"I believe that for every illness or ailment known to man, that God has a plant out here that will heal it. We just need to keep discovering the properties for natural healing.”
― Vannoy Gentles Fite
8 Lessons I Learned from Building with LEGO Blocks Everyday for a Year: Lesson 8 Magictastically You
8 You can create magic in this world, because you are magic
8 Lessons I Learned from Building with LEGO Blocks Everyday for a Year: Lesson 7 Creative Magic Spaceships
7. The only way to make your dreams come true is to take the time to dream and be willing to ask for what you need (and that’s freaking hard).
6. Working with whatever vulnerable feelings you have, instead of against them, is the way you truly honor and connect with yourself and others.
5. You have to build layers of self-trust that will become stronger than the doubts and fears.
8 Lessons I Learned from Building with LEGO Blocks Everyday for a Year: Lesson 4 Instructions in the Magic of Your Intuition
4. The best way to approach instructions is to allow yourself to be inspired.
8 Lessons I Learned from Building with LEGO Blocks Everyday for a Year: Lesson 3 Resisting Resistance the Magical Way
3. Resistance is a real tangible thing that will try in every way imaginable to keep you blocked, but you can learn to work with it instead of against it.
2. Even if you are on the ground and building with blocks, you may not be playing. To play, you must let go, and be in the moment.
8 Lessons I Learned from Building with LEGO Blocks Everyday for a Year: Lesson 1 Believe in Your Magic Words
1. If your creative voice isn’t strong, and your inner critic is out of control, find and fill yourself with other courageous voices, and trust that you will learn by example.
In the past I've done an annual report and shared it on my blog at the end of the year, inspired by author and artist Cynthia Morris.
When I was recently reading Atomic Habits by James Clear he suggested in addition to that, an "Integrity Report" six months into the year that consists of the following questions.
1. What are the core values that drive my life and work?
2. How am I living and working with integrity right now?
3. How can I set a higher standard in the future?
I hope those questions inspire and help you at this point in your year. Below are my answers if you are interested. And I would be honored to witness yours or hear about your experience if you spend some time reflecting or journaling on them.
Dear critical voice,
I know I don’t say it enough, so I wanted to publicly thank you today. I have misunderstood and judged you most of my life. I thought you were out to get me and always assumed that your intentions were evil. I experienced hurt and felt like I had to hustle to make you happy, but I was never perfect enough.
Since I signed up as a DoTERRA Wellness Advocate and got my first kit of oils in October 2016, I thought I’d tell you my essential oil story to commerate my anniversary!
I am a super sensitive person, especially with smells, so I avoided all fragrances in my home and with my skincare products.
September 2018 "Summer Wind" Eastern Beauty Oolong Tea from Global Tea Hut
This month's painting was inspired by this beautiful and gifted Tea and the suggestion from Global Tea Hut to sun brew her "by putting the tea in a glass out in the sun (for around two hours) and then refrigerate." Easy to do in the Texas heat!
August 2018 "Cloud Goddess" Tieguanyin Oolong Tea from Global Tea Hut
Eyes that are rooted
Take you to new heights
Vision is expanded
July 2018 “Duck Shit” Dancong Oolong Tea from Global Tea Hut
“We visited another 800-year-old tree and all sat and held Her, praying for medicine and healing for this place. She had a brand new five-story building looming over Her, with air-conditioners humming up all the floors, sewage smells and power lines passing within meters of Her majestic branches.”
-Global Tea Hut Tea & Tao Magazine, July 2018
June 2018 “Energy” Dian Hong Tea from Global Tea Hut
The 2018 version of the online course I offer, 100 Days of Building Creativity, began on June 16th. Each year I update the course with new daily creative courage quotes (quotes by different people on the subject of creativity), and add more resources, including a new guiding poem. This year we are being guided by the words of Mary Oliver and her poem, Mindful:
I love messages. And messages are everywhere.
With the 100 Days of Building Creativity E-Course beginning on June 16th, I've been preparing and reflecting on where I've been, and thought I'd share with you the content of my past and future 100 day projects.
May 2018 “Cloud Temple” Fresh Spring Green Tea
One of my three creative endeavors I wanted to pursue this year was gardening. I’ve always loved the idea of a garden, I even go so far as to buy and plant things, but that’s usually where my participation in the process wanes. I may receive a few cherry tomatoes, but the plants stay small due to lack of nourishment and attention, and pretty soon it is a sad weedy mess. This year I swore to myself it would be different, which I’ve sworn before, but these year it truly has.
"Prairie Sky" 1990s Black Tea
According to this month's Global Tea Hut Tea and Tao Magazine, Praire Sky is meant to be boiled in a pot, the oldest tea brewing method.
One of the origin of tea stories also shared is that a tea leaf fell down into a monk’s boiling pot of water as he was meditating, and thus man’s relationship with tea was formed.
By boiling you can get so much more out of the tea I am told this month, and so I boil it.
Even though February was my month of tea travel, travel is not an isolated event. I felt like I spent a month preparing and readying beforehand and a month processing and recovering afterwards.
I brought back this large paper from an art store in Taiwan, almost double the width of a usual scroll, as you cut it yourself. I thought since these three months have blended together for me, I would allow them to be expressed in that way as well, each taking up a third of the paper. I used an ink stick I bought in Taiwan, mixed with each of the tea of the months, for the ink on each enso.
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.