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*GIVEAWAY*: Celebrating 1,000 Visits!

Mother and Child by Flor Larios

Flor Larios | Mother and Child

Comments are CLOSED for this post!  The winner will be announced Thursday, the 13th!!!

Thanks for playing!

My little blog that I only started less than three months ago has already had 1,000 visits!  I know many of you seasoned bloggers get that kind of traffic in one day, but this little blogger is surprised by that number.  Being an internet marketer, you’d think I’d have pulled out all my marketing skills and applied them to my blog – but I have not.  It’s growing 100% organically – just the way I wanted, if it was to get a following at all.

Blogging is a funny thing.  Us bloggers will say things on our blog, to the whole world potentially, that we wouldn’t necessarily say to our friend sitting on our couch.  I can’t explain why it’s easier – but it is.  It’s very freeing and a great exercise in vulnerability.  I truly believe that we are meant to share our stories.  Besides relating to others, if we do not share – we do not preserve our past.  And eventually, we leave no mark in this world.  Our stories don’t have to be extravagant, or filled with super-courage, or anything extreme.  They just have to be real, and good reflections of who we are.  Like Dr. Seuss says,

Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is youer than you.

Not everyone will like us, or that we tell our stories.  And?  Not everyone liked us anyways.  And frankly, most people don’t really know us.  They know our favorite colors, what we love to eat, what we do for work, etc.  But those kind of relationships are not as rich as they could be, if we would only share ourselves.

It is my intention to continue to unfurl myself in this space with my stories.  Please join me by commenting below and tell the world WHO you are in one sentence.  I will start:

I am a deep feeling, passionate, loving, creative woman.

By commenting, you will be entered into my RANDOM draw to win the above artwork by Flor Larios.  It’s called Mother and Child and it speaks dearly to my heart.  It will be a 6×8 inch print.

If you are not ready to tell the world just who you are, feel free to leave any comment you wish to qualify for the drawing :-)

Your comment must be in by midnight (PST), Wednesday the 12th to be in the drawing.

THANK YOU for reading my blog!

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Comments are CLOSED for this post!  The winner will be announced Thursday the 13th!!!

Thanks for playing!

UPDATE: As much as I may like to be, I am NOT Flor! There has been some confusion over this.  I am Angela.  Flor is Flor.  I am simply giving away one of her prints because I love it so much!  ;-)

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Feeling Shy…

FieldOver the last few days I’ve gathered all these poems I’ve written over the years, ones specifically I thought I would post to the blog over time.  Today seemed like the perfect day to whip one of those out to post, as I’ve got a lot on my plate and don’t have much time to write.  Well, I just experienced myself getting really shy.

As I’ve been going through them and putting them in a separate folder for the blog, I was sure to ask myself, are you sure you are ready to share this with the world? Mostly, the answer was yes.  But now that I’m here, right now, I can’t muster up the courage.   Not for a single one.

My heart has been bursting at the seems with creative inspiration.  So much so that I can’t even get to sleep these days before 2am.  Some nights it’s been 4am.  I’m walking around like a zombie during the days.  But always thinking, what should I create? I’m eating, living, breathing, and dreaming inspiration.  Drenching my head and heart with other creative bloggers.  Thankful for bloggers like Boho Girl and Kelly Rae who have chronicled their very vulnerable thoughts and journeys to creative freedom and artistic living.

I was reading Kelly Rae’s chronicles last night.  In 2006 she was talking about her experience at Art Fest and how that changed everything for her in terms of her commitment to her art.  It was only last week that I stumbled on Art Fest 2011 and experienced my heart’s cry to be there.  It’s fantastic to feel like I have these soul sisters holding my hand through this journey by allowing me to peek into theirs.  It’s also fantastic to see Kelly Rae’s ‘humble beginnings’, as she calls them, and know that there is room for progress and perfecting of our crafts.

I’m trying to expose myself to as many different crafts and creative people as time will allow for, to see where my heart gravitates to most.  I’ve joined a few flickr groups with fun contests – self-portraiture, hipstamatic (iPhone photo app), creative.  I’m following blogs: writers, photographers, knitters, and mixed media artists.  I love this culture – this life of artistic freedom.

My spirit feels alive again.

Spirit Alive

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