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Have you set your goals for November?

November-goals It’s that time again – time to create your monthly vision board and goals.

This ritual has become a valued moment of self-reflection for me each month, and the collages, which I create directly in my planner, become touchstones for how I want to feel throughout the month. I check in with the image almost every day, and it helps me to stay focused on my most important goals, and to keep my mood positive and my actions aligned with my greater vision for my life. If you’d like to learn more about my process and how to make a goals collage yourself, read this post. If you’d like to see my monthly goals collages over the years, go here.

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet here at The Artful Life recently. There has been a lot going on behind the scenes. I’ve been making space, in all kinds of ways, for new creative work. I’ve been cleaning my beautiful studio from top to bottom. It’s 750 square feet of high-ceilinged, light-filled post-and-beam gorgeousness that my sweetie built for me a few years ago. During the time of my ceramics business, I worked in the studio all day every day, the kiln keeping me warm and toasty through dark wet winter days. When I let that business go, I closed the doors on my studio, and for over a year, it collected dust and accumulated boxes of things that had no other home. It stood dusty, neglected, cluttered, and sad. I’ve spent the Autumn clearing that space, and in the process, re-birthing my creative self.

When you let go, it opens up new spaces in yourself, spaces in which new and wonderful things can begin. Letting go, clearing interior space, is hard work. It can be painful and scary. It can bring up feelings of shame and loss. It takes courage. But this is true: When you let go, you invite miracles. And miracles begin to happen.

So I have spent the Autumn doing this hard work of letting go and clearing out. I’ve had wonderful help and support. And I didn’t know I was inviting miracles, but miracles have happened. And right now, I am standing in a place of awe and excitement and celebration. I can’t wait to share with you how some of these miracles have manifested – I’m beginning something new that you are going to LOVE – but I do have to wait, just a little longer, to tell you about it, so stay tuned.

I’m feeling the creative fire, and that’s what this month’s inspiration collage is all about. Lighting the creative fire to ward off the cold rains of November.

What’s happening in your life? What support do you need to give to yourself in order to invite miracles? Can you take some time soon to get your monthly intentions down on paper? Try making an inspiration collage, like mine, to portray the qualities and feelings you want to manifest this month.

Wishing you a warm and creative November!

About Bronwyn: Bronwyn Simons’ vision is of a world where we are all able to live daily lives of deep connection, purpose, and joy. She’s an artist, writer, teacher, and retreat leader whose work has touched and transformed hundreds of women’s lives for the better.  The Artful Life Blog provides a daily touchstone for women seeking to live more soul-satisfying lives.

 

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Full Moon in Taurus – A Matter of Life and Death

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It’s Full Moon again! Full Moons bring fruition and revelation. What seeds did you sow at the last New Moon? How have they taken root? Now is the time to look at those New Moon intentions and decide what to do next. Time to consider what needs to be released. Time to slow down a little and consider the places in your life that are full, ripe, and abundant – celebrate the fullness and practice gratitude. At the same time, consider the things that have reached their peak or natural ripeness, and need to be transformed or released or diminished. Want less of something in your life? Say so now, and watch it dwindle as the moon wanes.

During today’s rich Taurus Full Moon we celebrate the Scorpio/Taurus polarity (our Sun is in Scorpio now of course.) Life and death, fertility and decay, beginnings and endings, blossoms and roots. Is there a place in your life now where you feel you are standing on the threshold between what you have left behind and what has not yet quite begun? The back of my property is covered in a gorgeous thicket of wild roses. At this time of year, the thicket bears hundreds of beautiful rosehips – little hard red fruit full of tiny seeds – fruit born from the withering of the beautiful rose bloom. What is coming to fruition in your life? Are you busy mourning the withered flower and unable to see the rich store of seeds it left behind?

Taurus time is always about what we value, what makes us feel good, and what makes us feel secure. At the same time, Scorpio is challenging us to dive deep and let go. Finding our own personal, unique balance in this polarity is how we come into our sense of personal power and sovereignty. We know when to hold on and when to let go. We know when to assert our worldly power and when to surrender to cosmic power. We know when and how to revel in the joys of the sensual world, and when to release into the joy of transcendence. It’s all about values, power, and desire.

Questions to reflect upon this Moon:

Are my values aligned with my soul’s vision?

Do I allow myself to relax into the simple, sensual pleasures of my life?

Am I being true to my desires?

How can I better nurture my feminine power and my sacred sexuality?

How can I balance letting go with feeling safe?

Full Moon Blessings from your loving Taurus Sister!

About Bronwyn: Bronwyn Simons’ vision is of a world where we are all able to live daily lives of deep connection, purpose, and joy. She’s an artist, writer, teacher, and retreat leader whose work has touched and transformed hundreds of women’s lives for the better.  The Artful Life Blog provides a daily touchstone for women seeking to live more soul-satisfying lives.

 

 

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Soul Talk – The Artful Life Inspiring Women Podcast – Episode 1, Ronna Detrick

On this beautiful day of the Autumn Equinox, I am thrilled to share the very first episode of my new podcast, Soul Talk. Every two weeks I’ll be sharing my deep, soulful conversations with exceptional, creative women. We’ll talk about living well, nurturing our spirits, caring for ourselves abundantly, and growing deeper in our wisdom.

In Episode One, I talk to speaker, writer, and sacred conversationalist Ronna Detrick. We talk about retelling sacred stories, claiming midlife power, re-inventing Eve, befriending our desire, and self-care at its most profound.

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About me, Ronna Detrick, M.Div.

You might think that because I have a Master of Divinity degree, work with clients as a “spiritual director,” and am the former wife of a pastor that I have answers about god, an unshakeable faith, and am a devout church-attendee. You’d be mistaken.

I talk about faith because I doubt. I talk about the sacred and the divine because I hope. And I create safe and beautiful spaces for these kind of conversations (and then some) because I believe that women are hungry for ways to craft and experience a life that is whole, holy even; “spiritual” in a way that oozes authenticity, integrity, strength, and passion.

I am privileged to have rich, winsome, strong conversations about life, about relationships, about work, about you – and about the ways in which every single one of these things is sacred. Listening to your stories and offering you new ones; looking for (and even expecting) signs and symbols to show up, to guide, to encourage; wondering together about a way of believing, hoping, and seeing/experiencing your life in deeply spiritual-and-sacred, whole-and-holy ways.”

Please enjoy my conversation with Ronna:

For more information on Ronna, you can visit her website and blog, or find her on Facebook,  or Twitter. To hear more of her wise voice, you can watch the video of her TEDtalk, Redeeming Eve, Reimagining Everything.

Wishing you a happy and blessed Autumn Equinox!

About Bronwyn: Bronwyn Simons’ vision is of a world where we are all able to live daily lives of deep connection, purpose, and joy. She’s an artist, writer, teacher, and retreat leader whose work has touched and transformed hundreds of women’s lives for the better. Her next big adventure is the Artful Living in Mexico retreat at gorgeous Hacienda Mosaico in November 2014. The Artful Life Blog provides a daily touchstone for women seeking to live more soul-satisfying lives.

 

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Renee - Great first podcast! Looking forward to your next one!

Bronwyn - Thank you Renee!

Have you set your intentions for September?

goals collage vision board plannerIt’s that time again – time to create your monthly vision board and goals.

This ritual has become a valued moment of self-reflection for me each month, and the collages, which I create directly in my planner, become touchstones for how I want to feel throughout the month. I check in with the image almost every day, and it helps me to stay focused on my most important goals, and to keep my mood positive and my actions aligned with my greater vision for my life. If you’d like to learn more about my process and how to make a goals collage yourself, read this post. If you’d like to see my monthly goals collages over the years, go here.

Well, it has taken me awhile to sink into the month of September. Truth be told, I just decided to extend the month of August by ten days or so this year, enjoying the sunshine, relaxing with friends, and deferring the jump-back-in-to-work that I usually welcome in the Fall.

Over the last two months I’ve been expanding again into the fullness of my life and activities, after a year of slowing way down to take care of my health. About this time last year, I was peeling away layers of activity, responsibilities I’d carried for years began to fall away and I was left with the bare bones of my life. I needed the time to rest and heal, but the letting go was very difficult. A sabbatical sounds like a wonderful idea, but when you actually shed most of the activities and responsibilities that define you, you are left with a lot of questions. At least I was. The questions were about my worth and value, my true desires and passions, my contributions, my energy, my needs. It was a slow and difficult winter – most days I had only a few hours of vitality, and I had to choose very carefully how to spend my precious energy.

I regained my vitality through the Spring, but I didn’t lose the sense of care and discrimination when choosing where to invest my energy. And this, of course, was the great gift of my illness. Now I am feeling “back to normal,” but it will never be the same normal of too many yes’s (but not enough yes,) too much overdoing and doing only what I thought would please others, never the same normal of bolstering my sense of worth with a long series of check marks on a to do list, of always running to keep up (with what?) and losing myself in the running.

I can feel this shift in the way I approach my monthly goals. Yes, of course, I still have a long to-do list, the truth is, I love my lists, I love what I do, and I even love being busy, if it’s with the things that truly feed my spirit and kindle my pleasure. The lists aren’t quite as long, because maybe I’ve learned a thing or two about what’s possible for me. I’m leaving a little more space between things. But the biggest shift is this: when I sit down to plan the coming month, the list of how I want to be and to feel and to experience comes first. The to do’s emerge from there. The collage is the first step of this process; it allows my wise self to have a say, it exposes quiet and powerful desires that my frontal lobes had nothing to do with. So the final list sometimes looks a little strange, like what flowed from my pen after creating my September collage above:

  • lighting the inner fire
  • reclaiming priestess power
  • astrology!
  • new art-making beginnings
  • clean and organized studio

This is my being, feeling, and doing list for September, from the ethereal to the practical. Would you like to try this? It’s good to experiment with turning the planning process upside down sometimes. Start with the vision board, and instead of pulling images that represent the things you want, simply pull images that appeal to you – especially if you don’t know why they appeal to you. Let the images speak to you in the language of symbols, as dreams do. Once you pull together your images, ask what they are about. Make a short list of what the images tell you (like mine above.) It won’t look like a regular to-do list, but you can pull a regular to-do list out of it, and that list will be, really, what your wise self wants you to do.

Don’t scrap your regular to-do list. Find ways for the two lists to intermingle.

Wishing you a happy and blessed September!

About Bronwyn: Bronwyn Simons’ vision is of a world where we are all able to live daily lives of deep connection, purpose, and joy. She’s an artist, writer, teacher, and retreat leader whose work has touched and transformed hundreds of women’s lives for the better. Her next big adventure is the Artful Living in Mexico retreat at gorgeous Hacienda Mosaico in November 2014. The Artful Life Blog provides a daily touchstone for women seeking to live more soul-satisfying lives.

 

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Renee - Great post. I love the idea of pulling images that speak to you, even if you don’t know why and then asking what they are about and making your to-do list from there. I do have a “material” vision board of things I would like to have, but the intuitive vision board sounds more heart-centered. Thank you!

Bronwyn - You are so welcome, Renee! Come back and let me know how it went if you make one this month. xo

Pisces Full Moon – Healing Waters

pisces full moonIt’s Full Moon again! Full Moons bring fruition and revelation. What seeds did you sow at the last New Moon? How have they taken root? Now is the time to look at those New Moon intentions and decide what to do next. Time to consider what needs to be released. Time to slow down a little and consider the places in your life that are full, ripe, and abundant – celebrate the fullness and practice gratitude. At the same time, consider the things that have reached their peak or natural ripeness, and need to be transformed or released or diminished. Want less of something in your life? Say so now, and watch it dwindle as the moon wanes.

This Pisces Super Moon is overflowing with emotion. Where have you been feeling this overflow in your life? Have there been tears? Are the powerful images of your dreams leaking into your daytime consciousness? Is your compassionate heart opening to others in service? Are poems, paintings, and songs flowing from your fingers, or are you dancing the night away? For me, it’s been a little bit of all of this.

This moon feels like a powerful time to access our innate healing powers.Our Sun is in Virgo right now; Virgo is bright, practical, grounded, organized, smart, compassionate, and oriented towards health and service. Think of this energy balanced with our Pisces Moon, Pisces being dark, watery, unconscious, the art-source, karma and the hidden divine realms, and healing and service in the spirit realm. What a juxtaposition! Think of the inner power we can access by calling on all of these qualities at the same time.

Last night I went out at moonrise to see the bright Pisces Supermoon rise over the ocean. The sky appeared to be clear, but actually there was a thick blue overcast ringing the horizon, so the moon appeared as a bright watercolour smudge in the Eastern sky above the neighboring islands, while in the West the sun turned the horizon a luscious orangey pink. Later in the night as the bright moon rose above the treeline on my land, she was surrounded by a watery halo, blurring her edges in the inky black starless sky. This morning I awoke to a few wispy pink clouds in a crisp blue sky, and the bright slanting light of the Virgo Sun getting underneath everything, chasing away the shadows and revealing crisp, clear outlines everywhere.

This contrast of dark watery mystery and crisp revealing light is exactly the energetic contrast we are feeling emotionally right now too.  Where do you need healing? Sometimes the most difficult part of the process is the uncovering of the wound, but we have a profound opportunity now for this uncovering, the initiation of a healing time. My sense is that many of us will be dealing with wounds long covered. Time to open up those dusty chambers again. You are not alone. Love and tenderness from unexpected sources will buoy you up through this process.If you feel like sharing, the comments are open.

Full Moon Blessings and Love,

About Bronwyn: Bronwyn Simons’ vision is of a world where we are all able to live daily lives of deep connection, purpose, and joy. She’s an artist, writer, teacher, and retreat leader whose work has touched and transformed hundreds of women’s lives for the better. Her next big adventure is the Artful Living in Mexico retreat at gorgeous Hacienda Mosaico in November 2014. The Artful Life Blog provides a daily touchstone for women seeking to live more soul-satisfying lives.

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