Wow and WOW! The days are getting shorter and that means winter is gearing up.  It’s time to pull out the blankets and the mittens and make some soup (look for a yummy and easy recipe at the end).

Even though I have thoroughly enjoyed the pace of every week so far this year, I am at peace with where I am in my adventure.  I have loved the last year as a new Gramie.  I have grown in the last year as I launch my business.  I have expanded both socially and spiritually. And lastly, I am overflowing in anticipation to share so much with you.

Recently I attended a teacher training retreat where we challenged our assumptions of…..wait for it…. MARKETING YOUR BUSINESS!  Yup, still looks scary…(dare should I say it three times in a row it conjures up creatures from the deep with casual Friday potlucks and office parties).

There was a magical quality to reaching deep within ourselves for our strengths and finding ways to make lemonade from the lemons hanging from our fears and assumptions. The harvest, or in this case ‘haul’, of possibilities and creative ideas fills an entirely new file cabinet in my brain. Note to self: paint the new file cabinet so it looks prettier.

If you haven’t guessed by now, marketing is not a skill set I have embraced before and I am still finding it a chore but I do see the application of the skills I have and the flexibility of creativity to enhance the process.  In short, if I allow my creativity to shine, it will shine on my marketing and I will have become more comfortable with it.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to build bonds with the wonderfully soulful and creative women in my trainings.  They truly bring their whole hearts to the table and are there for me to share my authentic self with.

The fall is my favorite time of year

The colors are so vivid and smell so sweet and warm.  When oranges smell like squash, browns like nutmeg and cinnamon, yellows like ginger, reds like pomegranates, greens like sage and celery.  Like in the spring, when many people spring clean, I purge in the fall.  I clear out the old and free up closet space for winter to happen.

Apparently Communication is paramount this time of year, as I have been alerted that Mercury is going retrograde right after Thanksgiving and staying that way through New Years.  I also understand that this is not necessarily a bad thing.  The motto to have here is: think before you speak, take care when reading anything that requires your signature, keep receipts for things purchased and drive safely.  But, that sounds like good advice for the whole year if you ask me.

As I am a Sagittarius, I wanted to include a bit of astrology I was sent by a friend.  And may I just say: Looking Good!

New Moon Solar Eclipse on Friday, November 25th, 2011, at 1:10 AM EST.

Early Friday, a New Moon occurs in Sagittarius. This lunation is a more potent New Moon, as it is a Solar Eclipse, and represents a new beginning in the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius. It’s a time when we can focus on some of the constructive traits of the sign of the Archer–optimistic, enthusiastic, adventurous, honest, outspoken, independent–and consider how to positively incorporate these qualities into our lives. Now, we can focus on goals that will increase our understanding and awareness, give us courage to expand our horizons, and gain confidence and optimism through a broader perspective. We can too easily get lost in the details of mundane existence. With this potent Sagittarius energy, we can find ways to transcend these details of day-to-day life and nurture our faith, hope, and vision. Because Sagittarius thinks in big terms, we may have a tendency to overdo our expectations–something to watch for. It’s time to be a little more adventurous, and to set the stage for reaping the rewards from our braveries, as little or big as they may be, in approximately two weeks’ time after the Full Moon occurs.

The New Moon Solar Eclipse trines Uranus and squares Mars, stimulating surprises, change, and impulsiveness. With this potent Sagittarius energy, we have the chance to make important changes in our lives.

You can find out more on this and every week at http://www.cafeastrology.com/thisweekinastrology.html

Astrology is something I am beginning to appreciate.  I had always thought it to be too “out there” for me, and I am not apt to rely on it for any decisions I make, but since we are mostly water and gravity is a force greater than all of us combined….. I can appreciate the influence of planetary pull and seasonal influences.
It’s never too late to start your intuitive painting journey and tap into your strengths or look your weaknesses square in the face at an Eye Walker Studios workshop American Canyon.

And what better time to saddle up and plan your venture into the New Year with my Un-Hitching The Inner Cowgirl Workshop over the New Years weekend, which is a FABULOUS way to pack some COWGIRL WISDOM and power in your giddy-up for 2012.

There’s still time to get in line for the Art Journaling sessions generously put on by the City of American Canyon.

Art Journaling Class,

Session III: December 7,14,21

Session IV: January 4,11,18,25

Watch the website and your inbox for more exciting ways to ‘get your paint on’ with Eye Walker Studios as I get ready to roll out two new workshops beginning in March of 2012, Clay Circles and Get Your Paint On Parties (in your home). If you have any questions free to email me.

This month’s article, Lightbulb Moments, is based on my experience of finding clarity and peace while finding my life’s work and path.

I hope you enjoyed this newsletter and find it valuable enough to share with the people in your life.  I am so very grateful to so many wonderfully creative people have been there to push me when I was lazy, encourage  me when I was unsteady, and wait for me when I wasn’t ready.

I welcome your input, wishes, thoughts, and any general unrelated random kindness.  I will be here to pour you a cup of tea when you come to experience Eye Walker Studios and as always, I’ll provide the paint!

Love, Prayers and Glitter,

Cherol

Lightbulb Moments

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

 ~ Carl Jung

You know that moment of clarity and joy when you have a sudden and wonderful realization that everything has fallen into place?  That what you are doing, thinking, considering or saying is perfectly in line with your purpose, and your values?

We’ve all heard the old adage that ‘you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince’; well, I found that to be true with my career.  I held a lot of jobs before I found my lively hood; and by lively hood, I mean the very thing that fulfills me in not just my professional life but in my personal growth process and integrates those into who I am.  I have worked in retail, sang nursery rhymes, assisted an executive, managed a sales force, driven a delivery truck, made sandwiches, taught swimming,  planned corporate travel, mopped floors, mixed chemotherapy IV’s, counted pills, sold candles, answered phones, entered data, stocked shelves, dressed mannequins, poured wine, mastered excel, told jokes, and counseled groups in reaching their goals.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

 ~ George Bernard Shaw

 

In all of the jobs that I stuck with for more than a few months, I rose quickly to a position where I was trusted to train others.  That was a theme. Until the last 5 or so years, I thought that responsibility and trust were the important elements; and I never quite put my finger on what was making me so restless.  I cleaved to the aspects that I loved about my jobs, specifically: the interaction and relationships with other people, and the flexibility I earned that gave me the room to accomplish my tasks in my own creative way.  These things were lifelines, and in a couple of really wonderful jobs, I found it really difficult to leave.

It wasn’t until I became a victim of the economic downturn and got laid off that I realized I didn’t want another job, only to have to find a way use my creativity, only to earn the trust to do things my way, only to be put into a position of helping others and all for their benefit.

Ah, lightbulb, I wasn’t comfortable with the doing it for someone else and by their rules, I wanted more, I wanted to work for and with me! No more ‘only’

One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.

 ~ Henry Miller

 

Eye Walker Studios is built on Expressive Arts.  There are no hard fast rules, all I ask is that you come with an open mind, respect others, have a little desire, and willingness to experience and trust your authentic self.  I provide the rest.