I am beautiful in my own way

This beauty is killing me by Kathy Crabbe High heels, bikini waxes, botox, boob jobs, nips and tucks, fat suction, girdles, bleach, dyes, injections, starvation, bulimia, the list of beauty treatments, or rather, torture treatments that we endure to 'look good' go on and on and are absolutely insane, not to mention expensive.

We all have our excuses for why it's worth it and we endure. Well, this card (from my upcoming Lefty Affirmation Deck) is asking you to be honest and question ALL of it.  Make a list of all the beauty treatments and accessories that you use and that you know, deep down are not good for you even though society and your vanity tell you otherwise.  Discuss this list with other women and start making choices in YOUR favour putting YOUR health, wholeness and holiness first.

Affirmation: "I am beautiful in my own way."

The text and image above are from my upcoming Lefty Affirmation Deck.  Prints of "This beauty is killing me" can be purchased in my shop.

About the Leftys

The Lefty Series was painted with Kathy’s non-dominant left hand; the intuitive hand. While turning forty she lost all interest in painting with her right hand because frankly she got bored. It was time to explore new worlds and be creative in new ways.

 "Drawing with my left hand was slow going at first, but felt right in this fast paced, hyperkinetic world we  live in. I painted with watercolors because of their fluid simplicity which best expresses the Lefty soul.”

The Lefty Series has evolved over the years through zines and chapbooks, oracle readings, a Hollywood appearance with Michelle Shocked, museum shows, awards etc, but, most importantly, the Leftys show us how to trust our intuition, break through creative blocks, and take a chance to speak up for what matters most.

“Juicy Alive! Your Leftys make me feel like I’m not alone. They restore something in me…make me feel sane again." ~ Tangerine

An Affirmation to Manifest Health, Abundance & Happiness

Christiane Northrup, MD, The Wisdom of MenopauseI found the affirmation below in Christiane Northrup's newly revised book, The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health During the Change and liked it so much that I wanted to share it with you.

"I am now experiencing perfect health, abundant prosperity, and complete and utter happiness. This is true because the world is full of charming people who now lovingly help me in every way. I am now come into an innumerable company of angels. I am now living a delightful, interesting, and satisfying life of the most widely useful kind. Because of my own increased wealth, health, and happiness, I am now able to help others live a delightful, interesting, and satisfying life of the most widely useful kind. My good--our good--is universal". ~ Catherine Ponder, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity.

I also just discovered this video from Susannah Conway, author and photographer. She is promoting her blogging class, but what I liked best was her calm way of speaking and her practical advice about how to find your voice online plus info about her own process.

Thoughts on finding your way online from Susannah Conway on Vimeo.

Kathy Crabbe: Guiding Your Creative Soul

Equinox Musings with Moby

In Process. Acrylic & pastel on masonite, 48 x 48 inches. © 2010 by Kathy Crabbe Tension between opposites: contrast, strain, pain, seeking balance within and without.

Shadow feelings may appear negative at first but are also transformative forces for changes: anger, deep pain, sadness - can transform and transcend us as a species to seek change.

What can you do to make a difference on this planet Mama Earth? Together we can destroy or together we can heal; the choice is up to you.

Musical Ambiance: Moby, Everything is Wrong

Quotes from Moby's album sleeve:

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race in its gradual improvement to leave off eating animals. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Your choice of diet can influence your long term health prospects more than any other action you might take. ~ Former Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop