Grief. Bucket Lists. Legacies.

Bernadettes Bucket List I suppose that’s natural, considering that the revolving door called cancer caught me in its spin before leaving the hospital where Ray’s last battle was fought, that I find myself thinking about bucket lists these days. Honestly, Ray was the bucket list master in our marriage. All I had to do was ride on the coattails of his. Their content so often captured my interest that they easily found their way onto our mutual list. If you like reading my messy musings, you can thank him for that. Were it not for his giving me a copy of The Artist’s Way, I would not be here today. (His bucket list included our creative spirits playing together.) Not that I am blasé about this gift called life or this planet called earth or any creative endeavor inspired by our Creator, but close friends will tell you that – though I enjoy each day – a Bernadette who casts far into the future with her personal wishes is a rare sighting. But making decisions on cancer treatment does funny things to one’s perspective. This mastectomy-stand-in for my breast brings a lot to surface about life-cuts that speak to life-noun, living-verb conversions. For the first time in my life, I want to come up with a list all my own but am a bit stumped when it comes to getting jazzed about world-stuff – like parachuting or bungee jumping or kissing the Blarney Stone. Okay, wouldn’t mind the Blarney Stone thing – as that is in the land of my ancestors – but I would not be restless on my deathbed not having done that. So, I guess that’s my starting point. What would leave me restless on my deathbed? I know. A morbid place to begin but, hey, it leads to an interesting question and maybe points to my challenge in making bucket lists. I might be looking in the wrong place for what fuels me. Here’s the question – and I want you to join me on this: What if we came here with a spiritual bucket list, too? Things our soul wanted to accomplish or experience and, if we didn’t do them, we’d be restless for all eternity? All right. A bit dramatic there, but I dare you to consider a bucket list through that lens. Does anything start bubbling to the surface? It did for me. What if some bucket lists aren’t about world places, but the people we meet there and how we engage with them? What if they aren’t about world accomplishments, but what we learn in the doing and the legacies we leave behind to lighten the way for others? What if some are scavenger hunts that we agreed to on the other side and we returned – heaven forbid – empty-handed? The possibilities are endless with lists like that. Lists that points to where our REAL joys lie because they answer to the way God wired us. As I look at settling my deathbed restlessness, words like legacy, creativity, inspiration and service come to mind. What can I do with the creative gifts and inspirations God has given me? How can I be of service in lightening the way for those God puts on my path? My new bucket list qualifier is this: If you can do [fill in the blank with legacy, creativity, inspiration, service] and make it fun, put it on the list.
Now, I’m not living my life with purpose. I am living my life like it’s a bucket list!
Cool, huh? So, here are the first two things that popped onto my list.
  1. An abandoned book project, using Bernadette’s Pages: An Intimate Crossroad. I am deathbed-restless when I think about its message of love and forgiveness sitting on pallets in a storage unit – or being carted off to the dump after I die. I feel excited – even a little rebellious – when I think about copies being abandoned on windshields, park benches and carnival ride seats, with a note telling the finder that the book is a gift for them or someone they know.
Psst: Contact me if you'd like to help abandon! Especially if you are traveling across country or have an imaginative way to abandon large quantities of them. I don’t want to go to my grave with recycled books weighing down my spirit so I am not asking bucket list buddies to pay for these abandoned books.
  1. REALLY have coffee with all the people I have bumped into and said we should have coffee sometime. So, if you are one of those people and I call you ... uh huh ... you know you have to say yes. After all, you are on my bucket list and qualified as fun.
I would absolutely delight in your sharing at least one of the things on your bucket list in the comments below. (I might like to add it to mine!) AND, if my “deathbed restlessness” brings up another one for you, I would love to hear that, too. We’ll put a little magic-mojo on it! Subscribe to this blog or follow me on Facebook! Remember, sharing is caring. If you found something here that inspired, you may know someone else who will feel the same. XO Bernadette

The Only New Year’s Resolution You’ll Ever Need

The Only New Year's Resolution You'll Ever Need It’s that time again, and I am offering you the only New Year’s resolution you will ever need to make.
Live your life like you mean it.
Yep. That’s it. Resolve to live your life like you really mean it. Don’t wait to mean it when you fall in love. When you’re out of school. When you have money. When the kids are grown. When your hand is forced by age, or disease, or death. Don’t wait to live your life like you mean it when challenged with some outside circumstance that suddenly opens your eyes. (Like we usually do.) And certainly don’t live your life like you mean it because I told you to.
YOU are the meaning-maker in your life so live your life like you mean it – the way you mean to live it.
Make eye contact every morning with that you looking back in that mirror and mean it, even if just for a moment. Make eye contact with everyone you meet, every day, and mean it. Not as a series of foreheads and noses and lips and ears. Look life in the eye, and all the other folks that show up with you each day, like you mean it. And, when you do, pay attention. You just might be surprised at all that you can be and do and feel. Put this locomotive at the head of the train. Don’t lead with cabooses. (As cute as they look, save them for wishes.) If you put this resolution up front, all the other desires, intentions, determinations – and even wishes – will hook up and follow at their appropriate time. Think about it. This resolution directs you like the Golden Rule. When you love your brother as yourself, when you do unto your sister as you would do unto you, all the rest that’s right or wrong naturally comes into view. The who-what-why-when-where appears organically. And because you are living your life like you mean it, you won’t miss it. If you do, you will circle around and get back on track – or you will find someone that can help you. Living your life like you mean it – like it matters – supports the healthier diet, more fulfilling job, expanded education, improved relationship, shift from depression, or whatever fill-in-the-blank resolutions you might have. The ways and means to accomplish your goals will introduce themselves at the best possible time because you mean it. (Some might appear inconvenient at first but, because you are living your life like you mean it, you will recognize the wisdom in the timing.)
“Matter is Spirit moving slowly enough to be seen." – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
If life matters, you matter. If life matters, how you spend your time giving meaning matters. You give life the meaning and the mattering. You give matter meaning. (Am I messing with your mind? Yes. Make it matter.) It’s  almost 2017. And you are reading this for a reason. Lets ring this one in together. Lets take a deep breath, right now, and slowly exhale like we mean it. Nap like we mean it. Play like we mean it. Hug like we mean it. Seek help like we mean it. Accept help like we mean it. Be amplified – or ambivalent – like we mean it. Divine Source and the universe love to support matter and the meaning in the matter. Spirit loves to conspire on your behalf. Check it in. “This is what meaning looks like to me when I do _______.” Then send out the signal loud and clear. Resolve to live your life like you mean it this year. May 2017 abundantly bless you with meaning so all that matters will come to you. Dream awake. Be amazed. With Love ... and I mean it. Bernadette XO Click on the pic below if you want to know more about my intuitive mentoring services. Muse Fusions Intuitive Reading Special Meaning-maker thoughts? Questions? Share them here! If you like this post, then please LIKE and SHARE because together we CREATE a better world! And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my Messy Room for more musings and inspirations to come!

Muse Fusions Wrap Recipes for Low-Stress, Low-Impact Holiday Gifts

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Here are some creative holiday ideas that are gentle on the environment as well as the spirit!
LOW-IMPACT GIFT WRAPS Remember how Grandma used to press and save wrapping paper? Start your own tradition of “re-use.” Wrap presents in last year’s calendar, old posters, maps, coloring book pages, sheet music, blueprints, and pieces of old quilts or embroidered linens. Or my favorite – shopping bags! (As you can see I have a Trader Joe’s theme going.) Use strips of fabric and yarn as ties. Old costume jewelry, Christmas ornaments, fresh flowers, pine cones, and netting for bows. Make gift tags from last year’s Christmas cards. Silk drawstring bags with beaded tassels can hold all kinds of goodies and be used by the recipient the next season for their gift-wrapping. The year’s recipient can toss in a “fortune cookie” wish as they pass it on. What fun you can have watching those fortunes grow within your circle of family and friends! Take stocking stuffers beyond the fireplace mantel. Come up with gift-wrapping pairs. In other words, wrap a gift with a gift. Put kitchenware in a breadbasket, a gift card in a picture frame. Let a necklace and earrings adorn a plush teddy bear. Muse Fusions Trader Joes Gift Wrapping Paper LOW-STRESS GIFTS Gift a service. Housecleaning, clutter clearing, yard work, or car detailing. Pamper with a massage, facial or pedicure. Inspire with a tarot reading, energy clearing or Feng Shui consult. (Psst! I am offering a "Ring in the New Year" special on an intuitive reading. Yes. Shameless self-promotion. You will see the link below!) Gift lessons. Art lessons, music lessons, dance lessons or a pottery class. Gift an introductory coaching session in an area of interest. A writing coach for a blossoming novelist. A nutritional coach for someone wishing to change his or her eating habits. A creativity coach for someone who needs a jump-start back into his or her art. Gift your time. After the holidays, help with a project or take someone out for a play date. Muse Fusions Tea Bow Trader Joe Wrapper
Here’s a creative holiday idea that is gentle on the environment as well as the spirit. Book sleeve wrap + book + tea = cozy evening reading!
POST-HOLIDAY IDEAS Tree-Cycling. If you do not live in an area that offers post-holiday tree-cycling consider using your tree as a habitat for wildlife and birds by laying it out where the branches can offer shelter from the winter weather. Adorn the branches with seed cakes, fruit slices, or pine cones packed with a mixture of peanut butter and seeds. Be green with old things. Don’t let them clog up your closets as you head into the New Year! Donate them. Re-purpose them. Re-gift them. Look for municipalities that offer post-holiday electronics collection events for all your old electronics. Muse Fusions Paper Health Giftwrap
There is 25% more waste produced during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. That converts to one million extra tons of trash per week. I encourage you to consider ideas that not only save our landfills from the extra burden of this season but also save us from the extra stress that comes with juggling time, energy, and money in the holiday dash.
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Moondancing with Cindy Blosser Winfrey of CL Winfrey

Moondancing Interview with Cindy Blosser Winfrey Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with artist, adventurer, and creative collaborator, Cindy Blosser Winfrey of CL Winfrey, artist the Facebook page where her “Joyful Soul Sparks from the Heartland” – and co-owner of Twin Sis Creations – the Etsy shop she shares with her twin sister, Cheryl. She is also April's  facilitating muse in A Mused Community’s 2016 Creativity Challenges (they are using my book, Moondancing, as a guide) as well as a contributing muse for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook. Cindy enjoys using many different mediums to get her message of love out into this world and has learned that the most amazing way to produce art is to give your inner child permission to come out and play. To allow yourself to make a beautiful mess! So, before this messy room gets any messier, lets jump in and find out what makes this muse tick.
Okay, Cindy, lets get started with a quick warm-up … Do you make your bed in the morning? Yes! What is your favorite highway or karaoke song? Footloose by Kenny Loggins. What are you wearing right now? Blue jeans and white t-shirt, my usual at home wear. Cookie, cake, pie or donut? Apple pie. I make some of the best apple pie. Secret is using three apple varieties for one pie, such as Gala, Fuji, and Jonathan. If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be and what would you wear? Paris, France.  Something colorful and comfortable with a touch of class.
  Moondancing Interview with Cindy Blosser Winfrey Adventure Photo Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks.
Polka Dot. I like to have fun.
Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then?
Yes. Smile and enjoy life!
How about a favorite quote?
Neil Gaiman’s, “The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year?
To be a 2016 Adobe Creative Resident so that I may reach farther in my quest to inspire creativity through my project of empowering women and children. I also wish to learn from my mentors, new ones from Adobe and beyond, so that I may learn to be a mentor myself. I applied 2/29/16 and I am to hear back by March 31st!
How do you approach a new project or idea?
I usually let the idea or project roll around in my head so that it can take shape inside of me. I let this idea settle. Then I am usually nudged to begin by this idea or my intuition because the idea wants to see and be seen, to be, and to become. When I begin, I might start with sketches, but many times I just start by working on the actual project.
Moondancing Interview with Cindy Blosser WInfrey Cats Where or how do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration comes to me by always being observant, through looking for the magic. I might be walking in nature, driving the car, reading a book, looking at other artist’s work, or in the shower. There are times when the idea just pops in, usually when I am quiet with an open mind, or it might be right before sleep or come in one of my dreams. Inspiration is all around, you just have to be open to it.
What do you do when in a creative dry spell?
I go back to drawing everyday, sketching, and playing with paint. I am always looking through art books to see if some technique or process might grab my attention. I play. I enjoy life. I breathe. I soak in the sunshine or stand outside to gaze at the moon. I might ask my spirit guides that are at the highest level of unconditional love to inspire me through my dreams. Often times, I just need to kick off my shoes and dance.
Have you always painted or are you a late bloomer?
I was born an artist. I have drawn what was around me or interested me all of my life. My mother told me that, at the age of  five, I explained to her that I was going to be a famous artist and marry a rich farmer. I am still progressing towards the rich and famous.
Moondancing Interview with Cindy Blosser Winfrey Dragonfly What informs your subject matter?
When I create my digital posts for my Facebook pages, I ask for guidance to know what needs to be heard or seen for that post. I look for a quote or try to come up with my own. Then I search my artwork and my photographs to create the post around the quote. I use the Adobe Photoshop program to pull it all together. (I am still learning from online classes.) When I am creating a painting, sculpture or drawing, I like to pull together photographs, either from books or online to use for references. Creating is my zen moment. I breathe, I listen to classical music, and then I open up to draw my strength and inspiration from the divine.
Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative space.
My creative space can be anywhere I have an interesting subject, sketchbook and pen, pencil and/or watercolors. However, learning to sketch wherever I am is an ongoing process that can still feel daunting. My comfortable spot to create is my art studio. Sixteen years ago, we enclosed the garage and made it my artist studio. Of course, this space also includes storage for camping equipment and games, plus it serves as the laundry room and a guest room. But mainly, it is my space for creativity! I enjoyed having team practices for my Improv teams over many years in this space. I have also taught art classes in my studio. My intention for this space was to make it easily changeable for whatever creativity came my way. I have storage space and work space combined with cabinets and a counter. Tables can be put up or taken down. My drawing table is at the center of the west wall with my altar to the left. In addition, I grounded my room with my log cabin wall hanging where I pulled in the earth colors yellow and green.
Moondancing with Cindy Blosser Winfrey Art Studio

Now, for the Grand Moondancing Finale, Cindy!

How does your muse speak to you? Your creative ideas come about for you?  What inspires you the most about your vision for them? Where do you see yourself going with this in your own creative process?
My muse gives me the courage to stand my ground while moving forward on this fabulously beautiful place we call earth. I can feel her creative and loving energy flowing through me as I continue to learn new techniques while sharing my ideas. I began following Mused around the time Michelle Quesada, its founder, started offering monthly creativity challenges. The energy in this creative group was of an incredibly high vibration with lots of sharing and encouragement. As the creativity challenge events grew under the inspired guidance of Muses of Art & Soul and A Mused Community group, I was honored to be asked to join as the muse ‘Thalia,’ who matches my joy of life and adventure. I am encouraged to laugh with my inner child and traipse about in the woods listening to the whispered knowings of my intuition. The muses guide me to join in on this adventure of magic with our imaginations and creativity. I am excited to see where we will be led next!
Moondancing Interview with Cindy Blosser Winfrey Profile   Hi! I’m Cindy. An artist, twin, farmwife, and mother of four sons. I have been an artist all my life. I completed classes in fine arts at the University of Missouri - Columbia. I enjoy using a wide variety of media to produce my artwork, including digital. I let the fearlessness of my inner child guide my art. Imagination and creativity are in my heart and soul. My hope is that I can inspire others to seek out their own ways to be creative through the sharing of my artwork, other artist's work, and different art techniques. With me, the MAGIC of life will always be shared with playful loving-kindness!   Twin Sis Creations Moondancing InterviewSome links for Cindy if you want to follow her dance: Click for CL Winfrey, artist on Facebook Click for Twin Sis Creations on Facebook Click for Twin Sis Creations on Etsy Click for Instagram Click for Pinterest Click for Twitter         Absolutely LOVE your free spirit Cindy! It is a real pleasure to have your energy grace my messy room. And, really, we didn't make a mess we couldn't handle together! Click here for Moondancing book info If you like this post, then please LIKE and SHARE because together we grow a better world! And be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my Messy Room for more muse inspirations to come!

MoonDancing with Michelle Quesada of Michelle Quesada Art

Michelle Quesada Art Moondancing Interview Compassionate Mother Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with artist and visionary, Michelle Quesada of Michelle Quesada Art, Mused, Muses of Art & Soul, A Mused Community Group and A Mused Community Group Creativity Challenges on Facebook. As a social worker by day and artist by night, Michelle is one busy muse on a mission of encouraging others to tap into their creativity as self-care. She believes there is a muse for each of us. In 2016, Michelle and her fellow muse instigators – I mean collaborators – will show you how to find and work with your muse while learning to manifest your creative goals with the moon cycles. (Can you guess why I am tapping happy here? Yep. They are using my book, Moondancing!) So, get comfy while we get to know a little about what makes this muse tick.
Okay, Michelle, lets get started with a quick warm-up ... Do you make your bed in the morning? Almost never! What is your favorite highway or karaoke song? Love Shack by The B52s. What are you wearing right now? My most comfortable sweats and T-shirt. What’s the title of your autobiography? Seeking Beauty. If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be and what would you wear? In Glastonbury, England. A long, flowing dress with a crown of flowers.
Connect by Michelle Quesada Art Moondancing Interview Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks.
My creative style most closely resembles a paisley pattern’s organic cell-like aliveness and connectedness. My work flows from life and nature. Movement and music assists me to step into creative flow and is present in all painting work.
Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then?
Such an interesting question! I would say stripes would be more along the “lines” of my day-to-day pattern of other work. Lines seem routine and have predictable patterns though can be thick or thin depending upon what the task. Once I step into a creative project, it is out with the straight, predictable parallel lines!
How about a favorite quote?
At this time, “All things around me are restored in beauty.” An excerpt from a Navajo prayer that deeply resonates with my life purpose.
So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year?
My dream is to come into my own moondancing flow and personal understanding of how my rhythm interacts with the moon’s. Now I have a vision in my mind’s eye – more a query. Would that be more a paisley or striped pattern of interaction? Understanding the moon patterns will also assist me in becoming more prolific in mindfulness and goal realization. My dream is to build a community and a thriving self-sustaining art business that will become my full-time work.
How do you approach a new project or idea?
What all of my creative work has in common whether that is writing, art journaling, or painting, my first step is to tap into my intuitive process. I may create an altar in my sacred space with specific objects for my muse. In this process, I love to sage, turn on music, and even get my body moving. Next, I’ll begin with a writing prompt or journaling. I love to then throw a color over my writing and write some more. If I am trying to connect with the energy of a person or an animal, I will create a doorway or portal to allow space for their entrance into the space I’ve provided. Many times the subjects will reveal themselves within the shape of the provided portal. I approach many projects with curiosity for what will be revealed in the art, for what will emerge, and for what lessons I am to receive. In each case it is a journey and interaction. Many times it is a delight and surprise.
MIchelle Quesada Art Moondancing Interview Art Journal Where or how do you get your inspiration?
Being in the middle of nature is the fastest way for me to feel inspired. Something about being right smack in the midst of a natural creative cycle helps me feel instantly connected to Source/God. I also love hearing stories and imagining how the words, symbols, and colors intertwine.
What do you do when in a creative dry spell?
I don’t get many dry spells at this time, but when I am working on a project and feel stuck, I will often move onto something different and many times, once I am in flow, ideas will come to me that will help me to progress with the work
Have you always painted or are you a late bloomer?
I have always loved and participated in creative work in some fashion. One of my mom’s favorite memories of me was that of me dancing around the house in my favorite white boots and dress at 4 years old. My dad would sing, Michelle My Bell by the Beatles and when I could talk him into it, he would put on records and dance around the family room with me. Some of my fondest memories of childhood are of my dad teaching me how to draw faces and my mom teaching me to draw horses. Both of them also read to me regularly and encouraged me to read independently in my free time.
What informs your subject matter?
My spirituality and creativity happen to be intertwined. When I begin feeling curious by a quote, an angel, a deity, a concept, an animal it is many times an indication that a painting is waiting to be born. I usually have a lot more ideas than I actually have time to work on. I sort of file them away. When someone comes to me and says that they are feeling touched regarding a similar or the same subject matter that I am, I usually prioritize those subjects because I feel that art works to bring healing energy to the collective.
Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative space.
My creative space happens to be my favorite place in my home. A couple years ago, I realized that not having a place set up just to create in was hindering my progress and flow. My grandmother had recently passed away and left a small inheritance for each of her grandkids. I used mine to buy some worktables and other essential items such as paints, canvases, decent lights, and brushes. I took over the bonus room of our house where the natural lighting just happens to be the best. Claiming this space freed up the rest of the house, especially the dining room where I would set up to do creative work. This had not been so good for dinnertime and just a regular flow in the house. My creative space also doubles as my sacred space. I can meditate, close off the door for quiet time, and set up altars that remain undisturbed. It’s easy to write and do anything there that I need concentration for.
MIchelle Quesada Art Moondancing Interview Studio

Now, for the Grand Moondancing Finale, Michelle!

How did Mused, Muses of Art & Soul, The Mused Community and The Mused Community Creativity Challenges come about for you? What inspires you the most about your vision for them? Where do you see yourself going with this in your own creative process? Where do you hope to be a year from now?  
About four years ago, I had an epiphany that art and creativity are essential to the planet. Previous to that, I had convinced myself that my creative side was selfish and even too materialistic. While in my social work program, I found The Artist’s Way and changed my thinking on many levels. I discovered true self-care and self-acceptance. I also realized in my program that creativity is EXACTLY what the world needs. If even half of the people on the planet were able to tap into and utilize a large portion of their positive potential, this world would shift in dramatic ways. Communities would band together to solve their challenges and create systems of working together that many of us never dreamed could work. Artists would be paid. Children would continue to develop creatively into adulthood. Adults would never put down their hobbies until they felt it was truly time to move on or learn something new. This is when I created the fan page, Mused. I became curious about the concept of a muse, and tapping into the spiritual for creative flow. To be mused is, “To be so powerfully captivated by one's muse/s, and, thus, touched so deeply by the creative spirit, that one must simply act upon that inspiration.” Each additional page and project has developed from the muse. In October of 2012, a special fan of the page requested that Mused hold creativity challenges. Hundreds of entries were received – enough to overwhelm the fan page! Within 2 months, the group A Mused Community developed as well as a gallery page, Muses of Art & Soul, with administrators (muses) who also believed in the mission of encouraging creativity in community. The fan (Deborah R.) that had requested challenges served as Terpsichore for more than 2 years. Today, more than 1,000 members have joined A Mused Community and have the option of participating in the monthly challenges. Each year, the vision comes closer to what I had seen when starting the group and gallery page. I imagined a site where online workshops would be available in addition to the free creativity challenges where those who serve as muses would be the teachers and facilitators. Playing the role of muse is empowering and a catalyst for exponential growth. The challenges would not only develop the muses, but also assist the participants in tapping into their potential as well as nurture and support their creative process. Eventually, I would love to have an in-person studio space where I can teach classes as well as have a large area to create in. The muse project continues to teach me patience. I know it will develop in its due time!  
MIchelle Quesada Art Moondancing Interview Profile “Hi, I’m Michelle, social worker by day and a visionary artist by night. Art came natural to me from an early age. I danced, sang, acted, played flute, sketched, colored, and longed to paint. By high school, the world convinced me that there are no places in the professional world for artists and that those who are successful are few and far between; hence, the starving artist. I believe this experience led me to 20 plus years of trying to “find myself.” Truly I was lost. I explored every career possibility and spent countless hours in advising, trying to figure out my “path.” While in my upper division English class, I found the most wonderful book that brought me back to my authentic self. That book was Julia Cameron’s, The Artist’s Way. I have never been lost again. I know who I am — a true creative. Over the last four years, I have begun to also explore my own creativity more in depth. I have done more writing, painting, and mixed media journaling. This led me to starting my own Artist’s page on Facebook as well. As soon as I began showcasing my art, people began asking if it was for sale. Creating a website made it possible for others to view my work as a part of healing that each piece signifies.   MIchelle Quesada Art Moondancing Interview Owl Magic Some links for Michelle if you want to follow her dance: Click for Website and Blog Click for Etsy Gallery Shop Click for Pinterest Click for Michelle Quesada Art Facebook Click for Mused Facebook Click for Muses Of Art & Soul Facebook   Calling in the Muse PosterDownload your FREE 2016 Mused Community Creativity Challenge Guide. You will get to know 8 of the 9 muses as well as the moondancing muse! Click here to download your free guide.   Thank you for sharing your dance steps in the world, Michelle. It’s an honor to have you as the first Moondancing muse to dance in my messy room. Definitely worth my moving a few messy room things around for!   If you like this post, then please LIKE and SHARE because together we grow a better world! And be sure to SUBSCRIBE for more Messy Room muse inspirations to come!