Come paint with me, there is magic here.
My life is infinitely blessed. As I continue to share my love of art, the Intentional Creativity Movement, and the power of healing that can occur when we create a space to discover our inner creative wisdom… I literally feel like I am flying. I am harmonious and peaceful as I soar above and watch a room of people sharing, laughing, and dreaming. SoulShine Community House is a reality I am a part of and proud of it. Here is a short video of our time together. Thank you to everyone who came out.
Come paint with me, there is magic here.
I swear! I don't know where the time goes. Every time I turn around another month has passed and it's time to blog. Already in July and I am reflecting on the last six months… thinking back to what my intentions were in January and how I have done with those.
My word of the year for 2014 is ENCHANT. Honestly it has been a magical year. Magical because my intuition is on fire the last few months…really loving being connected that way… magical because I have embraced NOT making plans and still finding wonderful things to do…choosing only what feels truly juicy and magical in the sense that I continue to meet people on my journey that inspire me and make a difference in how I choose to show up in the world.
Last week on Facebook I decided that I would take the week to share who those people are and how their passion and purpose in life makes a difference in mine. I wanted to make a blog post of all of them because there just wasn't enough time to do it on Facebook. I hope you will take the time to visit each of these websites even if you come back a couple of times…it will be worth it.
How are you living your passionate purpose in the world? Do you know what it is? How can you create a life that you are truly happy in? These awesome people have helped me to be and live in the most creative and authentic ways. It has not always been a happy happy joy joy experience... some of these relationships have brought sometimes uncomfortable encounters however they were necessary for my growth and expansion and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
My brain has so much to remember that I simply cannot list each person but my heart holds you all! Know that if you have crossed my path for however short you have made a positive difference in my life. For this I thank you. I will likely update this page as more of the ENCHANTED 2014 unfolds.
Happy end of the month everyone! My blog writing frequency has lessened quite a bit since last year. I am not surprised… in the beginning of this year I intended to slow down in all aspects social media. It feels so good to have honored this commitment. I still find myself busy with projects but only doing those that matter and hanging with people that bring me joy.
This month I found myself supporting friends and family online and in person…attending birthday parties, life milestone functions, and Skype get-togethers. I feel so deeply full with delight when I can share the love and passion of others. I am so touched by watching my people dance through their lives sharing authentically with vulnerability, grace, and humor. I say thank you to everyone for allowing me to be a part of your incredible life journey.
I also committed to Hermana Sagrada’s (Sacred Sister) Creativity Challenge, which was a beautiful way to come together with a group of special women in my life. We shared about dreams, spirituality, fashion, letting go, poetry, and sexuality. There was a prompt for each day of the month that we could interpret any way we wanted to.
Traveling to Florida was one of the highlights of May.
I was craving the sights and smells of the ocean.
I imagined being wrapped in the love of the sun, sand, and water until finally I was there. I forgot how the sun loves to kiss my skin and the sand tickle my feet.
Connecting to the elements this way was soul-charging. Spending time with my talented artist friend Daisy in this gorgeous atmosphere inspired us both to create and so we spent a few artful days creating and laughing…overall relaxing and dreaming together. I take a deep breath of gratitude as I type…
What stands out the most for me this month is the consistent synchronicities that I am made aware
of. I feel so on the right track when I am open enough to connect with the whispers of the Divine.
I began to notice and experience a heightened sense of intuition as I moved through the HS Creativity Challenge. Week 3 was especially illuminating and I must document it for my own reminder to
challenge myself creatively, travel more, and continue to connect to my online tribe and soul family.
May 22 of the challenge the prompt was: “Letting Go” I listened to a dear sister talk about her decision to let go of her radio show after 2 years of nurturing this part of herself. This was the very same day I decided that I needed to re-define areas in my life and business. Embracing the thought of letting go of things I have created the last two years was scary but Heidi reminded me and inspired me to self-love, get clear, and come back with an energy that is congruent with the new woman I am becoming. Her experienced mirrored mine. I imagined Heidi’s heart was expanding beyond its capacity and she needed to step back to build a new container to hold her wonderful experience. I felt this deeply too and so for me was synchronistic.
May 24 the prompt: “Travel” I had no idea when I made the prompts that I would be traveling that very day. That feeling of feeling “I am on the right path” was so very strong this day. When I travel I like to indulge in pleasures that I otherwise would not…I visit the pretzel bar in the airport and purchase a cinnamon pretzel with a latte and gobble it up while I read one of two magazines I purchase from the newsstand. I love the way the magazines are displayed with the faces of influential and beautiful people of our time and I always grab two that speak to me. I was drawn to Dr. Oz's new magazine because it is called “The Good Life” and I have been feeling pretty good in my life and have been paying close attention to my body. I figured I could use some of his wisdom.
I also purchased another magazine that had a picture of Angelina Jolie. I can’t even remember the name of it now but I like reading about her because she has always inspired me. I feel connected to her because of this Goddess/Warrior energy she exudes. In my personal opinion she has made an impact on social issues of our time and although there is sometimes negative media about her I choose to focus on the positive.
I began to read my Angelina magazine…usually I go right to the article I want to read which was hers but this time I took my sweet time reading all that interested me and allowed myself to slowly flip through until I would reach the feature. With thoughts of Untamed Heart still fresh on my mind, feelings of “being on the right track” because of previous synchronistic “bread crumbs” I'd picked up... I opened the page to this…
It's the last day of April and I am feeling grateful for my life and the people in it.
The month of April has been about preparation for me. I have been in divine dialogue dissecting each part of my life digging for my truest intentions as I move forward. I have been reading a lot which tends to happen when I am preparing for movement and manifestation. I like to read about others experiences as to inspire my own forward action towards what I deeply love and desire.
One book I read this month is Buddha by Deepak Chopra. A woman in my online tribe lost her baby, Siddhartha, to a rare disease and it deeply moved me to see the love that her son brought. So many came together to honor his short life and to support her and her family. I don't know her personally as I am sure many of those that exchanged soulful expression with her do not either. It just made me think of how powerful LOVE is even in the midst of painful experiences and between people who connect with each other in that silent place we all visit. I am thankful to have been witness to the outpouring of LOVE and this little boy also reminded me to connect to the Divine Masculine energy around me.
April also provided the opportunity to look at endings and beginnings in a different way. I re-read Eckhart Tolle's Stillness Speaks and stayed in Chapter 9… Death and the Eternal. What I remember most that he said was…"Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal." Each time I pick that book up I re-member parts of myself and feel at peace. If you are a spiritual junkie like me I think you will enjoy reading it.
On the Art Front….
I taught my last art workshop of the quarter. It has been a great time facilitating private and public workshop the first four months of the year but now I am really looking forward to creating another collection of work, meeting new people, learning new things and enjoying the summer! I will be back at Viva teaching Soulful Metamorphosis in September and another workshop in October.
There are three major projects going on beginning the month of May. Goddess Chronicles 2014: Your Voice Matters! Untamed Heart collaboration with COW sisters and Shiloh Sophia, a woman so close to my heart and Hermana Sagrada's 30-day Creative Challenge with my sister Claudia Olivos.
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I hope your April was all that you needed it to be and may you manifest a magical month of May!
Top Ten of April...
As an Intentional Creativity Coach I hear the
phrase: " I am not creative. " more times than I care to. The truth my friends is that creativity is in you because it is you. Your mere existence is a creative act. Think about it. Creativity is everywhere.
You can find it in paintings, words, books, buildings, photographs, cars, and flowers. Mommies and daddies have it, doctors, artists, lawyers and circus clowns have it too.
You are born to create!
All of us have something unique to share. Usually its locked up deep in your imagination just waiting to be let free. With all the distractions of everyday life its easy to forget that you have the power to create meaningful things in your world. Creativity can show up in many different ways, it's up to you how to self-express and allow that creation to come into physical form. Take a moment and listen to your soul, she whispers to you each day. How can you practice living a more creative life? How can you begin to be inspired each day and tap into the creative wisdom you hold within? Why not join me and a group of Facebook friends on a 30 day Creative Challenge? We are starting this week May 1st! Anybody can join and you don't have to be an artist. Simply choose your mode of self-expression and share it with us. Will you say YES! and step out of your comfort zone?
Nearly three years ago I said YES to living with intention and making creativity a focal point in my life. It has been a total life-changing experience. I have committed to teaching workshops that help people connect to their inner artist and Muse as a way to exercise the right brain and make more empowering choices. The artwork to the right is mine. Three years ago I would not have believed that you could find my artwork on the same table with Kelly Rae Roberts stuff! I may not be famous but I am living my dream. This is a testament to how practicing living with intention and shifting my perception about what creativity is has helped me to create the beauty in my life.
I wish that for everyone. Please join me and my sisters at Hermana Sagrada and let's create!
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Is it just me or is time flying by? I know I say this each month but wow! March has gone by so fast and already I am reflecting on the many blessings. It has been another magical month full of enchantments and simple pleasures. Here is a picture of my Spring Altar…simple and symbolic.
The beginning of March started out super busy with a public workshop at Viva Bookstore then two private workshops on back-to-back Saturdays. I was completely wiped out but in a good way. I gave my all and feel that I made a difference. One of the private workshops I helped a family process through grief of loss. We worked through the 5 stages of grief and it was a moving, humbling experience. I am always stunned by the power we have to heal our stories and our hearts. Through practicing Intentional Creativity we can literally clear a dark and cold space in our soul and allow the light to warm us once again. Layer after layer of emotion, paint, poetry, and tears and laughter can do wondrous things for our spirits. If magic exists, well this is it!
My sister came back home to visit from Paris, France early in the month and I spent as much time as I could with her and my sweet nephew Miles. It makes me sad that most of our adult life is spent over the telephone and I only get to see her once a year BUT she does live in France and when I do get to visit we have a BLAST! Maybe a spontaneous trip this year…fingers crossed. I am in the mood for traveling so I think a trip or two somewhere very soon. I have the desire to go to Florida maybe paint near the beach? Yea this! Anyone want to joint me?
Happy to greet the newer warmer weather… sorry my Northeast peeps....finally waking up and stretching myself again. It's been a long winter here as well. After celebrating The Unsung Goddess BlogTalk Radio anniversary my soul re-awakened with deep love and gratitude to share my prayer and intentions of creativity with the world. One way to honor this was to announce The Goddess Chronicles 2014 journal project. Already there’s a great response and I am excited to see what the women create. I love collaborating with women in this way. We really are changing the world one art page at a time. We are speaking, painting, drawing, and writing down our wisdom then sharing it with the little girls of the world…. amazing times we live in. Join us here we would love to have you.
Top Ten of March
The Goddess Chronicles was born out of a deep desire to create something collaborative with other women around the world. Since finding my tribe, I have felt the shift within me as an artist and as a woman towards embracing the divine feminine within. My spirit has awakened and I live now to be more receptive, authentic, and to honor my creativity. The Goddess Chronicles 2013: Dream Big! was a huge success and we are doing it again!
The Goddess Chronicles books are intended to hold the highest vision of all women and girls through intentional, expressive and artistic creations. There is a change that is stirring in the souls of women around the world more than ever! Documenting the journey of this time is important for younger generations of goddesses. My hope is that The Goddess Chronicles books will help girls and women alike recognize the profound love within to expand their creativity and cultivate living a life with intention!
1. You must send your $39 entry fee by April 30th. You will receive a pdf version of the book and slide show once it is complete.
2. Send me an email to email@example.com and provide your name and telephone number. Send links to your blog, website, Twitter and Facebook if you have them.
3. You must use 11x15 water color paper to design your page. There are no rules when it comes to what your journal pages look like. The sky is the limit really! Please use any kind of media you are comfortable with. You can use collage, watercolors, pencils, crayons, stickers, stamps, pockets, fold-outs, cut-outs or all of the above! Your pages can be done by yourself or it can be a team effort with another goddesses. You can choose to do one page or two facing pages for a full spread! Get creative and have fun! Don't forget to write your name on the back of your pages. The books orientation will be LANDSCAPE so be sure to create your page side to side not up and down.
4. Send your pages to me by June 30th. I will send you the address to mail to once you have registered. If you need an extension due to life circumstances let me know.
5. Have fun, support girls and women, and SELF-EXPRESS yourself!!
The theme of this art journal is Goddess Chronicles: Your Voice Matters and will inspire young and old; girls and women with messages from the heart to use their powerful voice in the world. This book will help empower young girls, enhance their self-esteem, and support their growth as young leaders. Perhaps you will speak to your niece, daughter, best friend, young woman, grandmother, mother, aunt… Anything goes! If you need help finding a little inspiration just email firstname.lastname@example.org
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AN ARTIST! This is about expressing
yourself to young girls that can use your WISDOM.
Only 44 participants will be accepted. Once all the pages have been received they will be professionally scanned/photographed. This will allow me to make a physical photo book option for all participants choosing to purchase a hardcopy for a keepsake.
The original handmade book will be donated to empower young girls at Pearl-Girls an organization in Dallas, Texas that is dedicated to uplifting, educating, and motivating young women and girls! My hope is that each time a young girl sits to view The Goddess Chronicles: Your Voice Matters! it will inspire her to find the strength in her voice. Does this resonate? If so please join us in making a difference in lives of women and girls around the world. Peace, love, and light to all.
Last night I had the privilege of being part of a sacred celebration in honor of The Unsung Goddess's two year anniversary. Heidi, the creator of the radio show, gathered a powerful group of guests who have discovered their soul's purpose through their own uniquely, beautiful, spiritual journey and have authentically committed to living and sharing it with the world.
I shared my story with Heidi last year and you can listen to the interviews here if you like.
The evening featured shamans, spirit guides, intuitives, artists, life coaches, and visionaries. Each guest offered a special devotion, prayer or intention that was held in the Virtual Love Vortex until the moment of release. I imagined that in those sacred moments the world and beyond was indeed showered in divine radiant love just as Heidi described. Push play to listen to love in action.
The intentions and prayers that each guest presented were heartfelt. As I listened I could feel myself on a magical carpet ride swishing through the air all the way up to the stars. It seemed as though we were all traveling on our own magical carpets enjoying the beauty of the celestial landscape. Each of us burst with joy as we moved together to take in the darkness and the light... then quickly in all different directions, we swooshed back down traveling on our own journeys… sharing with the world our inner wisdom. What a blend of story, experience, poetry, chant, and song! Oh my GODDESS I was blown away by what I heard and felt in my heart. I was taken away to far-away ancient lands, dark caves deep in the belly of our Mother, and I even got to swim with mystical and playful dolphins!
I traveled to The Land of Intentional Creativity. My prayer is for our society to embrace that Creativity is our spiritual responsibility. To expand on a soulful level through ritual acts of Intentional Creativity can shift our minds to higher understanding of each other, shift our hearts to present moment awareness, and connect us to the Divine! It is our duty to discover what artistry we will exhibit in the gallery of life. Then use it as a tool to enhance our lives and the lives of others… including animals and our Mother, Earth.
“Creativity occurs in the moment, and in the moment we are timeless.” J. Cameron
I pray that you find creative nourishment and feed your soul.
I pray that you will use your heart as a compass as you navigate the sometimes dark terrain in The Land of Intentional Creativity.
I pray that you will be courageous enough to accept that creativity is your super power.
We must heal from the devastation of limiting beliefs and our long separation from the divine who helps fuel our ALIVENESS!
Let's move away from just surviving to LIVING!
I love you and thank you.
I was honored to spend my weekend with such wonderful people. Sharing a short video on what we did together. Thank you to Viva Gallery and everyone who came for community, food, and good time.
Stay tuned for more workshops to come!
Another month gone by and wow, how fast it has gone. My end of the month reflections allow me to honor the pace I have intended for myself this year...deliberately moving with the flow of what life brings. Becoming still with my thoughts and honoring what is... it feels good here. I am reminded each day of the many things and people to be grateful for. I hope you all are honoring yourselves too!
I started the month with a 21 day retreat with a group of wonderful women. Each day we received meditations, journal prompts, videos, exercizes and just plain LOVE on re-awakening. It came at such a great time. I was ready to get in touch with my body and practice some self-care. The meditations held me center all day long. In one meditation I was walking into a cave and the walls glittered as I walked in... when I looked up I saw a couple of shooting stars and the bright moon. I felt very connected to the ground and the stars in the sky. A large raccoon was my guide, which I thought was playful and I giggled a lot. It was nice to be guided and to follow instead of taking the lead...Droplets fell on my skin from the moist cave as a reminder to stay cool, calm, and connected...it was beautiful.
There was a reawakening that occurred over the last 21 days. On the second morning of my retreat my eyes popped opened and I felt called to put my sneakers on and get on to the gym. My body was aching for the love of movement and hot sweat. I used to enjoy the solitude of running with the stars before everyone woke up...that was 10 years go...I have missed that part of my life very much. I did not know how much until that morning. How long it had been since I felt myself in my body... how long since I loved my thighs and my hips... too long. My heart has been bursting with joy to be in tune with this energy. I did not think this shift would come so early in the retreat or that it would come at all but it is awesome and has me moving in a positive direction.... towards connecting with the Goddess, loving myself, and caring for my body often!
I also celebrated another birthday. I was so surprised to receive this gift from my Uncle Carlos. Last month I reflected on my past and my first encounter with Egyptian art. I realized that my attraction to this kind of art and the strong women of ancient time periods has remained with me throughout my life.
What a confirmation to my spirit that was! It made me feel like I am on the right track and spiritually grounded. All of these experiences inform my art in some way... I don’t always know how but I know I see it in the strokes, the eyes of my Muse, the symbols that appear in each painting and in my writing.
I also had the opportunity to show some of my artwork to the public this month. I really struggled to do this but was quickly silenced by my Muse. She encourages me to get out there.
To be vulnerable in this way has brought me many lessons. I expected nothing but received many responses to my work. Most of them came by email and the SpeakPipe function on my website. There were praises and kudos which are always humbly accepted.
People enjoyed the fact that I included my poetry alongside the paintings. For me they are absolutely a part of the process I practice of Intentional Creativity. What I found interesting is that words were just as impactful as the images. I thought the words would be glazed over however, I received several responses from viewers that took the poetry personally...not in a bad way...only that it affected them deeply. I was surprised by what each individual expressed. I was very mindful of how I responded. A sweet friend reminded me to respond not react. Very good advice indeed.
The wonderful women I had been retreating with all month helped me to view the experience as a test of "not mine." The wisdom I received is that I am not responsible for the emotional response other people have to my art or my poetry. My art reflects my entire experience of life with people I know, people I don’t know, family, friends, people I care for, people I don’t care for, the places I have lived, the jobs I have had, love, joy, pain...every emotion we all feel...the past, present, and my dreams for the future. This is my truth. I am starting to understand what it means to DARE (thanks Brene')
Top Ten February Love
1. Featured here this month
2. Race car driving with Jeff
3. Reconnecting with my Italian instructor
4. Tea Party with the twins
5. Art Show love
6. Birthday love
7. Re-Awakening my body with movement
8. Dinner with amazing, supportive women
9. Back to Basics Position Statement with JAR
10. Completed reading Book of Shadows
Sofia has been fortunate to learn from some of the most sought after, contemporary artists like, Kelly Rae Roberts, Tamara Laporte, and mentor Shiloh Sophia McCloud. She has been trained in The Color of Woman Method and employs this revolutionary technique in her artwork and workshops she facilitates. You can find Sofia leading a workshop around the city of San Antonio, Texas. She has held workshops at VIVA Bookstore, Creative Counseling Solutions, Kozy Korner Café, and Cafe´ Arte´!
Sofia is an active blogger and writer. She is the creator of The Goddess Chronicles a global traveling art journal project to support the non-profit organization, Girls Inc. right here in San Antonio and co-creator of the sisterhood Hermana Sagrada (Sacred Sister), an online community that celebrates art, healing, support, and global sisterhood.