I am an artist, a bookkeeper, a wife and mother living in Melbourne, Australia.

I am a seeker of all things creative, beautiful and joyful. I believe that life is to be lived passionately and enthusiastically. Life is an adventure and you just have to choose to live it.

1) What does living from the heart mean to you?
Living from the heart means so many things to me. It is being grounded and centred in your daily life; it is tuning in to your intuition; following your heart; listening to your spirit, giving her what she needs and allowing her to be her true authentic self.

2) What are some of your favorite morning rituals to set yourself up for the day ahead?
I am a morning and a night person which can reign havoc on my sleeping patterns but morning is my favourite time of the day and I love being up before everyone in my house has stirred. My first ritual is my morning cup of tea which I then sit and enjoy while soaking up the energy of the morning, the cool, crisp air, the gentle rising of the sun, bathing the earth in a warm glow. I like to sit and read in the peace and quiet if I have time before work as well. I would love to say that I meditate each morning but this is a work in progress, although I see my morning cuppa and mindful appreciation of the awakening day, is a mini meditation. The same goes for the times that I sit in my studio to paint or draw.

3) What will be your area of focus for your posts on “Your heART makes a difference”?
I always try to see the positive side of any situation, no matter how big or small. Now it doesn’t have to be a flag waving, celebratory, positive awakening, but a reframing of a situation through gratitude. Being in a state of gratitude is one of the main practices that I keep coming back to in all moments of my day. I find ways to be grateful for the little things and finding beauty and wonder in the small details that can change your whole outlook and then expressing them creatively. Art journaling, whether mixed media or doodling, is my way of expressing gratitude and reframing a situation.

4) what is it about this subject that can make a difference?
My art journaling is my grounding, the way I sort things out, the way I honor the elements and moments of my life that normally would go un-noticed, but when you look at them through the lens of gratitude become somewhat significant dialogue with your soul. Helping people to see the little details that may hold the most beauty of a situation can totally transform their interpretation of a situation.

It’s not just for challenges either, having a daily practice of gratitude, together with art journaling, is a beautiful way to record those special moments in life, the moments you recognise a soul’s whisper, the moments you honor your intuition, the moments you treasure. It is a perfect way to visually see your soul’s journey. It is perfect for those who may not be comfortable with writing in a journal. My art journaling combines both art and the written word.

5) Who or what constantly inspires you?
Like the saying goes people are in our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime and I am so lucky to be blessed with inspiration in all areas of my life, my family, my friendships outside my art, and the wonderful friends and teachers I have met in my creative journey, all inspire me in some way.

Music also is a very important part of my life and varies greatly depending on what mood I’m in. I usually have music playing when I am making art. It is a great mood lifter.

I am also inspired by nature, textures and colour. I like bold, bright colours and they evoke strong emotions within me. When combined with nature they are a huge source of inspiration. The gentleness of the breeze fluttering the leaves on a summer’s day, the vastness of a picturesque valley, the golden glow of a sunset or sunrise, the powerful force of the waves crashing on a beach all inspire me.

Please join me in welcoming Lee as one of our heART contributors

I am an artist, a bookkeeper, a wife and mother living in Melbourne, Australia. I am a seeker of all things creative, beautiful and joyful. I believe that life is to be lived passionately and enthusiastically. Life is an adventure and you just have to choose to live it.

I am a bookkeeper by day and an artist at night and weekends, teaching monthly art journal classes at a local scrapbook shop. I am always striving for that balance between work, art, play and spiritual practice.

I am an avid reader of fiction and non fiction. My favourite non fiction authors include Louise L Hay, Caroline Myss and Wayne W Dyer.

I am a student, constantly eager to learn. I love meditation and learning all about metaphysical and spiritual practices that can help my soul’s growth and understanding.

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