Sunday, 30 March 2014

marvelous messages continued...

"Trust your intsincts and trust your body. Life may be busy but your life is far more important."
Shared by Emma

"Our feet allow us to move forward along our journey. So we can live the life we were meant to live.
Admire these beautiful companions. Care for  them, thank them and love them."
Shared by Claude

"Believe in yourself and be true to yourself."
Shared by Kiri

"Peace of mind and independence of spirit."
Shared by Margaret

"Growing up mum and grandma always said women can do anything."
Shared by Tammy

"Your significance is not found in who you are and is only found in WHOSE you are."
Shared by Grace

"Seize the moment and seize the moment with laughter, and with integrity and with kindness."
Shared by Jeanette

"Wherever you are, be there."
Shared by Mari

"Don't look to far ahead because you will miss what is right in front of you."
Shared by Jenny

"Slow down, and appreciate what you have and be happy. "
Shared by Rose

"Live in the knowledge that you were created special and valued."
Shared by Jaan

"Enrich your life by giving it away to others."
Shared by Joan

"Remember you don't have to say yes."
Shared by Ros

"Listen to the music of the spheres."
Shared by Margaret

"Have the courage and confidence to chase your dreams."
Shared by Mattea

"Does the house really have to be spotless"
Shared by Geraldine

"Be happy, Be real, Be yourself."
Shared by Pat

"Take the time to hug those you love everyday."
Shared by Amanda

"You are worthy of love, kindness and good things no matter your past. Remind yourself God created you with a purpose. You are beautiful, smart and unique. You are loved."
Shared by Katie

"Be grateful for choice everyday."
Shared by Angela

"Respect yourself and remain true to your principles, and remember, none of us can go back, but we can choose how we go forward."
Shared by Jacqueline

"Follow your dreams otherwise they will die."
Shared by Svenja

"Dance, Dance, Dance."
Shared by Yvonne

"Keep the courage and persistence to be the person you want to be."
Shared by Nonie

"Today the helping hand holds hands, but tomorrow it will hold a heart."
Shared by Sharon

"In love life and happiness anything less is unaccecptable."
Shared by Michelle

"In case you get hit by a truck tonight....."
Shared by Lauren

"Take your bra off as soon as you get home."
Shared by Kelli

"Try to embrace change."
Shared by Lauren

"I am waiting for the answer to come..."
Shared by Laura

"Don't let doing something alone stop you from doing it."
Shared by Emily

"Listen to your selves, not your "shoulds". There are no shoulds
Share by Denise

Don't ever be afraid of being single. When accepted and embraced, the single life
can be just as fulfilling and beautiful."
Shared by Joan

"Down through the generations mothers have imparted advice to their daughters some ignored and some taken.One that sticks in my mind from my mum is to always leave the house with clean undies on because you might get hit by a bus and don't want to be embarrassed at the hospital.This has stuck with me over the years and surprisingly used in my everyday life. I  Translate this as being prepared for anything that life throws at you."
Shared by Lynda

"Remember you are beautiful, that you belong, that you are a wild and powerful wise woman."
Shared by Heather.

Friday, 28 March 2014

More to inspire you..

"May we women always be as kind to ourselves as we are to others."
Shared by Lea

"Don't focus on the destination, enjoy the journey."
Shared by Amanda

" Take one day at a time."
Shared by Jan

"No one ever went backwards with a little encouragement."
Shared by Kaye

"You were created with a plan and a purpose in this world. You are a connector, a joy bringer
and infinitely loved. For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29-11
Shared by Martine

"Don't believe what you read in the magazines, beauty can't be bought. It doesn't come in a bottle.
Women are not dolls, we are living human beings with our own unique thoughts feelings and abilities. Beauty comes from self acceptance and having courage to value and express ourselves."
Shared by Amy

"Trust your intuition, trust your gut feeling, trust yourself."
Shared by Rosemary

"Its so easy these days to get trapped and feel overwhelmed by the logistics of life.
There are many demands on a modern woman. We fail ourselves and the world when
we don't consciously give time to our passion. Our soul purpose has no hope of
shining through, and therefore our unique gift to the world is in jeopardy of never
being received. We need to honour ourselves, as much as our responsibilities."
Shared by Moira

"Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that you can make anything happen."
Shared by Marita

"If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, your right."
Shared by Kerry

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Wonderful messages continued...

"Your past is not your future. What you've done is not who you are. I know because I used to be a drug addicted prostitute but in 1999 I let Jesus love me back to life and now I am free. Free to love, free to live. I want you to know that you are loved, valued and created with a purpose. Yes, I mean you!."
Shared by Bronwen

"Always have courage to be yourself."
Shared by Cherie

"Don't start looking after others each day until you know what special way you will look after yourself each day."
Shared by Janet

"Even from a great chasm you can fly high."
Shared by Denise

"You and your life are going to be a mixture of both good and bad. Your life is about building
resilience and finding beauty and meaning in the contrast and the struggle, and that's wonderful."
Shared by Fiona

"My women friends are my ties to my past, my roads to my future and the keys to my sanity."
Shared by Morag

"Be happy as your happiness affects others."
Shared by Rie

"Never say you can't. Tell yourself you can. Just roll your sleeves up and do it."
Shared by Karen

"When my eldest daughter was 12 years old she told me that we could all change the world.
 One person at a time."
Shared by Lisa

"Jesus saves. I wouldn't have known the light if I didn't experience darkness.
I wouldn't have known salvation if I didn't surrender. My mess wouldn't have
become my message today if it wasn't for our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you
Jesus. I wouldn't have known peace without forgiveness.
Your word is the lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119-105
Shared by Sharon

"There are many virtuous and capable women in the world. They are clothed with strength and dignity
and laugh without fear of the future."
Shared by Vicki

"May the god of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing."
Shared by Neishon

"She learnt to laugh, love and dream through the one who wonderfully and fearfully made her."
Shared by Bobbie

"Imagine as you speak it is your heart that has the mouth and not your mind."
Shared by Vicki

"It is our responsibility as women to look after the children and to ensure that they are whole and complete."
Shared by Bronwyn

"Believe in yourself and know that you have unique gifts and talents that can effect others."
Shared by Vivian

"Happiness begins with you."
Shared by Milly

"Everything happens for a reason."
Shared by Amanda

"Be not afraid I go before you always."
Shared by Joy

"When I dive deep within, I breathe the fresh air of a new dawn."
Shared by Margaret

"Love yourself and others unconditionally."
Shared by Rhonda

"A problem shared is a problem halved."
Shared by Jan

'Everyday is a new beginning."
Shared by May

"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your actions."
Shared by Emily


"Value what make you who you are."
Shared by Lisa

"Always have hope, there is always another chance."
Shared by Yvonne

"Always put off today what you can do tomorrow."
Shared by Ruth

"Be grateful everyday for what you have as so many people have so little."
Shared by Pam

"Do what makes your heart sing."
Shared by Gaye

"The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
Shared by Josephine

"I am  65 years old now and I have just realised that I have been living a life in fear.
Maybe more so the thought of fear, of taking chances or what would happen if.
It is time now to live a life without fear. Enjoy this precious gift of life and be grateful
for all the beautiful and positive things around me. I believe now that if you believe
in miracles they can happen and will if you allow them to."
Shared by Pamela

Savour what you have because you will not know how lucky you are, until you see or hear of another's misfortune. I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet."
Shared by Daphne

"Give yourself permission to be at peace with yourself."
Shared by Marianne

"When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, take that record off the record player and change it to a positive one."
Shared by Sally

"Believe in love and healing and don't allow yourself to be a victim."
Shared by Glenda

" Love is not a game and there are no rules. So if you love someone show them,
open your heart to give and receive love and let go of any shackles. Let everyone you know you love them before its too late because life is too short so make the most of everyday. It is the present after all."
Shared by Suzie

"Be real, let people in...judgement free."
Shared by Juanita

"Just Breathe"
Shared by Belinda

Always remember to be yourself. You are an original, and there is no one else in the world like you.
There is freedom and peace in not trying to have to be or act in a certain way. You are already beautiful in more ways than you know."
Shared by Rachel

"Of the soil, moulded by experience, bent and almost broken by adversity, nurtured by love to grow, blossom and mature the seeds of wisdom for future generations. A fifth generation woman of the land."
Shared by Margaret

Deep and meaningful

"Make up your mind to be plain and honest."
Shared by Rie

"Live your life with love laughter and happiness."
Shared by Megan

"Strength in numbers."
Shared by Kris

"No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed."
Shared by Phillipa

"Life is filled with comparison. Ladies please don't compare yourselves to others.
 You are created to be you. Unique, special and gifted to
fulfil your calling and purpose. Comparison brings disappointment and depression but embracing who you are brings great freedom and joy. Your life is to be lived by being you."
Shared by Angela

"Your greatest wealth is health."
Shared by Vicki

"Courage is not the absence of fear but the mastery of it. Those who refresh others will
themselves be refreshed. So have the courage to dream big and love others along the
Shared by Rebecca

"Gender is no limit to your possibilities"
Shared by Deanna

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Inspiring messages

No 4.
"The secret in our culture is that women are strong. Let your inner strength rise with every attempt to intimidate you."
Shared by Wendy

No 5.
"Everything we experience leads us in a certain direction, we must not ignore this proves to be our intuition."
Shared by Alicia

No 6.
"Of course women can do just do it."
Shared by Jean

No 7.
"She who is clothed in resilience and trust, laughs without fear of the future."
Shared by Nadine

No 8.
"Look good and feel good from the inside out."
Shared by Carla

No 9.
"Love yourself so you can love others."
Shared by Margaret

No 10.
"Always stand up for yourself. You are in control of your own integrity."
Shared by Kitty

No 11.
You'll never know all there is to know about something. There's always more to learn."
Shared by Caitlin

No 12.
"Don't ignore the things that you are passionate about."
Shared by Lorraine

Sunday, 23 March 2014

A great way to start the day

On Sunday 23rd, I started the day with a 10k walk for The Pyjama Foundation. It was a glorious morning to be walking and for a wonderful organisation. Check them out

Message 2.
"Most of what you think is important, is not
Most of what you worry about will not even happen.
Have a cup of tea.Sit in the sun.Eat almonds for your bones.
Be philanthropic. (Its one of the secrets of life.)
Sleep, kisses and hugs are very underestimated. Just keep it simple.
Do good. Sweat every day."
Shared by Kathleen

Message 3.
"You are always free to choose your path - follow your heart".
Shared by Josephine  

Friday, 21 March 2014

Lasting messages from 'Women Afoot" 22/3/14 Moving forward.

If you were unable to make it to the exhibition I have placed a few pictures below. Just my snapshots of some of  the other works.

This was a sepia  photographic work of the process 

Some of the women had given me their message in handwriting and this was used
to hand embroider their messages on linen.

This was a generational sharing of messages
The left, was my Grandmothers 75yr old silk wedding dress
and the right ,one of my dresses and the messages she shared with me
linked by thread.

During the time I shared with the women after each session, I would write down a word that related
to our conversation something that had resonated with me.
These words were compiled into a wall work.

This was a history work. Women of the past who
shared messages of compassion, and incredible support of women and children.
paving the way today.

This message was sewn on to a petticoat in thread

"Trust your instincts
and trust your body
life may be busy
but your life
 is far more important."
Thank you Emma for this wonderful message.

 Each week I will display some of the amazing messages that were shared by 105 Queensland women , they share their thoughts and experiences at this moment in time, this point in their personal and our collective history. At the exhibition the voices of the women were listened to. It has truly been a privilege for me to play a part in bringing together over 105 amazing women, generously giving of their very valuable time to come and stand in support of other women, all women, women they have never met, wanting to make a difference.

Message 1.
"Make a list of everything that brings you joy. Keep it close, read it often."
Shared by Svetlana

Friday, 14 March 2014

A Huge Thankyou

Dear friends,
Thank you so much for coming to my solo exhibition 'Women Afoot". I truly appreciated your support.
We had around 300 attend opening night and raised $5500 for the Second Chance Programme Fundraising group which will certainly make a difference for many women.
There were many people to thank including
The 105 fabulous women who participated.
Sharyn for her acknowledgement to country.
 Janet De Boer for her wonderful opening.
Jaan and Joan Duensing for donating and providing the incredible food .
Rachel and Hannah the cellists who played so beautifully and kindly donated their time.
Vanessa and Rie for looking after the sales desk so capably.
Friends and family for all their work on the night.
Suzie O'Neill for capturing the night with wonderful photographs.