and it all comes back to this reminder to trust yourself have faith in your abilities and allow the good shit to come to you Amp up the abundance in your life Clear out the old and tired be present and look forward with no reservations that you are being taken care of and that all that comes your way is for your highest good With all the festive craziness and family get togethers to come during this very busy time of the year our little inner voice can get drowned out by other people s voices our hearts and minds get filled with all the racing around and keeping people happy Just remember that you matter and your voice needs to be heard Trust your gut You always know what is right for you No one else I wish you an awesome week I was published on Rebelle Society The Game Changing Question Your Creative Spirit Asks 9 12 2014 So excited to share that I ve been published over on Rebelle Society This was a big writing dream of mine because I am a huge fan and discovered so many heart centred passionate and inspiring writers there I dreamed of writing something that would capture their attention The creative sparks flew in early November soon after I decided to soar and made my announcement to run my first workshop in 2015 I am over the moon 2015 will be an epic year to top off 2014 which has been filled with transformative healing growing and learning experiences like no other year I ve ever had Very soon I will publish everything you need to know over on my workshop page Also on the cards is a virtual workshop experience That s right I m playing big baby At first I thought face to face workshops would be all that I would do but I ve received messages from people around the world who were excited about my workshop having seen my posts on social media Rest assured I will cater to a wider audience and create a Creative Fire Desire Map virtual experience you will love The virtual experience will likely run soon after my March 2015 face to face workshop The face to face Brisbane workshop will open for registration on 5 January 2015 and places will be limited Connection is key here I want this experience to be intimate allowing you to immerse fully into your creative fire and the Desire Map There s a powerful potent Full Moon on 5 January I invite you to set the scene and foundation for the year ahead It s all about becoming fully expressed and playing big so you can welcome the awesome juju The Universe is saying there is a huge slice of the pie right here for you all you ve got to do is grab it with both hands If you join my mailing list you will have the opportunity to register before anyone else access payment plan options bonuses like exclusive printables pre workshop content journal prompts activities AND access to the Facebook community I set up If you d like to be on my regular mailing list you can join here And here s the workshop mailing list again Did you know you can shop all things DesireMap right here That s my affiliate link Be sure to clear the cache on your computer if want to ensure you are using my affiliate link A Life Lesson from a Fierce and Determined Spirit 3 12 2014 Before my 37th birthday last year I wrote this piece and it was published in Sprout Online Magazine in December 2013 It has been one of the hardest things I ve ever written and definitely the most vulnerable I originally wrote a piece on lessons I had learned and Amanda Fall the Editor of Sprout encouraged me to go deeper and focus on one big lesson It felt safe as I had known Amanda for a while and had been published in Sprout previously I knew the audience well and felt like it was the ideal safe container to open up and share my story I considered sharing this on the blog a while ago but I just wasn t ready I wanted to go deeper and learn some very important lessons and I didn t know what those lessons were 6 months ago After what I deem to be a huge 2014 of healing personal growth empowerment and courage I know I m ready to share this piece with all of you here my beautiful and kind readers I won t lie to you 2013 has been a challenging year for me I have dwelled with dormant emotional trauma for over 20 years I somehow thought I could leave it behind without repair but as I moved further along my path to discover my identity and purpose in life it would remain dormant no longer I woke up one morning last year after a poor night s sleep and typed out my story and how it made me feel and what mark it had left on my soul It had come to a point where I could not carry this baggage solo any longer I ve always found it difficult to ask for or accept help even when it is offered But this time I had to for my survival I hit my 10 the panic button of overwhelm and defeat I thought I was being swallowed up whole My exterior crumbled as I opened my raw insides to the outside world and sought much needed support from a professional and those closest to me Later I came to understand that I had other traumatic experiences to heal So with fear courage my loved ones and trusted friends alongside me I began the process of healing It led me to consider the biggest lesson I ve learned so far I have the power to get through anything always This is just one piece of my life s puzzle Not many people can say they have had a traumatic experience But I can tell you that I have had three at ages 14 22 and 23 I m 36 now Confronting past trauma amid realizing big dreams is such an overwhelming and conflicting set of circumstances to go through I m an artist and maker and for about 5 months of this year I painted and made nothing I went through the motions in my professional day job I put that brave smile on like a mask I was shocked that my brain could carry this heavy weight for so long untreated I was scared at the thought of the long road to healing that not only was I emotionally blocked I was creatively blocked too I d walk into my studio space look around and walk back out and shut the door It was stifling to not be able to use my creativity when I honestly needed an outlet I was angry that I allowed things to get to me I was angry that I had these horrible experiences But I learned that I had to be gentle on myself I had to stop blaming and shaming myself Enough of that had been done to

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    Dare to Declare Pledge And a Special Birthday Sale 17 11 2014 1 Comment To celebrate my 38 th birthday today I invite you to make your Gutsy Dare to Declare pledge gutsydaretodeclare Dare to Declare is my initiative to create a community of encouragement for people to stake their claim set their intentions and manifest their highest good for 2015 By holding this space for us all and the intentions for ourselves and each other we are raising the vibration for more goodness to occur in our daily lives In 6 months time I will randomly contact a few Gutsy Pledgers and invite you to share your story and how you are progressing with your pledge on my blog It is my goal to reach as many people as possible to make a pledge Please share this wherever and with whomever you can It takes just 5 minutes to make your declaration and share it Your dreams and goals are worthy and worth this time Instructions 1 Edit your pledge on photo and collage editor apps Canva Picmonkey Rhonna Designs A Beautiful Mess etc 2 Fill out your intentions sign it download and or print the pledge be extra creative and art it up and take a photo of it Share on social media Email and or tag your image with gutsydaretodeclare gutsygirlart gutsygirlart and I will tweet each one I ll also choose some declarations to publish on my Facebook page and blog 3 Copy and paste the text into your blogpost facebook update and Instagram and let s get the Gutsy Dare to Declare pledge viral Don t forget to link back to this blog post and tag with gutsydaretodeclare gutsygirlart gutsygirlart so I can re post and re tweet yours I d love your support on this and would be so grateful if you could do a blogpost on this Pledge For 2015 I hereby make my Gutsy declaration to the Universe I dare to declare my intentions are insert your goals intentions wishes you want to bring to fruition I will fulfil them by insert inspired action I will be courageous and compassionate in my pursuit of these intentions Signed And so it shall be And so it is So get the word out create your gutsydaretodeclare pledge and let s make this go VIRAL If you are wondering what my gutsydaretodeclare is stay tuned for tomorrow s blog post when I share mine From now until 30 November the one word mantra necklaces BRAVE and KIND will be available for AUD 35 that s a whopping 10 off http tinyurl com md5kllk 1 Comment Big News I m a Desire Map Facilitator Gutsy Gatherings coming in 2015 10 11 2014 Now this really is me stepping out and honouring my Courageous core desired feeling Commencing 2015 I will be running workshops to help guide you to creatively set goals with intention and feelings that you will honour This is unlike anything else The Desire Map changed the way I choose to live my life Little ol INFP Highly Sensitive Empath me is launching Gutsy Girl Gatherings Guidance Desire Map Major Awesome This will be a completely unique experience I m not going to lie this is croaky voice sweaty palms wet my pants scary exciting but with that amount of enthusiasm excitement and drive goin on Gutsy Gatherings will be the place to be in 2015 My heart soul and mind are going into this offering and you can be assured that I am dedicated to helping you to say Yes to yourself every single day You won t even want to say no to yourself once you ve attended one of my gatherings Not for the faint hearted or those who are only halfway there to saying yes to themselves this experience will be for those of you who are ready to say a big HELL YES to life your soul purpose infusing your life with creative passion and following your dreams with wild abandon If you think you aren t ready let me digress a little and tell you this little story Almost 3 years ago a lightbulb moment flickered and somehow I was guided to start Gutsy Girl The name came so easily I can hardly believe it I could have called my jewellery collection Jewels by Sharyn or Holmes Studio or Sharyn Holmes Jewellery Design but no None of those would do and just quietly they were not even on the radar Quite frankly those names are all a bit Snoresville to me The only name for me and for this space and for my creations is Gutsy Girl Yes I m in my 30 s and hardly a girl anymore but a woman No matter Gutsy Girl is what I decided to birth into the Universe During these last 3 years I have faced every fear imaginable every negative trait and aspect of my personality all my doubts self sabotage procrastination all while going through my own little personal hell for a round of delayed onset past trauma thence to healing self discovery my truest identity and unbridled creative expression Not to mention realising all my most excellent traits gifts talents and qualities It was worth it all those lessons all the discomfort and tears Sweetheart you are ready Seriously I know you are Because you are here and wondering what next what s my passion who am I really what do I need to do to feel good do I deserve what I want do I have it in me I don t hold the final answers to these questions or know what all the questions you have on your mind are but what I do have is guts determination a big open heart serious intuition on board and compassion that has no limits These are my gifts and these are what I offer you in my Gutsy Gatherings and guidance I m not selling my soul for a quick buck I m baring my soul and sharing my tools with you and I hope that in doing so I can help you bring the wonder of your being forth for you to live and dream big too I don t hold out or hold back on myself anymore so no chance I will hold out on you I m a Desire Map Licensee The Lowdown on why the Desire Map Let s talk about your life Do you feel free Joyful Connected Most importantly does your life feel the way you want it to feel When I listened to The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte for the first time my life was not feeling the way I wanted it to The Desire Map was the catalyst for the change I needed This book isn t just intellectual theory It actually walks you through the process of practically soulfully creating a life that you actually want to live connected to people experiences and things that you actually want to be connected to It seems so obvious right Of course My life should feel good But the thing is so many of us aren t living that way We re fixated on what others think we should do We re pushing ourselves to meet someone else s expectations of what success looks like degree qualified a professional career a tidy house a mortgage perfect relationship or marriage 2 4 children And in all that striving to meet other people s expectations a lot of us have lost ourselves For a while I did Just 6 short weeks before listening to The Desire Map audio I felt like a failure The Desire Map snapped me out of it and got me back on my own life track moving towards a future that feels right for me And because of the profound impact desire mapping has had on my life I want to sing about this work from the rooftops I want you to have this opportunity to reclaim your life too which is why When I heard that Danielle was creating a Licensing program so that people could teach this material I was one of the first people waving my arms at the front of the line And now I am thrilled to announce that I m an official Desire Map Licensee pop the champers I m preparing to host my first one day in person workshop in Brisbane on 21 March 2015 If you d like to join me click here for more details It s never too late to live a life that feels good A life that you consciously choose and design based on your own core desired feelings I d like to help you uncover those feelings so you can start building a life that helps you generate them Love Sharyn What s next Actually I can answer that one Get on the Gutsy Girl mailing list and the Workshop list for blog updates Etsy shop discount code workshop sneak peeks and subscriber exclusives You have to be on the Workshop list in order to receive the very sweet and sassy workshop bonuses I am offering Workshop list subscribers receive early bird notice of when you can book a spot on a Gutsy Gathering Finally Coming Home to Myself 7 11 2014 0 Comments This afternoon after my daughter went out to play with the neighbourhood kids I had a cry It was the best cry I ve ever had in my life and it is all down to the song in the youtube video clip above Home by Depeche Mode I haven t listened to this song in years despite Depeche Mode being among my Holy Trinity of favourite bands My daughter and I had just returned home from a bit of a shop at the local shops and haircuts and me a hair colour and foils for the first time in an age We played a few games of Uno before she asked if we could singalong to some songs we like a bit of a retrospective of songs she has known for a few years We played Big Jet Plane by Angus Julia Stone a family favourite on road trips to Byron Bay and sang along I played her Light Surrounding You by Evermore which I used to sing to her when she was a baby My daughter really does have a light surrounding her She brings that with her everywhere she goes an infectious bubble of smiles energy and entertainment to everyone near us We then listened to Electric Feel by MGMT which we would play in the car when she was a toddler and she d bob her head and groove along too Happy memories re lived I suggested that I play a song by one of my favourites which she probably hasn t heard because I only listen to music when I m going to and from work usually I played her Behind the Wheel by Depeche Mode After that she headed out to play with her friends and I scrolled through Spotify to see what other Depeche Mode songs I wanted to listen to I came to Home and that s when the tears flowed The last 5 years have brought many changes readjustments settling in periods healing and expansion to bigger horizons for my family and I Relocating to Brisbane my husband s home town new jobs husband starting his own business us establishing new friendships and some semblance of a social life This move provided the stability downturn in social life and change in lifestyle to realise my own dreams the acceptance of self and making way for a life path of creative expression whilst also holding down a day job The tears fell and they were for complete and utter gratitude for the family that I have what we have built for ourselves the challenges the reward and the peace and stillness I feel about finally and truly embodying the real me I know for sure that I haven t felt this way before It is all coming together I have never been so bloody happy in my whole life And I thank you for bringing me here For showing me home For singing these tears Finally I ve found that I belong Feels like home I should have known From my first breath Depeche Mode Home 0 Comments How Feeling Like a Failure 12 Months Ago Led to my Awakening 30 10 2014 2 Comments One year ago I participated in my first group art exhibition It was my first exhibition ever I pushed myself for months whilst confronting and having a long standing past trauma condition treated properly for the first time It was almost too much to deal with I suffered many creative blocks which lasted for weeks at a time throughout 75 of 2013 I was highly sensitive and my boundaries were down so the words of other people particularly people who don t know me well enough felt harsh or teasing and hurtful Resistance and procrastination reigned and I inadvertently allowed those two things to win I took my own power away and squished it up I didn t write about this last year as it felt too raw too real and I felt absolutely dismal I kept my feelings on this limited to a select trusted few I could barely cope with the shame and disappointment in my own company let alone plaster on a facade or wallow in how rubbish I felt in front of people The day before the close of the exhibition I manifested the mother of all migraines Clearly I had pushed myself too hard The culmination of being in my head for too long anticipating stressing worrying and fear of failure took over It took 3 solid days for that migraine to pass and even longer for the numbness of failure to diminish I was incredibly hard on myself and the only person that made me feel that way was ME No one else Our own expectations are the hardest to exceed and when we fall short we fall hard I will still stubbornly describe myself as not being a perfectionist but clearly the way I was living in my head and beating myself up was perfectionist behaviour The whole if it s not just so I have done badly it sucks and I suck I had for sure fallen out of love with myself I wasn t working from the heart I was working from a place of fear and I allowed it to consume me and my body responded with a migraine I stopped painting for several months and dedicated myself to crafting jewellery and writing Two passions that haven t to this day triggered perfectionist or failure inducing feelings I really had lost my zest for painting I did reclaim it this year and you will see that if you look back at my art posts from March April Thanks to an amazing teacher all round cool dude self taught artist Jesse Reno That s a story to tell another time Back to the story A few days later I read about the Radical Self Love Party by Earth Events where Rachel MacDonald Gala Darling Julie Parker and Melissa Ambrosini were going to share their stories and advice followed by a dance party with Susana Frioni That night was like a whole box of lit sparklers in the dark I really needed a kickstart some lessons in self love and to dance my heart out That night I opened up to following whatever felt right even if it scared me and even though I worried too much about what was next I asked Rachel to be my coach for a few sessions to help me with blog and business coaching Around the time of the Radical Self Love Party Rachel MacDonald and Tara Bliss released their first collaborative project the e books Spirited and Spirited Companion What a freakin goddess send Wholeheartedly I dove straight in and unearthed the truth of my inner wisdom and actually started to believe that I could step out of that hole I was in and RISE I shared the love of Spirited with friends and mentioned it here on the blog a few times I wrote to Tara to tell her what I thought of Spirited and I was more than a bit chuffed that she used my words in her newsletter This is what I wrote You and Rachel have made something that came at a time when I almost lost faith in myself Thank you Thank you for this gift Like I said before I had fallen out of love with myself and I was seeking tools that would help to awaken my soul reclaim my power and faith This year has been very introspective in many ways a lot of healing and self healing a lot of contemplation doing the work and then piecing it all together A few months ago I wrote about creative fire and that s when things really came together My mind raced with new ideas and a re ignited love for total creative expression emerged I danced my heart out big time at Susana s Love Sex Desire Embodied event in August and I haven t looked back except to remember what a great time I had and how I felt An opportunity came up to work with Susana in August and I figured this was no coincidence I was finally aligning with what the Universe was offering to me Instead of engaging avoidance and procrastination tactics my gut feeling was it s time to do the work and really start to live a fully expressed life I m still working with Susana now and she is helping me awaken from the inside out I finally started meditating too Going within for answers from my subconscious not just

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    questions of worthiness I hope you will take Gary s advice on board I know I will re visit his words many more times in my journey because we all need to be reminded that Greatness is within us every single one of us Greatness is in You Feel Like Giving Up Well Don t It s a scary thing to follow your passion Everyone thinks your crazy Well meaning friends and family will try to talk you out of your desire to become an actor or artist or stand up comedian They will tell you about the long odds and the people who failed They will encourage you to get a real job with a nice steady pay check I know this because it happened to me I went to college to study Computer Science which was coding back in those days Mid semester I auditioned for the fall play and won a role By the end of the semester my creative fires were stoked and I changed my major to Theatre Arts My family did not take it well Couldn t you act like a business man my father said They tried to discourage me from pursuing an acting career but I didn t listen Believe me there were times I wish I did Times that I did not get a role for almost an entire year Times where I was asked to compromise myself in order to get an acting job There were times I thought about giving up and getting a real job in a cubicle environment I never gave up on my dream or myself and I m glad I didn t Throughout my career I have made two independent films filmed a failed television pilot landed a role on a successful reality TV drama in NYC acted in Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre productions worked off Broadway and recently returned from filming a Star Trek inspired You Tube series Along the way I made wonderful friends and had a blast Here are a few things to remember when you feel like giving up There is no such thing as failure Failure is a subjective term Put it out of your mind Realize that success and failure are merely ways we label results You try something and then see if it is moving you closer to your goal or further away If it s moving you closer great Rock on If it s not don t get upset or blame yourself Just try something different Not succeeding in your first attempt is not a reflection of who you are but giving up and giving in is This goes hand in hand with number one Sticktoitiveness is the most important trait for being successful It took Thomas Edison over 5 years and 10 000 attempts to create the electric light bulb When asked by a reporter how he kept going after years of failure Edison replied I have not failed I just discovered 10 000 ways that did not work If what you are doing is not moving you closer to your goal try something different If that doesn t work try something different If that doesn t work try something different If that doesn t work well you get the idea Get a clear picture of what you want So many times people give up on their dreams because they do not have a clear picture of what they want It s like shooting an arrow at a target when you have cataracts You have a general idea of where the target is but you don t hit it consistently Everything is blurry You must have absolute clarity on what you want Write down everything you want and what it will mean when you achieve it Be specific Include size shape accomplishments colors Everything Answer this question what does success mean to you There is no such thing as an overnight success Very rarely do people hit a home run to win the game in their first at bat Colonel Sanders had two failed businesses before he took 100 from his Social Security check and hit the road selling chicken out of his car He then franchised his recipe and five years later KFC sold for over two million dollars Alan Rickman came to acting late at the age of 26 and had to struggle to find roles He was not well known in the US and was a minor UK stage actor Even though he was JK Rowling s first choice to play Severus Snape she actually envisioned him when writing the character he almost didn t get the role It was offered to Tim Roth who accepted it only to back out later to film Planet of the Apes Don t dream it Be it Success is determined not by others but by yourself If there is something you want to do then do it Don t let others dissuade you I never won an Oscar and am not a world famous actor Hell it s not even my main profession any longer Still I am successful because I do it The easiest thing to do is to sit on your couch and complain about missed opportunities It takes far more courage to actually do it So paint dance draw sing Do what satisfies your soul You may have to have another way to pay your bills but if you encompass your dreams and live them every day you will be successful and more importantly happy In the words of the late Jim Valvano Don t give up Don t ever give up Gary is a Certified Life Coach and Hypnotherapist that shows people how to reduce stress and anxiety and design the life they desire He creates unique tools and strategies by blending Eastern philosophies such as Taoism and 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    help It was one of the hardest things I ve ever had to do I couldn t take any more of the same recurring nightmare feelings of foreboding keeping up a facade and generally not feeling like I could move forward The nightmares terrified me When I was in that dream scape all I could hear was static noise I couldn t scream I couldn t move I was trapped I had no voice and I was paralysed and there was no one there to help me I do not know who or what was there in my nightmare but the feelings paralleled a real life situation in level of fear hopelessness and voicelessness This is the first time I ve written anything about my nightmares to more than just a trusted few The nightmare crossed into reality and I could hardly even move to wake myself up I felt like I was completely awake wherever I was My husband would wake me after hearing muffled whimperings and I d be in tears from frustration and fear It took me a while to connect the dots and realise why these nightmares were happening Two years ago I had a gutful of it I took the recurring nightmares as a sign that they would never end unless I asked for help What was it A traumatic experience from my early teens which had cast a dark shadow over a huge chunk of my life You don t realise until it happens to you or someone you love that not confronting a traumatic experience can grow and fester into something that just won t let you go I was too young to know any different I intended to write this for quite some time but I had no idea how I would approach it or even if my blog was the place for it As I type I feel incredibly vulnerable Like I m uncovering something that needs to remain hidden away Not out of shame or embarrassment but because it takes a lot of trust and faith for me to open up yet I am here breaking open Are you a walking talking contradiction too I have had a piece of writing about vulnerability sitting in my Drafts for over a year yet I shared a part of my story in Sprout Magazine at the end of last year It was everything you would expect from me if I have allowed you beyond my boundaries What started as a few points about lessons I learned transformed into a personal and raw account I knew it would resonate with the readers of the magazine as I had read so many touching stories by others within its pages I felt vulnerable but I felt lighter too because I was offloading baggage I didn t need anymore My journey towards healing began 2 years ago and it hasn t always been easy In fact it has been a daily struggle at times After I sought help in 2012 I made a little bit of peace with myself I no longer blamed myself but I didn t keep up with talking to a professional because I thought I was done Turns out I wasn t done there were other traumatic events to recover from so 2013 was a challenging year professionally personally and creatively I required more healing and a huge dose of self forgiveness had to be administered to truly move forward A story for another time perhaps As for the nightmares Well they have decreased in frequency and I cannot even remember the last time I had one What a relief Today I ask you to be present and show gratitude for where you are now and honour yourself Look back for just a moment on how far you have come through difficult times harsh experiences and tough lessons If difficult hard or tough lessons haven t been a significant part of your journey I ask you to take a moment to reach out to a friend or family member and remind them that you love them and you value the path they have walked and they never have to be alone I truly believe that sharing life s trials and lessons can help others and that s what I aim for in this space I don t believe you have to have had precisely the same experiences as someone else to be able to show them compassion or to walk in their shoes I think a willingness to walk in someone s shoes for just a moment is the sign of a generous spirit You have come so far already The journey continues Every step in the direction of your future looks brighter and brighter Shine on Photo source Mystera Magazine Photo Roundup Friday Link Love 22 8 2014 Helen s website is looking amazing Visit this page for her 4 step healing process I m working with Brooke from The Lover Lab on some design stuff She is fantastic Read my piece over on Kind Over Matter about how to get your creative mojo back here I love Stardust over on Rebelle Society A wonderful kickstarter campaign to support 14 hours to go SpreadTheWord Don t forget all newsletter subscribers receive a special discount code to spend in my Etsy shop New listings next week crystal gemstone jewellery and the introduction of my crystal altar vignette sets Eco Silver Word Necklaces as seen in Happiness Wellbeing Magazine are available now Happy Weekend Soul Warming Hot Cacao Recipe 20 8 2014 Something a bit different to my usual today I m sharing my very delicious hot cacao recipe which I concocted over the weekend I really wanted a nice rich and warming treat so I raided the pantry and came up with this using a special ingredient you may not have heard of or tried yet I hope you love it I will say straight up that this is rather rich but satisfying so adjust the sweetness to your taste and gradually build it up 2 cups almond milk Almond Breeze Original Unsweetened 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder Power Super Foods 2 tablespoons mesquite powder Loving Earth brand 1 Cinnamon stick 1 tablespoons honey I used Western Australian Active Jarrah but choose your favourite 3 tablespoons maple syrup Pour milk into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat Add the raw cacao mesquite and cinnamon stick Stir until dissolved Turn heat down and simmer until warm hot Do not boil Add honey and or maple syrup or your choice of natural sweetener to taste Stir Remove cinnamon stick Pour into your favourite mug sip and enjoy Serves two or one devilishly happy soul Mesquite powder is from Peru It is low GI gluten free and has a high mineral content It has a nutty caramel like flavour and thickens the brew nicely It is typically used as a partial flour replacement but is great in drinks and smoothies Why I Write Why I Create Bloghop 18 8 2014 In the space of 24 hours I was invited by two lovely women Robyn Wood of Purple Salt and Lisa Hatherly of Coloured In Life to participate in a blog hop about why I create and why I write I met Robyn at a BrisStyle market last year where we were stallholder neighbours The best thing about handmade markets is getting to share the experience enthusiasm and passion we have for our respective arts with our kindred spirits I met Lisa at the Radical Self Love Party back in October and we had a lovely chat We bumped into one another at a meditation circle recently and caught up on what we d been up to Now I don t think Robyn or Lisa have ever met but they both have a passion for colour so I m thinking this synchronicity is not a coincidence Do visit and follow their blogs and see what they are up to Be prepared to be entranced by colour On with the questions What am I working on Right now I am working on jewellery for my newly released ARTISTA Creative line I m pleased to announce that the Manifesto Cuff and Signature Pendant will be on display in a curated exhibition at Artisan during September October My eco silver word necklaces are proving to be popular and I ll have an expanded range of the word theme in bracelets in the coming months I m brainstorming ideas for my first e book inspired by my first published post on kindovermatter com I m designing my own range of rudraksha sacred seeds from South Asia and gemstone beaded malas which I aim to release by the end of August Also in the works are my altar vignette sets which will consist of intuitively chosen Reiki charged crystals feathers seashells candles and other objects These sets are ready to set up altars and are perfect for people who are interested in crystals but don t know where to start I have a few guest bloggers coming up and several blogposts in draft which will bring even more informative and heartfelt content to this space How do my creations and writing differ from others in these genres I believe we all have unique talents so I just bring out what I have to offer I try very hard not to compare The comparison game has been unhealthy and damaging to my development in the past and I strive to express myself the only way I know and that is by showing up and being myself I bring my own flavour to what I write because my experiences differ from other people Why do I write The Sylvia Plath quote says it all really I m on an awakening path so the more I write the more I gain clarity for my soul purpose I m grateful to know that by sharing my words I have helped my readers work things out in their own lives and I really love that I hope that the more I write the more hearts I can touch Why do I create I love working with my hands Creating was something I denied myself for a very long time initially as a teenager because we all fall victim to comparison when we are so young and know so little about the world We don t value our differences we see them more as an obstacle We notice what we don t have rather than valuing the talents or potential we possess When I entered my 20 s I was in a damaging relationship and as a result of that painful experience I had a creative block that lasted for most of my 20 s I had lost my love for creating and in a major way I lost love for myself too I crave the freedom of creativity and self expression so I began to explore it again and made some very important discoveries along the way I create because it has provided much needed healing and also because I love honour and respect myself in a way that I didn t in my early 20 s How does my writing process work It s automatic A passing thought or dreamwork develops into a contemplation of why and how and then the answers come to me I keep on typing and rarely edit these moments When I say that I don t edit that is to say I am open to showing my vulnerability so I don t moderate my thoughts or feelings as they come out I trust that what comes out is inner guidance to support me and to help others If you have seen my writing in Sprout magazine you will have read that I don t shy away from emotional content and I do not hold back Sometimes I just write about a certain topic that I m passionate about How does my creating process work It s experimental and intuitive When I was painting and art journaling more frequently I treated every page and canvas as an experiment To use my senses to explore the art materials and see what happens when combining mediums Sometimes an idea is completely clear and I can recreate that in 3D in the jewellery making process Other times I have to piece the element together and see if the concept will work Sometimes it doesn t I just keep going and I find it really exciting when an idea for a design morphs into something even better I sometimes make sketches in my sketchbook but mostly I picture it in my mind and then work the metal and see what happens Keep following the bloghop by visiting these lovely ladies I met Rosalina Kait and Sage in the Wild Sisterhood I hope you enjoy their stories Rosalina Bojadschijew is an artist writer mother and creative spirit Originally from Bulgaria Rosalina and her family migrated to the USA in the 90 s as refugees She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geography and an unofficial minor in Studio Arts Rosalina has always loved art and wanted to be An Artist all her life So here she is now being an artist and doing what she loves She believes that art heals and inspires You can visit Rosalina s online journal he re Kaitlyn Marie Frances Willy is a native Missourian and a farm girl at heart currently living in Denton Texas She is working on her PhD in English and Environmental Studies at the University of North Texas A graduate of the University of Dallas she fell in love with Texas and the wonderful weather She received her M A in Theology in 2013 and worked as the Director of Campus Ministry for the Butler Catholic Community until moving to Denton to begin her PhD Kaitlyn s favorite pastimes include writing crochet and reading good literature You can visit Kaitlyn s blog here Sage Adderley is a mom of three humans and two cats She is passionate about kindness coffee mental health fat activism and the DIY lifestyle S age is the owner of Sweet Candy Distro Press Sage s Blog Tours and writes the zines Tattooed Memoirs and Marked For Life She is also the creator of FAT TASTIC Her first novel Invoking Nonna was published in December 2013 Sage currently resides in the magical land of Olympia Wa You can visit Sage s blog here So lovely readers what pursuits do you enjoy Do you write or create Would you like to learn more about creativity and art making Stay up to date with all the news over here receive free printables and be the first to know about what s happening here at Gutsy Girl and ARTISTA Creative HQ Subscribers to my mailing list also receive a special discount on my Etsy Shop Visit the Homepage click on the Newsletter Sign Up in navigation bar or sign up here If you have a post answering the above questions please feel free to add it to the comments below Relevant posts on creativity art and my process Painting is a big part of my story Contemplating the creative fire Gutsy Girl Background Answers in my Art Soul Fragments Eco Silver Word Pendants 13 8 2014 These one word mantra necklaces are part of my new collection Artista Creative They are made from 100 recycled sterling silver and made to order Available now on Etsy Friday Link Love for Empaths Artists and Sensitives 7 8 2014 Hello lovely folk I hope this post finds you well and happy and all set for a great weekend Mine will be a busy one as I m at the BrisStyle Indie Markets this Saturday Tonight I m going to a dance performance at my daughter s school followed by Susana s Sacred Dance Party It will we awesome Can t wait I ve had a busy week and my daughter was sick for a few days so I m ready to unleash some dance moves before some night owl prep for the market Just a note on my blog schedule I aim to post every week on Monday Wednesday and Friday As my daughter was unwell this week I skipped Wednesday I have a post drafted for a why do a write create bloghop and I ll post that over the weekend If you haven t already sign up to my newsletter click the button at the end of this post You ll receive a very special subscriber discount to my Etsy shop more goodies to be added this month a fortnightly email with a post round up news and free printables If you like the image above you can download the PDF here It s free for personal use This week I ve chosen to focus on links for empaths artists and senstive souls I hope you enjoy checking out these links Wonderful posts for Empaths and Sensitive souls here and here On my book stack to read are Earth Air Fire and Water Crystal Spells Empaths Benefits of transcendental meditation here Have you tried it Compassion and the true meaning of empathy had me in tears It s powerful stuff Definitely one to share with everyone you know I mean it tedtalks Sheer word magic right here UnlockIt Reading up on the herb Ashwagandha Withania somnifera It s wonderful for stress and anxiety I took this when I suffered from adrenal fatigue 7 years ago I m fiiiiinnnnally getting back into art journaling I ll share some pages with you once I ve gotten started I couldn t resist Effy s theme of personal sovereignty this session If you have a link post to share please add it in the comments Have a great weekend everyone Newsletter Signup Weekend Links 30 7 2014 After last weekend s birthday celebration fun for my husband

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    about privately 1 Comment Intuition 8 7 2014 My intuition is my guide It took me a long time to trust it to trust myself I discovered that my intuition my Empath traits are a gift They do not fail me I look back and see how I failed myself by taking on what others think and feelabout how THEY think I should think and feel What I can tell you is you must trust yourself first Be your own guide carve your own path Jessica Leigh Brogan wrote in March this year My deepest strongest wish for you is that you will use that powerful insanely smart brain to take a look around Observe Start to notice Ask yourself what is really going on here What do I really feel like Why do I really care so much What do I really care about And listen Listen to your inner voice The one that I KNOW you hear but you push it deep down when you do and silence it most likely with a more determined effort at fitting in Let that voice out for once and let it speak to you What does it have to say And how does that match what you re living and how you intend to live I think this is an message to pass on and an important list of questions to contemplate I d like to know what guides you Spirit A Quote that Says All 8 7 2014 The first peace which is the most important is that which comes within the souls of people when they realise their relationship their oneness with the universe and all its powers and when they realise that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan Tanka and that this center is really everywhere it is within each of us This is the real peace and the others are but reflections of this The second peace is that which is made between two individuals and the third is that which is made between two nations But above all you should understand that t here can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace which as I have often said is within the souls of men Nicholas Black Elk Hehaka Sapa 1863 1950 I have been on my own spiritual journey and sometimes it is hard to formulate the words when it comes to what I believe in My husband and I had a date night last week and we talked about many things I tried to explain as best I could what I believe When I say what I believe as an Empath this means what I feel I have grown used to allowing what I feel to be my guide and the trust I have in my intuition has increased as time has moved on I was searching for some quotes this week and came across this one by Black Elk The moment I read it I knew it was the one to share here with you The very essence of these words is what feels true for me Photo Taken by me at The Railworks Museum Ipswich QLD Creative Artista Artsy June Pursuits 18 6 2014 Stencil and colour play as part of Mati Rose Daring Adventures in Paint online class I m loving the colours in this so far I began with reds oranges corals on a white canvas which had linen corrugated cardboard and stringy fibres attached Next I used stencils with black gesso then stencils with white paint and finally shades of green teal and turquoise There is still more to do so who knows whether this will be an abstract or whether an image will emerge I m planning some special how to guides tutorials and sharing some printable content for you including how I create my backgrounds I ll be offering these exclusively to my newsletter subscribers only Are you on the list yet Honouring Deer Medicine for SouLodge Spring Session with Pixie Campbell and creating Sacred Altars with Jessica Brogan This is my altar atop my antique Chinese cabinet Featuring 2 Ethiopian Crosses my recently acquired Fallow deer antler from an antique shop some of my crystal collection on a ceramic plate I painted over 10 years ago and sweet lavender flowers picked by my daughter I ll share in a future post some of my other altar designs why I make them and a how to on how you can incorporate this practice into your life Be sure to follow my blog via bloglovin or get on the list My latest jewellery creation the wabi sabi pendant handcrafted with sterling silver using hammers for texturising and torch for the organic drops Artista is homage to my Cored Desired Feeling Creative Artista Artista is all about handcrafting 100 recycled eco friendly sterling silver with my own two hands I ll share in an upcoming post the story behind how Artista came about and why this direction is growing possibility and bringing excitement into my life Hand rolling beeswax sheets into candles I love their honey scent Sometimes I roll them with herbs inside but they don t burn very well so I occasionally anoint the outside with essential oils before burning not too much though It s so simple and easy to make these I sometimes divide the sheets up to make little tealight rolls I recycle tealight tins from shop bought ones so there s no need to buy any more thereby reducing waste Another candle project I d like to work on is creating scented container candles using environmentally friendly beeswax and soy no nasty palm or paraffin for this girl using pure essential oils and herbs Making cashew milk and using this excellent reuseable zip lock storage system by Sinchies These pouches are Freezer and Dishwasher Safe free from BPA Phthalate and PVC Yay toxinfree Did you know that it takes just 1 cup of cashews to make 1 litre of creamy cashew milk Did you know I can drink 1 litre of cashew milk in about 3 days Yes I am loving it that much Absolutely delicious with raw cacao and organic maple syrup Sharing photos of my crystal collection over on instagram gutsygirlart Shown above are an ocean jasper sphere aragonite star cluster selenite palm stone and labradorite nugget To learn more about crystals check out Moondaughter s Stone Medicine as part of the Certified Metaphysical Practitioner course I already adored and collected crystals before the course but now I want to share my love and knowledge with others I ll share the metaphysical properties and even more photos of my vast collection in a regular crystal post feature So this is what crafting a Gutsy and Creative Life looks like for me Not just painting and making jewellery but partaking in my multiple passions every single day This typically includes photography making sacred space collecting beauty and preparing homemade body soul nourishing food and drink I hope you are as excited as I am about all these projects and I hope you ll join me over on Facebook where I post wordy wisdom and what I m working on on a regular basis What nourishes you and what interests or collections do you have I d love to know Share your links in the comments in you ve written a blog post A Rumi Quote 4 6 2014 I made this just for YOU Conscious Shopping Why I Care and Resources to Help You 3 6 2014 Ever since I learned about animal testing in the early 90 s when I was a teenager I ve scrutinised the ingredients list of every product I buy I ve researched and contacted companies directly to check whether their policies are truly cruelty free and I ve learned how to identify ingredients which have many ambigious names About 5 years ago my husband and I made the choice to replace most of what we were eating with certified organic free range and or grass fed and unsprayed produce Whilst we do eat meat most days I am concerned about the ethics of how the animals are raised and treated We may not be vegetarian or vegan but we do care about how the animals are cared for After 20 years of personally buying cruelty free skincare and cosmetics making more conscious choices in other areas of our life made sense Recently I had a conversation with a friend about how baffling the ingredient lists are and how it s not always easy to find products which meet our criteria so I thought I would write about it and in the follow up post I ll share with you my go to products When it comes to skincare and haircare I always choose cruelty free palm oil free natural and where possible certified organic I will note here that it is costly to become certified organic accredited so for many small businesses accreditation is beyond their financial reach In this instance they will identify which ingredients are certified organic and may state the overall percentage of certified organic and natural ingredients There are many companies in the marketplace that profit from greenwashing consumers It is not always immediately obvious that they are concealing some of their practices behind natural sounding or environmentally friendly brand names and product lines I also keep an eagle eye out for palm oil and the hundreds of names it is disguised under It s hard to be a conscious shopper when I have list of criteria like this These are the things I look for Is it cruelty free Are the ingredients natural Is it certified organic and what percentage of ingredients are organic Are the ingredients sustainably sourced and or Fair Trade Does the ingredient list contain toxic ingredients i e petrochemicals phthalates parabens sulfates 1 4 dioxane urea propylene glycol Does it contain synthetics or the ambiguous Fragrance Does it contain palm oil What accreditations appear on the label Are these legitimate accreditations Is the company transparent about its practices i e do they clearly state on their website or product labelling that they are cruelty free palm oil free and against animal testing There have been times when I ve been caught out and purchased a product which I ve later discovered contains toxic or palm oil derived ingredients By educating ourselves and taking the time to do the research we are taking taking back control and dictating to the market what we as consumers really want Last year I upped my research before buying and that has made all the difference For me personally it is about making choices that make me happy reducing the amount of toxins that my family are exposed to and educating my daughter about the impact our choices have on the environment and our bodies Remember your skin is your largest organ and absorbs about 60 of what you put on it Do you really want to be washing in petroleum and sulfates Future posts will include a money conscious buyers guide too I know we don t all have to spend so I will let you know my top picks for cruelty free palm oil free natural and organic by price range along with a little DIY Here are some great resources to get you started http www palmoilinvestigations org Handy wallet sized guide on palm oil ingredients in disguise http www saynotopalmoil com index php Educating consumers on the palm oil crisis http www choosecrueltyfree org au Accredited cruelty free and vegan brands http orangutanfoundation org au the cause A great organisation to support http www janegoodall org au palm oil A truly inspiring woman http beautycalypse com Informative articles and reviews on products and brands http www ewg org skindeep Research your product ingredient or brand for toxicity rankings http www biome com au Brisbane based eco friendly store http foreverglow com au Brisbane based beauty services beauty cabinet makeovers and toxin free shop http www nourishedlife com au Shop for natural organic beauty and health products Gutsy Girl Background and a new Brand 26 5 2014 A little bit of history and background along with where Gutsy Girl is headed I ve been going to The Goldsmiths School here in Brisbane since the beginning of last year I ve enjoyed many jewellery courses on and off since the mid 1990 s After going back and forth between handcrafted hobbies I created Gutsy Girl to fuel and ignite my creative passions to live out a long held dream to share what I create with others and to provide some positive and empowering messages on living a Gutsy Life I was surprised to discover after 3 years of living in Brisbane that there was a jewellery school of my dreams near where I live I signed up straight away The last year has been incredible and I have learned so much from Sue Elmar Andrea and Bill Of every jewellery class I have ever attended these teachers are the BEST If you are in Brisbane I encourage you to take a look at the School When I began Gutsy Girl I wanted to focus on handmade Whilst I currently create and sell jewellery made with gemstones and silver it is my intention to hone in and make jewellery completely by hand that is making the clasps bails ear hooks chains from scratch without premade findings Currently I combine premade with handmade Unfortunately I have time constraints as I juggle full time employment so this will be a gradual but fun and exciting process I would drop everything in a heartbeat and work at the bench full time if that was possible What does this all mean Gutsy Girl and my Superpowers gemstone collection will continue I adore creating with and collecting crystal gemstones and the powerful healing they provide I am starting a new label which will showcase my handcrafted creations It s already in the works Here s a sneak peek of what is currently on my bench Rejection is never the End 21 5 2014 Today I want to talk about when things do not go our way You know the dreaded R word Rejection I want to begin this conversation by telling you to remember that there is always power and positive energy in attempting things even if you don t succeed What this allows us to do is to hone in on what our truest desires are it teaches us that we need to consider all our gifts individually and as a whole and to work on learning patience and trusting that our time will come In the past few weeks I have been on the receiving end of the big R for opportunities I was really excited about The toughest one was receiving an email rejecting my application to take part in a creative venture for 2015 I was disappointed for a week or two but I realised quickly that it ignited my creative fire and determination to keep pursuing what interests me to keep going I brainstormed and consider new ideas business growth and creative projects I changed my Facebook Page name to better reflect the content of my posts The opportunity I missed out on resonated with me immediately and felt just right which was why I took the leap of faith to apply knowing that a positive outcome was not guaranteed I knew that it was a bit of a stretch goal and would be a test of my abilities I have learned and I think we should all learn that we have all the answers inside of us The first step is to trust that we can bring forward what we have when the time comes We know ourselves best and it is convincing others to see who we are to realise our potential and make a decision based on in this instance my online presence art and creativity and just a few paragraphs of the application Maybe it was a bit of a long shot but the attempt matters It matters because there is no doubt I tried no regret no thinking I should ve applied or wondering what the outcome would be in the land of shoulda coulda woulda I did my best and wrote my answers from the heart and had faith that if it was the right venture for me it would work out I spoke to my husband about this and what I said to him was this you will experience failure and rejection and this may occur in greater numbers than success You cannot win every time you cannot get a yes every single time That s unachievable What you can do is keep going keep trying keep applying and if the timing is right it will happen It simply makes way for newer better and bigger ideas that you would never have conceived had you not been knocked back My husband and I had another conversation similar to this a few days later He asked me about something for his own situation the big what if it doesn t work out I said I would still be proud of him because I have seen the hard work he has put in It really is the trying attempting and investing in yourself that matters Moving on a few weeks we spent last weekend in Kingscliff as he raced in Battle on the Border the cycling event he was training hard for He placed 5th in his Grade out of over 90 cyclists I m 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    in nature ocean dips and listening to music Tell Me Over to you now What do you think Do you suspect that you are an Empath Do you know anyone who is an Empath or a HSP Is there anything you d like to know and would like me to answer in this blog series Please email me or add a comment below Thanks for reading Answers in my Art Her Soul Fragments 9 4 2014 I hope you ve had a good week so far This post is a follow up to my Painting Slideshow last week In Answers I will go through a bit of my process and thoughts had during and after my painting This is actually my favourite painting to date I haven t spent much time in the past on colour theory or colour mixing I didn t bring every paint tube I own to the workshop yes that was hard so I would spend a bit more time actually mixing my own colours Painting with hands fun and I didn t find colour mixing boring I began this painting with sweeping strokes of my hands palms loaded with acrylic and applied to the watercolour paper until my hands were dry I used more colour and multiple patterns using my fingers and palms in a dance on the watercolour paper I saw the emergence of a vibrant red figure with an elongated neck and antlers Such a thrill to see this image appear I stopped many times during the layers to put the paper on the floor standing above it with narrowed eyes to see what wanted to be brought to the foreground And taking photos for you all to see Most of what I write next is after contemplating the piece and trying to figure out the meaning and the message My husband took a video of me talking about this painting but I don t know if I want to share that with you Seeing yourself on camera is a bit weird and kind of embarrassing as I can get quite animated The crosses are from the first paint layer I wanted to retain these because I felt at the time they held greater significance but I didn t know what I sense that if I m going to paint anything I have to feel it otherwise there is no story to share I have been working on opening up my solar plexus chakra upwards through to my throat chakra during healing sessions and reiki practice since January I can see that my subconscious was clearly engaged in the process of this painting A ha The placement of the cross on the throat and crosses on the chest nearest the heart chakra The bull skull and human skull represent her spirit totem animal and I think a soul fragment returning I developed these further by adding more colours You can see the same colours appearing in all 3 images I say her because I don t actually know who the figure is at this stage I added hair in black pencil purple black and grey oil pastels and she became the wild woman or crone figure A bull skull has appeared in another painting of mine it was one I painted during Pixie Campbell s Visual Quest last year I have yet to complete that one though Jesse mentioned that to him the bull skull represents stamina On further investigation the bull is symbolic for many cultures and belief systems The Celtic bull symbol represents strong will in astrology the bull is Taurus in Chinese culture it stands for determination and perseverance in ancient Sumeria it symbolises protection and guardianship and the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet based on a pictograph and symbolises man s ability to work with Mother Nature and her creatures and symbolises harmony The skull is a soul fragment I believe this emerged due to a recent soul retrieval healing I had It s like I m moving towards putting all the pieces of my puzzle back together and leaving behind what no longer serves me The bright green leaves represent new growth and blossoming possibility The branch antlers and leaves were originally painted by hand up until the last layer where I used a brush to define them more I know why the antlers became branches it is because I feel most at peace and deeply connected when I am out in nature Walking in a national park is bliss to me I think the wild woman crone is a message to look within for answers to trust my intuition rather than being overly influenced by others and their opinions Silence the external noise so the answers within become audible enough to hear I now feel that this painting has evolved into a self portrait of sorts She is all the messages healing and storytelling I have within me now on paper The intention is now to trust that the answers will come and that they will emerge from myself rather than elsewhere I hope you ve enjoyed reading this post I will be making this a regular feature with 2 more artworks to come in the next week or 2 What do you think Is this something that interests you I would also love to read any posts you have on your art or artwork that you like please feel free to link in the comments Painting Slideshow Series Her Soul Fragments 2 4 2014 Welcome to the first in a series of slideshows on my paintings from start to finish I painted this in the Jesse Reno Brisbane workshop in March It was a fantastic workshop that kickstarted my return to painting after a 4 month hiatus I was reminded how much I enjoy the process when I loosen up and just allow myself to go with the flow If you ever have the opportunity to take a class with Jesse I highly recommend it Jesse is a self taught artist based in Portland Oregon USA He is a wonderful teacher and seeing him work was magic He truly is a gifted painter and exceptional teacher I will share my interpretation of what I painted in a separate post so please follow my blog and my Facebook page for updates On with the show Wednesday Contemplation 1 4 2014 Letting go is hard Letting go of our old stories lies we ve told ourselves lies others have led us to believe and pain we wished would go but clings on defiantly Resistance is a natural response when we have become so used to self sabotage and habits we ve fallen into I think the words in this image represent how hard it can be to get past difficult times in our lives I also think it can teach us that in facing resistance and taking back our power we can let go of fear When we choose to no longer allow the emotions of others to control us we can instead focus on what matters most to us and how hard we fought our fears rather than how easily we let our identities and our daily lives be marred by the actions and words of others The Gutsy Girl Story 30 3 2014 For weeks I ve had on my to do list an intention to write the Gutsy Girl Story You know a monologue on why I began I don t think that s a bad idea but I don t think it is as good a story as the conversation I had with my daughter last night while she watched Dolphin Tale and I was reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg Out of the blue my daughter says that she d like to have her own zoo one day She went on to say but I d also like to be a nurse too We talked about conservation and the importance to our wildlife of disposing of plastics correctly so they don t end up in our oceans I really enjoy these talks with her because I can see she is learning and really thinking things through With an incredulous tone she asks Can I have 2 jobs She goes on well you have your work my day profession you are an artist and made Gutsy Girl and you make jewellery so you have more than one job I tell her she can do whatever she wants and whether she wants to be a marine biologist or a nurse or an obstetrician as she puts it someone who helps the baby come out lol she has choices She seems pretty keen on animals and anything involving babies I reckon she can do anything she sets her mind to This conversation is a great example of why having faith in myself facing my fear of exposure and failure and showing my vulnerability as an artist maker has been worth it I realised in this instant that I birthed more than just one Gutsy Girl I have shown my daughter that there is more than one role for women and the possibilities really are endless This morning she says maybe I can have my own aquarium I say why not If this post inspires you please consider sharing it with your friends If you have a story of your own to share please add your comment below Friday Link Love 7 3 2014 Hello I hope you ve had a wonderful week It has been a little while since I posted here I have a bunch of blog posts lined up for you recipes art tutorials and journaling prompts crystals and jewellery making addressing subjects like worthiness fear and authenticity and my plans for in depth soul work this year Consider following my blog if these topics interest you I promise you it will be juicy Today I m sharing a few things I m enjoying right now I love this series on chakras by Kristen Hedges It will perfectly compliment the Chakra Rhythm class I will be doing in April Last month I received my Level 1 Reiki attunement from Ruby and I can tell you that it is proving to be a life changing re framing experience Ruby is a beautiful soul who I connected with immediately I wish Canada wasn t so far away The Chakra Rhythm class is part of an accredited Certified Metaphysical Practitioner course I joined in January led by Marissa When I found out about this class via Amulet magazine it resonated with a few of my core desired feelings and I just had to do it Amulet magazine is a beautiful publication If you know me I think you ll see why I love it Check it out and decide whether it is something you are into as well My aims this year are to explore and strengthen my intuition and actively deepen my art practice Whilst I had a big creative year last year first art exhibition and 4 markets to prepare for while holding down my daytime profession I had long periods of nothingness due to some challenging personal matters In a couple of weeks I will be at a painting workshop with by Jesse Reno and I cannot wait I m ready to go further with my art making and see what comes out Next month I am joining Mati Rose for her class Daring Adventures in Paint Life Can t wait to experiment play and be free to layer vibrant colour Hmm better overhaul the art room in preparation And for some non link related news I was in last weekend s Sunday Mail Thanks to Simmone from Bleeding Heart Gallery for passing my details to Carly I will expand on this in a near future post for emerging artists who want to know more about organising an exhibition for the first time Have a great weekend everyone and I ll be back again soon with some juicy posts My Core Desired Feelings The Desire Map 10 2 2014 1 Comment These are my core desired feelings for 2014 What are yours Share in the comments and link your blog posts if you ve written about yours Be sure to enter my The Desire Map Day Planner giveaway on my Facebook page 2 lucky winners will be chosen on Monday 17 February 2014 Australian addresses only sorry 1 Comment Friendship Reflection When Maidens Unite 21 1 2014 Last year had me thinking a lot about friendships both new and old One in particular last year hurt me a great deal and ended rather abruptly It wasn t the first time but as I was having a very tough time emotionally I came to realise it hurt much more than I expected I value loyalty and support immensely and I m sure you ll agree those 2 things are so important when you are having a difficult time A friendship I had came to an end when I realised it was not reciprocal and no longer valued In the spirit of new beginnings and gratitude for amazing bonds lovingly held I m posting my piece which was published in Wild Sister Magazine s December 2012 Unity issue I think about this trip often and how it really helped me when I was at a crossroads I am pleased to say that I am still part of Effy Wild s art journaling tribe You can check out the class here As for the healing process it is a journey in itself This truthbomb from Danielle LaPorte epitomises it When Maidens Unite Wild Sister Magazine December 2012 As I grow older I have become more aware about the power of friendship and the bonds women form In the past 8 years my life has changed a lot Getting married having a child health issues job changes and moving interstate During this time I have seen my friends experience some of the same events and more Among all of this is the silent understanding that we as women when united and supporting one another can overcome any problem or challenge Opening Doors At the beginning of the year I joined an online art journaling project Book of Days by Effy Wild We each chose a word for 2012 mine being Emerge because I felt that after a couple of years of being in the safe confines of my art room experimenting with mixed media I should share what I have to offer beyond that closed door Hundreds of women joined in Effy s art journaling journey working through particular themes and topics I joined the Brave Girls Club Soul Restoration programs to learn more about myself and delve deeper into my life goals and Kelly Rae Roberts Flying Lessons class to network and pursue my creative dreams I found in these amazing groups of women kindred spirits Together we pursue our dreams share our stories support one another on difficult days and celebrate one another s triumphs to discover who we truly are meant to be Another door opened when I was invited by my friend Lowanna to go on a two week holiday to Vietnam to sightsee in Hanoi trek in Sapa and cruise in Halong Bay in a group of 10 women At this point my word for the year became Evolve This coincided with me setting up a website with the goal of blogging my art life and starting a creative business something I have always wanted to do but never felt ready previously I made and donated art and cards to the handmade stall at my daughter s school fair in May and it proved successful I was buoyed by positive comments I received but soon after I doubted myself and questioned whether I made the right choice Was I wasting my time following a dream which I might not succeed in A couple of months passed before I got my groove back There were signs that I had to trust and believe in myself An owl appeared in my backyard when I went outside to enjoy the silence of midnight and stargaze I had never seen an owl up close before so I took this as an omen to delve deep into my creativity and just have fun with the process Just as I felt things were coming together old memories resurfaced An unwelcome door was forcibly opened and I had to confront something I had locked away I knew that I carried 20 years of pain I sought help and was told that I was suffering from trauma and with hearing that one word I realised how much it had shadowed my entire life I have never been good at asking for help But this time I knew I had to get it all out if I wanted to be free I felt like I was asking too much but my loving husband and my beautiful girlfriends supported me without question Not that I ever doubted that they would Trouble was I doubted myself but I promised I would do what was necessary to begin healing Vietnam was on the horizon and I just didn t know if it would be the blessing I hoped it would be all because I was confronting teenage me and her problems A month later would be travelling with women I mostly didn t know How would I get through 2 weeks of dealing with this without the comfort of those closest to me Once again I saw an owl in my backyard late one night I heard the whooshing of its wings as it swooped in front of me across the backyard and into the darkness I m convinced it was significant I researched online and discovered that the owl is the symbol of the Greek Goddess Athena and in other cultures a messenger of truth and awareness Mountain Maidens Unite In late September

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    to feel free What I know is this very act gave me freedom a gift to myself that only I can enjoy and no one can take away It overpowers any desire to compare my stories with another s or to wish my stories away My stories are my own Your stories are your own There is courage in sharing them You can purchase your copy of Sprout here https www e junkie com ecom gb php cl 162174 c ib aff 221125 Truthful Thought 13 11 2013 Late last year I wrote I no longer feel lost in my art journal I lied I was not fine In fact I was more lost than ever I was enthusiastically creating for handmade markets on the surface but what lay beneath was a bit of a mess I felt conflicted I was overwhelmed I faced dreams and fears all at once and tried my hardest to deny what my subconscious was uncovering This year I asked for help and I meant it It s probably one of the hardest things I ve had to do for myself I know I m not the only one who feels that way It s as if asking for help is a confession that we aren t capable of coping dealing with our problems and issues I ve been working hard to combat negative self talk and replace it with positive thoughts but it is hard work and not 100 foolproof We all have good days and bad days good minutes and bad minutes I d like to ask you how do you confront your inner Ms Mean and tell her where to go I m still working that out I m trying to work out the best method for myself and so far that is Cut the negative self talk and Replace it with something good and true Whatever my Ms Mean is telling me or trying to make me feel I turn it around with the opposite I tell her what the truth is And in case you lovely reader need reminding You are worth the truth and you are enough What negative things have you told yourself What would happen if you confronted them and replace them with truth cARTwheel collaborative s Art Opening at Percolator Gallery 21 10 2013 To read about and see photos of our opening night please visit http cartwheelcollaborative weebly com 1 post 2013 10 cartwheel at percolator what a success html I will share more here on the blog soon From left to right Giovanna Lara Carol Vicki Janine Sharyn Gela Janine Seeking procrastinating and finding stuff 7 10 2013 As my husband will tell you I spend way too much time on the internet I m always researching browsing communing with artists taking online classes shopping and investigating I know I should be painting but do I find some awesome stuff sometimes I thought I would share some of my discoveries with you today A cross section of stuff I love nice art shops and good info I ll start by directing you to my pinterest boards I have been a crazy addicted pinner since I joined last year Want to see some awesome art photos homes decor nature clothing food Take a look here http www pinterest com gutsygirlart You can also follow me on instagram gutsygirlart where I regularly share photos of my art in progress and our cute pooch Harry the Italian Greyhound For my artsy readers here is a great article I found by Canadian artist Sari Zon on buying original art http sarizonart blogspot ca 2013 03 why you shouldnt buy art at walmart html Some great classes I took online this year Visual Quest by Pixie Campbell the class that I just had to take and it is still taking me to places unknown http vimeo com 70243166 The very sweet Danielle Daniel teaching her mixed media art techniques http christytomlinson typepad com christytomlinson herstory workshop html Want a fab frock to wear everyday This is my favourite I have lost count of how many I own http www trollieddolly com Beautifully hand stitched delights by Candy https www etsy com au shop CandykinsCrafts ref ss profile For ethically produced and organic products http iamnaturalstore com au And my favourite local eco brands shop http www biome com au The cARTwheel collaborative art exhibition begins next week and runs from 17 28 October at Percolator Gallery Check tab Exhibitions for all the details How our garden grows Part 2 28 9 2013 Our stacking garden is positively thriving and overflowing with homegrown goodness David from Productive Gardens has been over to monitor and advise us what to look out for regarding pests and showed us how to erect a possum net should any of the critters notice our garden This month we ve enjoyed wheatgrass in our juice herbs in our pasta sauce and a meat marinade and fresh mint in our tea In upcoming posts I will share some recipes and info on the herbs we are growing Soul Comfort A wonderful online class giveaway 25 9 2013 GIVEAWAY CLOSED Thank you for the wonderful comments shared I really enjoyed reading how you all responded to the question I m pleased to announce that Michelle Reynolds is the winner following a random draw Today I m hosting a giveaway for a very special brand new online course from Brave Girls Club I have taken 3 online classes by Brave Girls Club since 2011 and have enjoyed them so much Among so many other benefits the classes refuelled my creativity and helped me realise that my dream of being an artist was worth pursuing In 3 weeks I will have my first ever art exhibition with cARTwheel collaborative at Percolator Gallery in Paddington Brisbane Proof that you can make your dreams happen Class Details To the tired the exhausted the overstretched here s an invitation Life can be simple

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