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Accepting the imperfection
Posted Oct 20, 2013


This piece is a favorite, because there is so much meaning in it as I was creating it.  SHE is vulnerable, bare to her flaws, with layers of life in her wings, with her roses of rich beauty and thorns as her crown.

I have recently become a fan of Kate Courageous, a life coach, but with a twist, a softness in her words and a sense of humanness, not perfection for the end result in what she does.

One of her recent posts she spoke about how people want to make a perfect life, which is a great goal. Perfect house, perfect husband or wife, perfect body…. goals, goals and more goals…. (don’t get me wrong goals are good)

Kate also speaks about how no one wants to feel anything, if life is difficult, or we get angry, sad or nervous, we immediately want to fix it.

Here words spoke to me because I do all of the above …. it’s about control! control so I don’t feel vulnerable, shame, unworthy, fear or uncertainty.  However I’m realizing that it’s in the moments when I allow myself to feel and not control those emotions, I learn, I drill down to why, why I’m feeling a certain way, I embrace or lean into those vulnerable moments and accept that all of those things are part of the whole me.

Now I’m not a coach, I’m just a traveler on the path, but I feel a sense of ease in knowing that the whole beautiful me (and you) includes the light and the dark, that we are not meant to be perfect beings. That as we live out our imperfections and vulnerabilities we give others the permission to do the same.

How amazing would it be it we were all so very comfortable in our own skin. Comfortable with the light and the dark.

Thank you for sharing the journey with me.

Big Smile=Shawn

Please visit Kate Courageous for beautiful words and coaching

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Posted Oct 20, 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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