Last year at Melbourne Zoo, I had the great pleasure of watching this little one frolic and play, while his mother looked on, ever watchful and protective of her little one, as any mother would be. Her eyes were wise and full on knowing. She understood her surroundings, and her predicament. Please do all you can to protect the Orang-Utans natural environment or her story will have been for nothing, and her future generations will never again know what it is like to be born free.
Food manufacturers are still allowed to hide palm oil on their labels.
Without clear labels you dont know if you're contributing to the deaths of over 1,000 orangutans a year as their habitat, and that of Sumatran Elephants and Tigers is destroyed through unsustainable palm oil production.
In late November 2016 the decision to provide consumers with clear labelling of palm oil was delayed by the Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation.
This is a disappointing result for the 84% of Australians and 92% of New Zealand consumers who support palm oil labelling and fails to give consumers the right to know what is in their food.
Leadership is possible. The Victorian Government has announced they support mandatory labelling of palm oil.
Tell the other Ministers that you want transparent labelling.
I went to another seminar this weekend. I haven't been to one that I have paid for since I went to see Bob Proctor in Dublin in 2009. (I love you Bob, Thank you!) That doesn't mean I haven't been constantly studying, learning and expanding my consciousness, every second of every day since I first pushed play on The Secret DVD way back in 2008. I just clicked on another link, this one specifically for artists who want to run it as a business. Pretty relevant to me in my situation, right? I should be handing over the dollars for that mentoring program this second, right? I've come to an epiphany. Everything these guys are teaching, I already know, I've heard it before said a thousand different ways. I have lived it, I am living it, I am breathing it. I wouldn't be here if I hadn't already habituated all of their teachings, their methodologies, the knowledge that they received from their teachers and the teachers before them. I've spent time will millionaires, flown all around the world and studied great people from every walk of life. I know how this all works. Ask me a question about something that his holding you back in your life and I'll find you the memory that created the problem and I'll even provide you with a tried and test NLP technique that well enable you to re-frame and rewrite that memory and enable you to get passed it and move on to the next level.
Why the title? There was a game we played at the weekends seminar, it was about playing to win or playing to please others at the expense of yourself. It was meant to teach us that if we played only for ourselves, we would encounter hostility but if played for only for others, then we felt like victims ourselves. There was no right or wrong way but I made a surprising observation, those that were trying to keep the peace and please everyone where the ones that were still searching for an answer at the end of the weekend, the ones who will fill the seats of this auditorium or others like it again and again. There is only one answer, and I believe I have found it. Have I learned everything there is to know? Absolutely not! I'll never stop learning, but have I reached a point where I can put these principles into practice and transform my life and the lives of those around, in answer, I already have.... take a look at my life..... take a look at how far I've come..... most importantly, take a look at where I go from here....
What to learn my SECRET? Get in touch. A free coaching session with me for every piece of artwork sold.
May you find your peace....
I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and I suspect Fibromyalgia too. For over 20 years I've felt exhausted and in pain. Each day is a struggle and each step causes my body to ache. There are some good days, but these days are usually followed by even worse days. I've been fighting this alone for years, because I felt that no one could possibly understand what I was going through, or what was going on inside, in my body. I lived in a constant heavy cloud of pain, exhaustion, and stress, I got anxious and fearful due to not knowing why I felt this way, and for never getting any outside help with my condition. This TED Talk by Nadine Burke Harris, http://go.ted.com/yW3 goes a long way to explain how I got this way, and why it is such a struggle for me to undo what I know now to be the biochemical and biological effects laid down in my growing body during my childhood.
As you know I opened this studio a few months ago. This was my attempt to get my life back, to rebuild my identity. Before I became a mother, I struggled in the adult workforce to maintain a steady job, and to maintain the relationships that others take for granted. I was driven and determined, so despite my condition, I traveled, I lived abroad, until my body could no longer take it, and I returned home, weakened and vulnerable. That's when I met my husband, Tim, who has cared for me, despite all my flaws for the last 13 years!I am forever grateful.
Since I became a mother I have spent 12 years working in the home with my three girls, were my focus has been, and still is, making sure they are clothed, fed, and that they have a clean, healthy environment to grow up in. I am sure they benefit greatly from my time with them, however, the years of isolation, and monotony of the daily childcare routine has taken its toll on my already struggling body. I found I was sleeping more and my pain was getting worse. I had thought that it might be climate related and so when the opportunity for us to move to the Southern Hemisphere arrived, we went for it. My family's lives have improved immensely since the move and they are loving it here, however my problems did not disappear with the warmer temperatures! Always fighting, I forced myself to do charity and voluntary work to get me out of the house, but this has only increased my downtime periods, especially now that I can no longer rest before or the following day after each extra evening activity. While searching online for an answer, I recently found the CFS Recovery Program http://www.cfshealth.com/ run by Toby Morrison, right here in Melbourne! Toby, himself a victim of CFS, founded the program to help others recover, as he has, a shinning light, a ray of hope, behind the dark cloud that I've been living in.
Why talk about this on your art website? I hear you ask. Well, my art is my therapy, or at least big part of it. When I am drawing, my focus is on the pencils and the paper in front of me. I think about the future hand off to the clients, seeing their happy face as their fond memories of their furry loved one are portrayed in the picture in front of them. It gives me great joy and gratitude at being permitted into these peoples lives, it is a purpose for good, a reason to get up in the morning, to push through the tiredness of a restless sleep, and to endure the pain of my aching body. The positive energy and emotions of my work help to balance the negativity associated with this condition. So, I will carry on regardless, whilst continuing to work with Toby and Raeya at CFS Health to get on top of my condition and gain a life that I had thought was beyond me.
Others might say, you have your children around you, isn't that purpose enough? Why do you want to work outside the home and take on the extra responsibility if you are not well? Anyone who has had children, especially those with a tantrum fueled two year old child or girls approaching their teenage years, knows they are not always all sweetness and light and with a condition like mine it is so important to have some distance and separation from the constant state of angst that surrounds them! In all honestly, there will be days when the studio is not open or when I've had to close early, due to my health or energy levels. However, please know that I am always contactable via mobile or email, and if there is a job you'd like me to do, then you can rest assured that my heart and soul will be poured into finishing your portrait to the highest standard. Maybe, I won't be able to run a marathon or climb the highest mountain anytime soon, but I can draw, and that is what I will do, if you want me to?
Please enjoy your weekend, I know I will enjoy mine, Tim and I are going to an abundance seminar in the City, while a kind friend cares for our three precious gifts to the world!
I am grateful to serve,
Animal Artist - Pet Portraits
The big two are both at play date, the biggest one showed up after school with a friend in tow, which caused this unfavorable chain of events to unfold, the door flung open, the kids burst in, the dog barked uncontrollably, the baby screamed even more uncontrollably, the dog lunged forward towards his travel create, trapping my poor finger in the top of it, the finger nail almost detached from its nail bed, (I said almost), the artist was not happy, the unwelcome visitors are sent away with a flea in each ear! Calmness slowly returns but the nail still throbs and the heart is still heavy. So I am wondering, do I call it a day or do I stay here alone in the calmness with the hope that I'll stumble upon an idea to chrystalize this entrepreneurship enterprise of mine, and allow me to pay this months rent without selling my no doubt dysfunctional left kidney??
My latest project is a series of Postcards Featuring Australian Wildlife Portraits. Two years in and these fabulous creatures never cease to amaze me. If you'd be interested in purchasing these, or distributing them for resale, please get in touch through my numerous social media platforms. Today I am working on a portrait of my own personal bush tail possum who lives in and around my home, who loves nothing better than dancing on the roof tiles at 3am and tormenting our resident cat and dog! Have a great weekend everybody! Love From Chrystal
It's finally here, the school is back in session. After a bumpy start, I made it through the door of the studio, eventually! Julia ran ahead of me today into the shop, which I initially thought was cute, until she slammed the door behind her, and I realize she'd just locked herself in, and me out! She's not tall enough to reach the latch and for a very brief moment the panic started to set in. Then, my brain clicked on, and I felt the sense of calmness return to me as I remember that the real estate agents have a spare key and they are located only 100 meters away! Phew!! Darn latch button that I always forget to push, still, I can forgive myself as it is the first day back after the holidays and neither of us have been here for a while. I have a commission ready to be collected, have a market to do next week and the promise of work in the form of Artist Renders, for a nearby construction project. So not completely in panic mode just yet...
Hi, my name is Chrystal Carter, I am a mother to three lovely girls. I emigrated with my husband to Australia in December 2014, and have been living the dream, ever since! We are settled in the Dandenong Ranges and I have recently set up my brand new home art studio , in the heart of the hills, Tecoma. Here, I can follow my life long dream of being an artist drawing another of my greatest passions, animals, in particular, peoples beloved pets. I have always been fascinated by animals, nature and wildlife and where better to pursue my passions than here in Australia, and it certainly hasn't disappointed me! Follow me as a take on this new venture and brave new world, together with my wonderful family, and not forgetting my furry companions, Vin the Cat and Juno the Dog!