Naked Truth

I was asked tonight:

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

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

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

But look a little closer ~ I’m 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 judgement, 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’s 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 your 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)

 

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

 

Pocket Sized Pieces of Wisdom

Play hard, love deeply, travel far.
Grab you life with 2 hands
& shake the shit out of it.
Empty your cup for others
& then spend alone time
filling it back up…

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,
be beautiful inside out
& back to front
Live with integrity,
believe in quality
& be the very best version
of yourself…

Constantly put yourself
in other peoples shoes,
be kind to others
& then 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.
Most things in life are not
important, nor matter,
but it’s important that we
give a shit
& do them anyway.

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?!

And this years epic learning curve
is to wish myself
and for all others
to constantly check in
and ask oneself ~
‘Does this Soul
add value to my life?’
If Yes ~ Arms wide open,
access to unlimited time,
connection with curiosity
& 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 you’re working towards
& dreaming to be…

January 9 .18

World Vegan Day ~ Melbourne 2017

So here comes one of my favourite events of the year, where two of my passions roll into one. I’m beyond grateful to be asked to curate this years ‘Art’ section for Melbourne’s World Vegan Day 2017 – so l guess l won’t be able to rave too much about being accepted this time, as l will definitely say yes to myself, hahah, one of the perks right… This will be the third year taking part in this wonderful day for all…

A portion of any sales made by Soul Stories on this day wil be donated to one of my special animal organisations S.A.C – Australia (Save a Cow). S.A.C is Australia’s biggest cow sanctuary & biggest ‘large farm animal’ sanctuary ~ to find out more, please click HERE.

Back to World Vegan Day!
Seriously this is a wonderful day out for all NOT to be missed.
We are still waiting for the Arts proposal to be given the YES, so hold tight ans will let you all know what we have tucked up our sleeve for you! The quality and quantity of Artist’s this year is high, which is absolutely inspiring!

World Vegan Days goal is to promote and expand awareness of the ethical, compassionate, health and environmental benefits of a vegan diet and lifestyle to the general public.

They are an all-inclusive, non-judgemental family event that encourages all people of every age group, gender, race and religion to celebrate World Vegan Day. While it is a great day for all Vegans to celebrate the vegan lifestyle it is also a great opportunity to outreach to the wider non-vegan community and immerse them for a few hours in the vegan lifestyle. Many people over the years after attending the event have become Vegan on that day.

Keep on reading below to see all of the attractions WVD have to offer on this fun, friendly and incredibly YUMO day! xt

 

MEET THE ARTIST’SWorld Vegan Day ~ Melbourne 2016
Adele Marshall
Alex Edward
Chloe Robinson
Damian Cazaly
Erin Pearce
Gav Barbey
Georgia Steel
Gin Pineau
Hayley Lauren
Jane Wong
Jenny McCracken
Kelly Dinham
Khrys Wardant
Leah Stephens
Marcos Dante Garcia
Misprint
Mia Freeaman
Oliver Saoirse
Pedro Allemant
Renato Martins
Tammy Leigh
Tams ~ Soul Stories
Tony Stephens

 

About World Vegan Day

This year’s World Vegan Day Melbourne is going to be bigger than ever.

This one day event offers a broad and exciting range of what it means to live vegan. It’s a free event, and opens the door for you to come and explore, whether you are passionate about health and wellbeing, fitness, beauty and body care, clothing, footwear and fashion, kids and family activities animals, animal rights, environment, sustainability, delicious food and drinks:

World Vegan Day has something to offer you. It is an opportunity for anyone and everyone to come along and experience the vegan lifestyle. Whether you are vegan or just interested in knowing more on veganism, this is a day you will want to save in your diary.

Main Attractions:

Exhibitors Stalls
Vegan Voices Talks Area
Food Stands
Fitness and Health Activities
Fashion Show
Music and Performance
Art Exhibition
Vegan Paleo (New Area)
Kids Activity Area
Jumping Castle

 

****The trains will be running to the Show Grounds****

Please follow our Facebook page to keep informed of more information regarding the event, including updates of our sponsors, attractions on the day, guest speakers, and much more.

*Please note that we are unable to bring dogs onto the site with respect to the venue regulations.

Our team is currently busy planning for the best “World Vegan Day” Melbourne has yet to experience. If you are interested to know what entertainment we have established so far then check out our links under the “what’s happening” section.  More information will be made available as we become closer to the event, so refer back to this page so you don’t miss out on any juicy updates.

Should you have any inquiries or any great ideas for this events improvement please contact info@wvd.org.au.
Find out more below:
http://www.wvd.org.au

 

World Vegan Day ~ Melbourne 2016

 

 

 

 

Spring Vegan Festival 2017

The Spring Vegan Festival is an exciting new event taking place at the historic Meat Market in North Melbourne. The venue with a once dark history will be transformed into a day celebrating veganism.

Come along and wander through the all vegan market where you can pick up some great vegan goodies, watch make up demos in the beauty village, strength demos in the fitness village as well as support and join some inspiring local non profit groups.

There will be plenty of delicious food from various vendors, as well as the premiere of ALV’s Vegan Easy Café with coffee, cakes and a delectable lunch menu.

“Our entertainment stage will be bringing you something unique, so stay tuned for our event program coming soon. A dedicated art zone will feature work from amazing local artists and search for golden tickets to win amazing prizes!”
And surprise surprise, Soul Stories is SUPER excited to be a part of this amazing event – WOOHOOOO. Just recevied the green light not so long ago and l’m definitely one happy camper. So pretty please come and say hello if you find yourself down this way. I’m sure the sun will be smiling over us and the whole place vibing from all the warm, positive feelings anddddd FOOD!?! Yummmm, can’t wait… xt

Date & Time
Sat. 28 October 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm AEDT

Location
Meat Market
5 Blackward Street
North Melbourne, VIC 3051

All of this for a $2 entry fee with any profits going directly back to helping animals!

 

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