Self Love

Earlier this year, as I was checking out the willowing.ning.com site (if you haven’t seen or heard of Willowing, she is Britian based, Tamara Laporte.  An amazing mixed media artist, self love advocate, and overall, an amazing person…check her out on YouTube here https://youtu.be/gCZBTsnpASM where she has tons of art videos, and here for her website http://www.willowing.org) which is an amazing and free art community.  I saw an old thread about Paint and Pass journals…this is an amazing idea where everyone starts with their own art journal, and it gets passed from person to person across country, and filled up with awesome art!  I decided to start up the Paint and Pass group for this year…and while it was a bit more work than I thought at first, it has been simply an amazing journey!  Here are a few journals I am working in!

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While it is just so inspiring seeing other artists amazingness, there are days I feel I’m not good enough.  That my art isn’t good enough…and well, sometimes I even feel like I’m not good enough.

Some days I look in the mirror and only see my own flaws…see a new wrinkle, or gray hair, see how much bigger my backside is,  a double chin…or feel inadequate in some way.  Ugh…then I start to get super down on myself, thinking nasty thoughts.  Would you ever think these thoughts about others?  Pointing out your child’s flaws?  Your spouse’s, siblings, or your friends?  No…of course not.

Now we can’t always stop these thoughts…but we can remember that we need love too!!  We are beautiful creatures, deserving of kindness.  This is one of my favorite quotes:

“Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”
-Excerpt from Desiderata by Max Erhman

So instead of hating…give yourself a well deserved hug.  I don’t care how silly it sounds, go on.  Give that beautiful person staring back at you in the mirror a big bear hug, they (and you) deserve it!  Another favorite quote of comes to mind:

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
-Christopher Robin by A.A. Milne

So with that, I’m sending out big bear hugs to all of you (don’t forget to hug yourself today!) and a pic of some projects I’ve been work on!

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