Inspiration is a myth.

Carolina Andrade Photography

Carolina Andrade Photography

Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and everyday give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness. -Brenda Ueland 


How much do you like this quote ?! This is seriously the best kept secret of all time. There is this big taboo around quote-on-quote “creative” people. People think it’s easy for us (also the ‘us’ and ‘them’ drives me insane too but that’s for another post!). That surely they (the creative ones) have more time, space and money to do what they love. That ‘I’ and ‘them’ get inspired daily because I was miraculously born sparkly like that. This sort of thinking drives me nuts.  That I was just born like that. Pardon me? I maintain my creative force by… are you ready to hear it? Well, by working on it ALL. THE. TIME.

Everyday, I make sure I write or I paint or I make something - EVERYDAY. For me, I know 30 minutes of yoga and 30 minute of painting is ideal and realistic. On the days I think I failed, I widen my lens - I am reminded that I’ve cooked for my family today (putting a meal together is very creative!) or watered my plants (well, I have one right now!! It was however, a very meditative minute).

Inspiration is not one major ‘ah-a’ or lightening bolt that will fall by the will of grace to you if you are lucky. Dude, it’s like many mini ones. Read all about my Mindful Art philosophy HERE.

Yours in lightning bolt and joie-de-vivre, always.

E XO

 

The LOVE PROJECT : What are we here for?

Jessie Redmond Photography

Jessie Redmond Photography


There is always more to uncover, more to know, more to heal, more to love, more to give. Being true to oneself is a rough-and-tumble ride, full of challenges and wonders. The Jungian scholar James Hollis writes, "We are not here to fit in, to be well balanced, or provide example for others. We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky chunky cells, see the great mosaic of being. As the gods intended, we are here to become more and more ourselves.

"Marrow" by Elizabeth Lesser.

The Love Project Workshop is starting again this fall. Become more and more of yourself.

A privilege to witness your unfolding, always.

E. xo


Bodyfull

Love that mindfulness is such a mainstream word these days.

Coined by the beloved author, Sharon Blackie, “BODYFULLNESS” - which I personally hope becomes common language too, someday!

We are not just a mind now, are we?

To put it simply, I am happier when I move. I think better. My brain is in less of a fog. My vision is sharper. I am less on edge. By the time I finish my dance-off, I am reinvigorated. The more I dance, the more I see that they’re is dance in everything.

I’ve been loving incorporating the dance breaks within my slower more meditative yoga practice too. I get so serious you know?

Tuesday dance off at your place, k?

Love you in cultivating bodyfullness, always.

E xo

Dancin' your little heart out !!

I used to teach Maya and Olivia kids yoga at the Cow Bay Hall when they were only little!! And now, they teach me hip hop dance with passion, gusto and sparkles in their eyes.  I love that the roles are reversed. I love young women entrepreneur who tell you to dance big, and low and make faces and take up space. YESssssssss!

Gosh, I love dancing! But more so, I love dancing with my neighbors.

Flash Mob in Cow Bay every week, yo !!

Here is the poster for Maya’s kick ass classes so you can join us for the next two weeks remaining.

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Saraswati, #sheleaps and painting real life stuff

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My public #sheleaps challenge in collaboration with the Practice Movement Studio is well underway, and for 21 days I have decided to paint real life stuff! Paint the ordinary, you know… my life! My life, which I think is far from the ordinary since I’ve literally taught myself to see the beauty in the mundane thanks to my art & yoga practice… but I digress…

Here are some of my paintings so far! :) Most of which where taken on my trip last week to stunning Alberta!

Whenever I start a 21 days or 100 days or leaps, I always call on the goddess Saraswati (picture below). Saraswati is the emblem of my Art & Yoga Studio, and I call on her when I start a new project !

In yoga philosophy, Saraswati is the goddess of communication, self-expression and truth. She helps you float on and into any challenge.

In yoga philosophy, Saraswati is the goddess of communication, self-expression and truth. She helps you float on and into any challenge.

But before the Alberta stuff….Day 1 his is my backyard!! ( a wee bit more tropical than Cow Bay, it might be wishful thinking after all! This is what I look out too from one of the windows of my art studio.

But before the Alberta stuff….Day 1 his is my backyard!! ( a wee bit more tropical than Cow Bay, it might be wishful thinking after all! This is what I look out too from one of the windows of my art studio.

Day 2 is in Alberta! My mother in law has the most awesome flower pots!

Day 2 is in Alberta! My mother in law has the most awesome flower pots!

I painted those from there!!

I painted those from there!!

She also has the most awesome cactuses!!

She also has the most awesome cactuses!!

Then I started taking pictures, and painting that!! THAT’S REAL LIFE PEOPLE!! lol

This next one might be my favourite!!



Love , love, love where this 21 days of painting is taking me! Places I never thought I would paint before. Not sure why I resisted so long to paint more real life stuff.

Off leaping I go on painting real life I go!

Exceptionally proud of everyone on this quest!

E.x o




To paint the ordinary... here we go!

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It’s Day 9 of my public #sheleaps challenge! and ps.... I am doing it too! 👊🏼

( my third 21- days #sheleaps this summer... woot ! woot!!)

For many years now, I have been resisting painting "still life" and "real life" stuff. Its easy for me to paint magical realism.


I paint what I imagine.
I paint my dreams.
I paint magic gardens where leaves are blue and pink.
I paint women with whales in their bellies and little girls that fly with eagles and bubbles.
But since I believe that magic is found in the ordinary and the boring, for this 21 days, I am challenging myself to paint the ordinary!
A constant thread for us SHE QUESTER : what you resist, it's there that your soul can grow.
I can’t wait to show you my “still life” paintings on this blog, later this week !
Remember #sheleaps -the moment you want to stop, that’s when the real work begins.

Love you so much!

E .xo

SHE LEAPS: Challenge begins August 5th!

21 Days of "SHE" Leaps

#sheleaps

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.- Lao-Tzu 

Jessie Redmond Photography

Jessie Redmond Photography

This summer, I sat down and wrote my priorities, values and feelings.

 In a nutshell, this is what was rising in me now…

My priorities

Being present for my life, then my family life.

Stay healthy with running, yoga and dancing. Painting SHE. Holding space for myself + students. 

Radiantly alive, loving and giving of my light. Knowing my spark. 

I value:

Magic, Beauty, Connection with body, mind, soul. Dancing. Unrestrained living. Passion. 

I feel: 

Enthusiastic , Grounded, Powerful, Tenacious, Refreshed. 


After doing this mini soul inquiry exercise, I decided on my #sheleaps challenge. My #sheleaps challenge idea is heavily inspired from my SMALL DAILY ACTS OF BRAVERY philosophy. Watch the episode with this title on my CBC documentary here: 

Back at the beginning of the summer, there was a soul whisper telling me to go plunge in the freezing ocean water for 21 days in a row ( crazy! made no-sense!!). Another whisper (that one was more like a scream!) was that I wanted to be offline for 21 days. So technically I had two SHE LEAPS set out: ocean plunge and digital detox

AND I DID IT! 

Did plunging in the ocean everyday make me feel enthusiast, grounded, powerful, tenacious, refreshed? YES, instantly! Was it everyday that I wanted to dip my body in the freezing ocean? Nope. But fuck it! I did it anyways. (Let it be known that I live 2 minutes away - the ocean is very accessible!) 

Did going offline for 21 days make me present for my life and family life? YES! Was I a clearer conduit for holding space to the women that mattered most. YES. Did it reclaim my time, and allow me to paint more? Fuck, yes! In times of solitude, I get to connect with the magnitude of my authentic self. Deep work and much less noise - that was the 21 days SHE LEAPS pilgrimage I was really seeking because I know what I value:  magic, beauty, connection with body, mind, soul. Dancing. Unrestrained living. Passion. 

Btw- it scared me to do both. The ocean plunge is the one I thought I wasn't going to finish. One day, there was a thunderstorm, and I went so far as to think it was too dangerous to take the plunge. But REALLY, it was just my inner critic putting me down. I just waited for the lightning to subside, and hop(!) I went. They're is something powerful in witnessing  my fearful train of thoughts and going beyond my fears . I realized that the days I resisted the most, are the days I needed my plunge THE MOST. As the days went on, it got easier and I stayed longer. I tried to not scream or make big movements when I took the plunge - I just went in and kept repeating the mantra "I've got this".

The digital detox is obviously tricky since my livelihood depends on me posting my art and writings online. But if anything, I wish I could have taken a longer Instagram sabbatical. To my surprise, it was easier than I thought. It was lovely to reclaim my time. I really didn't miss it and realized how much I had been craving my own magical kingdom of thoughts and sacred expression. This time alone - without so much screen time - lead to a complete restructuring of how I use my social media channels and how/when I spend time on the world wide web. 

#sheleaps is a public challenge but I see the SHE QUEST participants (YOU!)  as luminaries for it. Whatever it is you choose, you are ready! Here are 10 SHE LEAPS potential ideas

  1. 21 days of making veggie or fruit smoothies

  2. 21 days of painting flower power ( I am gifting this class for free only for SHE QUEST and art lovers of this group! - please email me if you would like your code!) 

  3. 21 days of journalling in the mornings for 5 minutes.

  4. 21 days of breathing/yoga exercises (review all videos so far).

  5. 21 days of no make-up.

  6. 21 days of pulling an oracle card. 

  7. 21 days of going to the beach - rain or shine.

  8. 21 days of making wild flower bouquets.

  9. 21 days of singing mantras.

  10. 21 days of nature walks - rain or shine. 

What will be your SHE-LEAPS? 

Rules: 

1) Starting Aug. 5th, Do one thing everyday for 21 days! One small daily act of bravery. Use #sheleaps and tag me @estelle.thomson and @thepracticemovement.ca for your chance to win a 4 month SHE QUEST MEMBERSHIP ( sept, oct, nov, dec) AND one month unlimited yoga at the new studio in Dartmouth “The Practice”. The more you post under the hashtag #sheleaps, the more chances you have to win.

2) Really do it! It will be easier if you answer the soul inquiry questions above: What are my priorities?  What are my values?  What do I want to feel? On the days you don't want to bother, go back to your intention behind your small daily acts of bravery.

3) When we commit to something that is aligned with our priorities, values and feelings our spirit SOARS with gratitude & delight. Yes! This is a rule. Works every time.

Jessie Redmond Photography

Jessie Redmond Photography

Start with 5 minutes a day of something that perhaps scares you and /or makes you nervous. Your SHE-LEAPS have the powerful potential to become an ingrained daily ritual for the life you truly want to live.

The Practice Studio and I cannot wait to see your LEAPS!! Announce before Aug. 05! 

Estelle xo 





In the name of ART & YOGA

It’s been a learning curve for sure, but I’ve had so much fun this summer producing my new She Quest Podcast! My calling and mission with SHE QUEST has always been to educate and empower modern soulful women to carve pockets of time to implement real-life mindful and artful rituals in their lives and homes. I find podcasts to be a intimate and accessible way to get my points across! YAY.

Like this golden nugget: To normalize art & yoga! To bring back it’s rightful place in our society, schools and family. To try it. PLAY. EXPLORE. To stop overlooking it’s potency for healing physically, mentally, spiritually .

The SHE Quest Podcast will continue in the Fall in light of my first ever membership!

Watch out, world!

E.xo

10 things I wish naïve ME knew 9 years ago.

Oh Lordy! Me- fresh out of my second Yoga Teachers Training in late July of 2010.  Photo Credit: Hannah Thomson

Oh Lordy! Me- fresh out of my second Yoga Teachers Training in late July of 2010.

Photo Credit: Hannah Thomson

9 years ago. Fresh out of Modo Yoga Teachers Training. Newly engaged with a few calm months to spare finishing my M.A . This feels like it was taken in another life, before entering the jungles gates to motherhood and what ultimately ensued.

Here are 10 things I wish naïve me knew way back when:

1)    In your quest to make people feel less broken and make that your life, you will learn the very same only by being broken yourself.

2)    You will make some terrible mistakes. Receive and give unfair feedback. It’s these fuck ups that will ultimately make you: a grown ass woman.   

3)    PLeasssse, giiiirlllll !!!! You are not here to fit in! Do your own thing. Do it your own way.

4)    Unrelated to art & yoga: GROW YOUR EYEBROWS.

5)    There is always more to learn and more to heal.

6)    Never look back. Nothing is ever wasted.

7)    You can touch others only as far as you’ve allowed to have been touched yourself.

8)    Say YES to your fate! Just say YES. Do not skip this important step. This will mean saying YES to death. YES to life. YES to horrible and wondrous thing. Saying yes will help you say no, too. Saying YES will walk you back to why you took your yoga teachers trainings and why you paint in the first place… for Moksha… for liberation.

9)   Insecurity is not the truth of you. Kindness is the truth of you.

10) Fuck it! Just do it. Go on, dance like everyone’s watching.

Yeah. Still naive. Still growing my eyebrows. Still trying my darndest best at life..

Yours in valuing your original self, always!

E. xo

Non-negotiable: Journalling & Mark- Making

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Source: @juliacameronlive

I call bullshit on individuals who claim they cannot “journal”. As my best friend Julia Cameron writes: “If you can’t think of anything to write, then write “I can’t think of anything to write”.

Mark-making is also well under- utilized as a self-inquiring tool for personal growth.

It’s this black and white philosophy that 89% of our planet hold, that one of “I am not creative type”, “not for me” and the “how would I even go about this” thats led me to create my free guide to creative liberation. “Marks & Doodles” which btw, you can find it as a permanent instalment on my website here:

http://www.estellethomson.com/marks-doodles-course

Journalling and Mark-Marking are really you, healing in motion.

Available to you in this permission, on your pages, a brain dump! And when you cannot put words to it, you can surely put marks to it! It’s a powerful thing to see your life on paper, to let it unfold in all it’s wonder and imperfection. Right, Sark?

Source: @sarkilife

Source: @sarkilife


This is surely why I have created my own line of Journals and Portfolios!

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I love my Estelle Thomson Art Permission Slip inscribed inside!

Let this journal be the roots

Let it help me grow.

Let it remind me that I loved.

Let it rip my heart wide open.

Between these pages, anything I want can be released

Why am i scared?

Why do i hide?

It’s now or never.

Show up. Be Loud.

I am ready to feel awake and alive, but from inside.

I understand that self-love requires self-work.

Let this journal witness to my words, stories, doodles, sketches, and paintings.

Bringing forth, whats within me:

I write.

I tell my story.

I doodle.

I sketch.

I paint.

And this will change my life and the world.

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Yours in healing, always.

E.XO

p.s: When you join SHE QUEST or THE LOVE PROJECT or YOGA MENTORSHIP or any of my on-site training you get a journal for free!

Rap it!

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Source : Unknown

If you can call yourself human then you can call yourself an artist.


Also why self-expression is medicinal!!


Also why making art builds empathy, vulnerability and exercises courage!!

I am this close to making a rap song that repeats these lyrics over and over again: yo yo yo its in your DNA to make beautiful things!! Can you hear it? Bahahahahahaha I can.


Making art pulls you closer to your humanity and divinity.
Come to mama and tell me what you made todayyyyy!!!!!

Yours in creativity as a necessity, always.
E ⭐️

P.S: more on my Mindful Art philosophy HERE.

Flower obsession continues.....!

There are always flowers for those who want to see them- Henri Matisse

Thank you to a sweet student for having made to stunning wild bouquet! I am a LUCKY teacher.

Thank you to a sweet student for having made to stunning wild bouquet! I am a LUCKY teacher.

You guys were all about FLOWERS this season!

How do I know this? You’ve been buying so many Original FLOWER paintings! WOW. THANK YOU!

Here’s what’s gone. Here’s whats left.

GONE! This  BLOOM  found it’s home in a blue accent kitchen !

GONE! This BLOOM found it’s home in a blue accent kitchen !

GONE! Collosal Jardin Magic is gone! At least the one on the left is. Snag the on the right  HERE

GONE! Collosal Jardin Magic is gone! At least the one on the left is. Snag the on the right HERE

Latest 4ftx4ft commission is perhaps my FAV. Took me long enough to paint it!!

OHHAAA!

OHHAAA!

Thank you for your patronage. Painting more flowers ASAP! It’s a good thing am obsessed.

Yours in a good statement piece, always.

E.xo

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I am worthy of this life.

Here is the place where I discover my true self.

Here is the place that restores my well-being

Improves my vitality

Promotes my assuredness.

That I am worthy of this life.

I am worthy of Spanish Rooftops.

Messy hair buns and dirty sore traveling feet.

I am worthy of this body’s originality, focus and integrity.

Here is the place of all place that I can be that.

Feel and move safely with this life.

Here I can trust.

Yours in discovering your true self, always.

E. xo

C'est beau la vie!

Écoute complète ici: http://bit.ly/affairesetmagie_estelle

Merveilleuse conversation EN FRANÇAIS (!!!!) avec Karine Ricard pour le beau Podcast “Affaires et Magie de Mères”. Retrouver l’épisode complet ICI: http://bit.ly/affairesetmagie_estelle

Retrouver Karine sure son site web:  https://www.lamarelleco.com/

Retrouver Karine sure son site web: https://www.lamarelleco.com/


Karine écrit:

Estelle danse avec la vie (littéralement) et partage ses réflexions et ses enseignements sous plusieurs formes. Que ce soit dans ses classes de yoga, ses retraites, son membership en ligne pour reconnecter la femme à son pouvoir créatif, ses oeuvres d’art et sa poésie qui sont offerts dans une variété de formats, ou son programme de mentorat pour aider les profs de yoga pour injecter plus de sens à leurs cours, elle BRILLE sans limite avec tellement de simplicité. ⭐️

On jase de sujets chauds, comme ceux-ci :

• Le besoin urgent de partager le darkside de la maternité pour plus une collectivité plus transparente et bienveillante

• Comment ne pas s’identifier à travers l’un ou l’autre des rôles qu’on joue dans la vie

• Où tracer la ligne quand notre marque personnelle (personal brand) gagne en notoriété et qu’on se fait reconnaître à l’épicerie !

• Son parcours en tant que “performer” et comment le théâtre lui a ouvert la porte sur le yoga

• L’art, la forme de thérapie qui l’a suivie toute sa vie avant de devenir essentielle pour faire changement de l’isolement du post-partum immédiat

• Son parcours à travers 2 grossesses rapprochées, un enfant prématuré et les défis de santé qui s’en sont suivis - et comment ses pratiques et rituels déjà établis l’ont sauvée dans ses expériences extrêmement douloureuses

• Le moment où elle s’est rendue à l’évidence que la tristesse ferait partie de sa vie, toute sa vie et le constat que le deuil, c’est tellement VIVANT

• Le Grief Project, un projet qui l’a trouvée tout naturellement après des années à partager son cheminement suite au décès de son garçon, qui a aidé tellement de femmes et qui a finalement été converti en un documentaire télé sur la CBC !

• SHE Quest, son membership pour femme en quête de sens, de liberté et de créativité qui allie l’art et le yoga comme outils de connaissance de soi et de transformation

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• Et tellement plus <3

Pure MAGIE 

Bonne Écoute!!

http://bit.ly/affairesetmagie_estelle

E.xo

Blessed & Generous: NEW SHE PAINTS RUMI

Day 1/ 100  #shepaintsrumi  ♦️ What hurts you blesses you.  Darkness is your candle. •

Day 1/ 100 #shepaintsrumi ♦️
What hurts you blesses you.
Darkness is your candle. •

SHE PAINTS RUMI is well and alive! Bringing the power of women to Rumi’s quotes.

I have been a busy bee in my studio working on bigger handmade piece! For a couple years now, I seem to go through the same creative process.

I sketch and watercolour paint the women that wants out of me. And then use my own watercolour piece to inspire to bigger replica. Check it out!

Day 13/100  #shepaintsrumi   Be like the sun for grace and mercy.  Be like the night to cover other’s faults.  Be like running water for generosity.  Be like a death for rage and anger.  Be like the earth for modesty.  Appear as you are.  Be as you appear.

Day 13/100 #shepaintsrumi
Be like the sun for grace and mercy.
Be like the night to cover other’s faults.
Be like running water for generosity.
Be like a death for rage and anger.
Be like the earth for modesty.
Appear as you are.
Be as you appear.

The making of She-Generous …


Finished piece, ready to be hung on a lucky wall!

Art as the possibility to turns heartbreak into marvels, the earthly into heavenly, invisible into phenomenal.

If you let it…….

Yours in SHE Art, always.

E. XO

Life is a ! : why taking an IG vacay is a must

Isaiah &amp; me rolling around on the grass at home.

Isaiah & me rolling around on the grass at home.

Life is a !

I just took a mini sabbatical from ig and I feel refreshed! No scratch that:

I feel ANEW!

As a creator ( aka human!) , I must become aware of the cyclical nature of my work. I give and receive. Give and receive. To feel balance: I must give as much as I receive. And I give a lot, you know?

Taking an Instagram vacation is a must, because this summer am especially thirsty for

space, stillness and solitude.

SPACE: spacey fields where my mind can wander free, play, explore free of digital spammy noise. Why do you think your best ideas come in the shower or in shavasana? Because, SPACE. My greatest inspirational download have been when I have the physical, emotional and spiritual space to do so.

STILLNESS: as spiritual being, isn’t this what we crave? A slower world. A deeper, more meaningful world. I know I do. Social media is rocket speed fast for our dear ancient soul clock. Give yourself that sacred pause and BAM! Instantly feel calm, clear and focus. Stillness= goodness.

SOLITUDE: the power to be with your own thoughts and not tainted by another lashing out or venting. Self-talk and limiting beliefs is something I discuss at length in SHE QUEST , the LOVE PROJECT and MENTORSHIP. Why do you believe what you believe? Who said these things to you? What do you know to be true? Are you living in truth, with truth, for truth. And you better not cite me a Facebook source cuz i’ll flip.

I mean never mind my favourite S words, this summer I simply crave more:

Ocean mermaid plunge ! Nature hike with friends! Warm breeze! Friendly bond fires!

Dirty Feet! Chasing bugs! Lazy summer nights!

My son agrees.

and yesssss, they all need a ! because

life is !

life is ! and not to be missed while your head is in your phone.

Love you in all the !!!!!!!!! of the world over

E. xo

Oracle Cards + Yoga= Beauty!

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The privilege to use my own Oracle Decks of Cards at my Retreat is pretty... cool!?

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But meeting the queens that have decided the embark on this inner journey where imagination and intuition reside is what makes and shapes this experience in its most delicate form.


Love you in trips of a lifetimes and dreams coming true, always.

E.xo

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Pre-release: SHEPAINTSRUMI

SHE- Clever

SHE- Clever

🔻PRE-RELEASE #shepaintsrumi
I’ve put together
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SHE-Moon
SHE-Notorious

SHE-Moon

SHE-Moon


These are prints of original artwork from my new collection SHE paints Rumi (sold unframed).


You have choice of 5”x7” or 8”x10” unless you want to Original piece which varies in size. All work are printed locally and carefully packaged in my Art & Yoga Studio un Cow Bay.


Order ships anywheres there is a mailbox and ships in 7-10days, depending on when you place your order. If you are local, their is a chance for you to book an appointment for pick-up. International order can take up to 4 weeks.


The full collection will be release at the end of Summer/beginning Sept - when I hope my 2019 100 day project will be in the sack!

SHE -Notorious

SHE -Notorious


Love you in cleverness, full moon and notoriety- always 😉
All pre-release prints are limited quantities!
Link in profile to shop!
E ⭐️

Brave is Vulnerable

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“Everybody wants to be brave. Very few of us want to feel vulnerable. Brave is vulnerable!!!!! “


My bff @brenebrown is on Netflix & and it’s raining until May in Nova Scotia so GO watch it.
Today. Tonight. ASAP.


Yours in reframing superpowers, always
Today. Tonight. ASAP.
E ⭐️