Birthday Girl

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” Meister Eckhart


 After a very challenging summer, a long bout of illness, and the feeling that life would never, ever return to “normal,” let alone “happy,”  again, I am here to report that life is BEAUTIFUL! I am feeling better every single day and big, positive changes are happening in my life.

At first, I was very reluctant to share how ill I was with all of you…I defaulted to the old “don’t bother folks with your worries, they have plenty of their own” thinking. I just kept powering on, showing up for my classes, fulfilling my many obligations, and pretending that everything was okay–but the inevitable crash was sudden and dramatic!

 It has required that I completely change my life and I am setting about doing that, with your help!

The first thing I learned was to trust you with the story–to tell you what was going on–to believe that you would rather know than not. And from the moment I started stuttering out the words, you embraced and supported me. You offered me solace and a thousand acts of thoughtfulness. You showered me with kindnesses. THANK YOU!

Though I had all but given up on my dream of a beach getaway this year, you all jumped in and said, “GO! GO!” You deserve it!” and  I went with my friend Karen Z and had the most fabulous, healing time. THANK YOU!

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When I returned, you graciously filled all my October classes and on Friday you surprised me with a lovely birthday party…

(see picture at the top of this post–dear pal Karen Sisco made the scrumptious cake with lemon curd!)


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So, it is with my whole heart that I share with you how happy I am to be healing, regaining my strength, and embracing the JOY in my life again.

“The struggle ends when the gratitude begins. ” Neale Donald Walsch

Following the charming example of my wonderful friend May-Bella, I am creating a birthday doll–and can you guess?– mine will be a mermaid! One who swims between realms and always bobs to the surface, smiling!

Thank You for letting me share the journey with you! Thank you for adjusting to the ending of some old favorite classes and the invention of some fun new ones. Thank you for being a part of my outpouring of Gratitude!

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Much Love From the Merry Mistress of Merriment

© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2015. All Rights Reserved.



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It was everything I hoped–healing, relaxing, fun, and  restful!!!

The weather was exquisite.

The company was superb.

The sea was endlessly entrancing.

I could feel the sea air expand my lungs and fill my spirit with pure JOY!

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I’ve always been a Beach Babe and known that the sea had a particular, healing hold on my heart.

Ending up living in Tucson (for all its charms!) was a hard bump for me and I found myself craving the beach with every fiber of my being as the summer heat became intolerable.

I started planning my beach trip way back in March and clung to it like a life-raft as the temperatures soared.

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And then (VERY inconveniently!), I got very ill this summer…


In the midst of delirious fevers and great waves of weakness, I almost let go of my beach dream…

but my wonderful friend Karen Zopf

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wouldn’t let me!

She insisted it was just what the doctor ordered and that we HAD to go!

So I HAD to, quick, start rebuilding my health and reviving my spirit so I could go.

Because the illness nearly killed me–I knew I had to radically change my life, eliminate all the things that were not life-enhancing, stop “over achieving,” and finally learn to slooooooooooow down!!!

No two ways about it. Not “someday.” It was a very hard lesson but it was also a huge breakthrough!

You all know that I have been TALKING about it for years–but the illness FORCED me to make the changes!

 I am so very grateful for that!

It’s time to embrace a new mantra…

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With your help, that’s my plan!

I’m leaving behind lots of old responsibilities and obligations…

Re-inventing my daily life to include more time for FUN…

Prioritizing much more time for my Beloved, my friends, art making, solitude, and time at the sea.

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You will see some changes at The Cottage–deeper, longer classes and more chances for “artist dates” and “play days.”

(Go check out October’s classes by clicking on the Cottage Classes banner at the top of the page and come join me!)

You will see some changes in me–more willingness to “go to lunch” or come play in your studio with you.

I think you will be pleased.

I am determined to continue to be the Mistress of Merriment in ways that keep me well and happy and full of enthusiasm.

I am going to follow this good advice:

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So, I’m back from the sea…Ocean Beach with all its funky fun and relaxed vibe did its magic!

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Please come celebrate life and enjoy creativity at The Cottage as Tucson welcomes autumn!

Much Love and Mermaid Kisses,


© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2015. All Rights Reserved.


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I’m off (at last!!!) on my great beach adventure!

Dear friend Marnie Ehlers captured the feeling so beautifully in her watercolor painting!

I feel like a magical sea creature already!

Some people are desert people (bless & keep them!)–some people are mountain people (a lovely place to be!)–

but me–I’m a Beach Bunny through and through!


And after this long, hot, malaria summer I feel the beach tugging fiercely at my soul and enticing my battered spirit to re-emerge!

The beach is my very best medicine!

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So, off I go…on my summer road trip…

with my boogie board & an ice chest full of yummy snacks…

net bags for collecting beach detritus…

beach bum clothes…

summer reading and no ambitions!

Here is where you’ll find me…


at the seafood cantina…

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at the end of the pier, marveling at the magic of the sea…

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And watching every sunset I can!!!!!!

I won’t be completely wild–I will be  following VERY strict beach rules…


and I’ll be with REAL mermaid sidekicks…(like these from Cory McCory!)

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in my own little groovy hippie summer world…

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I’ll update you when I get back home…meanwhile…

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I’m sailing into the mystic! Bon Voyage!

Love & Salty Sea Kisses,

From Mermaid Kait


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Heart in hand, I thank you for your amazing out-pouring of love and concern and just plain amazing support after my last blog post!

Whooooooosh! I’m surrounded by such love and compassion! THANK YOU!

Sooooo…I’m especially excited to report that life is changing so happily for me.

First, it is September at last! My natal month. A month sooo much more congenial to me than all the sizzling summer months.


And I have found a new healing path for what has been ailing me all summer!


(Image by Mary Engelbreit)

My spirit is returning!

My energy!

My optimism!

My joy!


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The Girlz With HeART program is thriving and branching out in new, unexpected ways, with new leadership stepping up!

AND, in ten days, I’m going on a beach trip!!!!!!


Sooooo…thank you for your love and encouragement and rallying around me until I could find my way back on track!

I’m happy to share with you that I’m doing so well,

feeling so much better,

the clouds have lifted,

and, is that the salt air blowing in to enchant my September?


Woooohooooo…September at last!

I’m looking forward to sharing  all kinds of new adventures,

spending time with old friends,

having fun with all the amazing women who come to The Creative Cottage to play,

and returning to my happy, creative, joy-filled life!!!


THANKS for being such fabulous allies & encouragers!

Much Love & Gratitude From Your Friend Kaitlin

(Who is back on the road to wellness and enchantment!)

© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2015. All Rights Reserved.

By Kaitlin Meadows