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Smile!

Let's kick off the new year with a smile!

Hey guys! I'm in the middle of preparing for my final exam but just reeeally wanted to say Hi! I mean, my last blog post was in November... I don't have much time (yet) for the artist life, but 2015 has started, and in spite of (or because of) the recent events, I say let's kick off this new year with a smile! So there you go:

And I wish you all the most beautiful, loving, joyful and light-filled year.

Have you chosen your Word of the Year (or "woty")? It's the 3rd year I choose one (or rather I let one reveal itself to me). In 2012 it was Truth, in 2014 it was Trust (with Abundance as a co-woty) and this year it is EASE... The fun thing is that it kept coming back to me but for weeks I just couldn't allow myself to "choose" it, I felt huge resistance.... which I took as a sign that I really should let it be my word, and just eeeeease into it. Believe me it has already helped me and taught me a lot in just 3 weeks... If you have a woty you can share in the comments!

Ease wish holder
Ease wish holder

I'm going to make one of my little "Sacred Wishes" wish-holders for it (I Picmonkeyed the picture above). I don't have a single wish-holder left, I either sold or gave them away as gifts, a very good excuse to dive into plaster bliss again.

And by the way, look where they've gracefully landed... on the pages of the new Somerset Life Magazine! (which is one of the most gorgeous magazines ever!) I haven't seen it "for real" yet but my friend Lorene has been super sweet and sent me a picture of her copy (thank you!!!!)

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sacred wishes article Somerst Life W

Although I haven't managed to keep up with the blog lately, I do try to pop up on Facebook several times a week so if you want the latest updates, that's where you'll find me.

* By the way I want to say a big thank you to all of you (all 171 of you, and counting!) who have "liked" my FB page in the past 2 months. I've often felt so far from my creative life lately, not blogging, not painting, but seeing all these new faces has been truly uplifting (gratitude+++) Would you believe we're fast approaching the 1000 landmark? That's a whole lot of positive energy and I'm glad I'm sharing with you guys!*

So, these past weeks on FB I've shared a few glimpses of what (or who) is currently on my easel...

She's a guardian, a light-bearer, soft and strong... I can't wait for her to be complete (as well as her sister that I started too and will soon share on Facebook). I'll leave you with her now and get back to work...

Light and love dear ones.

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Life Book pages

Life Book 2014 : my January pages and more

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Friends, I've told you that I'm doing Life Book for the first time this year (yay! thank you Santa ♥). And I've also told you that my blogging time is going to be very limited this year (and why it's all OK!). So, after some pondering (and a hot bath), I've decided to give you a simple, monthly update in pictures. How does that sound?... So without further ado, here is my Life Book January!

"Inner Artist Guardian" with Tamara Laporte

(with my word of the year: TRUST)

"A Happy Affirmation" with Micki Wilde

(in 2014 I want more energy!)

... and to this end I tried my first green smoothie: yum!!

green smoothie
green smoothie

"Creativity & Play" with Carla Sonheim

(I haven't finished all the exercises yet but loved the found poetry!)

"Be True to You" with Kelly Hoernig

(journaling about 3 things I love: Travels (and especially England), cherries and spring!)

Voilà! We'll see what next month brings!

On trust and not doing it all

On trust, welcoming the unexpected and NOT doing it all...

Trust, Life Book 2014, page 2 (Inner artist guardian lesson) © Laly Mille, mixed media on watercolor paper

Where does time go? Where does it hide?... I've been trying to keep up with the roller coaster that the beginning of this New Year feels like, doing my best to meet deadlines, to keep doing all the things I have patiently and passionately built last year: first, making art, making art, making art, taking classes, experimenting, reading, learning.

Writing this blog and documenting my creative journey, taking and editing pictures, hopping from one language to the other, solving technical problems, running my little shop that allows my art to carry joy and inspiration into the homes of others around the world, connecting with other creatives on social media, helping each other and sharing daily discoveries, meeting deadlines for art show commitments, magazines and book submissions, so that my creative dreams don't stay small and hidden in the nest of my studio...

This has been a lot of work, this is a lot of work. Good work, real work, work as in answering your soul's calling and making it come to life. Work done with joy, dedication and hope.

Trust, Life Book 2014, page 2 (Inner artist guardian lesson) © Laly Mille, mixed media on watercolor paper
Trust, Life Book 2014, page 2 (Inner artist guardian lesson) © Laly Mille, mixed media on watercolor paper

And yet, right now all this needs to make room for something new.

I told you earlier that I was going back to school this year, to learn a new job (because, believe it or not, all this creative work does not, for now, put bread on the table - well ok, a few crumbs). Just before Xmas I decided to leave the youth and cultural center where I had started my internship a few weeks before. Spending my days stuck at the front desk was not what I had expected and I just had to move on, trusting I would find some other place where I could truly learn and feel useful.

Trust, Life Book 2014, page 2 (Inner artist guardian lesson) © Laly Mille, mixed media on watercolor paper
Trust, Life Book 2014, page 2 (Inner artist guardian lesson) © Laly Mille, mixed media on watercolor paper

My heart's whispers, which I had been ignoring for way too long, led me to a nursing home. I'm so glad they did. I just spent my first full week there and feel such gratitude for all I have learnt already, all the little miracles I have witnessed and sometimes been part of, the humbling sense of being truly useful, the gift of standing at the side of people who are so much further on their life journey than me, but now depend on others to keep walking their paths.

So for now, I need to accept the fact that I simply can NOT do it all. At the end of the day, I come back home with my head and my heart full, but exhausted and longing for my bed as soon as the kids are in theirs. Plus I have essays to write and homework to do! This means that a good part of my creative work must be put on hold for a whole year. Those of you who are faithful followers of my art page on facebook might have noticed it's been very quiet lately. And I am far from the 2 weekly blog posts I used to write before. I can't paint every day anymore.

You belong, Life Book 2014, page 1, warm up exercise, © Laly Mille, mixed media on watercolor paper
You belong, Life Book 2014, page 1, warm up exercise, © Laly Mille, mixed media on watercolor paper

But I trust it will be OK, it will turn out just as it is supposed to. I trust this journey I'm on, even though I don't have a clue where I'll stand in a year's time. I know that being an artist is at the heart of my life's calling, that I am not leaving this part of me behind at all, but that it is going to unfold in new and unexpected ways for a while.

Trust, Life Book 2014, page 2 (Inner artist guardian lesson) © Laly Mille, mixed media on watercolor paper
Trust, Life Book 2014, page 2 (Inner artist guardian lesson) © Laly Mille, mixed media on watercolor paper

And I am taking the Life Book 2014 e-course, with weekly prompts and art lessons to keep creating all year long. It's going to remind me to keep creating in a stress-free way, even if I only have one small session a week. In the first lesson, the first week of January, we chose our "word of the year". Mine turned out to be Trust. It has already helped me a lot and I know it will be an everyday source of inpiration and serenity.

Until next time, and until I find a moment to work on last week's and this week's Life Book assignments, here are the first two pages of this year-long journal I have started.

Have a beautiful week everyone!

You belong, Life Book 2014, page 1, warm up exercise, © Laly Mille, mixed media on watercolor paper
You belong, Life Book 2014, page 1, warm up exercise, © Laly Mille, mixed media on watercolor paper
Trust, Life Book 2014, page 2 (Inner artist guardian lesson) © Laly Mille, mixed media on watercolor paper
Trust, Life Book 2014, page 2 (Inner artist guardian lesson) © Laly Mille, mixed media on watercolor paper