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Vision Boards with Kathy Eckhardt

I spent my Saturday taking part in Kathy Eckhardts vision board play shop here in Virginia Beach. I found a lot of interesting things about myself that in the spirit of transparency I feel I want to share.

So here goes… What’s strange with this board is it feels so familiar. It just evolved so easily and didn’t come from writing down any goals on the papers we were given. In fact that’s something I struggled greatly with on the day and everyday life. It’s something I’d love to crack open and see what potential and dreams could look like but the fact these images fell out of magazines I was looking at so effortlessly and easily, blew my mind a little.

The board below is a big fat crazy dream I’ve had for many years and having gone into the playshop with no pre-thought of ideas of what id create made it even more surreal.

The workshop was very impactful. I loved hearing Kathys stories and creating was complete therapy for me. It always has been. On the drive home with my friend Gale, I shared a story from my past and we have decided that ‘therapy time’ in my week will from here on in be called “Roxy time”. Roxy was a lady who worked with my dad many many years ago and lived near our home. She allowed me from an early age to go around anytime I wanted and just be. We crafted a lot. We made bears, jewelry boxes, painted, drew and talked. Dad at one point tried to stop me as I would be seen as a pest and Roxy said to him, don’t stop her coming- do you realise this is an outlet for her? I did end up going far less than I used to but it continued into much of my teenage years.

My grade one teacher, Mrs Young was one of my earliest memories of being impacted by art. She taught much of our first grade using art as the medium. So learning fractions we made pottery penguins, for spoons cups and measuring we baked bread. I still remember those lessons SO clearly. I’m not sure that educators these days really truly realise the impact their lessons can have on those they teach.

So in all I do now, I thank women like them for shaping and encouraging my creative side when others couldn’t see it or discouraged it. I will caviat here and say not all my creative classes were positive ones. I had a number tell me I was terrible and should be taking art. I had one ruin my major assessment and then try to blame me. I had design tutors think that stripping away their students confidence and shattering their ideals was the best way to ‘create’ and that industry demanded that. For me it made me see that again I was being shown what my path wouldn’t look like.

So for me, this board is a completion of that circle of learning. In my eyes this place will be a  retreat and family home for us to grow, create and inspire others in their own art forms. A place to grow the light bringers, world changers and love creators. A place where kids can come and share in playshop, adults can come retreat and paint, draw, sew or write. It will be away from the noise and hustle of town and exchanged for the deafening noise of the bush life. It will be light, airy and near a river/waterway.

Peace is not hard to restore, it’s sometimes just hard to allow into our lives. To quiet our brains and relax is considered a luxury which is not allowed for so many.

So whilst I spend some “Roxy time” this week creating for myself, let me know how you speak yours! I’d love to hear what your therapy time looks like.

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The Perfection of Imperfection

After branding Megan Hall Motivation late last year, it solidified many things for us. Our undeniable friendship, business ventures, love of wine but most of all our love to talk.
Megan came to me early in December and put to me a proposal to create a Podcast with her where we talk about topics and share personal stories close to us that inspire us to do and be better. We wanted to find women of inspiration whom we could also interview to share their journeys also.

Fast forward to January 1st and our first podcast was launched on The Inspired Women Podcast. Before the week was up we were also being cast on iTunes, GooglePlay, SoundCloud and a few other platforms. This blew us both away.
After listening back to the first episode I had a major panic of uncertainty and messaged Megs in a panic. “I can’t do this, you sound so professional and I don’t and you don’t want me part of the show”
In typical “Jules freaking out and Megan comes to save the day” she told me to calm down and relax. She had already been sent feedback about our first episode and it was ALL positive. Wait… What? Someone listened? Insert continued mix of above freak out mixed with excitement.
Fast forward three weeks and we now have heard My story, Megan’s Story and on Monday will launch my incredible friend and life coach, Amy Latta. Her story is about being Brave, Silly and Worthy. Three words that are so lost as we grow and are crucial to the whimsy and joys of life.

We then get a glimpse into the incredible work of Rockstars and Royalty in Australia and how Vicky is pivoting and growing her brand into an international powerhouse. She’s creating from a space of truth like no other designer. Her story is also incredibly inspiring!

Today after casting with Katy Blevins Calabrese, Co-founder of Modern Femme, there were words spoken that have echoed with me all day…
“Nothing will ever be perfect, it’s finding joy in the imperfections”
You’ll have to wait to hear her and her story but it was electric for me to be part of her interview and witness her truthfully speak about her journey to date.

The beauty of what I get to be part of, is that I hear and see myself in SO many of these incredible stories and learn from each of our guests. I get to hear my inner critic come knocking and I can now tell them to go away; for today, and tomorrow, all the way to never coming back again.

The confidence it’s creating in me means that I’m also shifting and pivoting. As you’ve seen from my last few blogs, I am now branding internationally from start up business through to globally expanding companies. It is something I take great pride in being part of and I have realized my service within creating truly sets me on fire. I still create Fine Art pieces as my outlet but my awesome clients are keeping me busy!

What does this mean growing forwards? It means learning to be ok with Imperfect Perfection. It means the washing may not get done every day- but most days, It means juggling non work life and life, being present for my family and showing up as my BEST self. It means planning, scheduling and learning about things I haven’
t always been comfortable doing. It means imperfect progress and being ok with failing forwards.

It means getting over myself and pursuing what makes ME happy and listening to my intuition. It means finally feeling like I can provide again and not self sabotage what I build and create. It’s stepping into my potential and enjoying the ride!

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