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I am not a super hero!
Posted Aug 24, 2014


I was reminded today about how important vulnerability is in our lives. I watched Glennon Doyle’s Ted talk if you haven’t watched it, you can see it here.  Glennon speaks about how too often we feel like a loser in a world that prefers super heros, and because of that we create our own capes to create courage, to hide ourselves or to deal with life. Our capes can be perfectionism, workaholic, vanity, alcoholism, drug addiction, bolemia, anorexia, the list could go on. Each of these capes that we wear help us feel control, to hide our nonacceptance of ourselves or to not feel at all.

We think that our capes keep us safe, however our capes can keep us isolated and far from real feelings and vulnerability. They keep us from true growth, that deep down kinda growth that we need to move past a superficial life. To move to a true acceptance of who we are.

Laying our capes down can be scary… no more like terrifying…. and telling the truth about who we are, what we need and what we deal with is even worse. There aren’t to many people who want to hear about our realness… because is scares most… because it reminds others that they too have their own capes that keep them safe and it touches to close to home.

I wear my own capes…. I lay them down and then pick them back up when stressed, scared or feeling out of control.  Then lay them down and pick them back up. Some I have completely let go of… I am definitely a work in progress, but everyday I get more and more comfortable with vulnerability, not picking up a cape or two, but dealing with the reality of life in all its complicated, messy, splendor.

The reason I started this space was/is to create a place of comfort…. of home… to proclaim that we’re all a little broken and that’s ok. That we all are perfectly imperfect. Beautiful in our vulnerability, and to help myself and others own their story, no matter how complicated and off the beaten path it is.  That is what inspires my art!

I encourage you to:

1. determine what your capes are.

2. find someone that is safe and is working on being vulnerable themselves.

3. share your story, share where you want to go, share the capes that you wear.

4. give yourself grace…. allow your spirit, your mind, your heart to do the work and know that NO HUMAN BEING IS PERFECT. That we are all a work in progress and we keep learning and growing everyday.

I would love to hear your story…. and I so want you to know that you are amazing, strong and LOVED!

ps… something I’m kinda excited about…. customizable pieces of art…. I am adding new pieces as we speak… There will be ones perfect for baby gifts, anniversary… or for a special occation… You can put Your favorite word or saying….. It’s pretty cool! anyway keep an eye out for new ones… the one below is an example…. Hugs




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Posted Aug 24, 2014
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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 Comment

  1. Teresa

    Me ha encantado la reflexión y la página que has creado es preciosa, un saludo 😉


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