• Cheree

And The Journey Begins ...

Updated: Apr 18

I have given myself the task of sitting down each day and writing on this blog.

I am not trained. I am not anyone special as far as that goes. But I have made a commitment to myself to follow through with this. And each day I will share my own journey that got me here.


You are welcome to join me and to share your own thoughts and feelings.


I only ask that what you say is kind, to yourself and to me.




Cheree Stokes Aboriginal Artist, Poet and Storyteller


This time last year I had set out on a journey that was to change my whole outlook on how I would live the rest of my life.


But this journey actually began back around the same time in 2016.


It all began with an offer to a friend to paint her a picture for a fundraiser she was planning to run for the first time.


Along with someone who wanted to buy not just that painting but one I was doing for a family member as well.


So began my dream.


And I decided to follow that dream.


But really all I knew back then,

was that this painting I was now doing,

fulfilled something inside of me.

It healed me.

Made me whole.

Gave me strength and courage to follow my dream.

I think …

NO

I KNOW the time has now arrived to share this journey properly.


Not just bits here and there. But all of it, warts and all.


I take care to show only the positive things out in public.

Not because I am ashamed of the other things but simply because it allows me to focus on being positive and happy.

There is so much negativity on social media and the news and out there …. I want to stay focused on good things.

Happy things.

Things that will help me to become a better person.

More kind. More thoughtful. More caring.

I want to operate each day from love.


And I look back over this time and can clearly see just how far I have come.

I’m amazed. Wow.

I’m not perfect … far from it. But I am so far removed from the person I used to be.


I know I am living my life true to who I am these days.


12 short months ago I finally decided to live my life AS MYSELF.


Up until then there were still times and situations where I played a part that I thought I needed to. I was behaving at these times in a way that was expected by others or by society.


It was like this light switch got turned on though at that moment, and I realized I needed to just be me! And if others didn’t like that well, they didn’t have to be around me. The people who loved me would still love me (and they do!).


It was like for 57yrs I had been in this prison and now finally I was FREE!


So, I set off on my journey to Uluru last year behaving as the “new” me and I found all these like-minded people attracted to me.

Things just flowed.


I find it hard to discover words that can describe just how I felt (and still feel now) but I want to wallow in this feeling forever.


I can’t (and don’t want to) tell you how you should change, or how you should do things differently.

I just want to share what I did and the things that have happened in my life because of it. And if in the telling of my story you can find a gem to take away and help yourself, please, let me know.


One of my “I am/gratitude” statements that I read to myself each day is … Thank you for giving me the means to help others like me … so yes, if at any time on this journey forward when I am sharing my story, I have been able to help you in any small way…let me know.


The take away today?


FIND WHAT SETS YOU ON FIRE AND GO WITH IT!


That day back in 2016 when I realized my traditional art, fed my soul, I went with it!


Four years later I sit here supporting myself THROUGH MY ART.


So

find what feeds your soul,

and

EVERYTHING is possible!


Have a great one!

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