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Shells of Wisdom

For all you creative misfits, unyielding dreamers and gutsy rule breakers!
Guard your Inner World

Guard your Inner World

December! The holiday season…My 🎂 birthday month 🎂 ! And closing in on the END of the weirdest year I can ever remember. Oh yes, things have been upside down, inside out and dark and gloomy in so many ways. From the pandemic-that-never-ends to the fires here in Oregon...

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Exhausted AF-But totally worth it!

Exhausted AF-But totally worth it!

Exhausted to the bone. 🦴  Yep. INTENSE!  Putting yourself out there, getting your voice into the world, risking the ol “what will they think” BS.  Having some rude responses, but actually getting mostly GREAT feedback AND encouragement. Seeing possibility where I...

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Don’t Be Crabs in a Bucket!

Don’t Be Crabs in a Bucket!

I'm on a roll baby, I got my sights set on BIG changes in the tattoo industry.  I am over my old, limited thinking... "Old school rules", "tattoo secrets for a chosen few", "I'll never be good enough", "I'm too fluffy", "I'm too bright and happy in this dark and...

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Don’t Get BUTT-HURT, Get CLARITY!

Don’t Get BUTT-HURT, Get CLARITY!

This is a slight detour from my normal blogs, but I felt it might be helpful, and it’s been on my mind. My partner and I have been doing deep dive work on ourselves and for the relationship, with some great books, audios and workshops, over the last six months. It’s...

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Step Out of the Unworthiness Muck!

Step Out of the Unworthiness Muck!

Before we get to this week's blog: SHOUT OUT to the awesome folks who read my blog, participate in my group and buy my art and books. YOU ROCK! Here's my latest "See what I made for you"... a "peeps & poops" tote bag!  (just-cuz-fun) I'm fortunate to have created...

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The Tattoo Industry Needs a Makeover

The Tattoo Industry Needs a Makeover

The Tattoo Industry Needs a Makeover Ironic that the tattoo industry is all about adding beauty to a person’s skin, and yet there is a darkness in the industry itself that is anything but beautiful. A pervasive us-versus-them attitude when it comes to who is allowed...

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What Do You Want to Heal?

What Do You Want to Heal?

Spring invokes thoughts of flowers, sunshine, rainbows, chicks and spring cleaning! But this spring, we are in a strange lockdown situation that has affected millions of people. I know there are worries, traumas, hardship and misinformation galore.  So during this...

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Tell Yourself Nice Things

Tell Yourself Nice Things

Walking and talking to myself. I reassure me, as if I were talking to a good friend. So, I tell myself nice things. Things like "you are loved", "you are so lucky", "you are beautiful", "it's all okay", "don't be so hard on yourself" and "you are doing your best". I...

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Afraid of Change? This One’s For You

Afraid of Change? This One’s For You

Are you afraid of change? I’m not.  In fact, I give ‘em a cuddle. What would my life be like if things didn’t change? Stale, boring, stagnant. Oh yessss, some of the changes are messy, some annoying (I’m looking at you HOT FLASHES!) and some utterly dreadful. But...

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Fake Positivity? Not Here!

Fake Positivity? Not Here!

I always knew I was different. Something weird about me. I tended to annoy others with my Pollyanna positivity. And currently, choosing to enjoy life and keep my thoughts going in a feel good direction seems to elicit a 'not real' response in some people. They...

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Healing Chronic Pain: My Journey to Healing

Healing Chronic Pain: My Journey to Healing

HOPE: The hope for healing from chronic pain. Reading, listening, watching videos and doing lots of writing. Untangling this mindbody connection of chronic pain. Such a revelation to see how much the brain tries to protect us from "unacceptable" or unbearable...

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Fling the Monster: Hard at Work on The Tattoo Textbook

Fling the Monster: Hard at Work on The Tattoo Textbook

Time continues to swirl and twirl and slip along, even when I’m not noticing.  I look up and days have gone by and I wonder “what the heck have I been doing”?  OH YEAH..working on a tattoo textbook!!  OY…I literally had no idea how much time this was going to take. My...

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What happened to my summer?

What happened to my summer?

What happened to my summer?!?!  Literally one more day of August and it is sprinkling outside. The last few months have been challenging, testing my ability to stay focused, despite the fun and sun going on OUT THERE, in the ‘real world’. I’ve been cooped up inside,...

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You MUST be present to win!

You MUST be present to win!

You MUST Be Present to Win   At the studio, a client told us she has five kids who are always complaining about missing out on something—for instance—"hey she got to go to the movies and I didn’t”, “he got the last piece of pie”, etc. This wise Mom shared that...

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Get OUT THERE!

Get OUT THERE!

Brain bursting...with energy today.   I have been having a brain fog lately...what menopausal fuckery is this??   so amazing to wake up more refreshed and rejuved.   Simple things, like yoga, meditation, getting up at the same time every day, fresh air and loving my...

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Permission to Shine–Granted!

Permission to Shine–Granted!

Living your life to the fullest, giving yourself permission to shine your light as BRIGHT as possible, making no f*n apologies... gives other people PERMISSION to shine in their own lives too. ? I have admired, for ages, the people who seem so comfortable in their own...

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Visualizing My Mad Adventures

Visualizing My Mad Adventures

Yes I mostly do what I want. And it's taken me years to get here. I give myself permission to be who I want and feel what I want and choose the things that make me happy. I have set intentions around my life being easy and in flow. This means even in business, I don't...

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DO ALL THE THINGS

DO ALL THE THINGS

Being something DIFFERENT in life. It ain't easy. Making a decision to manifest all kinds of new and exciting things means I also have to do the work. DO THE THINGS IT TAKES. Take action.   Be the person I am envisioning for myself. I decided a long time ago I...

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Self Care-Just do it!!

Self Care-Just do it!!

It feels so good to take care of myself these days. For years I put myself on the back burner, always caring for others first, as moms tend to do. When my health got sketchy, with fatigue and joint pain, and I got up to 210 pounds, and had "thrown" my back out a...

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Do you suffer from the SO MUCH TO DO ailment?

Do you suffer from the SO MUCH TO DO ailment?

Sometimes I’m tired, like yesterday when I tossed and turned the night before. I found myself out of sorts and grouchy, snapping at my partner, and feeling sluggish. YIKES…this is not like me and I don’t like the way it feels. In fact, I am so un-used to being...

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I am Fussy!

I am Fussy!

I just found out recently that I am “fussy”. I reacted with a “how very dare you” of course when I first heard this from my partner, feeling hurt. But then he said, “look it up in the dictionary”. FUSSY adjective (of a person) fastidious about one's needs...

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WOE IS ME!! (or hand me another chocolate)

WOE IS ME!! (or hand me another chocolate)

Hurting my back two weeks ago, having to lie there, alternating between ice and heat for days…whew…tested my ability to ALLOW. To just let it all be okay. To not understand the WHY and just face the reality of what is and then CHOOSE to think how I wanted to think. Oh...

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Level up Inchworm!

Level up Inchworm!

Inching your way to your dreams. Occasionally I get all discombobulated by SO MUCH TO DO. Like progress on my BIG dreams is creeping at a snail’s pace. I see projects I have started desperate for my attention and the weight of a book I want to finish SO BADLY, still...

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Go Make Your Own Fucking Art!

Go Make Your Own Fucking Art!

Haters and bullies and trolls, OH MY!!   Okay so I know that many would consider that title RUDE.  If you are offended by strong language, this will definitely not be the hang-out for you! But hey, I just used a vigorous curse word...I didn’t smack your baby! I...

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Feisty Black Sheep Says “GO ALL IN!”

Feisty Black Sheep Says “GO ALL IN!”

Baa-Baa-Baddass! black sheep, noun The least reputable member of a group; a disgrace. This metaphor is based on the idea that black sheep were less valuable than white ones because it was more difficult to dye their wool different colors. Also in the 16 century, their...

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How Very Dare You?

How Very Dare You?

Why do people think they need to tell me what to do? Why do people think they KNOW better for my life? I mean especially the people whose lives are not so nifty?? I get advice EVEN from people who are broke, overweight, unhappy and unhealthy. Even those who are in...

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One Big Retro “Screw You”!

One Big Retro “Screw You”!

One Big Retro “Screw You”!   Being content and joyful, despite circumstances, seems to be a foreign state for most people. I would swear people love misery, and misery loves company, so we get an exclusive invite to their poopy pity party! I practice hard to stay...

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Don’t Just Sit There

Don’t Just Sit There

  Don’t Just Sit there! Last night I attended a lovely, out door, country wedding ceremony.  When the music started, loads of attractive young people crowded the dance floor, getting tipsy by the minute, and having an outrageously good time! I looked around and...

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Painting on the Sidewalk!

Painting on the Sidewalk!

Painting on the Sidewalk I was honored to be chosen by the City of Springfield to participate in the “Upstream Art Project” which allowed me to paint a mural right on the sidewalk! This project is an effort to raise awareness regarding storm drain pollution and...

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Writing a damn blog already!!

Writing a damn blog already!!

Writing a damn blog already!! Ok, so I ‘ve been quiet in the corners of blog-land for a while, working on so many other things…but my business coaches keep saying “write blogs” and I seriously keep putting it on my to-do list then it keeps falling to the bottom.  AND...

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My Spirituality: Know Yourself as Divine!

My Spirituality: Know Yourself as Divine!

My past experience with spirituality was religion.  I grew up forced to go to church and vacation bible school, though my parents were NOT regular attendees. I never thought that was fair.  I was also forced to go to a Christian middle and high school.  There were so...

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Let it Go!

Let it Go!

It’s strange to catch yourself feeling odd, and you take a moment to get quiet and then suddenly realize it’s because you feel so good! And you’re not used to it. What is this new sensation? I am in the middle of a hustle bustle day at the studio, people coming and...

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Writing Down The Bones

Writing Down The Bones

Just start writing they say. Whatever comes out. Let it flow. "Writing down the bones", as author Natalie Goldberg says. Allowing thoughts to transform that blank page. No holding back. Even correcting and editing should wait until a lull in the flow of words. Just...

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The Meditation I’ve Been Loving Lately

The Meditation I’ve Been Loving Lately

Way too long since my last post.  A roller coaster of ups and downs, mother passing, dear friend passing, relationship transitions and many amazing things. Fortunately, life is trucking along as it does...regardless of whether I am conscious or unconscious. However,...

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Day After Day

Day After Day

Practicing looking at each day as a new experience.  A friend mentioned "having an original experience" when she was with a person she had known for a long time.  Instead of expecting the same old thing, or being disappointed when they act a certain way, she was...

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The voice in your head

Are you plagued by the swirling thoughts syndrome?  Do you find yourself always thinking, thinking--trying to figure things out?  Exhausted from listening to that voice in your head--your constant companion...the worried, negative, demanding roommate in your brain?...

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Inspiration/Intuition

Inspiration/Intuition

Inspiration--a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul;  in-spirit Intuition--the quality or ability of having such direct     perception or quick insight. I have been giving these two words a great deal of thought lately, in how they...

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