Change Your Story…Change Your Life

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Hello…yeah, it’s been a while….not much…how about you?…I’m not sure why I blog…I guess I really just wanted to talk to you… ūüėČ

Apparently I was headed down the wrong path and that can happen when you are traveling on the slippery slope. So here I am again, ready to make new. I am reinventing myself…

We had to say goodbye to a lot of the old, and letting go is one of the biggest lessons in life. One cannot stay stuck in the past–for one thing, you will miss out on a lot of great things in your present and of course your future.

So I have let go of fear, and am embarking on a new adventure. Paper has always been a playmate of mine so that hasn’t changed. But I have an interest now in the making of a special kind of book. A magic book…

So I will be playing with some new toys…And that’s going to be a lot of fun. I’ve already found that out!

I no longer look back at what was, nor do I necessarily concentrate on what is, I focus on what could be.¬† I’m the subject of my next project and if it doesn’t work for me; it won’t work..period. But I highly doubt that. Watch and see…

 

 

 

 

 

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Old Time Blogger Back!

Blogging isn’t new to me. I used to maintain a somewhat popular blog after my son was born and it was back when blogging was relatively new and the craft renaissance (not just for Grannie’s anymore) was born out of it. All this was back in 2004.

I made many internet friends and some of them I continue to converse with to this day–never even having met in person. This process allowed¬† women who were stay-at-home moms that were interested in bringing the “handmade love” back into their world for their kids to connect and converse together. We all shared ideas and our artistry on a daily basis. Many of us opened ETSY shoppes and many more went on to have books published based on their crafty creations.

There were many swaps I participated in from around the world, the birth of the Plush Movement, Softie Awards (I won a couple!), and Gallery Shows~ PLUSH YOU!¬† and I even put together a project of my own entitled “PAPERBAG SWAG” in which each participant created art, swag and whatnot for a few pages in each participants book as it was mailed around the United States. I think it took us all over a year to complete it! But we did. And the results were amazing; as so much love and care went into every page.

Many personal tragedies over the years plagued my blog continually and I struggled with maintaining a happy disposition while dealing with many real life issues, Grief and Loss being the persistent one. I wrote from the heart and soon my blog was more about the deep questions of life than about the art and the craft. I lost my audience as I lost myself in too much pain. In short, I had entered “the cave”.¬† What I didn’t know was all this was changing me; challenging me, transforming me, and bringing me to a much better place. The Universe was clearing the decks of everything that was wrong in my life and built on sand. Everything that was holding me back from being my true authentic self. I learned that Trusting in something bigger than myself was the key to freedom.

Dwelling in deep dark caves can be scary where nothing is known and everything is unfamiliar. But it can also be trans-formative if you go there. Solitude allows one to hear one’s own voice which is drowned out all too easily in the outside world. And that is the ONE voice you need to listen to for it is only then you will truly “know thyself” and that process is a miraculous gift.¬† It’s a necessary place that one has to go in life in order to get anywhere and I have many things to say about it as I have experienced it firsthand. But there is time for all that.Everything for a reason.

One fine day though; the end of the darkness comes and there is light at the end of the tunnel. And as you walk out of the cave; it only gets brighter and brighter.

So here I be. New & Improved, so much Wiser and Shiny new, polished by stones. And the best part? I know who I am and why I am here.

Good things are going to happen here. Stay tuned.

Your Life is Your Story

…and is the best place to start cultivating the pearls from the depths of your experiences. Everyone has a story to tell and if you are an artist; it’s your mission to be the truth-teller of the human experience. Life is full of ups and downs, challenges, joy, laughter and heartbreak. All the stuff that makes life worth living.
Welcome to my world. I invite you to share and hopefully be inspired by what you see and read here. It’s just my creative process and I feel fortunate to do what I do.

acrylic and collage ©Theresa Smythe 2013

Joseph Campbell outlined The Hero’s Journey as the basis for all great mythical story arcs. This is also known as the Journey of the Soul. So when we write stories that reflect this path, they resonate very strongly with all of us because we are all on the path of the Hero whether we know it or not. Sooner or later you will get the “call”. Whether you answer it, is up to you.

And let’s face it, I’d rather be a Hero than a victim; wouldn’t you?