I am so excited I keep doing a happy dance! I have wanted to visit New Zealand for a long time - it draws me like no other place on earth... So while chatting to my beautiful friend, the extraordinarily talented Visionary Surrealist Artist Elizabeth Kyle, I mentioned my dream. She asked me why I hadn't gone and I miserably replied, "Well, it's not just a fear of flying... It's the fact that I really don't want to do this on my own. This is going to be such an amazing journey I wanted to share the experience with someone..."
And then she said, "Why don't we do it together?" I was just over the moon! Talk about perfect :) My fears flew out the window and I said "YES!" So in early 2014, Elizabeth and I will be travelling New Zealand. She will be proudly presenting her new book and doing book signings and presentations and talks and I will be bringing the Mandala Meditations Guidance Cards and doing short workshops and classes in the Healing Art of the Mandala :) So if you would like us to come visit, or have somewhere for us to stay or just simply want to say hello - let me know:) Either here or on facebook:)
NEW ZEALAND HERE WE COME!
At my most favourite eatery in the entire world, Billy Goat Hill in Mt Evelyn Victoria, I was totally tempted again, by
the brilliant and wickedly delicious muffins as always -
this is a Jaffa and Macadamia muffin made by the marvellous Rueben and it was sinfully scrumptious!
I am totally hooked on their muffins. So much so that I have to really make myself NOT go up there everyday and treat myself. More so now that I have to keep a food diary to find out what is triggering my allergies - it could be fructose intolerance, lactose intolerance or gluten intolerance... So far it doesn't appear to be fructose... But unfortunately, too many muffins does not a happy tummy make, so I am going to have to restrict my visits to the days when Rueben makes his incredibly healthy oat based muffins:)
Oh and did I mention the coffee? BEST coffee in the Hills IMHO
I have spent the past couple of weeks in a very depressed state. My birthday triggered a wave of grief and I went under with it. I tried to drag myself back up into the light a number of times, but as is the way with depression and the darkness, many other things happen while you are down that keep you down until you can gather enough strength of spirit to start the long trek back. I ended a long term relationship with someone I still love and it hurts. I went to a market where no-one appreciated my work or my art, despite me believing it was one of the best places I could go. I suffered financial losses. I struggled with my self esteem. I had to talk to my son about what it means to be an adult. I also had to run classes and do the day to day maintenance of a couple of websites and my facebook business pages. On my private page, I vented and sorrowed. I really let go and let people know just how I felt.
And this is the beautiful thing about the internet. I have hundreds of friends I have never met in person but who mean so much to me in spirit and in my life. Hundreds of people who care about and support me. Many hundreds of people who love and appreciate my art, my cards, my truth and who have, in the past week let me know by word or message, by phone call or photo, just how much they care. I have never felt so supported in my entire life, as I do now. Without you all, I would've stayed in the dark for a long time. As it was, your support, your love, your compassion and your empathy gave me a fast track back and I am so deeply grateful for you all. I am humbled beyond measure and count my blessings every morning when I sign in to see what everyone is up to and how you all are. You mean a great deal to me - my online family:) Hugs hugs and more hugs!
It has been a traumatic and tempestuous couple of weeks and I am so very glad I am back again, safe and sound.
And I have started to write my book:)
Love and Blessings