The Tribe

Pulling It All Together….

In the early fall I found myself wondering around, not physically, but mentally.  I wasn’t sure where I was going, what should I be doing or thinking, it was like something was missing.  I reached out and reconnected with God again, as sometimes we can get sidetracked from what is the most important in our lives.  Started reading my daily devotional with Joyce Meyer and that helped me be more focused and thankful for what I do have.

I then began looking on Facebook for some inspirational women authors that I have followed through the years.  I not only found those women, but also came across many Life Coaches that had published books and now had their own web sites.  I also found a new, for me anyway, extraordinary photographer from Australia and a blogger from Canada as well.  Little did I know it would be the beginning of pulling my Tribe together.

Wow…Wow….these women where starting to change my life.  They got me to thinking in a whole new venue for a creative outlet.  Looking at things differently and showing me that my possibilities are endless.  To believe that I can do anything, that I am worth everything.

From the book “What the Walrus Knows” I had come to figure out why I was so mesmerized with the Sea Turtle.  It was my Core Life Beastie.  When I started reading the manifesto it described me totally, it was me.  Then I started my communication with Sarah Seidelmann the author of “What the Walrus Knows”.  She intern divined me the Frog for the year of 2012.  Oh my golly….My Bohemian Tribe and my goal for the year in pulling it all together.


The Galah's - My Tribe of Bohemians

Frog Manifesto Excerpts from “What The Walrus Knows”

LIVE IN HARMONY – Tune the Tribe. Bring balance to community.

MASTER CHANGE – Allow the old to fall away.  Move into new birth.

COLLECT THE UNCONVENTIONAL – Seek non-conformists.  Make pals with Bohemians

NOTICE THE NEW – Opportunities.  Updated abilities.  Fresh ways to move forward

There it was, staring back at me from the page.  With my family, very loyal life long friends and adding  my new friends from around the world, my tribe was coming together.  The Frog showed me that it was time for a change and by allowing the old to fall away I could move into the birth of “Oregon Smiles”  My new artistry with writing my blog and being what I consider myself, a Conservative Oregon Hippie from the 70’s, showed that I was new school Bohemianism. That just cracks me up…..

Well now it’s time to Tune my Tribe of Bohemians.  To reach out and seek more non-conformists through my blog.  Updating my abilities,  will transform my opportunities and I can move forward with a fresh exciting new start for the year.  Wow… does it get any better?  I am so excited, On The Road Less Traveled with my Bohemian Tribe.

~Oregon Smiles …. with Franny, On the Road Less Traveled

Photographs provided by Tracie Louise Photography

Spring Has Sprung

Oh how I love Spring and I think maybe it is getting closer to us here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  We had snow last week, with the Daffodils and Crocus poking their little heads out of the ground, but in Oregon the weather never lacks in surprising us.  It is very unpredictable up until summer.   I remember spending many a 4th of July with it raining.  But as a Native Oregonian and growing up in Astoria on the Oregon Coast, you get used to it.

Waking up to the sun peaking its head out of the clouds, giving the neighborhood a nice glow, really gets one re-energized and makes me smile.  There is just something about the sunshine that makes you want to get outdoors and start all of those projects that you have thought about since Fall.  My goal has always been to do one major yard project each year, but for the last few years other life obstacles have taken priority and projects put on hold.

When my friend over at Luv and Light posted at the end of last year about crossing over the bridge and leaving all the old baggage behind and starting anew, that is when I knew that 2012 would be a good year.  Oh how I thank Daisy for sharing that with us.  It has given me some long-lost energy and life renewal.  Life changes and challenges have a never looked better than when that Sunshine greeted me the other morning.

So as the seasons change once again, I am dusting off those ideas, dreams and projects.  Looking forward and enjoying this Spring to come, with some old and new friends. Sharing my new-found creativeness and continuing to thank God for everything that he has given me.

~Oregon Smiles …. with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled