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Color Your Soul:


"Let go of who you're supposed to be and instead embrace who you are." - Dr. Brene Brown


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Color Your Soul a note from the editor -- 2

INSP IRATION - - 1 2

september mood board -- 14 color your soul sketchbook -- 18 more freedom links -- 28

INSTRUCTION - - 30

september classes -- 32

INSIGH T -- 36

the gallery -- 28 coloryoursouldaily challenge -- 44 soul studies -- 46


It’s no secret that I believe authenticity is the ultimate path to living your most vibrant life. CO LOR Y OU R S O U L   |   I S S U E O N E   |

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But... what does "authenticity" really mean? I hear that word thrown around a lot these days, but I’m not sure we do a great job at slowing down long enough to really define it and fully understand it. I’ve always said that authenticity to me means finding alignment between who you are and what you do. Basically, it’s having your outward actions match up with your inward values. BUT, the other part of the equation that I don’t talk about as much in that definition is what often STOPS us from doing that.

Why is it so hard to line up WHO WE ARE with WHAT WE DO? That, my friends, is where the idea of FREEDOM comes in. Being authentic means breaking FREE of who you think you should be so that you can instead be who you really are -- just as Brené says in the quote above. The world often delivers a picture to us of who we need to be in order to be accepted into mainstream culture.


We are expected to be successful, agreeable, lacking flaws, professional, realistic, stoic... the list goes on. By acknowledging these expectations for what they are and realizing that lasting satisfaction comes from true, internal acceptance regardless of the expectations of other people, that’s when we can really start to discover the benefits of freedom in every aspect of our lives. That’s when we can start to experience real authenticity and the sustained contentment it creates. S O , T H I S MONTH I’M GOING TO A SK YO U T O C OLOR YOUR S OUL WITH FR EED OM . Together we’ll explore three different sub-themes that will act as our "mindfulness mantras" throughout the month, all of which are ways that freedom has shown up in my own life. Those mindfulness mantras are: PLAY, POSSIBILITY & ACCEPTANCE.

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FREEDOM IS PLAY Play is something that we don’t often think about as a necessary part of life. Play seems frivolous, lacking in priority, and decidedly unessential. BUT, as Greg Mckeown reminds us in his book Essentialism, it’s in fact the opposite. Having a sense of play and giving our imaginations space to roam is absolutely essential, not just in idea generation and productivity but it also within our creativity, which needs freedom to roam and to encounter inspiration! Freedom through play is about allowing yourself to do something "simply for the joy of doing it and not as a means to an end." It’s about giving yourself permission to have fun, to explore, to discover, and to liberate yourself from whatever constraints you’ve placed on yourself in the past.


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FREEDOM IS POSSIBILITY Over the course of my life it has become clear to me that so many of us are held back not by any visible or tangible constraints, but by chains that are actually invisible and of our own doing. We decide what we think is possible and what is impossible for our lives, and by deeming something beyond our reach, we in turn limit our own potential. The more we can focus on what’s possible, the more we can imagine and dream and ask "What if?", the more we can expand our consciousness and find freedom from our self-imposed limitations. Freedom through possibility is about stepping outside the perceived barriers that you have for what your life HAS to be or HAS to look like and opening yourself up to the beauty that it could be.


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FREEDOM IS ACCEPTANCE Probably the hardest of the these freedom mantras to adopt is that of self-acceptance. Sometimes the most oppressive chains that bind us are hidden within the stories we tell ourselves about what we’re lacking or what we’ve always been lacking. BUT, when we start to realized that we are ENOUGH as we are, that we are worthy of love and that we are beautiful as we are, we can start to free ourselves from the negativity that stems from our scarcity mindset. Freedom through acceptance is about feeling whole in spite of your perceived imperfections. It’s loving yourself where you are, not where you wish you would be. Through acceptance you’re able to free yourself from any lacking or comparison you may feel.

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My hope is that by exploring these themes all month long, together we can unlock whatever might be holding you back from your best, brightest, FREEST life.

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I truly hope you enjoy the art, inspiration, digital goodies, and weekly journal prompts included in this issue. Know that it was all created and curated with LOVE for you! If you have ideas about what you like or what you want to see in next month’s issue, let me know by emailing me! Thanks for embarking on this new journey with me! I can’t wait to see where it leads us!


PART ONE

Inspiration INS P IR ATION IS ABO UT SPA RKING YOUR CREATIVITY & S TOK ING YOUR INN ER MUSE. IT BEGINS WITH A VIS UAL INS P IR ATION BOA RD THAT SCULPTED MY V ISION FOR TH IS IS S UE, BUT IT A LSO EXTEN DS TO MY OWN SK ETC H BOOK WH ER E I HOPE YOU’LL FIN D PIECES OF A RT TH AT S P EAK TO TH E BIG, JUICY TOPICS IN THIS ISSUE.


September Inspiration A color palette combining bright tones of pink, sunshine, and poppy retain the vibrant remnants of summer, while rich tones of turquoise usher in the moodier vibes of fall.

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I channeled the idea of freedom through images of doors and birds, reminding me of the possibilities all around us and the feeling when your spirit takes flight. Finally, layered collage and paper textures reminded me of the complex, layered nature of our lives, and I found myself itching to incorporate the technique into the Color Youf Soul Sketchbook.


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book cover / abstract painting / follow your enthusiasms / doors illustration / birds / middle mojo web design / pink geode / paper collage #1 / flowers


EXPLORE THE

#ColorYourSoulSketchbook I created eight original art pieces through the lens of this month’s theme. Each one carries a message that helps me feel connected to my own sense of freedom. My hope is that each piece serves you as both a visual cue and a thought-stirring catalyst for self-discovery. Don’t forget to check out The Gallery section where you can download each one as a printable calendar or digital background.


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T HI S P IEC E WAS C R EATED A S A REMIN DER THAT SO METIM ES OUR IM AGINATIONS CA N REV EA L TO US P O SS IBILITIES WE C OULD N EVER IMA GIN E. IF WE A LLOW O U R S ELVES TO D R EAM - - TO UN TETHER OURSELV ES FROM R E ALITY FOR JUS T A M OMENT -- WE MIGHT DISCOV ER A SE NS E OF FR EED OM WE DIDN’T EV EN KNOW EXISTED.


TH IS M ATISSE-IN SPIRED N EON PA PER COLLA GE WA S SO MUCH FUN TO CREATE -- JUST C UTTING OUT SHA PES A N D A RRA NGIN G THEM IN A S P REA D. IT REMIN DS ME TO "PRESS PLAY ON M Y DAY" WHEN I GET TOO BOGGED DOWN BY MY SERIOUS A DULT-IN G.

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I L OV E TH ES E ILLUS TR AT IONS TOGETHER B E C AUS E TH EY M AK E NO SEN SE! PA RT OF E M BR AC ING P LAY IS BEING SILLY, SUSPENDIN G R E AS ON AND ENGAGING IN THINGS THAT HAVE N O P UR P OS E OR EFFIC IENCY OR PRODUCTIV ITY. N O N S ENS E C AN BE A P O WERFUL WAY TO FREE O U R C R EATIVITY !


TH IS P IEC E REMIN DS ME OF GREG MCKEOWN’S D EFINITION OF PLAY: ENGA GING IN SOMETHING FOR NO OTH E R REA SON THA N THE PURE JOY OF IT!

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SO OFTEN IN LIFE WE EN COUN TER A N OPPORTUNITY OR A FORK I N OUR PATH AND TH E C HOICES BEFORE US SEEM CLEA R. BUT, IF W E TR AIN OUR S ELVES TO LOOK MORE CLOSELY, WE CA N STA RT TO SE E H ID D EN D OOR S OF POSSIBILITY TUCKED AWAY IN THE CRA CK S B E T W EEN TH E M OR E VISIBLE OPTION S. WHEN YOU DON’T SEE THE C HOIC E YOU WANT, LOOK MORE CLOSELY A N D YOU’LL FIND YOU C A N C R EATE YOUR OWN POSSIBILITIES.


WE ARE A LL MA DE UP OF A MILLION PIECES TH AT WE TEND TO JUDGE A BOUT OURSELV ES. WE PUT SOME OF OUR TRA ITS INTO THE " GOOD" COLUMN A N D SOME IN THE "BA D" C O LUMN, A ND WE THINK THAT ON LY IF WE COULD SWA P OUT THE BA D ONES FOR S OM ETHIN G ELSE, THEN WE’LL HAV E -- OR

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M OR E ACCURATELY, WE’LL DESERVE -- WHAT WE WA N T. BUT GUESS WHAT? YOU A ND I AR E A LREA DY WHOLE. WE HAVE A LL THE BITS W E N EED RIGHT THIS VERY MOMEN T. TH EY A RE A LL VA LID A ND ON CE WE A CCEPT OUR WHOLEN ESS, THEN WE CA N FREE OURSELV ES FROM SELF-JUDGMENT A ND COMPA RISON .


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H O W M ANY TIM ES A D AY DO WE A SK OURSELVES: "WHAT IF?" -W H AT IF I FAIL? WH AT IF I’M NOT GOOD ENOUGH? WHAT IF I CA N ’ T ? T HI S P IEC E IS M EANT TO EMBODY A LL THE POSITIV E A ND EXCITIN G W H AT IFS . IN EAC H BUBBLE I WROTE WHATEV ER POSSIBILITIES I C OULD TH INK OF FOR MY FUTURE A ND IT WILL SERVE A S A R E M IND ER TH AT IF I C AN DREA M IT, I CA N DO IT.


BUILD ING A LIFE BA SED ON OTHER PEOPLE’S EXPECTATIONS OF YOU CA N SOMETIMES M AK E YOU FEEL LIKE A BIRD IN A CA GE. YOU S EE A WIDE WORLD A ROUND YOU THAT YOU C OULD EXPLORE, BUT YOU’RE WEIGHTED D OWN A ND HELD BA CK. HOWEVER, ONCE YOU

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S TAR T LOVING YOURSELF A N D STA RT BA SIN G YOUR DECISION S ON YOUR V ISION FOR YOUR LIFE - - NO ONE ELSE’S -- THAT’S WHEN YOU OP EN YO UR EYES A ND REA LIZE THE DOOR TO TH AT CA GE WA S A CTUA LLY OPEN A LL A LON G. YOU H A D THE POWER TO RELEA SE YOURSELF A LL A LONG.


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Freedom Inspiration

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TRY LISTENING T O : The Magic Lessons podcast with Liz Gilbert, Season 2, Episode 1 - one of my favorite podcasts and I especially love Liz’s chat with Sarah Jones in the second half who asks, "What if JOY were our only metric for success?"


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T R Y R E AD ING:

TR Y REA DING:

TRY WATCHING:

"Essentialism" by Greg McKeown - a year later and I’m still going back to this book all the time; Greg’s chapter on PLAY feels especially appropriate for this month’s theme.

The Crossroads of Should & Must by Elle Luna - a beautiful post about freeing ourselves from the expectations of others so we can pursue what calls us from within. She also turned this into a gorgeous illustrated book!

The Little Prince on Netflix - a fantastical animated movie that beautifully illustrates the notion of freedom and the idea that play is indeed an essential part of a colorful, vibrant life.


PART TWO

Instruction

I NS TR UC TION IS ABOUT FEEDIN G YOUR CURIOSITY. IT’S ABOUT M OVING BEYO N D THE CREATIVE SPA RK TO TA KE AC TION. IT’S WH ER E I’M A BLE TO SHA RE WITH YOU A N EW P R AC TIC AL S K ILL OR FRA MEWORK THAT A PPLIES TO C R EATIVITY, A UTHENTIC BUSINESS OR P ERSON A L GROWTH.


FEED YOUR CURIOSITY WITH NEW

September Classes Explore PLAY through the Acrylic Explorations painting self-paced class where you’ll learn three techniques for acrylic abstract painting. Learn how I stay connected to my own sense of freedom by listening to my intuition in the live workshop class, Connecting With Your Core.


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LEAR N TH E BASICS OF CREATING A BSTRA CT AR T WITH AC R Y LIC PA INT! IN THIS CLA SS, I’LL WALK YOU TH R OUGH MY FAVORITE SUPPLIES FOR PAINTING WITH A CRYLICS, A S WELL A S THREE D IFFER ENT TEC H NIQUES YOU CA N USE TO CREATE YOUR OWN ONE-OF-A -KIN D A BSTRA CT A RT!


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IN TH IS LIVE ONLIN E WORKSHOP, WE DISCUSS TH AT ELUS IVE BUT OH-SO-IMPORTA NT VOICE IN YOUR H EAR T - - YOUR INTUITION ! I’LL SHA RE WITH YOU M Y D IS C OVERIES A BOUT HOW TO STA RT S P EAK ING TH E LAN GUA GE OF YOUR IN TUITION, H OW TO D EVELOP A SYSTEM FOR UNCOV ERIN G YOUR C OR E VALUES, A N D HOW TO PUT THOSE VALUES INT O A CTION IN YOUR LIFE.


More MV Classes


PART THREE

Insight

A FTER ENJOY ING TH E CREATIV E SPA RK OF INSPIRATION AND TH E C ONFID ENC E THAT COMES WITH IN STRUCTION, WE FINALLY AR R IVE AT THE LA ST PA RT OF THE COLOR YOUR S OUL EQUATION: IN SIGHT. INSIGHT IS A BOUT D IVING D EEP ER INTO YOUR OWN IDENTITY A N D D IS C OVERING REVELATIONS IN YOUR OWN LIFE.


Through "Soul Studies" -- an exclusive weekly email series -- I’ll challenge you to investigate your own values as a means of understanding yourself better. You can visit "The Gallery" to download exclusive art and resources to surround yourself with visual reminders of our monthly theme. And finally, I’ll offer up fun prompts and exercises so you can live out the monthly theme on a daily basis with the #ColorYourSoulDaily Challenge!


GET YOUR FREE ART FROM

The Gallery Get your exclusive printable art and wallpapers just for Color Your Soul Subscribers! Download each mindfulness mantra or sketchbook page as a desktop wallpaper, phone background OR a printable monthly calendar! Use each piece of art as a way to let these messages sink into your psyche as you go about your month! Just click the thumbnail of the download you want!


September

Printable Calendars

sunday

monday

tuesday

wednesday thursday

I PLAN TO COLOR MY SOUL WITH FREEDOM BY...

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friday

saturday


Phone Backgrounds

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Desktop Wallpapers


FEEL FREEDOM IN ACTION WITH THE

#ColorYourSoulDaily Challenge

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Check out the #ColorYourSoulDaily Challenge and workbook! I’ve got 30 prompts with different activities for you to explore play, possibility and acceptance. PLUS, there’s a fun printable workbook with space for you to interpret each daily prompt with hand-lettering, art, photos, writing -- whatever you want! Share your daily interpretations of each prompt on Instagram with the tag #ColorYourSoulDaily and three Color Your Soul Subscribers will be randomly selected to get a VIBRANT surprise in the mail from yours truly!


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DOWNLO AD TH E W ORKBOOK NOW


REFLECT ON FREEDOM IN YOUR LIFE WITH

Soul Studies Journal Prompts

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Bust out those writing journals, we’re about to get DEEP! Look out for my Sunday emails with prompts and questions to help you interpret this month’s theme in your life, your business and your creativity. (If you need to access them online at any time, you can click through the links below!)


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FORMING A V ISION

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WEEK 3

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ST E P P I N G INTO YOUR P OWER

MA KING A PLA N

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