Hello, I'm Marie
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be born with a love, passion and appreciation for colour, texture and all things creative. It started when I was very young. Colouring in for hours. Baking in the kitchen whilst my Mum prepared the Sunday night roast. Hand sewing dolls clothes, then eventually machine sewing everything from high school uniforms to curtains for my first home. Little did I know at the time that this was leading somewhere.
In 2017, once 2 of my 3 kids were grown and independent, I found myself somehow magically facilitating arty crafty workshops for children and adults...aged 4 to 64 (they may even have been older) and utilising all that I'd learned over the years. This was so much fun and I had 3 wonderful creative years! Whilst it isn't the primary focus of my business now, I will remain open to opportunities coming my way, where I can revisit the amazing world of craft.
It wasn't until 2010 that I discovered my painting niche.
I always knew I could paint but not the landscape or portrait kind of painting....that's way too conformist for me. Ken Done was my inspiration in the 80's. With his abstract splashes of colour, bright and free. I wanted to express my inner painter in a unique way with vibrancy, joy and most importantly.....No Rules!
It was one of the most exhilarating days of my life when my style of painting came my way. Just goes to show that if you have an inner knowing about something and you hold the faith. It will happen. It took nearly 20 years for me.
This colourful and diverse outlet makes my heart sing, my face smile and my inner child gleeful.
Over the last few years I have been given the opportunity to facilitate intuitive painting workshops and had a 15 month support/teacher role with a young wheelchair bound man. That's a wonderful story that I will share at some point in a blog.
Now my focus is on inspiring joy and beauty through my paintings, poetry and leading and facilitating personal and spiritual growth workshops and women's circles.
Uncovering the Diamond Within supports women to live their unique multi-faceted diamond essence. Teaching, inspiring and encouraging them to live their lives in a grounded, heart-centred way with an awareness of their energetic self, their light and their radiance. Providing a stable foundation for a healthy relationship with themselves, strong, clear intuition, connection to their feminine energy and the confidence to handle whatever comes their way with high self-worth, ease and grace. From this place, their innate beauty shines clear and bright and JOY is lived.
I'm able to support women who are sensitive to energies around them. I am an empath, who for years blended into others’ energy, opinions and feelings, over my own inner knowing. This created so much confusion and conflict in my body. It was often difficult for me to discern what energy, emotions, thoughts, feelings and even dreams and desires were my own. It’s like I blended into everyone around me. Someone very close to me once said “ your sensitivity is a curse.” I did not see the situation in the same light. Fortunately, almost like a good friend at my side I had an inner guide that encouraged and supported me along the way. And even though I experienced so much discomfort and confusion at times, I knew deep in my heart and gut there was a hidden gift and it would only be a matter of time before I would understand. The desire to know and understand was deep and true. It brought me to the Art of Feminine Presence® training. This training literally changed my life for the better. I am a registered teacher. Incorporating this training and my own life experiences to bring to life my own body of work known as Uncovering the Diamond Within. I have been facilitating circles and workshops for the past 8 years.
It took me many years of practice to become grounded, embodied and centred on this planet.
Accepting that I am safe, meant to be here and for a specific purpose.
My primary purpose, now that my children are grown up and independent, is really simple.
To be a conscious anchor on the earth, for cosmic light, love and joy.
This is a strong foundation for me to be in service.
To inspire and contribute my knowledge and creative expression for the joy of it.
I share the following affirmations openly with you. For no other reason than to encourage you
to claim your own magnificence.
I AM a light bearer
I AM a leader
I AM a creative
I AM a healer