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Nature Inspiration

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Hello beauty,

What I've been really feeling called to connect with lately is how effortlessly Mother Nature inspires us with her beauty. Truly, whenever we take the time to nourish ourselves with a walk in the great outdoors, there is so much gorgeousness at every turn.

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beautiful nature creek

A daily walk has been part of my self-care practice for many years now. Actually if I'm honest, it's probably more like 5 times a week. But even if it's just a 10 minute walk down the road, there's something about being in nature that brings me back into myself. I feel refreshed, invigorated and strangely enough - more positive about the future of our planet.

Why?

Because when I'm connecting with nature, I can take time to step out of my busy mind and instead, notice how incredibly She evolves, adapts and grows ... and that brings me such hope and trust in the intelligence that underlies our lives and the Universe.

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Nature creek

The truth is, ever since I was a child, I've felt absolutely in awe of nature's expression and ecosystems. Whether it's the shape of a smooth, curved leaf, the reflections or patterns on the surface of a water, tadpoles in a creek or a surprise visit from nature's creatures - my goodness - I can't help but see it all as a beautiful blessing every time.

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As humans, we are wired to protect the things we love. I see my role as an Artist as someone who can share my inner feelings and expressions through my work and for me that means, Mother Nature. When we are so busy, we often forget how beautiful the very place we live in is. But it doesn't take much to connect with Her and drink in her natural beauty.

All of the images I've shared with you here are within a 5 minute walk from my house. There is a creek that runs behind my house and about a year ago, I discovered that the local green group had cleaned up a pathway through the bushland alongside it. It's now become like a sacred ritual to visit here and because it's a place I've grown to admire so much, I feel so deeply passionate about conserving, showcasing and sharing its beauty with others.

Children's nature art

Feeling inspired, this week, I taught an intuitive nature art session with my son's prep class. I just love how having conversations with children can so easily open them up to the beauty and awe within us all. And I have learned that this awe actually never leaves us, we just get too busy to notice it.

So this week, I invite you to visit somewhere natural and reconnect with that sense of wonder and beauty that exists every day around us. It doesn't need to be a grand gesture - most of us can find somewhere natural within 5 - 10 minutes of our home.

If you feel so inclined, you might like to make it a photo walk - get down low and look at the little wild flowers growing in the cracks of the pavement, or the shimmering light shining through the canopy of trees overhead. The camera in your phone is enough for this.

I can guarantee - I promise - you will return feeling all the better for it. Because when we connect with nature, we also connect with the natural part of ourselves within. Our planet is truly the most magnificent gift; an incredible ecosystem, which we are a part of. When we remember to appreciate and nourish Her, we in turn, nourish ourselves and every other thing on the planet benefits.

If you feel inspired to connect with nature creatively, I invite you to check out my Mindful Nature Artwork e-class, online with Wanderlust 2018. Details on my classes page HERE.

All my Love,

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Refilling Our Cup

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

I'm a big believer in noticing everyday 'signs' as symbols of guidance from the Universe - and when I notice something repetitively - it's like an extra nudge to take notice; there's an important lesson to be learned.

So over a cuppa date with a friend recently, I spilled the beans to her; explaining how I'd been spilling water from my drinking cup, over and over recently - even onto people! Was I just rushing too much?

Then, my friend responded with her simple, innocent wisdom: "You don't realise when your cup is empty?" 

Agh. There it was. The truth is, many times in my life I had failed to notice when 'my cup' (meaning my sense of wellbeing) felt dangerously low. But I have to say, this year something I'm actively working to change: I'm making my needs a priority - not just when I can fit it in, but every day in my life choices

For me, this has meant a number of subtle shifts, mostly around establishing healthy boundaries through self-care. Self-care reminds us that we matter and that our needs are important.

Personally, a number of mini self-care rituals fill my cup on a regular basis and nurture my wellbeing. Here are my favourites: 

DAILY:

In the first hour of waking, I set my Insight Timer for a 10 minute morning meditation and put on some incense. This reminds me to just 'Be' with my senses and engage with the present moment, instead of 'Doing' all the time. The incense also acts as a trigger to get into my presence space.

Every night before falling asleep, I think of 10 things I'm grateful for from the day. This helps train my mind to look for the good things in life. I'm also reminded that even on a shitty day, there were things that lit me up.

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WEEKLY: 

I undertake a 2 hour Art-making session, at least twice a week. Art-making for me feels both therapeutic and insightful.

On Saturday mornings, I gift myself a yoga class to nourish my body.

Once a week, I organise a cafe + cuppa outing with a someone I love - and sometimes myself. As a Mama, this is my luxury time.

Whenever I feel like it, I replace my morning meditation with a mindful drawing exercise. Here, I find joy both through the present moment and doing what I love - making Art.

MONTHLY:

I book in for a massage and make a point of mindfully enjoying it. No explanation necessary. 

YEARLY:

I pick a word of the year. This helps me set an intention for the way I want to live my life in the months ahead. 

I buy myself something special that I've wanted for months. Just because I deserve it.

I attend a yoga retreat and get my self-care ONNNN! I always feel good when I nurture my body.

 Mama Nurture Oracle Cards - Available  HERE

Mama Nurture Oracle Cards - Available HERE

Your self-care rituals will likely look much different to mine. We intuitively know what a good cup-filling exercise is for us, because it feels like a joyous relief every time we engage in it. 

These are the things we need to practice more of; rituals that fill us up from the inside out. When we feel filled from within, we can give to others with more gratitude. With frequency, self-care begins to sink in and become a habit. It also helps rewire our brains to enable more self-love to unfold. 

Do you need a bit of help tuning into your self-care? You might enjoy the Insight Timer app or one of my online or in-person creative workshops HERE. They're filled with the tools I personally use to get present with myself.

All my Love,  

Chrissy


UPCOMING CLASSES:

'Creating with Feeling'. 5th March, 2017 @ Viroga Yoga Studio + Day Spa. Brighton, QLD. 10 am - 4 pm. BOOK HERE.

IN THE MEDIA:

Check out my heartfelt interview on Expressive Art Inspirations with Artist + Therapist, Shelley Klammer. READ HERE.

Upcoming Classes

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Hi beauties, just a short and sweet email to let you know I have a few spaces available in my 'Creating with Feeling' in-person workshop this weekend.

The venue has now changed to My Home Studio in Clontarf, Queensland and I couldn't be more excited to share my space with you.

If you're around town this Sunday 5th March between 10 am - 4 pm, I'd love to get colourful with you! It's just $150 for the full day, with all materials provided.

To learn fun and playful ways to incorporate more self-care and mindfulness into your life via Art-making. BOOK HERE.

For my beloved International customers, you can access my online course 'Colour with Feeling' HERE.

My Top 3 Tips on When to Say 'No'

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

I love to show people I care and appreciate them, through random acts of kindness and generosity of Spirit. Over the years I've bent over backwards to alleviate stress, both in myself and others. Yet as a busy Artist and Mama, my capacity for generosity is often stretched to the limit with family life, let alone anything else.

'How can I possibly meet everyone else's needs, as well as my own?' is a question I used to ask myself regularly. The guidance I've grown to discover is this ...

It's not possible - Sometimes we all have to say 'NO'.

This can be particularly difficult to choose with those close to us, like our children, partners, family, BFF's and even bosses. Yet there inevitably comes a time in life when we need to let other people down, in order to choose our own wellbeing instead.

Personally, nurturing my wellbeing has become of particular importance since both becoming a Mama and having a breakdown in 2014. 'Cause when the well is dry as a stone, we ain't got no juice left for any authentic generosity to occur.

I believe it's time we started to look closer at the value to be generous all of the time and to consider instead stopping for a moment to listen within for guidance.

So, when is it okay to say 'No' to others and 'Yes' to ourselves?

Here are my top three ways to determine when we need to say 'No' or happily say 'Yes'

Ask yourself:

  1. How does saying 'Yes' to this demand feel in my body? Light or heavy? Exciting or dreadful?
  2. How does saying 'No' feel in my body? Dutiful or relieving? Achievable or stressful?
  3. Will this activity enrich my sense of wellbeing, or take me away from it? (Yes. That's the biggie).

We all have inner guidance; our 'Intuition'. She is the 'Inner Tuition' within us, here to teach us our own, beautiful truth.

When we turn to her, she always guides us in walking the richest path we possibly can. She's super empathetic and knows what we're here to learn and that it's okay for us to make mistakes sometimes, too. We're all human.

She also knows how to embody the magnificent, Spiritual Being we came here to be.

If we listen and feel - truly gift ourselves a few moments each day to go within and connect with Her; we discover she's always there to guide us in our wellbeing in each moment. She guides us to honour ourselves and say 'No' when our wellbeing requires us to do so ... and helps fill our cup so saying 'Yes' feels more joyful.

Over the years I've come to know my Intuition pretty well and I have to say, she's more magnificent than I could ever have imagined ... and she's a part of Me. That feels pretty great.

Let's chat:

I'd love to know how your Intuition works in your life. Do you check in with Her? What has She taught you? It's not always easy, but I've grown to know that the best choices feel like relief in the body - even when the choice is a hard one. 

I wish you well on your beautiful journey ... thanks for being here with me on mine.

All my Love,

Chrissy xx

Thoughts on Anxiety + Worth

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Lately I've been thinking about change. This year has seen some pretty big changes happen in my Life and many old constraints have finally fallen away. Suddenly, I find myself in new territory, a place where I'm experiencing more freedom, more authenticity and more dreams manifesting than ever before.

Yet I noticed anxiety creeping back into my experience ... and for the life of me, I hadn't been able to work out why. Now my son is at school I have more devoted time to be creative, carve out time for self-care and even yummy leisure time to read a book, watch a movie and have a cuppa with friend. So why would I be experiencing anxiety now, of all times?

Then this evening, it dawned on me ... I've been afraid I'm not worthy.

A recurring fear of mine is if everything is going really well, I'm afraid I will lose it. This is a fear I fall back on easily, as a well learned response to life lived with anxiety.

But when I dig deeper here - truly inquire into my feelings and experiences - I realise it's not actually loss I'm afraid of. In actual fact, I've been afraid to truly let love seep under my skin.

At a time in my life when I am consciously choosing what matters most to me, it's become apparent how far I've come. This life I've carved from the clay of experience is so utterly 'Me', filled with people, experiences and feelings that feel so beautiful, true and authentic.

 And boy, does it hurt to not let it in.

It is now that I realise, rather than loss being what I fear most ... in actual fact, it's always been love. To truly let love in means on some level, I have to believe that I'm worthy to receive it.

Yet as I walk this path, healing my wounds and nourishing my strengths, I understand on a much deeper level that love isn't actually something I can ever gain, nor lose. It's something that I Am, something we all Are, something that all life is made of. We can either let love flow freely within and around us ... or to deny its existence at all.

From this day forth, I promise myself this: With all of my will, wherever I am, whenever I can, I choose to for Love to be My Worthy Companion. I hope you will join me.

Original Artwork (above) - 'My Worthy Companion'. Available HERE.

 

All my Love,

Chrissy x

Gratitude Creation

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

I'm truly a big kid when it comes to Christmas - I just LOVE this time of year. There's a palpable sense of possibility and kindness in the air, I reckon ... everything feels inspiring and possible!

I dressed to match my feelings this morning and went out to the shops to get a few last-minute things for Christmas.

Still feeling inspired when I got home; it felt like a great time to paint.

I celebrated by first exploring my current feelings of being Open, Loved and feeling Gratitude for Myself. You know you're joyful when you feel truly happy and blessed to just be who you are ... it's been many years coming and I'm really lapping it up! 

All my meditation and mindfulness really is paying off.

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Some of the cues that came from this morning's feeling journal exploration included: diamonds, simple leaf shapes, poppies and warm colours including light yellow and rust. 

I began working these into the canvas, using delicious techniques such as etching, glazing and bringing in bright white accents. 

Step by step, Intuition led the way.

Every mark I made felt true and alive and so good to express. As I created, I marvelled at the beauty and magnificence of our Intuition ... when we can truly let go and step into the flow, everything unfolds with delightfully unexpected awesomeness. 

So here is the finished piece and I gotta say ... I effing LOVE it! It feels wild and magical and alive; just as I felt throughout the creative process. I love being able to document my life in this way. It's truly an honour to experience.

This new Artwork will be added to my stash of minis, which will be available early in the New Year. I'm really looking forward to sharing them all with you.

All my Love,

Chrissy x

For My Dad

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

A couple of weeks ago, we discovered my Dad has cancer. It's been a waiting game since then, with lots of tests and results looming and I've turned to my Art in a BIG way to process everything and just get all the feels out while we waited.

This week we've received news that the cancer is localised and hasn't spread to the rest of his body, which is a relief and his treatments will begin soon. Dad and I have been having some really open chats about it all his choices ahead and it's helped me realise how lucky I am to have him.

But I'm still left feeling pretty wrecked and drained if I'm honest. Wondering if you're about to lose a parent is something really painful to experience and seeing my young-looking Dad on this journey is challenging.

My heart truly is with those of you who have lost someone super close. You still want to be strong and supportive for everyone, but you're melting inside. Life can feel hard sometimes!

I feel so, so blessed that my Dad will be beginning his recovery journey soon. But it's been a very close call and we're still at the starting point here.

No sympathy needed, just wanted to vent.

Love Chrissy xx

Shave for Inner Beauty

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

This week I took the plunge and did something pretty effing brave ... I shaved my hair off.. Why?

Because I believe our beauty feels best when it comes from WITHIN.

 

In recent months I've really craved to challenge ideas of what beauty really means to me. Being both a woman and an Artist has meant that beauty is something I've felt almost pressured into achieving most of my Life. After shaving my husband's head a few weeks ago, I shared that I actually felt jealous of his freedom ... he suggested I should give it a go!

After that, I started to have dreams about shaving my head, but really I just wanted to let go ... surrender my need for beauty ... and ultimately, risk being judged by others. I felt super nervous about taking such a bold step because I'm actually not a lover of raising conflict! Yet there was a deep part inside me urging me on with gentle, open arms. I wanted to meet a new part of my Spirit.

The night before my shave, I shared this post on my facebook and insta accounts :

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So, tonight is my last evening with hair; as I’ve made the decision to have my hair shaved tomorrow afternoon. I’m feeling both excited and incredibly vulnerable about the idea!
The are a couple of reasons why I’ve decided to do this ... There’s simple fact that I’m tired of having to style my hair every day.
But it’s actually much deeper than that.
The truth is, I’m shaving my hair because my whole life I’ve wanted to look pretty and I’m tired of basing my self worth on my looks. I want to dig deeper within myself and mine the treasures within, instead of letting society or my own limited thinking define who I should be to be accepted and loved.
I’m feeling both scared and elated and I’m looking forward to the challenge the new experience will bring. Here’s to cultivating a more loving sense inner beauty. Oh and by the way, my husband is 100% behind my decision.

Since I've shaved my head, the biggest thing I've noticed is this: My world did not suddenly fall apart, nor was I suddenly cast into the shadows for being ugly or unlovable. In fact, quite the opposite! The amount of people who have felt touched by this journey so far has been phenomenal and unexpected. Plus my hubby and son love me just as much as before. This has made me wonder if maybe my true beauty had actually been there all along ...

#shaveforinnerbeauty

So, I'm two days into my new #InnerBeauty challenge and the feels are still settling in. Some moments I'll get a glimpse of myself in the mirror and felt a little shocked as I'm just not used to seeing myself in this way! Yet every time I've noticed the old talk-back in my head, it's only lovingly challenged me to cultivate my sense of beauty from within. 

A new way of Being is emerging and it feels clean and true and good.

If this is something you support or even feel moved to do yourself, I lovingly urge you to give it a go. It's empowering, freeing, confronting and a true act of courageous self-love to challenge ourselves to think of beauty differently. You might shave your head or just question your old beliefs. I'd love to share this message with other women too, so please feel free to share my video, blog post, pics or your own journey with a hash tag.

#ShaveForInnerBeauty

Peace out to you beautiful Sisters! Love Ya Heart!

All my Love,

Chrissy x

 

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