FEARLESS Inspiration :: Natasha Reilly


Total Alignment :: Sedona October 2012
Taschie at Total Alignment this October!

The weather here in Arizona has been perfect.  

Finally we can open the windows again--and the sunshine is more softer, friendlier--than it's Summer aggressive self.

But my heart has been very heavy this week.  Making it difficult to enjoy it.  

It's hard to believe that I live on the same land that miles away Hurricane Sandy wreck havoc on.  

My dear, dear friend and fellow FEARLESS Painter Natasha Reilly, who I affectionately call Taschie, has been hit terribly by the storm. 

She was suppose to come here and visit me this week, but instead her and her family were evacuated and forced to find shelter for her, her husband, and two small children.

I've been keeping touch with Taschie every day--and like a true FEARLESS Painter, the one thing she grabbed before having to leave their home was her paints and paper.

Here are her mini FEARLESS Painters hard at work...





Taschie told me today that having painting supplies has made a HUGE difference for her mini FEARLESS Painters. That painting has allowed them to manage a ton of stress and emotion as they still wait to hear about their home.

Today, I would like to honor Taschie and her mini FEARLESS Painters as my FEARLESS Inspiration.

Through all the horror, uncertainty, stress, and sadness that this has been brought upon them--they still look to build a better today and tomorrow by painting.  

I admire Taschie so deeply.  This incident is only one in many that she has faced adversity and always comes through flinging paint and spreading color in the world.  She even mentioned to me that she so wishes she could get painting supplies to all the children in NYC who have lost their homes entirely and are hurting.  

That is just a testimony of how much of a FEARLESS Inspiration she truly is. 

Taschie, there is great, great love here for you and your minis!!  


My heart and prayers go out to all who have been touched by Sandy. I send you blessings and strength.



7 comments:

Lisa said...

I'm in tears again reading this!! YES YES YES, so much love to her, to her family, and to you, Connie. Good golly I will never tell her enough how wonderful of a mother she is.

Tearing up again, dang it.

Kate said...

Connie,
Oh I didn't know it was Taschie who was coming to visit. I have been thinking of her though. I love that she took her paints. See her little fearless painters brings joy to my heart.

XO
Kate

Nikki said...

Thank you so much for the update on Natasha and her family. I've been worrying about them all week. Please give her my love. She's so wonderful and inspiring.

jane louise said...

Natasha Reilly is made of love... and it glows out of her <3

~hali said...

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Natasha said...

My family just sat down around this computer to read your words and while my children cheered, the adults cried. There's something about seeing your words and looking around us - right now there is a ton of pain and sadness. Yet, this post - every word - radiates with the hope we are all holding tight to right now. Though we are still not home (hope to be soon) you have somehow helped us to pull even tighter as a family - YOU are a part of our family. I love you so much. I love you for opening my world to paint, for teaching me its power so that I might call upon it during a very dark time when all we wanted to do was keep everything "normal" for our kids our mini FEARLESS painters. Thank you for being in the world, thank you for always sharing your beautiful heart and that of your family, and for being such a very, very special part of my life. Thank you to your family and this family of FEARLESS painters...thank you each and every sister in paint who has written. You have NO idea what your words and love mean to me and to my family. So much love from my heart - from the heart of my family - to you.

Tracie said...

I so look up to Taschie - in the midst of a great disaster, she found a way to bring happiness, color and relief to her little ones. And now, she wants to spread that love even further. She is a true testament to a mother's love and a woman's strength. I adore you Taschie.....you are loved and admired.