2014 was the year that I learned what truly makes me happy. I discovered that connecting with nature, communing with spirit, expressing my creativity and guiding global experiences makes my heart sing with joy!
Here are my Top 10 Highlights of 2014 along with the 4 most potent lessons I learned that changed my life. I hope this inspires you to reflect on your own year and recognize the things that make you truly happy.
Top 10 Highlights of 2014
1. Epic Nature!
This year I had the chance to travel to the beaches of Hawaii , the Rainforest of British Columbia and commune with my own hometown nature on a whole new level!
I realized that my love of the Earth is a huge driving force in all the work I do. To honor this love I was able to donate $1,000 to a number of different Eco-Activist Organizations and Charities.
I am eternally grateful for the many magical moments when I hear the trees, the water, the wind and the rocks call my name.
2. The Trees of NU York
When I discovered there was a Hotel in New York called the NU Hotel, I knew there was a special connection. But when I learned they had Art Rooms it felt like the stars aligned.
I submitted a proposal to create a mural at the NU Hotel to showcase the trees of New York. They loved the idea and so I spent a week in New York painting and meditating amongst the Trees of NU York.
3. TEDx Talk
The first time I heard of TED talks I heard a whisper in my soul saying “You’ll do one.”
This year that vision came to fruition when I shared my TEDx talk called ‘You are the Art’ in my hometown Hamilton, Ontario. I think I surprised the audience when I started painting myself, literally becoming the art!
4. Cover Girl
I feel so proud when my art, image and ideas are showcased to larger and larger audiences. I truly feel on a mission to circulate love around the planet with creative inspiration. Being featured on two covers this year was a delight!
5. International Soul Art Day
2014 marked our third annual International Soul Art Day!
This year thousands of people engaged virtually while I was accompanied by 5 Soul Artists in my studio including Amethyst Wyldfyre, Amanda Aitken, Cora Flora, Laura West and Jennifer Lee.
We now have a Soul Art Day Gallery that features hundreds of pieces created by people around the world during International Soul Art Day.
6. Soul Art Mural
4 of my Master Shaman Level Students in the Soul Art Certification program joined me to create a mural on the outside wall of the local Yoga Studio.
It was so inspiring to work intimately with Christina Szegedi, Lucinda Rae, Joan Marie and Sunne Bernt to create this mural. Each Soul Artist radiated with their unique expression.
Every time I drive by this mural on my way downtown I smile with delight at the magic we created!
7. Making the nü Icon Movie
The nü Icon Movie is becoming an annual tradition. During the making of this years movie 8 nü Icons flew in from around the world to co-create the power and beauty of the movie. The Rainbow Dragon truly came to life with Summer McStravick, Alia Hall, Liz DiAlto, Laura Hames Franklin, Jess Johnson, Ariel White, Jody England and Cora Flora.
I’m still smiling from all the incredible discoveries we uncovered through this creative process.
8. nü Icon Intensive
7 of the nü Icons from the 2014 nü Icon Program flew in from all Continents to work on their Iconic Essence expression and career.
We had so much fun! We laughed for days as our hearts filled with the nourishment of true soul connection.
It was extra special to feature these nü Icons in this years movie, including Joan Marie, Fleur Van Til, Jill Soenen, Yoshi Arima, Ute Lambretch, Sunne Bernt and Christina Szegedi.
I will cherish this experience forever. It was a total Soul Family reunion!
9. The nü Icon Movie
Thousands of people participated in this years nü Icon Movie experience to connect with their Iconic Essence. Dreaming up the movie experience and creating it satisfies my inner child in the most delightful way. Leading the Vision Quest for thousands of people roots me deep in my purpose. I feel my soul harmonize with this type of expression.
I feel so much gratitude for the whole experience and everyone who participated.
10. My Relationship with Kevin Thom
By far the most treasured highlight of 2014 is my relationship with Kevin Thom. Kevin is my partner, my creative soul mate, my best friend and the brilliant photographer and videographer behind all the images you see. He warms my heart and soothes my spirit in ways I’ve never experienced before. He is the biggest blessing in my life. My heart bursts with love just thinking about him!
4 Most Potent Lessons
1. Beauty is an essential nutrient
I learned that when I surround myself with beauty I’m happier, more productive, more grateful and more willing to see the higher perspective of any given situation.
This year I started buying weekly bouquets of roses and other flowers to fill my home, my office and my studio. I realized that simply seeing them and smelling them changed my mood.
I learned that beauty is an essential nutrient that adds to my joy, my health, my clarity and my purpose.
2. Embrace fear as a partner in growth
I am one of those people who is constantly in a state of transformation and I seem to thrive on the possibility of creating something new and expanding my expression constantly.
As much as I’ve benefited from this quality I’ve also experienced a tremendous amount of stress, overwhelm and fear as a result of always seeking the next level of my expression.
This was the first year I learned that I could embrace fear as a partner rather than resist it and try to change it. As a result my stress and overwhelm went down and I was able to let fear fuel my dreams rather than stunt them.
To test this discovery I did a photoshoot with a giant python snake. Since snakes were something that brought up fear for me, I wanted to find out if I could truly embrace fear as a partner in my growth. Success!
3. Music makes me happy!
When I was growing up I was in a band that traveled around the world. It was a highly competitive experience with a lot of rules, judgments, comparisons, and better-than/less-than projections. The whole experience left me completely turned off of music, to the point that I wasn’t involved in music for over a decade.
This was the year that music came back into my life and healed a hole that I didn’t even know was there.
I sang for the nü Icon theme music this year and recorded with a group of nü Icons. I made my very own drum using Elk skin and I’ve been playing it every day since. I also hired a Sound Shaman to come into my studio to perform a private healing sound ceremony for me. It was glorious!
I realized I LOVE music and it has found its way back into my life!
4. If you have a dream, make it real!
I always dreamed of going up in a Hot Air Balloon. When I was a child they flew over our home and I watched in awe and wonder. Finally this year I thought to myself “What am I waiting for?”
So, I made a childhood dream real simply by deciding to do it. This was a huge lesson for me, I realized that we all have dreams to inspire us but we also have the power to make them real and it is as simple as deciding to do it!
2014 has been an amazing year!
Thank you for being part of my journey this year.
I look forward to many more creative adventures with you!