Art Wishes and San Miguel Dreams


“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver

I received a newsletter in December from my favorite art journaling teacher Orly Avineri. In it, she listed all the workshops she would be teaching for the entire coming year. Orly is a fantastically magnetic artist and a spiritually uplifting teacher. I’ve taken a few of her workshops in the past and I wrote about one of them here.

As I was reading her list of upcoming events one of them stood out to me: a week-long art journaling retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

OH MY GOODNESS. My heart jumped. How incredible would it be to go to a fantastic city I’ve always wanted to see and do something I absolutely love with such an inspiring teacher? It was like a dream for me.

I tucked the idea into the back of my mind because it just seemed impossible to make it happen. I have two small kids and leaving them for a week would be no small feat.

But as the new year rolled around, certain things happened and signs came to me that made me start to believe that this dream could possibly become a reality. My husband assured me that because the retreat in Mexico wouldn’t be until September, he would have plenty of time to plan his work schedule so that he could manage things at home. He encouraged me to take my dream trip.

So I am beyond thrilled to say that I sent in my deposit and I am counting the days until September. And to make things even sweeter, two of my incredible heart friends have decided to join me! HOOOOOOORAAAAAAAY!!!

This morning as I was driving my kids to school, I was thinking about how excited I am about this trip and then something popped into my mind, something I had forgotten about.

About 4 years ago, I took an online course called “Creative Courage” which was led by the remarkable artist Stephanie Levy. One of the exercises she led us through was to create a wish jar. In this wish jar, we would hold all our dreams for the future. I wrote down all my wishes on small slips of paper, put them in the jar (mine was actually a box) and set the box on a top shelf in my bedroom. I haven’t really looked at it since.

As I was thinking about this wish box I started to remember writing something about an art trip. So when I got home I ran upstairs to read through my wishes. There it was in writing, two wishes written four years ago: “Take an art vacation” and “Visit San Miguel”. (Not to mention that there were a couple more wishes that had already come true).

Wow, I sat there in amazement and gratitude holding those slips of paper. There is such power in naming the things we want to manifest. Here it was, two wishes about to come true for me. I had been afraid to let myself want this trip. Afraid that I didn’t deserve to have a dream. Afraid that it would seem selfish to leave my life for one week and do something completely fulfilling for myself. So afraid that I almost never even brought it up to my husband. Had I not, it wouldn’t have happened.

Needless to say, I am filled with immense joy.

Everyone deserves to dream. Everyone deserves to do something magnificent with their wild and precious life. I am grateful for women like Orly and Stephanie who inspire me and my two close friends who are brave enough to experience this with me.

Life was meant to be big and grand. We were meant to dream and wish. What will you do with your one wild and precious life?


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