December 2017 “Ma Bao” 1990s Liu Bao Black Tea
Sometimes you don’t even know what you are doing or why you are doing it, but you do it. You feel called or connected to an experience or a path and you say yes.
In June 2017, Global Tea Hut published an article in their monthly Tea and Tao magazine that included 8 paintings and reflections I had made, inspired by their monthly tea sharing subscription. You can see that article here, as Global Tea Hut considers their work an offering to the world and make their magazine's past issues available for free online.
I have continued to create Tea Spirit of the month paintings and I will be sharing the art with you monthly, along with a reflection.
For now, in that same issue I was also featured as the Tea Wayfarer of the month, a section of the magazine where they introduce people in the community. I've copied it for you here in case you are interested in my tea story.
I shared these 8 tips in the learning fair at Brené's Courage Camp.
One tip was Daring Way™ Curriculum related so I exchanged that one for my upcoming e-course :)
I wasn’t dreading Ninjago, I knew it would have a story, and it literally, started with a story, the story of Ninjago.
Holy Vulnerability Batman
Cue, another movie I was not jumping out of my skin to see.
Yes, The LEGO Movie completely surprised me and became a huge source of inspiration in my life, but I am just not that into superheroes.
I can't begin to tell you how much this movie inspired me when I saw it.
And I didn't even want to watch it.
I was not what one would call, a number one brick fan.
I'm in the beginning of my third 100 day practice (or if you allow me to break up the 366 practice I also did, my 6th).
It is amazing so far!
25 brave and courageous souls are on the journey with me and I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful it is to travel together for the inspiration and encouragement and accountability and grace.
One of the things I am trying to be conscious of during this 100 days is consuming less.
I was so excited when I saw that LEGO artist Sean Kenney's work was going to be at the Houston Zoo.
Would I do another 365 project?
I've done two 100 days projects and one 366 day project (hello leap year)!
And here's some things I've learned about the two kinds of projects.
This is another card from my community – my grandmother.
I love how when I am focusing and creating something, I receive serendipitous messages of help from all areas of my life.
In SoulCollage® there are different categories you put your cards into once you have made them.
This card and the one I will show you next week, belong in my community section.
When I made this collage card, I had no idea why I chose the images I did, I just knew they were speaking to my soul.
I was at my 2nd Brick Fiesta, a LEGO fan convention with a public exhibition, and this story almost didn't happen because I thought it was already too late to enter the Master Builder Contest Game because I had missed Heat 1. My husband then kindly explained to me about preliminary rounds vs. final rounds, and thus our story begins.
This card makes me happy.
Literally, it’s my happy place.
As part of my 366 Days of Building Creativity Experiment in 2016, I held an art exhibit of the final 30 days of creations (you can see pictures from it here if you are interested).
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
I discovered these words, messages, and signs while out on Magic Runs.
From the movie Yes Man:
Allison: I know our music isn't that mainstream, but I love doing it
It's like my photography.
I know there isn't much demand for blurry photos taken while running, but ...
Carl Allen: I wasn't going to say anything.
Allison: You know, who cares?
The world is a playground.
You know that when you're a kid, but somewhere along the way everyone forgets it.
Carl Allen: I love your music.
Everyone can take a photo standing still.
Well, I guess I have to use my intuition and trusting faith to re-write about this card as, for someone reason, it disappeared from my word document.
This was the first SoulCollage® card I ever made.
I made this card to help me with struggle.
Brené says we are wired for strength and for struggle.