Rachel Awes: Psychologist, author, and art playgroundist

my art corner

By Rachel Awes on June 26, 2017

Grateful to have pieces from artist friends on & all around me. I go about my creative life, hand in hand. In Brian’s piece, he writes, “Absolutely everything you do is a chance to give love. Start any time you’d like.”

With love to the artists in this corner & to you & everyone xox
Brian Andreas Carissa Paige Vanessa KiKi Johanning Kelli Jean May-krenz Lori Sparkly Franklin Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy Lara Cornell Sarah Taylor Mary Wangerin Terace Yeatts Rachel Awes Catina Jane Gray Gudrun Sjödén Kelly Rae Roberts Kolleen Harrison Stephanie Sharp Angela Rae Barribeau Lori Portka Gloria Arlin King Aimee Myers Dolich Jenipher Lyn Gallardo

appear in the room

By Rachel Awes on June 12, 2017

with all my love ♥ added to shop http://rachelawes.etsy.com 


Beautiful face

By Rachel Awes on June 5, 2017

With all my love XOX

& print added to SHOP

Listening to you

By Rachel Awes on June 2, 2017

This darling friend & artist is Mindy Lacefield:

always choose joy

christmas in wonderland


all the sparkly things

And you can find this wonderland here at her SHOP and WEBSITE

My name is Mindy Lacefield and I have been creating art full-time since 2008. I adore dolls from the 70’s and 80’s (especially strawberry shortcake!) and I continue to be inspired by drawings and collections from my childhood of the 80’s.  I strive to capture that young-at-heart 8 year old that was fearless and passionate about life and am so happy I can live my dream of painting for a living.

If you would like your art/photography referencing listening here, please email me with 1-2 attachments, your links + short bio to rachelawes@gmail.com

Meeting Gudrun & friends in NYC

By Rachel Awes on May 29, 2017

It was a DREAM to meet and be alongside Gudrun Sjoden, clothing designer extraordinaire from Sweden, as well as other deeply bright lights!

Click on these names and come to know these AMAZING women! I think of something Maya Angelou wrote… that all we see in others is all possible within each of us. May they remind you of YOUR glory & might & bright light. May we lift each other up always.

Mariama Camara Valerie Lemaine Deborah Cohan Betti Zucker Kelly Rae Roberts Rachel Awes

Georgie Badiel Gudrun Sjoden SARK

While on the trip, my roomy, sister ambassador, and dear friend, Kelly Rae Roberts, & I received a love letter, thanking us for sharing the colors of who we are, encouraging someone who has been afraid to show up as she is, in full color… and now feeling more ready to do the same. Her letter was a treasure and resonated deeply. As a Gudrun Sjödén America ambassador, THIS truly is the deepest message/walk/wardrobe. To walk, arm in arm, lifting each other up as we beautifully, truly are. We can all do this!

It was soul food to meet my longtime inspiration, SARK, and watch such a friendship become so beautifully real.

Love really does lift you higher! Chase after it with all your heart & soul! It begins with the seemingly small things. With selecting a magic marker that makes you happy. A garment that feels like you. Writing a few authentic words in your journal or a whole book. Anything that makes your heart flutter. And then commit your life to this direction– to feeling alive. (Kelly Rae, SARK, and I leaping in SOHO – I L💚VE them each wildly, & don’t believe I would have been leaping here without all these life-giving selections beforehand.)

Valerie, Kelly Rae, and I (LOVED meeting Valerie for the first time! Such a GIFT to be surprised with a new treasured friend).

ohhhhh, and the beautiful dance of Deborah Cohan! both her actual dance & the dance of her life! LOVE!

Friends, then there was this great gift of having make-up done for a photo shoot by the Emmy award-winning Roberto Casey!

And perfectly wrapping up the week in front of the ocean in Queens with my friend & Gudrun’s US director, lovely Naheima Sears, with a rainbow meditation.

Shared with all my love, joy, and gratitude, for all these bright lights, and for the yellow ball of sun undeniably burning within YOU. XOX

Meet Gudrun!

By Rachel Awes on May 15, 2017

Friends! I’m so excited to finally be able to meet Gudrun Sjoden herself! This week!! The brilliant woman behind the making of these amazing artful and green clothes (& gorgeous paintings she creates, inspiring her garments, as you can see in the wallpaper behind her & in the photo below of a dress releasing May 20)! I’ll be flying to NYC & gathering with sister ambassadors, Gudrun friends, and she! And YOU can meet her too! She’ll be in the Soho store, along with nibbles & drinks, located at 50 Greene St from 11am to 2pm on Saturday May 20, 2017! (Many pics to come! Sooo thrilled!)

“much gets set in motion when i really hear myself. including an evolution of my closet. or maybe it’s a revolution. an unrest for all that doesn’t fit. for the uncomfortable. for the fashion of someone else. there comes this time when i want my clothes to match me…”  all i did was listen

With all my love xox

She Is Fierce

By Rachel Awes on May 8, 2017

This is a commissioned piece, from my dear Great Green Okayness publisher & friend, Amy, as a gift to her sister:

She said her sister’s water broke at 26 weeks and she was airlifted to a hospital. Thankfully, she continues to carry her precious baby and everyone is healthy and ok! Amy was certain, amid the vulnerability, of her sister and niece’s great strength, and wanted to gift her with this fierce and loving message.

It was a great gift to me, in turn, to make this and hand her off to Amy (dressed in Gudrun Sjoden, of course!) ♥

So thankful for this dear soul, who I also call “Bluebird”, because she has a beautiful singing voice, has sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow bluebirds fly…” in my home, and I just love her! (Art below by Ylva Källström-Eklund)

Thank you, Amy, for allowing me to share your story here and as a print available to all in my:: SHOP

May all be well XOX

Listening to you

By Rachel Awes on May 5, 2017

This fabulous artist is Liza Posar:

Growing Up In The 60’s


In My Reflection

Peace and Love

She Had Dreams

For artist Liza Pozar, the world is not a shade, it is a colour. Her artistic ideas are drawn from the humanity of everyday life as seen in her illustrations. To Liza, life is fleeting and it is only by stopping, looking and feeling that we can comprehend the depth of our experiences. Her use of design, composition and striking colour palette establishes a perceptive body of work that encourages viewers to reflect on their own existence. Lisa has works in private collections and has exhibited in both group and solo shows across Australia and Italy.


If you would like your art/photography referencing listening here, please email me with 1-2 attachments, your links + short bio to rachelawes@gmail.com

Happy May Day!

By Rachel Awes on May 1, 2017

Happy May Day and hurrah to racing after all your aliveness! XOX, Rachel

Art Is You MPLS 2017

By Rachel Awes on April 24, 2017

This past week, “Art Is You”, a brilliant parade of art workshops & friendship, swept through the Millennium Hotel in Minneapolis. It was my dear pleasure to be a morning motivator speaker and talk about colors/rainbows, and frolic with the amazing souls before and after! We are all so precious, sweet friends! Here is a peek at it all:

“I make rainbows when I leap”

Mindy Lacefield & I in the imagination booth

All was sunny with Sunny Carvalho teaching/inspiring/being

And check out my new treasure from my dear friend, Vanessa “Kiki” Johanning!

And please meet Sandra Koterba! She created this art in Sunny’s class, moved by my book “all i did was listen” and painted this of me (see my Gudrun dress?!) ♥

And check out these rings, made by the dazzlingly talented Susan Lenart Kazmer!

And bless my dear publisher, Amy, for stopping by my table with flowers! Although this is a story for another post (to be continued…)

So very grateful. With great love for all the dear hearts who were there, and for all of you here. Always! XOX, Rachel