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Monday, January 1, 2018

Hi Everyone!
Happy New Year!
Happy January 2018!!
I hope you're all doing well!

I have been very honest on my blog, about the struggles before I had with "loving" myself. Through growing with truly loving my soul, I learned about "control", "blame", "how I react to other people" and "how those people react to me."
Once we take responsibility, see no blame and let go of control, you see things so differently. Last year was one of my best years yet! The way I see and act towards people is so different. How they react is about them, not you. Let them be.

I'm at the point now, to be a butterfly, no more caterpillar! It's time to breathe, forgive yourself, forgive everyone, and appreciate everything!

Time to live in this moment! Not the past or the future! We are "space", and we hold so much stuff in us! Time to get rid of it! Again, I know it's hard, because many of us have went through so much, but if you keep reliving in the past, "your story", that's what you will keep reliving. I even changed my sidebar, from "my story", to, "why I started to paint crows". That was just where I started, it's where I am growing from.

And, if you keep living in the future, you are going to miss the present and probably screw up your future! LOL!

Get excited about you!

I heard somewhere and I thought it was brilliant...."Enlightenment isn't a thing to chase, it's what you always are. You're just ignoring it!"

Starting today, I am going to do an hour of meditating. Connecting to my heart. I know I'm going to cry and laugh and I will see. There will be thoughts and when things come up, I will love them. I will hold them and love them, until they no longer have to be with me. And, then I know there will be "insights", that bring me inspiration. And, it's those insights, I am going to act on.

Who knows where this will take me. Am I scared of all the possibilities, no, but it's to act on all the possibilities. This is where fear always comes in, for so many of us. In our society, we always have to know everything, before we do anything.

The power is within us! Be you!!! "Listen"!!

To make me stick to this, I have told two people, if I don't continue, I will give them both $1000.00, and shave my head. One person is not part of my family, so I know they will keep me to this! That's why I took my picture off my blog, for now, just incase! LOL!

The first 30 days, I know are going to be the hardest, for me, I think! LOL! At the end of every month, I will let you know how I'm doing.

Let the fun begin! LOL!

Thanks for letting me share this πŸ˜€

I have finished one painting. It's 8" x 10", on linen canvas paper.

"The Possibilities Are Never Ending"
Something I'm working on.
I also designed a pair of leggings.
"Front"


"Side"
"Back"

Big Hugs πŸ™‚


59 comments:

  1. I really love the quote about enlightenment. What a wonderful aspiration to achieve for the new year. Thank you.

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  2. Sending you big hugs! Sounds like you have a great attitude to welcome 2018. Being positive and spreading light and happiness is so important. :)

    Love the header for your blog! Also- the pieces you have worked on recently are fantastic. Keep up all the great work in 2018.
    ~Jess

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  3. oh Stacy I have the goose bumps just reading this,, you powerful woman you!! Watch you soar! You have accomplished so much,, and now the leggings,, wow,, beautiful and your new work,, the first one I could see people making a tattoo of that!!! I hope you keep your hair,, lol,, its too cold to go bald right now lol,,,

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    1. Laurie, thank you!! I'm trying! Funny you said about the tattoo, because I have been drawing inspiration from tattoos! Thanks for loving the leggings! I figure if I have to shave my head, it will be grown back for summer! LOL! Thanks for the laugh!

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  4. Those leggings are AWESOME!! If my body was slimmer I would buy them in a second. Sending you warm hugs for these cold days.

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    1. Thank you Leeanna!! Means alot! Big Warm Hugs!!!

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  5. Shaving your head is awesome! Try it. Much better than all those stringy hair things that look like alien tentacles.

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  6. You are awesome! I love everything, especially those leggings!
    May 2018 be a year filled with wonder.
    Hugs,

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    1. You are awesome Sandra!! Thank you!!! Big Hugs!

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  7. "The Possibilities Are Never Ending" is amazing. Really like that one - very memorable image!

    I hope 2018 is great for you. Keep us up to date on the meditation progress...

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    1. Thanks for loving my art Harry! I will for sure let everyone know about the meditation!

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  8. I adore your crows. And love your open attitude.
    I do understand the benefits of liking/loving ourselves but I just don't. At all.
    A work in progress.

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    1. Elephant's Child, keep trying!!! Big Hugs!!

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  9. Love your writing.. a big hug for you... '

    Happy new year!

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  10. You have 'grown' such a lot this past year, and I am sure you can continue the journey this year. My it be a great one for you. Love the new paintings. BIG hugs, Valerie

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  11. Wow !!!

    i feel lucky that i did not miss reading this MARVELOUS writing dear Stacy!

    you have amazed me always with your talent but today you stunned me with your love for life ,love for yourself and love for positivity !

    I AM PROUD OF YOU!!!
    thank you sooooooo much for sharing this treasure with us my friend ,each bit of it touched my soul ,wetted my eyes and warmed my heart.

    your work is getting to STRIKING each day and this one goes truly with your feelings!

    love you my friend stay as blessed as you are and i am sure that those two will have to shave their heads

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    1. Baili, you made me laugh about the shaving heads! LOL! Thank you for the wonderful comment! Love you too!! And, I am so PROUD of you as well! Big Hugs!

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  12. wishing you a very healthy ,positive ,Happy and prosperous year my friend!

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  13. I love absolutely everything about this post!!! Especially you XXX

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  14. Beautiful post Stacy! I am so happy to hear 2017 was a great year for you. I know it will be even better in 2018. Meditating sounds like a great idea. I have only tried some via youtube but don't think my brain could ever reach true meditation. I found someone on youtube who said she could never get there and that is ok. As long as it is a way to relax, understand and get rid of negativity. Your new work is awesome as always!

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    1. Try Val, all you have to do, is sit and listen! It is hard to get on to doing, but it's worth it! Big Hugs!

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  15. Stacy, it is so, SO exciting to watch you grow as a person and an artist! You ARE a butterfly! May 2018 bring even more achievements and happiness your way! Happy New Year!

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  16. Wowowowowow what an inspiring post. I just love seeing you grow and how you share so much of yourself with others. I know you will keep your commitment. Love your art and the leggins are awesome!!! The best to you always.

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    1. Thank you Nicole! Love you my friend!!!

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  17. Happy new year, many blessings for 2018. Sounds like it will be the best year ever for you. Wishing you health and success and love
    Janice

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    1. Thank you Janice! The same to you my friend! Big Hugs!

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  18. Stacy, this is such a beautiful post. I love everything you said especially the part about us already being enlightened but we keep ignoring it! You always inspire me to love life to the fullest and see the adventure and love all around us! Happy New Year my beautiful soul friend!!!!

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  19. I love your new paintings and your art looks wild and wonderful on leggings!!!!Hugs!

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  20. Happy New Year, dear Stacy! I wish you the best for 2018, and may your creative endeavours keep flourishing. I like the quote too, it's so true "Enlightenment isn't a thing to chase, it's what you always are. You're just ignoring it!"
    Big Hugs!

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  21. I like your positive outlook! Here's to an awesome 2018! Hugs!

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  22. Wow...I'm with you all the way, Sweetie!
    I try so hard to live and think the way you describe here...it is so hard at times to stay on track, but with your encouragement I know I can do it. We are in this together!!😊😊

    Lots of love and hugs xoxoxo

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  23. wonderful post filled with optimism and inspiration. Every morning starting back in january 2017 I read for about an hour and half out of spiritually uplifting books (not necessarily religious)...and then i spend about a half hour in meditation and then start my day! I had the best year I ever had on a consistent basis in 2017. It's true everything you said. My 2018 is going to be even more awesome! Nice leggings!

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  24. Happy New Year! I'm sorry it's been so long since I have checked in. The first part of your post is oddly timed given what I just wrote on mine LOL

    I hope you are well, and it's good to see these crows! I painted a crow this year, and was reminded of you. I meant to check in...

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  25. Happy new you year Stacy. I admire the work you have done in your life. And I really hope you do not have to shave your head!!!!!!!!! Bless you for your honesty and your incredible strength that you share♥
    I love your new art - so amazing to see how you change your way of painting and how everything is a part of you. Spread your wings and fly high, dear friend. Big hugsxxx

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  26. Stacy. . . I know how much you want to address these shadows and turn the light of love and compassion upon them. When I studied Zen Buddhism they called them "Hungry Ghosts". I know now that they can only exist and feed when we give them nourishment through our own ill thought, anger and sometimes thru self-deprecation. Please, please, PLEASE remember that their is no failure in this pursuit, Each day is like a New Year and brings a new opportunity to tackle them again. If there is one thing I've learned its that we are gifted with the opportunity to revisit these shadows time and again and even when we feel we have overcome them, they will raise their heads once again, though not as often. With each event, hopefully we may see that we are reacting less, loving more and growing thru it all!

    You will stick with it and you will not have to shave your head! :) The only failure is when you stop trying and I know that you are not a quitter in this lifetime in any form! You've fought far too hard. . . for your LIFE. . . to be kept down by the smallness of others in any fashion. One day at a time little butterfly . . . forward. . . always forward! BIG CROW HUGS!

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  27. Hope your day was full of sparkle and butterfly friends;)
    Hugs

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  28. You are my super-heroine when it comes to meditation, my beloved Stacy. Even the idea of meditating for a whole hour make my eyes pop a bit--I just can't do it... no patience. But I can dance for an hour while plotting stories and poems (and pretend it's meditation).

    Love "The Possibilities Are Never Ending", the painting and its message!

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  29. I'm SO proud of you. I know it's been a journey for you but you're doing it. I'm so excited to see you growing leaps and bounds. Stay focused! Love to you and wishing you a beautiful new year!! x

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  30. Hi, Stacy! What an inspiring post, and I'm cheering you on with full belief in your ability to do this. On New Year's Day I was flying down the highway through some of my favorite landscapes in the world. I'm sure I'd have to do walking meditation to handle a full hour. I adore your "Tender Hearts" baby crows that you sent me. I shared them on my blog today ~ Yes, I'm back at it! ~ I hope you don't mind. Love your latest art and leggings! Wishing you wind beneath your wings, my friend! Sending you a big hug!

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  31. Yay Stacy!!! I'm rooting for you - you can do it. Just think of all the art supplies you can buy for those $1000!
    I love to see your journey - you are a beautiful butterfly with such a golden soul.

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  32. Yes, yes, and more yes! Great way to start the year! Hugs...RO

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  33. I know in my heart from reading your blog for only a short time that you are strong enough to not even have to worry about a shaved head! And I absolutely LOVE your new header painting. LOVE IT!!! It's awesome.

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  34. Are you and the critters staying warm?
    Hugs

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  35. What fascinating paintings and the leggings are dynamic! I am impressed with your goals, you are always growing and that is beautiful.

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  36. Wow Stacy what a great post.
    So very pleased that 2017 was a great year for you, and with your positive attitude I just know it will be even better in 2018.
    I have friends who meditate and find it wonderful. I'm sure you will find that too.

    Sending my good wishes

    All the best Jan

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  37. You are blessed with such amazing artistry! Hugs...RO

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  38. Nothing quite like holding yourself accountable. I have never really bought into the whole "New Year/New You" and "Resolution" thing, but I really hope it works out for you.

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  39. Love your post and those leggings are amazing. :0) I hope 2018 is even better for you.

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  40. This post is beautiful. You have come a long way. I hope 2018 is a year full of peace, love, beauty, and happiness for you.

    I want to start meditating. I've tried a few times, but I really need to get right down into it and practice. I'm such a newbie at it that I struggle to keep my mind calm and quiet.

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  41. Here's to your journey and your wellness.

    Love the honesty.

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Thank you for taking the time to comment! I'm very grateful! Your words are very special to me! Big Hugs!