The War of Art

Abundant Love Flows From Within

Abundant Love Flows From Within

The years 2012/2013 can be described as magnified milestones in my life that have allowed me to gain higher ground and higher consciousness. This is one chapter, of an even longer journey, that signifies my capability to be accountable. It is only I who can make the necessary changes in my life in order for my happiness, love, and compassion to flow freely, and abundantly!

My New Year’s Resolution for 2013 was to live and love more, and let go of fear. After some serious brainstorming and list creating, I reflected on all that I’ve accomplished this year. I left a serious relationship; I graduated after 5 ½ years of University, packed my dog and I then up and moved to Canada! I am learning major life lessons of unconditional love and compassion; I reserved a spot for this spiritual quest, regained independence and discipline towards my self-practices, and have committed to the consistency of a happy and healthy livelihood. I’ve seen my light and love make this world a better place, and I don’t want to live it any other way.

The War of Art represents my worst enemy, that whom is thyself. If I am to be accountable, then no longer will I stand in my own way. In the past year, I have lost 50 lbs by changing my eating habits, eating organic and homemade meals, and regular exercise. I know me. I know me around the holidays. I know that I cannot resist all the amazing sweets and overindulging. In fact, I’ve already fallen off track, and there’s nothing more disappointing when you disappoint yourself. I have committed to Michelle Greenman’s Loose Weight, Gain Health challenge, will blog each week with my new assignment, and push past my plateau this winter!

This week’s goal was to drink at least 10 glasses of water a day! I feel good becoming more focused, and taking control over the aspects of my life I want to improve. I am back and ready. I also recognize that the changes I want to make are life-long goals and not going to change over night! I am looking forward to honing this new chapter, and sharing it with all of you!

So in honor of the new changes, and letting go of the past and any fear I’ve been conditioned to… Here is the final song off my newest demo, Accelerated Healing!  Enjoy 🙂

I AM Divine

Full Blue MoonTonight is the Full Blue Moon, and my mind has been all over the place. Distracted with questions I already know positive answers to, clouded by emotions from my haunting past, and jabs of insecurities that no longer serve me. Coming into 2013 has been the hardest transition of my life, I know I’m not alone, and the work has just begun.

This weeks goal: Stay focused and disciplined towards my self-care and self-love practices. 

Because I am a unique being of sorts, I have adjusted my spiritual practices to serve my multidisciplinary interests and needs. Therefore, ranging from daily to monthly, my spiritual practices include the following: prayer, singing, writing, cooking, gardening, quality time with my Bella, dancing, meditating, running, yoga, swimming, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, etc. When I feed my creative spirit intently with these activities, I am in my highest and happiest state of being.

It is in these moments of my life where I can naturally take a deep breathe in….arms to the sky…. exhale….ahhhhh pure gratitude. I have also taken it upon myself to look at my list of strengths and weaknesses daily.  Then, I pick one weakness to “practice”; such as, patience, trust, compassion, unconditional love, and listening.  We all know the saying, “practice makes perfect”. I think, if we  truly care about being our highest selves then it will take practice too! If you find this to be a constant, and self-structured guide- please by all means use this method for yourself!

This brings me to Oprah and Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge! I have been following, and I am so thankful to have a guide through these new transformations and in the re-creating of MY relationship with MYSELF and others. Since coming to Canada, I have been going through intense healing and in a short few months, I have come so far. Although the work is never really done, I am proud of the strength I’ve gained by leaving the comfort of my friends and family in the Midwest to explore my own interests, skills, and talents. Sometimes the hardest things are exactly what we need, when we need it most importantly.

Here are a few outlets I follow regularly that you may also find helpful:

Tom Lescher Astrology Forecasts/Pele Reports

Mystic Mamma

Brave Archer Films Documentary- 2012 Crossing Over: A New Beginning

With profound appreciation, joy, and gratitude for the people around me and experiences I’ve faced, I would like to now include an Honorable Mention. The people listed below are relationships I have developed over the years that have truly shaped who I am. I want to honor you for truly being inspirational, and showing me unconditional love that transcends time and place. Because of the Divinity within you, I AM Divine.  Thank you!!!!

Honorable Mentions (In no particular order):

Lavonna Davis

Selika Ducksworth-Lawton

Diane Roberts

Maegan Boss

Sassan Zaker

Emily Baugus

Reed Grimm

Alexia Larson

Shannon Pitzele

Jennelle Donnay

Jesse Dixon

Allie Farnhammer

Craig Rice

Adrian Larkin

Kristina Kelly

Sophie LeCorre

Beth Inman

Rachel Francois

Kaila Sanders

Emma Richerson

Helen Widdicombe

Pia Bayetti

Bri Smith

Britt Smith

Brittany Schoenick

Jeff Bailey

Michael Olson

Emily Peterson

Casie Lamorie

Tyler Baumgart

Brooke Colby

David Olson

Chad Walters

Susannah Tedesco

Sara Pisa

Mikayla Shroeder

Dirk Gibbs

Nick Schultz

Abby GiggleGypsy

Harry Philburt

Janani Logendran

Carly Clemurphy

Mark Levandoski

Mary Levandoski

Tania Halbersma

Zach Liebenstein

Blake Auler-Murphy

Melissa Hartung

Holly Stro

Heather Boritzke

The list could go on forever! Not trying to leave anyone out, but really just wanted to shine some light and love on you all! Happy Full Blue Moon Friends, may your transformations be challenging so we can grow into our highest selves together!

Live.Laugh.Love

❤ Namaste

The New Rules to “Higher Education”

I’ve come to the point where I can’t sleep because my mind is racing with innovative ideas. For me, the best method of expression, is writing everything down and making structure of whats going on in my brain. No, I’m probably not your average full-time student, working two-jobs, all in between an internship and some kind of social life. But with a lot of practice at this college thing, Im able to process what I want for my future, imagine what it will take to get there, and create my own destiny.

You see, four years at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, studying Broadcast Journalism with a minor of Environment, Society, and Culture, was more than a defiant experience in my history. Not because my  Advisor told me, “If you think you will ever make a change in the television industry, you’re in for a rude awakening”. But it was like magic when I realized that I had the passion, educational tools, talent, and natural intelligence to go against assumptions made of my capability.  I decided I would make the change I wanted to see in the world, and I would do it on my own terms.

So I stopped trying to convince myself I needed some type of corporate career to be successful, and I used my life, with positive mentors and friends around me, as a new higher education. I pursued my hobby of writing music again, and I emerged myself in the local music scene. Almost instantaneously, I moved to the Twin Cities, transferred to McNally Smith College of Music, and started working with the non-profit, Environment Minnesota.

As If my heart always knew I would eventually, “come home”, I was welcomed with open arms by other amazing, talented, and aspired people, who enjoy the same pleasures the cities in the Midwest have to offer- Art, Culture, History, Food, and Music. I am learning from great people in the industry, and I can see clearly ahead to where this path will take me!

I’m currently  in the process of  combining my world experience with my education. I have tapped into the resource in my mind that holds imagination, creativity, love, and humanitarianism. All the work I’m putting into releasing a demo, establishing a band, and starting a non-profit, is for the greater good and comes from the most genuine place. My question is, “What happened to the Talented Tenth”?

As I move forward, I would like to focus my purpose with a deeper responsibility. I have been strongly influenced by a recent TED Talk I watched titled, “Ken Robinson Says School Kills Creativity”. I encourage people watch it, because he goes under the surface about our education system; for example he discusses the hierarchy of subjects taught  in concurrence with industrialism, the education system is focused on university acceptance, and that intelligence is diverse, dynamic, and distinct.

I think, people will resort to new experiences for education. Since we don’t know what’s going to happen in five years, its undeniable that degrees aren’t the most important criteria for having a successful career. Experience, skills, image, professionalism and networking is what employers are looking for, and gives a fresh perspective on how you should pursue a career.

Robinson says, “I believe the only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology. One in which we start to reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity. Our education system has mind our minds in the way we have strip mined the earth for particular commodity.  And for the future, it won’t service.  We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we’re educating our children.”

Ken Robinson says school kills creativity