Where Is YOUR Focus?

Unstuck JOY! – November 7, 2017

Join host Vicki Todd and her guest, Mary Shores, author of Conscious Communications: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Harnessing the Power of Your Words to Change Your Mind, Your Choices, and Your Life. This Hay House book draws on Mary’s 10+ years of personal development experience and knowledge to create easy-to-follow, step-by-step practices that can transform each area of your life! This show’s Art Vision prompt is Where Is YOUR Focus? Vicki uses the concepts from Mary’s book – what you focus on + your story/beliefs + your emotional garden = actions you take toward realizing your dreams. Let’s celebrate YOUR Focus Garden via Art Vision journaling!

Watch as Vicki creates an Art Vision journal page LIVE during the show!

Here’s where the Art Vision journal page ended up!

Memoir Artwork of the Day: No Regrets

No Regrets Vicki Todd
No Regrets

Are you focusing on the next right step toward your dream goals? Or, are you playing small by believing your dreams are out of reach? Your internal self-talk and the words you speak aloud create the focus of the actions you take that lead you toward or away from living as your True Self and fulfilling your life Purpose. What story are you telling yourself?

Click here to read my poem about living No Regrets.

 

 

 

 

Art Vision Journal Prompt of the Day: Where Is YOUR Focus?

Focus Garden

I used a black and white selfie, acrylic paints, and concepts from Mary Shores’ book, Conscious Communications, to create my Focus Garden. See the Focus Formula below. What seeds are you planting in YOUR Focus Garden? Are there limiting beliefs you need to refocus?

I found a limiting belief I need to prune in my Focus Garden and refocused my “I am…” statements to move toward my dream goals.

 

 

 

 

Now it’s your turn!
  • Read the Art Visioning process below.
  • Contemplate the Art Visioning prompt below.
  • Allow the Universe to intuitively reveal to you how you can express your thoughts/discoveries via collaging, drawing, doodling, writing and/or painting.
  • Remember – there are NO mistakes in Art Vision journaling! Let your creative juices flow freely! Tell your Inner Critic to sit quietly in the corner.
art visioning prompt: Where is YOUR focus?
Focus Garden

According to Mary Shores’ book, Conscious Communications, these are some of the elements that determine whether or not you’re taking  actions toward or away from your dreams and life Purpose:

  • what you focus on grows
  • the story you tell yourself, your beliefs of what’s possible, what follows your “I am…” statements
  • your emotional environment – are you living mostly in a state of love, gratitude and joy?

What seeds are you planting in your Focus Garden? Are there limiting beliefs you need to prune? What is the next right mini-step you can take toward your goals? How can you express this through paint, collage, words, etc.?

ART VISIONING PROCESS
  1. Connect with your Higher Self/Source Energy through meditation, yoga, walking in nature, listening to music, etc. to achieve an open/receptive mind/heart.
  2. Contemplate the Art Visioning prompt of Where Is YOUR Focus.
  3. With the prompt in mind, ask the Universe the following questions. Respond to each question or gravitate to the one(s) that most resonate with you.
  • What do you want me to discover about this area of my life?
  • How can I perceive this part of my life differently?
  • What do I need to shed to manifest the best good in this area?
  • What do I need to say yes to/allow to manifest the best good in this area?
  • Who do I need to be in this area of my life?
  • What is an inspired next step I can take to grow/evolve into my True Self in this area?
  • How can I use my gifts/super powers to enhance this part of my life?
  1. Record your discoveries in your art journal – draw, doodle, paint, write, collage your way to soul clarity. Use images, words, favorite quotes, poems, minds maps, colors, etc. Mix up creativity techniques.
  2. Keep each Art Visioning journal creation as a record of how you’re progressing/evolving on your journey toward being your True Self.
  3. Feel free to share your Art Visioning creations with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @vickiworldart!

Unstuck JOY! goes to Frankfurt Book Fair!

Unstuck JOY! – October 17, 2017

Join host Vicki Todd as she shares her Unstuck JOY! adventure at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany! Vicki’s visual memoir, Unstuck: One Heroine’s Journey of Art and the Courage to Live on Purpose, was invited to display at the LitFire Publishing booth during the Frankfurt Book Fair. Watch as Vicki documents her journey via Facebook Live videos as she says YES to her dreams, listens to her intuition, and follows her curiosity along the breadcrumb trail the Universe provides for her. This show’s Art Vision prompt is How Does Your Lotus Flower Bloom? A lotus flower’s roots are deep in the mud and muck, yet the flower rises above toward the light. Let’s celebrate as we rise up out of the muck of fear and doubt toward the light and abundance of our dreams with Art Vision journaling!

To learn more about Vicki’s visual memoir, Unstuck, click here.

Click the video below to watch this episode of Unstuck JOY!

 

Memoir Artwork of the Day: Vicki’s angel wings

painting angel wings w/ Whitney Freya

Vicki took a fabulous art class with Oregon artist Whitney Freya! Underneath the angel wings, everyone in the workshop painted words representing their dreams and intentions, along with symbols for abundance, courage, and love. (See photo below.) Then participants painted their unique angel wings using their favorite colors. Vicki loves her wings! She’s using their symbolism to guide her as she follows her dreams at the Frankfurt Book Fair and beyond!

Vicki’s angel wings

Art Vision Journal Prompt of the Day: How does your lotus flower bloom?

Lotus flower

Here’s my lotus flower painted with watery acrylic craft paints in my Art Vision journal. You can Google lotus flower images and outlines to create your own with acrylic or watercolor paint, Crayons, markers, collage in any color you wish!

Now it’s your turn!
  • Read the Art Visioning process below.
  • Contemplate the Art Visioning prompt below.
  • Allow the Universe to intuitively reveal to you how you can express your thoughts/discoveries via collaging, drawing, doodling, writing and/or painting.
  • Remember – there are NO mistakes in Art Vision journaling! Let your creative juices flow freely! Tell your Inner Critic to sit quietly in the corner.
art visioning prompt: How does your lotus flower bloom?
Lotus flower

The lotus flower is the symbol of abundance and enlightenment. It grows out of the muck and mud toward the light. The muck and mud represent your doubts, fears and limiting beliefs. Yes, these are negative things we hope to leave behind, but they are also elements that help fertilize your dreams. Think about the powerful lessons your doubts and fears have taught you. How can you use those lessons to make you stronger and more aware on your True Self path? How can you grow from those insights as you bloom into your beautiful, enlightened True Self!

ART VISIONING PROCESS
  1. Connect with your Higher Self/Source Energy through meditation, yoga, walking in nature, listening to music, etc. to achieve an open/receptive mind/heart.
  2. Contemplate the Art Visioning prompt of How Does Your Lotus Flower Bloom.
  3. With the prompt in mind, ask the Universe the following questions. Respond to each question or gravitate to the one(s) that most resonate with you.
  • What do you want me to discover about this area of my life?
  • How can I perceive this part of my life differently?
  • What do I need to shed to manifest the best good in this area?
  • What do I need to say yes to/allow to manifest the best good in this area?
  • Who do I need to be in this area of my life?
  • What is an inspired next step I can take to grow/evolve into my True Self in this area?
  • How can I use my gifts/super powers to enhance this part of my life?
  1. Record your discoveries in your art journal – draw, doodle, paint, write, collage your way to soul clarity. Use images, words, favorite quotes, poems, minds maps, colors, etc. Mix up creativity techniques.
  2. Keep each Art Visioning journal creation as a record of how you’re progressing/evolving on your journey toward being your True Self.
  3. Feel free to share your Art Visioning creations with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @vickiworldart!
Check out Vicki’s dreams and intentions underneath her angel wings!
dreams under wings

 

 

 

 

 

Bring Out Your Inner Poet!

Unstuck JOY! – October 3, 2017

Join host Vicki Todd and her guest, Geraldine Banes, who is the owner of Studio Beju in Duvall, WA. Geraldine’s mission for Studio Beju is to focus on a mindful lifestyle that is uplifting and light. She offers classes that feature the natural elements of movement, art, dance, meditation & song. Studio Beju is a place for exploring & nurturing self, home and garden. Tune in to listen to Geraldine’s music created from bowls and handpans! This show’s Art Vision prompt is Bring Out Your Inner Poet! Vicki will give you two simple 5-line poem formats to express your True Self through symbolism and words. Let’s celebrate the Poet archetype via Art Vision journaling!

Watch as Vicki creates an Art Vision journal page LIVE during the show!

Here’s where the Art Vision journal page ended up!

Memoir artwork of the day: Language of Zelda

Language of Zelda

While taking Geraldine’s Chakra Awakening class, Vicki was inspired to paint Language of Zelda after dancing the Root Chakra, which is ruby red. The dance included a visualization of being a seed in the ground and rising up out of the dirt into the light. Zelda represents Vicki’s Root Chakra seed awakening.

 

 

 

 

Here are the art journal creations Vicki has drawn so far during Geraldine’s Chakra Awakening class. Click on each photo to see a larger version.

Root Chakra
Sacral Chakra
Solar plexus Chakra
Heart Chakra

 

 

 

 

 

Throat Chakra
Third Eye Chakra

Art Vision Journal Prompt of the Day: Bring Out Your Inner Poet!

Cinquain poem

Here’s my Cinquain poem about one of my art muses, Frida Kahlo! See instructions below…

I created Frida from a monoprint I glued to my Art Vision journal page and painted her with acrylic paints.

 

 

 

 

 

Beingness poem
Beingness poem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a 5-line instant poem about Beingness. See instructions below….

I used collage paper I created from painting rice paper with acrylic paints and decorating with stencils.

Now it’s your turn!
  • Read the Art Visioning process below.
  • Contemplate the Art Visioning prompt below.
  • Allow the Universe to intuitively reveal to you how you can express your thoughts/discoveries via collaging, drawing, doodling, writing and/or painting.
  • Remember – there are NO mistakes in Art Vision journaling! Let your creative juices flow freely! Tell your Inner Critic to sit quietly in the corner.
art visioning prompt: bring out your inner poet!
Cinquain poem

A Cinquain poem can be about any subject you wish. It’s created from this format:

Line 1:  a noun
Line 2:  2 adjectives
Line 3:  3 -ing verbs
Line 4:  a sentence to summarize
Line 5:  a noun

 

 

 

 

 

Beingness poem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beingness poem

A 5-line instant poem can be about any subject you wish.

The format includes 5 lines:

Line 1: share the origin – how it came to be

Line 2: tell what it does or what happens to you

Line 3: how does it do it:

Line 4: where does it take you – a memory, place, etc.?

Line 5: tell how it affects you

ART VISIONING PROCESS
  1. Connect with your Higher Self/Source Energy through meditation, yoga, walking in nature, listening to music, etc. to achieve an open/receptive mind/heart.
  2. Contemplate the Art Visioning prompt of Bring Out Your Inner Poet.
  3. With the prompt in mind, ask the Universe the following questions. Respond to each question or gravitate to the one(s) that most resonate with you.
  • What do you want me to discover about this area of my life?
  • How can I perceive this part of my life differently?
  • What do I need to shed to manifest the best good in this area?
  • What do I need to say yes to/allow to manifest the best good in this area?
  • Who do I need to be in this area of my life?
  • What is an inspired next step I can take to grow/evolve into my True Self in this area?
  • How can I use my gifts/super powers to enhance this part of my life?
  1. Record your discoveries in your art journal – draw, doodle, paint, write, collage your way to soul clarity. Use images, words, favorite quotes, poems, minds maps, colors, etc. Mix up creativity techniques.
  2. Keep each Art Visioning journal creation as a record of how you’re progressing/evolving on your journey toward being your True Self.
  3. Feel free to share your Art Visioning creations with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @vickiworldart!
Here are the Poet and Storyteller Archetype cards that Geraldine uses in her Throat Chakra awakening class, which inspired the Bring Out Your Inner Poet Art Vision prompt! 

(from the Carolyn Myss Archetype card deck)

Poet Archetype
Storyteller Archetype

 

 

 

What advice will your Future Elder Warrioress give you?

Unstuck JOY! – September 19, 2017

Join host Vicki Todd and her guest, India Holden, who is a thought leader, author, and Tarot reader! India will teach us about the All Is Divine Global Movement, describe how Tarot readings can enhance our lives, and lead us in a 3-minute guided Self-Soothing exercise! India is also giving away 5 copies of the book, Crafting a Happy Life, during the show! This show’s Art Vision prompt is What Advice Will Your Future Elder Warrioress Give You? If you could have a cup of tea with your wise future Self, what would she urge you to do before your last day on Earth? Let’s celebrate this intuitive, powerful, seasoned version of yourself via Art Vision journaling!

Watch as Vicki creates an Art Vision journal page LIVE during the show!

Here’s where the Art Vision prompt ended up!

memoir artwork of the day: juicy crone
Juicy Crone

According to Jean Shinoda Bolen in her book, Crones Don’t Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women, a crone is a woman who knows who her True Self is. She trusts her inner wisdom. She lives with the courage to shine and use her Gifts. She chooses to make room for her juicy, creative pursuits and reinvents herself as her True Self evolves.

What would YOUR juicy Future Elder Warrioress/Crone advise you to pursue to make your life more joyful and fulfilling?

 

 

 

 

art vision journal prompt of the day: What Advice Will Your Future Elder Warrioress Give You?

Here are my Future Elder Warrioress and Priestess, who encompasses the freshness of youth and the ancient wisdom of my Future Elder Warrioress. I created them using the attached monoprint outlines that you can use to create your own. I used watery acrylic paints to decorate and embellish mine. You might also use collage material, markers or Crayons.

Future Elder Warrioress
Priestess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it’s your turn!
  • Read the Art Visioning process below.
  • Contemplate the Art Visioning prompt below.
  • Allow the Universe to intuitively reveal to you how you can express your thoughts/discoveries via collaging, drawing, doodling, writing and/or painting.
  • Remember – there are NO mistakes in Art Vision journaling! Let your creative juices flow freely! Tell your Inner Critic to sit quietly in the corner.
art visioning prompt: What Advice Will Your Future Elder Warrioress Give You?
Future Elder Warrioress

Click on the monoprint outlines below to print your Elder and Priestess.

Elder monoprint

Priestess monoprint

You can use acrylic paints, markers, Crayons, collage material, etc. to color, decorate and embellish YOUR Future Elder Warrioress and Priestess.

Ask them what advice they would give you. Use the Art Visioning questions listed below to go deeper into your thought process and allow the Universe to download revelations to you.

What would these wise, seasoned versions of YOU urge you to do before your last day on Earth or else you’ll regret not doing it? How can you use your gifts to fulfill your Elder’s and Priestess’ advice and live Unstuck JOY?

ART VISIONING PROCESS
  1. Connect with your Higher Self/Source Energy through meditation, yoga, walking in nature, listening to music, etc. to achieve an open/receptive mind/heart.
  2. Contemplate the Art Visioning prompt of What Advice Will Your Future Elder Warrioress Give You.
  3. With the prompt in mind, ask the Universe the following questions. Respond to each question or gravitate to the one(s) that most resonate with you.
  • What do you want me to discover about this area of my life?
  • How can I perceive this part of my life differently?
  • What do I need to shed to manifest the best good in this area?
  • What do I need to say yes to/allow to manifest the best good in this area?
  • Who do I need to be in this area of my life?
  • What is an inspired next step I can take to grow/evolve into my True Self in this area?
  • How can I use my gifts/super powers to enhance this part of my life?
  1. Record your discoveries in your art journal – draw, doodle, paint, write, collage your way to soul clarity. Use images, words, favorite quotes, poems, minds maps, colors, etc. Mix up creativity techniques.
  2. Keep each Art Visioning journal creation as a record of how you’re progressing/evolving on your journey toward being your True Self.
  3. Feel free to share your Art Visioning creations with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @vickiworldart!
CHECK OUT WHAT PARTICIPANTS IN MY ART VISIONING WORKSHOP CREATED TO EXPRESS THEIR Elder and priestess!
Monoprint Elders

Elephant Energy Making Space

UNSTUCK JOY! September 5, 2017

Your Intuition Is Calling: Are You Answering?

Join host Vicki Todd and her guest Catherine Liggett, who is an intuitive emotional healer! Catherine will teach you how to release old emotional and behavioral patterns for good, and to restore your ability to feel joy, intimacy, and connection to the divine. She will offer practical tools that will help you develop your own intuitive powers and release those old emotional patterns that just won’t seem to change. Get ready to boost your intuitive super powers! This show’s Art Vision prompt is Elephant Energy Making Space! Elephant has a large, intuitive presence and helps us make space for our dreams, strength and courage, as well as overcome obstacles and fear. Let’s celebrate powerful Elephant energy via Art Vision journaling!

Watch as Vicki creates an Art Vision journal page LIVE during the show!

Here’s where the Art Vision prompt ended up!

MEMOIR ARTWORK OF THE DAY: Elsie 

Elsie

A few summers ago, I immersed myself in all things Cabaret! I saw the Broadway play staring Alan Cumming, read The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood, and watched Cabaret the movie starring Liza Minnelli. So fun! Inspired by the words of Liza’s song, Cabaret, I painted Elsie, about following your intuition and using your gifts before it’s too late!

Click here to read more about Elsie’s meaning.

ART VISION JOURNAL PROMPT OF THE DAY: Elephant energy making space!

Here are my two Elephant energy Art Vision journal pages, using crayon in one and craft paint, stencils, and collage in the other. They are helping me to use my intuition to overcome obstacles and fear to make room for my dreams, even if those dreams seem a little scary and too big at times! A kangaroo hopped onto one page reminding me to go forward into adventure with no fear. 🙂 How will Elephant’s intuitive energy help you fulfill your True Self destiny?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!

  • Read the Art Visioning process below.
  • Contemplate the Art Visioning prompt below.
  • Allow the Universe to intuitively reveal to you how you can express your thoughts/discoveries via collaging, drawing, doodling, writing and/or painting.
  • Remember – there are NO mistakes in Art Vision journaling! Let your creative juices flow freely! Tell your Inner Critic to sit quietly in the corner.

ART VISIONING PROMPT – Elephant energy making space:

Ganesh

Did you know we can use the power of Elephant energy to help us realize our dreams?

Elephants have a long, intuitive memory, which symbolizes our inner knowing of who our True Self is and remembering the gifts we were given at birth.

Elephant has a large presence and helps us make space for our dreams, strength and courage.

Elephant helps us overcome obstacles and push fear and doubt out of the way as we progress on our True Self journey.

Use collage, crayons, colored markers and/or paint to create a beautiful elephant that symbolizes you letting go of fear and embracing your dreams and gifts as you courageously evolve on your True Self path!

ART VISIONING PROCESS

  1. Connect with your Higher Self/Source Energy through meditation, yoga, walking in nature, listening to music, etc. to achieve an open/receptive mind/heart.
  2. Contemplate the Art Visioning prompt of Elephant Energy Making Space.
  3. With the prompt in mind, ask the Universe the following questions. Respond to each question or gravitate to the one(s) that most resonate with you.
  • What do you want me to discover about this area of my life?
  • How can I perceive this part of my life differently?
  • What do I need to shed to manifest the best good in this area?
  • What do I need to say yes to/allow to manifest the best good in this area?
  • Who do I need to be in this area of my life?
  • What is an inspired next step I can take to grow/evolve into my True Self in this area?
  • How can I use my gifts/super powers to enhance this part of my life?
  1. Record your discoveries in your art journal – draw, doodle, paint, write, collage your way to soul clarity. Use images, words, favorite quotes, poems, minds maps, colors, etc. Mix up creativity techniques.
  2. Keep each Art Visioning journal creation as a record of how you’re progressing/evolving on your journey toward being your True Self.
  3. Feel free to share your Art Visioning creations with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @vickiworldart!
CHECK OUT WHAT PARTICIPANTS IN MY ART VISIONING WORKSHOP CREATED TO EXPRESS THEIR elephant energy!

How Is Your Butterfly Dance Evolving?

Unstuck JOY! August 15, 2017

The Art of Energy Healing: Are You Called to Dance?

Join host Vicki Todd for the premier episode of Unstuck JOY!, which is moving to each first and third Tuesday at 3 p.m. Pacific! Vicki’s guest is Colette Marie Stefan, author of The Truth Is Funny…Shift Happens. Colette will teach us about the art of an energetic upgrade, why we should let go of resistance and tap into our heart center, and explain how her beautiful Tails from the Vector dragon cards can help correct your energy! This show’s Art Vision prompt is How Is Your Butterfly Dance Evolving? When we fully step into our True Self, it may not fit the mold of what others expect. It’s up to us to embrace our unique Butterfly Dance and let our light SHINE! Let’s celebrate this energetic transformation via Art Vision journaling!

Watch as Vicki creates an Art Vision journal page LIVE during the show!

Click the YouTube video below to watch this episode of Unstuck JOY!

Here’s where the LIVE Art Visioning page ended up!

 

MEMOIR ARTWORK OF THE DAY: monoprint shifts of a face

original monoprint
“ghost” print
color print
from original print
from “ghost” print

 

 

from color print

Just as our True Self evolves over time, these monoprints painted from the same reference photo morphed over time. Each stage of our True Self Butterfly Dance can become more joyful, textured and profound when we tap into our intuitive knowing and following its guidance.

ART VISION JOURNAL PROMPT OF THE DAY: How is your butterfly dance evolving?

Here is my Butterfly Dance Art Vision page made with collage and crayons. I chose photos that represent my wise Future Elder Warrioress, Divine Feminine, and my colorful Creative Awakening. I depicted my Butterfly Dance strength by doodling a huge butterfly that wouldn’t even fit on the journal page! I colored with black among the vibrant colors to symbolize the strength it takes to sometimes go against the “norm” and allow my Wild Woman Spirit to fly free!

Butterly Dance

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!

  • Read the Art Visioning process below.
  • Contemplate the Art Visioning prompt below.
  • Allow the Universe to intuitively reveal to you how you can express your thoughts/discoveries via collaging, drawing, doodling, writing and/or painting.
  • Remember – there are NO mistakes in Art Vision journaling! Let your creative juices flow freely! Tell your Inner Critic to sit quietly in the corner.

ART VISIONING PROMPT – create your Butterfly dance:

Did you know the stages of a caterpillar’s transformation into a beautiful butterfly mirror our own evolution into our True Self?

A caterpillar is born with hidden discs that contain all of the parts it will need to morph into a butterfly – eyes, antennae, wings, legs, etc. We are born with gifts that we’re meant to use to make the world brighter that sometimes remain hidden because of society’s pressure to fit in the “norm.”

Once inside the cocoon, the caterpillar turns to soup except for its hidden discs, which it uses to become a butterfly. The new butterfly struggles to break free of its silken cocoon, a process that strengthens the butterfly’s wings before hatching. Sometimes we turn to “soup” during a difficult transition when we must decide to evolve into the strong Wild Woman Spirit we were born to be.

Finally, the butterfly emerges in all its glory. When we fully step into our True Self, it may not fit the mold of what others expect. It’s up to us to embrace our unique Butterfly Dance and let our light SHINE! Let’s celebrate this transformation via Art Vision journaling!

Use collage, crayons, colored markers and/or paint to create a beautiful butterfly that symbolizes your True Self emerging from its cocoon into your powerful, intuitive Wild Woman Butterfly Dance!

ART VISIONING PROCESS

  1. Connect with your Higher Self/Source Energy through meditation, yoga, walking in nature, listening to music, etc. to achieve an open/receptive mind/heart.
  2. Contemplate the Art Visioning prompt of Create YOUR Butterfly Dance.
  3. With the prompt in mind, ask the Universe the following questions. Respond to each question or gravitate to the one(s) that most resonate with you.
  • What do you want me to discover about this area of my life?
  • How can I perceive this part of my life differently?
  • What do I need to shed to manifest the best good in this area?
  • What do I need to say yes to/allow to manifest the best good in this area?
  • Who do I need to be in this area of my life?
  • What is an inspired next step I can take to grow/evolve into my True Self in this area?
  • How can I use my gifts/super powers to enhance this part of my life?
  1. Record your discoveries in your art journal – draw, doodle, paint, write, collage your way to soul clarity. Use images, words, favorite quotes, poems, minds maps, colors, etc. Mix up creativity techniques.
  2. Keep each Art Visioning journal creation as a record of how you’re progressing/evolving on your journey toward being your True Self.
  3. Feel free to share your Art Visioning creations with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @vickiworldart!
CHECK OUT WHAT PARTICIPANTS IN MY ART VISIONING WORKSHOP CREATED TO express their butterfly dance!
Butterfly Dances

5 Ways to Find Your Life Purpose

DailyUrbanista.com invited me to be a guest blogger.
dailyurbanista.com/2016/10/13/how-to-find-your-life-purpose

How do you define success? Is it earning the “perfect” paycheck, holding a career title, or owning a house with large square footage?

What if you’ve achieved these things, but you’re still unhappy? Is that being successful?

What if true success is defined as living your life’s purpose so you experience more joy and easier flow?

Since I’ve adopted this definition, I’ve changed the way I live. This has been a tricky transition, because it’s counterproductive to what my parents and professors taught. But, incorporating these lessons has helped me become unstuck from limiting beliefs that were holding me back from living with inner peace, deeper meaning and bliss.

I bet they can help you live with a stronger sense of well-being too.

  1. Not sure what your life purpose is? Consult your Inner 8 Year Old and Future Elder Warrioress.

If you’re uncertain what your unique gift is, look to your childhood. What did you love to do that made your heart sing and time fly? Even if you haven’t done that activity in years, the desire is still within you. Those activities that give you pure joy are breadcrumb clues to your life’s purpose.

Have a conversation with your future Elder Warrioress. What would this wise, seasoned version of yourself urge you to do before reaching the last day of your life or else you’ll regret not doing it? The answer is an indicator toward your purpose.

  1. Believe your path can be easy.

We all have choices in life, and one of those choices involves seeing the world through fear or love.

You can view the world through fear, play small, and remain stuck in life circumstances that you’ve outgrown because they are what society expects or they seem predictable and “safe” (but your soul will suffer).

Or, you can choose love and believe the Universe will catch you when you take the leap and commit to fulfilling your life’s calling.

It may seem easier to remain in a predictable life instead of jumping into the unknown. But if you surrender to your soul’s whispers of who you were born to be and follow that path, your life will be filled with open doors of opportunity, people who will guide you on your journey, and resources that will help you fulfill your destiny.

Let your gut feelings serve as your GPS. If your heart is buoyant and happy, you’re on the right path. If you feel you’re trudging through life out of fear, resistance to change, or worry of what others will think, it’s a sign to look deeper into where your life is heading.

  1. Being is more important than a constant stream of determined doing.

However, being doesn’t mean giving up and not taking any action.

Being means you allow yourself to be in tune with the Universe’s guidance and be open to receiving impulses that lead to inspired actions. You can tap into this alignment through meditation, communing with nature, or simply taking a moment to become still each day. This allows you to connect with your higher self so you can perceive the inspired actions the Universe is urging you to take.

Attuning with this flow allows you to achieve impactful results more easily with fewer, yet more effective actions, rather than numerous hit-or-miss actions. Getting your nose off the grindstone and listening to your higher self leads to more joy and less struggle along your journey.

  1. Your thoughts become your reality, so choose them wisely.

One of the lessons of the Law of Attraction is: what you think about becomes your reality.

If you feel jealousy because of someone else’s success, or worry that you’ll never create a life around doing what you love, you’re in the lack zone. Thinking these thoughts will restrict you from manifesting your dreams.

However, if you tune your feelings to joy and gratitude even before your dreams become reality, the Universe will move you closer to reaching your goals.

The trick is to feel contentment for where you are in life now while expecting that more good things are on the way.

  1. Ditch the idea of failure.

What if you adopted the idea that failure doesn’t exist? Instead, believe that each perceived roadblock on your journey to fulfilling your purpose is really a silver lining meant to move you into a better direction, teach you a lesson to strengthen you for the next level, or save you from a disaster you couldn’t foresee.

So the next time you think you’ve failed and want to give up pursuing your calling, ask what the silver-lining lesson is in an obstacle. This mindset will help you move forward in a productive manner, which will bring you greater bliss along the journey to manifesting your dreams.

The choice is yours. Will you remain stuck on the “success equals outside validation” hamster wheel? Or, will you choose to live your purpose and experience more joy?

3 Reasons the Journey is More Important than the Destination

PicktheBrain.com invited me to be a guest blogger.
www.pickthebrain.com/blog/3-reasons-the-journey-is-more-important-than-the-destination

Which do you find more important: achieving a desired goal or the journey on the way to the destination?

I used to fall into the “make it to the finish line no matter what” category. But, that path is miserable. It includes struggle and the belief that you must work hard to achieve success.

During my first life flip from nonworking wife in a failing marriage who lost a baby I wasn’t meant to conceive to university professor, I made life harder than it had to be by resisting its inevitable call to change. I found myself running away from a broken life with the belief that nothing worth achieving happens without sweat and tears along the way.

But, what if you could experience joy along your journey instead of hardship? What if you believed that your path is there to equip you with the skills and opportunities you need to evolve toward living your life’s purpose instead of something to trudge through to get to the good stuff?

I finally discovered this easier route during life flip #2. I began meditating in 2013 and realized that my purpose in life is to use my art – my life-long love that had become a forgotten part-time hobby – to inspire others to follow their own unique life’s calling. I loved teaching my university students, but I knew that becoming a professor was a means to thrive after divorce, not the ultimate calling for my life.

So, I took a blind leap of faith and resigned from my 12-year, tenured position to follow my bliss of art. Instead of escaping from a broken life, this time I was running toward the joy of living on purpose.

That’s when I perceived that traveling the road toward fulfilling my purpose is the sweet spot. The end result is actually still a little fuzzy around the edges. But the excitement of learning who I am meant to be along this path has kindled insights that working with my nose to the grindstone did not allow me to observe.

Here are three lessons that have taught me that feeling joy along the journey is more important than achieving the final destination.

  1. Surrendering to the Universe’s flow makes you stronger, not weaker.

I’ve always been told: “Ask, believe, receive.” The problem is, sometimes what I ask for may not be in my best interest. So, no matter how much I believe it needs to happen, sometimes what I ask for and believe in receives the answer of no. This can be disappointing, but if I stop the pity party, I realize I don’t have the power to see into the future. Thank goodness the Universe has got my back!

Let’s add one element: “Ask, believe, surrender, receive.” Living on purpose means that you must surrender to a path that you can’t fully see. Life is like shaking a Polaroid photo – you only get one glimpse of the next right step at a time. The end result is sometimes blurry and hidden. But, the Universe may be guiding you toward a better path, helping you avoid a disaster you couldn’t perceive, or teaching you a lesson you needed to learn before advancing to the next step of your journey. When you allow yourself to surrender and co-create with the Universe, it’s a powerful combination that generates great insight and joy.

  1. Being is more important than a constant stream of determined doing.

This lesson has been a tough one for me to learn because it’s counterproductive to what my parents and teachers taught.

Being doesn’t mean giving up and not taking any action. It means you allow yourself to be aligned with the Universe’s inspiration through meditation, communing with nature, or taking a moment to become still each day. This allows you to tap into your higher self so you can perceive the inspired actions the Universe is guiding you to take. Tapping into this flow allows you to achieve results more easily with fewer, yet more effective actions rather than numerous hit-or-miss actions, which leads to more joy and less struggle along your journey.

  1. Believing that you’re not alone boosts your confidence.

Joseph Campbell, who coined the Hero’s Journey, said he perceived “invisible hands” that began opening new doors when he agreed to follow his bliss. I’ve found this to be true as I’ve begun to live my purpose. At just the perfect moment when I need guidance, a person, light bulb moment, or opportunity crosses my path that takes me to the next level of my journey.

The Universe will conspire to help you when you commit to following your purpose too, which increases your confidence and ignites true joy.

So, what’s your choice: joyful journey or determined destination?

My 4 Life Lessons from Driving Across the U.S.

ZestNow for Women 50 and Forward invited me to be a guest blogger.
zestnow.com/4-lessons-driving-across-the-u-s-taught-me-about-living-on-purpose

I ate dinner with a friend recently, and she told me something that disturbed me greatly. We had both read Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear about allowing your curiosity to lead you to your life’s purpose. Sadly, my friend said she has lost her curiosity and doesn’t feel purposeful about anything in life. She said she’s in “survival mode” at her job and only needs to persevere for seven more years to reach retirement.

My friend’s predicament struck a cord in my heart because she and I were in the same boat. We were both tenured professors and chair of our respective departments at different universities. We both felt stuck in careers that once felt fulfilling but had become tedious and soul-draining. The difference between us is she chose to remain in her circumstance and trudge resentfully toward retirement, while I chose to listen to my soul’s whispers to resign and follow my passion of art.

This blind leap of faith may seem crazy, but I knew my soul would slowly shrivel if I didn’t honor my life’s calling. I could NOT turn 50 and remain stuck in a life that was blocking my path toward living the purpose for which I was born.

What prompted this leap into an uncertain future? I began meditating in 2013 and discovered my purpose in life is to use my art – my life-long love that had become a forgotten part-time hobby – as a tool to inspire others to live their own unique calling. I eventually realized that becoming a public relations professor was a means to thrive after divorce, but not the ultimate calling for my life. It was time to take the lessons I’d learned along this journey and evolve toward living my purpose.

So, I resigned from my 12-year professor position last spring to follow my bliss of art.

A few months later, I received an invitation to become the executive director of an arts organization in Washington state. This is a position I would not have applied for of my own volition because I don’t possess an art degree. Yet, it’s an open door that leads me closer to living on purpose. That’s how I found myself driving cross-country from Connecticut to Washington to begin a new life chapter at the age of 50.

Here are 4 lessons being on the road taught me about living on purpose that can help you fulfill your unique life’s calling as well.

  1. When you begin to follow your purpose, your soul becomes lighter.

As I drove from Connecticut on the first day of my road trip, I felt joy begin bubbling to the surface. I was leaving friends and a romantic partner behind, and I knew my departure was causing them pain, which wasn’t easy, but at the same time my soul was celebrating within me.

That’s how I knew I was on the right path.

Compare the feelings of rightness and bliss to the feeling of resentment caused by remaining in a life circumstance that no longer serves you and keeps you from growing into your full potential. The scenario that makes you feel lighter and more vibrant is the path your soul wishes you to travel. Following your purpose will make you experience exuberance for life, not apathy.

  1. When you’re aligned with your purpose and surrender to the Universe’s timing, obstacles will fall by the wayside.

On the second day of my journey, I drove the construction-congested Ohio turnpike. I began noticing that cars were stranded on the highway’s shoulder with flat tires or steaming engines. However, I was sailing right through with no issues. At times, the bumper-to-bumper lane I was driving in suddenly became clear of traffic allowing me to progress unobstructed.

I’ve found this is also what happens when I’m truly aligned with my life’s calling, and I surrender to the guidance the Universe offers. A knowingness replaces doubts. Inner peace replaces fear. Believe that the Universe will give you the skills and opportunities to fulfill your life’s purpose once you begin the journey. You may be delayed by lessons you need to learn that are meant to strengthen you, but once you align with your purpose via meditation, communing with nature, or by taking a few minutes to get still each day, your path will begin to flow easily.

  1. When you follow your purpose, expect that not everyone will understand.

On my journey to Washington, I drove through North Dakota and Montana. Both states offered beautiful natural scenery; however, both were quite desolate, which gave me an eerie feeling as a single female making this trek alone. I was glad to reach a more populated area.

Living your purpose can also feel desolate, as some people may not understand your need to grow and evolve into your True Self. Friends and family members have expressed sadness because I’m “changing” or tried to discourage me from pursuing my calling because they feel stuck in their lives and want me to play small with them.

It’s important to set boundaries around your dreams to protect them and populate your life with a tribe of people who recognize and celebrate your gifts.

  1. Gratitude helps you live in the moment and opens doors of opportunity.

Living on the road for six days was tiring and inconvenient at times. However, being thankful for small things throughout the day – a hot bath in a clean hotel room, a toll booth lady who allowed me to pay a dollar short because I didn’t have enough cash for the toll – helped me joyfully abide in the moment.

Consider this: why would the Universe continue to offer you gifts of abundance if you’re not grateful for what you’ve already been given? I’ve discovered expressing gratitude helps me remember the positive things that have transpired, which opens doors for more abundance to enter.

The road to living on purpose becomes more zestful at 50 and beyond. Where will your curiosity lead you?

Let Your Wild Woman Spirit Howl!

UNSTUCK JOY! – july 27, 2017

Let your wild woman spirit howl and Live Unstuck JOY!

Did you know you were born with a Wild Woman Spirit? She is the intuitive essence of your True Self who knows your life Purpose and guides you toward the reason of why you’re on this Earth. She represents your Inner 8 Year Old and the gifts you were born with that light you up and make time fly. She’s your Creative Awakening. She’s your wise Future Elder Warrioress who urges you to take inspired action toward the new skills and talents you develop throughout life before your last day on Earth, or else you’ll regret not doing them. Yet, sometimes she gets pushed to the back burner because of family/career/societal influences. Let’s reclaim and celebrate her and live Unstuck JOY!

Also, watch as Vicki creates an Art Vision journal page LIVE during the show!

Click the YouTube video below to watch this episode of Unstuck JOY!

Here’s where my Wild Woman Spirit Art Vision page ended up during the show!

MEMOIR ARTWORKs OF THE DAY: Tapestry & belly of the whale

Tapestry
  • Tapestry represents the layers of lessons of your Wild Woman Spirit journey and allowing space for your Intuitive Knowing and Gifts to grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belly of the Whale
  • Belly of the Whale represents dying to your old self and committing to re-emerge as your Wild Woman Spirit

Click here to read my Belly of the Whale blog!

 

 

 

 

 

ART VISION JOURNAL PROMPT OF THE DAY: Create your wild woman spirit & inner critic!

Here are my Wild Woman Spirit collage and Inner Critic. Which one would you listen to?

Wild Woman Spirit
My Inner Critic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!

  • Read the Art Visioning process below.
  • Contemplate the Art Visioning prompt below.
  • Allow the Universe to intuitively reveal to you how you can express your thoughts/discoveries via collaging, drawing, doodling, writing and/or painting.
  • Remember – there are NO mistakes in Art Vision journaling! Let your creative juices flow freely! Tell your Inner Critic to sit quietly in the corner.

ART VISIONING PROMPT – create your wild Woman spirit :

My 2nd Wild Woman Spirit page

If you haven’t read Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, I truly recommend it!

Click below for a pdf of Lessons from Vasalisa the Wise, a story from the book, that helps us understand our Wild Woman Spirit:

Vasalisa lessons

Now create your own collage of images and text that you feel represent your Wild Woman Spirit in full bloom.

 

Your Wild Woman Spirit:

  • is the intuitive essence of your True Self who knows your life Purpose and guides you toward the reason of why you’re on this Earth
  • represents your Inner 8 Year Old and the gifts you were born with that light you up and make time fly
  • is your Creative Awakening
  • is your wise Future Elder Warrioress who urges you to take inspired action toward the new skills and talents you develop throughout life before your last day on Earth, or else you’ll regret not doing them
  • Yet, sometimes she gets pushed to the back burner because of family/career/societal influences.
  • Let’s reclaim and celebrate her and live Unstuck JOY!
My Inner Critic

Now take only 10ish minutes to create your Inner Critic.

By creating a tangible visual of your Inner Critic and naming it, you can more easily ask it to be quiet and sit in the corner!

Who will you listen to as you evolve on your True Self journey – your Wild Woman Spirit or your Inner Critic?

 

 

 

ART VISIONING PROCESS

  1. Connect with your Higher Self/Source Energy through meditation, yoga, walking in nature, listening to music, etc. to achieve an open/receptive mind/heart.
  2. Contemplate the Art Visioning prompts of Create YOUR Wild Woman Spirit & Inner Critic.
  3. With the prompts in mind, ask the Universe the following questions. Respond to each question or gravitate to the one(s) that most resonate with you.
  • What do you want me to discover about this area of my life?
  • How can I perceive this part of my life differently?
  • What do I need to shed to manifest the best good in this area?
  • What do I need to say yes to/allow to manifest the best good in this area?
  • Who do I need to be in this area of my life?
  • What is an inspired next step I can take to grow/evolve into my True Self in this area?
  • How can I use my gifts/super powers to enhance this part of my life?
  1. Record your discoveries in your art journal – draw, doodle, paint, write, collage your way to soul clarity. Use images, words, favorite quotes, poems, minds maps, colors, etc. Mix up creativity techniques.
  2. Keep each Art Visioning journal creation as a record of how you’re progressing/evolving on your journey toward being your True Self.
  3. Feel free to share your Art Visioning creations with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @vickiworldart!
CHECK OUT WHAT PARTICIPANTS IN MY ART VISIONING WORKSHOP CREATED TO express their Wild woman spirits!
Creating Wild Woman Spirits