Monday, April 8, 2019

Helping Hands

Good day, my People.

I'm here today to ask for your help. It is my great hope that you will do what you can to contribute to this most worthy cause. So, please read the details and break out your card to help this woman to help her family. case you don't know...

Alba Nelly Urbina is, without question, one of THE most important Humans in my world. We've known each other for THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS! She is my sister, my friend, my angel, my heart. No one on this Planet deserves more than she. I kid you NOT. Alba's own generosity is second to none. This is a woman who shares EVERYTHING she has with anyone who is in need. If you're hungry, she'll feed you. If you need a place to rest your head. Or something to wear. get the idea.

I tell you all this, not to paint her a saint, but to help you understand why it is so important for us to help her now. She was loathe to ask for this help. I, and a few others who love her, convinced her that there is no shame in asking. We ALL need help sometimes. And isn't that why we're here? To help each other through difficult times? To help each other rise UP? To share what we have when we can?

I believe, with all my heart, that this world is a good place with more good people than "bad". I believe we all have the ability to help each other to live our best lives. I believe, above all else, that LOVE is stronger than hate.

So I ask again: please read and contribute whatever you can.

Your heart will thank you.

Fundraiser for the Urbina Family

Thursday, March 28, 2019

...this, too, shall pass

Hello My People ~

Today seems a good day to speak a bit about endurance.

By definition, the word "endurance" means:

1. The fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.

I speak of this now because if you are a Human you will, no doubt, have moments (or days or weeks...) when you think you simply aren't going to make it. Something of such great force is going to test you to your very limits. You may experience these moments in the form of heartbreak or grief or intense and unyielding pain, in doses so huge that it will shake you to your very core.

I know this because I have.

Yesterday was one such day.

When I woke up from a not-so-restful slumber, my entire body was at DefCon TEN. That is to say, I could NOT move. Literally. It was so intense that all I could do was lie there and try my very best to BREATHE until I was able to move. I called to my puppy so she'd come lie next to me. I find great comfort in her close to me. Also, she always knows when I'm in distress. She lies there next to me, giving me the occasional kisses, and simply BE with me.

It helps.

It took nearly an hour before I could get out of bed and make my way to the bathroom. The only word that can describe what it may have looked like is "frozen". As if my entire body was made of shards of ice. And trying to walk was like having those shards cut me into a million pieces with each step.

NOT fun.

As I made my way to the bathroom, I asked any and every Entity that might be lookin' out for me to PLEASE stay close. PLEASE don't let me fall or crash to the floor. PLEASE, for ALLTHATISGOOD, HELP ME.

They must've been listening. I made it to the bathroom, and back to my bed where I spent the ENTIRE day. The only time I got up was to let the Puppy out/in, feed her, and pour myself more water. Eating was out of the question. So was our daily walk.

Like I said: NOT fun.

Strangely enough, though, I didn't panic. Somewhere inside me I knew that this, too, would pass. I would be able to resume some semblance of normalcy if I could just stay calm and let my body do whatever it was trying to do. I have no idea what that was. But I trusted it and kept breathing deeply all through the day, into the evening, right into sleep again.

I slept much better last night and when I awoke this morning I knew the moment had passed. I knew I'd be able to get up and not have to endure that ungodly pain. I knew I had "made it".

Now, just to clarify here, I'm not sharing these unhappy moments with you so that you'll feel badly for me or about any of this. Rather, I'm sharing because I know I'm not the only one who deals with such things. I KNOW there are millions of people on this Planet who must also endure their own kinds of pain. And I know that many of those people may not be equipped to deal.

So it is for YOU, my Fellow Humans, I share this story so that you might remember that, no matter WHAT you're going matter how horrible or excruciating or utterly defeated you may be feeling,


You will rise up again, like the proverbial Phoenix, and get to start anew.
You will find Joy again.
You will find Ease again.
You will get on with your beautiful Life again, all the stronger for having endured your challenges.

You can count on it.

And yes, I still believe...

Joy is a CHOICE.

{"In the Arms of Love", Mixed media art by C.Olivia Strate}

Saturday, March 23, 2019

...NOW I Get It!

Hello My People ~

I have returned at long last because I FINALLY figured out that Google is NOT doing away with my Blog but rather the "Google+" feature. I kept trying to figure out how in the world they could do such a thing (about the Blog, I mean) and then, after allllll these months I realized what the hell they were talking about.

Sometimes, I'm not such a quick study.


I had stopped posting because I figured it was futile. Hence my absence. Now that I know...I shall commence with the JOYful meanderings and hope that I haven't lost all my readers. Otherwise...I'm just beginning anew...and the Universe will bring more Peoples from new places.

So...on that note...just a quick update:

I have FINALLY taken that next step to selling my art work. It's taken me a very long time and a host of conversations with some of my closest Tribe to realize that I AM good enough.

Bet you didn't know I had my own doubts, did ya?

I've had prints made of FIVE of my favorite pieces, along with blank cards (of same pieces) and am now in the process of loading all that stuff to my Etsy shop where folks can purchase one (or FIVE!) for themselves. This is a slow and tedious process...but one that I will embrace fully as I navigate these very new waters. If you happen to be curious, interested, or simply in the market for some fabulous original works of art, you can find the {blank} cards already in my shop here:

Olivia Art by Woodwitch

{Just to be clear: the Woodwitch name is one I've had for too many years to let go of now. So, don't be confused by that. "Olivia Art" is the moniker for my original art works. They are my own...and ME would be "C. Olivia Strate" OR Camille Olivia OR Camille Olivia Strate. Did I just make matters more confusing????} is just one of the five for your enJOYment. It is called "Red Boots". It happens to be my favorite.

Big hugs to ALL of you. And thanks for sticking with me!

C. Olivia ~~~