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Enjoy the Journey
Posted Sep 23, 2014
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This weekend my husband and I were in Wisconsin for his class reunion. It was like prom night all over again… (chuckling)

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When we go to Wisconsin we stay at my husbands parents house…. “The Farm” It’s like stepping back in time.

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No internet, no cable, no computer, one bathroom in an old creaky farm house.. I always panick a bit… with no connectivity… it is sad how my world revolves around my computer….The first day is the hardest to not roll out of bed and turn on the computer.. My phone is the only connection to the outside world. There are things said like “I’m going to collect the eggs and put the goat in the barn” For this city girl… those are foreign words. There are animals, stray cats, bugs, crops and gardens. There are no blinds on the windows, just flowy, lacy curtains to frame the beautiful rolling hills waiting for harvest and hardly any locks on the doors.

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The hub of the farm house is at a dining room table located right in the middle of the room as you walk in the back door. Food, laughter, card games, fresh flowers from the yard, a butterfly that is waiting to come out of its chrysalis, a bucket of food scraps for the llama and goats. Everything moves around this table and it is strangely comforting.

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Every time I felt myself get anxious I would breathe and focus on the details of this space, the beauty of family gathered around a table, or I would go outside and wander through the yard, pet stubby the cat who is missing half of a leg, talk to the goats, say a pray of gratitude for the beauty around me or take pictures of the grand rolling hills. For me it’s a beautiful slowing of the mind. I could fight the change, I could focus on the restlessness of my body, I could complain, …. or I could enjoy the journey, at this moment, for this time. 

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It is a choice to enjoy the moment, to let go and relax and make the best of where you are right now. Are you struggling with the Journey? Are you restless? Maybe you need to focus on the good or the beauty that is right outside the windows. Maybe you need to take a deep breath or examine the urging of your soul. One thing is for sure life is constantly changing and in your moment today, Enjoy the Journey…. although not always easy….Enjoying the journey doesn’t mean we necessarily want to stay where we are, but it does mean that we are present, with eyes wide open, ready to receive…… recieve what we need, to grow. Ready for what we need, to learn or ready for the quiet our spirit so passionately needs.

Enjoy the Journey…… You are loved!

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Posted Sep 23, 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!

2 Comments

  1. Jane Anderson

    Good words! Phil 4:8

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    • Shawn

      Thanks Jane…. means so much …. whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praise worthy think about such things. Hugs!

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