Saturday, May 29, 2010

Give yourself permission

No one grants you the right to be an artist.  You must claim it for yourself.

Even after I had earned my bachelor's degree in fine art, I still didn't feel like I had the right to call myself an "artist."   People would ask, "what do you do?" And I would reply, "well, my degree is in Fine Arts, but I'm working at such-and-such right now."  I was waiting for someone to give me permission to call myself an artist.  Until then, I would supposedly have no authority on anything I had spent over 4 years studying.  Not even the diploma on my wall was enough. I was waiting for the art fairy to suddenly appear and tap me on the head with her magical art wand and give me my title.  It never happened.

So one day I decided I had to grant myself the title of ARTIST.  I had business cards made up that said:

Lindsay Satchell

It's very simple, but it meant so much to me. I just came across one of those business cards as I was packing up my studio. That little colorful card with rainbow swirls gave me the courage to say, "I'm an artist."  I'm so glad I gave myself permission!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Balancing Act

"Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of man's being"
Orison Swett Marden

Whew, what a weekend. Alistair’s 1st birthday party was a blast and he had a great time. Especially for a little guy that cut a tooth the night before and skipped his morning nap, he was the perfect guest of honor.  

Alistair and his cousin, Maddie
We also made huge progress on the garage that needs to be built as part of the agreement we have with the folks who are buying our house.  So, yay!  Getting closer.
I’m equal parts excited and sad.  A dash of nervous, and a pinch of curious about what’s to come.  But whether it’s anxiety or excitement, sometimes stress gets the better of me. And when I’m stressed, my body freaks out.  This is when I cannot get enough sleep, I start craving way more sugar than is reasonable, and unfortunately, I often start having seizure activity again. Usually nothing big, just small “auras” that are uncomfortable and unsettling. It feels kinda like a panic attack with deja vu and a hot flash. They only last 30-60 seconds and then pass.  However, they are also warning signals that show up before a full-on, pass out, twitching on the floor seizures (also known as a grand mal or tonic-clonic seizure). Not good. So I have to be really careful not to let stress get the better of me.  
The clear solution is:  get more sleep, meditate, do yoga, make art,  and go out in the fresh air.  But how will I pack this house up?  How will I cook lunch for the baby? How will I find time to shower?!!  Do laundry?! Stay sane?!!!
It’s a balancing act. 
So I really enjoyed and appreciated this article on balance and stress from Balance In Me today.  Click here to read it.  
Here’s to always finding the right balance in our lives.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Achoo! Time for Soup.

It's cold and rainy here in the Motor City, and we all have colds.  My lungs actually hurt from coughing! My friend annie (read her blog for tips on medicinal teas and how to deal with IBS) suggested staying warm and drinking tea with raw honey.  That, I can do.  Rooibos, Chai, Green Ginger... I love you all.

I also decided to make my favorite soup, and thought I'd share this gem of a recipe. So here you go. Try it- I swear, you'll love it!  Full of good stuff like lentils, garlic, coconut milk and turmeric. If you don't eat much turmeric, let me urge you to reconsider. Read this.

Lentil and Carrot Soup with Coconut
1 cup lentils (brown or red - I use red)
1/2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
1-2 large carrots, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced (I use 3 because I LOVE garlic)
1 tsp turmeric 
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cracked black peppercorns
14 oz canned tomatoes (or fresh if you like! maybe 2?)
3 cups veg. stock
1/2 can (7 oz) coconut milk
1/2 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 long red chili (i just use maybe 1/4 tsp chili pepper, but you can use hot sauce too)
1. Rinse lentils and set aside.
2. In skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and carrots and cook until softened (5 mins.) Add garlic, turmeric, cumin seeds, salt and peppercorns and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juice and bring to a boil, breaking up with the back of the spoon. Stir 
in lentils and stock.
3. Transfer mixture to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hrs, or on high for 4-5 hours, until carrots are tender and mixture is bubbling. Stir in coconut milk, lemon juice and chili pepper and cook on high for 20-30 minutes.
4. Enjoy! (or devour like I do!) You can top with lemon slices and cilantro if you like. I’ve never tried this but the original recipe suggested it.

I am so looking forward to dinner tonight. 

While we're talking soup, you may also want to try this soup from the Compassionate Cook: Gorgeous Garlic and Greens Soup

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Teeny Yogini

I just discovered Quite Contrary Baby and had to share their adorable baby yoga designs. They have shirts, onesies, pants, etc. for your little baby yogi!

This one is my favorite-

Monday, May 10, 2010

Shop the Blog!

Good news! Now you can order prints, journals and cards (and a few other items coming soon!) directly from this blog!  Just go to the "shop here" page at the top of this blog.  Or... click this link.  Big love to all my loyal fans and customers. xoxo

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

A little bird's nest, lovingly created by a mama bird in our yard.

They say that Mothers are the holiest beings of all -- so be sure to thank your mom for all she's done for you. If your mom isn't with us anymore, or you don't have a good relationship with her... you can still thank her in your mind for raising you, teaching you to tie your shoes, or any small kindness she showed you. You'll get some serious karmic rewards!!

Here's my mama. Isn't she pretty?!
It's my first mother's day, so my thoughtful husband let me sleep in until 7:30 (!) this morning. I feel like a million bucks. When I wandered downstairs, I found them happily playing together. What else could a mom want?!
Then I had my favorite tea (Italian Bergamot) with my favorite local honey.
Outside I was greeted by my lovely columbine that were given to me by my mom, who has taught me all I know about gardening. (thanks, mom!)
Thanks to all moms, who so generously give their love and support.

Friday, May 7, 2010


I came across this adorable item from Artsyville- and got myself this magnet to go on my fridge.
Too cute, and a great reminder!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happiness is the Absence of Unhappiness

Today I was on the way to a doctor’s appointment, feeling annoyed and anxious with a cranky baby and a gas tank on low. I stopped at the gas station and stood there with the pump in my hand thinking, “Man, this sucks.” Then I caught myself and asked, “Am I actually unhappy?”

Recalling a mindfulness meditation, I continued. “Am I breathing?” Yes. “Am I in any pain?” Nope. “Am I in any danger?” Not at all. “Have I lost anything important today?” Thankfully, no. And suddenly I was aware that I was, in fact, happy -- because the real definition of happiness is the absence of suffering or unhappiness.

Chances are, like me, you’re not in pain... you’re not in any current danger and you haven’t lost anything important today. (I’m assuming you’re still breathing if you’re reading this.) Consider the entire population of the world and what most people are dealing with, and I think we can agree - we've got it pretty good!

So then my mind started scrolling through what was going right today, and what I was enjoying. Standing there watching the traffic go by, I noticed:

  • It was a gorgeous day
  • The breeze felt lovely on my skin
  • My baby might be cranky, but he’s healthy
  • I am fortunate to have a car that runs well and the money to fill the tank

What a quick switch from annoyed to happy!

So are you happy?

Here’s a quick test. Ask yourself these questions:

are you breathing?

are you in pain?

are you in any danger?

have you lost anything or anyone today?

Simple as that. If you are in pain or danger or have lost something, then hang in there. Maybe try to help someone else feel better. But chances are, you just haven’t checked in yet to find out how happy you truly are.

I shared this blog entry with my friend, Megan (thanks for the free editing, Meg!) and this was her response:

“It's important to take stock and put things into perspective. I read somewhere once that we always seem to notice the red lights we hit, but we almost never go through a green light in a state of gratitude.”

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Babies are high all the time

Years ago, my aunt gave me a book called Das Energi by Paul Williams. Each page has a single statement. Sometimes they're really wacky, sometimes really insightful and thought-provoking.

Today I flipped to this:

Babies are high all the time.
They assume nothing; they draw no lines.
They are completely open to pain and joy.

Babies see things as they really are.

That's my little man, teaching me to see things as they really are.