Author Archives: Belinda Fireman

About Belinda Fireman

38-ish mother of 3, artist, and creator of crafty stuff made out of paper, glue, yarn, and other things. Always trying to be a better me... and always trying to accept myself for who I am RIGHT NOW.

Communication and Vulnerability

Yesterday I experienced two very different forms of communication:

1. Two people talking to each other, one was angry (but not at the other), and both were speaking at the same time, over each other, each trying to have their stories heard. I felt myself becoming over-stimulated, and backing away. I wanted to leave, because I could see how neither person was hearing the other, and this made me sad and overwhelmed.

2. I delivered a painting to an acquaintance of mine, and we began to talk. The more we talked, the more openly we each shared, and at one point, I realized just how well this man was listening to me. He asked thoughtful questions, and listened with intent. I felt seen, I felt heard, I felt safe. This allowed me to be vulnerable, and to share some things with him that, before yesterday, I didn’t think I would have. He also allowed himself to be vulnerable and share with me.

Vulnerability is one of my core values, and I surround myself with people who have the ability to be vulnerable, to share their deepest truths. This helps me to grow, to be seen, and to connect with others.

Watch Brene Brown’s TED talk on the Power of Vulnerability here.

20-Minute Tuesday!

It’s 20-minute Tuesday!

TODAY ONLY, this 20-minute painting is pay-what-you-want! Send an email to magknit@telus.net telling me:
1. Why you want the painting.
2. Your offer.
Please remember that shipping is extra ($30 to Canada, $40 to US).

16″ x 20″

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Rainbow painting day!

I’ve finally realized that my time management skills have disappeared since I’ve been on Facebook. That’s quite a long time. Instead of kicking myself for taking so long, I’m going to do something about it.
I finally am making the most of iCal, and scheduling my work day, all 15 hours of it that exist during half-day camps for my son.
It begins with painting. More painting, yay!

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Moving Forward.

SelfLove365: Day 201
JP told me today that this is something he likes about me- that I bring things up, and don’t let them fester… I’m choosing to move forward. I have enough experience sitting with the shitty feeling of being stuck, that my incentive to move forward and grow is pretty high.

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