Life as Art. (2017) I’ve enjoyed painting birds so much lately that I decided June is bird month. This means all of my June paintings are birds, and I’ll be creating a free class on painting birds! Sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of this post to be notified when the tutorials are released.


I’m trying to think of the right words to remember this day by. Honestly, it feels like any other summer day. I haven’t worked summers in 6 years. So being at home, spending my time painting, isn’t so unusual this time of year. But this particular summer day is a bit different. It’s special. And I want to be able to look back one day and remember the details.

In case you haven’t heard, here’s the exciting news: I left my teaching position to follow my passions. And today, my friends, is DAY 1. DAY 1 of chasing my dreams, of working in my business full-time, of making a go of this.

If you’ve read my blog before, you know I’m working to build an art and yoga business. A tiny, one-woman shop that empowers women to take better care of themselves through creativity.

Self-care is one of those things that gets a lot of press. People talk a lot about it. Some love it and some hate it, and few people actually do it. I want to change that. And I want to impact the way we see self-care. It’s so much more diverse than the credit it gets. Sure, sometimes it’s pedicures and bubble baths. But what if you don’t like those things? Or what if those things don’t actually nurture you? Then what?

And so I’m working to get my message to the people that need to hear it. And I’m teaching art. And I’m teaching yoga. And I’m offering different ways for you to care for your body, mind, and soul.

But I’m going to save those details for another post. Because this one is simply to say: I’ve started.

It’s day 1. It’s a bit surreal.

I’m nervous. Scared. Ridiculous amounts of excited. Slightly overwhelmed. I’m feeling ALL the feels. And I’m here, and I’m doing it, and that right there is just a little crazy to me!

I hope you’ll join me and consider how it is you’re taking care of yourself. I hope you’ll join in on some of the painting tutorials and maybe try something new. I hope you’ll consider spending a bit more time honoring your body and what it’s capable of (because, believe me, it’s capable of so much more than you think).

I’ll be here on the blog twice a month. In the weeks in between, I’ll be sending newsletters to my subscribers. My email list will be the first to receive news about retreats, in-person workshops, and online classes. They’ll also get access to free art classes and yoga practices as they’re released (so please sign up below — I want you to get these too!). I hope to bring a sense of community to this little corner of the internet, a place where we can support each other in taking time for ourselves and nurturing our creativity.

As always, thank you for taking the time to be here. Namaste, friends.


Heather Rae