Courage Challenge – notes and ideas ….

As I make transition in my life, I realized that this requires a lot of COURAGE.     Transistions require a Death and Re-Birth … and a dear friend made the comment, that birth process is more painful.    But the pain is sometimes present – it’s what we call Growing Pains!   We are strong enough to with stand these human growing pains.   Courage is in our Nature – even if we forget sometimes!


The 7 Day Courage Challenge is my way to REMEMBER to be Courageous every day as I take inspired actions towards feeling good.  When I listen to my Life Purpose – I feel good – this is how I like to feel.   I also know that I have a lot do with how I feel.

It’s all about the CHOICES that I make – am I making courageous choices?


Other questions to ask daily:

What are My Inspired Actions?

Do I do these Inspired Actions every day?  How much energy would I gain if I did?

How much energy does it really require for me to take Inspired Action

I’m being mindful of the actions that I’m doing as much as I can.

Here’s my Inspired Actions list:

Meditate/Pray/Activate your love vibe
Be Grateful
Keep your body healthy (good food/movement/rest)
Help your neighbors/local organizations
Build trust by honoring your word
Take time to create your life
Change the way you spend your money and EARN! 
Shop at Local Businesses first
Re-use and Re-cycle 
Use Handmade Goods from Craftspeople
Invest in Artists /Musicians in your community
Be nice to everyone you meet
Share your Magic Passion Love

Using these Inspired Actions – I challenge myself for the next 7 Days is to be mindful of the actions/thoughts/feelings that I have.

This is how DAY 1 Started…

Day 1 started off when I woke up at 7:30 to do a morning meditation.  I worked on my Courage statement and how I wanted to feel living my courage statement.

Through out the day, i found myself saying to myself a lot – I’m so scared!   

When you are having mixed messages regarding feelings, it’s so important to Reach out for Help!

To help me out with my feelings, I chatted with “Bold Life Activist – Lila Simmons”!    With her help, I realized my Three Core Feelings that I need to feel to be courageous –


Lila explained to me that every thing that I do over the next 21 days should create the feelings of being relaxed, safe, and loved … and once I get comfortable with doing this then I will feel a shift in my courage.

She also asked me what was my life vision?   When you start getting stuck and fearful to go to that vision to build from instead of the fear place.   I realized that I   didn’t have a clear vision for my life at the moment.

HOW COULD THIS HAVE HAPPENED?    Me, someone who is asking other people’s vision and I’m not paying attention to my own!   It happens so often that we get caught up in the every day chaos of life that we forget what we are working on.    I am working on creating a life where i live my life purpose and earn a living from my skills and talents!

To live my vision – then I MUST Push myself over some big scary mountains right now of really putting myself out there as a Positive Energy Artist and Angel Activist!  Even if I don’t know the outcome or the correct way of taking action.

Focus on what you enjoy doing and then make a list of actions that can be taken to move you in the direction of your goals.   Sounds easy but for some reason, i find myself getting distracted!

This is where WILL POWER comes into the dialogue about Courage.   Do I have the COURAGE to live my life purpose!?  If I do, then this requires Will Power to stay on course with my inspired actions and focus on the positive feelings.

Day 2 I worked with Brie Pawlek and the Forgiveness course with Avatar.    In order to live courageously in your life purpose – you have to compassion for the process.   Forgive yourself for not doing more.   Today is a brand new day so don’t waste time on what isn’t done – put the attention to what you are doing!

As I move from one moment during the day- I am allowing myself to connect with   my Angels …

angel_clip_art_12577The world is calling YOU to step up and be Light. It is safe to be  honest about what you wish to do.  It’s also important to be mindful of all of your  relationships  – including careers, jobs, low energy feelings, ideas, people and money! I f they are not aligned with your heart – then disengage! 


I share this journey with you to help myself navigate as well as be an example of how one faces the fear of living their life purpose.

What is there to fear?

F:  False

E: Evidence

A: Appearing

R:  Real

Don’t let fear dictate how you live your life!!

Take ONE DAY AT A TIME – one day at a time.   It’s now Day 3 of my 7 Day Courage Challenge.   I’ve done some sabotaging with over sleeping but I’m forgiving myself.  I got creative.  This always helps me release some of the fear of really stepping out of my comfort zone.

Here’s my first Vision Video- more to come!!


DAY 4 – I Got DISTRACTED with RESISTANCE – It’s ok.  I can start all over again today!

Trickydame’s Courage Class

Untitled 2I made an Affirmation Art piece called, ‘It takes COURAGE to believe in Magic Passion Love”.    It’s been hanging on my wall for years and just in the last few months, have I begun to really UNDERSTAND what this means … and starting to feel it differently.

Wikipedia definition:

Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fearpaindangeruncertainty, or intimidation.

Because of some recurring decisions I’ve made in the past, I began to tap into my resource of creative spiritual tools to have the courage to take new bold and different steps.   This new found COURAGE is coming straight from having a stronger Heart Center.   Collaborating with other heart-centered people is really making a difference in my life.

 Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively.  Two people can resist an attack that would defeat one person alone. A rope made of three cords is hard to break. 

Ecclesiastes 4:9 & 12

I would like to invite YOU to be a part of the Positive Energy Experience that is happening right now!    We are in the center of a Human Evolutionary shift – to stay balanced, this is where COURAGE comes in.

If you want to be an active participant in the collaborative solutions to heal your life and the world, then you have to practice mindfulness, gratitude, positive mindset, healthy eating, and daily movement as well as live your life purpose!    WOW – that’s a lot to do!

Do you get overwhelmed?   Do you find yourself getting stressed?   Do you lose courage to take inspired action because of doubt?  It’s ok if you do! 

Always be Gentle with yourself! 

We have so much in our lives right now it’s ok to feel overwhelmed.  Forgive yourself then take a breath and find a way to inspire COURAGE to live life the way you wish to live your life.  If there is something in your life that you would like to be more present – it’s going to take COURAGE to make this happen.

IMG_8389I’m here to help your Heart Muscle to get stronger!

How do I do this?

 7 Day Trickydame Courage Challenge!

What do you have to have? 

You have to have an OPEN MIND and be willing to CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE about the Law of Attraction, Angels and the Power of Positive Energy.

Online Classes forming soon!

“Courage is the most important of the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” – Maya Angelou

First Friday Art March – October!

An Interactive Public Art Experience – Friday, October 3

Magic Passion Love Vision for Humanity

 I believe all humans desire the same thing in in life.  
 From union workers in Savannah, GA, Tallahassee school children, church ladies of Beaumont, Tx to the Radical Fairies of New Orleans.
All people, INCLUDING YOU, desire a place to call home, good food/water to nourish their bodies, a living wage and a sense of purpose.   
 All are worthy. 
I believe we came to Earth to experience Human Love … both a a receiver and giver.  
I believe there is enough of everything for all of us to relax and enjoy.  
as you know, I believe in Magic Passion Love!   And I want to know …
What is your Magic ?   What is your Passion?   What do you LOVE?
These are just some of the questions, I am going to ask at the one night only interactive art experience :
Magic Passion Love – a vision for humanity.   The Manifesting Mobile is going to be on displayed at the Gallery at Foundry Coffee Pub on Habersham and Anderson in Savannah, GA.  It’s part of the First Friday Art March.
The full manifesting mobile consists of over 400 circles made of recycled paper.  The circles are cut to the size of a CD out of of  recycled boxes.  The circles are strung to create a strand of circles, then they are hung to form a line. Rows of strands with the circles are hung on fishing wire that is strung up across the room.  
Walking through the mobile and reading what other people’s visions are … how do your visions similar – what are action are you taking to create your vision are some of the questions Joanne poses to the viewer.  She also encourages the viewer to participate.
 You will have an opportunity to  share your wishes, dreams, intentions and/or visions for yourself or the world using art materials.
What happens when you invite people to share their Magic Passion Love Vision for Humanity – you meet more people who are committed to living from the heart.  Friday night’s event will be casting positive vibrations from all of the people who are willing to be a part of the heart-centered community.   There will be raffle prizes, opportunities to take inspired action with locate community groups and tasty treats from local chefs and businesses.

 Collaboration is key to human evolution!!!  


who I am & why I make art…

Creating art helps me be a conscious human.

Here are questions that I ask myself whenever I begin to get a little out of balance:  Does what I am doing right now make me feel good being me? If not – What would make me feel good being me ?   Why am I doing things that don’t make me feel good being me?   What am I going to do right now to move me in the direction of feeling good being me? How will my feeling good serve others?

I do my best to share my Best Self Every Day in Every Way.

I realize more and more how important it is to live from your heart – no more lying – no more pretending – no more not being nice to myself or others.   It can be scary – however, it’s scarier to see what happens when you don’t!

When you’re not living from your heart – it affects the ENTIRE PLANET!  We are all one.

Many unanswered questions often stall our abilities to pursue our dreams.

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I’m not always sure what the answers or solutions to many of

our current challenges both collectively and individually.

I discovered that anything is possible if I am willing to take action.

I’m willing, ready, and able to take action – are you?!

Inspired Action + Conscious Intention = Dreams Manifested!

My intention is to work with others to share our skills and talents to create a thriving heart-centered communities.

I collaborate with others who see the value in honoring Mother Earth and all the creatures who call it home.

Monday morning reflection …

You are never going to get it done!  Stop being UNHAPPY about what’s not done. Most of it’s undone – you are an ETERNAL BEING!

Instead of taking score of “WHAT’S Not Done” — take note of what’s DONE!  

Start your “DONE LIST” today!20140116_121009


Feel the Anticipation of what’s to cone just around the corner…

Forsyth Park – day before my birthday and I’m grateful!

park april 9One of the prettiest places in Savannah – the Fountain in Forsyth Park!

Today we shared gratitude and appreciation for one another for taking the time to come out and BE GRATEFUL!

I’m so Grateful for taking the time to make this happen.  I love all of the stories about how all of us are feeling a surge of positive energy in our lives … and how we handle whatever challenges may come up during in our lives.   Knowing we are not alone really makes a big difference.  We are not alone.   We are one.

We are here to love … and so grateful that We do!

Looking forward to the next 22 weeks of Gratitude!

 Next week is Whitefield Square!

I’m having an art show – April 4 !

First Friday Art March :  April 4

Artist Reception is from 6pm – 9pm


Essences of Evolution:

Art by Joanne Morton

My public art project, “The Magic Passion Love Manifesting Mobile” will be on display in the Sanctuary.

There will be other vendors in the Sancutary as well as Occupy Savannah will have a table set up. Musicians to be announced.

Studio hours with me available upon request.
Galley Hours
during events/classes
and by appointment call  @917-676-4280


Ride the Trolley to all of the local businesses along the Art March Route! Good times!


The Starland Art & Business community is offering Savannah an amazing opportunity to co-create a creative, healthy & thriving economy that supports all who participate.

If you are feeling a little stuck, uninspired, a tad fearful and kinda depressed — TAKE ACTION! One action you can take on Fridays, is to join the First Friday Art March!


To see the Map – visit, First Friday Art March :


MPL and Vulnerability

I have been asked to facilitate Ted Talk conversation/discussion at Thinc Savannah and the theme… Love & Vulnerability.

To prepare for this, I’ve watch the Tedx Talk video, “The Power of Vulnerability” by Brene Brown at least five times (video below).   Brene researches vulnerability – shame – love among other things — this is amazing for me to hear.    In the beginning of the video she shares a story of someone trying to describe what she does and the word that came up is Storyteller.   She also researches but she is a storyteller – she shares other people’s stories of vulnerability in her work.   I call myself a storyteller too and an artist who wants to offer people opportunities to share being human with others through art & conversation. I’m so curious to see what we are going to share on Thursday !

There are so many conversations that can stem from her twenty minute talk and on Thursday, we most likely will.   As a facilitator, I will need to guide the conversation so that we might be able to come up with doable action steps that we might be able to practice to become more vulnerable – more human.

Why must we be as vulnerable as we possibly can?

This is important because when we are vulnerable – shame & unworthiness has less control over our thoughts/feelings/actions.    When we feel less shame/unworthiness, we feel more connected to others and not so alone.  When we feel less alone it means we have more LOVE.   When we have more LOVE we are able to be Connected to the Heart Energy Source of the Universe.

Right now, I feel like so many of us our holding so much shame & guilt about our finances, our bodies, our planet, our government, our decisions … the list could go on.

I know I have guilt that ,I am I owe back taxes & student loans,
I still eat wheat/sugar and I feel helpless about what’s happening in our government offices.

Because I have been doing the spiritual work for a few years now, I also have the ability to know that I am only responsible for my own actions/thoughts/feelings.

When I make positive choices in these areas, I have positive results … and when challenges arise, I have a choice to handle in a positive manner.Everything has a creative solution and it’s a matter of staying aligned with your LOVE that allows you to move through life enjoyably.

Staying aligned with LOVE POWER means you need to really be able to FEEL it – to really FEEL it means you have to be so aware of all of your SENSES!!!!!!!!!

If you numb any of your senses – including your Sixth Sense, it’s harder to feel the full power of LOVE.   When you have the full power of LOVE energy – you are a Master Manifestor.   I have experienced this … and it does feel amazing.     THEN…  my vulnerability starts to waver because of something triggers my SHAME & UNWORTHINESS of being Human.

The Human Experience is the biggest challenge in the Universe according to many people and I have to agree sometimes.   We are a planet of human beings all afraid to show our true selves … however, we are at an interesting moment in time when our consciousness is raising, everywhere.

What does this mean?  I believe it means that it is becoming safe to share our emotional vulnerabilities.   There is a difference between being physical vulnerable. With more and more people having the COURAGE to share their feelings about the human experience – more people having COMPASSION for themselves & others is allowing MORE CONNECTION with others who love being their authentic selves and knowing those who live their lives wholehearted.

Yes, it is scary – this is why I came up with the MPL Art Card:  Do what U R Afraid Of.   What am I scared of actually typing and sharing my words & ideas on a daily basis with a blog.   (wow – I’ve overcome a fear! yay).   What else am I scared of – being a life artist mentor/muse to others so that they may inspire others with their lives.

As I write this blog, I am feeling the fear disappear and I’m getting more comfortable with being vulnerable.   To become comfortable with my vulnerability, I’m leaning into the Joy of what my desires are – I am putting myself out there in safe spaces like Thinc Savannah – I am loving my life here in Savannah with my whole heart all the while still finding a place in my heart for NYC & other places – and Believing that I am enough!   I do enough.  I am smart/talented enough.  I am clever enough.  I am spiritual enough.  I am enough right now… we are always in motion.   So every moment is an opportunity to be vulnerable enough.    I’m taking a lot of breaths writing this because it’s easy to be vulnerable sitting alone, listening to KCWR in the headphones, in my amazing art studio … what happens when I have to leave.

This is where I have the choice to ask for help from the Angels/Spirit Muses … to be with me because with their energy surrounding me.  It’s safe to share Love with others – the world needs our love … and is very grateful for all of the love it receives.    This is why there is a growing “FEEL GOOD VIBE” raising up – out of the old, dying, decaying system that is trying its best to keep us defenseless & alone — if we step into LOVE & VULNERABILITY – imagine the amazing things we will create.

I’m already experiencing things that I have been visualizing – my art studio at Anahata Healing Arts is a dream come true.   It has also been an amazing opportunity to learn how to become more vulnerable as I’m co-creating this space with others.   Others who are have the COURAGE to share their feelings about the human experience – who have the COMPASSION for themselves & others.    We are COMMITTED to working on the COMMUNICATION so we can stay CONNECTED with each other and live our lives wholehearted together   It’s been Emotional and FREEING!   As I was going through a painful 24 hours, all I could think was, “THANK YOU, Joanne for having the courage to feel the sadness/shame and to let it go. Release it.”   Because I did, I feel so much stronger … and as the Sun is coming through the clouds after weeks of rain,   I feel so energized for the spring.    I am ready to plant the seeds in my life because I love nurturing my Life Garden of Art!

Much love to you who is reading this – thank you for being a part of Trickydame’s Spiritual Journey.   If you would like to be on the email list, please add your name.

Check out the Anahata Healing Arts webpage – there are some great opportunities to share your wholehearted self!

– Thinc Thursday, February 28, 2013

5:30-7pm   Thinc Savannah, 31 Barnard St near Ellis Square

Not quite but almost …

Funny how I feel really calm about the fact that I’m stepping more and more into my own personal power.   I’ve figured out another major step in the “Law of Attraction” – “let the Fear go of Letting it Go!”    Then once you let it go, you have to live completely in the present moment enjoying all of the successes.   Being conscious of all that is working and releasing the need to focus on the BS! 

More and more I am grateful for the spiritual business partnership that Lynn Geddes and I have formed at Anahata Healing Arts.   It was a year ago that we moved into the space … and in two days, we begin Year 2.

The intention is collaborate with more people and share our Magic Passion Love out loud.

It’s time.   We are ready.  I am ready.

  When you follow your intuition – its scary at first however, …

FEEL THE FEAR and do it anyways is one of the best sayings I’ve adapted as my own.

love sticker nycGet over the idea that scary is bad – knowing when your Intuition is warning you versus when your Ego is controlling you.    Find the time every morning – I”M TALKING TO YOU (insert your name!!!   Every morning – take time for ME – Meditation and Exercise.   It can be as little as 10 minutes or as long as an hour.

You know what your spirit needs – give it to her!    BECAUSE YOU”LL BE SO GRATEFUL YOU DID!

To all who are reading this – THANK YOU – this is for you and for me — YES WE ARE MOVING IN A DIRECTION OF MAGIC PASSION LOVE so let’s keep up the momentum!




trickydame talks about collaboration

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Right now, there is a lot of talk about the “US Government Shut Down” and how so many of us are in a complete financial mess – professionally, individually and collectively.  I myself have student loan and income tax debt.   I’m doing my best to pay these debts however, the other issue that is the “TALK OF THE TOWN” is…  “This is a perfect time for those of us who are willing to change the system to COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS!”

I believe to be successful in today’s business world, one must be of the “creating your own job” mindset and be willing to collaborate with others.   We collaborate on projects that serve to uplift, create and share with our communities.  I believe we need to create opportunities for people to build and network teams of people.   Giving people opportunities to use their skills and talents.   When this happens, everyone has the opportunity to prosper.

People who collaborate from their heart – they create a sustainable, abundant mindset.  They have the Freedom to live their “true purpose/potential”.   When we collaborate with each other, we inspire each other to have the Courage to allow magic feel passion live love … from the heart!

Go WOW the world with your Magic Passion Love!