Succulent Wild San Francisco

Succulent Wild San Francisco

One of my favorite places to find succulence is with the city of  San Francisco, aka SARKFrancisco;-) I published drawings in the newspaper every week on Sundays for 6 years.

Here is one of them, celebrating my love affair.

When I moved here almost 40 years ago, I said that someone took a picture of my heart, drew a city around it, and named it San Francisco.

I feel that way more than ever.

When I’m away and return, I feel like I’ve returned to see a lover. Now I share this beautifull city with my lover and partner David. 

This city first welcomed me in my eccentric, creative and flailing ways, and still does. 

This city now welcomes me in all of my growth, changes and soarings. It surrounds me when I feel sad or in despair.

The light is captivating here. There is a particular purple twilight that is truly enchanting.

It’s a feisty, flawed and fabulous city. I am so glad to live, love, laugh and CREATE here.

What do you love about where you live? 

I’ll love to know.

Love,

SARK

 

p.s. You’re invited to explore my NEWest course called: LIVE a Life You LOVE: 

SARK’s Miracle Methods to Feel Better, Create More, & Stay Inspired! It’s designed to support you on your journey to create foundational changes in your life. It’s all the ways that I do what I do. 

It’s currently closed, but if you’re interested or want to be the first to know when it re-opens,  GO HERE to add your name to the priority waitlist.

I Send You Love

I Send You Love

I Send You Love

I Send You… Daily prayers and the constancy of love

Love is always with us

I Send You… Harder laughter and more tears

Let’s cry more

I Send You… Rich butter cookies with no calories

Shortbread is good

I Send You.. A sudden unplanned nap

Luxury Nap

I Send You…A dream in which you fully realize that none of us are alone, and that we are all seen, heard and loved just for being

I Send You LOVE

 

Love,

SARK

p.s I want to appreciate and celebrate all the succulent souls who joined my writers course:

How to Be a Happy and Success🖍full Writer Set Your Words and Stories Free with SARK! 

If you missed it, the course will open again next year.

You can join the priority waitlist HERE.

 

This Little Girl Of Mine

This Little Girl Of Mine

Here I am in Minneapolis Minnesota, in my little hat and matching coat and dear little face. I keep hearing that song inside my head “This little light of mine… I’m going to let it shine…”

I had been taught that song by my mom and in Sunday school and it had played often in my head, especially when I got scared of letting my light shine.

I’m writing a brand new book right now- one I didn’t expect or plan to write, and it’s a challenge to keep my light shining during the writing process. Do you ever feel that way too? And when you do, what do you do? Mostly I keep going. I weave the light and dark together into a new kind of tapestry. And then I share that.

I looked up the origins of that song and found this:

“Ray Charles performed a single based on the song in 1955 called “This Little Girl of Mine”.

The song gained more popularity in the 1950s when it was performed by musician and activist Zilphia Horton and turned into one of the most well-known and beloved Civil Rights Movement protest anthems.”

I love how music moves and grows with us, and when we move the way love makes us move. Which of course mightily includes our activist selves.

My little girl is inside and with me every day as I explore and play and create in this world.

I’m including her in my writing and creating adventures as I go along. I’m going to keep letting all my light shine and shine it onto everyone I can, as much and as often as I can.

Many years ago I met the author Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle In Time and so many other books, and she inscribed my book with these words:

Be a light bearer always…”

And of course we need both the light and dark to create, to live, and to love. We can choose to share both the light and dark and the marvelous messy middle too.

We are all creators and living life lovers.

I want to know how and where you’re letting your creative light shine. Let me hear what’s creatively glowing and growing in you and your life.

Love, 

SARK

p.s. I’ve been whipping up some feisty magic coming up in August with a FB Live(ly) mini class and an extra special super magical offering for you! I’ll be sharing more about them in a twinkle of your eye 😉

 

Creating Life Beyond the Usual Fears

Creating Life Beyond the Usual Fears

People often tell me that they admire my ability to self express, and to “be creative.”

I’m glad that I have these abilities and that they inspire people in this way, and I’m especially glad for every person who expresses themselves and their creativity in our world.

It wasn’t always like this for me.

Here I am in a photo collage I made with my beloved cat Jupiter outside of my Magic Cottage in San Francisco, many years ago. I still have this Magic Cottage! Jupiter became my ongoing creative spirit guide.

I believe that the world wants us to be the channels of our unique creative gifts, and will turn eagerly towards us when we do.

We are made to create.

After some early years of expressing my creativity, I spent most of the first part of my life repressing my creativity, due to all the usual fears, and all the usual what if’s.

What if 

No reads it

No one likes it

No one cares

It’s not any good

It’s too much like ______

It’s not enough of _____

People judge me for ______

It doesn’t turn out the way I hoped

I never do it at all

I’m not good enough

It’s not good enough

There are so many fears to be felt. I stopped myself for SO MANY YEARS because of these and other fears. My mind was like a continuous fear factory.

Then I turned.

I turned towards the other kind of what if’s. 

The nourishing kind. And I mostly started asking just one question:

What if

I love creating as much as love can love?

And most of the usual fearfull what ifs were transformed by the turning. And by the practicing of focused alchemy with my mind and heart. And by the willingness to feel and keep feeling my way through the often terrors of my mind and receive uncommon support for creating, and for recreating my life and my gifts.

And to continue creating no matter what.

I am consistently passionate about creation and creative expression, and about making more creative dreams REAL, and about mentoring others to do this too. 

I feel like I’m like a creativity love MAGNET.

I’ll be inviting you soon to a very special opportunity I’ve created. It’s going to be FUN, playfull, magical, practical and life changing.  It’ll be all about turning and returning to your creative gifts and sharing them with the world- if you wish. 

Let me hear your YES! if you’re interested and inspired.

Love, 

SARK

p.s. You and your creative dreams are immensely important and need you to bring them into being~

 

💜 The Power of Purple

💜 The Power of Purple

Many years ago when I was publicizing my book about writing, Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper, I whimsically decided to take a 5 foot tall purple crayon along on the book tour across the country. 

This meant that on every flight and car ride and hotel stay, I carried this giant purple crayon with me. The logistics were hilarious

It also turned out to be a MAGICAL way to connect with people. All sorts of funny and serendipitous conversations sprung up along the way- about life, about writing, about love, about creating. 

There were a number of spontaneous book blessings with writers working on their books. And pregnant women asked me to touch their bellies with the tip of the pen. Everyone wanted to talk to me, and did! 

I love creating magic and miracles and fun creative ways to do things, and I love showing people more ways to do that too!  

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Here’s to all of our purple power and creative adventures in this world! 

Love, 

SARK

 

Dream Your Head Off

Dream Your Head Off

I Send You…

A dream in which you fully realize that none of us are alone and that we are all seen, heard and loved just for being.

Dream your head off! Then get it back;-)

Here are some questions for your pondering and responding:

🌀 Who or what inspires you?

🌀 In what ways do you inspire yourself?

🌀 What creative dreams keep floating in for your consideration?

🌀 Which creative dreams want to become REAL?

Your unique gifts are your blessings to bestow, and you are the channel for your divine dream to flow through. No matter what, your dreams matter.

Let me hear your dreams– sharing them makes them more real and visible, an gifts to us all~

Love, 

SARK

 

Interdependent Day Is Us

Interdependent Day Is Us

When I wrote and created this book in 1997 it was my statement of self liberation. Liberation from conformity, hiding, resisting my purpose, my sexuality,
my perceived flaws, faults and all the ways I was wonderfull that I couldn’t really see or accept.

My “family of choice” became my friends and my readers as I continued my path of self healing and discovery.
I wrote these words in Succulent Wild Woman;

“I believe that these circles of women around us weave invisible nets of love that carry us when we’re weak and sing with us when we’re strong. Let’s lean back and let the arms of women’s friendships carry us and help us to know ourselves better, and live our lives together.”

And of course it’s not only women that weave these nets of love, it’s all of us.

I am moved to highlight
INTER-dependence more than independence just now.

Independence is so highly valued that people feel “needy” when they need each other, and don’t ask for help or support from others because they fear they don’t deserve it, or will be judged for being needy- that they should “get it together” and not need anything.

This is ridiculous and also understandable. We are educated to be self sufficient, and rewarded for independence. It isn’t that independence is bad, it just leaves out so much of our lives and stories. We are created to need and love each other, and as the author Henry Miller said, to “cluster together like stars.”

Let’s start rewarding interdependence and celebrate the ways we support and are there for ourselves and others.

Who’s with me?

Love, 

SARK

 

WHY it’s important 🖍

WHY it’s important 🖍

I’ve always chosen to write about my personal life because it’s important to me that others can know they’re not the only ones experiencing challenges, and that they’re not alone. I believe that we can gain significant strength by being compassionately witnessed and by witnessing others.

 

It is important to me to continue to share about the challenges in my life as well as the many successes and marvelous things. 

 

And so, I’ve shared in all my books and in many posts about the incest in my family and being molested as a child, my various previous self destructive behaviors and mental health challenges, including living and functioning with ongoing experiences of anxiety, a mid life attempt at suicide, my early and for many decades avoidance of my purpose, experiences with poverty, addictions and despair in all forms.

 

All of this has shaped me and taught me how to actually be myself- no matter what. And I continue to learn and grow. I choose to alchemize and blend the terrible and wonderfull things into a brand new healing mixture.

 

I first wrote about my sexuality and being bisexual in my book Succulent Wild Woman, which was published in 1997. 

I mostly felt profoundly welcomed and embraced by my readers, and being seen for who I feel I really am- and it awakened a light in me that has never gone out. 

It felt and feels so liberating to be able to share the whole me, and not just a part, or parts of me.

 

Thank you for being a reader and supporter of my life and work, and a rainbow soul in this world.

 

Because I now live with and love a wonderfull man, people assume that my identity is heterosexual, which I understand. It can be tempting to categorize people and try to minimize their complexities.

 

It is important to me that every person on this earth be able to locate and live their true identities and be who they truly are.

 

I believe that we are constellations of miracles, created whole and made to live that way, and helping others to live that way too as much as we can.

 

What could be more important than that?

 

Happy Pride and every rainbow to every soul. David took this marvelous rainbow photo of me in my pajamas:-)

 

Love, 

SARK (Susan Ariel 🌈 Kennedy)

p.s. I create on Instagram too and you are most heartfully invited to connect with me there at 

https://www.instagram.com/SARKifyLife/

 

 

SARK’s Dad As The Artist!

SARK’s Dad As The Artist!

I’d written my first book at age 10, and then fell creatively silent as I lived the rest of my life.

When I was about 20, I had accumulated a big stack of journals I’d written and was trying to get the courage to write something from them to share with the world.

I decided to ask my dad what he thought about my being a writer.

He put down the paper he was reading and listened to me share my big writing dreams. He then rather sarcastically said,

“Dream on, kid!” And went back to reading his paper.

I got really angry and loudly proclaimed,
“I will! You’ll see! I’m going to write books for the world.”

Many years later after I’d gotten my first big book deal, my dad said,
“Well, you did it! We always knew you could.”

I said,
“Actually dad, you didn’t know that I could and you sarcastically told me to “Dream on, kid!” As though you didn’t think it would ever work.”

He pondered my statement and replied,
“Well, you did dream on, didn’t you?
And, I’m glad you didn’t listen to me!”

For the rest of his life, he told anyone who would listen,
“Don’t do what I did- I didn’t support my daughter being a writer- in fact I blocked it by saying sarcastic things and she did it anyway. Be supportive of your kids’ dreams, even if you don’t understand them!”

I loved that he changed his view and became one of my biggest supporters.
I knew my dad loved me, and I knew he was just scared that my proposed life as a writer wouldn’t likely produce the results he wanted me to have. And strangely his sarcastic statement propelled me forward almost in opposition to what he had said.
In fact, when I removed the sarcasm, it became an inspiration!

He was so inspired when I became SARK and excited when I wrote more books and began traveling all over the world speaking about dreams and how they grow. After a challenging health diagnosis and before he died, he had started coloring mandalas to relax, and signed them Art by Art, because he loved that I signed my art Art by SARK. His name was Art;-)

The photo is of 4 of his mandalas. It’s a little hard to decipher the “Art by Art” but it’s there in the lower right corners. He was also color blind, and always asked me what I thought of his color combinations.

I always encouraged him.

I’ll love you forever dad!
Happy infinite Father’s Day, and here’s to all the fathers supporting their kids’ creative dreams. And to all the father figures, grandfathers and uncles who do that too. Let’s all remember that Dads have mighty encouragement POWER.

Love,

SARK

p.s. I’m mightily encouraging writers in my brand new program called: SARK’s Writing Salon: Soul-full Support to Accelerate Your Writing Results and your invitation is RIGHT HERE. 

What’s Your Nourishing Path?

What’s Your Nourishing Path?

I was recently happily wandering through this gorgeous grove of redwood trees with David and he took this photo of me walking on the path that I chose.

 While there, it struck me that there were multiple paths, and I chose this one. It felt like the most nourishing option.

Sometimes I try to do things in my life in less nourishing ways. I struggle and fight for a path that isn’t there, or I resist the actual path that is there.

 I’ve learned that when I can focus on and choose a nourishing path for myself, it usually turns out much better.

Or, I can turn something that isn’t usually thought of as nourishing, into something that is. I do this with all sorts of things, like doctor’s appointments or organizing projects or whatever else I’m busily trying to resist doing.

 And often I’ll create an unexpected sweetness to reward myself after doing something I didn’t necessarily feel like doing. And these unexpected sweetnesses are not sugar- rather they are the things that most nourish my soul.

 Asking myself this simple question; “What’s my nourishing path?” helps me to refocus, reset, or invent something new to help whatever it is become more nourishing.

 I do this with my writing and creating too- I create new paths of possibilities.

 How about you? 

What’s your nourishing path? 

And how are you choosing and inventing it? Let me know.

 Love, 

SARK

p.s. I’m teaching a NEW FREE mini class on FB Live (I call it Lively;-) on Wed/9th June @ 2pm Pacific and you’re invited! It’s all about delightFULLy creating nourishing ways to write and create what you dream of. 

Go HERE to register and you’ll receive a reminder and a radiant rePLAY if you can’t be there live.

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