to top

after a long absence, I return

Goodness gracious, it has been a long time since I’ve posted. When I decided to take a few days off from blogging and social media around the holidays, I certainly didn’t imagine I would be MIA until late February. I don't think I'd fully grasped the depth of my exhaustion when I first realized I needed a break. I gave myself permission to rest for the remainder of the month, but with all the holiday things, when January came I was still very much in need of more rest. Now, I’m back. Well rested and with...

Continue reading

5 things about me

photo of affirmation I am open and receptive to extraordinary blessings.

December Reflections: day 7. I ran away from home when I was 17 and- I lived in a boardinghouse in a room with no lock, surrounded by mostly transient men. It never occurred to me to feel scared because it was the safest home I'd ever known. I got pregnant unexpectedly when I was 21 and became a mother a few days before I turned 22 and- At 30, I became a single mother with three children and no work history to speak of. In spite of all of this, I never think of myself...

Continue reading

fave photo of 2016

fave photo of 2016 angela amias

  December Reflections day 3: fave photo of 2016. This isn't actually my favorite photo of the year. All my very favorite photos are of my children, who prefer to remain anonymous. I do love this photo of me, taken by my sister at a coffeeshop in Cardiff, Wales. I look so happy. We were spending an afternoon at Coffee Barkers (truly my favorite coffeeshop in the world). She was working on her dissertation and I'd secured a spot on the chesterfield and had spread out my travel art kit and art journal next to me. Usually when...

Continue reading

on the table

December Reflections On the Table

December Reflections day 1: on the table. Today is the first day of December. And for the last four years, this has meant that it is time for the Lotus and the Lily: a 30 day soul program. This is one of my favorite yearly rituals: I just love ending the year with a month of deep soul journaling, focusing on spirit, self-care, forgiveness, healing, and discovering what my soul is longing for in the year to come. Delicious! Have any end of the year rituals you'd like to share? Leave them in the comments! much love, angela...

Continue reading

what makes me happy today

simple pleasures- caught in the rain

It's been a long time since I've been caught in the rain while walking. Today, I discovered that my new favorite boots are most definitely not waterproof. Which is sad, because I love them and because if they are not waterproof, they are also probably not snowproof (I know that's not a real word, but it should be.) Despite the wet feet and wet tights and wet dress, I had the chance to remember how much I love walking in the rain. And how much I love the sound of rain on dry fall leaves. Mmm....

Continue reading

thoughts, in no particular order

It's been a very long time since I've written a real blog post, one in which I share more than a few words, a bit of poetry, or a new painting.  I’m in the midst of giving birth to a realization that has been slow to form, but here it is: I cannot be more in the world unless I begin being more of myself in the world. Thus far, I’ve held back from sharing my whole self, my authentic self, thinking that I could just get by with sharing parts of myself, carefully controlled and...

Continue reading

what makes me happy today

I'm back in my studio today for the first time in a few weeks, playing with paint. Lately I've been incorporating some handwriting into the first few layers of my paintings- I like the way it brings a little of my daily journaling practice into my painting practice. Something that's been on my mind and in my heart over the last month is seeking more connectedness with others, letting myself be seen, opening my heart- essentially being REAL. As I was writing on my painting, I was overcome by a sense of connection with, and immense love...

Continue reading