taking flight into art, love, and life (the blog)

Friday, May 22, 2015

My Instagram Weekly Round Up – Trust Your Wholeness

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I'm obsessed with Instagram – it's my favorite online home! Here's a recap from the last week, and for those of you who aren't on Instagram, come and join me! And you can click here to see all the Instagram updates right here on my blog!

Friday, May 15

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She was learning to to silence the noise and reawaken to her bright bloom. Here's a bright, blooming, awakening weekend, my friends.


Hello baby, hello business, hello burnout. My thoughts, personal stories, and tips are in the latest issue of Where Women Create Business. On the upside, it's been almost one full year since I experienced my last burnout. It was the big mama of burnout and changed my life completely toward one of self compassion, care, and love. We live and we LEARN, no?

Love making tunics out of layers. And I love this practice and all the amazing women doing it with me. I can barely keep up with the enthusiasm in our private Facebook group! It's day 6 out of 30 for many of us doing this practice. Love love love.

Saturday, May 16


Fresh flowers in the house is a kind of delight I will never not have.


Me: I love you all the way around the Earth. True: Well I love you even when I'm in heaven or in jail.

Monday, May 18
 
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Slow down. Breathe. Take it all in. Trust. Feel your aliveness. Ask. Manifest. Connect with your heart. Do you ever have those moments in the full, heart-centered swirl when things are going good, but it feels like so, so much? Been having a few of those lately. Even when everything that is happening feeds my soul, there is still a need to breathe, slow down, connect with my heart, feel my aliveness one step, one moment at a time.

Tuesday, May 19


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“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.” -Sam Levenson

My favorite recipe for feeling beauty-full.


Someone in our neighborhood painted hearts on their garden rocks. Love!
I've been under the weather a bit lately. Glad to be back here in my office/studio where inspiration awaits and motivates.
Wednesday, May 20


Sitting here after an intense workout, taking a rest and slowing my heartbeat. It's been a long while since I've consistently exercised and it feels really really good to care for myself in this way. Yes yes yes. But man I have some cardio strength to work on!

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“Be whole in everything. Put all you are Into the smallest thing you do. So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor Because it blooms up above.” ― Fernando Pessoa Our (divine) wholeness comes with practice and trusting our own blooming. For me, this means acknowledging my fear, my doubts, the things that make my wholeness, and not letting them eclipse my purpose.


Today is John's 41st birthday. Celebrating with a family bbq and lots of love. And totally got dressed up in joy for the occasion.


A friend of mine recently told me the story of how she unexpectedly shed the last lingering bits of her girlhood and fully entered womanhood. It involved setting a fierce and clear boundary with someone who was, for lack of a better phrase, in her face. She set the boundary and suddenly and completely felt a full embodiment of her adult woman self, feeling the last pieces of her girlhood slip away. She felt the empowerment of the transition in that moment, and I was totally struck by her story. I want that moment, I thought. And to get it, I'll have to get angry. I just know this in my bones. I don't do anger, and I can tell it's holding me back. Anyway, the whole conversation made me realize all the ways I, too, am holding onto my girlhood. In many ways I have embraced my womanhood - the part of me that is fierce, confident, and capable - but in many ways I have not. I struggle sometimes, a lot of times, with taking up space. It's my soul work to complete, I know, and something tells me that once I do it, once I fully embrace the full range of who I am, that I will finally let the last pieces of my girlhood go. I'm turning 40 next month. Perhaps that will be my birthday wish - to shed the layers of girlhood that are holding me back from reaching my full womanhood self. I think that would be amazing. Life. I adore it. 

“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” ― Friedrich Max Müller Ahhhhh yes. Two things that make my heart full – sunshine and love. Let's rise today to meet up with both! Rise and sunshine, friends!


Just got off a call with Annika Martins. What a lovely, amazing human being she is. Shiny, bright, soulful.

 
Working on finishing these babies up today. Apparently I'm digging this color palette lately.


LOVE THIS. Had to share.



That's it for this week! Check back here next week for another update, or join us over on Instagram for daily photos and thoughts!

XO,
Kelly Rae



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Products We're Loving: You Are Deeply Loved

Friends, each week we try and highlight some of our gorgeous products that we want to share with you! Some new new new and some old favorites. Check 'em out below!

PS: All of the products featured below (and more) are sold online via the online retailer Garden Gallery Iron Works (a local shop here in the Portland area), but if you're looking for signed/matted prints, you can get these in my print shop

PPS: International customers, Garden Gallery is HAPPY to ship worldwide. Please email them at gardengalleryorders@gmail.com to get started. 



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Love love love these mini notebooks. The one on top says "The smallest of moments" on the front, and inside the flap reads: "Bring the greatest joys." You can use this notebook to capture all those small moments that bring the most joy!

Find all the mini notebooks at the online retailer Garden Gallery right here!


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Love the unusual dimensions of this 8x24 wall art piece. It reads: discovering peace, slowing down pausing, listening, being gentle on ourselves, finding sacred in the ordinary, this is where the peace lives, where it breaths.

Peace peace peace, y'all.

Find this piece at the online retailer Garden Gallery right here.
 
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These every day ornaments are great for delicate, gentle reminders to decorate your home. This one reads: Daughter, you are deeply loved. Might be good for a graduation present, no?

Find it at the online retailer Garden Gallery right here!


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The cuff bracelets from a couple years ago are just darling. They really capture the mixed media and handmade quality that I adore in the jewelry line. This one reads "Dreamer – Dream Big." Find it at the online retailer Garden Gallery right here!

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These wood block manifestos make super great gifts! Perfect for coworkers' desks or a new neighbor's mantel. High quality, handmade, and the perfect size for displaying anywhere. Find them at the online retailer Garden Gallery right here!





Tuesday, May 19, 2015

on letting the last bits of girlhood go.



A friend of mine recently told me the story of how she unexpectedly shed the last lingering bits of her girlhood and fully entered womanhood. It involved setting a fierce and clear boundary with someone who was, for lack of a better phrase, in her face. She set the boundary and suddenly and completely felt a full embodiment of her adult woman self, feeling the last pieces of her girlhood slip away. She felt the empowerment of the transition in that moment, and I was totally struck by her story.

I want that moment, I thought. And to get it, I'll have to get angry. I just know this in my bones. I don't do anger, and I can tell it's holding me back.

Anyway, the whole conversation made me realize all the ways I, too, am holding onto my girlhood.   In many ways I have embraced my womanhood - the part of me that is fierce, confident, and capable - but in many ways I have not.

I struggle sometimes, a lot of times, with taking up space. It's my soul work to complete, I know, and something tells me that once I do it, once I fully embrace the full range of who I am, that I will finally let the last pieces of my girlhood go.

I'm turning 40 next month. Perhaps that will be my birthday wish - to shed the layers of girlhood that are holding me back from reaching my full womanhood self. I think that would be amazing.

Life. I adore it.



Friday, May 15, 2015

My Instagram Weekly Round Up – Full Week and Blooms Abounding

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I'm obsessed with Instagram – it's my favorite online home! Here's a recap from the last week, and for those of you who aren't on Instagram, come and join me! And you can click here to see all the Instagram updates right here on my blog!

Thursday, May 7

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Yes, yes, yes.


Current scene. Writing my heart out on the front porch in the best weather ever.


Goodnight Thursday. I'm pooped. I'm happy. I'm in love with these colors.

Friday, May 8


Gonna be a warm gorgeous day here. I'm wearing my happiest, sunniest tunic and my newish blue sandals for the occasion

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Friends, I hope you have the most wonderful, special, relaxing, happy, reflective, fun Mother's Day weekend! I'll be sending special notes not just to my mom, but to all my friends who have nurtured and mothered me along the way. XO!


Signing off for the weekend, friends. Have a lovely, lovely couple of days. Big xo.

Monday, May 11
 
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It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ― E.E. Cummings I'm not sure I'll ever really "grow up," but this process of becoming who I really am is requiring calling on my courage reserves. This week I'm saying hello to courage. Here's to your bright, roaring "hello!" to start your week!


It was a lovely weekend with family this weekend. This little guy painted my toes, had some serious fun in the sun, and gave us all many laughs. Totally love my life. John has been calling it a life-cation lately to remind us to enjoy and relax. It totally works! Lifecation. I like that. Happy Monday, friends!

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I was voted most likely to wear stripes with plaids in high school, which makes me chuckle that I'm now leading The Wear Your Joy Project ecourse more than 20 years later. The universe has a major sense of humor, I think. Today is the first day of our 30 day practice and I'm thrilled. Today I'm wearing patched up jeans and friends, they make me feel like ME!


Sneak peek at a little something coming soon.


Goodnight, Monday. Thankful for so much today, but the massage and bath I treated myself to this evening take the cake. Ahhhhhh.
Tuesday, May 12

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Ahhhh! Totally digging the new empathy cards by Emily McDowell. Emily is a truth teller while also being funny. A rare combo. And I like it.

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“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ― Rumi YES. I love love love this quote – that "strange pull" is exactly what I was feeling almost 10 years ago. Letting joy in is a daily practice, and I haven't been I haven't been led astray yet. This print reads "And then she followed her heart and let joy in."

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Day 2 of the Wear Your Joy Project ecourse! Totally loving this sweet community. Today it feels like Autumn and so I broke out another old tunic, high rise skinny jeans, and my new boots. Also got my hair did yesterday. Getting dressed up in joy is a beautiful self care and self compassion project.
We've reached the age of little painterly kits. Love. And totally takes me back.
Wednesday, May 13


The roses are coming out and they're sprouting up all over Portland. Love.

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Today in The Wear Your Joy Project ecourse we are creating simple Wear Your Joy altars. Friends, I am loving this tribe of students. Our private Facebook is exploding with honesty, joy, and sacred sharing. I am reminded again and again how powerful it is when groups of women gather. It's only day 3 and we are rocking this thing. Anyway, here's my little altar. This morning I paused here, lit the candle, and read aloud my permission slip that says "you are allowed to shine". Intention changes everything. And so does joy. It's not to late to join us! Link in profile with all the info. Xxo!


How adorbs is this baby swing I spotted in our hood today during my walk?

Thursday, May 14
 
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Do not lose hope ---what you seek will be found.” ― Neil Gaiman I wanted to share an oldie but a goodie today. Been thinking about seeking and being found. When I feel "found" is when I'm in the flow, when there is ease and gentleness. I think I will always be a seeker. Not for more or better or answers, but for my truth, source, and light.


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Yesterday is was wet and cold. Today it's sunny and warm.  Today it's biz calls, writing, being secret reader at the preschool, my first ever spin class, and an appt with the dermatologist for that annoying adult acne.


My joy teacher.

 Lots of 1's lately.


That's it for this week! Check back here next week for another update, or join us over on Instagram for daily photos and thoughts!

XO,
Kelly Rae




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