Monday, September 13, 2010

My Mission (and I choose to accept it!)

Well, I kind of disappeared last week in all the things I was doing, so today's post is a long catch up post in which I will share all that I've been up to in the last week and to talk of change-a-coming!
This Fall, (and perhaps all Falls?) feels all about transition, the moving in to or out of things. The change of summer's end into the cooler weather, shorter days and the busy-ness of school (yup, I'm back in school for another semester), the continual building and growing of Art Asana, and teaching yoga. It feels like a challenge to hold it all, balance it all and flow smoothly with the changes,
and at the same time stay grounded and rooted.
But I'm working on it,
relying heavily on my organization calendar/ daily to-do lists
and my daily yoga practice.

So first, I'll share the physical stuff I've been up too
and then we'll get philosophical! You ready?



Now you can send a little bit of Art Asana love to someone you care about!
 I'm very excited to finally share a collection of notecards that I've designed using some of my artwork. I love the way these came out because they are like little mini-prints! Each blank notecard measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and comes with an envelope and packaged in a clear sleeve. You can get a set of two or a set of 6 (6 pack includes two of each print). These first ones that I put out based on the fact they are Fall colors and themes. I am hoping to gradually put more notecards of different prints up in the shop in the next few weeks, so if there is a print you'd love to see as a notecard, let me know or stay to tuned to see when it shows up in the shop!


I continued to progress on these three "Root Chakra" paintings I started last week and I'm almost done
and I have some other ideas for paintings in my Art'n'Asana series, that integrate the Root chakra theme that I've been thinking about, teaching about, writing about and making art about, that I can't wait to get started it's another stay tuned situation!

Over the weekend, I worked on another project using Hand Font to create
How cool is that!
You can turn your own hand writing into computer font!
Sometimes I could just hug technology!
I see myself making more hand drawn fonts.....
 and it was pretty easy to create
( although I did have a little trouble figuring out how to get the font into word and photoshop which I finally did, but have no idea how).


The last physical project, I've been working on in the past week is a surprise, but the above picture will give you a pretty good hint! I am beyond excited about this project and can't wait to share it with you (mostly likely this will happen sometime next week!)

Alright, now for philosophical side of things that has been keeping preoccupied in the past week.

Egged on by a new online community I've joined in on called the Creative Empire (founded by Tara Gentile of Scoutie Girl and Megan Auman of Crafting an MBA),
I have been tearing through some new material about blogging (52 Weeks of Blogging) and crafting a business that is in alignment with my greater purpose in this lifetime (enter philosophical discussion).

As I mentioned in past posts the last couple of weeks, that the Root chakra is all about affirming your right to the life you want, affirming your right to exist and be in the world. It is about becoming more of who you are. So, it feels appropriate to have come up with the following mission statement (based on an assignment from the 52 weeks of Blogging) for what it is I am to do with this one, wild and precious Art Asana life:

"Art Asana is the place I take my creative seat as artist and yogini.
 It is a place where I share my journey along the parallel paths of yoga and creativity and offer bright, happy creations inspired by the life-affirming practice and study of yoga. It is my intention to empower those visiting my tiny droplet of the world, with ideas and inspiration to say "yes" to life. It is my hope that visitors leave Art Asana with a splash of joy in their hearts and a glimpse of their own incredible, creative potential."

There it is.
What do you think?

In the coming weeks, I am hoping to make this blog space reflect this mission more and more.
I saw somewhere this week, the quote,
"the only thing we can rely on is change".
So with that,
 I intend to fall and flow through the transitional season of change
and do my very best to stay rooted in the becoming.



susans said...

Love art, color sense & your mission, just know that you do inspire me as an artist, yogi & fellow traveler on this creative path.

Eliza Lynn Tobin said...

@susans awe thank you Susan, that means a lot to me! here's to traveling along this path!

Jardino said...

beautiful work Eliza! you've been a busy bee this past summer... here's wishing you an equally productive, + rewarding fall:) x

Eliza Lynn Tobin said...

Thanks @Jardio! It has been busy and there is still so much to do! I'm going to take on the motto: "one thing at a time. allow the breath to lead and the action/movement to follow." I hope you have a happy productive, rewarding fall too! Can't wait to see photos from Italy!

Leaves and Feathers said...

Wow, great blog post Eliza. It sounds like you are on track to a really exciting place with your work and your blog, I'm so looking forward to seeing how this develops for you! Now I'm off to go create my own handwriting font, LOVe that idea!! xo

EricaG said...

I love this post!!! So often, when I visit your blog, I leave feeling like you are wrestling with some of the same thoughts that I am. The idea of writing a mission statement really resonates with me. I also "get" what you said about being more of yourself. Cheers!


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