A Rarity

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting a very Beautiful &inspiring soul who was kinda sorta at the tail end of his incredible opening &transformation… ūüĆĪ

I was extremely touched by his soulful stories, his rollercoaster journey, his heartfelt writing(s) &his generosity by purchasing a number of Soul Stories creations for key/close souls in his life. It was all so incredibly overwhelming… ūüĆĪ

This crazy beautiful world continues to tip us upside down &remind us how little we know &how much we need and can continue to learn from others &their stories… ūüĆĪ

I said to Garry how incredibly lucky & special his friends were, to be receiving such beautiful stories – I also mentioned how completely blown away ‚ÄėI would be‚Äô to receive such a gift out of the blue…. ūüĆĪ

Anyways a few days later, before running back to Heytown/home/studio – Garry asked if he could meet up for a cuppa & grab a few more Calendars. What I was not absolutely not expecting was a very generous gift which brought me to tears… He had pretty much listened to what I had said & written a story about/for me & then gifted it to me?!!! ūüĆĪ
Not only a talent with his words, storytelling but the simplicity &kindness in his giving back to others – to me?!! ūüĆĪ

Thank you Garry, with all of my heart Рfor this reminder of keep on trying every freaking day to be the best possible version of yourself, because you don’t always know who you are helping, influencing, inspiring & validating out there along with the bonus of feeling of feeding your own heart & soul full of love & hugs.
Much lov, tx

p.s be brave & believe you are enough…

 

    

 

 

Return from Lala Land…

Return from Lala land…

Ahhhh… where to even begin & how to articulate the millions of stories that happened over the past 3 months on my grand Soul Stories adventure to USA.
As an experienced traveler, l already knew that l was going to receive far more than l signed up for – whether success would unfold in what l was ‘hoping’ for, or more in the way that my soul truly ‘needed’?
Either way, l could never have imagined HOW MUCH the universe ended up giving my big ol’ heart. Sometimes it made me work my absolute butt off to the bone & during other unexpected moments, it simply opened up the door & handed over wonders (& beyond) on a silver platter…

Were there any struggles?

So what do you want to hear about? What’s worth telling most?
Let’s start off with the first 2 weeks into my journey ~ ¬†l learnt ‘a lot’ about the USA market quite quickly & noticed how many brick walls l kept coming up against face to face? Naturally l questioned myself a hundred times over & what the f@*k l was actually doing ~ & even thought to fly home much earlier than anticipated?
I think what added to the struggle was that I hadn’t fully digested the shocking news of suddenly losing one of my best friends before a few weeks of getting onto the plane… Just devastating… ¬†;-(
So much doubt, so much fear, grief, the unknown, learning so much at¬†high speed – fully aware that I¬†needed every second to try & accomplish what l ‘wanted’ to do…
I knew better than to push so hard, but l couldnt help myself, the more l pushed – the harder everything resisted. I just wanted it so bad ~ to grab on to what l thought was the most important part of my journey…
But you know what, as cliche as it sounds – the moment l let go & surrendered to the universe was the moment she started handing me magical moments within my reach… Thats not to say that l didn’t have to work my ASS off… But the intent was entirely different, without expectation of myself & the outcome – but opening myself up to others & focussing more so on process itself.

What’s truly important?

Was l happy with the outcome? Was it a success?
In my heart & soul what l learnt & expeienced was an absolute success. Yes it was a financial success for my business, breaking into 23 spaces & places ~ along with a handful of restocks in places before l left the county, which will be the big tell tale sign (whether the businesses want to carry on or not type thing).
~ But the bigger part of my success was learning to be a better person. To be more present & to listen MORE. To listen without the intent of wanting to speak back with ‘my’ story to tell (until the time was right). To truly LISTEN…
~ And then there is the human connection part – my absolutely ¬†‘wonderful’ friends. How lucky am l to know such wonderful human beings… Just WOW – I can not say thank you enough to ALL of my incredible friends, old & new, who are responsible for my wonderful travels to unfold so flawlessly.
Giving up their private spaces, couches, rooms & apts for several days!?!  Some friends of friends l had never met before and others l know like the back of my hand.
~ Thirdly – I realized how much l want to take on Jason Silva’s ‘billionaire’ concept. I want Soul Stories to be defined as that billionaire¬†~ but not by the amount of money that is made, but by the amount of hearts that are touched. I want Soul Stories to help, heal, inspire and connect with a billion hearts which would mean so much more to my heart & ‘my kinda tribe’ than what society recongnises as a ‘billionaire’. Yes money is required to pursue many hopes and dreams – & l truly need and rely on people supporting what l do by purchasing my artwork and/or services… But money is merely freedom and does not promise any form of happiness…

Snippets of Magic…

I feel like l’ve taken up far too much of your time already – so lm grabbing just a few random photos & words from the hundreds of WONDERFUL stories that graciously wandered into my life during the past 3 months…
Thank you over & over again, to all of my wonderful supporters, near & far! ¬†I honestly can’t say it enough ~ that I can’t do what l do, without ALL of YOU!!!
If anyone would like me to expand¬†on anything in particular – please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at:¬†tams@soul-stories.com¬†& l would be happy to share more, or give you any kind of guidance that l can.¬†Big hugs and love, tx
P.s I just realized there are SOOOO many cool people l adore that i never took any photos of, sigh, l just have to come back is all!??
You know who you are! xxx

Oh bottom line to EVERYTHING Р keep doing or working your way towards whatever the hell sets your heart on FIRE!!!
No matter what! xxx t

 

Ally Hamilton 
When you get to meet your online yoga teacher in the REAL
(in Santa Monica) & practice by her side!?! Ive been following
Ally since 2001 and pretty much practice daily with her at:
https://yogisanonymous.com/practice

 

Jen Pastilof
Agh, major celebrity crush on this wonderful woman who has a
heart parallel to mine & just wants to HELP EVERYONE!!!
For those who don’t know Jen – please go check her out! You can
find her on most platforms all over Social Media!
https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.taleghany

 

Amy Tuvo
When your dear friends have cool friends who just so happen to
have a wonderful place where hot air balloons float directly above!?!?
Thank you Amy, for all of your help, big heart and incredible words
& wisdom over the years. Your turn to come to Australia!?

 

 

 Alexa Meade Art
Just by chance l stumbled arcoss the well known & talented
Alexa Meade installing her work at Union Station L.A!!!! Whaaaaaa, come & join¬†in the installation she said –
let’s just say that l didnt bat an eyelid to play dancing model!
https://www.facebook.com/alexameade/

 

Birte Foundation
When you meet other inspiring souls changing the world in ways
you can’t imagine.¬†What this girl does for all the dogs that are not
wanted anymore because they are almost at the end of their
expiration date, highly diseased or simply discarded.
Marie you are just wonderful & was such a pleasure to meet you…
https://www.facebook.com/birtefoundation/

 

Cris Hamilton
I may not have met one of my Fav artist in the world (Brian Andreas)
because he decided to up & move (how rude!?!) but l was
lucky enough to meet his wonderful sister, Cris & her Andy!
Such a FAB time hangin’ with these cool cats – talk about just
a tad star struck… Be sure to check our her magical work!
https://www.instagram.com/crishamilton/

 

2019 Calendar
Treking the West Coast didn’t mean I could slack off back in Oz.
‘Production of the 2019 Calendar’ was still being worked on inbetween
the hard work & pockets of play. Be sure not to miss out on the
limited edition of 500 to be printed.¬†There’s also a very cool
Christmas promotion going on: CLICK HERE.
Thanks for your awesome work Gin Pineau Рyou rock!

 

~ Bold Freedom ~
More production work going on. Super happy for Lesley O’Brien
to release her premiere book  BOLD FREEDOM. For everyone
who purchases a book from the online store: & enters code
‘TamsSoulStories’ at the checkout gets FREE shipping (ongoing)
plus access to the Time Mastery workshop until Sept 30th as a
thank you pre-order bonus… No need to explain who was lucky enough to illustrate the front cover?¬†CLICK HERE to learn more.

 

Aum & Garden
As always – my travels led me to connect with the most beautiful
& inspiring businesses & owners. Unfortunately I would fill
the whole news letter writing about them all so l lucky dipped &
pulled out one to feature.Aum & Garden, truly an absolutely stunning
space in L.A, one of the most elegant l came across – even though
Jerome still doesn’t believe me, hehe…

 

 

 

Cristina Alonso
Can you believe I met this WONDERFUL soul through
Wellbeing Magazine!??? She said to come & find her if l ever came to USA – so l did! Cristina, such a generous & sweet soul which lm truly honored to have in my life. And now Soul Stories has found it’s USA rep & distributor!? This big old world knows way more than we do – connecting the dots in crazy ways we can only see backwards. Exciting times ahead with this gorg gal! xx

 

I dream of Jeanne
Everywhere l wandered – l had my ‘l dream of jeanne’ tote
wrapped around me, Mum watching over me 24/7. We are about
half way through series 3, a limited edition of 500. Be sure
not to miss out if you are collecting these very special eco bags
(they also make THE BEST Santa sacs, just sayin’)

 

 

 

Free Soul Stories Art
So much fun leaving pieces of Soul Stories in the coolest places
on my travels & gorgoeus souls writing to me to say they had
found it – making their day! Which of course would make my
day – so everyone is happy happy joy joy!
Thanks so much to play everyone… ;-

 

 

 

Playing in the Pockets
It was always so rewarding for me to work super hard in the
first few days of traveling to a new city/town & then playing with
friends in the pockets afterwards, waiting for replies or to set
up meetings! This was such a memorable day Kristie – waterfall
walks, blue pool hikes & yummy hot spring by sunset. MAGICAL…

 

 

 

Sarah McLachlan
Lucky me has been spoilt for life, to watch one of my FAV
singers (Sarah McLachlan) perform at the majestic &
intimate Red Rocks. How will anywhere else compare?
Thank you for this very special moment Ads – never to
be forgotten… When surrounded by stunning scenery,
one must always leg mount!?! Haha… & then limp
away afterwards…

 

 

 

‘Trust Within’
Even when you’re in the thick of
not understanding anything
~ the universe will keep providing
you with what your heart & soul
truly needs..

Original Soul Stories created with oil on high quality
‚Äėun-mounted‚Äô canvas. Sealed with a gloss varnish.
Canvas Size: Width 40cm & Height 50cm. Couldnt WAIT
to get home & start creating AGAIN! Wonderful results.

 

 

Princess Cruises
Ahhh, take me back to dancing on carefree cruise ship dayz!!
I’ve met some of my best friends during this moment of my life
– friends that will last forever & ever! I’m BEYOND GRATEFUL
– especailly for this ‘short notice’ pool party in Vegas day!
Thanks so so much to organise Nicole, you rock my world gurl!
Thanks everyone else to come play – so many fab stories
amp; memories.

 

 

‘Le Reve’ Las Vegas
When one of your ol’¬†dancing buddies organises tickets to see
‘Le Reve’ at The Wynn in Vegas – well, you said YES please,
thank you very much. Thanks so much Bec – l’ve haven’t felt this
inspired & such an itch to jump up on stage since hanging up the
shoes 4 years ago!?? JUST WOW!! So incredibly beautiful to watch
& to feel so much…

 

 

Surprise…
The things we do we we put out minds to it… A crazy midnight
bus from Vegas, to LA, to an Uber x2, to Union Train Station
to San Luis Obispo on 3 hrs broken sleep! Which then the cool
owner from the delicious ‘Mint & Craft’¬†arranges to pick you up
so you can breathe & get ready to surprise someone at their
special ‘Vegan’ Local Table Night… Hehe, a night to
remeber indeed..

 

 

Grand Finale
Such a wonderful feeling bringing all of these beautiful
souls together… Agh, thank you boys, for the endless belly
laughs – my cheeks hurt from WAYYY too much giggling (& vino).
Thank you for such a perfect end to my wild & wonderful
Soul Stories adventure… The end of just the beginning ~
watch this space..

 

 

 

 

Tams Travels…
Fav albums this month: Gossip in the Grain ~ Ray LaMontagne
                                
Currently Reading: Love her Wild ~ Atticus

Movie Inspiration: Adrift¬†(hmm… prob not the best move to watch it on a plane in public, without tissues?)

Fav cafe/boutique:¬†I’m obsessed ‘Wholefoods’ & ‘Trader Joe’s’ in USA ¬†~ & perhaps Victorias Secrets!?!

Do yourself a favour:¬†Be brave and give couch surfing ago!! Guaranteed to meet some wonderful souls…

Pay It Forward Moment: Gave a street lady my not so shabby runners instead of hanging onto them as a spare pair.

New Places Visited: Where to even begin!?!? San Diego, Ventura, Ojai, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Denver, Boulder, Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, Eugene, Portland, Las Vegas – the list goes on and on…

New Places Planning to Visit for Soul Stories: Sydney – agh l still haven’t made it there yet!!!?

Live Event Coming Up:¬†Holy moly I haven’t anything booked?! Shhhh… might be sneaking into a private event, Daylesford direction, to check out my art mentor/friend (Gav Barbey) new works.

Current Mood:¬†Clear, focused – full of gratitude…

 

scatter your SOUL & share your STORIES…

Daily Soul Stories

But there was still SO MUCH
you had to do…

So many dreams
you had to catch,
sunsets to see,
candles to wish upon
& belly laughs until
you can’t breathe‚Ķ

You’re ‘to do’
will never end
~ along with the hundreds
of souls that carry
a tiny piece of gold
within their blessed hearts
all because of you… .
© May 23 .18

Still So Much

 

 

Naked Truth

I was asked tonight:

Why do you post naked pictures of yourself????

My reply without batting an eyelid ~
It‚Äôs Art, it‚Äôs line, it‚Äôs love, it‚Äôs life, it‚Äôs being vulnerable in every way, it pushing boundaries, it‚Äôs beauty, it‚Äôs strength, it‚Äôs surviving eating disorders, its a dancer aware of her body, its a tool, it‚Äôs inspiration, it‚Äôs bravery, it‚Äôs being uncomfortable, it‚Äôs growth, it‚Äôs depth, it‚Äôs emotion & it‚Äôs no big deal in the bigger picture of life…

Yes, in some eyes, it‚Äôs an ass, it‚Äôs provocative, it‚Äôs sexual, its attention seeking, it‚Äôs a disgrace…

But look a little closer ~ I‚Äôm so much more than the surface of my skin, so many stories deep within… We all are, made up of so many wonders that we may be afraid to show without judgment, without care ~ wearing everything, wearing nothing…

Life is too short – so run & create as much beauty as you can in the world. Lift other souls up, inspire them, give and take and then give some more…
It‚Äôs so cliche, but no regrets – keep your heart open, connecting with others and sharing your stories along the way…

Otherwise who gives a fuc in this crazy beautiful one shot life?

Much love always, Xt

(this photo shows a naked body – yet it represents my husband unexpectedly walking out, then learning of your mum being diagnosed with cancer for the second time, in between contracts with no work, trying to support yourself with an apartment you can barely afford on your own, whilst worried that you may be deported as you’re living in a foreign country under a spousal visa…
I only see emotion ~ a soul, broken, beautiful, raw, standing in pool of water representing her tears of despair… )

 

Photography credit to the AMAZING: Klaus Kampert (sorry for scribbling on it)

 

2018 – Soul Strength Year

Hey Soul Stories spunks – fingers crossed that your New Year is off to a flying start similar to mine? So much personal & professional growth already! WOW ~ let’s hope it’s a great indication of how the rest of the year will pan out? ūüėČ

First up, l will start with my humble apologise for my lack of newsletters last year. Whoops, l think there was a¬†total of two? Time most certainly flys when you’re having fun & working your ass off!

I mainy wanted to write this newsletter to hold myself accountable & not chicken out about a grand adventure coming up soon. I will leave this story for now, a little teaser, & fill you in on the rest right before l sign off… Promise.

Wow, soooooo much stuff to share – so l’m just going to pick out a few bits & pieces & try & be a little more disciplined with my story/newsletter sharing this down the track.

Most of you have been watching me explore with Oils lately – & l’ve been LOVING the process. I really feel that l’m pushing Soul Stories to new levels with this medium & would love to spend even more time in this direction. Hmmm, if only there was another me to help me out with my other ‘things to do’ on my never ending ‘to do’ list? (like everyone really).¬†All in good time my friends…¬†Definitely watch this space.

A mega THANK YOU to all of my followers who keep sending in wonderful photos with their SS creations & heartfelt stories to go with them. So much fun adding them all to the ‘Around the World’ Gallery section on the website.¬†By all means, if l’ve missed adding anyones, please let me know!? I’m still constantly sending out little gifts to four or five lucky dip photos sent in each month!!
My favourite Calendar participants are setting new boundaries in regards to the ‘fun days’ & are in serious competition with their buddies which has me in fits of giggles whenever l cach their posts. Check out their ‘Wonder Women Day’ below – simply gold!

If you haven’t seen Wellbeing Magazines fab giveaway for five ‘i dream of jeanne’ series 3 totes¬†– be sure to run over to their Facebook page¬†ASAP for your chance to win one, as l’m sure their competion closes soon.
All you have to do is tag your Soul Friend, pretty easy hey!?

I’m not far from being finished creating a special ‘Nourish’ series for a beautiful & healthy cafe in Eden, NSW, called ‘Sprout Eden’. Owner Karen Lott & l have been discussing special SS ideas for quite some time now, suited to her business integrities which of course goes hand in hand with Soul Stories. l’m about 3/4’s finished the original series & if all goes well, there may even be a few prints for sale in her inspiring space!

A mega shout out to Linden New Art Gallery & their awesome¬†Post Card Show… I’ve been lucky enough to sell two original pieces of four (the max that you can enter) & really need to go & visit before the show closes on February 23rd, 2018. This is the 4th time l’ve entered their show & each time it has been extrememly rewarding for me. Not only for selling some of my creations, but for the great exposure & wonderful souls l’ve met along the way.

Ok this is getting a bit long now, so a massive thank you to all of the small independant businesses out there that support Soul Stories. Whether it’s for wholesale or consignment ~ by taking on 6 gift cards, or 60, along with prints, wall hangings, jeanne totes, calendars & original pieces!?
You all mean the ABSOLUTE FREAKING WORLD to me! Thank you so much. Everyone & every tiny bit helps me to continue doing what l love with all of my heart.
To help, heal and inspire ~ as many souls as l possibly can…

Time for the ‘grand finale’ news.
Towards the end of May, l’m heading to the West Coast of USA to try & break into the market. Eek!??! I probably should start by saying that:

I WILL BREAK INTO THE MARKET.

Anyways, Im planning to set up shop with a USA printer who will take care of all SS printing & distribution once l find the right places & spaces who are willing to give Soul Stories a shot.
I have three months over there to:
a. Make a dent in the USA market
b. Start to solidify material for SS first book (there will be a ‘dream’ series of several down the track ~ a collection of stories & illustrations).
c. And of course, to catch up with beautiful friends and create some stories along the way.
First stop will be L.A then down to San Diego & work my way up along the coast. If anyone would like to shout out ANY places that might be interesting for me to approach (regarding Wholesale for Soul Stories) then l’m all ears!

There ~ ¬†it’s finally OUT!
I’m kinda excitedly¬†freaking out, as without me in Australia, Soul Stories will kinda sorta come to a grinding hault? I will be sure to do lots of advertising before l leave for everyone to stock up, hehe… Right now, it’s time to triple down, do some homework & save my butt off!

Over & out rockstars, that’s all she wrote for tonight & super excited for what’s to come…
In the meantime, keep on being brave, believing in yourself & sharing your incredible stories. 2018 is a strength year – for truly believing in your self-worth, letting the chatter of self-doubt fall behind & realizing that your time will come ~ from all of the hard work, patience & perseverance that you’ve put into your daily passions…

Much love, xt

P.s Catch y’all at the Seven Sister Festival soon, March 2nd-4th @ Mt. Martha… So many lovely people have been telling me how well suited Soul Stories would be for this inspiring event – so it’s time to prep, go play & find out for myself…

Pps. Oh & remember, its privilege for the listener when you have the courage to open up & share your stories ~ so keep on sharing! 

 

 

Tams Travels…
Fav albums this month: The Greatest Showman Soundtrack, Beautiful Trauma ~ Pink and Full Hearts & Empty Rooms ~ Emma Lousie
                                
Currently Reading: Twyla Tharp ~ The Creative Habit &
Paul Samuel Dolman ~ Hitchhiking with Larry David

Movie Inspiration: The Shape of Water &¬†The Greatest Showman‚Äč

Fav cafe/boutique: The Pickle Pot & The Foxes Den

Do yourself a favour: Book a session @ Beyond Rest in Prahran 
(l’ve yet to try, but sooooo on my to do ASAP)

Pay It Forward Moment: Stopping to help a struggling lady load her giant mirrow into her car.

New Places Visited: Mallacoota & Dawes Point

New Places Planning to Visit for Soul Stories: Torquay, Warnambool ‚Äč& Sydney

Live Event Coming Up: Augie March @ The Velvet Room, Thornbury

Current Mood: Strong, heart work on remembering self WORTH…

 

scatter your SOUL & share your STORIES…

Daily Soul Stories

Wishing you were someone else
is just a beautoful waste
of the incredibke soul
that you truly are…
© January 14 .18

Beautiful Waste

Pocket Sized Pieces of Wisdom

 

Just a few meandering thoughs whilst roadtripping from Eden back to my little home town ~ with the windows wound down, sun kissing my forehead, wind in my hair and music saturating my soul…
Its always during these golden moments that stories seem to want to pour out from every opening of my creative body – and l do my best to lightly flit around on the tips of my toes, trying to catch as many as l can with my dream catcher net & fairy jars – yes, just like the ones that the BFG uses…
Wishing you all an exceptional New Year. Year of the loyal Earth Dog.
With all of my heart, make it the BEST one by far!
xt

Play hard, love deeply, travel far.
Grab you life with 2 hands
& shake the shit out of it.
Give yourself completely
& pour cups of tea for others
~ & then spend the same
amount of quiet time
sipping on your own…

Move your body
& make things with your hands,
push creative boundaries,
triple down on your strengths
& be brave enough
to be
honest & vulnerable
by sharing your stories…

Be humble,
be elegant,
discovery your unique ways
to be beautiful inside out
& back to front

Live with integrity,
believe in quality,
keep trying every day
to be the best version
of yourself…

Be spontaneous,
jump on a plane,
run around naked somewhere
& say yes to new adventures
which probably freaks you out
a little (or a lot) ~
but they remind your heart
that you’re alive!

Constantly put yourself
in other peoples shoes,
be kind to others
& remember to be
even kinder to yourself.
You are so much more than
just a reflection in the mirror
staring back at you.

Breathe blood,
sweat tears,
work your ass off for things
that truly matter.
No one else
should be your voice
& tell you which things in life
are important, nor matter.
So find you feet,
figure out what’s important
to you & go do that!

Keep fear seated
at the back of your bus,
never the driver.
And for fuc’s sake,
do not live ur life
as if you were
an untouched couch covered in plastic?!

BE YOUR OWN INSPIRATION

And this years epic learning curve
is to wish myself
& for all others
to constantly check in
& ask oneself ~
Does this Soul
add value to my life?
If Yes – Fling your arms wide open,
give unlimited time,
connect with curiosity
& be excited to share…
But if it’s No?
Then its a beautiful smile
& a polite side step to the left.
Wish them well, wave them goodbye
& carry on giving to others
& soaring to high places
that your working towards
& dreaming to be… ¬© January 9 .18

‘Pocket Sized Pieces of Wisdom’

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Unknown – Pinterest

 

The Sketchbook Project

Wow¬†what a great stumble to find out about this little gem – this ‘Sketchbook Project’ is such a brilliant project which was brought to life via crowdfunding in 2006!! It’s known to date as the biggest sketchbook library in the world, based in New York City – holding over 36,000 sketchbooks within its space!
I’ve just signed up to add a little Soul Stories love to their collection, yayyy. Will have to keep y’all posted. Watch this space indeed! xt

About
The Sketchbook Project is an independent Brooklyn-based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects. www.sketchbookproject.com

General Information
It’s like a road trip, but with sketchbooks, and anyone – from anywhere in the world – can be a part of the project.

Every sketchbook contributed to the Project will be included in the traveling library and exhibited in cities and towns across the continent. We are including more cities at every opportunity with our custom-fitted Mobile Library trailer. Cities include Brooklyn, Toronto, Chicago, Portland, Austin, Atlanta and the San Francisco Bay Area and many more.

After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection at Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be shared for the world to see.

Have a Sketchbook Project question? Ask our support guru here: support.sketchbookproject.com

 

How to get on board:

A GLOBAL ART PROJECT
Sign up, receive a blank sketchbook, fill it up and submit it to the world’s largest collection of sketchbooks. Your book will become part of Brooklyn Art Library’s permanent collection and will travel as part of our nationwide art exhibitions!

Submit your work to the world’s largest collection of sketchbooks. Where it will reside in Brooklyn Art Library’s permanent collection, travel to exhibitions across the country and become part of a massive worldwide community of creative people.

Anyone Рfrom anywhere in the world Рcan be a part of the project. To participate and receive a sketchbook which will become part of Brooklyn Art Library and our traveling exhibitions, so sign up today.

Beautiful Pieces – 4 years…

On top of the hill by the water – nothing but the best for you mum…We love you and miss you with all of our hearts – 4 years still feels like yesterday and probably always will. Xxxxx t ??‚̧ԳŹ??

 

Your goodbye day
will always be
that heartbreakingly
hard day ~ where
everything else
fades away
& all that remains
is your smile,
your kindness,
your love
& all the beautiful
pieces that we
remember about you… ¬© June 18 .17

‘Beautiful Pieces’

   

 

Life is too short to wait…

Today a very beautiful friend of mine had an awful car accident. The car is gone, but thankfully, she is not. The last l heard she was having some scans run in hospital – but fingers crossed all is ok.
Ive just read another girlfriends post where she saw a homeless man with positive energy – she assumed he might be homeless, only because he had bags strapped to his wheelchair. She left $20 at the counter and said whatever he wants ‘this’ is his. The next evening she was told that he was hit and killed not 5 hrs later crossing the street as someone was trying to run the light and he couldn’t cross fast enough.

These are the stories that keep me pushing boundaries and living as if my life could end in the blink of an eye – because it can…
We all know it, seen it and have felt it…

So what are YOU waiting for? Are you living the life that you want? Are you planting seeds and taking micro steps towards an open heart and an authentic life? Are you being honest to yourself and others that are dear to you?
Yes, its such a fine line, to stop and smell the flowers along the side of the road along with hard work that you are passionate for or curious about. Its just a matter of checking in each day.
If you are living the life that your soul truly desires, then hard work every day is merely a privilege, a joy, an incredible process that enriches your life and many others…

Life is WAY too short to wait for anything or anyone – take your own hand and don’t even wait for tomorrow, please, with all of my heart, start right now!
Much love and light always, tx

Bubbling Energy ~ 2017

Hey wonderful souls out there – l truly¬†hope that your year has kicked off to being as amazing as mine!?!? I’m not sure exactly what’s going on but l feel super energised and so many planted seeds seem to have sprouted in places l¬†had forgotten l had sewn…

I was lucky enough to have traveled up to Noosa during January holiday period Рbags packed to the brim, on a mission to find some beautiful new spaces and places for Soul Stories.
Im still feeling so much gratitude towards my amazing hosts, along with stealing their troopie to get around form A. to B.!!!
WOW, l certainly traveled some kilometres whilst l was¬†there, so lets just say l’ve taken on the title as¬†‘professional truck driver’ now ~¬†but parking remains questionable!?

Soul Stories can now be found in a handful of gorgeous boutiques and wellbeing spaces along the Sunshine Coast, mostly on consignment trial, but hey, you gotta start somewhere right? (all can be found listed in FAQ on website)

I’m a little bit sad to sad that ~ l dream of jeanne ~ series two¬†is coming to an end. Only about 12 bags of 500 remaining¬†from this limited edition. But on the other hand, lm¬†SUPER excited to say that ~ i dream of jeanne ~ series three is currently under way. The sketch is all complete (the hard part) and moving onto the good stuff by the end of this week.

So lm writing today to let you all know FIRST, that l will be offering a presale discount on the first 60 ~ i dream of jeanne ~ series three bag from TODAY onwards!
They can be ordered online ‘here‘ at the promotion price of $25 each, or you can message me directly.
Pretty please don’t miss out on this pre sale discount¬†– as l can tell you now that many gorgeous peeps did for premiere 2017¬†Calendars. The whole point of this newsletter is so you guys get all the goss first, right?

Fingers crossed that the new eco friendly totes should be ready by the end of April, so will definitely keep you posted on production movements down the track. Tons more to tell, but will leave it there for now, and try and get another juicy newsletter out soon!
Thanks to everyone an being part of my amazing Soul Stories journey – there¬†wouldn’t be any stories without you all, and that my friends is the truest story by far…
Much love and light, tx

 

       

 

Favourite albums this month:¬†Sia, This is Acting &¬†Sara Bareilles,¬†What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress.

Currently reading: The Missing Piece Meets the Big O ~ Shel Silverstein & still Big Magic ~ Elizabeth Gilbert.

Dare yourself: To start a class you have always dreamed of…

Utube inspiration: Thought of You ~ ¬†by Ryan Woodward, I’ll be Good ~ James Young.

Favourite cafe/boutique: The Rivermouth General Store , CK Coffee Bar & Wholefoods
& Hearts and Minds Art.

Do yourself a favour: Go dance in the rain ~ and l really mean it!

Pay it forwards moment: Teach a child something you wish you knew at that age.

New places visited: Noosa, Montville, Peregian Beach, Mooloolaba.

Live event coming up: Guest speaker at Dawson’s Retreat.

Current mood: Running on no sleep but inspired to the bone!

 

Daily Soul Stories

How do we move
together ~ when we
are simply
worlds apart?
© January 24 .17

Move Together

One foot in front of the other…

So where to even begin!?

Something tells me that l shouldn’t leave it so long¬†in-between each newsletter, because sooooo¬†much seems to happen!?
I had every intention of writing about all of the things, events and small goals Soul Stories has achieved over these last few months, but l¬†figured we would all be here for quite some time…
Instead l’m going to ask you what l asked at the beginning of my adults dance class a few days ago,¬†“What is ‘one’¬†thing in your life right now that you don’t like or would dream of changing?¬†Something that might get you down and wish was¬†somehow different?”
When l gently asked them to think about it, l felt a sense of sadness, dis-ease ~ maybe even hint of¬†hopelessness… Then right at the end of an empowering, upbeat & sweaty class (not to mention feeling super proud of their achievements over 4 weeks) ~ l reminded them about that ‘one’ thing they¬†weren’t happy with and then sternly asked them, “So what are YOU going to do about it? What are the steps that YOU¬†are going to take to create change about this one thing that takes your smile away?¬†YOU¬†are in charge of your life & YOU get to decide how to live it every day!¬†Life is way too short, so keep trying to find your happy in everything that you do. YOU are more capable than you¬†realise ~ so keep this feeling right now and don’t be afraid to try everything to better your one shot life!
Heads were held high and energies had shifted to strength…
l felt¬†their souls strong, proud ~ and l’m sure they¬†realised¬†that what they had achieved in 4 dance classes was merely a snippet of what they¬†could carry with them outside the studio and apply to their lives…
There is no excuse. We must keep striving to be the best version of ourself – keep working hard, pushing fears out of comfort zones and challenging our lives in every way. It’s so¬†important to really live life¬†whilst we are¬†alive, doing things that gets you blood pumping and heart beating faster. Keep¬†striving to find passion within your soul ~ not just¬†going¬†through the same motions day in, day out. We all know that’s not fun or happiness, nor living at all…

Sooooo, moving right a long,  just a quick mention to say how grateful l am to have restocked some cards/prints to existing boutiques and even more excited to add some brand new places to the website.
Sprout Eden ~ Eden (new)
Pambula Wholefoods ~ Pambula (new)
Secret Spell ~ Merimbula (coming soon, new)
Earth Song Wellness Centre ~ Cooma (new)
Feather & Twine ~ Healesville
Dyoligy ~ Traralgon

Check out some upcoming Events & Fundraisers Soul Stories has jumped onboard with:
Beyond Blue – Charity Auction Night
Little Lion Hearts Online Auction Fundraiser
Comedy 4 Karma – Fundraising for Daylesford Dharma School
World Vegan Day 2016 ~ Melbourne
Heyfield Food & Wine Festival
Save A Cow ~ Sponsorship SAC Australia
You can keep up to date on these kinda events by clicking HERE

Warm Fuzzies that lm a little bit chuffed about:
Be sure to check out Soul Stories premiere Calendar for next year!
Last day to snap up the pre-sale ‘discount’ ~ ends October 1st!
Much love and gratitude to all those who have already grabbed one or two or five or 15!!?? WOW!
And a mega thanks to the incredible Belinda Strong (my dear friend & talented illustrator/graphic designer) who patiently worked by my side to bring this beautiful project to life.

And if you have never heard of IndieLove Magazine¬†– then take a sneaky peek of issue #3 as Soul Stories gets a two page mention.¬† A local online & print Magazine ~ showcasing independent authors, musicians, artists, film/actorsactors & travel etc… An up and coming magazine that will definitely inspire you to get your creative pants on.

Last big of goss, we still have about 55 limited edition & eco friendly
~ i dream of jeanne ~ tote bags remaining (series 2) and 24 limited edition & eco friendly Mindful Mats up for grabs.
Beautiful ideas for christmas gifts, not only for others but for YOURSELF too!

All of my big love and gratitude to my wonderful supporters – l honestly can not say it enough. Thank you so much to help me step a little closer to my dreams of living off what l love to do most of all ~ to help, heal and inspire…
Much love & laughter, xt

 

                   

 

Fav albums this month: Birds of Tokyo ~ Birds of Tokyo, Lemonade ~ Beyonce
and Wilder Mind ~ Mumford & Sons

Currently reading: Big Magic ~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Open Randomly ~ Ally Hamilton
and For One More Day ~ Mitch Albom

U Tube Inspiration: Gary Vaynerchuk & Shots of Awe ~ Jason Silva

Fav cafe/boutique: Sprout Eden & The Nutrition Pod

Do yourself a favour: Book an infrared sauna session

Pay It Forward Moment: Leaving pieces of Soul Stories art in random places that l have
travelled to this month…

New Places Visited: Cooma & Kalaru, N.S.W

Live Event Coming Up: Kinky Boots

Current Mood:¬†Open heart, open to possibilities…

~~

Daily Soul Stories

The time will come
when you find
softness & beauty
in the hurt
they left behind…
© August 2 .16

Today’s the Day…

August 11th 2016¬†~ Today I’ve realized 2 things I’m very proud of…

In almost 3 years I’ve only bought one piece of clothing (minus underwear) until a few days ago ~ focusing on feeding every penny back into my Soul Stories vision…
So the second piece of clothing I’ve purchased happens to be my first ever pair of sports skins (thanks for your amazing help¬†@lululemonausnz¬†in Chadston).Today's the Day
Kinda hard to believe considering all of the dance, yoga & training l’ve taken part of during the last 30 odd years. Overcoming a huge hurdle & pushing through fears of not feeling good in tight pants/leggin’s… We all have ‘our stuff’ and body image has been an ongoing struggle in my world. For some reason or another l’ve alway been super self conscious in fitted clothes, hugging me in what I consider the wrong places…


Anyways – today is one of those days where I’m stepping up and practicing what l preach to all of you amazing souls out there.
Be brave and believe ~ you are enough!!!
Because you are all freaking AMAZING – me included… ‚ėļÔłŹ??‚ú®‚̧ԳŹ??¬†

much love and light always xxx t

Beautiful Souls, Amazing Stories…

Little Heads Up…

Just wanted to let everyone know that you have ALL of tomorrow and the next day to purchase ANYTHING online to the value of $35. Why you ask?
So that you will be placed in¬†the draw to WIN one of Soul Stories brand NEW Mindful Mats!!! There are less than 40 people in the competition so far, so odds are pretty awesome… Eco friendly and a limited edition of 100, once they are sold (like the ~ i dream of jeanne ~ tote bags) they will never¬†be repeated.
Drawn at the end of the night on JULY 1st.

I will try to be short and sweet, but the last few months have been absolutely AMAZING for Soul Stories, so much to tell. I have so many amazing people to thank, especially to my wonderful tribe who continue to support me in so many incredible ways.

My premiere Mind, Body & Spirit Festival¬†was an absolute¬†success! I was super prepared¬†with an amazing set up, met so many wonderful & inspiring souls and even covered my¬†stall fees &¬†extra expenses. That’s what l¬†was affirming during the lead up to the event¬†& that’s exactly what the world gave back¬†to me…
A BIG thanks to all of my friends, new Soul Stories punks and to the couple of celebrities who swung buy to keep me smiling and energised.
I’ve posted a few photos below for anyone that didn’t get a chance to pop down and say hello.

Be sure to keep sending in your fab SS photos so l¬†can add them to the ‘Around the World’¬†Gallery, and to be in the monthly¬†running to win some¬†gift cards. Love, love, love ALL of your photos! Ive had so many this month, that have literally been sent in from around the world – WOW.

We have very exciting news that Soul Stories has been accepted into an¬†inspiring wellness boutique called Soul Soothings,¬†based in NY, USA.¬†Yes, that’s right,¬†USA!!!
Owner Kathy Izzard Chism has carefully selected a wonderful collection of SS prints to be a part of her magical space.
You can always keep up to date where you can find Soul Stories (in the real) by clicking onto the websites contact page, and scrolling down to:
Where can l find Soul Stories?

I have the most beautiful story to share, one of ‘my’ personal¬†Soul Stories that happened not so long ago called:¬†A Heart like Grandma’s.
It’s a heartfelt read which¬†wont take very long, so go grab yourself a cuppa and take a sneaky¬†peek.

A handful of gorgeous stores/boutiques have requested a larger range¬†of gift cards which l’ve had to pinch myself about, so thank you SO much to¬†New Leaves,¬†Art & Soul¬†Living¬†& Massage Healing Centre. Fingers crossed that there might be another boutique to add to my list after¬†tomorrows meeting in HEALSVILLE!? Watch this space punks.

Lastly a special thanks to Robyn Sell,¬†for including Soul Stories in her personal ‘heartbreaking’¬†story at the Australian Health Promotion Conference in Perth. I was extremely humbled and touched when she called me up to ask for my permission. Of all the stories she wanted to use, she chose the story called ‘Still Here’ ~ which has a very deep meaning to my heart also… Thank you so much¬†sweet soul. xx
Heres a short video (by Gin Pineau)¬†on the finishing touches of ‘Still Here’¬†being created.

Ok , need to wrap it up – be sure to keep checking the ‘Events’¬†section on the website to see what adventures, fundraisers and events Soul Stories is up too. More often than not, there is always something going on!¬†l can’t help myself ~ l always love¬†to jump onboard and collaborate with anyone in need or with a¬†fire in their belly. Please don’t hesitate to email me for any possibilities. The answer will always be NO unless you ask…

Much love¬†and light to everyone out there.¬†Rug up tonight, and please, please please, keep sharing your incredible stories…
tams xx

        

1. Mind Body Spirit Festival ~¬†A beautiful blank canvas to¬†decorate with SS colours…
2.¬†Mind Body Spirit Festival¬†~¬†My awesome brother Danny building my shelves… xo
3. Mind Body Spirit Festival ~ Partner in SS crime, Gin. My #1 helper with EVERYTHING!

     

4.¬†Mind Body Spirit Festival ~¬†My lovely¬†friend who has a heart like Grandmas.¬†Catch the full story here…
5. Mind Body Spirit Festival ~ Finally met talented singer Nina Feero (recognise her from The Voice?).
6.¬†Mind Body Spirit Festival¬†~¬†Sharing a beautiful¬†moment with a little boy who LOVED SS creatures…

    

7. Mind Body Spirit Festival ~ Beautiful support from friends since High School days… x
8. Mind Body Spirit Festival ~ Just because l can & like to laugh! (Such a show off!!)
9.¬†Mind Body Spirit Festival ~¬†More amazing support from gorgeous dance¬†partners…

    

9.¬†New Leaves¬†~¬†One of the most beautiful bookstores l’ve ever seen in Australia¬†(Woodend, VIC).
10. Art & Soul Living ~ Inspiring boutique with unique & warm reception Рyou will never want to leave!
11. Soul Soothings ~ New home for SS. Holistic consultations ~ complimented by a wellness boutique. USA

    

12.¬†Gorgeous photo from Koren (from¬†The Nutrition Pod) of her daughter stealing her new Mindful Mat…
13. Gippsland Womens Health ~ Extremely touched by Robyn sharing her story at Australian Health Promotion Conference in Perth ~ with Soul Stories.
14.¬†So many heart warming photos being sent in to Soul Stories ¬†‘Around the World’ Gallery

    

15.¬†Around the World¬†~¬†Beautiful friends l have yet to meet in the real – so much love & support from Canada. Be sure to chek out Naomi’s Artwork too!
16.¬†Tailor Made Soul Stories¬†~¬†A very special Soul Stories for a beautiful family dear to my heart… xxx
17. SS Mindful Mat ~ One of my talented dancer friends living in Austria (director of European Dance tours). Proudly using her inspiring SS Mat for her Pilates classes.

    

18.¬†Around the World¬†~¬†I have the most amazing friends & followers that send me their wonderful SS creations – yes ¬†please, to help, heal & inspire, that’s all l dream of… Thanks Zina
19. Around the World ~ All the way from France with their Jeanne Bag for their very special bundle of joy. Awww Daddy Sebastian looks super happy!
20. SS Mindful Mat ~ I hope lm 1/2 as amazing as this lady at her age. Love everything about this photo!

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Daily Soul Stories

I had been given
one wish ~
& all l knew
is that l wanted
to give it to you…
© April 11 .14

One Wish

A Heart like Grandmas

This is going to one of those beautiful yet a little bit heartbreaking stories – one of my personal Soul Stories with no great meaning other than l simply want to share it with you all…

A few weeks ago, towards the end of my day at the Victorian Art Centre Market, l noticed a lovely elderly lady on her own, taking time to read some of my gift cards. I pretended l was busy, sketching away in my own little world, but l was secretly watching her read each story very carefully… ¬†Finally l wandered over and asked her if she needed any help? When she looked up from reading, there was something about her big round watery eyes that reminded me of my Grandma.

With her gentle glance, it was as though she had the ability to stare straight into my heart and read all of my secret stories within seconds… With a kind voice and similar accent to my German Grandma, she said something like,¬†“Oh, dear girl, you are very beautiful inside, so kind to have all of these feelings and stories. You have a good soul, just beautiful – you feel so much…”

I was lost for words. l¬†just stood there staring at her, struggling to find my voice and when l did, my eyes were glassy, heart ¬†full of emotion and all l could manage to squeak out was,¬†“Thank you, you’re going to make me cry…”

A Heart like GrandmasWe exchanged a few more words and then she told me that she would love to buy a framed Soul Stories piece but she was walking and wouldn’t be able to carry it. With trembling words, she also explained that she had lost her ‘cheri’ 6 weeks ago and struggled to fill her days with different things to do…

By that stage l was feeling like someone had reached into my chest, scooped out my heart and just tossed it away. So l ran over to my ~l dream of jeanne~ bag and pulled out an envelope and said to her,¬†“How would you like come to the ‘Mind Body Spirit Festival’ next weekend? This ticket will get you in for free!”¬†Her eyes lit up immediately and she couldn’t stop thanking me over and over again.

“Now l have something to do for the next weekend and l don’t have to think about it, thank you, thank you. And thank you for this free ticket, because l went to the Italian Food and Wine Festival a few weeks ago, and when l got to the door they told me that a ticket costs $75 and well, l don’t have that money, so l had to walk away… So thank you so very much for this…” In truth it sounded more like ‘Sank you, sank you’ with the adorable German accent… just like my Grandma’s.

There were so many more heartwarming¬†pieces to our conversation, but from the snippets l have retold, it’s easy to understand her beautiful soul. By the end of her stories,¬†she promised to find me again and waved goodbye¬†with a huge smile on her face ~ whereas l had to reach for my sunglasses to hide my teary eyes and heartache…

I couldn’t stop thinking about her. I didn’t even know her name – yet l kept returning to this moment, this random meeting and replaying her stories in my mind. I just felt for her so much and tried to imagine what life would be like for her now.

For so many years she had been doing everything with someone else, every single day and that’s all she knew. Now, at 70 years or so, she had to relearn who she was and really work hard to create little things for herself to do each day, just to fill in time that felt forever without him…

A Heart like Grandma'sBy the time ‘Mind Body Spirit Festival’¬†rolled around, l was flat out, stressed out and pretty much freaking out! I had thought about her prior to installing, wondering if she would have the courage to come by. But because it was my premiere event and was fully concentrated of being present in each moment, I had forgotten about her until l heard a familiar voice (again like my Grandma) say,¬†“Oh,¬†there¬†you are…”¬†

I looked up to see big watery eyes staring back at me, filled with love and so much gratitude.¬†“I almost didn’t find you,”¬†she said with relief,¬†“lve been looking and looking and almost gave up, and now l am so happy to find you…”¬†¬†

Ahhh, l was so thrilled that she had found her way to the Festival! l learnt that she had a wonderful day, not to mention the odd 20 more ‘sank¬†yous’ l received.¬†

After she told all of my customers how amazing l was (yes l was bright red by this stage and seriously embarrassed), she then told me that she HAD to buy something! I tried to argue with her, but she wasn’t having any of it. So l told her that she couldn’t buy anything unless we had a photo together!!!!

She tried to argue with me, but no chance Рas you can see, l won!! 

I experienced so many wonderful moments during the ‘Mind Body Spirit Festival’, but this particular moment was golden and l will always hold this story close to my heart. Shame on me, l still don’t know this beautiful lady’s name, but l do know that she will never be forgotten. Thank you beautiful lady with a heart like my Grandmas, thank you for sharing your heartbreakingly beautiful story with me and for allowing me to fill your weekend with a little extra light and joy. I hope you are finding new and wonderful things to do ~ ¬†and that each day passes a little easier and a little richer with stories like these… xxt

Dreamy Eisteddfod Days…

Since returning to Oz, lve been slowing building up my resume of adjudicating at different dance competitions ~ and l’ve just completed my longest Eisteddfod ever, 8 days in a row! I knew before hand that it was going to be quite an intense week, requiring my full attention 24/7, and rather mentally challenging – but what l totally wasn’t prepared for was the emotional side, heartstrings being tugged on and many fond memories rising to the surface…

Dreamy Eisteddfod Days...Towards the end of a incredible inspiring week of watching wonderful dancers and hanging out with the friendly committee ~ I was also unconsciously taking in the the tiny moments caught between mother and daughter(s)…

After everything had come to a beautiful closing, it wasn’t until l returned home and woke up the next morning that memories exploded through my body and tears trickled down my face…

How lucky these girls and boys were to have such incredible parents to spend so much time, energy and love on them during these early and sometimes very long days… Which of course brought my thoughts back to mum…

Dreamy Eisteddfod Days...My sister and l used to spend EVERY¬†school holidays at different Eisteddfods. Mum would carefully make all of our beautiful costume, which was super boring to try on 50 times to get it right. Always doing our hair and makeup until we were old enough to figure it out ourselves. I was often nervous and wanting a LONG time to warm up, so we would arrive at the theatre WAY earlier than was probably necessary… And then she would sit there and watch us get ready, loving every second of it before wandering out into the auditorium¬†and watch her girls perform like a proud mama goose.

She was never a ballet mum, she had no idea what was right and wrong, other than her girls were happy when they were dancing and they looked beautiful on stage…

We all had so much crazy fun back then… Dreamy Eisteddfod Days...
Spending time with my wonderful ballet teacher Miss Sue, hanging with fellow friends & other dancers ~ especially the ones you idolised!! Winning a place was so important back then – and now all l can think of is that l hoped l showed mum enough gratitude and love for all that she did for us?
Did l? Did we?
I hope so…
These memories are like gold dust, sprinkled throughout my soul. I wish l could have passed on more knowledge to the dancers in this respect, but l’m sure l would have ended up a blubbering mess, so maybe some of them can read my heartfelt words instead.

Take time to spend with your mum or dad during these very special moments & be patient with them as they are with you. They love you and care for you deeply and just want to see you happy. Yes there are moments were you roll your eyes because you are embarrassed how proud they are at times – but it doesn’t matter, one day your will be 50 years old and they will still act exactly the same. Just relax & roll with it. Give them a big hug every now and then & tell them that you love them & are super grateful for all that they do…

Memories are such a funny thing…
I hope l thanked mum enough back then, for all that she did for us? If l didn’t then l’m saying it out loud a million times over & praying that she will still hear me from the clouds above…

Dancers out there, these Eisteddfod are absolutely precious – it’s not about the winning a place or not, but about the in-between moments, the breath between the hard choreography, thats where the real magic lays… These moments are the most priceless stories you will ever create & will¬†shape you into the best person you can be ~ so please pause and remember to simply say thanks so much mum/dad…
One day, l’m sure you will be thanking me for this gentle reminder.

Much love & light, tx

Dreamy Eisteddfod Days...    Dreamy Eisteddfod Days... Dreamy Eisteddfod Days...

Gary Vaynerchuk ~ featured inspiration

Entrepreneur/Author

I first discovered Gary Vaynerchuk via my close friend (& graphic designer for Soul Stories) Gin Pineau. 
Around the end of December 2013, after several MASSIVE upheavals in my life, she emailed me a link from the awesome & inspirational¬†Chase Jarvis Live¬†segment on tube. I didn’t know anything about this Gary guy other than reading the intro:¬†Chase Jarvis welcomes author and social media marketer¬†Gary Vaynerchuk¬†to his Seattle studio to discuss ‘how to stand out in a noisy social world.’

Gary Vaynerchuk

From the second this interview started – l was absolutely transfixed! And let me tell you, that’s pretty incredible for me, as being an artist, l like to potter around and do 14 things at once whilst watching interviews…
Anyways, back to Gary Vee.
His enthusiasm, passion, dedication and work your ass off motivation had me hook line and sinker! I was so in awe of his extrovert charisma and his gift to articulate his words in such an intelligent and down to earth manner – not to mention the beneficial content he was giving away for free… It didn’t matter that my world (in so many aspects) seemed so far away from his – it was all relevant and made so much sense. l’m pretty sure l was so pumped that l ordered his latest book¬†‘Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook’¬†immediately!

Gary Vaynerchuk

Since that moment, l have been following his movements on most of his social media platforms, watching all of his keynotes/interviews and following his impressive¬†‘Ask Gary Vee Show’¬†on utube… ¬†No matter what business you are in (l would also go as far as saying even if you just want to be a better person!?) ~ what Gary Vaynerchuk has to offer is incredibly worth every second of your time. And we all know precious time is in this noisy world these days!

I could ramble on and on how much l love how much he stresses about humility, authenticity, transparency, focus on your strengths, delegate your weaknesses, to¬†REALLY¬†listen to you customers, to treat your employees EVEN BETTER than how you care for your customers, that there are no excuses, that you have the ability to create the future and opportunities that YOU want, but you always have to put the work in ~ you have to do your homework peoples! ¬†Perseverance¬†all the way…
If you don’t know who this incredible and inspiring soul is ~ then the time is NOW to welcome him into your world. I have no doubt you will fall in love with everything about him…
Go, go, go… much love, tx

Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk

Read more about Gary here:
http://garyvaynerchuk.com/about

Other accounts:
~ Twitter (garyvee)
~  Instagram (garyvee)
~ Facebook (gary vaynerchuck)
~ Utube (gary vaynerchuck)

Accidental Photo

I almost deleted this accidental photo , but as l stared at it
a little longer than I should have, I found so much more…¬†‚̧‚ú®

From left to right, a cheeky glass of red as the sun settles¬†, 2 incredibly special Soul Stories (original & limited edition #4) with custom framing¬†, wrapped up to make its way to a lovely new home, Mum’s venetian masks¬†on the wall ~ representing one of my fav cities to play in, my simple journal and random pencil ‚úŹ of the 100’s I own, the¬†sun¬†kissing the couch, Macdonald the giraffe sitting in the corner ~ which was my gift to mum in remembrance of her brother whom she lost too young, my custom made bike¬†¬†from an X-pro rider, which was a gift to my heart¬†during a very desperate and dark period of my life and my beautifully hand carved chair which I found in Montevideo, Sth America by an extremely talented and fascinating artist¬†¬†~ trans-shipped from cruise ship to cruise ship to finally make its way back to me in¬†Oz…¬†

This accidental photo holds a lot of love, magic and memories in my heart¬†‚ú®‚̧
I am beyond grateful.

Much love and light, always xx t

 

Paris my Love

My mind has been so far away today ~
and even further away on my solitary 2.5hr drive home from Mt Eliza… Almost 8 years of pictures, people, memories and every kind of tender feeling of Paris saturated my head… I cant even begin to describe how emotionally attached I feel to this beautiful city.

Hearing about todays horrific events has left me in shock ~ pushing me to revisit the happiest period of my life along with the lowest that has left my heart broken beyond repair…
December 2013, I never wanted to leave Paris ~ but there are moments in your life where the unconscious signs of pebbles being thrown at your head become conscious, which by then have turned into boulders… That’s when you realize a shift in your world has to be made in order to move on, to start breathing again and focus on all the beauty this crazy ‚Äėone shot‚Äô life has to offer‚Ķ

My heart is with you France, every inch of it!

 

My dear French friends and family,
l love you,
l pray for you,
l hope for you,
please,
don’t let this day harden your kindness…
You have such a wonderful city
that has captured the heart of so many
~ and always will…
We are with you xxx t

 

Let the good within our heart
create enough light
to guide us through
this darkness…  
© November 13 .15

‚ÄėEnough Light‚Äô

 

Paul Malek ~ featured inspiration

Artistic Director/ Chorographer

My story about Paul Malek starts when l was about 8 or 9 years old, back in my dance competition days at the Morwell & Traralgon Eisteddfod in Gippsland. Paul was few years younger than me, so l never took much notice of him.¬†¬†I have vague memories of him being a nice little technical dancer, but boys will be boys and just thought that he was a bit annoying behind the scenes sometimes…

Paul Malek
Paul with sister Alison Malek

Towards the end of 2007 l¬†settle back into the dancing scene in Paris when l¬†stumbled across a small video on Paul’s Facebook page. The image l had of Paul was still something like the photo to left, back in our spring point days. So when l clicked onto his video of a contemporary piece he had choreographed to a beautiful piece of music I was pretty much dumbfounded, kind of in shock!? I was having a hard time believing that this was the same person… It was in that very distinct moment that l knew that this boy was indeed someone special, going places very soon (if he wasn’t on his way already) ~ such an incredible talent who could create storytelling through dance on another level. I felt an immense sense of connection to his passion which was so evident in this tiny piece of choreography that l had watched several times over. I immediately wrote to Paul, congratulation on this stunning piece and asked him for the name of the music (Your Call by Secondhand Serenade). Im pretty sure l told him how inspired l was, and as silly as it seemed, very proud of the direction he was heading in!

From that moment on, l have been watching him from afar, falling in love with his extreme passion, hard work and dedication to dance. Australia is so very lucky to have such an artistic strength ~ who continues to push boundaries and shaking up traditional ways of how dancers are taught, seen and heard in this fast paced world.

Just seeing his choreography on Australia’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ catches my breath and sends shivers up my spine.¬†I have yet to see one of his performances in the REAL and really MUST now that l have settle back in Australia ~ no excuses!

Paul is currently the Artistic Director of Transit Dance which is a unique training institution that offers nationally accredited courses to transition students of contemporary dance and aspiring dance teachers into their professional careers. Transit Dance encompasses innovation, creativity and artistic diversity. Their aim is to empower the next generation of dance artists to transition into their future roles as dancers, choreographers and teachers.

This special ‘featured inspiration’ section is not necessarily a bio on each persons achievements – but more about my connection with them, how their life has intertwined with mine and how they have inspired my heart and soul (and continues to) in so many ways. Anyway, l’m pretty sure l would run out of room if l were to try and list all of Pauls achievements!?
If you would like to find out more about Paul and what he might be hiding up his sleeve, be sure to check out his personal website or ¬†‘Paul Malek Official’ on Facebook .
Thank you Paul, with all of my heart, l’m still quietly watching you from afar ~ feeling inspired and proud of your incredible journey and even more so excited for what is yet to come… ¬†xt

“A prolific dance entrepreneur, Paul is the driving force behind Australian dance businesses Transit Dance, Underground Australia, Immersed, Project Y, Boom Media, Boom Management, Dance Chat and theatrical production company Collaboration The Project.

Paul’s choreographic credits include; So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Dancing with the Stars, Up Here (film), Hair The Musical, Yours Truly, and a plethora of highly acclaimed & award winning theatrical dance productions.

In June 2013 Paul was awarded the role of directer and choreographer for the Australian dance feature film UP HERE, set for release in 2014.

Paul is actively engaged in the Australian dance community. As artistic director of The Victorian Dance Festival, and an active board member of Australian Teachers of Dancing International & Ausdance Victoria, Paul‚Äôs passion is clear; to develop a strong and connected local artistic environment, allowing creative artists to grow and expand their craft.”

p.s Here is video link¬†to¬†one of my personal favourite pieces that Paul has choreographed and performed in. Goosebumps!! Be inspired…

 

Paul Malek
Paul Malek

 

Paul Malek with his mum/mentor Karen
Paul with his mum/mentor Karen Malek

 

Transit Dance
Transit Dance

Ally Hamilton ~ featured inspiration

Yogi/Writer/ Life Coach

I’m pretty sure it was 2001 when l was in L.A for Princess rehearsal period ¬†~ l bought my first Apple Mac laptop and tried to transfer all of my iPod info, but of course wiped it instead. And l’m pretty sure l cried too.¬†Reaching out to everyone to replace all of my lost music and yoga classes, my dear friend Mary Luty introduced me to an ex ballet dancer, LA based yogi called ¬†‘Ally Hamilton’¬†via some of her yoga c.d’s.

I didn’t get the chance to practice any of her ‘live’ classes whilst l was there, but gosh knows l’ve been blessed enough to do well over hundreds of her downloads & online streaming classes and introduced her to so many of my friends.

I was immediately drawn to Ally’s flow of practice in so many ways ~ her light hearted & encouraging manner, always addressing REAL & RAW possibilities that occur in our every day life and quite often with a hint of cheeky play, because yoga is life and not meant to be taken too seriously. Not only are Ally’s practices absolutely inspiring ~ but her writing is just as incredible!

All of her stories, every single one of them to read, digest and reflect upon have hit home for me and no doubt for so many others, on all sorts of levels. She has such a beautiful and poignant way with words, that seem to flow just as natural as her yoga classes do.

‚ÄúI feel totally blessed to have assembled such an amazing, gifted group of teachers under one roof at Yogis Anonymous. I used to say things like, ‚Äúeverything happens for a reason‚ÄĚ, but I‚Äôve seen some things that are so incomprehensibly heartbreaking I don‚Äôt try to wrap things up in neat little packages like that anymore. I do my best to witness what‚Äôs happening around me, and to witness the way I respond. I believe in personal accountability, and in doing the work to get right with yourself. I think the natural state of all humans is love. It‚Äôs not a scientific study, but I‚Äôve birthed two babies into this world, and I think we arrive full of love and curiosity and passion for life. Sometimes we learn fear and limitations and mistrust. I teach because yoga helps us unlearn those things, heal what needs to be healed, and return to our natural state, again, LOVE. I try to spread some wherever I go. Don‚Äôt always succeed. When I don‚Äôt show up the way I‚Äôd like to, I examine what happened and figure out how to do better next time.‚ÄĚ ~ Ally

Even though I won‚Äôt be dropping by L.A within the next few months, its definitely on my ‚Äėto do‚Äô list, sooner rather than later, and lm sooooooo going to hunt this wonderful woman down!!!!¬†Definitely check out her online¬†classes¬†~ l promise you, they are worth every second of your precious time, mind, body & soul…and look for her beautiful book too, “Yoga’s Healing Power: Looking Inward for Change, Growth and Peace”, due from Llewellyn Worldwide in July, 2016.

http://yogisanonymous.com/

 

Ally Hamilton

 

 

 

Spot on Coca-Cola

Hmmmm…

Normally l would never look twice at Coca-Cola or their advertising¬†or pretty much anything that represents their sugary and very unhealthy soft drink ~ but this one time, l’ve got to hand it to them…
The concept for this advert is simple & brilliant.

“It‚Äôs no secret that human beings base much of our judgements on looks. How a person looks is usually the first thing we notice about them, but what happens if you meet someone without seeing them?
That‚Äôs what Coca-Cola wanted to try when it placed 6 strangers in a dark room and had them meet for the first time in total darkness.”

No one is perfect, and we are all guilty of judging a book by its cover (some more than others). Hopefully this can be a little reminder to open your heart a little further than yesterday & give people a chance to feel comfortable, allowing them to show ‘all’ of their incredible colours without feeling insecure…

Yes, I truly believe that everyone deserves a clean slate until proven otherwise. Everyone has their own stories that we know absolutely nothing about.
If Coca-Cola Campaign can get their shit together to remove labels ~ then there is no excuse, so can we!
Much love & light, tx

http://share100.goingviralposts.biz/coca-cola-campaign-aims-to-remove-labels/

 

Coca-Cola no labels

 

 

Monique Van Steen ~ featured inspiration

Painter/Artist

I came across this beautiful Dutch artist through a mutual friend on Facebook. Her artwork caught my eye and I was like WOW and immediately researched more about her and her creative process… Always around the reoccurring theme of female beauty, Monique’s paintings explore boundaries of plain colour-fields held together by expressively dripped paint. I’m extremely drawn to the beautiful way she unites control and chaos within her art ~ which has an element similar in the way I currently illustrate Soul Stories.

I was fortunate enough to swing by Barcelona towards the end of 2013 (where she currently resides) & caught up with her briefly in her wonderful little share studio (at the time).

Monique’s essence is just as beautiful inside as it is outside. We shared artistic ideas, personal stories, works in progress and many laughs along the way.

Even though I won’t be dropping by Barcelona any time soon, I keep my eye on her artistry via social media and continue to be inspired by her wisdom & growth… Such a pleasure to cross paths with you Monique

http://www.moniquevansteen.com

 

Monique Van Steen

 

 

 

 

Long Awaited WELCOME…

PTams' Studioassion

Hunger

Gratitude

Three very important words that l live by ~¬†and have gotten me to this very humble point in time…

Stick around a little longer and l will get back to you about all that within another story, but for right now, it’s all about a big fat warm WELCOME to Soul Stories brand spankin’ website!!!! Seriously, someone pinch me now. Yeah, l’m kinda a tad bit excited!

I thought about giving a big run down on all of the wonderful stuff hiding within the nooks and crannies here ~ but then l suddenly stopped typing, and thought it would be much nicer to let you explore as you wanted, wandering aimlessly and stumbling upon all of the fun things for yourself… So l deleted half of my page and ~ voila, here it is!

So go ‘fly my pretties’, run, play, share, laugh, cry, connect ~ my¬†Soul Stories new home is now yours. All of your stories returned to you in this special space dedicated to Soul Stories. And don’t be afraid to sign up for the Newsletters & weekly Soul Stories because you’ll be in the loop to find out all the goss & giveaways¬†first.

Oh, and please keep sending your gorgeous photos in, so l can update our ‘Around the World’ gallery every month ~ jump on over there now and check it out, there’s even a little incentive reward for your efforts… Ok, there is so much more l want to say and explain, but l’ll zip my mouth shut and tie up my typing hands so you can have a chance to breathe it all in. I most definitely know that lm still catching my breath.
Thank you one more time Mike Watterson for this amazing web site ~ now its up to me to maintain it all, ahhhhh!?  Catch everyone sooner rather than later. Much laughter, light and all of my big, big love, tams xxx

Tams' Studio

 

‚ÄúYour time is limited, so don‚Äôt waste it living someone else‚Äôs life. Don‚Äôt let the noise of others‚Äô opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition‚Ķ Stay hungry. Stay foolish.‚Ä̬†~¬†Steve Jobs

Dharma School is Important

I just came across my friends FB page and read some words which resonated deeply in my heart:
PLEASE HELP US TO RAISE MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOL. this is where Bodhi goes to school, I think one of the most awesome schools on the planet, a place of compassion, mindfulness and where the kids really love and own, thank you, Gav x

l truly believe that a better, brighter future is made possible by becoming more aware of our hearts, our feelings and by understanding empathy & compassion‚Ķ And it seems to me that this school is very much on par with the same teachings that I (&¬†Soul Stories) feel are extremely important…

I wont be able to donate much, but as l say to many, if someone offered me $1 I definitely wouldn’t throw it in the gutter – all of the small pieces soon add up very quickly, which then turns dreams into a reality.
So share, read or donate that $1 – every tiny dot connects to another dot and WILL create that big and beautiful picture…¬†Much love, tx

Daylesford Dharma School

Why the Dharma School is important.

Our children are our hope for the future.
We’re a 7-year-old independent school with 60 primary students and more to come. We’re ready to open our secondary school but we’ve struck a major setback. Our lease has run out and we have to build a new home for our school in a matter of months.

We have found the perfect site ‚Äď a beautiful, sloping field on the edge of Wombat Hill in Daylesford. Now we need to raise the money to buy it.¬†We can‚Äôt do it alone.We need your support to grow our school, to help us buy the land and build a new school to teach the wise and compassionate leaders of tomorrow.

By giving, you provide the promise of something bigger than land, more important than just another school. By giving you are contributing to a better future for our children and the world around us.

Why Give?
If the way of the world doesn’t change here, then where?
If wisdom and compassion are not learnt now, then when?
If we can’t save our planet with loving kindness, then how?
If our children are not the hope for humanity, then who?
We’re here to make a difference.

Our children are our future. They are the hope of humanity as the challenges that face us around the world continue to escalate. These challenges call for a new kind of humanity and a new kind of leadership – one that is not based on power and will alone. But a humanity that is guided by the enduring qualities of wisdom and compassion. These are the qualities that lead to right action. One-pointed and altruistic, with the highest good as our goal.

Daylesford Dharma SchoolOver time we are seeing a new kind of child emerge at the school. One who adopts an attitude of open-heartedness. Who chooses to act from a clear sense of what is right. Who is learning to master conflict resolution. Who considers their impact on the world around them. Who is guided to seek the highest good for all.

We believe the world needs more children like this, children who will grow into adults with values and qualities than can make a true difference. Loving parents,compassionate leaders, benevolent business operators, caring workers, wise teachers, truthful politicians, true peace makers.

This is why the Daylesford Dharma School is important

https://www.indiegogo.com/proj…/our-school-needs-a-new-home…

Website work from Bed

It’s website working morning – from my the comfort of my bro’s spare bed whilst I run around in Melbs for a few days… Ahhhhh, get ready punks, this is soooooo gona be ready by next mth, maybe even sooner?!???

A mega thank you to my little elves reading through it as l type ~ proofing, editing, checking out functions, accessibility etc… whilst the amazing Mike Watterson from Brixton Creative finishes it off from the other end…¬†Thank you, thank you, thank you ~ with all of my big ol’ heart.

Much love, tx