For the paths we’ve already walked and for new ones on the horizon and where we stand now… this celebration of the feminine spirit and what we can accomplish on our own and together…
It is magical. It is powerful. It is beautiful. It is graceful.
This painting, made by my dear mama, in support of my vision and expanded work in the world…which now graces my Joyful Pause Studio.
New workshop in the planning stages: connecting with your totem animal through SoulCollage® coming this April to Joyful Pause Studio. If you don’t want to miss details on this workshop be sure to sign up for my newsletter here.
Over two years ago I began giving thought to offering workshops for women in the lower level of my home. But I wasn’t quite sure what they would exactly be.
But I knew I wanted to encourage women to pause, listen, capture, and open to the many facets of themselves.
And then I discovered the process of SoulCollage® in November 2014. I jumped in and took the training in hopes of making this dream come true.
And little by little it did with workshops I held at a local art studio and through friends. And then I held my first workshop in my home studio on January 16th, 2016 for five wonderful women.
Eventually I do hope to expand with different types of workshops, too and have also been offering some online workshops.
I see myself sort of like an Intuitive Guide… I love the idea of “holding the space” for women– gently encouraging them to tap into their own wisdom and open the petals to their own beautiful flower and what they discover about themselves.
So my studio is just about complete. My dear, sweet, supportive husband, John, is finishing up soon with the spare room which will have a new drop ceiling and lighting also.
What was once a family room for John and I and a craft space for me, to then a space we opened to a young woman in need of somewhere to live during a transition, to now Joyful Pause Studio…. I can’t wait to welcome you!
It’s my hope it will be a serene place for women to come be among other kindred-spirits and will serve as a way in which women can take time to create, listen to their hearts, and just be.
I took this photo of this sweet, little bird yesterday about a half hour before the sun came up.
Today as I think about the New Year just a few hours away, resolutions are the furthest thing from my mind. They usually are. I don’t set them any longer.
But I did give thought about how I want my life to look like going forward. And I want to live more like my winged friends — the birds, butterflies and dragonflies.
I want to be more open to the flow of life — and not hanging on so tight to things and circumstances I don’t have control over.
A few weeks ago, a friend booked a private SoulCollage® workshop with me. She wanted to set her intentions for the New Year.
As we sat in my new Joyful Pause studio in the lower level of my home, I invited her to think about how she wants to feel in 2016.
While I think it’s great to set goals and intentions, I believe what’s really at the core of those intentions, is how we want to feel.
While she worked on her SoulCollage® card, I intuitively worked on mine without setting an intention really, but instead giving thought to how I want to feel.
As we perused the many images I have set up on tables, an image of a yellow butterfly tugged at my heart. I knew I needed to work with her in creating my card.
And this is my completed card below after working with several images before it felt right and I glued them down.
After my friend and I created our cards, we journaled with them also. This is what my card had to say to me:
I am one who wants to flow with ease along the path of faith and trust in what spirit has in store for me. I want to allow my path to unfold more organically, learning to let go of trying to control outcomes. By doing so, I will feel as light and free as a butterfly, enjoying the ride, and all the gifts that come with expanding my wings.
And that’s it really, I want to feel lighter in letting go of worries and accepting life as it is presented to me.
So while I don’t have resolutions really, I am making a mental note to myself, with my SoulCollage® card I call Freedom Butterfly as my visual reminder of how I want to feel starting right this moment…and gently and softly fly into the New Year.
I shall stop now and then to perch upon a safe place to land, and sit silence as a way of reminding myself to keep my wings open to what Spirit has in store for me.
Wishing you all the best in 2016 and may your heart fill to the top with all that makes your life meaningful for you!
I’m really excited about facilitating a SoulCollage® workshop on January 16th in my new studio, Joyful Pause. I hope to encourage others to give thought to how they want to feel in the New Year, too.
If you are interested in joining me for this creative and fun workshop, please check out the details here or click on purple graphic on the left.
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My name is Barbara Techel and I gently guide women to creatively tap into their intuition and connect with their True Self in order to live a more meaningful life. I'd love to help you on your journey of self-discovery. Learn more about me by clicking on my photo.
My newest book, "Wisdom Found in the Pause - Joie's Gift" now availble. Click on cover to learn more.