Sunday, August 23, 2009

Wrapped In The Arms Of Community

You know I LOVE Kelly Rae Roberts. I have an enormous blog crush on her. When I came across her art, blog and story in early 2008 it was like finding a missing piece of myself. It was one of those magic a-ha moments. In fact I have to credit her for unknowingly being a huge influence on me starting my blog and taking the leap into being an artist. To think that in just 6 short months I'll be spending 3 amazing days at a workshop taught by her and Mati Rose.

Through Kelly Rae I discovered Andrea at Superhero Journal, another woman who I added to my daily dose of inspiration. I recently signed up for
Mondo Beyondo, an online class about dreaming big, run by Andrea and another super-inspiring woman, Jen Lemen.

When I read
Andrea and Kelly Rae's posts about their recent Lovebomb encounters it tugged at my heartstrings and tapped into a longing that I couldn't quite place. I felt a rawness as I read about their time spent dancing, laughing, painting and connecting. I wanted to be there, to be a part of it. To be wrapped in the arms of community.

Today when I was re-reading Andrea's post I found the words that made it all fall into place.
"It is an extraordinary group of women ... We are all different, but share a few important things in common: A commitment to authenticity, growth, and telling our stories. We are all on a journey toward a deep knowing of who we are, of recognizing our gifts, of bringing our own special kind of medicine to the world."
Andrea Scher
I am a woman on a journey. Above all else I want to live an authentic life. I want to know myself fully. I want to tell my story. I want to share my unique gifts with the world.

But there's more. I want to travel the road with souls who are on the same journey. This passion for authenticity and for connecting with kindred spirits has been with me for as long as I can remember. It's often stood me apart from people who prefer the safety of the superficial to the risk of real relationships. It's caused me to question myself and lose my way time and time again. It's left me lonely on both the superficial and that deeper level many times.

Now, though, things are shifting. Every day brings growth and a realisation of who I am, who I've always been and where I'm headed. The best bit of all this is that it feels so right.
I am coming into my own.

Imagine if we had our very own Australian Lovebomb? How cool would that be?


  1. Hi there, I just read your comment on my blog and then came to check out yours. Funny thing as I just came home from vacation with my family and have not blog searched for a long time, today I started with Kelly Rae's and your words about her community of friends spoke what I was thinking. I am look forward to meeting you in Feb. and hope to chat with you before then as well.

  2. You strike a chord there. I have learned that as much as I love what others do it will only work if I am true to myself. Cherrie

  3. ...and what a fantastic journey it is - so glad you are finding your very own slice of community that makes your heart sing and your crafty arty fingers move with such creative dexterity!

  4. How long did it take you to prepare that post? You seem to have such a way with words that really touches me, it'd have taken me forever to put those thoughts and feelings into words.

    We seem to have stuff in common and I look forward to sharing your journey with you.

  5. Another poignant post Cathy, more insight into who you are and where you are going as a person and an artist. You must be so excited about the workshop... it sounds amazing.

  6. What lovely links - isn't it just amazing that you can make such connections with others via some keys and some mouse clicks, and then end up with a Lovebomb.

  7. I have to thank you for putting me on to some great new blogs. I found Dalesford Organics here and I must say I was very taken with Kelly Rae's description of herself as a "possibilitarian". Think I'll be adopting that one!

  8. TinnieGirl, you're just a bit inspiring yourself. Have promised self to sing at the top of my lungs on the way to school drop off tomorrow. Just to make sure I start the day with a bit of a sparkle myself.

  9. Olá! Conheci seu cantinho e é tudo de bom!
    Lindo e criativo!...
    Amei mesmo!!!
    Parabéns pelo seu trabalho!
    Se puder, dê uma espiadinha no meu:
    Beijinhos carinhosos.
    Itabira - Brasil

  10. Wow very jealous of that adventure you are going on!!!!I love Mati Rose's work and meeting her in person will be fantastic.

  11. yes, the blogs of Kelly Rae Roberts and Andrea Scher (to name only a very, VERY few!) have been so inspiring to me to create my own blog and i marvel at the amazing world of blogs and the communities they make; it reminds me that we are more connected than we think...

    i am really looking forward to meeting you at the Artful Journey retreat!!

  12. I think your journey that you are on is amazing ... but more so the articulate way that you able to express and generously share it with the rest of us.

    It takes great courage to move beyond that superficiality. (I've certainly never had the gumption to let it go). You are truly talented, genuine, brave ... and inspiring Tinniegirl.

  13. Hi Tinnie, Did you get my email about the printer and cards? I sent it last week, but maybe I got your address wrong... anyway, let me know if you didn't get it :)

  14. It's always insightful to read your thoughts dear girl...they help us all on our own little journeys...

  15. Thanks for the links! I clicked through to Andrea's superhero journal and saw her post about writing messages on the body.

    I was wondering what message I would want to write to myself, and the message came to me: 'DO IT!'

    So I'm doing it - I'm applying for a postgrad writing course. Yay!

  16. All the posts by the women who attended that Lovebomb fest were really inspiring and comforting. I recall a Wild Women Weekend that had such amazing energy, especially when we all danced. At that point, there ARE no bad dancers because each of our natural energy just volcano level flowed outward.

  17. Beautiful post....what more can I say that already hasn't been said...except it is SOOO important to listen to your inner voice and be true to yourself, I so look forward to reading more on your workshop even if it's in 6 months time!