One Heroine’s Journey of Art and the Courage to Live on Purpose
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Unstuck: One Heroine’s Journey of Art and the Courage to Live on Purpose is a visual memoir about art – more specifically my art and how it has impacted, colored and served as a gravitational pull throughout my life. It is also about the courage to make life-altering transitions to move closer toward my True Self and life’s Purpose.
I once heard Deepak Chopra describe one’s life Purpose as a mountain. He said a person’s inner wisdom will guide her along the winding path around the mountain moving ever upward toward the peak, which is that individual’s unique reason for being on this earth. The Purpose may be hidden from time to time like a path overgrown with brambles and weeds and require effort to discern and clear. At other times, the path toward Purpose is evident and smooth, easily traversed. The individual walking this path must be willing to listen to the cues her soul whispers to discover her Purpose and find the strength to reveal her self-in-potential.
I’m listening intently to my soul’s whispers. I’ve discovered my mountain is art.
However, the path to this discovery has had many twists and turns. I’ve flipped my life twice - become unstuck from two life circumstances that were blocking my path toward evolving into my True Self. During the first flip, I morphed from a nonworking wife in a failing marriage who had just lost a baby I wasn’t meant to conceive into an independent university professor. More recently, after discovering my life’s Purpose through meditation, I resigned from my secure, 11-year tenured professor position to follow my bliss of art.
This blind leap of faith may seem crazy to some, but in my heart I knew my soul would slowly expire if I didn’t follow the path toward truly honoring my Purpose. I would become a dead woman walking.
We all have a Calling – a Purpose - in life, the gifts that we were given at birth we’re meant to use to serve the world. Unstuck tells the story of how I’ve realized and moved toward fulfilling my Purpose. My hope is that you will recognize yourself in my story. Your Purpose and life circumstances are unique to you. You may be able to easily weave your Purpose into your current life, making it more vibrant and textured, without causing cosmic shifts that rock your world. Or, maybe you – like myself – feel the need in the depths of your soul to take a more pronounced leap of faith into the unknown to fully spread your True Self wings. Either way, I hope that reading Unstuck will reverberate with you and inspire you to fulfill your own unique Calling, whatever form your mountain path takes.
Are you ready to listen to your soul’s whispers and climb your mountain toward your True Self? The world is waiting for you to honor your Purpose and share your Gifts. Let’s shine together!
“Participate in the transformation of a woman as she grows and progressively becomes more and more of who she was meant to be, one painting at a time.”
–Dorothy A. Martin-Neville, PhD, Coach/Mentor
Unstuck: One Heroine’s Journey of Art and the Courage to Live on Purpose is a visual memoir about art and the boldness to make life-altering transitions. Art has always been present in Vicki Todd’s life, from answering “an artist” at the age of six when the Little Miss Happy beauty-contest judge asked what she wanted to be when she grew up to oil painting in her Grandmother’s china shop in Happy, Texas. Art was a fun hobby.
Then Vicki’s view of art forever changed. In 1998, Vicki was a nonworking wife in a failing marriage who had just lost a baby she wasn’t meant to conceive. The Universe sent her a Call to Adventure that led to earning a doctorate degree, divorce, and moving from Texas to Connecticut solo to begin a new life as a university professor.
During this tumultuous period, Vicki found returning to art was a purging emotional release. She began painting a visual diary of what was happening in her life—a visual memoir.
Vicki realized via meditation in 2013 that her life’s Purpose is to be an artist who uses her portraits to inspire others to follow their own Calling. She knew it was time to evolve once again. Could she resign from her eleven-year tenured professor position to follow her bliss of art? Or would she play small, keep her secure job, and allow her soul to suffer? Unstuck tells the story of her journey … so far.
About the Author
Vicki Todd, EdD, is a memoir artist and life coach. Her story involves her visual diary portraits and the courage to make life-altering transitions. She morphed from a nonworking wife to a university professor to living her Purpose as an artist who inspires others to follow their Calling. She lives in Connecticut.