Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Life Book 2017 Blog Hop & Give Away!


Well hello everyone! 

Life has been pretty eventful for me these past months and I am long overdue for some regular blog sharing and I promise that soon I will have the time to do just that!

Many of you have been following my breast cancer journey on FB and your support and encouragement has been beautiful and overwhelming and always received with deep gratitude <3

Thank you!!

The very best news I received this month was that my genome test came back with zero percentage of benefit from chemo!!! No chemo for me!! We received the news while both Marco and I were in hospital in Bali suffering from Dengue fever....OMG if I wasn't hooked up to an IV I would have done cartwheels across the room!! 
I will be starting radiation on Oct 18th for six weeks and will be finished just in time for our Aussie Summer!

So anyhoooooo you can see we have some catching up to do! I will be taking six months off from in person teaching from Dec-June and have decided to have the whole of 2017 off from international travel so that I can take the time I need to heal and self nurture. 

I will be announcing some late 2017 Aussie workshop dates soon and also have quite a few online surprises up my sleeve which I am super excited to be working on!

ALSO......right now

I have some wonderful & exciting news!

I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2017 next year! 
Every single year this class just keeps getting better and better and I am always honored to be included! 

And even MORE exciting news is that I get to give away 1 space on this amazing year long art course! 

Keep reading if you want to find out more about Life Book 2017 and if you want to find out how you can win a spot! :) 

First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven't heard about it yet! 

“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. 










Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers (including me!!) who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! 

Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)!

 You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life! 

You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 12500+ people in the past!) by clicking HERE 











I haven't fully developed my class idea yet, but I will be working around the theme of healing, transformation and magic and throwing in a whole lot of self love as well!


Here's a personal work I created a couple of years back around the same theme.... 

I cant wait to work on this class for you all!

who knows what we will discover together!

Registration opens on October 3rd 2016 and the class begins on January 1st 2017. 

So if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2017 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to join once registration opens! :) 

Keep this page  bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! :) 

Now then, onto the give-away!
I can give away 1 space on Life Book 2017 to 1 lucky winner. Maybe YOU! :) 

How to enter the give-away: 

Please leave a comment below letting me know your favourite way to be kind to yourself.
For extra chances share this give-away post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+ 2 and let me know in your comment below how many times you did. 


I will be announcing the winner on Oct 2nd!!

Good luck everyone!! <3 <3 <3 
lots of love Tracy xox








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Adriana Moreira said...

Hi Tracy, you know I love your artwork and would love to get that place at Lifebook with Tamara Laporte and all these great artists including you. Thanks so much for that great opportunity to be able to win a place at that great healing art project. xx Adriana

Sandy said...

Being kind to myself is something I'm learning to do. I'm taking little steps everyday. The first thing I'm getting better at is changing my internal language -you know, that voice that loves to criticise and put us down. So now I am constantly saying nice helpful positive things. I'm also following my intuition more. Last week this led me to be at the right place at the right time to receive an amazing hour long massage in a really peaceful place in the country just listening to birds. <3 Love Sandy

Viv Rad said...

My favorite way to be king to myself is to stop what I am doing, pray for guidance and assistance and have good thoughts plus do a bunch of painting. I would l love to win a spot and continue on this journey.

Brenda Manheim said...

Such exciting news to be able to do this as a year long process. I am retired from teaching art now and have free time to do what God created me to do, paint. That is the part of being kind to myself that is so important because for many years I could not paint because of stress and work factors. But now I am free to be happy, laugh and indulge myself in my world of art.

Wintergreen said...

My fave way to be kind to myself is to allow myself to get extra sleep when I feel tired or depleted. Be well!

Linda M said...

I would so love to win a spot on LB 2017 - I signed up on the 30th of December last year - first time I'd ever heard of it and thought - ok why not? I LOVVVVVEEEEEE it so much!!! Would love to be a part of it next year and the line up of teachers looks amazing! Thankyou for being a part of it! :)

Julia said...

Favorite way to be kind to myself is greeting myself in the morning in the mirror with "Good morning, beautiful" ♡♡♡ There is a country song with this line and I always wanted someone (guy/husband) to do this like in that song, but I finally decided to start loving myself the way I wanted to be loved. ♡ It has been great for both me and my marriage! Great question, Tracy! I love exploring this. Many wonderful well wishes and healing vibes to you! ♡♡♡

Stacy Harrison said...

Hi Tracy, eating well and listening to my body are my favorite ways to be kind and loving to myself!!!! Thanks for the giveaway xx

Margaret said...

Honestly, Tracy, it took me a long time to be kind to myself as life had thrown me a few curve balls. Like you, I am a 7 year breast cancer survivor and learned to try to take each day as a gift. My biological family decided I wasnt part of that equation any longer more than 10 years ago. My family consists of my husband and our daughters who truly love me for me. I am a lucky woman to have them all in my life. I am overwhelmed with joy and find that through prayer and attention to my creative spirit, the kindness I show myself by opening my heart and soul every day to positivity is my gift to myself. I sometimes have to stop and take a breath and realise that life is really good!!!! P.S. I am hsppy gor your good news.

Margaret said...

Honestly, Tracy, it took me a long time to be kind to myself as life had thrown me a few curve balls. Like you, I am a 7 year breast cancer survivor and learned to try to take each day as a gift. My biological family decided I wasnt part of that equation any longer more than 10 years ago. My family consists of my husband and our daughters who truly love me for me. I am a lucky woman to have them all in my life. I am overwhelmed with joy and find that through prayer and attention to my creative spirit, the kindness I show myself by opening my heart and soul every day to positivity is my gift to myself. I sometimes have to stop and take a breath and realise that life is really good!!!! P.S. I am hsppy gor your good news.

Diva Kreszl said...

I am so happy to know you are taking the time you need to heal and recuperate! As for myself self care requires me to fight against what I have done all my life, care for others, often at the expense of my own health. Since losing my sister I have had to say no and be comfortable in the decision to do what feels right for me. It hasn't always been easy and I have met some resistance by those not used to this new me. Self care is now something I am consciously seeking and finding new ways to insert into my days. I am sharing your post on my Facebook page as well!

WineCountryman said...

I may be the only male members of Life Book 2016 and have loved every minute of it. I have been so busy caring for an Elderly friend so my art work and participation in 2016 has been more limited than I would have liked. I would love to have a chance of winning a place in 2017 as I would like being a part of the huge support group that this program offers. Thanks You for having the chance to win this for 2017. Thanks So much, Jim

Deborah said...

Hello Tracy
I have wanted to take this class for a long time.I am at the end of my journey with Breast Cancer or I should say I thought I was. Long story I will not bore everyone with all the details .Because of the cancer our moneys very tight. Its a sin the amount of money it cost to get rid of cancer and have reconstruction surgeries . I need something to keep my brain going even if my body can not. I love all your art and would love to learn how you make it. Thank you for a chance to win .

Jenni Sanchez said...

Hi Tracy! After a long day at work I love to come home and give myself some downtime either by coloring, drinking some wine or reading. This helps me get with all the street and chaos of the day. Thank you for this opportunity to win.

I am sharing your post on Twiter and Google+ ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Rebecca R said...

I love to okay out in the grass. I take a notebook, a beverage, a blanket, sunglasses and a pillow. I love sharing art and the inspiration I would receive from a spot in this program sounds fantastic, regenerating and an opportunity to create more art sharing in my community.

Fay Lawrence said...

Thank you for this opportunity! To be kind to myself I find some time to just spend some quiet time with my animals or nature gives me such a healing sense of well being, respecting my body and health with wise nutrition that my body needs to keep healthy, a routine and rest, I don't allow negativity to creep in the door, easier said than done, and nowadays I make choices for myself made by myself and not under the pressure from others, been a long time coming to this place, but life is so valuable, almost didn't make it once and heaven was knocking but I managed to pull through and each day is a blessing! Oh and I avoid mosquitos now at all costs! xx

Susan Hahaj said...

I am kind to myself when I allow the dishes to go unwashed, the laundry undone to go to my craft room to create in my free time before work. I am kind to myself when I don't worry about a day when I feel like reading a book or staying in my pjs. Thank you for a chance to win!

Hollye Maxwell said...

Hi Tracy
When I am kind to myself, I allow myself to create art. I generally get caught up in the trap of caring for others, working for others in jobs I detest, and generally just not making art. Which should be the something that should have more importance as it is my happy place.
Thanks so much,
Hollye Maxwell

Ashs Vision said...

My favorite way to be kind to myself is to connect with friends. This may not sound like much but because of my illness I am homebound, which can be very isolating. Keeping in touch with friends as their life moves at a 24/7 pace and I sleep anywhere from 15-20+ hours a day takes some ingenuity and trial and error. To be sure social media and the internet make it far easier than it would have been in the past. Connecting with friends is restorative in a special way. Laughter, connecting with another on a deeper level, it is all so important for health and well being, both physical and mental.

I'm happy to get to know a new-to-me artist. Thank you for the opportunity to win a spot in Life Book 2017. Even if I don't win, and therefore can't participate in the class, I'll still have your newsletters and your YT channel I just subscribed to help explore new things and continue on my art journey.

Cheers!

Ashley

Unknown said...

Hi Tracy! Love that I discovered you this year! It's really been a blessing and taking your online animalitos class has been I think the best thing I've ever ever given myself. This summer I have begun my journey of finding myself. I think allowing myself a little bit (or big bit!) of time each day to be creative has been my best kindness to myself lately. I have a long journey ahead but this is what brings me peace right now and I'm grateful for it!
Peace and hugs, Lori

Lori Ebiner said...

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Ruth Paul said...

I don't think much about being kind to myself, so not sure how to. I take care of my grandson and now I am taking care of my mother who is getting up there in years and needs a caregiver so I guess being positive in all I do is how I am kind to myself. I love your artwork and would love to win a spot! Thank you for the opportunity

LindaT said...

Hi Tracey, I have a few ways to be kind to myself. My extra special treat is to go on an art weekend and learn to paint from accomplished artists. Then I get to chill out in the magnificent areas of country where the workshops all seem to take place. Can't do that all the time though so when I really need to regenerate my soul I drive to the ocean and let nature do it's thing for me. Wind, sea, sand and sometimes sun as I walk along the shore collecting some serenity and inspiration.

Legendary Animations said...

What fantastic news Tracey, about not having to do chemo. I had to do radiation first time round. I'm glad that you are slowing down and taking care of you. I wasn't prepared for the fatigue I would feel as treatment went on. I'm still waiting to hear about results that will determine further treatment for me this time round.

This is the stillest I have ever been in my life. This forced chrysalis like state leaves me contemplative, and the need to be kind to myself is paramount. I was afraid that my dominant arm would be damaged and I wouldn't be able to create, unnecessary anxiety, as I have been doing a lot of that, creating. Thank the universe, because it is creating, either with paint, or words that feeds my soul.

Vicky Finch

Anonymous said...

Shared on Facebook. My favorite way to be kind to myself is eating healthy, make exercise, listen to Sleep Music, create art and help to other people. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a spot. I would love to be part of Lifebook 2017.

- Maribe Losada

Veronika Olivier said...

My favourite way to be kind to myself is to wake up very early in the morning.... when everyone is asleep and the house is quiet.... and make a cup of really good coffee. I sit in my sacred place (my studio or our garden) and reflect about my well-being, about my family, my life, I pray, I talk to my angels, I listen to the birds and just relax. After that I cycle (indoors on my spinning bike) to stay healthy and excercised. I then treat myself to a healthy breakfast before my day starts. I never used to do this....always too busy....but a few months back I decided to do this. It's magic. Shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. xxxxx

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Tracy,
So happy to read that things on the health side are looking okay for you, though it doesn't sound easy yey, so hope you will find the patience to take a step back and let your body the energy it needs to heal completely and hope you are feeling well enough to do happy things as well! All the best to you! And then, soooo great that you will be on Lifebook 2017! I love your Animalitos class and can't wait to see what you will make here for us (and also curious about what you say about other online classes ;) thanks already in advance for making us the lessons! What I do to be kind to myself these days, is go to bed on time, haha! with an 17 months old very active and curious little girl, I need the energy! And the second thing I do is allow myself some creative time. I'm not an artist for profession and things with work, housekkeping, family- and friends-time can become very hectic, but I need the time to get out of my head and into my hands and creative spirit! It works more and more, so that's my goal, to keep improving that, so I feel better overal! Thank you, Tracy and lots of love, Wendy

Wendy ten Hove said...

Would love to win a spot in this amazing course, so I'm back here, to let you know I shared on Google+. Looking forward to the new weekly inspiration from all the amazing artists!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Also shared on Facebook :) Wishing you a wonderful day and lots of healthy happiness!!

Suzee said...

Being kind to myself begins with a pause......a mindful breath, closed eyes and an awareness of the sounds and smells around me. All of my healing has a pause and breath at the beginning. Love ya Tracy!

Andrea Dimmick said...

I would love to win a place. Coming from a similar situation as you, I had my breast cancer op, last year in Oct, just saw the specialist last week, for my yearly check up & im all clear, wahooo ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I also didn't need chemo, just radiotherapy. So I wish you a speedy recovery๐Ÿ’–. I have shared on Facebook. Many thanks for the opportunity to join you on Lifebook.

Andrea Dimmick said...

I forgot to say I have recently been making Soul Collage cards, the one I made yesterday helpted calm & heal me.

Laurette Arriรซns said...

Hi Tracy! What a fun competition!! Being kind to myself... is leaving the dust and the crumbs on the floor and rather walking around in our garden hoping to catch a glimpse of a deer or a fox. Just looking at the sea, breathing in deeply and focusing on the big picture makes me much much happier and calm (and that is quite a feat!)

Laurette Arriรซns said...

Hi Tracy! What a fun competition!! Being kind to myself... is leaving the dust and the crumbs on the floor and rather walking around in our garden hoping to catch a glimpse of a deer or a fox. Just looking at the sea, breathing in deeply and focusing on the big picture makes me much much happier and calm (and that is quite a feat!)

Laurette Arriรซns said...

Hi again Tracy, I've shared on fb. Not present on the other media..

Laurette Arriรซns said...

Hi again Tracy, I've shared on fb. Not present on the other media..

Anonymous said...

Being kind to myself,involves many things, but simply smiling is where I start, it's amazing how much better that feels!:), I love quiet walks in the bush with my pooch, listening to the birds, snuggling up with either my hubby, pooch or purring pussycat, & of course a session of releasing my soul into art.
I'm so happy to hear you are recovering
& so full of light & love.Bestest of wishes to you. Tracy.x Kylie kyfox13@gmail.com

Shantelle V said...

Being kind to myself...hmmmm....well I do feel pretty happy when I make time to go to the park, surround myself with nature then add in some yummy chocolate!...doesnt take much really ...Matter-o-fact I'm going to be kind to myself tomorrow and do just that! Thanks for the thoughts x

Anonymous said...

My fave way to be kind to myself is to think back to a happy pursuit from my childhood and go do it: ie watch a dvd box set of a comedy series from the 70s (I used to love watching these with my dad); buy and read over again my fave childhood books. I'm reading the Brothers Grimm at the moment! My family think it's strange to read fairy stories at 57, but who cares!
Julia Anderson

Kristen said...

Being kind to myself involves doing things I'm interested in even if that means doing them by myself. In my art, I am playing and practicing without worrying about end results. I would love to win a spot on LifeBook! And I pray for you as you go through your treatments.

Ildy Karsay said...

Dear Tracy,

I think of You everyday and happy to hear good news from You. My best friend not that lucky she had chemo and other treatment but she is heading with all with positiv attitude and she feels ok. So I'm with You in soul. I'm very grateful that you started me the habit -to be grateful every day (last year on your giveaway you asked to write down why I'm grateful so since that time I do it every day and life is better since)
I think art heals so do as much as you can for yourself and for everybody.
I would be very very happy to win a spot, lifebook is part of my life since the beginning.
I would love to see your lesson very very much.
love and hug from Budapest
my fingers crossed
Ildy ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ   

Ildy Karsay said...

I shared You on my blog:

http://artbyildy.blogspot.hu/2016/09/life-book-2017-blog-hop-give-away.html

Ildy Karsay said...

Dear Tracy

share on google+

https://plus.google.com/106338647726706473747

love Ildy

Ildy Karsay said...


shared on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/artbyildy/

love
Ildy

Anonymous said...

Hi Tracy,

Happy to hear your recovering.
Would love to see your new lesson.
It would be great to win a spot

lots of love
Lumi

lumenskara@gmail.com

Loz said...

Hi tracy thanks for the opportunity to win a place in LB2017...My favourite thing I do is spend time with myself either creating ...writing ..being in nature and feeling at peace with myself..sending you light and love on your healing journey...Loz

hennies.pennies said...

It's wonderful to hear that you will not have to go through chemo... such a blessing!! One of the best ways that I care for myself is to schedule in quiet time just for me. I need the time to quiet my mind and soul and refresh through the Spirit. I'm so looking forward to your teaching! You'll be in my prayers.

Kathy H
hennies.pennies@yahoo.com

Loz said...

Tracy I shared on facebook...Loz

jacqueline said...

Thank you Tracey......being kind to myself means getting into the studio, no excuses, painting, not criticising myself, loving the process......

Shel said...

Would love an opportunity to win LB 2017. The line-up of wonderful artists, (some of my favorites and some new to me), lookS awesome. Thanks for this opportunity

Terry said...

I would love to win a spot on Life Book 2017. So sad to hear of your medical issues! My favorite way to take care of myself is to "loose myself" in my studio by just playing with paint and not necessarily having an end project in mind.

just4crafters said...

Glad to hear you don't have to do the chemo. Thanks for a chance to win a spot on Life Book 2017. I'm kind to myself by just having fun in my art studio. Life gets hectic and can easily get in the way of creating. So I'm trying to make it more of a daily ritual to have some fun! Thanks again, and I wish you all the best ~Sophia Vida

Diana S said...

First, Congrats on your chemo test! I'm very happy for you.
How am I kind to myself? When life speeds up and my limited free time is spent doing what someone else wants to do, I eventually get frustrated with leaving my wants behind. That's when I finally stop and tell myself it's OK to be -what I think of- as selfish. I schedule time for myself to paint for a few evenings and tell anyone who wants 'my time' that there is something else I need to do.
I am loving LifeBook 2016. I've fallen behind because of not saving time for myself, but have plans again to catch up.
I would love to be part of LifeBook 2017, please pick me!

E Lejon said...

I have shared this blog post on Twitter and Google +, I used the hashtag #Lifebook2017.

Whwenever I think or say something negative about myself I try to come up with a kind and compassionate thought in reply. I've been seeing a therapist for a time and she has taught be to be nicer towards myself. And it really changed my life. I take better decisions now, I care for myself and have compassion towards myself. It makaes a huge difference. So it's really really important! Very difficult to change, but hey - practise makes perfect, right? :-) And to apply this thinking in my art has made me create again, I used to give up on painting because of my LOUD inner critic. And art truly has saved my life! <3

Wendy Winston said...

To be kind to myself I do things at my speed and following my own feelings. When I do this, my life seems to fall into place. If I follow other peoples plans and give into to outside pressure from others, my life is not in sync. I have to find my space where time is lost amd that is always when I have a paint brush in my hand.

Thanks for this chance to win Tracy

Sande said...

As women I think its often hard to be kind to ourselves as we are busy tending to everyone else in our lives. After being paralyzed for months in 2008 and on going health issues I've had to learn how to say no to family members and not feel horrible about it. Being a disabled senior on a very fixed income there is not much money left for extras so winning a seat in this class would be amazing.

Emily said...

I've learned that being kind to myself doesn't mean just being lazy & doing whatever it is that I want to do. Rather, it means doing what is good for me. Eating healthy, making time to exercise, and including some quiet time in my day are the best ways to be kind to myself and keep myself sane!

Mimzy said...

Ohhh 2017 Lifebook! I'd love to win a spot! Spending time with my circle of art friends is renewing for me. We have become friends outside of our art classes. They are a wonderful group of ladies. XXOXX
I'm also sharing on Facebook!

mbrshort40 said...

I really want to be kind to myself....I want balance in all things...To have that I think would be kind to me! Not overwork or over anything... good diet, sleep, exercise for body & mind.
I crave the art as an outlet... it is freeing to my soul! Glad you are teaching LifeBook.....:)

ronshl1 said...

Would love to win a spot on Lifebook 2017. Love your work, and am excited about seeing all the new artists and teachers I am not familiar with. I have shared on FB. Thanks for this opportunity!

Cynthia Ford said...

Be kind to myself is allowing myself to sttay in my studio as long as the creative juices are flowing and knowing housework and even meals sometimes can wait. I would be thrilled to win a spot in LifeBook 2017. Your work is beautiful. I am participating for the first time this year and I can't imagine a day without it! I am learning so much about discovering my own style. Ok . . .Alakazam, Abracadabra, hocus pocus and every other magical sparkly word I know. Best to all. Smile All Day, Cindy
Joined Newsletter and Shared on FB and all of the other glittery places!!

Renee Kanowitz said...

I've learnt to let go of worrying about the world & start caring for myself for without my strength I'm no good to my family let alone anyone. Nobody & nothing is allowed to live RENT FREE in my head!
Engaging in art finds me in a most peaceful & energising,happy place. It is what I term colourful meditation! Thank you Tracy for the opportunity in trying to win a spot. Wishing you health, light, love & joy x I just love your art it's a sheer inspiration thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š
Shared on FaceBook

Lisa Derby Oden said...

It has taken me my lifetime so far to figure out how to be kind to myself. My favorite thing to do is to allow myself unstructured time! I am very organized, have a fuller than full life, and every second often seems consumed with what needs to be done. So to turn that siren down, I say no to some things to give myself time and room to just breathe - and then I praise myself for that rather than berating myself for not getting something done. One of the quotes that is etched in my mind is that we are Human BEINGS not Human DOINGS! Thank you for this opportunity - would love to win a spot.

postalorphan said...

Your artwork is so inspiring, and I'm looking forward to whatever you have to offer us in Life Book next year. My favorite way to take care of myself is to take a "art health sick day" - I then head out to the nearest art museum, art supply shop, and/or bookstore and spend the day immersed in art with a little side of retail therapy. Always helps my mood! Sending healing thoughts your way ... thanks so much for the chance to win a spot in LB 2017. Can't wait for next year's sessions!

Meme said...

Being Kind to myself.....That has been a tough one over the years but I am learning that the best way I can be kind to myself is to allow my inner child, teen, young adult to do all the art she wants from acrylic painting to mixed media and everything in between. I have not set a limit or bounderies. I/she gets to play in the art room as often and as long as we want. This is my sanctuary this is my healing room.

I share on fb, twitter,g+1, pinterest.

I would love to win a spot in the Lifebook 2017. Thanks for the opportunity.

Alicia Hayes said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win a spot! Being kind to myself means spending time creating/painting, preferably in my studio with some great music. Busy lives mean you need to sneak it in whenever you can, but when I am feeling drained or not myself... art heals me. ~Alicia ♡

Donna ADL said...

This is going to sound very cliche, but my favorite way of looking after me is a nice deep, hot bubble bath with scented candles, a glass of wine and my kindle.... Heaven!! :)
I would love to win a spot on LifeBook and am looking forward to your lesson!! :)

Annette said...

Being kind to myself is taking an online class. I don't spoil myself at all, like nails being done etc. BUT BUT the online classes are just like chocolate candy to me. So glad you are taking time to heal yourself my dear talented T. Hugs and so wonderful to have crossed paths with you. xooxox

Monica said...

I am kind to myself by spending quality time with my family. We often do "art day" together! I have lost two members in two years to breast cancer. We are enjoying our times together. Thank you for this chance and good luck on you!

vampyrdancer said...

Glad to hear you are recovering and going to be in Life Book 2017. I would love to win a spot and continue my artistic journey! I love doing art and being kind to myself by not being rough on myself if it is not up to my standards. Also by indulginger in new art supplies! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Shared on Facebook. .. Twitter... and Instagram.

vampyrdancer said...

Glad to hear you are recovering and going to be in Life Book 2017. I would love to win a spot and continue my artistic journey! I love doing art and being kind to myself by not being rough on myself if it is not up to my standards. Also by indulginger in new art supplies! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Shared on Facebook. .. Twitter... and Instagram.

Alicia J Hayes said...

Shared on FB page and google+ :)

Alicia J Hayes said...

Shared on FB page and google+ :)

Paulissa Kipp Visual Arts said...

I adore you and your work. My favorite form of selfcare is art. I get lost in the flow, my thoughts and intention and what forms on the canvas or page becomes presence and healing. I did Life Book for the 1st time this year and have found such peace and unfolding through the process. I shared the post on my personalFB wall, my FB business page, Twitter, Instagram and Google+

Sarah said...

I don't know that I am very kind to myself. I try to stay positive and always plan to do things that will help me grow mentally, physically and spiritually. But I always default to activities that result in instant gratification such as time spent watching tv or surfing the web to unwind, which only creates feelings guilt for the time I waisted doing things that leave me unfulfilled.
I really want to take this class and believe that this would be a positive "reward" that would leave me fulfilled on many levels. Thanks for the opportunity to win I don't know if I could afford it otherwise. Maybe one day.

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Rita Wege said...

Would love to win this class. Taking care of myself means getting lots of sleep, eating well and keeping my days open so that I'm not running around doing 'busy' stuff. Also, spending lots of time in my art room is very healing!

Thanks for the offer and take care.

Sarah said...

Ps shared on fb, Twitter and Google

seekingmeme said...

My favorite ways to be kind to myself include:
*resting when my body demands it
*surrendering to my creative urges
*occasional appointments at a float tank
*occasional indulgence in Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream!

Sharing on all available formats!

Brenda Evanetich said...

Hi! I'm so excited to have found you!!! I'm digging through your site, loving your work!!!
Ok...on to your question.... How am I kind to myself... Like most women, this is really hard for me. Right as my kids were in high school and college, and I was starting to think about this, I was struck with a rare disease. For the last 5 years I've been battling doctors and insurance companies, while being very ill, and in extreme pain most of the time. I've been trying to practice self care. My biggest indulgence has to be getting a pedicure. I just love it! Other than that, it would be creating- creating paintings, books, scrapbooks, cardboard villages, you name it. I so look forward to learning from you! Thank you for this opportunity!!

Brenda Evanetich said...

I shared this on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+... YAY!!!

Tina Van Netten said...

Love your work Tracey! thank you for the opportunity for a chance to win. Posted on facebook.


Marcie Aspras said...

I posted to Facebook. My favorite way to be kind to myself is to get a massage. I totally let all of my worries go away and just relax and enjoy being pampered. Thanks!!!

OakCrone said...

My favorite way to be kind to myself is to just be alone and listen to the silence, not an easy thing to accomplish though. I'm looking forward to learning from you, and we all need to learn to care for ourselves as much as we take care of others.
I shared on facebook, google+,twitter,pintrest, and instagram.

LaChelle Unger said...

Hi Tracy! When I want to be kind to myself, I take a hot cup of tea on the back porch to sit and enjoy nature. We are lucky enough to live on a lake and it nourishes the soul. I have shared on Google+ and Twitter.

LaChelle Unger said...

Hi Tracy! When I want to be kind to myself, I take a hot cup of tea on the back porch to sit and enjoy nature. We are lucky enough to live on a lake and it nourishes the soul. I have shared on Google+ and Twitter.

Anonymous said...

would love to win a place on lifebook 2017 the teachers look fabulous I will learn so much from them includingnot being afraid of the blank page

kelly wallace-wilson said...

My favorite way to be kind to myself is to take the time to enjoy my online art classes. I find focus, relaxation, joy and a sense of inner peace when I allow myself the privilege to create and learn new techniques.
Tracy Verdugo, YOU are the reason I took Lifebook 2016 and now I am hooked. I feel that this weekly treat of art is a lifeline of sorts and I plan on taking the weekly classes for the rest of my life (or as long as Tamara is willing to keep Lifeboat going). Thank you for opening my world up.

Car Stuff Just For Girls said...

Being kind to myself involves trying to be mindful as much as I can every moment of every day. In the morning, it is my yoga & stretches, at work it is taking walks on my coffee breaks to give my mind some space, in the car it is finding solitude in the traffic, and on weekends it is sitting on the front steps with a cup of tea basking in the morning sunlight, listening to the birds and feeling the world move around me.

Creative Goddess said...

OMG I absolutely love your photo of the elephant with a headdress of flowers so perfect. To nurture myself I spend a lot of time in nature, walking trails hiking and exploring.. Feeds my soul so much... The beauty that surrounds us is unexplainable.
I have shared Google + and Twitter
I absolutely adore lifebook and can't even image not being part of it, winning a spot would be the cherry on the top.
Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Tamosa said...

Hi Tracy, great news you are teaching (again) on lifebook! Can't wait....
My favorite way to be nice to myself is to do inner work, most preferably involving some kind of creative process. it always helps me to let go of negativity and/or to connect with my loving and caring self. Love lifebook, as this helps so much!
I shared on facebook ��

Cheryl said...

My favorite way to be good to myself is get a massage, but since that costs money, I often opt for a cheaper solution. I keep really good quality dark chocolate in the house and make sure I have one square a day. That keeps me going.

I also shared this on Twitter.

Patricia said...

I love taking care of myself, a hot cup of tea, a good book, doing online art classes and just being kind fills me with joy....I shared your post on Facebook,
Thanks for the opportunity of winning a space on Life Book 2017

Valerie Walter said...

My favorite way of being kind to myself is allowing myself time to enjoy what I love; art, music, reading and writing. It is sometimes hard to find the time, but I have made it a necessity rather than an extra. I create the time delve into the art world everyday, otherwise mama starts to get angry and sad. ;) <3 <3 <3

Jacob Hammack said...

My favorite way to take care of myself is to put on music, light a candle, and take a long, hot shower. Would love to win a spot in LB 2017. Thank you for offering a spot.

Lonny Clouser said...

The way that I take care of myself is by making sure that I make time to create - whether it is working on something large or small, for myself or for a family member, whether it is traditional art or crocheting something. I need to make sure that I have time alone to recharge my batteries - after a full day of taking care of my 3 year-old granddaughter (and also my 7 year-old granddaughter and 9 year-old grandson during school breaks), I need the quiet time with my art supplies or a good book so I can just let it all go. I'm sharing your post on Facebook and thank you for the chance to win a space on LifeBook 2017!!

Pam Olds said...

Wow what a journey you are on. My prayers are with you. I would love tge opportunity to win a space on Lifebook 2017. I move from New Zealand to Australia in tge next few weeks and the opportunity to connect with artists always inspires me. Best of luck for your upcoming radiation therapy.

My way of being kind to myself is guided meditation laying on my bed. I don't have yo think of breaths just let myself be consumed by the overwhelming need to relax and recent re myself. It's bliss. Take care x

Uli Day said...


I create every day and rest when I am tired, this is how I am kind to myself by being present.

Marge said...

I would love to be part of LifeBook 2017. The the weekly tutorial are outstanding, Lifebook 2016 has been wonderful.

Kim Lucas said...

I shared on G+ and Pinterest. Thank you so much for this opportunity to grow with art. My favorite way to be kind to myself is putting art first. This would help me keep that in perspective all year long. I know when I can create and keep my mind clear my family and myself benefit from it greatly!

M. Austen said...

Hi Tracy! My favourite way of being kind to myself is making time for myself in the day be in working out, reading or art time! I would LOVE to win a spot on LB17 because of the lineup of amazing and talented instructors, such as yourself, sharing your techniques and tips with us! Also, it would make the BEST Birthday present that I can enjoy all year long! ((fingers crossed!!)) Thank you so much for the chance! I look forward to your lesson. (shared on my FB page)

Velvet Pearson said...

Thanks for a chance to win a spot in this exciting class! I like to treat myself to time in my studio making cards or playing around on mixed media projects. After a day teaching college students, though, often it's just all I can do to come home and read a book to relax.

Rebecca Sjรถvold said...

Hi Tracy! My favourite way to be kind to myself at the moment is drawing. It is something I do to both relax physically and to work through whatever is running through my head. 2 years ago I would have told you I couldn't draw to save my life and that I was a scientist and definitely not creative. Then I stumbled across Julie Gibbons 5 days of Mandala Magic that started on my birthday in 2014 and I dedicated 5 evenings to doing that little course. My journey since then has been amazingly positive and I have grown as a person and as a budding artist (the fact that I can even use that word is a huge thing). I'd looooove the opportunity to learn more from you and the other wonderful teachers on Lifebook next year! With my fingers and toes crossed I've shared this post on facebook, google+, twitter and pinterest (instagram didn't want to cooperate!).

<3

Paula Haynes said...

My favorite way to be good to me is to paint and create.
I shared this on fb, twitter, google+ and pinterest.

Laura said...

I would be over the moon to win a spot on Life Book 2017. Thanks for the opportunity to win a spot! My favourite way to be kind myself is to gift myself time that is just for me and nobody else. As a busy, working, mother of four sons, free time is in short supply, time is often the enemy, and time for myself is therefore a luxury. Art is most often what I choose to do with that free time but sometimes it is also reading a chapter of a book during the day with a hot cup of tea or sitting in the garden and watching the birds while listening to music. I used to feel guilty about giving myself free time when I had other things I could be investing that time in but I learned to see it as useful decompression and that I am a better version of me for everyone else in my life if I take time for myself.

Ronda Conley said...

I love to spend time with loved ones near and far, it feeds my heart & soul. Thanks for the opportunity to win a spot in this class.

Alicia J Hayes said...

Shared on FB page and google+ :)

Sandra kingsley said...

Hi Tracy!
I am looking forward to signing up to my very first Lifebook class.
Ithe way I love to be kind to myself is to spend time doing what I love which is creating craft in all forms especially in my mixed media and copic and pencil colouring of digital stamps. I love to learn different crafts and techniques within!
I have shared on facebook!

Jean said...

LOVE your artwork and would love a seat in this class. I am still sort of new to art and need tog et past the negative voices in my head telling me I don't belong. Such an amazing list of teachers that I would love to learn from. Shared on fb!

neetoldstuff said...

Hi Tracy, so glad to hear the positive in your health journey. I hope and pray all will go as easily and side-effect free as possible and you will be back to absolutely perfect health soon! As a health caregiver to my husband, being kind to myself has been put in the back burner til I discovered online art classes! Amazingly, on C
New Year's Eve of 2013 I signed up ( my crazy way of celebrating? My inner soul taking over?) for LifeBook, and I've taken it every year since!! It is my solace, my stress-free time, my 'vacation' from anxiety and worry. When I create art, it is like meditation or prayer, it soothes my soul. Thank you for the opportunity to win a spot on LifeBook 2017, I would appreciate it so much. hugs, Eileen

Teri Buczkowski said...

I use the practice of art as a way to be kind to myself and feed my soul. Would love to win.

Teri Buczkowski said...

I use the practice of art as a way to be kind to myself and feed my soul. Would love to win.

Linda Reitz said...

Tracy - I agree, it is so important to be kind to ourselves and to treat ourselves gently. Reading through the posts lets me know you have a wonderful circle of support. Thank you for offering a chance to win Life Book 2017 with Tam and you and other wonderful friends. In my life now that kids are grown and our business is motoring on, I have the time and space, and I allow myself grace as I would a child trying new things. I enjoy learning new techniques and love that it is taught with kindness and encouragement. Take care, Tracy. Thanks for sharing your life, joys and struggles with us.

Siggadisart said...

Hi Tracy. Thank you for this opportunity. I was sad to hear you are not going to teach internationally 2017 but I fully understand. You have to get your health back, that is very important for you and us. My best way these days is to go floating. That is the best meditation ever, you should try it. I did share on Twitter and Facebook. Not to good in these things but I did :) Have a great day down under. Love Sigga Dis

Linda Kunsman said...

Oh wow-this is the best good news post!!! Hooray for you and your road to recovery Tracy! Would LOVE to win a spot to experience first hand the Life Book class. For me , the best way to be kind to myself is - to dance just if I feel like it, or to call a friend and laugh, or to sit in the quiet outdoors and breathe in all that nature has to offer, or to take off my shoes and jump in the rain puddles, or to just sit quietly and cry if I need to. Not making this up- you can ask my hubby as he has seen ALL of these things in me:) Thanks for the chance to win a spot. Love and healing your way.

{S} said...

Art is the best way to be kind to myself. I'd love a spot in the course and look forward to getting to know you.
I shared on Facebook and Google +
<3

Kristen Fagan said...

I am kind to myself when I gift myself space to just be and create. I love swinging on my hammock, taking a hike, yoga, sketching outdoors and at coffee shops with no real agenda. Those are the moments where I feel I am truly being kind to myself, my mind and my muse. Thank you for the opportunity to win a spot in Life Book!

Kimette Beere said...

I entertain my inner child, try to remember to offer myself the same love I extend to other's and I try to follow my heart as much as I can get away with. Curious always! Hope I get to take this class. Thank you for an opportunity!

bluelesley said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win a place in Life Book 2017. Hmmm how do I show kindness to myself? I freely admit I am not very good at this at all, I am definitely a work in progress. The main way is by shutting myself in my craft room and trying to 'art it out' this helps a little with my anxiety and depression but I would love to win a place to learn with Tam again....I took part in 2015 but since then due to a change in circumstances I have not been able to afford to take part again. I will keep my fingers crossed. Good luck to all who enter ๐Ÿ˜€.
I shared on Facebook, Twitter and I also believe I shared on Google+ though this was my first time sharing there so I hope I did it correctly.

Marion Werren said...

My favourite way to be kind to myself, is to treat everyone around me with kindness and respect no matter what the circumstances are. We are all different.... quirky, funny, happy, sad, stressed, whatever, but kindness to others is the one thing that helps everyone. And being kind to yourself reflects upon everyone around you. Good luck to everyone entering this is a wonderful chance to create with some amazing and talented people.

I have shared on google, instagram and facebook

Bibliofil said...

Being kind to myself.....I think that for me it would be making art with a silent inner critic and just be relaxed about the result......

I hope your treatments will go well and that there are no complications.

All the best!

Eva

Cheryl Turtlemoon said...

I am not often kind to myself, but I paint girls. I find this relaxing and the time just wanders off, and I'm in a world of my own:) sharing on facebook and instagram :) x

Thanks for the chance xx

Cheryl turtlemoon said...

Also shared on g+ and Pinterest :) x

Wendy said...

When all my kids and grandkids, and extras are out for the day, and I have an empty house to myself, that is my happy place. I have time to create, drink green tea and eat chocolate! Bliss! Thanks for the chance to win a spot Tracey, and sending you so much love on your healing journey xx

Robyn Moore said...

Hi Tracy,
So happy to hear you are taking good care of yourself as you journey through your health challenge <3
Being kind to myself means taking care of my health since I have an auto immune disease that has demanded that I do so. I allow myself rest, schedule regular massages, ask for help, try to eat healthily and exercise when I am able. My art has given me purpose since I can no longer work and when I go into my studio on my good days, I am complete. Thank you for sharing your life and health challenges with us. Wishing you love, light and healing <3
PS I am sharing on FB, Twitter and Instagram

Robyn Moore said...

Oops, actually shared to FB, Twitter and Pinterest ;-)

jean melio said...

My way to be kind to myself is to go in to my little room , shut out the negetivity and paint. I'm glad to hear your good news and I send out the best wishes for your full recovery!
I wasn’t able to join the prior Life Books and would appreciate and love to win a spot with all you fabulous artists! I’m 58 (yikes) and have been doing artwork off and on for many years but never really found my niche. I’m new to Mixed Media and love it! I believe I have found an art form that fascinates me and I truly enjoy! The exposure to all the various styles is awesome! A spiritual adventure as well. I want to learn all I can!

jean melio said...

I shared this post to FB

Dara said...

My favourite way to be kind to myself is to listen to what my body needs first..then my heart..and i from there. I usually end up moving and/or creating art!!

Linda said...

My favourite way to be kind to myself is to accept me for exactly who I am. To love the fact that I am unique and to get on with the job of living!!!

Sharing to facebook... thankyou :)

Linda said...

Shared to facebook :)

Vicky Tucci said...

Thank you Tracy for this wonderful chance to win a spot on LB 2017! Thanks to Tam & her inspirational classes/musings I've become more atune to recognizing when I'm not being kind to myself which is a big help. I do so love to treat myself to a massage or acupuncture session every now and then when I feel that I can afford it. ( i must do it more often though)...
Shared your LB 2017 blog hop link on Facebook! WooHoo! thanks again and good luck to everyone!!

Wendy said...

Love life book, that's how I discovered you :) my favorite be kind to self is to have a massage. So nourishing on so many levels :)

Prerna Poojara said...

Namaste Tracy, I am happy to know you are fine.

My be kind to myself is walking away from drama, and reclaiming my space and time especially when adults start throwing tantrums like they still belong to Kindergarten..
childlike and childish are two different attitudes.. I have decided I will bring folks out of the ditches when needed but I dont need to carry them around they need to learn to walk...

Kels Painted Paradise said...

My favourite way to be kind to myself is to give myself permission to take some time out each day to create. To relax and enjoy some me time. I love to art journal and do mixed media projects and I would love a chance to win a spot on Life book 2017. I have shared this post on Facebook. Thank you :)

JasminsArt said...

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ ❤️๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ My way of being kind to myself is my daily meditation, whether it be in the morning, lunch or just before bed it gives me some soft space to breathe and let go of everything going on around me. My meditation could be listening to Lindsey Stirlings "Take Flight" outside while walking or sitting and looking at a view or creating something arty or the classic sitting on a cushion with my eyes closed and legs crossed ������ when I take time for me I'm kind to me xxxxxxxxxx

Joy said...

Hi Tracy,

Great news on no chemo! Blessings on your healing journey!

The best way I can be kind with myself is with my self-talk - to remember to speak to myself lovingly and kindly, with words that encourage and support, with compassion and joy. I have a practice of thanking myself as I move through my day - which feels great, because I used to focus on all I hadn't done on my ever-growing, working single mom to-do list; thanking myself for each step in my day keeps my heart open and joy flowing, which helps with fullness of presence (in all areas of life, including mothering and 'work'.)

Carla said...

My way to be kind to myself is practicing mindfultness, giving me time to enjoy LB2016 and enjoy a delicious tea

Carla said...

I love your art work!! Shared on facebook and instagram. Thank you for the opportunity

Cathy M said...

I Tracy, continued blessings on your journey back to health! I find as I get older I am much kinder to myself than when I was younger. I realize nothing good comes out of beating myself up over perceived shortcomings or mistakes. I have discovered art as one way to be kind to myself. Taking the time to paint or draw to express my feelings has been a wonderful freeing experience. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this draw. I also shared the info on Facebook.

Zoehowarth said...

My favourite way to be kind to myself is to go to the ocean. The sea sloths my soul and this gentleness always brings me back to myself. It is such a previous yet simple experience and also so cleansing xxx

Amy said...

Hi Tracy, and thanks for the chance to win! I shared on Facebook :) I love to take a long bath with a good book, walk my dogs and make some art! These are my go to practices for being kind to myself. I'm really hoping to win a chance to learn from you and all of the amazing instructors for Life Book!

Simone van Liempt said...

I try to be kind to myself by doing little art every day. Making art makes me happy so doing it even for a short time a day, makes me happy.
I love to win a free spot on this great journey because i love this opportunity to learn new things from so many great teachers, and i can explore myself in art and find my own style. And most of all to have a new year of fun.
I shared this blog on my facebook timeline and my mixed media page https://www.facebook.com/SimoneMixedMediaPage
See you all at Lifebook 2017

OracleGaia said...
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OracleGaia said...

I like to make time for myself to do art every day (although it doesn't always work out). I'd love to win a spot for next year's LB - I've been doing LB for the past 2 years and have loved everything about it. Thank you so much for this opportunity to win a spot, Tracy. Hugs from Spain, Fiona

I'm glad you don't have to have chemo. Wishing you all the best and looking forward to your LB class <3

Shared on Google+ (G- G- Gaia), on Twitter (https://twitter.com/OracleGaia/status/781569602547482624), and on FB timeline (Phiona Jackson)

Becky said...

Art and more art sooths my soul!

DonnaD said...

My favorite way to be kind to myself is to sit on my deck and watch the hummingbirds visiting the feeder. They are so beautiful, almost magical. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful giveaway.

DonnaD said...

Shared on Facebook.

DonnaD said...

Shared on Instagram.

Barbara Bishop said...

I shared on facebook and Pinterest. My favorite ways to be kind to myself is to set aside time everyday to make art and go for a walk in nature! I would be so blessed to win a space in Life book 2017. I am thrilled that you will be teaching.

Angelwolfstorm said...

My favorite way to be kind to myself is to do something I like to do, like photography, painting, or just being out in nature. Unfortunately I don't always have the energy for it. The healing class you are going to teach sounds like it would be just up my alley! Shared on FB and Twitter! Thank you for always being an inspiration!

Rave On Studio said...

My fave way to be kind to myself is a hot bath and a good sleep. It cures almost everything in my world! ;-)

Marika said...

One of my favourite ways to be kind to myself is to spend some time alone in nature. I try to have at least a few days away each year at my favourite place in the world which is a picturesque little place near a lake with snow capped mountains. I love this space and it's a place I go to find peace, contentment and to renew my soul.

Anonymous said...

When I am kind to others I am at peace, and feel connected and feel purposeful. In that way, I am kind to myself.
Also, when I eat dark chocolate!
Vickie Horner

romsmi said...

To be kind to myself I sometimes need 'me time' to regroup and recharge my batteries, this puts me in a happy place and I find that I'm more creative with my painting. Is would be awesome to share time with ever one who is taking the Life Book 2017 journey and with the lovely souls who are sharing their talents. Thank you for he opportunity Tracy xo

koreakiwi said...

Hi Tracey,

Being kind to myself is something i have had to really re-learn. I have so many ways now ~ my favorites are a spa and sauna after a swim, just being in nature and appreciating the beauty. On those occasional off days it's making something delicious to eat and curling up to watch a good movie at home and allowing myself free time even if my to do list is calling me. Meditation has become a daily self-nourish practice as well as journalling and doing any kind of creative activity: sewing, making jewelry, doodling and the freedom of painting all are ways of being kind and opening up to being present with how I am as I am.It still amazes me how being present with however I am feeling combined with attitude of gratitude for what is good in my life flows into self nourishment naturally.

Magic-Manifest said...

Hi Tracey
Saunders Beach - Santy Bruwer
So sorry I missed the Bali trip but reading about your encounter with the mozzies... maybe better I did.
Hopefully I will win this fantastic chance to study with you and your fellow instructors for a full year.
I will be honoured.
Get better chicko
Ciao

Laura said...

I'm so excited to see you will be teaching again in Life Book, I was first introduced to your and your beautiful artwork from Tam's first Life Book--and then was fortunate enough to attend your workshop in Newburgh, Indiana. I just recently started to dedicate at least one day a month to treat myself with kindness, I start off with a massage at my favorite spa and then lunch at my local artisan cafe where I sit and read and browse through my art magazines, and then skip over to the art store to pick up something special to create with that day. It's so hard sometimes to be kind to yourself when you are in the mist of taking care of your family...I noticed as I am getting older that my family benefits greatly when I take time for myself! I can't wait to embark on a new journey in 2017 with you and the other great artists in Life Book! xo Laura

Lynn said...

My favorite way to be kind to myself is to save for and take in person and online art classes, like our January class at CrescenDoh! Sending you much love and healing thoughts and prayers, Tracey!<3

Modern Gypsy said...

I'm so glad you won't need chemo! Sending you some happy, healing vibes. :-)
I LOVE you art and would be over the moon thrilled to be able to join you in LifeBook next year.
The best way I know to be kind to myself is to give myself a mini-spa at home. Gently and lovingly looking after my body is a radical act of kindness after all the years when I've been a mean bitch to it (body image issues, I'm slaying them!)

The Styling said...

Tracy, being kind to myself, loving myself and sharing this to others comes from a place in my heart where I desire to see and be in a life of joy and it begins with my morning stretch and breath time, preferably in a steamed environment. Afterwards comes the creative time, looking, reading, making, writing as I live through the day.

Thank you for your beautiful and creative love. and

mls said...

Favorite way to be kind to myself is staying positive and looking at the good in others.

M Mizzi said...

Hi Tracy, hope your having a beautiful sunny Saturday like I am in Melbourne. Happy you received good news while in Bali. I have learned to be kind to myself through art in 2014 just by starting the gifts of imperfections which led me to the artist way so my days are spent healing through art from the moment I wake. It's started with warm lemon water while I write my morning pages followed by meditation and in the afternoon I play with paints or pencils to heal my heart. My day ends with a gratitude journal. It might sound sappy but it's what helped me get through being a carer for my mum, dad & son. Learning to be a carer for yourself is what helps me still stand and give thanks that I can wake every morning and still breath. Can't wait for your class in November on Life Book 2016. This is my second year of Life Book, more time to be kind to me! Namaste ๐Ÿ™

M Mizzi said...

Ooooops to busy being kind to me that I forgot to tell you I shared it on FB๐Ÿ˜†

Atik Birnes said...

Hi Tracy,

I would love love love to win a spot in this amazing course. I will share this on Instagram and Facebook. I am so thrilled that you're going to teach on LifeBook again. In the LB2015 evaluation there is a question which artist I want to see in the LB2016 line up of artists. And I named you. And here you are in 2016, and again for 2017.

Being kind to myself is not about a luxury, but a need, physically and mentally. For the past several years once a week I've been dealing with enormous headache, almost like migraine. Nothing seemed to help and the whole day was ruined. Until a wonderful friend told me about the 3 R's (well, in Dutch they all start with R): rest, cleanness and regularity. Ever since I live by this 3 R's, my headache is gone! So this is my healing mantra.

Rest: I make sure I have enough sleep, so go to bed early and wake up early. During lunch hour at the office I go for a silent walk by myself to calm my mind, I do my morning pages and meditate at least twice a week, and every friday morning I do some intuitive painting together alone with some friends (this is a healing moment).

Cleanness: I'm at my best in a clean and organised space. I eat and drink only pure and fresh ingredients (and try to snack healthy, but oh, this is a process).

Regularity: I go to bed at the same time, I wake up at the same time, even in weekends and holidays. I go to work at set times, and to gym too.

This sounds so boring, but I really benefit from it since I don't have headaches anymore. Before that I lived and partied like there's no tomorrow. But instead of 52 days of headaches a year, I gain 52 extra free days.

Lynette (NZ) said...

Thanks for the giveaway - so pleased to hear your positive news. My fav way to take care of myself is to make art - online classes are such a privilege and a fantastic way to nurture myself.

artlover said...

Thanks for the opportunity Tracy, and so happy about the good news for you ;-)
When I feel stressed out, I go to my meditation room.
Here, I practise yoga, and do meditation.
I remind myself to be gentle with whatever I'm experiencing @ that moment .
xo

Sandy Derryberry said...

Hello!
Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a spot in the upcoming class! What a wonderful array of teachers to create with.
For me, being kind to myself means alone time with a hot cup of tea sitting on my porch watching the sunrise with my kitty cat for company.

Julie Kovac said...

My favorite way to be kind to myself it to treat myself to things that I love to do - take a walk on the trails near my home, read a book, spend time in my art room or take an afternoon nap.

Tammy Oviedo said...

Hi Tracy, first I just want to say I'm happy to read from you that your breast cancer scare seems so much better just knowing that you don't have to go through chemotherapy, breast cancer is scary enough so I hope for you that the rest of the process goes by quickly for you because you have so much beautiful art in you to share with our world of many art loving people like me...hehehe!
So I love to fill my tub with extra warm water and lots of bubbles, light a few candles, turn out the lights, And just soak and relax for a long time! When I'm done I make a cup of hot cocoa and watch a movie. All of this a relaxing process for me, and it does me wonders. Thank you Tracy for the chance to win such an awesome prize! Stay thinking positive and happy and eat well, all of that will get you through your scare. Thank you again for sharing your how to's of your beautiful art.

tutorial girl said...

I so want to join the group this year, hope life won't be the way to do it.

Lynn Dobson-Simard said...

I take care of my self by saying kind words to my soul and then take colors and brushes to paint with my heart.

Poetryqn said...

So glad to read all your great news and wishing you clear sailing from here on out! For me, art and writing are the two ways I find my own 'renewable energy' - time spent kadoodling is illuminating and restorative. I always feel more possible after I give myself the time to reflect and create.
I've linked your post to Facebook and Pinterest. I would love to win a place in LifeBook 2017! Poetryqn(at)optonline(dot)net

Janet Ghio said...

I would love to win a spot in this class. Lots of good teachers. What do i do to be good to myself--in the morning I stay in bed-my husband brings me coffee--I read emails and bogs and facebook. I take long lovely baths. I'm retired so I can do what I want to whenever i want to.

catsue said...

My best method of self-care is solitude: a walk in nature, time spent reading or gardening, journaling and sketchbooking. Time spent with my own thoughts is usually what I need.

peggy said...

The way I take care of myself these days is allowing a pause...a pause to sit in the sun, or play with the dog, or take a walk, nap etc. Life is so busy I am trying to slow down. I would love a spot in life book this year. thank you for the opportunity!

Pat said...

Thank you for your generous posts and wonderful teaching techniques. I am kind to myself when I take time to "get in the creative flow" in my studio.

Diane Segal said...

This is very exciting! I can not wait to take part in this! And I wish you the best of everything in your path of life and recovery!

a gill said...

This is going to be a great year!!! I am looking forward to this and your upcoming landscapes course. Carry on brave one.

mls said...

Favorite way to be kind to myself is staying positive and looking at the good in others.

Breathe said...

can I still have a chance if I'm not on social media???? I want this class soooooooo bad!!! Ive been checking it out and it looks like jut what I could really use right now to inspire my painting. Pick me, pick me!!!! and thank you for the chance....

Mollie Bigger said...

Thank you for giving us the chance to win the class. Dengue fever holy cow, glad you are recovering well. I will post it on Facebook. I was trying to find a link to post. To be kind to myself I like to be outdoors in the wilderness for days at a time. I would like to try the new "float" chambers that sounds peaceful.

Mollie Bigger said...

Thank you for giving us the chance to win the class. Dengue fever holy cow, glad you are recovering well. I will post it on Facebook. I was trying to find a link to post. To be kind to myself I like to be outdoors in the wilderness for days at a time. I would like to try the new "float" chambers that sounds peaceful.

Diane Michell said...

Hello Tracy. So glad to hear you are healing well. Being kind to oneself can sometimes take work. First you need to figure out what gives you pleasure and then you have to find the time to do it. The second being harder than the first of course. There are 4 things that make me smile spontaneously: my family, my dog, traveling and creating in my studio space. I spend any time I can carve out of my busy days on those aspects of my life. Cheers & joy.

makndlife said...

Hi Tracy. I am so happy you are well again and receiving such wonderful news regarding breast cancer treatment. Thank you for the opportunity to win a spot in Lifebook 2017. My favorite ways to be kind to myself are making art every day, eating whole organic foods, and walking in the quiet of the morning.

Anonymous said...

Dear Tracy,
I am very happy to hear of your good news and personal healing journey. Sadly, I cannot answer the question how are you kind to oneself. I have never thought of this before and although I try to be intuitive listening to my inner voice I tend to push myself very hard. My inner self seems to tell me to fill each day, making every second count. Somehow this means go go go to me. I must learn to be kind t myself. I love your course and method of teaching. You do seem to be filled with an inner grace and contentment, truly a beautiful person. Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

Kimma Smith said...

My favorite way to be kind to myself is to take a break from work, from the stressors of life, by lighting a candle, putting on some favorite music, and being wildly playful on the canvas with acrylic paints and inks and smearing and mark making. SO much fun and such a beautiful gift to myself! I shared this post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. :) So happy to hear the good news that you don't have to have chemo, Tracy! Wishing you all the best.

Kathy S said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win LB course for 2017. This is my first year and I really enjoyed it.

Adore Being With You said...

I would love to have the opportunity to take this class.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a spot in Life Book 2017 and one way I am kind to myself is to draw a warm bath and soak away all the stresses of the day with candle light and soothing music playing. I have shared your post on Facebook :)

Laura Snow

Nan said...

Hi Tracy please take me on your journey.
I have to find my Mojo again. I have to make more ME time.❤

Nan said...

Hi Tracy please take me on your journey.
I have to find my Mojo again. I have to make more ME time.❤

Cecilia Stevenson said...

Being Kind to myself....
is taking my time
learning to take one step
after the other with mindfulness
Embrace myself with self compassion
when it hurts and
tell myself everything will be well.
Calming the critical voice
It is OK to make mistakes.
Honor and respect my needs
Is allowing myself to look for
all things beautiful and
follow my passion for art
Is just enjoying to be with myself
in silence and be content.

Valerie said...

My favorite way to be kind to myself is to get a massage. I have just recently begun treating myself to massages. It's so relaxing, I love it!

Cindy Benko said...

My favourite way to be kind to myself is indulging in online art courses and meeting and connecting with wonderful artists from all over the world! I would love to be a part of the Life Book community. Sounds like an artist's dream! Thank you for your generous spirit xo

brunybear said...

Hi Tracy, I have shared the post on my FB page.
Being kind to oneself is not intuitive for most of us. It takes hard work and practice. At least once a day I search for inner peace - for me this is looking inward, accepting who I am, telling myself I am good enough as I am, letting go of anything negative, reaching for constructive criticisms from others and examining them but only taking on the constructive not the negative. In peace and self kindness I accept who I am but also look to see who I can become. It is a short meditative exercise that helps me grow and also accept who I am. xxx

Anonymous said...

My favorite way to be kind to myself is to get out into nature away from all the extra sensory stimulation of the city and quiet my soul

Nancy P said...

One favorite way to be kind to myself is buy myself a special little something that I have wanted for a while and not bought. It makes it even more special. Nancy

Beverly T said...

I love to compliment and encourage others to see the goodness.

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