Uncage the Lions!
Dear loved ones,
I've missed you! It's been an awesome and crazy time. We just moved to a new spot and I've been a busy bee painting, unpacking boxes, clearing clutter, nesting, maintaining my sanity. My goal is to have my new studio up and running as soon as possible, so that I can create and have an easier time sharing my heart and soul with you through art and music. I'm so excited! Belle Ayre, my band, has also been busy bees writing and jamming our new songs for our upcoming EP. We've recorded some new teasers and have some new photos up so please head on over and check them out here. To be honest, this is the first time in my life I really feel like I'm creating and sharing and writing from an authentic place. It's always evolving and I'm always uncovering more and more of my soul, but it's safe to say I'm on a good path...and it feels freaking AH-mazing (and scary, and exciting). These new songs are raw, straight from my life experiences since I got back from 2 years straight on the road, not worrying about what people will think or like - simply just my heart on my sleeve, therapy for me, cleansing and working through my own darkness and light. My hope is that you can connect to these songs and lyrics and feel what I'm going through, and can relate. Together, we are able to heal. Together, we are able to stand tall and lean on each other for strength.
Since I've been on this path to uncover my soul and let go of thoughts that no longer serve me, I have grown so much and have come so far from where I once was. More and more I've been learning who I really am, and having the courage to let that out. I'm more comfortable in my own skin, I feel safer in my body, I'm learning to fall in love with myself. I want that for you too. I want you to be able to look in the mirror and say I love you to yourself and believe that you are perfect just the way you are. I want your heart to shine and to know your true personality, not littered by thoughts and worries of what people think or being judged. I read this great post today on Mystic Mamma and it was just totally in line with the way I've been feeling and what I've been going through. So, I shall leave you with that. Remember, when you uncage that lion within you that has been waiting to break free, not everyone in the world will like you. And that's more than OK. Those who are meant to be in your life, and deserve to be in your life will be drawn to you when you are being yourself. Most likely, you bring out the lion in them too!
“…the need to express who we are is archetypal; that is both necessary and timeless. And expressing who we are is less about describing ourselves than it is about letting who we are out in a regular rhythm that is an imperative as breathing.
“It is this exchange or flow of who we are- in and out- that keeps us connected to all that is living.
“Just as we must inhale and exhale hundreds of times a day, we must feel and express constantly. When out of balance we suffer….”
“Ultimately, expressing who we are has a physics all its own. More than being understood, it is about not hiding our basic nature.
“Essentially, the life of expression is the ongoing journey of how we heal each other… for by telling our stories and listening to the stories of others, we let out who we are and find ourselves in each other, and find that we are more together than alone.”
~Mark Nepo from The Exquisite Risk: Daring to Live an Authentic Life
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season. Remember to take care of yourself first, and take as much time out as you need from holiday festivities to keep yourself energized and grounded. If you run your body and spirit into the ground then no one will have any fun! Baths, breathing, meditation, yoga, naps, whatever you need. Don't, and I repeat don't feel guilty for taking time out for yourself. I will try to take my own advice!
If you have any questions or comments I would absolutely love to hear from you, leave a comment below!
You are beautiful. Keep shining bright like diamonds. :)
Peace and love,