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On my way back.

I’ve been gone for awhile. Not gone gone, but definitely pulled inward. For like…the last 6 years or so.

What started as a time zone barrier in talking to my friends and family as much while I was overseas developed into a deep mental isolation that brought me through levels of myself that I didn’t know existed.

Sometimes it was dark and scary, but mostly it was beautiful and expansive.

Much of it was tied to my feelings of self-worth as they related to my sudden and unexpected dependence on my husband when his career took us to England and mine was stalled as a result.

Compound that with going into business as me, myself & I, after thinking I had my whole career lined out. Degrees. Commitments to service. Student loans out the ass.

I mean, who was I to ‘be an artist’ after so many years of work and dedication to helping others? It was who I was. How could I just start saying I was something else?

I was spinning.

The anxiety attacks had been ugly since Macedonia, and I finally recognized them as something I needed to ask for help with. Something I don’t do much.

My doc introduced me to Zoloft and the world changed. 10/10 highly recommend.

Anyway, now that we’ve been stateside for two years and the time zone barrier isn’t as much of a thing, my tendency to go inward versus touch base or catch up with a friend/family member still wins.

And I have guilt about it.

But I suppose my guilt about it doesn’t outweigh my super intense desire to create a successful business and be an example for other women who have such dreams they wish to fulfill.

I’m hoping to get better at balancing this in the coming years, but it could also be that I just don’t like to talk on the phone as much as I used to 🙂

Re-emerging after a lengthy period of isolation and inner exploration is bumpy, and can feel socially awkward at times.

But I’m working on it, and learning more about my Self constantly.

<3

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Be a better version of yourself…by sleeping.

Are you really sleeping enough?

How many hours do you typically sleep if you don’t set an alarm?

Not like on the weekend. Like if you did it consistently.

Try it for a week.

Start going to bed a half-hour earlier every night until you start to wake up just before your alarm goes off.

Learn how many hours your body needs, and then make it happen consistently.

 

I’m in a fortunate position in which I can make my own schedule. It took me a long time to accept that I need a full 8-9 hours in order to function at my best and be most productive.

I felt like I was being a lazy pile of shit.

But when it became apparent how shitty and wasted a day can be when not enough sleep is had, it actually is a waste of time to not get enough sleep.

We need to get past the idea that it’s some badge of honor to run on as little sleep as possible.

 

If you are sleep deprived, your productivity suffers, your creativity suffers, everything suffers.

It adds to stress, which leads to a hundred other health issues.

Some people require less than others.  Some require more.  Mine is 8-9.  Some people easily run off of 5-6.

So figure out what your sleep requirement is (when you tend to wake up naturally) and get it.

Your body and mind will thank you.

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Vermont Bride Feature!

I finally got my hands on the newest edition of #VermontBride so I could see our feature in person! What a beautiful publication, I’m so honored to have my work in these pages! Mei Lin Barral Photography – incredible work, you’re so amazing, thank you again!

 

Click any of the photos to personalize YOUR Lyric Scarf!

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Lyric scarf in Wine. Photography by Mei Lin Barral Photography.
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new work : moondust, constance, live & august prints!

“Constance” is a sky-high view of the Olympic Mountains from Anderson to Iron peaks. A highly-textured and monochrome piece with layers of gold leaf, iridescence and acrylic.

 

 

“Moondust”

My inspiration is always drawn from nature, and the past year has been a deep introspection into our relationship with the moon and her phases and cycles. We have much to learn from paying attention to this and learning to ‘go with the flow’ rather than against it.

 

 

“August”

The Climax Bound Collection is focused on abstraction.

For me, abstraction comes from within.  When reaching those physical and mental peaks in life, I see color; wrestling, dancing, flowing color.  I want you to strive for those personal peaks in your life as well. I want to inspire you to seek your maximum potential, and to feel your connection with everyone and everything in order to reach that potential.

My abstract pieces are a journey to create my vision through the use of textures, materials and pigment. I encourage you to touch them, and to feel and absorb the energy that went into the piece from the state of inspiration through to fruition.

 

 

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Action Cures Fear

Fear is a bitch. It hangs out in the back of your mind making up Fake News that causes you to doubt yourself, to imagine the worst, and hold yourself back from accomplishing epic shit.

It never goes away, it just takes on different voices.

Acknowledge the fear, thank it for worrying about you, and move forward anyway.

Acting despite the fear lessens and weakens the fear over time.

 

You eventually see that the fear is unsubstantiated. Because on the other side of action you find none of the terrible things that you imagined, only awesomeness.

You have to go where you haven’t been to discover anything new.

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Quality over quantity.

You believe in quality over quantity.

You prefer the silence of the forest to the noise of the city.

You’d rather be traveling than shopping.

Your purchases and choices are a reflection of you, and you want to create a home & wardrobe that’s a reflection of who you are.

I feel you.

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Everything is connected.

Art illuminates our lives every day.

 

Think about what makes you feel beautiful inside… what brings you happiness, so you can express it physically in your home and life – all those things involve art.

We do this all the time – furniture, fabric, tile work, glass – it all comes from an artisan with a different craft.

For me, nature is what I’m drawn to.  The epic and the everyday. It is amazing.

I want people to see our natural world and value it. People have lost the connection that our ancestors had with the earth and the universe and we need it back.

Everything is connected. Everything is energy. Nature heals us because we ARE nature.