PRESERVING EPIPHANIES

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There’s a time of day when the sun has risen and become aligned with our little townhouse. All of a sudden we are in a wash of glorious light beams. They bounce around, creating shadows and brilliance. When this occurs, and I happen to be home, I like to sit in the middle of the floor quietly taking it all in. The moment never lasts long, perhaps only about 15 or 20 minutes but even the dust particles floating through the air sparkle and all seems well in the world.
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I have found similar things happen inside our own minds when we get inspired and a new, awesome idea pops into our heads. There’s a weight lifted and our wingspread seems infinite. Right now I am trying to find a way to maintain this sense of possibility. We each get a ton of ideas throughout the day but you know those ones that really stand out?! The ones that feel as though someone else had a hand in planting them there. The real deal YES ones that our inner critic likes to squash. Oh, how to protect myself from myself is what I’m working towards figuring out right now. How do you keep the idea extinguisher at bay? ♥
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I’m sure some people start their design projects differently but I always tend to begin with color. Choosing a palette is the key for me to unlock the door to creativity and become a spatial activist. You heard it here folks, I love me some spatial activism and boy did I ever let this place turn into a run-down blog shack. No design updates in a really looooong time, but that’s ALL CHANGED NOW!
I took a BIG cue from ModCloth’s recent stylebook graphics; whoever is creating that stuff should take many victory laps – it’s amazing!

 

Ta-da and welcome to the new and improved Hearted Girl. It’s lighter, brighter and reps me way more than the last scene did. Hope you like the changes I’ve made, which includes the About page – it was a serious atrocity and has been polished up some.
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Wishing everyone a swell Sunday! ♥

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All things I’ve been working on this year, my own little mantra if you will.
I say those 4 words over and over.

grow, reflect, sparkle, ignite

At one time I built my world in a sand box, you heard me right, I’ve gone to a counselor on and off over many years. Sometimes I needed it more than others. To back pedal a bit, so you guys don’t get the idea I’m nutso bonks or something: When I was very young; 19 to be exact, I was married to what I refer to as “the bad man”. He was terribly controlling and verbally abusive, this lasted for over 6 years and I know from experience what it takes to 1st realize what’s happening to you and 2nd get the hell outta there. So anyone else who’s done this is one strong lady, in my opinion.

Anyway, it was during that time my insides sort of died, I was a fragment of who I used to be and it took many years to get back into myself enough to see any light down the dark tunnel. All I’d seen before was a big amount of blackness; it was horribly engulfing. My wonderful counselor took me into her “play room” one day and there was a really big sandbox. It was on a table and there were shelves upon shelves of every kind of toy, symbol, gem and treasure you could think of. She left me alone saying “now it’s time for you to build your world, show me what it looks like”I was stunned, what? how?….no way!

It took a while but I finished, she came back in and then asked me to tell her the story of my world. Okay guys, then I was really taken aback; I’d built this thing, sure, but had no idea what it was really or the story behind it. She assured me it would be alright and to start anyway. Surprisingly, I articulated an entire life’s tale through the things I’d placed in a certain order. It was uncanny and actually quite a thrill. The very end piece I’d chosen was this large turtle. I looked at it for a while, not knowing why I had it at the end. Then I said “I’m the turtle; it’s taken me a long time and at a slow pace to make this trip but my shell protected me and I’m patient, cautious and resilient”. I knew then that the power within our own minds is always there, whether you recognize it in the moment or not. You can & will achieve anything you want with the mindset to do it. 

I wish you all many blessings along your own paths, build those roads carefully and you will end up just where you’re supposed to. Be well my friends, happy new week wishes. ♥