Reblog: “The Influence of Mother Nature”

A new blog post from my upcoming children’s picture book, Adventures of “Piratess” Tilly !

 

When was the last time you chose to stand in the rain, allowing it to wash away your burdens? Or when was the last time you let the snow falling mesmerize you, slowing your breathing and taking you inward? Do you remember how it felt to run freely as a child? The complete determination and fullness of heart that you experienced while your legs burned or you were finally out of breath – enjoying your sacred moments in Nature.

Nature is forever constant – always present. It can be felt, seen, heard, tasted, the scents inhaled and instantly grounding. For that is where the Mother aspect of “Mother Nature” exists for me – she roots my Spirit and gently comforts my Heart. In moments of uncertainty, I’ve felt the gentle pull of Mother Nature, guiding me to focus on her offerings – her touchstones.

Being raised in Seattle, that often meant pausing and listening to the rain, letting its rhythm calm me or cleanse my mind. As a child, I felt instantly empowered and free on my bicycle, pedaling hard, with the wind in my hair and trees surrounding me, their evergreen scents both exhilarating and calming me.

It is in those moments that I feel myself most connected to Mother Nature – to the Universe – and therefore to my Self. It is there that I find inspirations aplenty, beckoning me to express my findings.

As I’ve gotten older and have learned to silence the outer noise of the world, calling on this inspiration has gotten much easier. It is from this place, this entire experience of Mother Nature in both her physical and spiritual forms, that I felt compelled to write Adventures of “Piratess” Tilly.

When Tilly’s story presented itself, I immediately felt the need to share her unique character in hopes of empowering the reader. One of my hopes for adults reading the story is that the door is re-opened to the wonderment of both the physical and spiritual aspects of Mother Nature.

Children more often than not innately feel connected to flora, fauna and the unseen guide that is Mother Nature. It is we adults who can lose sight of her beauty and spiritual power, her ability to root and embrace our Spirit. My wish is for us adults to harness our children’s ability to roll in the leaves and not care about ruining our clothes, for example! I hope seeing Nature through “Piratess” Tilly’s eyes helps remind you of your positive experiences out of doors as a child – and helps reunite you with Mother Nature. And with that reconnection, I hope we can continue to build a community that raises awareness of Nature’s offerings and its needs for respect and protection, as “Piratess” Tilly has done, with her band of “brothers,” hailing from 7 international ports. For it is only when we let go, that we can then embrace each other and Mother Nature.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Lorayne

“Piratess” Tilly update

I thought I would share some updates on my upcoming children’s picture book, Adventures of “Piratess” Tilly. First is a project I’m calling, “Nature as Teacher” quote series. I’ve taken the liberty in reblogging the initial post below. I just really love this line from the story, “Nature as Teacher” and want to share this idea as much as possible.

The second project is called “From the Crow’s Nest: Yuki’s fun facts!” It’ll be memes sharing tidbits of information that correlate with the adventure in the book, i.e. facts on animals found on The Gal├ípagos Islands!

All of these can be found on the website, Facebook and twitter! I hope you enjoy these projects!

Thank you,

Elizabeth Lorayne

1. Nature was an important inspiration for Adventures of “Piratess” Tilly. I would like to share nature-themed quotes by famous people as well as some of my own haiku. “Nature as Teacher” is one of my personal favorite lines in the book. With that in mind, I’ll start the series with this lovely quote by Shakespeare.

Adventures of "Piratess" Tilly coming soon picture book, Shakespeare quote

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Nature was an important inspiration for Adventures of "Piratess" Tilly. I would like to share nature-themed quotes by famous people as well as some of my own haiku. "Nature as Teacher" is one of my personal favorite lines in the book. With that in mind, I'll start the series with this lovely quote by Shakespeare.  Adventures of "Piratess" Tilly coming soon picture book, marine iguana meme

Adventures of “Piratess” Tilly!

A project I’ve been working on since this past summer is a children’s picture book ~ written in haiku (of course!)! My husband and I are very happy with it and extremely excited about the illustrations, done by Karen Watson (www.karenwatson.com). We’ll be publishing it ourselves, which I’m also thrilled about, as we’ll have total control over the book. Please come support this new project!! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook! And of course, check out the website (which is in need of bios!): piratesstilly.com

The synopsis is below!

tilly web background with title p.s. Our 22 month old daughter LOVES seeing the updated illustrations. She gets so excited!!

To Create is to… (Fill in the blank!)

I’m slowly recovering from a nasty cold/flu and with that means my mind is foggy with little room to write or make art. I also just turned 30 on Sunday! And with that, I suppose, I’m mulling over the aspects of myself that I have nurtured… Specifically, my creativity. So, I had the idea of starting a “fill in the blank” series of what it means to me to be creative! I would love to hear what it means to you! Here’s my initial thought:

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Thank you,
Elizabeth Lorayne