Original Painting: Fanny’s Portrait

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When I opened this Christmas present from my husband, I said out loud, “Oh, it’s  a  portrait of a bulldog.” And then I took a closer look and said, “It’s a portrait on MY bulldog!” I immediately burst into tears. This exact likeness of my baby girl is I think one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received. I will treasure it always.” – M.L. of Virginia

Fanny’s portrait is an original painting commissioned by a client in Virginia who wanted to surprise his wife for Christmas with a portrait of their new French Bulldog. The client shared with me that Fanny is a joy to be around but that she has a “perpetual disgruntled” look on her face!

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Fika Podcast 015 – Dissing on Pregnancy with Caroline Elliot

graphic_fikapodcast_ep15What if being pregnant isn’t really your thing, and it actually triggers depression as you can’t relate to the changes your body is going through? Caroline Elliot is back and sharing her experience of ‘hating being pregnant’ which was just the start of her postpartum depression that lasted over a year. Grab your cup of tea for an honest and lighthearted discussion over some fika.

Topics

  1. Hating being pregnant and keeping it inside [00:02:47]

  2. Not relating to any of it [00:04:44]

  3. Annoyed and lost [00:12:03]

  4. Not saying anything [00:14:18]

  5. Depression triggers during pregnancy [00:18:41]

  6. Listened to my own self [00:27:33]

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Original Painting: Grandmother’s Lily of the Valley

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Again, THANK YOU!  I can’t adequately express in words how much this means to my family.” – K.C. of Reston, Virginia

Often, commissions are much more than a business exchange. They are art created to heal, honor and pay respect to the past and the future while expressing gratitude for and in the now. Many of my clients reach out to me to heal the loss of a pet, or to celebrate love in the form of a bridal bouquet. “Grandmother’s Lily of the Valley” is about a piece commissioned by a loving daughter and a son who wanted to give their mom something very special.

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FIKA Podcast 014 – Amy’s Self-Healing from Cancer

graphic for fikapodcast_14Amy McCabe is joining me again for fika to discuss her self-healing journey from a rare form of cancer that has shaped the rest of her life. While serious, this episode is uplifting and may be inspirational for those facing challenges and figuring out otherwise to find resolution.

Topics

  1. Something wasn’t right [00:02:53]
  2. Opting out of western medicine [00:08:14]
  3. The Gerson Therapy Technique [00:11:27]
  4. Cancer is more than a physical disease [00:16:47]
  5. The next stage of healing [00:20:00]
  6. Amy’s life today [00:28:35]
  7. How cancer changed her musical performance [00:34:53]
  8. Meaning to life [00:38:04]

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Joining the Motherhood

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Even at an early age, I knew I never wanted to have children. It was never a question in my mind. Just wasn’t my thing. I knew I wanted to follow my drive of building a career, owning my business and creating/evolving as a human. I married a man who was of similar mindset and we looked forward to growing old together – exploring the world and collecting adventures – just the two of us.

It’s a good thing you are allowed to change your mind.

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FIKA PODCAST 013 – Spiritual House Cleansing with Cherie Young

In this episode we are having fika with Cherie Young, a masterful healer and teacher, and talking house cleansing and the importance of cleaning both on a physical and an energetic level. She shares lots of different examples from the little girl with night terror, to the remodeling jobs that were completely trashed and the transformations cleansing has made.

Topics

  1. About Cherie and that biz card [00:01:51]
  2. What is healing and how to pick your healer [00:05:07]
  3. What is spiritual house cleansing? [00:08:48]
  4. The remodel jobs were being completely trashed [00:14:56]
  5. The space holds the frequencies of the trauma [00:17:02]
  6. Every night they hear the horse carriage [00:23:41]
  7. Taking responsibility for our emotions heals the world [00:26:09]
  8. House cleansing beyond physical structures [00:27:29]
  9. Cleansing long distance [00:29:21]
  10. The ‘hitchhiker’ from the bar [00:35:27]
  11. Visits from our loved ones [00:41:14]
  12. But what about our loved ones who have passed? [00:41:14]

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Fika Podcast 012 – Cat and Small Biz Talk with I HAVE CAT

In this episode we are having fika with Tamar Arslanian of the successful cat blog I HAVE CAT. How did it become a success, what opportunities has it led to and what have been the key to success for it?graphic for fikapodcast 012

Topics

  1. How a passion grew into nearly 100K followers [00:01:28]
  2. Social media matters for small businesses [00:13:33]
  3. Cats, the gateway animal [00:19:36]
  4. Opportunities and name dropping [00:21:03]
  5. Cat medical advice [00:26:02]
  6. The key to Tamar’s success [00:29:01]
  7. Tamar’s take on Cat Café’s and rescue orgs [00:31:10]
  8. How cats have changed Tamar [00:37:21]
  9. What’s Pet Minded? [00:39:35]
  10. A small place will be a castle for a rescue pet [00:42:07]

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Fika podcast – 011 The Life of a Premier Female Trumpet Player

How do you become a full-time musician playing at the White House? What does it take and how do you get there? In this graphic for Fikapodcast 011episode we’re having fika with Amy McCabe, a full-time professional trumpet player in a premier military band.

Topics

  1. Amy’s White House responsibilities vs. Childhood dream [00:01:30]
  2. Getting a full-time job in music [00:05:42]
  3. The drive, the auditions and shifting your mindset for success [00:10:44]
  4. Music is cathartic [00:17:29]
  5. Spreading joy while touring [00:21:31]
  6. It’s totally different every day [00:24:52]
  7. Inspiration for budding musicians [00:29:43]
  8. Go see live music! [00:32:44]

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010 – Discernment Exercise with Colette Chase

In this episode we’re continuing to learn about discernment with Colette Chase and will go over two helpful exercises to hone our skills.graphic for fikapodcast 010

Topics

  1. Upcoming Workshops and Recap of Discernment [00:00:44]
  2. Alignment Exercise – Ground-Source-Center-Sphere [00:02:36]
  3. Find Present Time [00:13:29]
  4. What are the Scales and how do we learn how to discern with them? [00:16:30]
  5. True with a Capital T or small t [00:19:44]
  6. The Numbers and The Different Scales [00:27:04]
  7. Discernment Exercise – Scale [00:37:33]
  8. Just because you know an answer doesn’t mean you should go say it [00:55:39]

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009 – Facing Health Crises As a Young Mother

graph_009_fikapodcastIn this episode we’re talking with Linda Makarov who experienced two life changing health issues at the age of 35 (stroke and cancer) – the same age her own mother had terminal brain cancer. We are sharing her happy outcome today.

Topics

  1. We might need tissues [00:41]
  2. How Linda ended up in the U.S. [01:46]
  3. Take us back to age 12 [05:14]
  4. Healthy + Active = stroke. Say what? [11:16]
  5. Signs of a stroke [21:27]
  6. Life ends between 35 and 40, right? [24:22]
  7. Seeing life through your mother’s eyes [37:39]
  8. Changing my story [45:16]

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