The Story of Mira & Me!
I started writing a newsletter in November 2015 monthly. Each one of them had a coloring exercise inside that lead us back to love with coaching questions to reflect on while coloring.
The coloring themes stayed until the end of 2017 although the newsletter started appearing in inboxes every week as a Mira(cle) Monday Newsletter.
(In the beginning of 2018 I returned to the monthly newsletter)
A Fun Fact: Fingers!!! Aaargh!!!
I had drawn all my life and graduated from Art School as an artist, but then one day I just stopped drawing.
Yep. Just like that.
And there was this nagging feeling over the years that something was wrong.
All the time I was drawn to express my creativity, I mastered crocheting toys for my children for example.
But it wasn’t the same…
Then one day – I took a pen and started drawing again.
After all those years of not drawing, it looked like a three year old did it.
It took some guts to continue because I did remember the photorealistic pictures I had done some years earlier.
And I sucked now!
As I continued to practice it all started to come back, slowly and steadily. My drawings were published in a popular slow life movement’s website but not before I started doodling Mira did I relax again while drawing. My pen started to dance again and I was in love!
Sooo – What about those fingers then?
I was terrified of drawing them when I started publishing the doodles.
So I gave myself permission to not draw any fingers!
Deep down I knew all along that after a year of daily doodling I’d be tempted to challenge myself to start experimenting with them too.
I think it was around doodle #200 or so when it was just natural to start drawing them again.
And so Mira got her fingers!
The First Book Was Published
In March 2016 I published a workbook called Color Your Dreams True which helped people to overcome overwhelm about their dream and it was well received by many life coaches who shared it with their clients. Later I found out that it was aligned with Mike Dooley’s Infinite Possibilities concept and was thrilled!
Appearance in a Magazine & Interviews
For two years (2016 & 2017) Mira was featured five times a year in a Finnish magazine called Meidän Suomi (Our Finland) which is a national magazine of Reader’s Digest. I was also interviewed for it and have been a guest at a podcast or two.
In the beginning of 2016 I created more than 100 private posts at Patreon, but I still wasn’t confident enough about shouting out loud about what I do.. and so that adventure proved not to be the one that would have supported my art.
Next I joined Project Positive Change’s heart-centered entrepreneur visionaries with Mira(cle)Doodles and was drawn to learn more about visibility and marketing. With PPC I visited London and doodled at a seminar and was introduced to an awesome group of heart-centered entrepreneurs that support each other and share their journey together. I loved to be part of it!
A Little Story: Infinite Possibilities
It’s amazing what trusting your intuition can do. It’s scary at first and your ego may try to make you beat yourself up after making the decisions based on your intuition. BUT if you combine trusting your intuition with gratitude and start looking for what is right and how much good you get, your whole story starts to unfold in a miraculous way.
We can’t see the bigger picture when we are in it, but trusting that your path is leading you toward more love, joy and happiness makes a huge difference!
Q & Doodle & Guest Blogs
In 2017 in came interaction with my followers with a possibility to ask questions and I would doodle an answer with Mira(cle)Doodles!
In fall 2017 I started asking around and found awesome collaborations with my friends who wrote guest blogs to my blog and I illustrated them with Mira(dle)Doodles.
Mira’s Own Facebook Page
Mira started her own Facebook page too and chats around in the comments with her best friend Sandy (who also has a Facebook page!) Mira’s Messages have been uplifting and encouraging to follow!
Daily Doodling In 2018
I decided to commit on daily doodling again, but this time with pen on paper.
I chose a different color for each month and soon stories started to unfold.
This daily doodling started with the #Inktober2017 challenge and ended a month after #Inktober2018.
Doodling Daily in 2019
In 2019 I’m doodling through… I mean studying through A Course in Miracles Workbook for a second time. Notebooks keep filling up with Mira’s insights and some of the doodles are also posted online to inspire other students.
Back in Patreon
In spring 2019 I relaunched my Patreon page to create a loving space for co-creating, support and making dreams come true. There you can receive doodles and doodlestories that aren’t posted anywhere else too!
Daily Doodling in 2020
Onward did the studying go… I started intentionally doodling ONE daily doodle for A Course in Miracles Workbook from the beginning of 2020. When my two rounds of studying the Workbook had been such that I didn’t necessarily draw every day. But now I kept inviting Mira to explain each and everyone of the daily lessons – And she did!
I also shared the doodles as videos with my newsletter subscribers.
A Book in the Making
I started illustrating my children’s book “Boop, Says the New Moon” which shows you how creativity springs and flows when you take in consideration all of its four phases, and to learn them you just need to look at the moon and learn from nature.
It now appears to actually turn into TWO books, one for children and another as a comic book for adults.
Stay tuned, I hope to publish them later in 2021!
And Another Book…
At the beginning of 2021 I had the doodles ready for all the lessons from A Course in Miracles Workbook, so I started gathering them up as a book. But because there are so many of them, I decided to start with the first fifty lessons.
The book is called “Jumpstart Your Journey from Fear to Love with Joy” and it’s a collection of doodles from 2020 but also new ones from 2021.
This one too will be out hopefully later in 2021!
Daily Doodling in 2021
And Mira just accelerates her pace. In 2021 I finally started going through A Course in Miracles Textbook, and Mira started showering me with images, by now on her seventh birthday (march 29th) I’ve doodled her in my notebooks 463 times!! And I’m only on chapter 7.
A T-Shirt Design
One of the doodles I drew for my studies also ended up as a T-Shirt design illustrating a story of the three wise women (The opposite one to the story of the three wise monkeys who see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil). It’s way wiser to SEE LOVE, HEAR LOVE and SPEAK LOVE! That’s how you transform your life and the world.
Only pay attention to what is real.
The Next Steps
Where Mira takes me next is a pleasant mystery for me always and I’m sooo happy you found your way here too!
Thank you for your support & comments and sharing the journey with me!