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Posted Jun 10, 2013


Authors of “The Declaration of You” Jessica Swift and Michelle Ward

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Uniquity…. yes you are right that is NOT in the dictionary….

Accepting myself (my uniquity), is the best gift I’ve ever given myself.

It’s a vulnerable thing living a life of uniqueness, and it takes a lot of courage. It’s all about truth. It’s about telling myself the truth about my talents, about my opportunities and about being a mom, wife, friend and entrepreneur. I have spent a lot of years listening to the lies that I told myself that I gathered from many people who wanted me to stay in a place that was less than amazing. (Misery loves company.) I knew that if I ever wanted to grow, change and accomplish the goals and dreams that I had placed on the list in the back of my mind, I had to find out the truth about me. I had to sit with myself and realize what my passions were, what I was good at, what I was not so good at and OWN IT. I had to get reeeaaally honest with myself and look at the things that needed to change, like the lies I’d been telling myself. I had to look at my strengths, and be proud of the quirky, awkward, funny, creative, passionate me. I needed to be my biggest fan.  I work at it every day. I work at trying to be comfortable in my own skin. Most days I think… yup I got this, but let’s face it, I’m human and there are those days that I want to crawl under the blankets and not let anyone see the real deal! Acceptance of who I am is the bravest, most vulnerable thing I have done or am doing. It’s always a work in progress. I work at living openly, saying this is me, saying this is MY uniquity.

My hope is that you know the truth about how amazing your Uniqueness is!

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Posted Jun 10, 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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