Sunday Serenity: Dormancy

Sunday serenity. Boy, do I need it.

We all need it.

We all need to be able to compartmentalize our lives enough that we can find some respite from these unusually challenging times.

So much change. So much uncertainty. So much potential. So much promise.

Yet, every birthing of the new requires the passing of the old. We cannot suffer and thrive at the same time. We must make a choice. What do we give up? What do we keep? What do we embrace so we can create the life we want?

This old apple tree, which has been battered by ice storms and had pieces of it grafted back together more than once, is dormant for the winter, but a few weeks from now it will begin its next great awakening. It will blossom full of promise for the new growing season.

That’s what I wish for myself, and for you. These unusual times have forced many of us into dormancy, but like the apple tree that sleeps and renews itself for the coming season we too have the potential to step into a revitalized and fruitful way of being.

And so, wherever you are, and whatever your struggles right now, I wish you strength, I wish you joy, and I wish you resilience. This too shall pass.

Oh yes, and I wish you some Sunday serenity.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy

~*~

©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2021 … Aimwell CreativeWorks

Sunday Serenity: Bear

Today I honour the memory of my beautiful horse, Bear, who succumbed to torsion colic November 21, 2017. He was 16 years old.

Bear changed my life in many profound ways and was the perfect mirror to my heart. We shared almost 12 years of growth and adventure, so his sudden departure was a life quake that altered my emotional landscape.

I celebrate his influence on my life by doing my best to live the lessons he taught ~ to be in the moment; to let go and let be, and that candy canes at Christmas are a good thing.

And so, I am reminded that in the day-to-day commotion of life it is important to live, to love, to learn and to laugh with those nearest and dearest to us. Life is too short for anything else.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

~*~

©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2020 … Aimwell CreativeWorks

Sunday Serenity: Bend with the Wind

Autumn is upon us and change is in the wind.

Whenever I find myself feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of our times I bring my thoughts back to nature. I look at this nearby tree, for instance, and consider what it must have witnessed and the storms it must have weathered over 100 years (+/-) of its existence.

Nature can help us put things in perspective. If we’re paying attention it can teach us lessons of resilience and adaptability. How to flow with the seasons, weather the storms, and bend with the winds of change.

Nature knows how to take care of itself. We, as living beings, are an extension of nature that appears to have lost this knowing. We need to return to the natural world and tune in to its healing frequencies.

It costs nothing but time.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

~*~

©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2020 … Aimwell CreativeWorks

Winter Pastorale

Winter Pastorale

It thrills my heart to watch the day unfold in such an array of soft pastoral colour.

Every season has its beauty. When we live in the moment with Mother Nature she has the power to nurture our souls and help us rise to whatever challenges we may be facing. And sometimes she simply loves to remind us how much is ours to enjoy if we will just stop long enough to take it in.

During this busy time of celebration may you find time to commune quietly with the beauty of nature.

Seasons Greetings!

Dorothy

~*~

©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2018 … Aimwell CreativeWorks

Something to Celebrate …

One thing I’ve come to realize over time is that I’m not particularly good at blowing my own horn. My background is in public relations, but it was always about promoting or celebrating someone else. One of the hardest things I’ve had to learn over the years is how to celebrate my own achievements. So, here goes …

We have a WINNIE!!

IMG_1408

EQUUS Film Festival 2018 WINNIE Award for
Best Equestrian Photo Journal
*Unsung Heroines of the Horse Industry*

A year ago I took a chance on my first gallery exhibit in Toronto and 10 days ago, on my birthday weekend, I collected my first artistic award in New York City.

The video photo journal is linked in the menu. It’s short. If you have a moment, please check it out. It represents the beginning of a new chapter in my creative life … and is a gentle celebration of women who work behind the scenes to keep the equestrian world humming.

As a woman-of-a-certain-age finally able to pursue my passion for fine art photography, let me just say this … you’re never too old to dream. Never too old to learn how to celebrate your own achievements.

Age is, after all, just a number.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

~*~

©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2018 … Aimwell CreativeWorks

Hello, again …

out-of-the-mist

~*~

The fog is finally lifting.

Another section of the healing journey behind me.

It’s all good.

Thanks for stopping by …

Dorothy

©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2017

Weekly Photo Challenge: Repurpose

The big, old century cow barn (background), dating back to 1850 or so and the focal point of our 100-acre farm, was repurposed 20 years ago for equestrian use. The ceiling was raised and the barn widened to accommodate a horse breeding operation, and an addition was built, including 12 more stalls, common areas and an indoor arena.

We purchased the property 18 months ago for my emerging Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning (FEEL) practice, repurposing this beautiful farm as a place of sanctuary where people can escape their worldly cares and heal their broken hearts in the company of horses.

The journey continues …