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Now offering Office Hours in my New Location

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Now offering Office Hours in my new downtown location.

In partnership with Bija and the Downtown Healing Arts Center:

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Coming soon: Monthly "LOVE MY LIFE" 

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Receiving Thursday: Today : Receive more gifts from all around

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Practice Giving and Receiving to Grow Abundance, Love, & Happiness

You'll want to follow @exploredeeply on Instagram to be in the loop on Giving Tuesday and #RECEIVINGThursday.#Followme

The universe operates through dynamic exchange . . . giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.

Today I will gratefully receive all the gifts that life has to offer me. I will receive the gifts of nature: sunlight and the sound of movement all around me, or the silence that snow brings to my landscape. I will also be open to receiving from others, whether it be in the form of a material gift, money, a compliment, kindness, or a blessing.

I am ready and open to receive. 

Become Powerful Beyond Belief

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Become Powerful Beyond Belief : 5 Part Audio Series

Audio ONE: The KEY to Living a LIFE you DESIRE 
Audio TWO: Find meaning in your Past Failures
Audio THREE: Believe in Yourself Again
Audio FOUR:  Awaken to your greater Potential
Audio FIVE: Become powerful beyond belief 



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I had the privilege of participating and listening to the lessons and material Chloë put together for a recent training. I was blown away with the concepts covered specifically how to recognize the things in our lives that are holding us back.

Give More : Tuesdays : Today Give More Kindness

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2015 the year off practicing giving and receiving. Today Give more kindness..... on Thursday, receive more ......... continue to practice your giving AND RECEIVING because to have love, wealth, good health, and abundance we must learn to RECEIVE abundantly, with grace.

Today Give more : Kindness

Sunday at Church

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Dolly Sods Wilderness, WV

Bald Knob 4308'- Nordic Skiing 1000 ft ascent into the winter scape. 

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

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The ups and the downs of life can be smoothed while skiing up hill in the white silence of winter's frozen breath. With only my thoughts to distract me from what's real and what's ahead of me, one foot and then the other.  I dare say I liked arriving at the mountain top stripped of my jacket, scarf, hat, and gloves, hot and sweaty, my earbuds dangling on my chest like a necklace. By the time I reached the top of the mountain the only sound was:

Be Master of Moment. This moment. This.

Xo, The Human Experience Artist

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My 1000' ascent to Bald Knob in purple, my way down in powder blue.  There's no shame in snowplow. #NordicSkiing

Whitegrass Ski Touring Center

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Where I've been spending my weekends....

Where I've been remembering happy childhood memories, connecting with friends I haven't seen in 20 years, yes, that's TWO decades... OMG. Where I've been getting some winter exercise and taking in some beautiful winter scenery.

Whitegrass Ski Touring Center..... a happy place to be.


Check out a recent  Washington Post Article featuring Whitegrass and the world class crew that works here... 

"Cross Country Skiing is a lot Cooler than you Think" by Des Beiler

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Visit Whitegrass Ski Touring Center {on the east coast}....

#ExploreMore #Life #Love #Followme

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Receive More : Thursdays : Today receive more Compliments

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Practice Giving and Receiving to Grow Abundance & Love

In life, its good to practice our giving AND RECEIVING because in order to BE love, have wealth & good health, and receive abundance we must learn to RECEIVE abundantly, with grace.

Let's see how this goes, shall we? I'm going to try something out and have #GivingTuesday every week along with #ReceivingThursday....  Give More Tuesday, Receive More Thursday to practice our giving AND RECEIVING.

You'll want to follow @exploredeeply on Instagram to be in the loop on Giving Tuesday and #RECEIVINGThursday. #Followme

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Give More :Tuesdays : Today Give more Smiles

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for shopping deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.  

I'm going to try something out this year, and extend #GivingTuesday to every week, combined with #ReceiveMoreThursday.... lets see how this goes, shall we?!  Give More Tuesday, Receive More Thursday to practice our giving AND RECEIVING because to have love, wealth, good health, and abundance we must learn to RECEIVE abundantly, with grace.

Today Give more : Smiles

Don't Wait: Take EPIC CHANCES

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A 4 Part Audio Course : Learn the Keys to Living a Life you Truly Desire

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SHAMELESS RECEIVE -  learn to heal and receive the help you need.  Learn how quickly you can change your life by changing your toxic beliefs, hint : its 63 days or less. 

RISKING EVERYTHING - making room for good things.  Learn how our fear reaction creates brain chaos, that physically, mentally, and emotionally keeps us stuck from breaking through a threshold. 

EXPLORE DEEPLY - find your happy. The Universe is rigged in your favor. There's no reason to worry, what is meant for you WILL ALWAYS FIND YOU! 

DON'T WAIT -  take epic chances.  This last course explains the brain's chemical reaction that makes you feel "out of control" when you make a different decision than what you have done before. You have to act regardless of the fear to have a different experience. This is where life shows up differently.


"I had the privilege of participating and listening to the lessons and material Chloë put together for a recent training. 
I was blown away with the concepts covered specifically how to recognize the things in our lives that are holding us back. 
Thank you Chloë for sharing your expertise with us."


Winter love....

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There's so much good stuff going on @Explore Deeply! This new year is Ah-mazing!

How do you like our new look?  And there's more good things about to burst forth! Wait for it... 

In this moment, may you be inspired by these beautiful lyrics, by my friend, and fellow Soul Creator who is creating her life in the image of her soul purpose. Follow Naomi Wachira. Look out for her upcoming creative feature, where we will be sharing her inspiring true life story. Make sure you receive all the upcoming updates, new and noteworthy: sign up here.

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Discover your true power & gifts, get unstuck, become powerful beyond belief. Create a powerful plan to take your life to a whole new level in 2015. Believe in yourself again, find your calling, and access your prosperity plan.

It is my desire to inspire YOU and serve in the greatest way possible. 

I wish you so much happiness, love, success, and prosperity in this New Year.

I would love to help you take your life to the next level.


Winter Solstice Celebration 2014

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This year's celebration of Winter Solstice with friends and family. We sang songs around the fire, a little off kilter version of Rudolph and someone had to smartphone look up the full 12 days of Christmas, but man what a beautiful reminder of LIFE and earth, and why we're all here alive on Earth. Happy Holidays everyone!!! Today you can be reminded of your inner light, and rest in peace knowing the changing of the season and the return of brighter days is ahead. Join us in the Happy Holidays Healing Circle: http://eepurl.com/7Haqj

Want to know more about:  What is the Winter Solstice? The longest night of the year is honored by many traditions as a sacred and rich time. In the past, it's been a night to gather 'round the fire, or set out candles to call back the Sun. This year 2014 (in the N. Hem), it's on Sunday, the 21st of December at 6:03 PM EST. Endings and Darkness: In Latin, solstice means sun set still and Winter Solstice is the great stillness before the Sun's strength builds, and days grow longer. It can be a time to rest and reflect. It's the fruitful dark out of which new life can eventually emerge. In ancient times and for some today, the darkness itself is the spiritual cradle into which the Sun is reborn. Father Time with his sickle appears briefly, and bids us farewell, before the newborn babe appears at New Years. Everything lies dormant in the silent night, a sacred time of rest before the awakening, and the slow build toward longer days.Keeping the Faith:
This time of year is associated with light -- string lights, sparklers and of course, candles. Hanukkah in the Jewish tradition is the Festival of Lights, with 8 days of ritual illumination of the menorah. There's the advent wreath of the Christian faith and the all-night bonfire for the burning of the Yule log, a tradition with roots in Northern European pre-Christian times. The lights are reminders of the inner light, and hope for the return of sunny days. see more of this article by Molly Hall http://astrology.about.com/od/themoon/p/WinterSolstice.htm

What an awesome Solstice Fire, burning of the yule logs, and horribly well intentioned but totally off key and off rhythm howling of Christmas carols (with a twist).. Joy to the earth, now gladness reigns.  xoxo, The Human Experience Artist

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"Joy to the World"
Joy to the world, the new year´s come.
Now earth prepares for spring.
Let every hearth with firelight bloom,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, now gladness reigns,
And birds their songs employ,
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more will cold and darkness grow,
Though frost still coats the ground.
We wait to hear the rivers flow
As far as hope is found,
As far as hope is found,
As far, as far as hope is found.

She heals the earth with truth and grace,
And asks us all to prove
The glories of Her righteousness
And wonders of Her love,
And wonders of Her love,
And wonders, and wonders of Her love.

Anything Is Possible: The Holstee Manifesto

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May 5, 2008

It all started with a pocket on a tee shirt.

An idea to put a functional "holster" positioned pocket on a "tee" shirt is born and the HOLS - TEE adventure begins.

Q-  I am one of the millions of people who have been inspired by your manifesto and I love the story of the collaboration that went into its creation. What can you tell us about the vision behind the manifesto that we would be surprised to know?

The vision behind the Manifesto was a why for Dave, Fabian and I, a reason for ourselves, for why exactly we were ready to pass on 'good stable opportunities' to start a super risky business during a major recession.

Q- In a world where working hard and climbing the corporate ladder is the norm, why is encouraging people to live mindfully so important to you (Holstee)?

The Manifesto takes flight. 2012

A year after the founders write down what was on the top of their minds and the tips of their tongues, the words of the Holstee Manifesto are brought to life by illustrator Rachael Beresh. This honest collection of values and ideas turns out to be one of the most shared posters of the year. The online image spreads rapidly, uniting others around the world who share this passion to live life fully and freely.

Holstee came into existence to help us remember what's important.

We wrote the manifesto to re-define what it means to be successful. Society has a whole suffers when everyone is solely focused on something like 'corporate ladder climbing' at the expense of everything else.

This all stems from the way each of us choose to live as individuals and the decision we make on a daily basis.

To be clear, ambition and living mindfully are not mutually exclusive. In fact these traits are often complementary, but requires a different type of thinking, I would define as non-autopilot or awake.

Q- What inspires you these days? What has allowed you to keep going and keep showing up and bring new ideas into the world?

Creating a positive impact through design has been my greatest inspiration since day one. As we continue to add more experiential activities into the mix, it is increasingly the response and ability to become a community center.

Our super ambitious goal is to become the iconic brand of the 21st century - one that truly balances social impact with business.

Q-  People just learning your story, might be shocked to learn that you left your stable jobs in them midst of the country's worst recession to "live your passion" and stuck it through almost 6 years later.  What piece of advice can you give those of us who might be afraid to take that leap of faith to go for our dreams?  Is it worth it?

It is scary as hell.

It has not gotten any easier from day one.

It is definitely worth it.

michael radparvar cofounder at holstee

Michael Radparvar

What I do at Holstee: Mad scientist responsible for letting the world know about Holstee.
Favorite quote: "Whatever you do, do it for peace" - John Lennon
Recommended Book: A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
Favorite Holstee Design: The BLACK Wallet 
Culinary Specialty: Hummus
Find me on Twitter: @michaelrad

The Holstee Manifesto is a call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion, and community. http://holstee.com/manifesto

Founding Story

In the summer of 2009, brothers, Dave and Mike Radparvar decided to quit their jobs in the heat of the recession to fully focus on Holstee, a t-shirt side project they had started with their friend, and co-founder, Fabian Pfortmüller. Without a business plan, or experience in fashion and retail, they reasoned that in the worst-case scenario, it would be the most memorable summer of their lives. They joked that they could always return to the 9-5 work world if the dream to start a company failed.

Holstee began with the intention of creating a t-shirt with a more functional design by adding a holster-positioned side pocket to carry a phone or notebook-- hence the name, hols-tee. In producing the t-shirt, it became clear that the shirt’s design was as important as how it was made and what it was made from.

“We realized that there was a huge opportunity to change the way things were being made,” Mike recalls. “People were creating disposable clothes, thousands of miles away, while cut and sew shops were closing their doors here in the U.S.”

Not long after, they went into production on a 100% recycled fabric shirt, cut and sewn in North Carolina, less than 100 miles from where the fabric was made. This set the precedent for how Holstee would design and manufacture moving forward.

The Holstee Manifesto Where we began and what keeps us moving forward today. Originally written to celebrate aspects of life they truly valued, Holstee's founders never imagined how far and wide this message would reach.

The Holstee Manifesto

Where we began and what keeps us moving forward today. Originally written to celebrate aspects of life they truly valued, Holstee's founders never imagined how far and wide this message would reach.

More than anything, Dave, Mike, and Fabian were looking to build a company that would allow them to live their dream. They wanted to make that happen by creating a company that aligned with their personal values, the hope of leaving a lasting positive impact on the world. They continue to follow through on this mission today by inspiring others to do the same.

One of the first things the trio did when they started Holstee was sit down on the steps of Union Square in New York City and write down why they were starting Holstee, what they wanted from this new company and moreover, what they wanted from life. This message to their future selves became known as The Holstee Manifesto. Originally placed quietly on their website’s ‘About’ page, the message took the world by storm with an estimated 100 million views. The Manifesto has been translated into 13 languages (and counting!), and was called “The New Just Do It” by the Washington Post. The words of the Manifesto continue to guide the company, as it continues to grow beyond its products and into a company that aligns itself with the values of the Holstee Manifesto.

Holstee Today

Today, Holstee offers a range of products the are designed to bring inspiration into peoples’ lives. From its iconic poster designs to the hand-crafted Reclaim Frames, all of Holstee’s designs are meant to inspire people to reflect and act on what matters most in life.

Holstee’s most popular products today include the Mindful Art Subscription, Reclaim Frames, and inspiring letterpress posters.

With the launch of their new Work/Shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn, Holstee is bringing its community together in real life though monthly Potluck Dinners, Yoga and classes.

As Holstee continues to grow, the values set forth in their Manifesto continue to remain a thread in each new endeavor.

                                       ** If you order on or before December 17th you can receive these on time for Christmas!**

                                       ** If you order on or before December 17th you can receive these on time for Christmas!**

**Please note, that I, Chloë Rain, receive no benefits or kickbacks, monetary or otherwise, for promoting Holstee and any of their products. Except for those of goodwill, and admiration for the founder's courage in going for their dreams, and redefining success and what's possible in this world. **

**I hope their story inspires you to put your crazy idea out there into the world. You never know, anything is possible....**

The Holstee Manifesto: The story of a poster that defined a generation.

Brooklyn, NY - In our first step as a company, Holstee’s founders, Dave, Mike and Fabian, sat together on the steps of Union Square in New York to write down how they defined success. The goal was to create something they could reflect back on if they ever felt stuck or found themselves living according to someone else’s definition of happiness.

They sat down with a composition notebook and a pen and started to write, “This is your life.” The rest of the Manifesto flowed naturally and was completed that day, save for the addition of a semicolon and some other small grammatical corrections. From there, it was added to Holstee’s ‘About’ page, more as a personal reminder than anything else (there wasn’t much traffic in those days).

Nevertheless, people who visited Holstee’s website kept asking if the Manifesto was available as a poster.

In 2009, the words of the Holstee Manifesto took form in a bold letterpress poster with the help of typographical designer, Rachael Beresh. Not long after it began to take the internet by storm, with the Washington Post calling it “The Next Just Do It”.

In 2010, we created the Lifecycle Video above as a homage to Manifesto while celebrating the diversity of bicycle riding in New York City.

United in our differences. It could be no coincidence that we received both the Hebrew and Arabic translations of the Holstee Manifesto at nearly the same time. We paired these languages with the Hamsa, a symbol that is recognized as protection, blessings and strength across the entire Middle East. The calligraphic design, created by Josh Berer, brings the blue Hebrew text and green Arabic texts together to fill the iconic symbol.  

United in our differences. It could be no coincidence that we received both the Hebrew and Arabic translations of the Holstee Manifesto at nearly the same time. We paired these languages with the Hamsa, a symbol that is recognized as protection, blessings and strength across the entire Middle East. The calligraphic design, created by Josh Berer, brings the blue Hebrew text and green Arabic texts together to fill the iconic symbol.  

The Manifesto has been translated into 13 languages (and counting!) with the help of our worldwide community, including French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Polish, and Hebrew and Arabic.

In 2012, we launched MyLife to collect the many stories people were sending in about how they chase their dreams, live their best lives and how they have chosen to redefine success in their own terms. Years later, it is monumentally encouraging and inspiring to see how many people with which the words of The Holstee Manifesto have resonated. We are honored, proud and humbled to have such a remarkable community that surrounds and supports Holstee.

Above all else, creating the Holstee Manifesto has confirmed for us that with genuine positive intentions, anything is possible.

Today, the Holstee Manifesto is available as a prints, poster, framed poster, tote bag, journal, cards and wall decal.


Our vision is to grow Holstee into a collection of startups. From a cafe to building bicycles - any product or service Holstee offers will always be inspired by our community and intended to encourage mindful living. Read more about our vision, and how we want to positively influence 1 billion people.

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One hunt for a winter hat...

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Around the holidays, everyone starts thinking about all the things they want to do to improve themselves in the new year.... and perhaps all the things that they didn't accomplish in the last 365 days.  

When we focus on all of the things that we've still got to fix, our focus is taken away from all of the things that are going right in our lives and business.

Just this week,  Dylan and I made a 1000 more old fashioned buttercream mints and Mom and I made homemade Kahlua for Holiday gifts. This is a family tradition of ours, going back from before the time I was old enough to drink. Smile.

And just last weekend, Mom and I celebrated with family friends the 33rd annual Jack Frost Party at our favorite ski resort, Whitegrass Ski Touring Center. I'll be posting some pictures from this great event early next week.

What began as a FB post about vodka and sugar, I turned into a fun little ditty about my family at Christmas. Read my accidental version of "The Night Before Christmas" below.  

You can still join the Happy Holidays Healing Circle and receive all the audios here >

What do you want for yourself in 2015? How is this year going to be different from the last? 

What would you be doing if you knew you could not fail? Where would you be right now if you were living your life on your own terms? 

I invite you to experience the Inner Authority & Creative Wealth Program this year before another year goes by and you find yourself wondering, what am I doing with my life? and when am I ever going to BE happy?

Have an absolutely beautiful weekend and focus on all the things that are going right for you in your life right now. IN-joy the sweetness.

Sending you so much love and courage to live and BE the amazing human being that you were born to be in this lifetime.

In love and service, xo,





One hunt for a winter hat...

This evening, one hunt for a winter hat, packed away in an unknown box, commenced a great bustle of Holiday cheer... nothing gets me going like Christmas decorating, and well, red, is my favorite color...

So out with the flaming red blanket of JOY. Out with the red strands of felted Peace, Hope, and Doves, Out with the Angels and Snowmen and Jingle bells and Reindeer ears and Santa hats. Out with the strands of bright stars to hang on the trees in the yard.

One hunt for a winter hat, this evening, caused an explosion of happy holiday crimson all through the Valley of Skywater Hollow Cabin, inside, then out, then over to Mom & Dad's, as a crescendo of merry non-baking and sweet candy making began in the kitchen.

Dylan and I, wearing our fuzzy red hats trimmed with fake white fur,
like a knockoff version of Le Père Noël.... 
We stirred a half gallon of vodka into a tub of coffee and vanilla, 
We kneaded soft butter into heaping cups of confectioners sugar
Mother regulated the peppermint flavoring and father measured the coffee's ladling
As the kitchen elves became intoxicated and jolly, from a sip and a gulp of holiday spirits of holidays past

We laughed and we screamed over sugar and cream

{and garlic} hard to fit in garlic and rhyme it, but there was definitely some talk of garlic and pesto and mustard and pickles amongst all this vanilla and sugar

The product and creation of our merry making and sweet non-baking? 
600 tiny pillows of old fashioned buttercream mints, 
and a babble of bottles of homemade Kahlúa,

Bottled and floated, sugar dusted and coated
Ready the goods for the gifting and snifting and boozing and schmoozing!

And now we're all finished, and the kitchen is cleaned, 
The dishwasher is full to the very last tureen

As I don my reindeer antlers and type and 
D sits across the table in his Santa hat as I write....

A Happy Holiday to all, and to all a good night!

With love and sweet dreams, xoxox The Nostalgia Poet

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What makes you come alive?

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Shari Mallinson



"Ultimately, whether we look like Bill Murray or a classic movie monster we are all unique, we have remarkable stories, and we desire and are worthy of love."  - Shari Mallison Artist

Q- WHAT MAKES YOU TICK? What makes you come alive?

Absolute passion for all the things I believe strongly in with all my heart. Human, animal, environmental rights and art for example. What makes me come alive? It starts with passion and is ignited by inspiration which I express through creation.


I'm not sure I would say I'm pushed to create although sometimes it feels that way when I'm working on something that's a collaboration instead of something uniquely my own. I am, however, driven to create. I constantly get all these ideas that cause me to burn bright with excitement. I'd have no idea what I'd do with all of them if I didn't capture or express them on canvas, paper or with my camera.


That's a tough one. I'm sure my husband's ego would prefer me to say him and not things like chocolate, wine or creating but if I didn't choose creating I'm pretty sure I'd be a very different person who perhaps would no longer be in his peripheral vision. So it's really in everyone's best interest, especially mine, for me to choose creating. If I were without the ability to create: art, photography, writing, gardening, etc I'd be lost. Would I still have the inner burning desire that I have now, would it be extinguished or consumed?

Q- I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ALL OF THE WORKS YOU DO WITH POP ICONS. My favorites are "The Softer Side of Monsters Series"  and the Murray's Flower and the Bill Murray Series and the Big Bang Theory and Jack Nicholson....I could go on and on.  I love Vlad's Dandelion & Cecily's Habit, what is your affection for depicting these icons in this edgy yet softer way?

Ahh, The Softer Side of Monsters and Bill Murray. Well, I feel everyone has a softer more human side underneath all that personal armor. Layers, attributes, and talents that perhaps aren't always seen or appreciated.



With The Monster Series I wanted to give some tongue in cheek insight into what makes them loveable whether they're flawed or not. I even wrote some short back stories for them.

With the Bill Murray work I wanted to explore what I've already seen in articles about him. His inquisitiveness, his desire and ability to strive to live an authentic life although his profession makes that more of a challenge. I mean he's innately just a person, perfectly flawed, like the rest of us who just happens to have a hell of a lot more exposure.

Ultimately, whether we look like Bill Murray or a classic movie monster we are all unique, we have remarkable stories, and we desire and are worthy of love. 

The Softer Side of the Monsters Series





Q-  THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR STYLE, your creative impulses, your life experiences.... I know you have been keeping a bucket list for some time now and you are about to check a big item off in the next month. Why do you have a bucket list? What does it signify for you? What does it mean to you to be able to check Italy off the list? 

Ultimately I was too lazy to make up my own name for my list and "Fan-frikkin-spectacular love of life events list" seemed too long.

Bucket list sort of appealed to the short and sweet. I have the list to serve as a reminder through daily distractions created by my monkey mind that I have more important things to accomplish in this life time than getting caught up in the daily fray. It's one of the ways I try to stay mindful of the bigger things.

Which monster are you? Take the personality quiz. Smile. {I'm Imhotep! A romantic intellect who enjoys the finer things in life.} 

Which monster are you? Take the personality quiz. Smile. {I'm Imhotep! A romantic intellect who enjoys the finer things in life.} 

To me it's a waking meditation. It signifies a pinpoint of focus of awareness. Albeit a large focus. If I can gently remain aware of the larger things that matter in my mind I figure this will help me with the smaller things that I can lose track of. (This is seemingly backwards but that's the kinda gal I am.) What does it mean that I get to check Italy off the list? Well, I could probably also write a book on this. But in the name of something that resembles brevity I'll just cheekily quote Julie Andrews' character Maria in the Sound of Music "So somewhere in my youth or childhood I must have done something good". All cheekiness aside it means all my hard "work" (for lack of a better term) has paid off and I'm on the right track.

Q - ART FOR ART'S SAKE is a concept that is very near and dear to me in this lifetime. I'm wondering what does "Art for Art's Sake" mean to you? What are your thoughts on Art's place in this modern world?

  Shari Mallinson : Artist  Shari, originally from Vancouver, Canada is a second generation artist and daughter of the late artist Sharon LaRae Gordon. She is also the niece of late artist and art & photography instructor, Carol Mallinson-Johnson. Shari was inspired at a young age by her mother and aunt and sold her first work at the age of 9. She has shown and sold her work throughout Canada, Mexico, USA and Australia. Read more about Shari HERE.  Connect with Shari : www.sharimallinson.com  www.facebook.com/sharimallinsonartist  Purchase Prints here: Shari Mallinson Fine Art


Shari Mallinson : Artist 

Shari, originally from Vancouver, Canada is a second generation artist and daughter of the late artist Sharon LaRae Gordon. She is also the niece of late artist and art & photography instructor, Carol Mallinson-Johnson. Shari was inspired at a young age by her mother and aunt and sold her first work at the age of 9. She has shown and sold her work throughout Canada, Mexico, USA and Australia. Read more about Shari HERE. 

Connect with Shari : www.sharimallinson.com 

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Art for art's sake. I've heard a lot about this throughout the years starting in my first years of college and from other artists. In my earlier years I had less appreciation for things like the "process" of creating and thought art for art's sake was quite frivolous. I feel I've grown a lot and now understand them better because I'm now able to appreciate them.

I now understand the healing nature of creating art whether it's for a client or just the pure essence of creation. In my younger years I didn't understand myself and the fact that I embody the true meaning of creating art for art's sake. It's pure essence and expression of love. It's the perfect way to stay in moment to moment awareness.

If I could bottle it I'd like to be able to say I could share it with those in need because it's a way of enhancing self love and keeping depression, negativity and that pesky monkey mind at bay.  I think that some might say that art for art's sake doesn't have a place in this modern world but I know it has more a place than it ever has.

I can honestly say I believe that if more people took the time to practice the devotion of art for art's sake the world would be a better place.

It would create more self love which equates to more family love which equates to more community love which equates to more regional love and worldly love.

In the presence of pure love their can be no hate. I have no idea who that quote belongs to but I feel it's the key to rocking our world.

Read the entire post on GOING TO ITALY:   {Its such a beautiful story I had to share it....} Sigh. Smile....



"So when I was a kid I was a bit of a shut in. I was the dork in elementary school that had the pile of books on her desk after the book order was delivered. I'd somehow contain my excitement as the co-mingled scent of ink on paper reached my nose. I'd then have to wait the longest few hours of my wee life to carry my precious books home. I'd then spend all my waking non school hours locked away in my room paddling and getting in trouble with Tom and Huck, solving mysteries with Nancy Drew, tumbling through closets into Narnia and burying beloved pet cats in the Pet Sematary. I would dream of these magical far away places and imagine one day I'd travel to them or at the very least have amazing far away adventures of my own.

When I hit college after high school the dreams and constant imaginings continued in my English Lit and Art History classes. I'd sit in the back of the class, blind and unable to see the projector without my glasses, spell bound by the stories my professors would regale us with. I'd take detailed notes and imagine the majesty of the architecture and classic paintings that were inches tall in books but, as I was told, spectacularly monumental in reality. I could never afford the pricy $200+ art text books in school let alone dream of affording to visit the places within them. I had earned a few small awards and scholarships but still had to work full time and apply for student loans. I relied on my notes and borrowing books whenever possible. When the finals for my classes came around the massive bound books were close to impossible to find so I approached one of my profs and asked if I could borrow hers if only for an evening. (Okay, I think my "asking" bordered on begging.) She paused before she spoke, looked me in the eye and said "You don't have a text book? How have you possibly been doing as well as you have in my course without a text book?" I looked down and responded "I take a lot of notes and use my imagination to build the places or works of art in my mind when I'm unable to borrow the book." I admitted abashedly. "I don't loan out my text book." She said as I awkwardly poked my toe at a suddenly intriguing spot on the floor "But I'll lend it to you. Please make sure you return it tomorrow." My jaw dropped as she handed me the book and turned back towards her desk. I quietly thanked her and left, amazed and grateful. I had escaped a sometimes unpleasant reality and imagined endless lifetimes in those books, never dreaming I'd ever get to experience any of it.

Years later, I have a bucket list I've been adding to and thinking and dreaming of over a lifetime. The list had grown to epic proportions but hadn't ever diminished. In the last few years I've been working on checking items off my the list. In the past year alone I've checked off five items. From seeing a classical opera to getting laser eye surgery so I could finally be a part of the world going on past my nose. This year will end and next year will begin with another item on the list becoming a reality. I can only imagine the lives and histories of those before me who have combed the catacombs, dreamed with the philosophers, painted masterpieces on chapel ceilings, paddled through canals, and stood mesmerized in front of artwork by the masters.

In less than a month one of my largest dreams will come true and we'll be moseying (more like skipping gleefully and holding hands like school girls) through Italy for several weeks for the holidays: Christmas and the new year. It's pretty surreal right now but it's coming up pretty fast and I can no longer contain my excitement and absolute gratitude at dreams coming true. WE'RE GOING TO FREAKIN' ITALY! *cue Chevy Chase & European Vacation music* Now that I've got all this out please continue with your Sunday evening odds n sods and television viewing."




Discover the keys to living a life you truly DESIRE!

Chloë Rain
happy holidays healing circle discover the keys to living a life you truly desire

The end of the year is fast approaching! 

Who wants to feel good going into the Holiday season? And would you love support to finish this year off beautifully and start the New Year with clarity and confidence? 

Join the Happy Holidays Healing Circle to receive 5 audio recordings, each week a new lesson will be released : CREATE and LIVE the LIFE you TRULY DESIRE!

I started the tradition of the Happy Holidays Healing Circle last year and I feel excited and elated to be able to share this love with you all and kick off the season this way! I want to give you at least one good nugget each week that will help you burst into the NEW year with new enthusiasm, confidence, and joy. I'm going to be teaching something each week during the the Happy Holidays Healing Circle starting this Wednesday December 3rd and running through the end of this year. Typically my teachings are only accessible to private clients and members of the Explore Deeply Program and now you can receive 5 lessons for your Happiness & Success library so that you may create and LIVE the life you truly DESIRE.


WEEK 1: The KEY to Living a LIFE you DESIRE 
WEEK 2: Find meaning in your Past Failures
WEEK 3: Believe in Yourself Again
WEEK 4: Awaken to your Greater Potential
WEEK 5: Become Powerful Beyond Belief

Give yourself the gift of love this Christmas Happy holidays Healing Circle

You do not have to be able to attend the calls to receive the healing! AUDIO RECORDINGS ARE RELEASED : December 3th, December 10th, December 17th, December 24th, December 31st 2014 

You must sign up to receive exclusive access to the Happy Holidays Healing Circle and the audio recordings.

Experience the miracle of healing in a group environment. Each week, I will tune into the energetic needs of the group and create a personalized healing prayer that can be listened to over and over with the recording. During this 5 week period, I will be a channel for the Divine Energy and healing and do daily healing prayers for you.

I truly wish for you to receive all the love and support you need this Holiday Season and begin 2015 with new hope and inspiration for living a LIFE you truly DESIRE!

Much love to you,


A very special program that may be your secret weapon for thriving through the holiday season with grace and ease! Please share this invitation with your friends too! xoxoxo

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Chloë Rain

Though today is a uniquely American Holiday, the tradition of Thanksgiving is one dear to my heart, and I share my love and warmth with you today. The past few days have been packed with fruits of a healthy harvest and enjoyed in the warmth of our family kitchen sweet from baking.  

Dylan, Mom, and I baked four pies, yesterday, two apple and two pumpkin, and then Dylan & Mom made pumpkin soup with roasted chestnuts, some of the last from this years harvest off the land. Today both of our families will come together to share a magical meal. I have lots to be Thankful for this year. 

Thanksgiving is a time of remembrance, a celebration of abundance, both of sustenance and of love, a time for friends and family gathering, and a time to pause to take note of all that we are grateful for.

My winter writer's porch, with my Valentine.

My winter writer's porch, with my Valentine.

First snow of the season, November 26, 2014. The view in first morning's light....

First snow of the season, November 26, 2014. The view in first morning's light....

First snow of the season, Novermber 26, 2014.

May warmth and love and spirit be carried to your heart on waves and wafts of sweet sentiment and joy. May your home be filled with the scents affection and the sounds of rejoicing.

In love and gratitude,

Happy Thanksgiving Day Chloe Rain

Winter is Coming

Creative Feature, PhotographyChloë Rain

Downy Rattlesnake Orchid

In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.
— Ben Aaronovitch
Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.
— Gustave Flaubert

"I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future - the timelessness of the rocks and the hills - all the people who have existed there. I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show." - Andrew Wyeth

Party Lights, Homefires, Life's Flame

Creative FeatureChloë Rain

The Divine is not limited by human time, space or physical concerns. 

Each day take down one boundary between you and the Divine. ― Carolyn Myss

Time, a maniac scattering dust, And Life, a Fury slinging flame.  Alfred Tennyson

Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself. ― Edmund Lee

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.  Albert Schweitzer

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, we cannot live without a spiritual life.