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  • Gutsy Girl Blog - Sharyn Holmes | Gutsy Girl | Sister Soul Medicine
    The past few months have been challenging hence the deathly quiet on my blog I have been struggling fear filled and just trying to get through each day Scared that people who don t really know me will see the facade that I have held like a shield for far too long Some good things happened in the past 2 months My Birdy by Night painting was featured in Brave Girls Club Daily Truths It will be available for sale in my Etsy shop this week See it here http bravegirlsclub com dailytruths mar2013 htm My handmade jewellery is showcased at the Bleeding Heart Gallery here in Brisbane I began studying goldsmithing at The Goldsmiths School and have completed 2 projects so far a ring and a pendant I had a wonderful time in Byron Bay with my family to celebrate my brother in law s 40th I am working at my online shop with the help of Jess Van Den s Set Up Shop class http www createandthrive com set up shop During all these happy and enjoyable things I was battling with myself I have battled for 20 years with demons Alone I m not talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer demons No that would be Easy I m talking about inner demons past memories and dust you sweep under the carpet demons I finally decided enough was enough because I believe that to be truly Happy you have to be Happy to your very core not just the smile you plaster on your face as though life is wonderful and you have no challenges no problems no fears Life is Challenging This anxiety all the symptoms and unresolved feelings have arisen right now to test me to help me move on and lead me towards that Happy life I deserve This is the blog post that broke me open the catalyst for me http theeverygirl com feature im an everygirl and i suffer from anxiety A few weeks ago I reached out I m talking about it FINALLY I have wonderful support and I just know I can get through this I m not going to be ashamed anymore because I know admitting to having a problem is not a weakness but a strength It takes guts to admit you need help it takes guts to reach out and say Hey I m not Wonderwoman So what I m doing is this talking and not bottling up my feelings or thoughts seeking professional help learning practicing mindfulness figuring out what serves me and what doesn t making sure I do all the things I enjoy instead of feeling I don t deserve it regular exercise to boost my energy levels and taking the time to be in the moment and enjoy all the goodness that is around me Soon I will return to yoga and find my centre of peace I know I can lead that Happy life I want Happy to the core that s what

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  • Gutsy Girl Blog - Sharyn Holmes | Gutsy Girl | Sister Soul Medicine
    me No longer will I be silenced from realising the strength I have within me We all have it you know You just have to engage it The Art Room Mess and Makeover 28 10 2012 This weekend I have been working on re organising my art room so I can happily walk into my art room and create without cringeing closing the door walking out again with creative juices unsated As you can see from the photos I have a lot to do The first 2 images is what the room looked like after I took the guest trundle bed and rug out The other 2 are progress shots after moving my work table to the right corner moving the printer to the right of my work table tall bookshelf from one end of the room to the other to go next to my floating shelf bookshelf and swapping its location with my easel The next job will be to move the low bookshelf full of novels to the wall behind where the easel is so the wire baskets will slot in nicely next to the left of my work table After that phew or should that be groan I will re organise all my art supplies and store them in some desktop drawers that a friend kindly picked up from Ikea for me I should have done this ages ago but now that I m right into my etsy shop launch and market preparation I need to set up work areas for each of my crafts jewellery leatherwork painting and papergoods I cannot believe I decided to do a post on this but I feel it necessary to share my messy life because the reality and fact is I am no housewife just a keen organisation procrastinator who is trying hard to lead a creative life Happenings 24 10 2012 Currently Researching supplies and planning products for my handmade brand I will be adding leather bracelets with without silver charms and findings A friend just commissioned me to make a braided leather bracelet and that has inspired a few new ideas If you are interested in one drop me an email or message me via facebook There will be lots of colour options available Also in the works are new all occasion and festive card designs and new painted canvases My etsy shop will be opening soon so stay tuned and sign up to my newsletter due out early November Listening On m walks home from work I m really getting into Good Charlotte s Greatest Hits I love their groove their lyrics their guitars Another favourite right now is Eddie Vedder s Ukelele Songs I mentioned the song Can t Keep in an earlier blog post but I m finding new favourites all the time on this album A bit of nostalgia in listening to Siouxsie and the Banshees and Guns n Roses too Peter Murphy ex Bauhaus is visiting Australia for the first time in January and I m keen to go and see him it s a once in a lifetime opportunity Will work on the hubby to get tickets Thinking about Regular musings on this blog I m all inspired by the Flying Lessons course I m doing and the supportive group of women that have come together to realise their creative dreams It is so motivating Ideas for the blog Q A with fellow artists craftspeople and bloggers product reviews book reviews fashion posts shopping guides art projects and inspiration posts Watching I watched Dark Shadows and Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol recently I enjoyed both movies Both very different but each appealed to my sense of humour and my love of cool action scenes I bought Amelie on DVD today I haven t seen that movie for so long It was mentioned on a favourite blog of mine and it just calls to me right now Next up A little Q A with me I ll give you a sneak peek into who I am Hoping to make the 2013 bespoke Calendar a reality 21 10 2012 Believe 21 10 2012 Believing in yourself is paramount if you want to make your dreams a reality Think about your dreams big and small None are truly impossible Remember it was Audrey Hepburn who pointed out that the word itself says I m possible Go out there and make a dream happen today beautiful people Dear Bullies 20 10 2012 dear bullies final pdf File Size 147 kb File Type pdf Download File Dear readers As you are aware social media has provided another avenue for bullies to propagate their hate abuse and harm and to do so anonymously and unfortunately with global access to depraved bully cheer squads I was a kid who had no idea what to do or how to block out or combat the daily verbal assault in my final 2 years of high school I already suffered through several years of it I couldn t concentrate on my schoolwork and whilst I got through the final exams I was not able to do my best The bullying had a big impact on me in those final 2 years and beyond What I did know was that I would never give in never give up You may have experienced bullying or know someone who has or who is going through it right now I would appreciate you sharing this post with anyone who might be empowered by my words my experience and survival beyond the bullying You may wonder why I decided to write this letter at all My daughter turns 7 next year My earliest memory of being teased was when I was 7 I would hate for any child to experience what I did We don t all have the belief or strength in ourselves to get through it unaided and unsupported This is also the back story to why I began Gutsy Girl Thanks for reading Opening doors

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  • Gutsy Girl Blog - Sharyn Holmes | Gutsy Girl | Sister Soul Medicine
    this one that I ve forgotten the ending but I am thoroughly enjoying this walk down memory lane Brite is one of my most favourite writers Lost Souls is a dark disturbing and at times savage tale of vampires set in the American South Every sight smell and sound is almost eerily tangible If you think you ve read every adaptation of the vampire myth you are mistaken This one will shock you draw you in with every swig of Chartreuse and every throat ripping bite My next fiction read will be Vampire Empire by Clay and Susan Griffith I found out about this title when I was doing frantic searches for my next vamp read For something different but totally relevant to my life right now is The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown This book has been sitting on my art table for several months I m in a place right now where I finally feel ready to read it because it will help me get past some stuff from my teenage years Watching Dollhouse I ve missed a few episodes but I m interested in seeing where this series goes It s only been broadcast here in Australia on free to air for the first time I love Joss Whedon s creations yes huge HUGE Buffy fan here and Angel Next on my watch list is the Firefly series Thinking about My first appearance in an online magazine Sprout see sidebar So excited about this and I thank Amanda Fall from the bottom of my heart for her creation and allowing me to be part of the Serenity issue Creative business related Developing a blog schedule creating more art and jewellery prototypes and setting up my online shop How daunting putting yourself out there is for friends future friends and foes to read my thoughts see my work and to know more about me On a more personal level what my husband and I can do and say to teach our 6 year old daughter about being brave doing what s right and following your dreams Anticipating My trip to Vietnam and Taipei next month I ve never been to either destination before Visiting Vietnam has been a long time coming I initially wanted to go there when I was about 23 but went to India instead promising myself I would go to Vietnam one day Trekking in Sapa exploring the Old Quarter in Hanoi cruising Halong Bay and taking in the sights and shops of Taipei will be wonderful experiences Wishing that injustice did not exist in this world that bullies could feel the pain their actions cause and that their targets could move on unscathed unscarred Well I can dream can t I Making me happy My walking home playlist Birth Ritual Soundgarden Can t Keep Eddie Vedder Malibu Hole Chloe Dancer Crown of Thorns Mother Love Bone Hurricane 30 Seconds to Mars Burn It Down Linkin Park Because the Night Patti Smith Not For You Pearl Jam The Real Thing Faith No More Would Alice in Chains Kiss Me Ed Sheeran Sugar Garbage Down By The Water PJ Harvey This post was inspired by Danielle of Sometimes Sweet Thanks Danielle Featured in Sprout Magazine 16 8 2012 I m excited to share that some of my art and poetry is in this month s Sprout magazine themed Serenity This great magazine is the creation of the wonderful Amanda Fall I first read about Sprout a few months ago and instantly connected with it It s a gorgeously colourful magazine each issue centres on a set theme Some of my favourite artists and writers have been in Sprout and in this issue too I am so proud to be amongst them I thank Amanda from the bottom of my heart for accepting my submission and also asking me to be part of Community Garden where 3 contributors answers questions on the theme I m interviewed alongside Beth Morey and Jenysha Polk We really have put ourselves out there sharing our stories with honesty and authenticity The Serenity issue is a timely reminder to slow down reflect and take care of yourself I hope you ll join me In pursuit of Artful Happiness 26 7 2012 A few months ago when I decided to try and turn my creative hobby into a business I experienced extreme fear and extreme excitement The kind you get when are young and have organised a solo holiday to a far flung destination and you have no idea how you will get from A to B and if you get to B will you be able to get back to A Then you arrive and you go through the fear and excitement all rolled into one wave of emotion that leaves your heart racing and your mind thinking jeez girl WTF were you thinking coming here every single time you get out of your comfort zone You embrace the experiences you have there you fall in love with the place you see amazing things and you feel so ALIVE I just want to be my version of all encompassing happy Happy in life happy family happy at work and happy making art Thinking and then acting on any dream or goal or wish is a major part of the battle Fear and excitement will follow me like a shadow but I m good with that I m not pursuing my goal to run a creative business because I want to make money have fans etc I m pursuing it because I know precisely who I am and what makes me come ALIVE What s on my mind 28 6 2012 The cogs are turning and I m getting into the right headspace to make a lot of art in the next few weeks My indie business start up has had me bursting with inspiration but then at other times it s a hard slog Little Ms Procrastinator comes along with her

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