Tuesday, August 21

taking flight

kelly rae, jen gray, andrea, me, swirly, kate, taken by mattew passmore

I chose this picture today not only because Andrea looks like a total ninja rock star...but because it truly emulates so much of the fun that was had during this retreat.

I don't remember the last time I laughed so hard...for four days straight.
There were also tears. Healing, cleansing, loving tears.
In fact...sometimes there were both simultaneously.
The pure raw gift of being surrounded by such extraordinary women.
Women that give you
permission to be whatever you are in that moment.

I am blessed to have surrounded myself with women that are so gentle, loving and accepting in my life. I felt blessed to be around some of them this weekend.

I've returned a tired
girly but the exhaustion comes from so much goodness.

In the midst of all the fun, we circled once a day with a Barbie as a talking stick (thanks to Jen) and one by one, we shared the successes and struggles that come with being an
independent artist.

I've gathered so many nuggets of wisdom.
Feeling so very grateful for this.

I love how in the picture above, Andrea is trying one of her old
cheerleading moves and we are surrounding her, cheering her on as she takes flight. I feel like it symbolizes what we did for one another all weekend. A lifting up, a cheering on as we all take flight into the unknown.

But in this picture below...it's really just all about discovering our sexy... ; )

a few of jen's pics are here.
and these hilarious ones that andrea took.

i am sure more will unfold... ; )


Blogger Vivienne said...

how lovely! the beautiful energy from these photos radiates through the computer screen and into my heart.

August 21, 2007 at 12:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kirsten Michelle said...

by all accounts, an extraordinary weekend, denise!!!
how amazing to be truly accepted, inspired & encouraged by warm & wonderful women...
wishing you a little r&r, rest and reflection to let it all soak in ;-)

August 21, 2007 at 1:08:00 PM PDT  
Blogger kelly rae said...

it was good to spend some time with you, to get to know you a bit more. i keep seeing you in snipets! these are great photos of the fun that was had in andrea's backyard...

August 21, 2007 at 1:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Chris said...

An amazing picture of truly beautiful women. I envy you your friendship but find inspiration for my own.

August 21, 2007 at 1:14:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hurrah for a beautiful and inspiring weekend. Wonderful photos!!!! xoxo

August 21, 2007 at 1:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger angela said...

oh did this ever feel good to read... inspiring. confirming.

and made me so wish to have stepped into the picture.

i think the most amazing words i just read? the words that most just struck a nerve, a magical chord?

"The pure raw gift of being surrounded by such extraordinary women.
Women that give you permission to be whatever you are in that moment.

i think that's what we all need in life, is just to know it's okay, and it's good, to be whatever [and whoever] you are in that moment. forever.

how beautiful.

and you've just reminded me... again and again and again. i need want need to write andrea!!!

i was wearing my superhero shirt today... oh smiles.



August 21, 2007 at 1:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Susannah Conway said...

yay!!! i love the energy in the photos, and absolutely adore the B&W one - you're all such beauties! can't wait to hear all about it :-) xx

August 21, 2007 at 1:59:00 PM PDT  
Blogger nina beana said...

these pictures freakin' rock.

August 21, 2007 at 2:54:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Deirdre said...

What a wonderful, nurturing, fun weekend. You sound refreshed.

August 21, 2007 at 3:22:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Stacy said...

how Fabulous! such beauties, all of you. there is such great energy in these pictures (that b+w one is a framer). i can't wait to hear all about it and am so so happy you made it to cafe gratitude. i am so happy you are feeling so much joy. xoxo

August 21, 2007 at 4:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Just Me said...

How beautiful! What you describe is really wonderful, I love the energy in the photos and in your story.

I love your words saying…
"The pure raw gift of being surrounded by such extraordinary women.
Women that give you permission to be whatever you are in that moment."

August 22, 2007 at 2:44:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it looks like a lot of fun happened with you girls. it makes my heart swell to hear girls praising one another, speaking their attributes and letting hearts soar with all that makes each of us unique. it's nice to have that glow surround you.

August 22, 2007 at 5:04:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Julie @ Letter9 said...

Even the photos are inspirational. What a lucky girl you are to have those wonderful friends.

August 22, 2007 at 10:59:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's so great! Thanks for sharing...


August 22, 2007 at 8:22:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you guys are rockstars! I love that energy! I NEED that kind of energy (about all I'm surrounded with lately is WAAAY too much testosterone. Eew! Cooties!)

August 23, 2007 at 12:02:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Guatyen said...

wow! all the supersheros! you gals are just beautiful!

August 23, 2007 at 4:37:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWESOME pics!!!

i like the part where you had circle time and shared struggles and joys about being an independant artist...

i used to be in a small artists group like that and i loved it....thinking i need to form that kind of group again because i miss it...it was soooo good for my spirit and heart!

thanks for sharing deni...
miss you

August 23, 2007 at 9:03:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kristen said...

adorable:) i read most of the blogs of your friends and feel as if i was there:) how do you cohose what activities to do?

August 23, 2007 at 12:42:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Louise said...

sounds like a great time!! gotta love girl time!!!

August 23, 2007 at 6:08:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Erin said...

Those are such sweet pictures. It sounded like a refreshing time.

August 23, 2007 at 8:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Holy Girl power-fabulous fun!

August 24, 2007 at 5:34:00 AM PDT  

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