25 things to do before turning 26!

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I like dreaming up new possibilities. I like creating goals to go after.

But most of all I adore growing. So each year I do what people usually do on New Years Day on my birthday.

I make “resolutions” of sorts. I create a list of things I would like to accomplish or sew seeds into.

(Here is my list of 25 things to do before turning 26:)

1: Try a Bloody Mary.

2: Read a book a month. Any suggestions? I have 12 spots!

3: Organize all collage papers. WISH me luck!

4: Collaborate with 6 artists. Any takers?! :)

5: Travel to Colorado. BE in AWE of it’s majesty.

6: Snowboard or Ski with my love.

7: Travel to Bali. (Hold a monkey, explore it’s temples and feast on all the richness it’s markets have…)

8: Can my own food. Seriously why haven’t I?

9: Take my love to New York City. (Eat pretzels, ride the subways and hold each others hands A LOT.)

10: Write my dearest Katariina every month.

11: Finish all E-courses I have began.  I can’t wait to dig into Alena Hennessy’s “Year of Painting.” And Pixie Campbells  ”Woman is a river.”

12: Write an article about depression.

13: Take a course by: Isabel Faith Ibbott. (If you don’t know who she is, you should. A goddess of writing!)

14: Paint/Collage a large piece of art to hang in my new home with my love.

15: Lead 3 art work shops locally. (Inquire, I am dreaming up yummy connecting arty-ness. With tea and green houses and writing, it will be good.)

16: Water Nymph Series. (A chance to shine and feel radiant. A place to be truly seen.)

17: Outline “HOWL”. Stay posted I CANNOT wait until this baby is ready to come into the world!

18: BEgin tea rituals again. Idea from Lindsay Luna.  Agony of Leaves was a very inspiring and healing journey for me and I intend to begin again.

19: (This one is a secrete, I will share when it is time.)

20: Pursue publications.

21: Photograph some intimate shoots. Woman SHOULD feel sexy and seen. Get your lingerie ready or come without it. (Email me if your interested!)

22: Create a home with intention and attention. Photo’s to be shared when the home arrives to us!

23: ACTUALLY, FINALLY begin yoga. It has been calling me for what seems like forever. It is time to learn flexibility and breath through life.

24: Share gratitude lists on here.

25: Wed to my love on a autumn day. Fincham.

I am so thirsty for art.

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I have craved travel as of late.

Like a burn,

an ache…

I have wanted to wonder distant lands and be consumed by their culture.

I want to run my fingers through all the difference between them and me and then realize we are not at all that different.

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I have missed creating art like one misses their child.

I have missed paper filled with my words and paint smears.

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I have said it a thousand times – that I need to make time.

AND then I don’t.

 

He says: “I have noticed you haven’t been doing art lately.”

“Don’t feel guilty for taking the time to invest in art, instead of investing in me.

The best thing you can do for US is to create. It feeds you and thus it feeds us.”

I stood in awe. He was right.

I need to drink.

I am so thirsty.

 

I need art as I always have.

Maybe now more than ever.

As the busyness consumes.

I need it to comfort my body and help my soul rest.

I need it to channel all that goes on under this skin.

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(I want to collaborate with other artists.

I want to drink tea and listen to tribal music.

I desire to fill my journals and to guide people as they dive inside too.

I want to run wild with other woman and see them shine.

There is so much brewing, so much connection to be had.)

Fire

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Fires in the sky, in our bellies and our backyards…

“The world is a match for us.

We are a match for the world.”

-Joseph Campbell

“Undergoing what she now views as a profound inner cleansing.

But when one is sitting in the midst of a fire, all one feels is intolerable heat.”

-Jalaja Bonheim (Aphrodite’s Daughters)

I invite you to take part in my Water Nymph Offering:

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Hello lovely ladies,

I am glad you are here!

I am offering 10 woman a space to spend some time with me embracing their beautiful essence.

Several woman have been apart of this inspiration. One is the ever lovely Stacy Del Rosa the Goddess of capturing woman in all their authentic essence and sensuality.

And the other is my dear friend Megan whom shared a touching story straight from the depths of her magical soul about her experience and relationship with water.

Between the two of them over the last few days I have begun craving a time to offer what Stacy has offered to me and many other woman.

A chance to shine and feel radiant.

A chance to embrace all that I am.

Every one of us has a magical place inside our souls that maybe we have shared with many, very few or maybe we have shared it with no one.

I invite you to come play with me in the water and share.

To come with the intention that you are BEautiFULL.

Be ready to show IT.

That you have a valuable voice.

You have stories that will lift and inspire those around you.

YOU ARE MAGIC!

I SEE YOU!

I want others to see YOU!

And I want you to feel seen. With me. After you leave and every moment on.

Occupy everything that you are!

So come allow me to serve you while we photograph together.

I am offering 20 minutes to 10 woman.

The details are: I will photograph 5 woman on Saturday the 13th of september.

and 5 woman on Sunday the 14th of september.

The sessions will begin early morning and the location will be at a “body” of water of my choosing.

Don’t you love that BODY of water.

The ideal preference for clothing is a slip. Thrift stores always have them.

Or a white or cream dress.

and there may be some showing of skin…

The rest of the details I will email to those who are among the first 10.

(Rest assured that if you do not make the first 10 I would love to do more as my schedule and weather allows.)

Last note: I do ask that if you would like to be apart of the Water Nymph Series that you consider allowing me to share some of your images on my website.

 I will ask permission to use any that are revealing. Any revealing ones  can be saved for our eyes or husband only.)

I would like Water Nymph to become an on going series I do for woman to get in touch with their inner magic.

I would ideally even like to share stories like Megan shared with me. A story about your inner wold of magic. What makes you feel beautiful, authentic and truly sensational. Maybe I can ask you some questions or you can tell me what water or femininity means to you. Or simply what your experience with me felt like!

I am truly honored and excited to begin.

The woman who longs to see all the magic you keep hidden and all that you don’t.

-Ashley Fielden