"MAY TRANSFORMING TO JOY BECOME A MANTRA FOR YOU AS THE LOTUS OF YOUR LIFE UNFOLDS."
As a young girl, I sat at the typewriter for hours pretending to be a writer. I have always loved playing with the sound of words, feeling the energy in words, and sifting through the myriad combinations in which a phrase or sentence can be strung together. I suspect this passion for words was inherited from my mother, a spelling bee champion.
Life has taken me on a twisty path of experiences. I earned master’s degrees in counseling and education. Between degrees I birthed three children. And it was during this time, as a young mother, I discovered a painting process that shifted the course of my life.
Today, in my little art gallery, inspiring narrative stories that I write accompany each of my paintings, heightening their meaning. My passion for the visual arts and the written word has organically merged in the past several years. Most recently, an elevating line of clothing has been translated from the paintings. To experience my art and clothing designs please click the link https://www.lisaldesigns.com
My middle child, Adam, began his struggle with addiction in his teens. Years later, with Adam in mind and heart, I created a painting titled Adam's Red.
I'm enchanted by the beautiful lotus flower which requires mud and muck to blossom. The suffering I experienced witnessing Adam's growing addiction became the mud and muck from which my awakening blossomed over the course of many years.
When I wrote the story of our mother-son relationship, it naturally followed that the Adam's Red painting - formed into a magnificent lotus - be used for the book jacket, a symbol of growth and healing. The full title of the book is Transforming to Joy; Responding to My Son's Struggle With Addiction.
In addition, the Adam's Red painting has channeled itself into a powerful clothing line symbolizing our capacity for self-discovery and healing!
Now, Transforming to Joy's mission is under way, offering three healing opportunities:
- The book, Transforming to Joy; Responding to My Son’s Struggle with Addiction, provides a foundation for hope, healing, and strategies to respond to the most challenging situations.
- The fiery and powerful energy of Adam's Red clothing/accessories
acts as uplifting encouragement to respond to life's challenges with strength, courage, and love.
- Opportunities for healing deepen through book talks + developing healing practices at creative healing workshops.
These are the lotus petals I lovingly offer you.