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"We are the sea in a turbulent wave Crashing on rock, to shatter into smithereens We are the wind blowing past the trees Fast and furious and dangerously still We live life fiercely, we give it all we’ve got We love from the depth of our heart And nurse our broken heart with deep grieve Tears fall endlessly, but we are strong We stand up and heal, to love for tomorrow We fight like lions, we roar like tigers We fall and we rise, bigger, better and fiercer We are warriors, we are survivors We are reckless, we are savage We are the wild ones" - Hybrid Doll

 

A Beautiful Retreat is a weekend event that encourages female creatives to let go of limitations, connect more fully, to feel beautiful, get inspired and be more intentional. Our first retreat was held in the woods of Winchester, TN in September 2014. See more images on our Instagram here >>>

 

Our next retreat is in the works for February 2015, feel free to email me with any questions meredith@meredithcbullock.com and find out more here >>>

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ONE About a month ago my dear friend and photographer Allison and I planned out a nature photo shoot and a picnic with our little families in the warm sun, with the fall leaves and a peaceful little creek surrounding us. First we enjoyed fresh fruit, burgers on a grill, conversation and time together with each other & their sweet daughter Vivian. Then Allison and I ventured into nature for the remainder of the day. Allison snapped photos as I naturally wondered around soaking up the beauty around me. I just received the final edits this week and I cant wait to share more of them with you when the new blog and shop are launched. The shoot and the images to show for it were blissful.

TWO With #FridayPaintday going strong for 13 weeks, my collection of original paintings has grown immensely. Not only that, my passion for painting has been reignited, my confidence and technique has strengthened and my desire to make painting more a daily practice has been established. Getting back to painting feels to natural, like it's a part of my DNA. And it makes sense since painting has been in my family for generations. I look forward to sharing more of my work and offering some originals, prints and custom paintings in my shop.

THREE My intern Liz; there is so much to say about this lady and how much she's helped me grow and reach dreams in just the few short months she's been working with me. I never thought of bringing on an intern - better yet, having a team work with me - till the moment I received an email from her. That moment was when I knew I not only needed her but an entire team of motivated, creative and wildly talented individuals working together with me. Since she joined my team back in August, we've planned and executed A Beautiful Retreat, began cultivating a community of creative woman - hosting monthly gatherings here in Nashville, and we've brought on our amazing photographer Allison. So much is happening over here - in so many good ways - I am truly blessed to have her.

This is what I've been up to lately, what's new with you?

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ONE Last weekend was magical. 12 creative ladies, including myself, escaped to the woods of southern Tennessee for a weekend surrounded by nature, wilderness and beauty filled with intention and connection. We slept in beautiful rustic yet modern cabins, went for hikes in lush trails with bridges and bluffs, we shared stories about paving our own path, we laughed, we broke bread, we danced under the stars, we celebrated our ambition and accomplishments and we simply breathed. Words can't describe how amazing and life-giving last weekend was, only images tied with poems and quotes have done it justice. See more on our Instagram and #ABeautifulRetreat. More pictures and reflections coming soon.

TWO The past few months Nick and I have been working diligently to reorganize our home, clean it spotless, decorate and style perfectly in order to receive the best appraisal we could in order to purchase it. You see, the house we live in we rented first. We moved to Nashville about a year ago into this beautiful home, then just a few months ago we realized we wanted to purchase it. The process of purchasing a home unfolded, including paper work, on top of paper work, on top of cleaning, appraisal appointments, inspections appointments, realtor appointments and endless things to gather and sign. This process has been extremely draining and much more work than I could have imagined. Gratefully, we officially purchased our home almost 2 weeks ago and got through all of the legalities and paperwork! Now into repairing the home...

THREE Since enduring my second miscarriage in July, a host of tests to understand why my pregnancies have not been viable have ensued. Almost monthly I have my blood drawn to test for one thing or another. Then a few weeks ago, amidst purchasing our home, I had a more intense test called a Hysterosalpingogram. This is where they inject dye into my uterus to show whether my fallopian tubes are open or blocked, whether a blockage is at the junction of the tube and uterus or if there is any normalities whatsoever. I'm happy to say everything was normal, but not so happy to admit that this test was very discomforting and unpleasant. Yesterday I had another blood test which should conclude the blood tests for now. In a few weeks I see an acupuncturist specializing in fertility and my OB to go over all of my test results. There are is so much to learn about miscarriage and having a successful pregnancy that I find myself taking notes, google searching random thoughts about it online and bookmarking articles. It's difficult to put everything together on something that still has so many mysteries. But my desire, determination and hope will keep me moving forward to find answers and a plan.

 

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Most times when I blog, I schedule 2-3 hours to fully execute the post. And lately, with all of the exciting projects I've been working on, the painting I've been pouring myself into, workshops I've been teaching and gatherings I've been hosting, blogging has sunk to the bottom of my list.

This is not what I want but sometimes that's just the way it goes. So I've given a lot of thought to how I can continue to share what I've been up to without it taking such a large chunk of my time each week.

I came across these two blog features here and hereThey're both simple, easy and an update on their latest happenings. I started to think about how I could do something of the same. Create a blog series that essentially shares what I've been up to lately that's easy and efficient.

So here we are, with my new series Lately. Inspired by the other blog features, I'll list off 3 things I've been up to lately.

ONE Almost every week I've stuck with my #FridayPaintday project. Through this self-initiated challenge I've rediscovered my deep love for painting, my strong desire to exhibit again, the need to express myself through art. I've missed painting. About 5 years ago I used to paint almost daily, prepping for my latest exhibits and shows. I stopped painting when I discovered avenues of income in calligraphy and custom work, allowing me to finally quit my day job and pursue creative endeavors full-time. Fast forward several years to just a few months ago when I found myself writing about how much I missed creating for myself, especially painting. I was at a breaking point and had to stop dreaming about it and make it happen. I had to start painting again. That's when #FridayPaintday was born. I share a lot of my discoveries, artwork and reflections about this project on instagram.

TWO When we moved to Nashville I had no idea what to expect when it came to the community of creatives, but what I did know was that when we moved here I was very interested and motivated to connect and build a community of creatives and like-minded individuals. A few months back my friend and in-house photographer Allison invited me to an Instagram meetup. I was a meet-up virgin eager to connect and make new friends. Inspired by all of the connections I made and my desire to build community, I hosted a Harvest Moon Bonfire at my home a month later. I invited a bunch of ladies I knew from workshops, from the meet-up and other ladies I knew through instagram. It was a magical night of 20+ woman meeting, connecting, laughing and letting go. Since then I've hosted another gathering and this weekend I have my first ever all-ladies retreat. I never thought about the results of what building a community would be. After just a few evenings of opening my heart and doors to new and old friends, I'm grateful for all of the friends, connections and community that's building. It's changing me in the most beautiful way. I feel so loved, connected and supported. The next all ladies gathering is in a few weeks, but this time we're hosting it at a friends. If you're a lady creative in Nashville and want to attend, send me a Facebook message.

THREE Something my husband and I love is to carve out time on the weekends to spend time with each other.  Sometimes we watch movies and eat pizza, other times we go for a hike, a walk, a movie and/or dinner. We're both self-made artists and entrepreneurs, so conversations about dreams, goals and our latest big idea are always on the tip of our tongue. Recently we discovered the beautiful Shelby Bottoms Hiking Trails in East Nashville and we're smitten with the beauty and nature that we get to indulge in so close to music city.