I had my post planned today, actually I have the majority of my posts planned a few months in advance, one of the fundamentals I like to run with these days in building my creative healing business.
Yet today has been a day that has just made me stop.
We heard some really, really, very sad news this morning about our cousin passing away and he was only 54 about to start his life again back in the UK having been in USA for 9 years. It has made me stop and look for the joy around me.
It makes me realise AGAIN, that we really do have only one chance at living this life and when we (I) put off all the desires, this Miss Julia is not going to get another chance.
I am working very hard behind the scenes, creating my next two online teaching programmes, developing business systems, soul portrait healing, collaborating with other wonderful women, coaching clients online and around the world, healing clients in my studio, creating new art, redesigning my website and generally being MissJuliaMonkeyChatterBrainWhoDoesn't SwitchOFF.
Yet, Today, it just hit me like a full weight.
I feel bush tuckered and worn down, so much so, that I know I have to "Up the Love of Myself" and somehow take some time out to nurture, restore, rebalance.
In all my support and mentoring, I need to take some Miss Julia advice and just stop.
Difficult when there's so much to do.
But then as we know only too well .....
"We are Human Beings, not Human Doings."
(Peter Russell 2004 From Science to God.)
I want to stop and enjoy what's left of the summer here in the UK as I am already nearing the new academic year of careers coaching.
Only the other day I wrote myself A Longing and it seems fitting to honour it here.
I long for space and light,
to see the sea and smell the freshness
to walk in fields of green
and feel the plump grass beneath my feet.
I long to sit besides a fresh waterfall, noticing
the liquid glide through the rock
with my feet and legs gently dangling in.
I long to lay back on a soft blanket
reading stories and drinking cool iced tea
shaded by the flapping of a home made fabric awning.
I long to sit for hours with my beloved
sharing dreams, our legs entwined and our hands, held
I long to natter with creative souls
sharing teapot moments, exchanging our hearts' desire,
immersed in fabric, canvas and paint.
I long to surround myself with fur family
of all shapes and sizes; dogs that bounce and adore
cats who lounge and purr, donkeys who call me from my garden home
chickens who ease us into our day.
I long to shake my bootie to belly dancing beats
while circling and dancing with hoops that light up the night sky.
I long for space on shelves and organised boxes
the use of cupboards under the stairs and a storage that smiles
I long for naked drawings and hours sauntering round museums
and art galleries, sketching shape and form, drinking vanilla coffee
and treating on luscious cake.
I long to feel peace within my heart every morning as I wake
to feel that joy and blessing of being here, breathing into
the true potential that is within my very core.
I long for silence and stillness to read this over and over again
to believe that all this is possible.
We really do have to make room for these Longings because we really do have only one chance.
What are you longing?
Do you dare to write them down? Care to share in the comments below?
PS You may be wondering where does 'Miss Julia' come from? Well, I was nicknamed it in New Mexico back in 2004, when I attended the 6th International Conference of Science and Consciousness in Albuquerque. One of the true highlights in my life, visiting Santa Fe and Taos, travelling round this state on my own in a hire car armed with my medicine cards at the ready and exploring self.
One day, I ended up in Borders, with my new buddies, where I saw a range of books, featuring the adventures of Miss Julia ...... Wow, it just seemed so fitting and apt.
Hence, from that day forward, I became Miss Julia.
It feels SO GOOD to be able to share these with you now and I hope you're not sick of seeing them yet!! Are you?!!!
Here's another few snippets of guest's reactions to their wedding favour illustrations. Blokes too!!!!
Some of you may know that I have been secretly, for the past year, been illustrating wedding guests.
If you don't, then let me just fill you in on a little background history.
A year ago, Sarah and Matt popped into the shop where I was working in Lancashire as they had heard from the bridal shop that an artist worked there.
They began to ask whether I would be interested in illustrating all 60 of their guests as 'Wedding Favours'.
Of course, I was eager to give this project a go because I just love illustrating people, drawing portraits and whilst I'm at it, infusing each illustration with Reiki healing symbols.
Over the past year, Sarah has sent me documents in batches of 10, giving me photographs of all her guests. As this was a secretive project, none of the guests (apart from her mum and dad) knew about this and it was a huge task for her to find these images, and pinpoint their eye colour.
I loved doing these. It was such a wonderful project to be involved in and last weekend, they got married!
Now I can finally talk about it and share the images.
Usually, I'm drawing women, but these were pretty equal and it was wonderful to draw men too.
After the wedding ceremony, all the guests were guided into the room, where the table was laid. On everyone's plate was an envelope and inside their illustration.
The room erupted into giggles and laughter, while everyone was running from table to table to see what their friends and family looked like.
Everyone told me that it just created a gorgeous fun like atmosphere.
I was invited to the evening celebration and I took along my trusty sidekick TC to help me and my video camera to capture some of the responses from the guests about how they felt when their image was revealed.
There's lots more to share and I'm just coming back down to earth with the reveal.
So here is a sample sneak preview......
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Have you ever been at a wedding and had a really unique gift given to you by the Bride and Groom, what was it? I'd love to know. Share in the comments below.