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Wednesday
Jan162013

I'm a Possibilitarian...

 

Hello lovelies, how are you?

I'm excited to share some news with you today…… awhile back the lovely and oh so awesome Kelly Rae Roberts emailed, inviting me to be a part of her beautiful Possiblitarian Project.

Here's how Kelly Rae describes her project.

At first glance, The Possibilitarian Project looks like a blog series — a curated collection of inspiring (true) stories. Artists & writers & entrepreneurs who made their ‘impractical’ dreams a reality. Possibility-fueled visionaries who stepped into their own limitlessness. Against the grain, against the odds. Just because . . . they had a calling they couldn’t ignore.

IT’S A BLOG SERIES, SURE — BUT IT’S ALSO A MOVEMENT.

Because when you step forward as a Possibilitarian — and share the truth about how you created your beautifully messy, magnificently complicated & exquisitely joyful life and career — you give everyone else permission to dream bigger, be braver, and create what they want. And just like that, the impossible simply . . . isn’t.

Honestly, my friends…when I read that…. I get chills…..When Kelly Rae's message popped into my inbox….I about fell off my chair. I will never forget the first time I readthat  she called herself a possiblitarian…I thought…. I love that... so am I! Imagine how thrilled I was when she invited me to be a part of her project and share my story.

Today I am over at her blog…. sharing my possiblitarian journey. I'd love it if you popped by.


In honour of this…. I wanted to share an exciting, very recent addition to my possiblitarian journey.

If you've read my story here or maybe you just read my interview at Kelly Raes, you might know my son has been a big part of my journey. We went down a very tumultuous road through his teen years. In fact I spent over two years almost paralyzed by fear. I was so scared we were going to lose our boy. I gave up my art career during that time…. I could not seem to create. I sat and waited for the worst to happen…. and finally it did. But miraculously we survived....coming out on the other side stronger and better for it.

Fast Forward several years later…. October 2012…. Palm Springs California….. Shutter Sisters Oasis…..  Me, in front of the room with my beautiful friend Xanthe…. sharing our creative journeys with the Sisters…. ….our creative process…our path to Oasis….
A big part of my story ...our journey with Bryce. I shared with the women and one fellow (Jason our amazing HP guy) that I owe my new beautiful life and career to Bryce. His painful path changed my life, my direction, my career…. His journey gave me photography, travel, a tribe of amazing women who fill my heart with so much joy and this blog, YOU ..... teaching, sharing, inspiring. Who knew! It wasn't the first time I thought or said this out loud…. But it really HIT ME that day in Palm Springs…. That awful, fear-filled time was one of the BEST things that ever happened to me. How could I doubt, the power of possibility?

Bryce's Possiblitarian Story

I've been bursting to share this story with you. But I didn't want to 'jinx' it….. which I know is completely silly and quite un-possiblitarian like….. But I wanted to wait til it was actually TRUE. 

Bryce has been dreaming of being a director pretty much forever…since he was 9 or 10 he's been saying that he wants to direct movies. He seriously LOVES the movies. But how does a boy in a small Canadian prairie town…the middle of nowhere really….. find his way into the movies? Tough one right? 

I'm not sure how it will happen, but I do believe it's possible.

Let me take you back to Palm Springs ….. I mentioned there was one fellow that listened to our talk at Oasis. His name is Jason. Jason, kinda accidentally became a Shutter Brother…. That in itself is such a cool story….a last minute replacement for another HP rep. Anyhow, Jason was the perfect guy for the job and absolutely loved the experience. He came back for Oasis. The first night we gathered, Jason shared an upcoming project he was working on with HP.... setting up an 'booth' at Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City…working with top of the line film equipment…creating virtual movie posters…. Awesome stuff. Of course, my ears perked right up. Bryce has been dreaming of attending a film festival. Robert Redford founded Sundance…which is pretty darn cool, don't you think? Anyhow, I half-jokingly said to Jason… I don't suppose you'd need an apprentice? And without even batting an eye he said sure. I asked if he could give me that in writing. 

As of this past Tuesday evening…. Bryce is at Sundance…. He is spending 10 days in Salt Lake City….under the watchful eye (I hope) of  Jason. I mean are you kidding me?

Bryce has asked me so many time... how will this ever happen Mom? I keep saying; you just never know what might happen when you are open to possiblity.....take small steps towards your dreams and see what happens....

How could he or I dream up this gig? What are the chances of Me meeting Jason from Dallas... in California….. Jason going to Sundance in Salt Lake City...open to helping Bryce? Seriously... so good!

He's opened a new world to my boy….perhaps a beginning of believing in possibilities and dreams…. a HUGE gift for a young man finding his way.

Where will this lead? Who knows…. but I do know it's a beginning…. a chance to see there's a bigger world out there, anything is possible.....

Stay tuned… I'm sure there will be more to this story…….

Thanks for stopping by … If this is your first visit… I'm truly honoured to have you here.

I'd love to hear your possiblitarian stories....

I leave you with the quote from my uptop photo....t's worth repeating....

Until next time… love & gratitude…. xo,

Reader Comments (45)

What an incredible and uplifting story of hope and possibilities...thank you for sharing this, Kim! I'm so happy for your son...may this be the beginning of an incredible journey for him. Your experience gives hope for anyone reading it...although it's hard to fathom, every moment in life is a gift in some way, even the bad moments. Your story is proof of that! Congrats to you on being asked to participate in Kelly Rae Roberts' Possibilitarian Project!
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherri B.
Chills! and more chills! Congratulations to Bryce!!
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
I always check your blog first thing in the morning Kim. I'm so glad I do because this story is outta the WORLD!
Yayyyy for Bryce! And for you too :) Such a beautiful journey and even more important, such a priceless realization - that the worst needs to happen for the best to be. I love it! I will think of this all day.
Thank you for your inspiration.
Love you!
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGitanjali
Thanks for sharing that Kim. If you remember, my son has some of the same challenges as Bryce. Your story gives me hope for my son. He is doing better, but it's a long, slow road sometimes. So glad to hear a story of hope and promise...and possibilities. Thank you.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathe
What an amazing opportunity! How wonderful for your whole family.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter~Kristina
Remember these precious words:

"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we also have access by faith ibnto this grace in whih we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverence, character;and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Romans 5:1-5)

A wonderful post from you, Kim. It is my prayer that it gives hope to others. Have a blessed day.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ann Potter
Dreams do come true! So happy for you and Bryce.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBetty
Seriously: happy little tears and a lump in my throat. Yay Bryce! Yay Jason! Yay for this part of the journey!
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMicki
Bravo Bryce!! I am so excited for him!! Isn't it wonderful watching our children's paths unfold before our eyes. I am so happy for you, Bryce, and Jason...because he has a new apprentice with wide-eyed, open heart excitement, I'm sure of it. Keep us posted!!
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
Kim - this story brought tears to my eyes! I love when life comes together like this.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn
This story gave me goose bumps . . . it's amazing how wishes can come true.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn Dyche Dechairo
I know experiences like this. If you just keep taking the next indicated step, our paths intersect the paths of others in ways we could Not Have Imagined. Too often we worry about the 'right' path or the 'right' action, and close the door to possibility.

I'm happy for both of you!
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen
Hi kim, even without the details of what you went through with your son I think I understand. Two years ago my 13 year old son at the time was making some very bad choices. As a mother I always say that if you had asked me would my kid ever get into trouble I would have bet my life and everything I own that my kid would never get into trouble. He was kind, intelligent, sensitive - he just goit it - but I was wrong. At the tender age of 13 I saw his personality change 360 degrees - I did not know who this child was - he was not mine. For over a year I cried at the pain and sadness I felt in my heart - it was like someone had taken my son away - as if he no longer existed because he was not the son I knew. The pain was both physical and mental. Today he is on a better path - I am not entirely convinced that he is 100% out of the woods but at least now I know I have the strength to stay on top of it day and night if I have to. Then I did not have the strength. I didn't touch my art for a while I didn't touch anything - I couldn't focus - I couldn't breathe. But slowly I reached for it again and it was the only time I can say that I had any peace in those 2 long years - those few minutes or hours that I spent on my art gave me that time of peace that probably kept me sane. It's so funny because after that happened - I wanted to talk to all women - all mothers - tell them what I now knew - help them not get into that same spot - be aware I told them - talk to your kids a lot lot lot! Anyways I am sorry I have gone on so long -here as you can see I am still tender over this whole issue - but I came out a survivor and I do want to be a possibilitarian. BTW your post about how your son now found a job as a director is just amazing - that's the universe talking and sending back
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercathy
Congratulations and thank you for sharing your stories!
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAggie Fegan
Well this story has made my day! I am so inspired by your story, Bryce's opportunity, and the possibilitarian project. DREAM BIG! Set your intention! Be true to your heart, banish fear, and notice how life just opens up! Wow! Thank you, Kim for sharing this story!
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda
Oh Kim, this really, really made my heart happy. I was fortunate to spend some time with Jason at Palm Springs too and it doesn't surprise me at all that he would extend this opportunity to Bryce. He is such a gentleman, someone very special and to always have a smile on his face when dealing with over 100 women. Sometimes our greatest fears turn out to be our greatest joys. Big Hugs to you, Bryce & Jason
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna
Great and touching story, Kim, thanks for sharing !
So happy for you and Bryce !
Sylvia
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
Kim - what a wonderful story. We know what a tough time you, Bryce and your family have had. Nothing will every convince me that things don't happen for a reason. Sometimes we never find the reason - other times, things just seem to work out. Like they have for Bryce. What a joy and blessing. Stay strong and know we all support, care and pray for you and your family.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJo
My heart is bursting for you and for Bryce! Oh, the tales he will have to tell you when he comes home ... wheeee!
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDotti
Way cool!!!

Remember the story you told us this last summer about the boy you stopped to talk to in town one day? I always thought that was just so cool. So now, when Bryce gets back, he'll go track that kid down...get his story (on film) about how that talk changed his life for the better and now he's going on to do...?
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Huffaker
oh so much goodness and hope here. i feel a bit the same way about my boy. his turmoils, me needing something fun to do, led me to you first and from there is has been magic. and i used this very same quote on my blog yesterday, we are on the same page you and i and i am honored. the article about you was so good. i don't stop i often enough to tell you just how amazing you are. and that is so cool about Bryce. do you think they need a music guy??? xxoo
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercathy
hello ... i came from your interview on Kelly's blog, it was so inspiring and just what i needed to read right now. I am so excited to have found your blog and your work and today's post was just lovely - there is no such thing as co-incidence. I love it. x
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSilvia
Awesome!!! Life is such a wondrous journey.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterA Garden of Threads
Oh my! I am doing a happy dance for you and Bryce right here in my kitchen in California! I truly don;t believe in coincidence...so awesome that Jason was the replacement rep at Camp...and so awesome he was open to having an apprentice! He really IS a Shutter Brother. I am so happy for you! xoxo, Laura
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Just read your blog though KellyRaeRoberts's blog. Thanks for sharing your story & free tutorials! It's so much fun to play around with photoshop. :)

Thanks!
Ricka
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFree tutorials
What a beautiful and touching story. I'm so happy for both you and Bryce. Many years ago when I was in a very dark place I asked God why. I said I didn't believe that I was a bad person so I knew He had a reason for what I believed was unfair suffering for me and my children. I must say there were times when my faith got pretty shaky but now in looking back I see that there was good reason. Things had to get really bad before they could get really good. It was a long road but I finally got strong enough to walk away from things beyond my control and find a life I truly deserved. I'm sure Bryce will find his way to a happy life if he keeps working toward his dreams. He must be having a blast at Sundance. WOW.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Hartman
Kim, what a beautiful story. I am so happy for you and Bryce. I wish all the best things for him. Thank you for being such an inspiration and sharing yourself so generously with us all. So often your message stops me in my tracks to really think about where I am and where I'm going. Never give up the dream. As a Beyond Beyond member, I look forward to another year with you.

Jean
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean
This is absolutely awesome, Kim. I truly believe that if one is open enough, anything is possible. Here's to more possibilities for Bryce (and for you, too)!
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBuckeroomama
Kim, this is my first time here and I have to tell you that your story and your son's are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Now I have to take a look around! :)
January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura@Ms Smartie Pants
So So pleased for Bryce what an amazing chance. It was meant to be .... Hugs to all of you...
January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViv
What an incredible story. So pleased for Bryce (and you). I'm sure it is just the beginning of many, many good things as he starts on his dream. Love the possibilitarian concept and project. So, so inspiring.
January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecs
What a great, great story and what a neat thing for your son!! :)
January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCandy C.
So happy to be here! Thank you for sharing your inspiring stories with us, Kim. It meant so much to read these words here and over at Kelly Rae's blog today. Much grattitude to you!
January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Burch
How wonderful for your whole family. So happy for your son! :)
January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKia
A truly amazing story, Kim!! Dreams, hope and love, and so much more, all packed into this post. My heart is full of emotion just reading about the great outcomes. So happy for Bryce having a once in a lifetime opportunity to work at Sundance!! Awesome! So happy for you ....soaring above the clouds...finding new hopes and dreams to make into realities. Have a wonderfully lovely weekend! xo
January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly C.
Kim....
What a treasure of a story. I am so happy for Bryce and you!
January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudy
My heart swells with joy for both you and Bryce. You and he have traveled a journey so powerful and promising. Now you get to share in the joy of each others possibilities for the future. You are connected on such a deep level of hope, healing, love and inspiration. A strong foundation for both of your futures. So much for both of you to be proud of.

As for me, I'm so glad I was able to get on your train before you pulled out of the station on your new journey a few years back. You fuel the fire of of your engines with inspiration and love, making it possible for all of us to share in the belief that we to, might become Possilbitarian's also. Thank you Kim for keeping dreams alive.
January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
My gosh, Kim! What an utterly dream story. So happy for you and your son! It shows that when opportunity knocks, you have to open the door... soooo good.

A story of hope too for all parents, but certainly for those worrying about their children. Like I do. I truly hope that my son will have some opportunities too and take them... He's 29 but in his mind and thinking he's 17... a big child... not taking responsibilities... As Cathy said: one day he was a sweet little, friendly, smiling, charming boy, next day his personality changed into someone I don't recognize anymore. And I so often wonder: where has that sweet boy gone? What happened to him? Why?
Every day I pray that all will turn out right... I'd deny myself anything for him...
Somehow he always lands well, but even cats don't always land on their feet...
I'm afraid and worrying all the time.

Sorry for getting emotional and complaining. But your story gives me hope and brings me to sweet tears. It makes me realize that it just takes a little spark at the right moment, in the right place...

Thanks for sharing such a personal story and from the bottom of my heart, I wish your son all the luck with pursuing and fulfilling his dream!

Marleen
January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarl1's Images
Hi Kim!
I read your possibilitarian post on Kelly Rae's site and I was so excited to see two of my favourite artist connect like this! Your story gives me hope that all my fumbling creative explorations over the years will at some point in my life click in a way that has deep purpose and meaning. Thank you for being my inspiration, as always.
That's truly wonderful! I'm so happy for you and for Bryce!
January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynne
I love how your like continues to evolve. Thanks for sharing it with us.
January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen @ Cottage 960
I am absolutely swooning over that tea cup, Kim! and Bryce's story - Wow! so exciting - so inspiring. I pray more astonishingly good things will come out of this opportunity for him!
January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJune
Thank you for sharing this wonderful opportunity for Bryce. I hope and pray this works out well for him.
And the Possibilitarian story and website is great. I enjoyed reading and sharing your story.
January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLorna
That is AMAZING! I am in the midst of my dark time on my road to a brilliant newly created career of possibilities. I have to keep reading stories like this to remind myself that the possibility is always there and to just keep on going. Thanks for sharing this, it brings my possibilities HOPE.
January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
KIm..Blessings come to those who beleive in the magic of dreams .....enjoy the journey for you and Bryce....
February 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlozzie

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