what will you do with your one wild and precious life?

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

 ~ Mary Oliver

What makes a woman feel her creativity is best forgotten? What makes a woman decide that it isn't worth her time, energy, or money to create art, or to give it expression?

It’s not her fault. It’s definitely a world in which art is less appreciated than science, feeling less than reason, expression less than persuasion, awareness less than action, feminine less than masculine. A world in which we are full of scarcity: afraid of running out of money and time. 

How does this system suppress a woman’s creative impulse? In a variety of ways: she learns "to be good," to “be reasonable,” to “make a hard-earned living,” to feel approved of, accepted, loved for more socially acceptable endeavors. I am definitely still grappling with all of these things, as I realize more and more that all I want to do is focus on my writing.

I want you all to meet a very special woman who I've been working with for these last few months: Kelli. 

Kelli reached out to me in September because a few months ago, she had been feeling like "something more" was waiting for her, but she was felt unclear about what that was.

Just four weeks into my group program (the next one is now officially open for enrollment by the way, and beginning on March 16th) she reacquainted herself with a little seed inside of her. That seed was her creative spirit. It was her desire to create, make, and express herself through materiality. She remembered her love of wood. I say "remembered" here because as a little girl, Kelli loved nature, trees, and her father was a woodworker. She often spent time hours with him in the wood-shop, creating.

So, what was that “something more” Kelli was waiting for? It wasn't something out there, foreign, far away, or unexpected. It was something very close to home. It was so close to home that it related to her childhood and her relationship with her father.

Sometimes, our deepest callings are right under our noses. {Tweet this} It takes a reconnection with desire, pleasure, energy, intuition – and an awareness of fear and risk-aversion to follow the callings of our heart. It takes a kind of unfolding to realize what’s been buried, an uncovering of the soil, to see that the seed has been waiting all along. It takes a supportive sisterhood to water the seed, provide the sun and warmth for it to sprout.

During the program, Kelli launched her own jewelry collection Madera – and had her first show in December (yay!). If you like any of her pieces, she's offering a 20% discount with the coupon "vision," just for you darling wisdom readers out there. Her pieces are one-of-a-kind and she puts a lot of love, care, and consideration into each design.

Here’s a video vignette of Kelli’s story, honoring her beauty and creative spirit. 

Kelli, here’s to you, sister.



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