Tree Affirmation Cards

Tree Affirmation Cards

img20161230_13573452Between the years I participated for the first time in the “Woman Unleashed Online Retreat” by the wonderful Amber Kuileimailani Bonnici. It is a free retreat where you can watch lots of amazing lessons ranging from Art via cooking classes to beautiful meditations.

Woman Unleashed Retreat

One of these lessons war hosted by the inspiring Alena Hennessey whose art classes are always brillant. The picture which evolved after that lesson is the one you can see above: The oak tree.

After I finished that picture I drew some more trees, the willow, the birch, the maple, and then I thought I should turn them into a series of affirmation cards which represent the chakras.

So here they are:

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These are now available as greeting cards in my redbubble store

Namaste! May the new year 2017 bring you lots of happiness and prosperity!

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November dreams

November dreams

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Today we were greeted with the first snow of the upcoming winter season. Although the arrival of snowy weather  almost always gives me migraines I tend to find snow very calming and  soothing. The blanket over the earth enables us to look inside rather than outside and search for our deepest wishes and hopes for the next year to come.

At the moment I am taking the e-course “Do what you love” by the amazing Beth Kempton and she teaches us to dream big and visualise your future as detailed as possible in order to bring your dreams into reality. If you want to change your life for the better I can honestly recommend taking this course as it offers you tools to detect your desires and shows you ways to implement them. Also the online community is incredibly supportive and I found a couple of lovely new friends there.

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What are your goals for 2017? Do you want to be more loved and respected, do you want to get better paid for your work, or do you want to quit your job and start your own business? Now is the time to do some serious planning ahead. Write everything down, make lists of what you want to change, what to want to keep. Map out your future and send your wishes to the universe. Making positive wishes for everybody in your life will transform the reality and soon you will be living the dream.

I started this year by making lists of want I want to achieve, where I would like to go to, negative things I would like to get rid of, etc. And I must say, most of it has already come true because I had visualised it very clearly before.

Now I am planning to put all my knowledge of visualisation into a brand new workshop that I am going to offer in early 2017. The workshop will contain elements of yoga and chakra meditation as well as encouragement training and mindfulness tools.

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Artistically I am working on more recipe illustrations for They draw and cook. I love to come up with new vegan or veganized recipes and am grateful for having to possibility to show them to the world via this fantastic website.

How to make Turkish Pizza the vegan way

There will also be another exhibition of my yoga / meditation paintings in my hometown Oldenburg in early 2017. More details coming soon.

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Last but now least I would like to inform you about my new yoga courses which will start in January. There will be a course for beginners on Tuesday nights and an open class on Sunday afternoons. You can find more details on

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I hope all your November dreams will come true, don´t forget to make a wish on 14 November when there is a potent full moon in Taurus.

Namaste!

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October Goals

October Goals

Another year of life has ended, a new one just begun .. For me that is a good time to think about what you achieved in the past year and – much more important – what your goals for the next year are.

Of course it is my aim to become a full time artist and make a living just by doing what I love but that takes a lot of focus and hard work. I have now been working as a freelancer for exactly 20 years with my translation/ tuition business so I know what I am talking about. But I am definitely willing to commit to some hard work and that is why I am taking lots of online courses in order to become the best me I can be.

At the moment I am taking the very enjoyable “Ever After 2016” course by Willowing. In this course you learn a lot of different mixed media techniques by a couple of high class artists. The topic is fairy tales and you get twelve different lessons so in the end you could fill a whole calendar with your paintings. I have already shown you some of my creations in my last blog post, today I can show you my version of the “Frog Prince” 🙂

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Next Monday the “Do what you love” course by Beth Kempton will start and I am very much looking forward to that because the course focuses on lots of different areas of your life and you can learn a lot about yourself and your hidden possibilities. Maybe you need to clear out your closets at home and get rid of all the unwanted clutter before you are able become a successful business woman. These kind of courses always inspire me a lot and I tend to find solutions for minor problems. I will let you know about my progress.

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What else am I working on at the moment? I am still working on my vegan recipe illustrations for “They draw and cook” and am always happy when they add my works to their website. This was the last one that was added.

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So my creative goals are to make the most of my courses, to learn a lot, and to improve my style.

Of course I also want to become the best version of myself possible so I decided to do a three week detox challenge with my good friend Marion. I will tell you about the outcome in November. My plan is to improve my acid-base balance and to exercise a lot. So in addition to the four yoga classes I already teach per week I will invest some time in extra lessons for myself. Hopefully my cunning plan will work out fine. The detox of the body is supposed to clear the mind as well and thus give me the chance to see where I can up my game.

What are your October goals? Please tell me in the comments! I hope you enjoyed this blog post and could find something for you in it! See you soon!

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Make it in Design Summer school

Make it in Design Summer school

Last month I took part in the Miidsummerschool for the first time, and I totally loved it! You sign up for four weeks of designing and you can learn so much about patterns, colour schemes, new trends to come, it was truly amazing.

It was impossible for me as a total beginner to compete with all these brilliant experienced designers who attended the course as well but they were all very kind, encouraging, and helpful.

As a result I signed up for Module 1 of the Make it in Design courses which will start in September. I can´t wait to start ..  If you like to create your own patterns, maybe you´d like to join me! Here are some of the designs I came with up during summer school.

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Shape up your Chakras – Part 3 – Manipura

Shape up your Chakras – Part 3 – Manipura

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The third chakra is called Manipura which means City of Juwels (that is a lovely name I think). It is situated just above your belly button, when you pull in your stomach muscles you can feel it pretty good. The third chakra is all about self-confidence, power, and your ego. The colour connected with this chakra is yellow. The element is fire. You can imagine this chakra as a little sun inside you. You can breathe energy into the chakra area, and while breathing out you can imagine bringing all the purifying fire energy from the chakra into your whole body.

In Yoga all the standing exercises are supposed to open the three lower chakras (as the first three are called).

If you want to know whether your third chakra is blocked ask yourself the following questions:

– How do I feel about myself?

– Can I handle decisions? Can I stick to my decisions?

– Do I need a lot of attention from others?

– Am I afraid to be alone?

– How do I handle responsibilities?

If you discover an imbalance in this chakra you could e.g. attend an encouragement course or practise encouragement in your personal life. Tell people when you think they did a great job, and they will tell you, too!

Shape up your chakras – Sacral Chakra

Shape up your chakras – Sacral Chakra

 

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The second chakra is called the sacral chakra or Swadhisthana. It is located along your spine a little bit under your belly bottom, approximately where your inner sexual organs reside. Like the womb is the place where you create new life, the second chakra is the seat of your power to create. May it be art, music, literature, anything really that you can create.

The colour associated with the second chakra is orange.

So if you want to embrace your creativity I´d suggest you do a little energy massage and the following meditation:

Lie on your back and breathe in deeply and out slowly. Put your right hand on your belly ( 2 fingerbreadth under the belly bottom) right above your second chakra, now put your left hand on top of the right one. Every time you breathe in you bring cosmic energy into your hands, and every time you breathe out you release that energy into your second chakra. In your mind you go back to the time when you were between 7 and 14 years old. What were your hobbies when you were a child? What did you really like to do? Who were your friends? What did to enjoy playing? Now compare that to the present, what is missing in your life now? Would you like to pick up singing in a choir or learn to play an instrument? Let your inner child out and allow yourself to play and explore what is good for you! After a couple of minutes come back to the present, breathe in deeply and stretch your body.

I guess your belly got pretty warm by now! Repeat the energy massage whenever you feel you need it!

Happy creating!