Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Day two: Color Splash art experience

On Day two while several of our girls were out at Monroe's first ever Color Dash 5k, the rest of us were at the studio.  We decided to do a little dreaming and planning and imagining our best lives...
We had piles and piles of magazines from which to grab words, images, and plain ol' inspiration.
Some of the girls divided their books into 8 sections, like the section of the wheel of life.  This included a section dedicated to their dreams and plans in the area of personal growth, family and friends, fun and recreation...
Finances, health, love/ romance, and physical environment.
Throughout the weekend, each section of the wheel had a color assigned to it.  For instance, pink was health.  We stated gratitude for those things in the area of, let's say, health, that we are most thankful for, and then gave thanks for those things that we are EXPECTING to receive.  It was a pretty powerful exercise.
I was able to read to them my OPUS which I wrote two years ago, and it was as if I was holding my face up to a mirror at that time and it showed EXACTLY what I am living now! I had imagined my life then as I am living it now!!!
THese ladies were being taken through a similar exercise.

And they were busy little bees.  I was so proud of their self assessment, self awareness, and growth.

The welcome kits were prepared by Riley, and these puppies were JAM PACKED!!!  I loved having an extra person to help carry out all the "extras" that I always dream up and rarely have time to carry out.

She even hung back at the house to be able to make melted deliciousness on a bun in the form of a panini-style sandwich.  Also homemade chicken salad and a red velvet cake ball that was sinful.

We were never hurting for snacks!!  Riley kept us totally at the ready on food!!

Later that day, we used the colors of the wheel as guides for the colors chosen for our tassels and cording on our handmade jewelry.
See all those fun colors?
We also discussed the meaning of "talismans" and each lady got to go through the buffet line and pick out anything and everything that represented whatever it was that they wanted represented... kids, love, home, money, the beach, the mountains, a family member alive or who's passed.  Even colors could represent people they wanted to honor on their talisman.

Jewelry digging took a while!
Oh, and Amy brought cheese curds down to Louisiana from Wisconsin.  It is one of Todd's favorites!
Miss Faye and I had a mutual friend who was sent to the hospital with possible news of delivery of her twins.  We snapped and sent this pic of us wishing her luck.
The girlies went to dinner at one of my favorite joints, The Warehouse.  It is an old cotton port on our historic Ouachita River!  And their food is GOOOOOOD!!

This is always a fun time for me, as I enjoy the fellowship.
(Riley just thought these mini fish tacos were the cutest thing she'd ever seen, so we snapped a pic to commemorate!  We celebrate EVERYTHING!!)
After all....
More on the Color Splash Retreat, Day three, very soon.  Stay tuned!!



Amy K said...

LOVE my paint bucket! Yes, indeed, Riley rocked the food department, as well!

nss said...

And I loved it all as well. Anyone thinking about joining a retreat should take the plunge and DO IT!. It does remarkable things for your mental "health"! Not to mention how much my sides hurt from laughing and enjoying getting to know new people. It was an all around fantastic time.

Sam said...

I just want to know what is a red velvet cake ball?? It looks yummy!

Mama J said...

Great leader with great people at her side to pull off a great retreat. No doubt you had fun while ingesting all sorts of knowledge to carry you forward. Red Velvet Cake Ball...pulllease...kill me now!