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Part 1: INTRO | Permission Granted : How to Create the Life You Want to Live

Well hello!

Since you’re here, I’m assuming that you think life is awesome, and that its meant to be lived to its maximum potential.

I feel you.
You want to figure out what your Thing in life is, and then you want to do that Thing.
To me, that’s the real dream.
You know that you’re meant to do something epic.
You might even know exactly what that epic Thing is.
But maybe you think it’s not possible.
Like it’s some pie in the sky shit that could never be real.
Listen to me.

It IS possible. And it CAN be real.

Because YOU are in control of that pie in the sky. That is YOUR pie, YOUR sky. What flavor do you want? What kind of crust do you like? You want fluffy whip cream clouds all over that delicious pie?

Then get it.

Put your order in with the universe and get that shit served right up.

Imagine what your life would look like..feel like..be like. If you were doing that thing you love, that thing you think about every day, that thing that brings you joy.

I can tell you, it’s amazing.

I can’t believe that I get to hang out with my dogs all day pantsless painting nature and bringing people joy. It blows my mind daily that I get to do what I do.

You came here with an inclination, a talent, a role to fulfill.

What better way to reach maximum potential than by doing what you were put here to do?
So this is a little guide to get started.
I want you to use it on your path to Maximum Potential. 
You know that you have a purpose.
I know that you do too.
Are you ready to change the world with that purpose?
Of course you are.

Let’s do this.

 

You just read a sample of Permission Granted : How to Create the Life You Want to Live. You can download the entire eBook for free below!

Download the FREE eBook here!

 

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How to be a Career-Driven Military Spouse (& not lose your mind)

Marrying my husband was the best decision I’ve ever made.

But I had no idea what I was about to experience as a woman with my own career track already established making the transition to military wife life.

For the first year, he was still stationed in Arizona and I had no problem finding the type of job I wanted in my field. Then we got orders to England! Which of course we were ecstatic about, and I had grand fantasies of working for some rad nonprofit organization in London. But then we got there and realized the actual location and surroundings were much more remote than we had imagined.

I quickly learned that job opportunities were slim, low-paying, and working in my actual field wasn’t even possible. I was super fortunate that a loosely-related to my experience position was available on base when we arrived, so I snatched that up and started building an Etsy shop in my spare time and running group painting parties and private painting lessons. With the low wages the base paid, I was soon making almost as much with my side art hustle.

So after a year, I put in my notice to give 100% to growing my art business.

The following 6 years has been a rollercoaster of development – deep dives into teaching myself online marketing, absorbing all things business and entrepreneurship, going within to battle the demons of self-doubt, self-worth, mindset blocks and fear. Physical and mental isolation, tears in the bathtub, in between points of such joy, excitement and the high of limitless possibility.

I’ve learned a ton, and I know I’m not the only woman out here that has sacrificed and is (still) navigating their own career and ambitions in order to be with the person they love.

So I wanted to give you all the things that might save you some time and help you on your own journey, and also create a little space to make sure you know you’re not alone!

This lil’ guide poured out of me in a tea room in England one day when I was waiting for a meeting to start. I had no idea it was going to turn into this 30-page eBook, and I’m so happy to share it with you!

Once you download the book (it’s free!), you’ll get the link to join the community too!

If you know anyone that might benefit from this, please share it with them too!

All women maximizing their potential = a beautiful world.

 

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The truth about entrepreneurship

It’s made me a terrible friend. I’ve spent the last six years pouring every waking moment into building this business, into learning as much as I possibly could about how to make it`grow and succeed. I’ve sacrificed sleep, sanity, questioned my self-worth and value, felt my self-esteem rollercoaster in accordance with the amount of money the business was bringing in, and swing back and forth between being sure that this is what I’m supposed to be doing with my life and wondering what the fuck I was thinking in the first place.

This journey has taken me into the depths of myself personally and spiritually, which has only been exacerbated by the periods of geographical isolation. It’s been both very dark and very bright at times.

Back in college, I had hours of sitting in Seattle traffic to talk on the phone with friends and family every day. Once I made that first overseas move 9 time zones away with shitty internet and no phone access, that all changed. I got used to rarely being able to talk to anyone. When the next overseas move lasted 4 years, communication had to be scheduled or it pretty much never happened.

Combining this with the transition to working for myself from home, I lost the need to reach out, to touch base, to catch up. My mind was completely consumed with all things business; learning, developing, producing. All I cared about was moving forward, accomplishing, succeeding at this venture. There was so much swimming around in my brain I didn’t even know what I would talk about with anyone anyway.

While I think about all the people I love and care about literally daily, I know you aren’t psychic, and you don’t know that I think about you constantly. And while I don’t personally need regular communication with others, I know that isn’t necessarily true for you.

So if you’re one of those that I’ve fallen out of touch with over the years and you have sadness about it, please know that it’s nowhere near personal, and I think about you all the time. I care about you, I care how you’re doing, and I’m always sending you love. So much love. And while I might not make the call, I will always answer the call. Unless I’m on the other side of the planet and it’s sleepy time of course. 😉

I love you!

 

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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!

word scarf, book scarf, lyric scarf, infinity scarf
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.