Water Sprite {a painting + a poem}

She finds her truth
on the shores of her breath.
Each one points her in the direction
her life is unfolding.

She's strong in her capacity to love,
fierce in her ability to stand strong,
And radiant in her facility of ferocity.

Like underwater flowers,
she floats in an ocean of sweet source. 
Swaying grace,
always rooted. 

xo,


5 love notes to read when you've been robbed by the comparison theif

"Comparison is the thief of joy." ~Theodore Roosevelt

Yesterday, I was robbed by the sneaky thief himself.

I was looking over my little ole' blog and adding up the years I've been blogging (almost 6 years!), when a snarky inside my head voice snuck in to tell me how I should be better at this blogging thing by now, how I should be taking better pictures, writing more consistently, putting in more effort, and so on.

Me, 5 years ago

Me, 5 years ago

I then did the worst possible thing I could do in this low moment: 

I started looking at other people's blogs. 

And down the rabbit hole of comparison and self-criticism I went and it sucked the joy right out of me. 

Does this ever happen to you? 

If you are in this place right now, read the following notes instead of jumping down the hole:

1. You are exactly where you are supposed to be on your path. Trust that as truth. 

2. The world needs your original medicine (your perspective, your experiences, your gift, your you-ness). You are the only one who can administer it. 

3. There is always someone ahead of you. There is always someone behind  you. Reach your hands out in offering in both directions

4. If you want to be inspired, go live your life. Live inside it as the keen observer you are and you will see just how interesting, creative and imaginative you are.

5. Keep doing everything you are doing. If you are giving your heart to something, that is all the magic that is needed. 


xo,

 

  

Listen to your gut job

A couple of weeks ago, I became caught up in the idea of getting + renovating a vintage trailer. 

Blame pinterest.

Blame the nice weather. (Camping, anyone?)

Blame this incredible vintage trailer overhaul

I became completely obsessed. 

I started scanning craigslist in my local area and a listing popped up that caught my eye + possibly my heart. I emailed the listing to my husband and by the time he got home that evening, I had him hooked too. 

This was a Tuesday. 

I contacted the seller on Thursday and on Saturday morning, we drove up over Galena summit to go get our little trailer. 

Meet "Sunny," our 1960's something Catolac Deville. 

It was love at first...wait, do those Budwiser girl posters duck-taped to the back wall come with it?! Sweet! 

We towed our new baby home and began demo on Sunday. It was a pretty rickety arrangement; one tiny step shook the whole can. At one point, while assessing the back of the trailer, I began to feel the whole thing start to tip backwards. I screamed and raced towards the door. That's when we decided to tear it apart. 

Even though we had read this very helpful article about buying a vintage trailer, we had found ourselves a gut job. We pulled out the cupboards, the icebox, the stove, the floor, the paneling, the insulation and all the mice nests (there were lots of them) until we were down to the bones. 

I've learned that if you're obsessing over something + loosing sleep over an idea, the best thing to do is listen to that deep gut instinct and just go for it.

And this gut job was no different! 

Want to follow along as we work on this inspired project? Follow along on instagram, use #sunnydavilla

xo,

 


Welcome to a new beginning

 
                                                                              Savannah and I in Canyonlands National Park, Utah

                                                                              Savannah and I in Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Share your thing

I almost started a new blog to share my "thing" with the world. I was feeling like I needed a new place to start fresh. A blank canvas. I haven't been sharing very much here and it all has felt a little flat. But I am feeling the desire to show up more boldly lately and to share more. We all have something awesome to share, something incredible to contribute. So, why not share it?

Find your North Star

Last week, while camping in the desert, I asked my husband to help me find the North Star. "Look for the big dipper," he said. "Find the ladle edge of dipper and follow the line of stars out. The third one down is the North Star." I found it and stared at it for a while. How, I wondered, do I find my own North Star, my own guiding light and live from that place? I'd like this blog is a place to find out. 

Here are a few new topics I'll explore on this blog:

  • painting as sacred art
  • poetry
  • creating a nurturing, nourishing, inspiring home 
  • whole food recipes + healthy eating tips
  • sacred geometry
  • dreams + other messages
  • wanderlust + other adventures
  • inspired projects
  • Ayurveda 
  • Earth rhythms (moon cycles + ceremonies for example)
  • yoga 
  • healing plants + gardening

Let's explore the volumes of the mind, heart and soul and at the same time, revel in the beauty of the every day ordinary. On this blog, I will share the process of creating a sanctuary out of a home, a temple out of the body, a spiritual practice out of art-making and a great, big, wonderful adventure out of life.

Welcome to the (new) beginning of the journey. 

xo,

 



Sacral Chakra Poem

 
                                                                                                              {"Liquid Sun" print available here}

                                                                                                              {"Liquid Sun" print available here}

The orange orb lights up

in the darkness of the womb. 

It is warm and fluid,

like Liquid Sun. 

Like rays of luminous refractions

filtering through trees. 

The streaming concentric circles

expand and expand,

filling me with the sweet citrus

of creative awakening. 

Golden, gushing nectar

flows over and pools 

in the glowing cradle of my abdomen.

Abundant. Nurtured. 

United with the material and immaterial

of my body, bones, breath and beliefs.

Plenary peace. 

Kala {yoga poem + painting}

 

I kneel to you Kala,
Mother of time,
Goddess of marching
on and on and on. 

You seep through my fingertips
like the silk of cycles,
birth. Death. Rebirth.

Remember:
who you were yesterday
is not who you are today.

And yet, every spring
the snowdrop still emerges
a snowdrop. 

Peace Begins with Me

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{new yoga piece in progress, called Peace Pulse}

While painting this week, I've been listening to the book "Miracles Now" by Gabrielle Bernstein. There are 108 lessons in the book based on what Bernstein has learned from A Course in Miracles and her Kundalini Yoga Practice. They are wonderful, simple tips + reminders for living with less stress and more love.

One of my favorite tips from the week was a meditation about cultivating inner peace.

The idea is that peace is something that each of has within us, it exists inside of us and that is the place where we need to begin if we want to experience peace within our lives.

Whenever you are feeling upset or angry, you can stop and take a few moments to do this meditation and it will help to calm you down and make you feel better. I have tried it a couple of times this week and it really does help!

What you do is this:

1. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Tune into your breath.

2. Begin to repeat the affirmation "Peace Begins With Me", placing your thumb on each finger with each word:

Thumb to index----Peace
Thumb to Middle----Begins
Thumb to Ring----With
Thumb to Pinkie-----Me

3. Continue this for as long as it takes to feel yourself calming down!

peace out + happy friday!

tag

 

Allowing the Creative Flow

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{a new yoga piece, called "Grow" in progress}

I have been getting up early the past few mornings to do yoga, meditate and then paint. There is something so lovely about the early morning:

The quiet of it glistens with the promise of birdsong.

The light + pink of a predawn sky calms my mind and breath.

The freshness in the air is awakening and inspiring.

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Morning is the perfect time for painting, for finding and allowing creativity to flow.

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{another yoga painting in progress}

Have you ever tried painting in the morning?

xo,

tag

Art Love: Jo Klima

The artwork featured in today's "Art Love" post is by the inspiring Jo Klima. I originally discovered Jo through her beautiful graphic + web design work over on The Darling Tree. I found her soft, feminine and ephemeral take on design for the internet so refreshing and was inspired to take her e-course, Your Darling Blog Design to learn how to create a beautiful site of my own. Most recently, Jo started sharing some of her artwork and creative journey as part of a project called Maps to Herself. She writes that

"...The best way to deepen my trust and relationship with my spirit is by creating my own sacred space to visually express myself, because a life unexpressed is a life without beauty and magic."

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{Chakra by Jo Kilma}

And her visual expressions are absolutely stunning. Through her rich, jeweled toned colors, sacred geometry and organic mark-making, Jo awakens the spirit. In my opinion, the best art is art that has the capacity to thrill and fill the soul. Jo's work does just that.

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{Universe by Jo Kilma}

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{Spirit Mandala by Jo Kilma}

And you can follow along and make art with Jo! Every Monday, she invites people to participate in their own weekly creative practice and share their work via the hashtag, #makeartmonday. It's a great way to get the creativity flowing!

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 {Mind Mandala by Jo Kilma}

Thank you Jo, for sharing your gifts and creativity with the world!

You can find more of Jo here:

Maps To Herself

The Darling Tree

Make Art Monday

Jo's Shop

Jo on Instagram

Jo on Twitter

Jo on Facebook

Happy Friday!

tag

Allow Yourself To Be Exactly As You Are {a yoga sequence + playlist}

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Allow yourself to be where you are.

Yesterday, I rolled out my yoga mat, plopped Savannah down in the middle and started moving. She smiled up at me, played with her toes, rolled to her belly to her back and to her belly again.

I moved into poses around her and moved her around a little bit too. The circumstances were not perfect: my hips were tight, it was a little too warm, I had bug bites everywhere and Savannah had enough of it about 25 minutes in, but it was a beautiful practice anyways because I decided to embrace all of that imperfection and enjoy it.

The best way to enjoy something is to allow it be exactly as it is, without trying to force it or change it.

This sequence is a twisting + hip opening sequence, designed to release the expectations you place upon yourself and instead allow room for things to be exactly as they are.

Here’s a playlist I created to help move you along: Allowing Playlist

warm ups

standing poses

hips

backbend

cool down

savasana

Gently move into savasana. Take a deep breath and release it. Take another. Let the breath move through your whole body and then gently let the breath be as it is. Feel your body on the floor. Take in the sounds around you. Let yourself be exactly as you are, here in this moment. What does that feel like for you?

 

Allowing

Since arriving on the east coast, Savannah has not been sleeping a whole lot during the day. On Saturday, Savannah didn't sleep at all. She was awake for almost twelve hours straight. I tried again and again to put her down for a nap and she kept resisting sleep. It was a very frustrating day. photo-316

{a new, experimental painting called "Allowing"}

Looking back at the situation, I realized that if I'd just allowed myself (and Savannah) to just be where we were, it would have been a much better day. Instead, I spent the whole day wishing things were different than they were. I find myself teetering in this place a lot lately. This place of wishing things were easier, wishing I had more time to myself and for my work, instead of enjoying the moment, allowing it be exactly as it is and not something else.

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{I put this new painting on the cover of my 2014 DIY planner, as a reminder to allow myself to be where I am at}

This is something I struggled with long before having a child too. I have always found it difficult to be in the present moment and be ok with everything just as it is. Usually, where I'm at is not exactly where I want to be. I want to be thinner, happier, more productive, better at my art, further along in my business, the list goes on and on.

Accepting, allowing and interacting with your life as though it is exactly as it should be, without making yourself wrong (or right) for what you discover is it the way to Self-Realization. ~Ariel Kane

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So this month, I want to explore ways to allow myself to be exactly where I am, no matter how imperfect that place may be.

xo,

tag

A couple of shop updates

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{a new yoga piece called "Introspection," available here}

Next week, I head to Vermont for the summer! I am so excited to head back to my home state, to see my family and friends on the east coast and introduce them to Savannah!

I will be keeping my shop open over the summer, however I won't be able to offer my 11x14 sized prints until I return back to my studio in Idaho in mid-August.

Also, I will be visiting my in-laws in MA until June 2nd, so any please note that any orders placed between May 26th and June 2nd will ship on June 4th. Thanks so much for your patience!

Here's to a fantastic summer!

xo,

tag

 

And here comes spring...

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Spring is in full bloom here in Idaho and that means the wildflowers are starting to pop!

I love the spring in the west, when everything is green for a fleeting moment and the air is rich with the scent of flowers. The picture above was taken at this cool place just south of where I live called Silver Creek Preserve. The lupins were blooming there over the weekend! We also saw a rattlesnake, the first one I've ever seen. Have I ever mentioned my deathly fear of snakes? Well, yah. Guess who probably won't be going back to Silver Creek until the snow falls.

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Back in town all of the fruit trees are blooming too! This is the plum tree growing in my front yard. The apple trees are just behind the plums and the lilacs are even starting to bud out!

There is so much inspiration just outside my door.

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I have been trying hard to keep my commitment to make art everyday, even if it is just a quick sketch in my sketchbook. With so much blooming inspiration, it's pretty easy to fill the pages these days!

What has been inspiring you lately?

xo,

tag

Things are looking up!

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{Looking Up~Available here}

In the last few weeks, I've been working hard at getting back into my body and after the long months of pregnancy and postpartum time, it has felt amazing to finally be able to move like I did before! This piece, which I finished yesterday, is a celebration of that!

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I wanted to do a piece that featured a modified version of Vaisisthasana because it has been one of my favorite poses as of late. I've become so much more accepting of modifying poses in my own practice since my pregnancy.

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I have found a beautiful + soft kind of freedom in embracing being exactly where I am.

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It makes me feel both joyful and strong. And that is what this piece is about.

xo,

tag