Insead of Banishing Your Inner Critic, Choose This Instead.


1. A New Way to Think About Your Inner Critic:  I still hear wonderful teachers of creativity admonishing people to tell their inner critic to SHUT UP ALREADY, or to lock them in a (psychological?) dungeon…OR,  “whatever you do—don’t listen to them!”. I think there is a NEW fangled and much better way to deal with your inner critic. You can read more here:   The misunderstood inner critic

2. Apple Blossom Season Is A Time for Pausing.  Cherry blossoms, apple blossoms… they remind me of how much I’ve been loved and am loved. They give me hope that all things are possible! In Japan, I saw first hand how they take the season seriously and spend hours resting and picnicking beneath the blooms!

I love this poem from Japanese poet #issa

hana no kage / aka no tanin wa / nakari keri

Under the cherry blossoms

strangers are not

really strangers

(Translation by Zoria P. K.)

And under these heavens, I like to think that none of us are strangers. And the blossoms, for me represent both beauty and death and the brevity of life. To see a REEL Of my epic visit to the cherry blossoms in Tokyo on Instagram- please WATCH.  

Painting them today was SO MANY FEELINGS.  Please hit reply if you are interested in details.

Under the Apple Blossoms Strangers Are Not Really Strangers” (number 1) 24 x 30″ acrylic on canvas

Learn more and purchase here. 

3. I am Always Looking For New Definitions of Success that Resonate.  Boy does this one ever.

“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it”

Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

My consciousness is commanding me to paint right now– every day!  How about yours?  Will you heed its clarion call?

4. It’s KEY to Celebrate Each Success.  The hero’s journey is SO HARD!  There are so many trials once you have said YES to your sacred calling (mine right now is to become a successful artist!) .  I didn’t used to celebrate well.  I waited until “a big thing” happened instead of celebrating all the little milestones.  I’ve learned that those little celebrations spur me on!  I also have no idea how long I will be here and wouldn’t it be a pity to not celebrate something if I would be gone tomorrow?

I am celebrating each step on my path to being an artist! I was so excited to discover that my work was accepted at Artfully Walls!

They do beautiful frames for prints – it’s super inspiring!  I am a sucker for a chic fra

Take a look at all of my available work at their SITE here.  

5.  WOOHOO! I am also celebrating my SECOND SOLO Art Exhibition!  I can hardly believe it!  I applied and was told I didn’t make the cut and encouraged to apply again next year when another artist was unable to do their show in June! Save the date if you’ll be up in Northern Minnesota near Grand Marais! It will be June 1 to 30th at the Grand Marais Art Colony Store.

Are you in need of more spiritual connection or simply feeling as if 2024 is your year to lean into healing?  You can find all the ways to work with me HERE. 

AND you can always work together with me (+ Inger Kenobi!) and other fabulous humans like YOU each week by joining SHINE and make serious progress on your creative journey!

with love,

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