To Growth and Greenery

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“Like the seasons, we do not need to justify change.”

-The Goddess Rebellion

There is truly nothing like watching the greenery emerge from the dirt after months of brown grass and bare trees.

While Winter is the season for self reflection and growth, my Spring has been a continuation of that inward journey. I had a moment when I was with my therapist that I asked myself something I didn’t know I was feeling: “When did I become this weak?

I’ve always considered myself untamed, doing as I please with a stubborn heart. That’s the Aries in me. And besides a few difficult periods in my life, I rarely allowed myself to be swayed by external negative energies. The positive energies in my life, (friends, family and my familiar setting,) were just too strong to allow the bad in. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that the past few months have been a journey. This time has been about my own growth below the surface, battling feelings of fear, insecurity, and a whole lot of doubt. But with the weather warming and the scenery around me coming alive, I think I have too.

About a month ago, in a spot in our yard that has been just a patch of dirt, I noticed the emerging of new life. It was the daffodils that died away in the fall but always returned to announce the arrival of Spring.

Within a few weeks, they had bloomed with the most vibrant shade of yellow we’d seen in a while. I don’t know what it was about that sight, maybe the fact that the grass was still brown and the trees were still bare, but I had never felt so connected to nature than in the moment. Those yellow daffodils seemed to stir the stagnant energy I had been feeling, it was almost like I was being recharged.

To me, growth and greenery go hand in hand. The flowers and plants we love so much seem to disappear for a time, but are right below the surface waiting for the moment they can emerge stronger and full of life. We do so much work inward that might seem as though there is nothing to show for it, but we too emerge stronger and full of life.


My Spring Reading List
These books have brought a lot of color to my cloudy days. Growth isn’t based solely on self reflection, it’s also inspiration and knowledge that helps lead the way.

The Holy Wild by Danielle Dulsky
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
You Are a Goddess by Sophie Bashford
The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith, PHD

What books are on your reading list this season? Tell me below in the comments!

Creating My Abundance Jar

| As for girls, they should risk everything for freedom and give everything for passion, loving everything that their hearts and their bodies love. The only thing higher for a girl and more Sacred for a young woman than her freedom and her passion should be her desire to make her life into poetry, surrendering everything she has to create a life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in her imagination. |

Roman Payne

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If I were to ask you what your heart and your body loves, what would be your answer?

For me, it’s wandering. Wandering the hillsides, forests, beaches, mountains. Feeling the sun on my skin and smelling salt water. Listening to birds chirp and the wind cut through tall grass.

To save up money for my road home, I decided to create an abundance jar. I’m a very visual person, so the idea of putting my dollar bills into a large jar and watching it fill is inspiring. I’m also crystal obsessed and know that any time I want to manifest something, they need to be added into the equation along with my intentions.

The Container

Because I plan on saving up quite a bit of cash, I opted for a pretty good sized jar. This one I got when I walked down to my local Co-Op. Obviously a jar is see through and reusable, so it was an easy choice.

Choose your Crystals

I wouldn’t be The Stoned Artist if I didn’t sprinkle some sparkles into the mix. There are crystals for every occasion, and abundance is no different. Of course, crystals wont do the work for you. You still need to have the right mindset and actions that support your goal, but they absolutely support manifestation.

Here are a few options for your jar:

  • Citrine- “The money stone,” it is believed to elevate optimism and energy, and therefore bring you to a place of opportunity, prosperity, and abundance.
  • Jade- Thought to bring good fortune into several areas of your life and it makes you more open to prosperity and abundance.
  • Pyrite-  In addition to attracting wealth, abundance and good luck, it is believed to hold a strong protective energy.
  • Aventurine- Supports personal growth and prosperity
  • Tigers Eye- Assists in manifesting ideas and enhancing creativity.
  • Selenite will amplify the energies of all the crystals you choose.

Set Intentions

I chose to create my jar last week and set my intentions today because it’s a New Moon. New Moons are the best time for planting seeds.

After a few cleansing breaths, I wrote my intentions for the future contents of the jar on pieces of paper, which I placed inside.

It’s important to check in and re-read your intentions to keep you inspired and on track.

Let it grow and be patient

I’ve never been the most patient person, so this is the most challenging part for me. I placed my jar on the top shelf of my closet because 1. Out of sight out of mind, and 2. I love my closet and it’s full of light and safe from my cat, the angel of destruction. My goal is to reach a decent down payment amount for a road home before June, so that’s what I’m working towards. Your goal can be long or short term, what ever aligns with your intentions.

It’s also important to be aware of a few things that can block your path to abundance, which Ethan Lazzarini beautifully lays out:

1. Not following through with consistent action steps
2. Negative beliefs or fears around money or rich people
3. Lack of self confidence that you can change your circumstances
4. Giving up at any sign of resistance or obstacles
5. Setting unrealistic goals or timeframes

 

This jar was so fun to put together, mostly because it makes my dream of the nomadic life feel tangible, but also because it’s presence is a daily reminder to work for my dreams.

Watercolor Paintings by Jess Weymouth

Latest watercolor crush: the celestial work of Long Beach based artist, Jess Weymouth.

Jess at Makers Mart Long Beach

 Jess is truly one of my favorite watercolor artists. Her paintings are often inspired by nature, the cosmos, the ocean and the creatures that inhabit this incredible earth.

Not only is her work beautifully detailed, she is a good human that wants to empower other women to chase their calling and pursue their passions.

Check out her Etsy shop here.

 

What is your favorite piece in her shop?

Who are your watercolor crushes?

Let me know in the comments!

🐝 Sacred and Sensual Giveaway 🐝

To begin, repeat after me:

I am so beautiful, in so many ways.
What I have to offer is limitless.
My aura is infectious.
I radiate love, life, femininity, masculinity, sex, youth, happiness, healing, health, strength, duality.

I’m my own healer, protector, opponent, muse.
I love myself.


It’s time for a G I V E A W A Y!!

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and I want it to be as sensual and sacred for everyone as possible.

Self pleasure is an important part of our lives. Orgasms release endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin, which can improve your mood. Self Pleasure allows you to get to know your body. It’s a stress reliever, and it helps you sleep.

 

I’ve met so many amazing people from this blog and my Instagram, so I wanted to give away one of my absolute favorite books: Crystal Healing and Sacred Pleasure.

The Details

  • This contest will go from today, February 11th, to Thursday, February 14th.
  • The winner will receive a hardcover copy of Crystal Healing and Sacred Pleasure, signed by Vanessa Cuccia, the creatress of Chakrubs

Entering to win

  • Head over to my Instagram.
  • Like the post for the giveaway.
  • Tag 3 friends that would love to win this beautiful book.
  • For extra entries, repost the picture and tag The Stoned Artist.

Winner anouncement

  • The winner be announced as an IG post and in the stories!

 

 

Wishing you the best! Lets make Valentines Day as sensual and sacred as possible.

 

 

Craving a Nomadic Life

Have you ever had an experience that has solidified an idea that you never considered a possibility? An idea that once planted, established roots, grew tall and bloomed to perfection?

 

If Connecticut has taught me anything, it’s that I’m done being stuck in a permanent residence. I’m the type of person that has to have her schedule all mapped out, and it’s time to get out of my comfort zone. Imagine the freedom to come and go as you please, no morning alarms set, no packed agenda.

The Wild Woman in me is craving the ability to pick up and leave for a day, a week, months. I want to escape whenever I want, without paying an arm and a leg for somewhere to stay each time.


In one year, my little family and I will pick up and, (Universe willing,) move across the country to Washington. While the idea of having a permanent home there sounds picturesque, I realized that during my beloved’s deployments, I don’t want to be tied down and alone. My first thought was, “I could rent an RV to visit my friends and family while my beloved is gone.”

Somehow I stumbled on #VanLife

 

What would you do if you could go anywhere and take your home and your faves with you? If the open road was your playground and your getaway car was your dwelling place?

WTF is #VanLife

The easiest way to explain it is, people take a van, strip it and convert it to a home on wheels. That involves insulating the entire thing, hooking up solar panels, adding kitchen sinks and a stove, a bed, and sometimes a couch. Some live in their van solo, with a spouse, and/or with a pet. And then they travel the world. Its incredible.

My VanLife Inspirations

Max, Lee and Occy

He’s Australian, She’s Canadian, and he’s… well… a dog. This couple travels all over the world with their pup in a van. They were my first discovery to the world of Van Conversion.

The Nomadic Movement

When Jordan was laid off from his job, he and Kaylee decided to live out their dream. They sold most of their belongings, bought a short bus and took to the open road. Their story features the process of the bus conversion and all of their adventures.

 

Wild by the Mile

Liz Bryant is a solo traveler that went from news reporter to full-time vanlifer. She’s pretty badass.

Top reasons from The Nomadic Movement to choose the VanLife

  1. If you don’t do it, you will regret it.
  2. Much better understanding of the world.
  3. Move past your comfort zone.
  4. You can work later.
  5. You have all the time in the world.

 

**Our Nomadic Timeline**

This Month

While I would love to purchase a Mercedes Sprinter van like Liz and completely remake it, I have to find a different route. Next week, we are buying a Jeep. That will be our main ride when the time comes to travel.

The Next 6 Months

We’ve decided to go with the Travel Trailer option for a few reasons:

  1. We want to be able to detach our living space for quick errands when we stop somewhere,
  2. More space for our little family.
  3. Less money that a van conversion.

The trailer that I’ve found and fallen in love with is almost $8K. I plan on making that money before the end of Summer.

Fall of 2019

With big plans and lots of distance in our future, we want to master a few short distance adventures. Here’s what we’re thinking:

  • Vermont
  • Maine
  • Montreal
  • Cape Cod, MA

January 2020

We move out of our apartment and embark on a 1 month journey across the country. A few stops along the way:

  • Nashville
  • Atlanta
  • New Orleans
  • Denver
  • Vail, AZ (family)
  • San Diego
  • San Luis Obispo, CA (friends)
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Tahoe, CA
  • Northern Nevada
  • Anywhere in Oregon
  • End in Bremerton, WA

While these stops wont be set in stone, most of them are at the top of our lists for exploring. I can’t wait to keep you updated on our progress!


 

What would be your top places to visit on a drive across the US?

Would you ever consider living the Nomad/ Van Life?

Let me know in the comments!