Refilling Our Cup

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

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 Vulnerable Truths - An Interview

This week I am incredibly humbled to be featured interview over on the Expressive Art Inspirations blog. This interview is hands-down, the most raw and honest I've ever done.

In it, I talk about how my lifelong experience with anxiety has influenced my art, growth and self-care - particularly since becoming a Mama ... and how I've gone on to teach others.

Shelley is an internationally renowned Artist-come-therapist, who has created an incredible body of work built upon supporting people's creative expression and self-identity. The questions she asked were deep and fruitful. I hope my responses strike a chord with you.

READ HERE.

All my Love,

Chrissy x


UPCOMING CLASSES:

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

My Top 3 Tips on When to Say 'No'

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

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.

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All my Love,

Chrissy x

Heartworks for Self

It's no secret that I love to create Art; but writing also holds a very dear place in my heart. Whenever I put paint to paper or my fingers to a keyboard, I let go and flow like a river. My feelings, thoughts, beliefs and intuitions become more tangible and I can more clearly see my experiences within.

So this year for Valentine's Day, I've created a series of these yummy little 'heartworks'. Each canvas represents a different facet of living more lovingly, along with some personal notes of affirmation to go along with each piece.

$50 each, only 8 AVAILABLE.

I'd love to know which you resonate with most ❀

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Strength

Today I take time to activate my Strength, knowing I am safe to say 'Yes' to Love and 'No' to unnecessary demands on my time.

Courage

Today I allow myself to drink from the constant flow of Courage that flows within me like a river.

Exploring Inner Wilderness

I am safe to explore my Inner Wilderness via my unique feelings + intuitions.

Flowing

I flow graciously through all the ways that Life may find me today.

Inspire

I soar through my experiences today with inspired confidence and freedom.

Possibility

Today I dwell in loving possibility.

Surrender

I surrender; knowing All Is Well in my magnificent Universe today.

Inner Knowing

Today I rise to meet my Inner Knowing

Do you have a favourite? Which do you most resonate with and why?

View the available original Heartworks HERE.

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.