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Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure…
Posted Sep 1, 2013

Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure… Rumi


I have felt and still feel some days that my dreams, my goals, my business is in ruin.  What once was a beautiful thing, lies in a pile of rubble.  In those moments I feel like I’m looking desperately at the pile for the pieces to start putting things back together, … back in order, …. back to how it once was.

But, what if things, my dreams, your dreams, goals, business, or relationships have fallen to pieces, so that you can rebuild them better.  I am a believer that everything happens for a reason, and if that’s that case, then, my pile of rubble is for a reason. Your pile of rubble is for a reason. Maybe I shouldn’t scramble to rebuild, but feel the loss, feel the confusion, feel the uncertainty and then be thankful for where I am, and slowly feel the gratitude of the treasure to come.  I know that there will be a treasure… there always has… out of some of my toughest times amazing things have happened.

My friend, there is a treasure coming.  I don’t know what, but I know it will come.  So for now, My hope for you is that you take the time to feel, that you take the time to know yourself better than ever before. Take the time to get to know your dreams, hopes, desires,(there is treasure is just doing this),,, so that there is no question about how to rebuild.  Then….. do the work…. it’s hard…. I KNOW, but the treasure is waiting for you.

You are loved, you are not alone, I am walking with you!

Big Smile=Shawn Petite

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Posted Sep 1, 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!


  1. Carmen Whitehead

    Excellent post Shawn. Sometimes, we just have to be still in the uncertainty.

    • Shawn

      Thanks Carmen,….be still is one of the hardest things!!

  2. Patrick Norman

    I love this Rumi quote and enjoyed reading your thoughts on what it means to you, Shawn. I believe your are correct but also that we, each of us see things from different perspectives. But, deep in my heart, taking into account all that I have lost, I too believe that there is treasure to be found on the road that I am on.

    Thank you Shawn, your words meant the world to me tonight!

    • shawn

      Hello there, I’m so glad that my words were here for you at just the right time. Grateful that I get a chance to share my art and heart and it can possibly inspire others. YOu are so loved! Have a wonderful day!


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