listening to you

By Rachel Awes on February 1, 2013

this lovely artist is chrissie grace:
My name is Chrissie Grace.
Who I am in a nutshell:
Child of God
lover of coffee
beach girl at heart

I love to create…it is in my heart and soul and it is at the essence of who I am.
+ this lovely artist is julia fehrenbacher:

“whispers of truth” art


What if I just sit here 
right now 
and maybe 

sipping tea
and poetry, breathing in 
each word 
like it’s all 
that will keep me


as the right now
wild rain
grows wilder 

just the two of us 
side by side
our thirsty hearts
all over the place

Dear you

you, the one reading these words
you, with your ancient, wanting heart
you, wondering if you’ll ever
get it right

I invite you to pause
for a moment
to listen to the space
these words
to the space where softness
and hunger

to the space that so
asks you to
the thoughts
that doubt your worth
to stop the voices that compare
and leave you feeling

There is no less
there are no shadows or shoulds, no pretty or good
no bad or broken, no right or wrong in

There is only this breath
and that which breathes it
there is only You
and your giggling, fully blossomed

Julia Fehrenbacher is an author, a poet, and a painter.  Her life’s work is to step into her truest, most empowered self so that she may guide others to the same.  She lives in Corvallis, Oregon with her husband and two little girls.  If you’d like to join her on this path of shedding & opening & living from a place of truth and authenticity, please visit her at, she’d so love to have you there. 

Julia released her first book of poetry and art, On the Other Side of Fear, in May of 2012.  It, along with her art, is available at


(if you would like your art/photography referencing listening here, please email me with 1-2 attachments, your links + short bio to

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  1. Kim Mailhot says:

    Thanks for sharing these gifts, Rachel.
    Happy Friday !

  2. Julia says:

    Oh, dear Rachel. A million thank yous to you. Such a blessing to be here in your treasured space.

    So full of love for you…

    Deep bows.

  3. Uplifting and beautiful! You and these wonderful ladies that you feature make me proud to be a woman. 🙂

    Oooh, I just watched The Help. Love that pillow! xoxo

  4. I adore that whimsical bird
    tweeting “all you need is less”!
    All of this treasure
    you share….these artists
    are gems, rachel.
    heading over to their sites
    with a heart full
    …..thank you rachel for
    all the light you shine:)

  5. Isabel says:

    I Love here artwork and pillows:O)

  6. aimee says:

    I know Chrissie through Instagram (which you need to get on, pronto, because everyone’s always showing your book and talkin’ up your colorfuliciousness over there) and I love her work! Great showcase!

  7. Relyn Lawson says:

    OOOOooooo…. I want a pillow just like that – in deep purple. I love it!!

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