Peace & Love Beautiful Ones,
September rings in my favorite time of the year. I live at the beach and this is the moment when all the tourists leave the locals get to enjoy their Summer. The beaches are back to their vast open spaces, the traffic is gone, there are no lines to wait in, the weather is incredible, the water warm, and the waves are surf-able. I used to really struggle with a wicked case of the End of Summer Blues every year at this very time. No matter how hard I would fight, it would creep into my life like a weighted blanket. It was all tied back to when I had to go to school, which I hated and thought was a waste of time. Now I crave September. Sometimes when we have a strong aversion to something, be it a place, person, time of year, smell, or even music there is a trigger there that is telling you to dive a little deeper. Instead of suffering and dodging that which offends your soul take a look at why it does. Chances are that if you are able to reframe it in the context of your current life it will lose any power over you and perhaps allow you to have a new relationship with that which was off limits to you before. I have learned that when I don’t face my fears I continue to carry them around with me. When I try to avoid discomfort it only makes life more uncomfortable over time. When the weight just becomes too much you will know it’s time to let it go. You have the ability to change your mindset and change the way you think about things. That’s powerful.
Have a wonderful month and I will reach out to you again in October. Until then stay safe and healthy, Ella xo
If you are looking for more support you are welcome to join our private Rebel Thriver Collective Group on Facebook, we have a bookclub on Facebook, and a private group for women survivors of domestic violence. Rebel Thriver has been a constant support for this community for over 8 years and we continue to be here for you now. We are Rebel Strong.
Interactive Local Resource Guide
Support for Women
I think that this map will be of enormous help for many of you or for your loved ones. The United States Department of Justice has a local resource link for Violence Against Women. If you click on the below button it will take you directly there. This is an interactive map for all of the USA including its territories. This also includes resources for Indigenous women living in specific states. It’s a great resource for all. If you are in another part of the world and you have something like this for your own country please share it with us. We are building an online resource guide and would really like it to be global because our collective spans the globe.
Irene Hoff : Artist Showcase
Adapting from the Innerscape Series by Irene Hoff
This month I am excited to feature my friend Irene Hoff’s incredible work. Irene is an Internationally known, self-taught Dutch artist who currently creates and lives with her two daughters on Bali in Indonesia. Irene takes constant inspiration from the beauty of the nature and culture that surrounds her. Centering her art around themes of human emotion, love, and compassion. She creates large scale mixed media paintings to conjure up emotion and understanding in her viewers. She craves a world where compassion, intuition, and harmony are key elements for living. Irene’s art is filled with hope and inspiration that encourages viewers to become aware of their feelings and beliefs, making space for their true self.
“In my world, art bridges my inner source of wisdom and the outer world in which I live. My paintings are more than visual creations; they are a means of conveying energy and insights to those attracted to my work by triggering positive thoughts and aspirations. The canvas becomes a personal totem to the one who chooses it. It empowers to look deeper and access the essence of who we truly are, giving inspiration to our journey.” – Irene Hoff
Wingman from the Soulboosters Series by Irene Hoff
Irene’s journey in Asia began over 20 years ago. Halfway through that period she went through a tough divorce. Her husband left for a job in Jakarta and didn’t communicate with her for 2 years. Irene stayed behind in HCMC (Vietnam) with her then 2 young daughters. After long consideration she decided to not go back to her home country of Holland, but to live in Bali instead, the beautiful Island of Gods. She bought a piece of land, built her dream house, and decided to become a full-time artist, something she had craved since childhood. She used the strong Bali energy to reconnect with herself, faced what was thrown at her, stepped out of the victim role, worked through childhood traumas with some talented healers on the island, and spent a lot of quality time just being with herself and her girls. Meditating became a daily practice; it helped her to find answers to her questions and steps to take to move forward.
Allow things and time to happen and unfold, the good as well as the ‘less good’. It is all there in perfect harmony, to guide and direct you to where you need to be.” – Irene Hoff
Personal challenges where her biggest inspiration for choosing her art subjects, and her thriving motivation to set up the Innertotem movement. Innertotem reflects her strong desire to reconnect with our true nature, our source, aspiring to bring us closer to our essence. It emphasizes the importance of restoring the current imbalance in our world, a world where elements such as greed, ego, distraction and external appearances have grown out of proportion. In sharing an inspirational mix of wisdom, words and art, Irene yearns to awaken the feminine consciousness that exists in all of us in ways that rekindles our passion, restores the intuitive flow, and our self-love.
You can follow Irene on Instagram @art_Irenehoff https://instagram.com/art_irenehof or
* Galleries representing her work are located in Bali, Singapore, Miami, New York, Amsterdam, London, Calgary AB, and Dubai.
This is just a mere peek at her incredible talent. Venture over to her website to visit her online gallery. I am in LOVE with her work and one day dream of hanging a piece on one of my walls.
Thank you Irene for sharing your work and your story with us.