Love Never Ends — My Late Sister-in-law’s Knitting Needles
Today when I got home from running errands there was a package on my front porch -- again. This time it was from my sister, Keo, who lives in Tennessee. She sent me a wonderful package FULL of knitting and sewing items that belonged to our late sister-in-law, Betty, who passed away several years ago. It took my breath away because a few weeks ago I said outloud to no one in particular "I wish I had a (knitting) needle case" because all of my needles are loose in a tote bag and I'm always losing one of a pair. [caption ...
40 Things I Did To Transform My Self and My Life
I have been on my own now for just over seven years. Seven is a magical number and realizing this has caused me to sit back and think about all that I did to transform and empower myself – and to ultimately completely change my life. It has been a time of sweet and joyous reunion with myself, but also a time of enormous emotional, psychological, spiritual and intellectual growth. Many women ask me what I did to change the trajectory of my path. I tell them that I didn’t have much of a choice – it just had to ...
The Pinwheel Girl is Nude! Why is that?
Anatomy of a Pinwheel Girl Oftentimes I am asked why is the Pinwheel Girl nude and why doesn't she have breasts? Where are her hands? Feet? Does she have a face? Despite some absent features, her anatomy is very recognizable and simple. You know instantly when you see her that she is female but there is a lot of symbolism to her form. When I created her, much of her outcome was serendipitous. It wasn't until I started really pondering her detail and lack of detail that I realized how much was there in the void. [caption id="attachment_906" align="alignright" width="141" caption="if ...
Born in a Windmill ~ The Inner Journey Comes Full Circle
I recently found out that my mother was born in a windmill. She’ll be 88 years old soon. She was born in England in 1922 and I have to say that I was quite stunned to find out her literal birthplace. She casually mentioned this little known piece of family history over Thanksgiving dinner. It was pretty momentous because, of course, not only had I just written, illustrated and published a book about pinwheels, which are derivatives of windmills, but I had also just finished photographing windmills of the American West and started assembling some photography books of these mythic ...
Mexican Pinwheels: Symbol of Happiness
I recently had the great pleasure and honor to meet a professional pinwheel maker. I have never met a pinwheel maker before. Have you? Lorenzo has been making pinwheels by hand for the last 34 years, along with his pa, in the coastal city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He sells the pinwheels, along with balloons, from a simple stand on the malecon (the Boardwalk) overlooking Banderas Bay. His pinwheel stand is colorful and alluring. You can't miss it--all the colors swirling and twirling is quite mesmerizing and attractive! [caption id="attachment_928" align="alignright" width="400" caption="the Spanish word for 'pinwheel' is 'rehilete' "][/caption] When I first saw ...
Pink Roses, St. Therese and a Giant Pinwheel in the Sky
I found out today on my birthday that yesterday, October 1, was the Feast of St. Therese. It is also her birthday. Though I’m not Catholic, I consider St. Therese to be one of my patron saints. She had tuberculosis as a young woman and died of it at age 24 -- she was a highly sensitive person and as a child she was prone to fits and tantrums because she wanted to express herself and often couldn’t do so with clarity. Born into a very devout French family, she was also deeply empathic and passionate – her spirituality was highly ...
Welcome to the World of the Pinwheel Girl!
I’m so glad you’re here. I’ve been waiting for you. I would recognize you if we met. I am you. I am Every Woman.
Who is the Pinwheel Girl?
The Pinwheel Girl is a new icon for womanhood who empowers women to be true to themselves, live the lives they love and want, and pursue their dreams fearlessly.
She offers encouragement through seven stages of midlife transitions and transformation – from the initial stages of confusion and despair through the middle stages of expansion to the final stages of clarity and redemption.
The Pinwheel Girl gently reminds women of the power of their inner voice and challenges them to share their uniqueness with the world. She was once a literal pinwheel stuck to a stick, spinning endlessly in a cycle of dizzying lifelessness. But then one day she decided it was time to stop spinning in one place. She jumped off the stick, unfolded her flaps and morphed into a universal female form.
She now follows the wind, a metaphor for the inner voice, and shares her poetic messages of empowerment, healing, affirmation, and life stages with women of all ages and life experience.
What’s here for you?
• Information on seven stages of midlife transitions and transformation
• Quotes, stories, poetry, videos, photos and art to inspire you
• Resources to assist you on your journey
• Everyday teachers and symbols to help you cope with life’s difficult events
• And much more
When we confront past choices, let go of painful memories, or forge a new path, taking that first step is always difficult. These little pinwheels, stopping and starting with hesitancy, illustrate how delicate the beginning of the journey can be. But with perseverance, we can catch our stride and move along our path as we should. Take a look. There are teachers everywhere.
I hope what you find here will inspire you to contemplate the depth of your inner voice, the power of change and transition in your life as an unexpected gift, and the hope that always resides in your heart.
Hold on, even if it’s unfamiliar…help arrives in unexpected ways from the unexpected.
Stop spinning, jump off the stick, and fly with the Pinwheel Girl. I’ll meet you in the Sky! After all, that’s where your dreams reside.
An empowered woman is a gift to the world!
My NEW e-book is here!
The Pinwheel Girl’s Book of Simple Wisdom
This colorful and engaging e-book is 100% dedicated to the idea of you being you—only you— truly you–and no other you. It’s JAM-PACKED with 75 of my very best simple yet empowering affirmations gleaned from the Pinwheel Girl’s blog coupled with beautiful photos to help you live courageously and authentically.
The Pinwheel Girl’s Book of Simple Wisdom takes common everyday objects and uses them for inspiration and empowerment. The result is confident self-expression for YOU! ~ Plus power, creativity, and awakening to fund invigorating new ways of seeing and being.
Empower yourself AND ANOTHER WOMAN! Proceeds from each sale of The Pinwheel Girl’s Book of Simple Wisdom will be donated to women’s development programs at Heifer International.
Come fly with me! Make your dreams come true!
The Original Pinwheel Girl Book is Still Available
The Pinwheel Girl Takes Flight
Don’t want to be pinned down and stuck anymore? The Pinwheel Girl Takes Flight is a 258-page, soft-cover, inspirational book which assists women through seven stages of transformation as they experience profound personal change.
Through fluid illustrations and over 100 empowering affirmations, the book tells the universal story of going inside ourselves, unfolding, surfacing, expanding, ascending, coming back down, and sharing our visions with others.
Encouraging women to listen to their inner voice, be true themselves, live the life they love and want, and pursue their dreams fearlessly, the book tells the story of Every Woman.
Here’s what one reader said: “I read The Pinwheel Girl Takes Flight three years ago while on a road trip. It spoke to me in so many ways on a deep emotional level. It seemed to affirm my goodness and left me feeling uplifted. I immediately wanted to share the book with several of my friends. I now keep a copy of The Pinwheel Girl Takes Flight in the waiting room at my clinic.” ~ Jan, Owner, Therapeutic Massage & Healing Center
Another reader wrote to me with this testimony: “The Pinwheel Girl Takes Flight empowered me from the very first page. I believe all women were created by God to be great and do great things, but sometimes we get lost in all the responsibility we take upon our shoulders. The Pinwheel Girls showed me that I have the tools within me to take flight and to believe in myself again. To be honest, when I have those moments of doubt, I still take this book out.” ~ Debbie, a working woman and future author, on The Pinwheel Girl Takes Flight.
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