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To Change Your Body…

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To Change Your Body
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We all want that magic pill…that miracle diet that will immediately transform our bodies into the icon of beauty that we desire to be.  The path towards that body doesn’t start with anything external – it all starts with something inside of you.  Your thoughts are the key.  I learned from the amazing weight loss coach, Brooke Castillo, that your thoughts create feelings – and those feelings create actions – and those actions create results.  If you want the results in your life to be a body that is changing towards what you want it to be, you must start by changing those internal thoughts.

Our internal thoughts sometimes are really mean.  So many women beat themselves up – for eating that extra cookie, for saying something dumb, for carrying that extra 20 pounds (again!), for somehow failing as a mother, as a wife, or as a friend.  If we are not busy beating the crap out of ourselves with the negative track that runs rampant in our heads somedays, then most of the rest of the time we are busy ignoring ourselves.  Distracting ourselves from things we are afraid to feel.  Sometimes we disguise distracting ourselves with being busy.  Or caring for others.  Or working too much.  Or eating.

The path towards finding peace with your body all starts in your head.  Pay attention to your thoughts.  If you don’t like them, find some new ones that you do like.  Some new thoughts that you can buy in to.  Thoughts that support the direction you want to go.  That support the fab-YOU-lous life and body you can have!

A Retreat That Will Rock!

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I’m so excited to tell you about a retreat that not only am I attending – I am teaching at!  The Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Retreat promises to be an amazing time of art, connection, and learning.  This retreat was created by Linda Barutha of Live, Laugh, Love Retreats.

Have you been to an art retreat?  I went to my first one in Portland, Oregon about a year and a half ago.  I had barely even picked up a paintbrush before, but I kept looking at art around me and thinking “I can do that – I just don’t really understand HOW to.”  But I knew the creativity was inside of me.  So I found a retreat, signed my bad self up for it, and off I went to Portland – paintbrush in one hand, blank canvas in the other – not knowing a soul there.

What I found there was the artist inside of me.  What I learned there is that mixed media art was the home I didn’t even know I had been longing for.  What I took home with me was the knowledge of how to do all those cool techniques that make me stop and want to TOUCH a piece of art.  The texture, the colors, the layering, the beauty….I learned how to do it all.  Going to that retreat might have been the best gift I have ever given myself.

The Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Retreat will be special for another reason too.  I took an online class with several hundred amazingly creative women last summer.  We have stayed in close contact, supporting each other in our creative and artistic endeavors.  Many of them will be attending this retreat.  And I am DYING to meet these women who have become my creative sisters!!

I am going to be teaching a mixed media class on how to create the painting below.  It’s called Believe In Your Beauty and is part of my Body Fab-YOU-lous line.  I will show you how to do the layering of paints, ink and papers.  We will learn how to do collage and incorporate an awesome transfer technique.  Plus, you will learn all about creating hidden messages inside of a painting for yourself.  While things dry I will share with my class what I have learned about finding peace in the body you inhabit – right now.  That is what Body Fab-YOU-lous is all about!

I hope you join us at the retreat – we would love to have you there!!