Wednesday, January 26, 2011

{me & flora bowley, a story in nine parts}

part I
{tinniegirl} attends her first art retreat, An Artful Journey in Northern California, in Feb 2010 and meets both Mrs Spotts and Beth Nicholls of Do What You Love.  {You can actually read more about Beth's story over on CRESCENDOh at the moment}


Image credit: Flora Bowley

part II
Mrs Spotts blogs about the incredible work of artist Flora Bowley.  {tinniegirl} is completely inspired.

part III
{tinniegirl} begins to follow the blog and work of Flora Bowley and sees her teaching workshops at art retreats across the USA.  {tinniegirl} thinks that she would very much like to attend one of her Bloom True workshops one day

part IV
{tinniegirl's} friend Beth Nicholls announces her amazing art retreat to be held in Yorkshire, England in May 2011.  Flora Bowley is one of the teachers.  {tinniegirl} seriously ponders the notion of traveling to England for the retreat as a celebration of her 40th birthday.

 How amazing does this retreat space look?

part V
{tinniegirl} comes to the sad realisation that she won't be able to attend the retreat in England.  As much as she wants to support her friend's new business venture and attend a 3 day workshop with Flora Bowley, she just doesn't have the financial or emotional means to pull it off at this time.  {tinniegirl} resolves to attend one of Flora's workshops one day.  When the time is right.

part VI
Donna Heart announces on her blog that Flora Bowley will be teaching a workshop in Western Australia in March 2011.  {tinniegirl} squeals with delight, does a happy dance, and even though finances still aren't ideal, determines that she will find a way to attend.

Photo credit: Flora Bowley

part VII
{tinniegirl} does further research and discovers that Flora will also teach a workshop south of Sydney in Jervis Bay in April 2011.

part VIII
{tinniegirl} registers for Flora Bowley's east coast workshop as her 40th birthday gift.{OMG!!!!}

part IX
{tinniegirl's} heart sings and she thanks the universe for bringing her dreams to her doorstep.

20 comments:

  1. BIG HAPPY sigh.......ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. Love love to think that we are all connected by these dreams that we have. I just love love this. And i cannot even tell you how badly I needed some nice and sweet news like this today.

    I am smiling a huge smile over on my side of the world just for you my friend.

    xxoo
    Lorrie

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  2. I might be oblivious and just missed this before.... but I adore the new header!! What a great painting.

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  3. oh Cathy, I hope your 40th birthday present to yourself turns out to be all you hope and wish for.. do keep us up to date.♥

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  4. So happy for you! I adore Flora too, and am hoping to take one of her classes in 2011. Yay for you and your 40th birthday celebration!

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  5. Wonderful :-)
    Way to go on the persistence and hanging in there until the dice fell where they did!

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  6. That might be the sweetest thing I've ever read! Yay for dreams comin' true:) I look forward to meeting you in Australia!

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  7. T'was meant to be my friend... the universe has spoken, and delivered!

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  8. that. is. so. fabulous.
    dreams come true, paths are laid
    savour every moment Cathy, you so deserve it!

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  9. that sounds absolutely wonderful how fabulous for you YAY xxxx

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  10. I love this Cathy, so wonderful and great to see how it all came to be. Dreams are wonderful things that do come to our doorsteps - you put it out there, it answered. xx

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  11. Ahhh Cathy, this is wonderful I am SO happy that your dream of taking a workshop with Flora came true. She is such a wonderful teacher and you are going to LOVE her (and she will love you too!). And as serendipity might have it, I have just uploaded a fresh and shiny interview with her on my blog today for your listening pleasure! http://dowhatyouloveforlife.com/blog/2011/01/26/do-what-you-love-interview-flora-bowley-podcast/

    Can't wait to see what you paint in Flora's class
    BethXx

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  12. Oh man. I am so happy for you but really, really green with envy too. I cannot wait to hear what a lovely time you have there! ♥

    Oh and here is my email ... michele dot clausen at xtra dot co dot nz

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  13. HOORAY! I'm SO glad that a workshop so close to home for you opened up! I will have to look at Flora's website to see if a workshop might be coming to a city near me =-)
    Enjoy your 40th B-day celebration Cathy!!

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  14. So So happy and excited for you! She is an amazing teacher and generous soul. I just signed up to take another class with her in California in May. The universe will provide.

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  15. That is such great news!! Love that it worked out so perfectly! I too dream of a class with her. Someday.... "see" you in class soon.

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  16. I love a story with a happy ending. Yay You!

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  17. Fantastic Cathy!
    So happy for you.
    And I love the way you tell the story.
    x

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  18. How did I miss this!!! Yay!!!! I am so excited for you! It was meant to be.

    However I am still salivating over that big tent thing...

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  19. Hi, I was at Flora's workshop last weekend in Nanga, Western Australia. Flora is a beautiful person inside and out, giving and very creative and talented. You and all the other ladies will have the best weekend. I look forward to seeing your paintings. Michelle.

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