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Friday, August 30, 2013

Day 26~Thirty days of gratitude

 Grateful today for song and musicals.

Remembering a magical night with my friend Louise Gale at a piano bar in New York and thought I'd share a few of my favourite things.....

sunrise on flowers and
beach walks for hours...
 lime margaritas and

home made rellenos
 long lazy lunches with family and friends
these are a few of my favourite things.....

oh my....feeling a little peckish after all that!

Time to cook dinner...
until tomorrow!
Make sure you leave me a comment with some of your favourite things..only 4 days left to get in the gratitude giveaway draw! 

lots of love

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Day 25 ~ Thirty days of gratitude :)

Yep that's my baby girl in the pic.......all glorious 16 years of her, 

with her latest fitness love Pole Dancing!
That's right pole dancing...and she had so much fun after completing a term that she has convinced big sister Santana to take it up too, and I was so impressed with their moves that I caved in and bought a pole for them which Marco, like a good dad, put up for them in prime position in the living room!

So today I'm grateful for 


both in physical and thought form

I love that the girls are doing something together that keeps them strong, fit and empowered as young women and I love that along the path of parenthood Marco and I have learnt flexibility in the ways in which we see the world both through our own eyes and through theirs.

Maybe I might even give it a whirl......

hasta manana

much love
Tracy xox

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Day 21, 22, 23 & 24!~Thirty days of gratitude♥

Hi beautiful people! 

Well, I missed a few days so have some catching up to do. 
Life sometimes gets in the way of blogging but never in the way of gratitude! 

Come on! 

Lets take a walk in the garden...Spring has officially spring here in Australia and I am always grateful to welcome my favourite season :)

 still lots of oranges, limes and grapefruits on the trees and I'm grateful for this bounty and the fresh juice Marco makes most mornings....

 the daisies are growing wild and beautiful...just like you!
 Vitamin C and Vitamin D all in one pic!

 Little seedlings of coriander (cilantro) emerge from the mulch all by themselves, self seeded from last years crop.....
seaside daisies front and back!

 the front oasis of green :)

 welcome Spring! Come on in!

 a riot of azaleas on the front deck....

 beams of sunlight making the plants and me smile :)

and to make it official...the first leaf buds on the dwarf mulberry tree!!

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”
― E.E. Cummings

One of the reasons I didn't get to blog over the weekend was that I was far too busy having fun in a leafy beachside suburb of Sydney named Avalon.....

 On Friday afternoon I checked into my cute airbnb cabin, wandered down to the village centre, ordered a delish veggie pizza and enjoyed it with a glass of red before tucking myself in for an early night in anticipation of a wonderful Paint Mojo weekend........
 I am so grateful that I get to meet so many amazing women on their own creative journeys

 and that I get to share their smiles
 their amazing explorations...


 and the blossoming of new friendships....

 truly grateful to witness personal stories unfold organically....

 in tides of happy....

 and to be able to share in the same process as my own paintings begin to talk....

 and evolve in front of the class....

it feels vulnerable at times to be the teacher and not know where I'm heading but there is beauty in sharing our vulnerabilities....

 I'm so grateful to Mandy Kopelke for hosting me so wonderfully and for Clare Gordon who was also a great help over the weekend! I am always indebted to my awesome hosts around the world!

 One thing that I am really grateful for is that as my workshops evolve I am finding new ways to encourage my students to make their own choices and let their paintings speak to them and guide them...more and more at the end of the weekend the array of paintings takes my breath away....

 all so different and unique...from moody and mystical

 to magically whimsical!

The lovely Suzi Poland wrote a great post about all of our weekend fun on her blog here. Thank you Suzi! 

Love this pic from Suzi's blog of the group enjoying dinner. 
Look at the love heart in the centre of the group! ♥

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit” ― E.E. Cummings

Last but not least I'm grateful for a very special surprise that arrived in the mail from my friend Kristin Hyde across the ditch who customised some of my art onto beautiful heart necklaces and brooches, just for me to wear when I'm on the road. Thank you Kristin! I love presents!

 “(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)~ E.E. Cummings” 

What are you grateful for today. Leave me a little note. I'd love to know and for every comment on my thirty days of gratitude blog you get a chance to win an original painting which I will be drawing just before I leave for the U.S.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Until tomorrow

Lots of love
Tracy xoxo

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Day 20~Thirty days of gratitude

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
― Mother Teresa

Grateful today for spending the day with 18 amazing, unique, beautiful creative women and for realising more, each time I teach, how intertwined we are, how connected we are, how complex, how similar and how different.
The gifts that come from such diversity are incredibly powerful when we open ourselves to receive them.
Grateful also that even though sometimes I forget, each small stone I cast has ripples I will never see. 

Looking forward to day two of Paint Mojo Avalon tomorrow :) xoxo 

 “I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.”
― Ani DiFranco

Friday, August 23, 2013

Day 19~Thirty days of gratitude

Its been a pretty amazing week, and I have been truly grateful for some pretty profound signs from the Universe, including one that stopped me in my tracks on the way to Avalon today to teach Paint Mojo this weekend.

For some reason my phone does not want to upload the pic that would explain my cryptic ramblings to my laptop so will have to wait until I get home on Monday to explain, suffice to say that I am in the process of reassessing what personality means, how we come to think of ourselves the way we do and how we can reframe who we "think" we are. BIG stuff. Cant wait to share more when I get home and super grateful for signs that make me "know" I'm heading in the right direction :))

lots of love...will check in tomorrow after Paint Mojo Avalon!

 we're going to do a bit of this

 a little of that...
 a touch of that

and a whole lot of this!

Be sure to leave a little note below to be in the draw to win a painting this month xox

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Day18~Thirty Days of gratitude

“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields...Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.”
― Mary Oliver

Grateful today for words of wisdom from one of my favourite poets
I hope they speak to you today, especially those of you going through difficult times. 

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.”
― Mary Oliver
“Love yourself. Then forget it.
Then, love the world.”
― Mary Oliver

 “I stood willingly and gladly in the characters of everything - other people, trees, clouds. And this is what I learned, that the world's otherness is antidote to confusion - that standing within this otherness - the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books - can re-dignify the worst-stung heart.”
― Mary Oliver 

“Sometimes I need
only to stand
wherever I am
to be blessed.”
― Mary Oliver 

Thank you to my beautiful girls Santana and Sienna (in these images above) for some of the most profound lessons of my life ♥

until tomorrow
 "I honor the place in you where Spirit lives
I honor the place in you which is
of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace,
when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
then we are One."

lots of love Tracy xox ♥

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Day 17-Thirty days of gratitude

Hello gorgeous friends!

It doesn't take long to find something to be grateful for does it?
Tonight I'm going to prove it...
with just fifteen minutes until my two different kinds of vegetarian cabbage rolls come out of the oven
(sorry no recipes, I googled and then improvised!)
I am going to use some of my photo folders
(ahem... newly shiny and organised after three days of sorting!) 
as prompts to trigger thoughts of gratitude....
here we go!!
 grateful for every sunrise I see out of my bedroom window, 
every new day I am privileged to experience on this Earth

grateful for the sunlight that makes beautiful patterns on the wall down the side passage of our casa leading to my studio......

 for the weeping dwarf mulberry bush that has lived on this property twice as long as us...a constant reminder of the seasons cycles and my barometer that Spring has arrived with its first green leaf buds this week.....

 for visitors that come to share a cup of tea with me on the back this very friendly kookaburra!

well took me thirty minutes instead of fifteen...grateful for a tribe of awesome friends here who I can be real with too ♥

Buenos noches all!

Be sure to leave a message as someone lucky will be winning a little painting on Day 30!!

What are you grateful for today?

much love
Tracy xoxo

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Day 16~Thirty days of gratitude

hey beautiful people! 

are you hanging in there with me?
Riding down the gratitude path?
finding things to be grateful for?
Its such a powerful habit to cultivate
I highly encourage it....

today I took some time out to continue sorting out my computer files
I harassed my sweet editor Tonia with files I discovered and worried I hadn't sent her
and in the end felt a whole lot better about where I am at with my book
its a mammoth task you know
and sometimes it feels overwhelming
but I can really start to feel it coming together...

Just hanging out here with my favourite people right now

Marco, Santana and Sienna

the kitties are feeling a bit put out because tonight was their Frontline night
that's Aussie talk for spraying them all over with chemicals once a month so they wont die from ticks!
Luna is nowhere to be found
but Bella just jumped up onto Marcos chest and decided to forgive him once again

I have to be honest with you
one of the things I'm most grateful for at the end of the day
is taking my bra off and relaxing with my hugely loved family
especially when I know I'm less than three weeks away from leaving them again for awhile

did I already say this earlier in the week?
Maybe I did
and if I did that just shows how much I mean it....

sweet dream to all
until tomorow

lots of love
Tracy xoxo