................................................................................... LIVE WITH LOVE............................................................................................
The heart of the artist ~
Soulful and sentimental, Patricia Marie's heart art drawings have a good energy about them that is almost magical and designed to uplift and create a 'shift' to make people smile and feel happy. It seems that when the sweet energy of love is infused into one's artistic expression, people can sense it.
Known for her creative and spirited style, her drawings have a playful, lighthearted, upbeat, unpretentious, and somewhat whimsical essence about them which began when she was a very young child...doodling hearts while daydreaming.
LIFE SHOCKS & SERENDIPITY ~ FROM BEAUTY TO ASHES...
As an adult, Patricia Marie (also called 'AMBER' by her friends and family) has worked in personal development as a speaker and workshop facilitator, published a lifestyle magazine, and worked professionally in the healing arts with a passionate interest in the wonders of energy healing.
She has also enjoyed exploring many creative paths, but never more seriously then when she began an inspired healing journey with her 'art with heart' in 1990 as a way to help soothe the pain in her own heart after the tragic loss of one of her sons.
And when she thought things couldn't get any worse - just shortly after her son's death - she unfortunately suffered a complex leg injury which forced her out of the mainstream of life for several months. That event ultimately served as the catalyst to give her a LOT of unplanned solitary time. It was, however, a season of life when she could seek peace in solace with her Creator, and also take the opportunity to use creativity as a healthy distraction during her fracture enforced period of immobility and healing.
The typical thing, after loss, is to ask 'why'? But the most important thing becomes the challenge of working through the pain and figuring out 'how' to do that. As has been said many, many times, people get bitter...or better.
DOING WELL BY DOING GOOD ~
During those days of experiencing a 'dark night of the soul', with her injured leg in traction, and deeply grieving the recent death of her son, drawing her heart designs provided a healthy distraction and an effective healing tool for the return of joy to her life, heart and spirit. As her healing progressed, she could go into her workshop and she began engraving her heart designs on glass and carved them into eggshell with a tiny high-speed tool.
As part of her healing process, her goal was to get outside of her own pain and put her focus on compassionately helping others by donating most of her creative work to many worthwhile causes and charity fund raisers, in memory of her son. She found that there was so much truth in the phrase she had always heard ~ 'doing well by doing good'.
One of Patricia Marie's favorite quotes:
'I expect to pass through this world but once; therefore any
good thing that I can do, or any kindness I can show, let me do
it now, for I shall not pass this way again.' ~ William Penn
A NEW LIFE PURPOSE AND MISSION ~ FROM ASHES TO BEAUTY. . .
All of the positive feedback from her contributions to worthy causes greatly encouraged and firmly supported her decision to begin selling her work and she began to go out into the world doing just that, soon after her physical recovery.
Creating had became much more than a positive distraction during her healing. Her passion for life was renewed, and being of encouragement to others who were also trying to overcome a painful loss, inspired a new and more meaningful life purpose.
In her earlier adult life, Patricia had been a personal development workshop facilitator and enjoyed her role in helping others interested in self-growth. In keeping with her love for that, she felt that her own self-help journey might be an inspiration and help for many others walking the same path. So, she wrote and published an inspirational and motivational story of her journey to recover a state of body, mind and spiritual well being. In her writing, she credited creative expression as being a 'tool' which nurtured her spirit and helped in her struggle to overcome loss and tragedy. But, she went on to share all of the positive steps she had made a part of her own 'plan of action' for transforming from being heart-broken to finding wholeness and happiness in living, once again.
Patricia's inspiring 'take charge' message encouraged others stuck in a life rut brought about by defeat, misfortune, hardships, loss or major disappointment, to make the choice to be an active participant in their challenge to transform their own lives. She believed that anyone who desired change could benefit by a self-directed plan of action for a very successful and life enriching new beginning.
Her effort to uplift others seeking a new perspective... and see them become enthusiastic about getting out of their own cycle of despair became a soul-satisfying mission that had become serendipitously bonded and linked with her own creative process. While her creative work was fulfilling, even more meaningful was that through her work, she was also inspiring and encouraging transformation in others needing and wanting to renew their own lives.
Through the years, Patricia's biggest 'ah-ha' in life is that LOVE is really all that matters...when it is all said and done. And, we can all carry an energy of love wherever we go. We can look for opportunities to smile and acknowledge others who cross our path. We never know what just a few kind words, and sharing the wisdom gleaned through our personal experiences, can do to inspire someone to turn their life around - to rise up and choose to live their best life - no matter what has happened in their past, or will happen in their future.
WE ALL HAVE IT WITHIN OUR POWER TO MAKE THE CHOICE TO BE OK AGAIN...EVEN BETTER THAN OK ~ MUCH MORE SO!
As time went by, Patricia received many cards and heartfelt letters of how she had touched lives in a positive and meaningful way with her uplifting message about the importance of making the choice - after heartbreak - to pick up the pieces of one's life, and to become fully engaged in living, once again.
Most of all...to be mindful of the importance of urgency. The longer one waits to rise up out of the ashes, the more of a toll it takes on body, mind and spirit.
Indeed people must be gentle with themselves during the tender days after loss and heartbreak, and must express their feelings so the toxic emotions do not get stuck in the body. Stuffing feelings is not healthy. However, as time goes on, one must be careful not to get stuck in a non-functioning state. Don't postpone experiencing joy, or finding happiness again. It is important to our wellbeing to not linger in a place that will keep us from moving forward.
In life, bad things happen. But unlike Humpty Dumpty, we absolutely have the power to take action to put ourselves back together again after a major loss, disappointment or life disruption. But it is up to us to make the decision to intervene in our lives for our own best interest. Change isn't easy. It won't happen overnight. But anyone can get beyond their state of being 'stuck'. Living a life of quiet desperation is no way to live.
IT DOESN'T JUST TAKE TIME...
to get over a heartbreaking event. Time is a healer to a certain degree. But, it also takes ACTION!
To get out of your rut and get on with your life, here are some self-help tips to assist in moving you back to a state of being okay again:
Life is a journey which may take us down more different - and difficult - roads than we'd ever imagine. But, each experience can enrich our lives if we can accept and allow ourselves to view it that way.
We heal in 'layers'. Be realistic. It may be 2 steps forward and 1 step back - more than you'd like. But as long as you are moving more forward than backward, you are making progress.
Be gentle with yourself.
Decide not to be resigned to what is - today. You have to desire and believe that you can get unstuck. Stop ruminating. Give up the negative and destructive self-talk to experience a healthy 'shift' in your mindset. That will take you out of the 'loop' of despair. You can then begin your journey to thrive again.
Forgive yourself, and forgive others. No matter what. To hold a grudge against others will only hurt you. In fact, it could shorten your life due to the negative physiological process that goes on in your body when you are holding anger and resentment against another. And, if you feel guilty about something, it is important to find a way to forgive yourself. We are all human and make mistakes and we may never understand 'why' things happen as they do, but to really be free to move into a new beginning, you must cut your losses and forgive...even if you can't forget. Make 'it' not matter. Let it go.
Leave any feelings of guilt behind. You cannot be blamed for things that were out of your control. Guilt is human nature, but it will hold you back. Accept the things you cannot change and move forward.
Don't feel obligated by others' expectations of how you should live your life. It is your life. Own it!
Knowing that you want to 'fly' again, you have to create an intention to be happy again, which will change your life direction. Write a new life script. Create a vision of the new you that you want to be. Decide to adopt a victorious attitude.
Stay focused on that intention. Everyday, take a baby step into your new and better way of being.
Look for the 'gift' or rainbow in every life crisis, crossroads or turn.
Daily, remember the blessings that still remain, in spite of everything.
Practice gratitude...when you are weak and all you can think about are challenges, stop and think about the good in life. Don't let yourself linger in the pity mode. Don't look back and waste precious time ruminating about regrets. Keep a gratitude journal and write down 5 things daily that you are grateful for and/or appreciate in your life.
Don't allow others to be 'triggers' that take you backwards. Some may try to trip you up because they don't want you to change. Be strong and manage your emotions. Don't 'go there'.
Your brain will begin to rewire itself after giving it a rest from all your worries, fears, guilts, disappointments and sadness.
Notice yourself becoming more resilient. Little things won't upset you as much anymore. Yay!
Stuff happens. It always will. But life goes on. Think of life as an adventure. With adventure, there is never certainty.
Begin today. Dust yourself off and decide to transform your life, in every possible way.
Stop thinking about it. 'Just Do It!'. It's said that every transformation begins with a decision.
Live more in the act of 'doing', rather than just 'thinking'. That will help us emotionally, in times of trouble.
Thinking too much will only drive people deeper into pain. It's important to break the cycle of despair...and deliberately decide to once again get up, fully live, laugh... and LOVE. Getting back into the game of life is critical to putting everything into perspective.
As you give yourself time to process grief, take note of where you are in doing that as time goes on. But to begin to get to the other side of grief, be sensitive to the right time to begin life anew. It's up to you to decide that. No one can do it for you. The deepest pain will last for a season. But trust that healing will begin, if you allow it, and that there is a BETTER way of being, just ahead. Believe it. Life will go on.
LIFE TOOK AN EXCITING NEW DIRECTION WITH A HEART-To-HEART BUSINESS:
After overcoming and/or coming to terms with her own life 'shocks'. . . for many years Patricia participated in juried art shows with her original fancy heart art designs engraved on glass and carved into eggshell as well as drawn on greeting cards. She enjoyed meeting all of her customers and engaging in conversation with them during her years of showing in many art and gift/boutique venues. Many purchased her items as gifts and the gift recipient felt led to contact Patricia with a thanks for the special encouraging message that was enclosed with the gift box. It wasn't just about the art...it was the message of hope and encouragement that went out into the world with it that touched hearts...and made a difference.
She was also asked to create the speaker gifts for one of The Compassionate Friends national conferences hosted in Texas.
During the 1990's, she was an award winning artist at an International Show for eggshell art and her prize winning 'fancy heart' sculptured and engraved Swan eggshell was purchased by the Franklin Mint for display in their museum. However, these days, she no longer works in the mediums of eggshell and glass.
AND NOW ~
Her love of hearts as design has continued on with her drawings for cards and art prints. In the near future, some of her designs will have additional applications.
THE CREATIVE ARTSY LIFE IS SO COOL ~
Patricia lives in Lake Jackson, Texas - known as the 'city of enchantment'. In a space in a heavily wooded area with a beautiful view that she calls her Daydream Believers Studio, she creates her colorful heart designs, while focusing her thoughts on love and gratitude, with classical music usually playing in the background. At other times, musical artists such as Elvis, Celine Dion, Dolly Parton, Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks, ABBA, Journey and even Willie Nelson and other really, really old 'oldies' may provide her just exactly the 'proper inspiration' and set the mood for the day.
In her serene and sunshine filled space, she experiences a peaceful state of flow and her work reflects the joyful conditions she purposely sets up in which to happily produce her creations. Simply put, she makes art that makes her happy.
Patricia sincerely believes that during the creation process, she transfers love and good energy to her designs. Some may pick up on this and others may not. . . but it makes her happy to know that her artwork is inspired by and filled with every good positive emotion ~ and created from a vibration of love and joy within the artist, and in the lovely inspiring surroundings.
She describes her work as uplifting, nurturing, fun, playful, and 'smiley art'.
WE CAN ALL MAKE A SIGNIFICANTLY POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THOSE WHOSE PATH WE CROSS ~
We all have the power to bring hope and light into others' lives. Patricia creates her designs to make people smile and feel good....and to produce images that people can enjoy on their walls, as well as send as greeting cards to those they care about.
Her life's purpose, passion and mission is all about touching lives in a positive and meaningful way and to be encouraging of others who cross her path. For that heartfelt endeavor, she has always received a lot of love in return. And that is what is it all about. Giving and receiving love. We are all in this together. We all go through loss, disappointments and heartaches. And we CAN get through it. A new day will come and the sun will shine again, in our hearts and souls. We just need to give ourselves permission to let that happen. And, it will.
The heart is a universal symbol of love and caring. We all need to give and receive love 365 days a year - not just on Valentines.
Since 1990, Patricia Marie's philosophy of living a successful life has not wavered. She believes this to be true.
One of her poster artworks simply sums it all up as this:
Above all, strive to be happy.
Give warm hugs.
Speak kind words.
Treasure the moment.
Be charitable; practice acts of kindness.
Follow your heart and stay true to it.
Have a meaningful purpose for your life...and do what you were born to do.
Try to find the rainbow in every tragic situation
Re-frame your pain and turn your ashes into beauty.
Be at peace with your soul.
Look for opportunities to celebrate...everyday if possible!
Get a little daily sunshine.
Be nice. Play fair.
Live fully, vibrantly, passionately, completely.
Do your best.
~ Patricia Marie Sorenson
c1990 ~ 2013 Art With Heart