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Letting Go…
Posted Apr 25, 2013


My mission today was to get the garage organized.  This project is an ongoing thing…. he he… I’m constantly organizing and reorganizing.  I looove to buy wornout furniture and restore it and make it beautiful..  I have a project that I’m about to start and I will share the step by step progress, but today is about making room so I can work.  I started going through boxes, sweeping, trip after trip to the garbage and a trip to Goodwill.  I had a couple more boxes to go through… they were tucked back in a corner and they hadn’t been touched is a few years… I wasn’t sure what was in them… as I opened them up I had a blast from the past… I was instantly transported back about 5 years… a particularly challenging time of my life… back then I was unsure, doubtful, hurt, stuck and sooo so broken… I looked at pictures, letters, cards and notes… wow!… My life today is a sharp contrast to those past years!!!  I thought to myself… why am I holding on to this stuff?  I know for a while I didn’t want to let go, I actually told my friend a few years back that I held onto the memories because they are a part of me, part of my life….really it was a reminder, to myself that I am not worthy of love, of good people, of happiness. Today I still think that what we have experienced helps make us who we are, however I am today not defined by my past..I am not my past… I don’t want to look back, I don’t need to remind myself of those years they will be with me because of what I have learned from the brokenness and how I have grown.  I am worthy of good people in my life, I am worthy of success, I am worthy of Love and Happiness…. I am worthy … I am enough… I picked up the boxes and took them to the trash…. FREEDOM!!!!  I can’t explain how it felt!!!..Goodbye !!!.. I guess it was an outward expression of where I am at today…..  Where are you? Do you have some letting go to do?  Some things you need to take to the trash?  You are worthy of Love, Happiness, Success…. You are worthy… and enough…. Don’t hang on to the past… it’s not who you are… you have grown and changed and you don’t need the reminder !  Let it go.. feeel the freedom… Freedom to be your amazing beautiful self!……………….  I have been inspired to create a new piece called Freedom…. I am going to take you thru this piece step by step…. over the next few days…. big hugs = Shawnfreedom-step-by-step                              freedom-steps

to be continued 🙂

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Posted Apr 25, 2013
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Hello there! I’m Shawn Petite

I’ve been teaching and creating for well over 25 years. About 15 years ago I found my art soul mate in mixed media, and it changed my life! I love the story that can be told by combining paint, texture, ink, paper and—really anything that you can imagine.

But what I’m truly passionate about is being your guide, walking with you step by step and helping you become your own hero in your creative journey.

Along my path, I’ve learned that the creating art also creates a healing space. Life can be messy and complicated and painful, but something about a paint brush can help heal your soul. I believe—no, I know—you are worthy of love, and I want to teach you to know that about yourself. Join me on this journey of art and inspiration!


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