creating space

New moon art - Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

Right now my mind could be equally split into two parts; ‘oh, shit!’ and ‘hell yeah!’, because of the place I am in right now. It’s been two years of gradual changes to lead to this bigger shift, and the last six months have been particularly significant to get to this point. The first half of 2015 I was still primarily spending my time working with design clients and projects, but I stopped booking in any new projects to get me to this point right here and now. The place that I have really felt was the right next step for me, but also a leap of faith, as I focus on creating and making a living with my artwork and my own creative projects.

I absolutely love working on developing my craft and creating offerings that align with that. For a while I have wanted to be able to spend most of time doing that, while letting go of a bit of financial security that came with constant client work and income. With this new side of my business some things haven’t worked so far, some things are growing very slowly, so there’s some fear around letting go of the certainty. There’s a point where you have to make a decision between what you really want to do and follow your intuition, as opposed to keeping super busy and occasionally satisfied. You realise how much that joy is worth to you (hopefully priceless), and what you are happy to compromise on, maybe for a short time, perhaps longer, in order to follow that desire.

It’s true that running your own business requires a certain amount of self motivation and drive, and having clients meant that I really was held accountable to getting the work done. Even in the last couple of weeks of having a different dynamic in my work, in that I’m not as accountable to other people, I had found it more difficult to focus on different tasks that I’d like to do, and choosing between so many different ideas of things I’d love to create. On the other hand, I’m relishing in this space of actually allowing myself to slow down and do things that aren’t necessarily ‘productive’ but enjoyable, but it’s really hard to get out of the mindset that it’s wasting time.

Intrinsically I know that looking after yourself, spending time on learning, discovering, pondering and pampering should be non-negotiable, but I still feel a bit of that underlying anxiety that I should always be doing something to earn money. I’m sure it’s just a simple mindset that I grew up with, working (in the traditional sense) means surviving and keeping busy and not working means falling behind and struggling. But in an artist’s world, it’s such a different dynamic. You want to create what you feel pulled to create and have the freedom to experiment without needing to have a perfectly finished artwork that you can sell or reproduce and so on.

For the last six months I’ve had the words ‘create space’ on a huge chalkboard in my living room (made from an old door). I wasn’t sure if I would get there, but now I find myself here. Space to breathe, space to think, space to create. I think part of KV’S recent Full Moon reading on Aquarius Nation expresses this perfectly:

There is something you are working on now that is going to be quite epic! You are working on a creative project, or projects, or something that is in the works that deals with your creative gifts. There is something with uncovering too, so it may be that new gifts are coming to you, or better uses of what you have always been good at. You are owning a particular power with your creativity and this has you feeling very connected and kind of excited. You also are working to create more self care time as you are feeling that your roots need some love and support to be able to fully anchor the power of what you ARE going to do in this world. This also feels like you are very busy on the home front with many ideas and are working to create the space so that you can develop more genius ideas that will allow you more down time. With all the down time you create in your life, you will have more space to create more ideas that create more stability. It is this cycle you are on and each one feeds the other.

I’m excited to see how things unfold over the remaining half of the year, and I hope you’ll follow me along the way!

Artwork available as a print on Society6.

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doorways series

Doorway - Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

Over the last year and a half since Maps to Herself came to be, I’ve been inspired by so many various things that I love which make their way from my soul to the canvas. Geometry and sacred symbology, animals, crystals, nature, astrology and the divine feminine. At least one of these will always play a part in my artistic expression and there is always a beautiful message to receive from them.

As I continue to explore different themes or styles, recently there has been a growing desire to explore one particular theme more deeply. A kind of artist study. It stems from my fascination for the intricately decorated doorways and exotic arches that grace the cities and towns of places like India. I have never been to India, but I know that it won’t be long until I find myself there, being mesmerized by all the beauty, colour and spirit that infuse their culture.

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I feel drawn to this subject not only for the visual beauty but by what is intrinsically represents. A narrative, a ritual, a symbolic interpretation of the metaphysical world. The doorway allows positive energy (prana) into a space while keeping negative energy at bay. It’s the progression from outer reality into the inner sanctum where everything is considered most beautiful and divine. It is the movement from the materialistic to spiritual world.

I’m excited to share more over the next few months, and there’ll be plenty of progress shots shared on my Facebook page and Instagram.

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moving through fear

Moving through fear - Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

Fear. It’s been coming up a lot for me this month. I know it’s time to step into my own truth and I didn’t quite realise I was playing it safe to the extent that I have been. Every time I read a passage or chapter in a book which speaks about fear, the control it can have over us and the false beliefs it thrives on, I am always nodding my head in deep agreement. I know this is true and yet each day I’ve been careless in giving my power over to fear.

Many of us want to make the change towards living from our heart & soul and replacing those fearful or negative thoughts and criticisms with light and love. The concept, as obvious as it may seem, is often far more difficult in reality when we are faced with the very situations that have contributed to those fearful thoughts. Like me, you may keep finding yourself replaying stories, and we all continue to do so until we face them, acknowledge what our real truth is, and finally decide you are ready to let go and move on.

This year so far has been a mix of being in a space of clarity followed by confusion and stagnation. I have been scared to let go of some things that have been a big part of me for years. Because of that, the new opportunities and experiences I am desiring have not had a balanced space to emerge, or love and attention to grow. This has been a source of frustration. Just over the last week it’s reached breaking point, where I see that if I don’t plan and act on moving through the fear and making decisions that I know are necessary, the road ahead will be tougher than it needs to be. In fear I am doing my spirit a disservice. In fear I am not giving my best to others. In fear the passion and flow I crave in my creative pursuits will be stifled.

So, I’ve started making the changes which allow me to step into my truth. The biggest realisation I have had is how much I’ve placed this pressure and responsibility on myself. The fear of how others will react is not real in the way my ego had imagined. I’ve also sensed a huge need for trust and surrender. As I begin to let go and create space for my heart to speak, not knowing exactly what it will say or want, the path forward is unknown but sure to be exactly what it needs to be. And honestly, giving up control of part of my future, particularly when it comes to money, is scary as hell. But I have faith as I’ve witnessed others do the same and I’ve seen them light up from deep within as was the universe’s intention when they entered this world.

So, as I navigate my way through pursuing a life that is not build upon fearful concepts and limiting beliefs, I do so with a renewed energy and confidence that what will become is more beautiful than I could ever imagine.

Just as I finished writing this post, I opened up Susannah Conway’s love letter from the weekend, seeing the card of the month and it’s meaning felt very synchronistic for me:

This month’s card is BIG BOLD VISION: “You were not born to play a small role in life… There is something — a vision or an idea – that is coming for you. You may worry that it is too much, but don’t worry. It is meant to be yours… You are being asked to remember that when something is right for you, endless synchronicities and support will flow your way, at the right time and in the right way. Stay open, receptive, playful and surrendered. Even if everything seems to be in a bit of a shambles now, it’s really just the essential mess before a truly spectacular success.” – from the Sacred Rebels Oracle by Alana Fairchild.

This artwork is available as a print on Society6.

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guiding words

I love seeing what others have chosen for their word(s) to guide them as we step into a bright and shiny new year. As humans we are always seeking to improve on the years that have passed and dreaming of what’s possible with all we’ve learned and experienced so far. Some people are selecting masculine words to gain or maintain momentum and drive, bringing more yang energy to their life. Others are looking to step back, slow down or go within with feminine words that express their ying energy. Perhaps you’re still figuring out your word, in which case Susannah Conway’s Find Your Word mini e-course may be your cup of tea (it’s free!).

I’ve chosen three words for my year and I really feel that one feeds into the next in what I hope will be a divine and powerful combination, the complete triangle of my intentions. These have been lingering in my mind for a couple of months and I’ve used a few guided prompts to discover why these are the words I feel will bring me closer to, or reaching, my dreams and goals.

Word of the Year - Opportunity - Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

Being insightful in seeking out opportunities that align with my own vision. Creating connections and relationships with all different creative people, and being open to different collaborative ideas. Adjusting my daily routine in a way that inspires me to work smarter, not harder. Keeping the bigger picture in mind.

To help remind me of this word I have ordered an ‘opportunity’ mandala ring from The Fifth Element Life.

Word of the Year - Implement - Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

Making use of all the resources I have gathered over the last few years and implementing what I am learning. Taking a break from buying or signing up for more new programs, courses, or books. Measuring results or effectiveness, taking what works for me and leaving the rest. Connecting with specific groups and learning from others. Setting aside time each week for these actions.

I will schedule a monthly check-in to help remind me of my intention to continue learning and implementing.

Word of the Year - Energy - Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

Creating healthy and energising daily habits that allow my mind and body to function at it’s best. Finding activities I enjoy. Meditating and keeping my chakras balanced. Spending time with people who themselves cultivate positive energy, and protecting my energy from negative situations. Having excitement and enthusiasm for life.

I have my favourite crystals placed around my home, studio and on my body to remind me to seek ways to raise my energy and vibration.

Interested in a free printable graphic of your word of the year? Simply comment before the 10th January with your word or words and which colour you’d like from the examples above and I’ll send you a high res graphic next week to print and stick up on your wall, vision board or in your journal as a reminder. The email you include in the comment will be where I send your graphic.

May all your words come to life in 2015!

*comments are now closed, thank you so much everyone!

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peacock goddess

Peacock - Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

I really love when animals appear in my artwork, it always feels like there’s wisdom to be learned, a deepening connection with nature and messages of love and living more in tune with the earth and the little miracles it presents us with each and every day. This peacock pictured with the goddess fills me with joy and confidence. It’s believed that they can appear as a sign that new life, vitality and vibrancy will be infused into your spiritual journey, which I resonate strongly with.

My year will be starting with a couple of amazing workshops with Gabby Bernstein and Rebecca Campbell filled with yoga, meditation, healing, reflecting and manifesting. I have joined a year-long online art course Life Book 2015 to explore, experiment and learn from a plethora of incredible artists and committing to making my art a priority throughout the year. And I will also be revisiting many resources and inspiration that I have gathered over the last couple of years but with the intention to take action and implement what I am learning, instead of putting it aside for later.

Around social media I’ve seen posts with the words “2013 was practice. 2014 was the warm up. 2015 is game time”. I feel that 2015 will be a very transformational year for many of us as well as the collective. It all begins with ourselves and following our soul desires.

For Maps to Herself, I feel like a larger purpose will be revealed in the new year and I’m excited to see where it may go. I’d love to hear from you and what you might like to see in blog posts or new offerings/collaborations, as I’m sure they may spark some ideas for how I can be of service to you.

This artwork is available as a print on Society6.

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the essence within

The essence within - Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

In November, Maps to Herself turned one! While I may not have written many posts over that time, each one came along when it was ready to and holds a special meaning for me. I adore how organically the blog has grown, the people it’s reached and inspired, and it will continue to be a peaceful and encouraging place for me. A beautiful space that I know will always be there when I need it.

As I look back on the past year, often I feel like a lot has changed, but on the inside I feel like it hasn’t so much as I’ve just gone a little deeper. I’ve seen changes to my environment, how I spend my time, friendships, adventures, and all really positive events, but I do also feel like I am the same. That I am just how I am supposed to be and who I always was. To others I may be showing different parts of myself, but my inner world, where most of all our attention lies, is a familiar place. I haven’t felt the desire to change or transform to something better, or different. I think I am more accepting of who I am without so much of the self-criticism, and I hope to continue to feel the underlying sense that I am on the right path.

‘The path isn’t a straight line; it’s a spiral. You continually come back to the things you thought you understood and see deeper truths.’ - Jaylene Moreau

We are now in our final few weeks of 2014, and as the last couple of months have been so focused on current projects, I haven’t really started thinking and planning the new year yet. I do love leaving some things open to what the universe has in stall for me, but I also know there are important things I’d like to do in 2015. There’s lots of amazing resources around to help plan your best year yet, I’d love to share one of my favourites, the Create Your Shining Year in Life + Biz workbook, I’m eagerly awaiting for my print copy to arrive! Another great tool is Susannah Conway’s Unravelling the Year Ahead workbook, available as a free download, I think you’ll love this year’s design!

Cosmic Sky - Jo Klima - Maps to Herself

Thank you for sharing this space with me over the past year, I’d love to hear what’s happening in your own spiritual or artistic journey, and what you’d love to achieve in the new year.

P.S. If you love these two artworks, I am giving away the original artworks as part of the prize draw when pre-ordering your pair of Darling Legs, along with some other awesome goodies! The standout favourite ‘A Place Yet to Explore’ has reached 41% funding! I’d love to put our efforts towards this amazing design and turn this artwork into a limited-edition piece of wearable art for your street, yoga or travel wardrobe!

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