terri st. cloud
Growing up believing that good always won, that the goal was the white picket fence, and that love was easy, it took some life changes, losses and darkness to birth new beliefs. And so the darkness came, shattered my world and knocked me down flat. And when I stood up again, I was facing a new direction and finding a new life as I traveled. I am so deeply grateful to those shatterings. For without those, I would not have had room for this journey I’m on now.
The bone sighs reflect that journey. If you look close, you’ll see a woman figuring out that holding on to herself and her value changes everything. You’ll see the understanding that to gain strength, one must let go of things that take away from who you are. You’ll see a woman learning how to see herself and how to offer herself. You’ll see a woman waking up.truly sitting with myself without distractions
I’m in my fifties, looking at the end of motherhood and the beginning of truly sitting with myself without distractions. I have days where I’m filled with joy and confidence and laughter, and I have days where self doubt takes over and I get filled with fear. And sometimes, every now and then, I know with every part of me that I’m living a life of love and that offering who I am is exactly what I want to be doing. Bone sigh arts has been a vehicle for my self knowing from the very start and continues to open me over and over again. I want to travel my inner landscape and learn how to trust in myself so deeply that I learn how to truly be love.
I have a bio I wrote when bone sighs was first beginning. I didn’t want to just toss it as it remembers an important story. If you’re curious, you can find it here.
noah, aka ‘yo yo’, my tallest son. geek, photographer, graphic designer, and such a gentle sweetheart. his thoughtfulness, kindness and gentleness take my breath away. when he was 15, we needed a website. without any prior knowledge, he taught himself how to build one! and to this day, he keeps building us better and better sites. he’s our graphic designer and web master. he’s also a photographer with tremendous talent. he offers a few of his own pieces of art here. they’re called yo-yo’s! and he’s collaborated with me to create the prints in the ‘awakening series’! what a tickle for me! he started his own company with his brother zakk. together, they make the team of mazuzu. you’ll definitely want to check them out.
zakk is the innovative thinker, mechanical engineer, geek and the non-verbal one of the group. with a confident presence, no one seems to have ever noticed that zakk is the youngest of the crew. constantly amazing us with his abilities and the way his brain works, he’s become our behind the scenes genius. responsible for our daily quotes, e-cards, and the latest updates on our website. combining forces with noah to form their own company, they have branched out into their own passions. be sure to check out what they’re up to!
josh is my oldest son. musician, entertainer, teacher, writer, and zany old soul. when he walks into a room, it just lights up with his enthusiasm and energy. he’s moved out, got his own home, and is working on his own career. technically, he’s not on our staff anymore, altho, he sits in on a lot of brain storming sessions and gives me so much encouragement, that he’s definitely part of the team! check out all he’s up to at his own website with his own career!
i’m terri, the chief emotional officer. it was in searching and asking that i stumbled into bone sigh arts. i continue to write the quotes, and do the art that you see in the bone sighs. sometimes i mistakenly think it’s my job to keep this all on track. and then i remember to release and just follow my heart. so, turns out my job is listening and offering what i hear.
thanking you, honoring you
there’s something i have wanted to tell customers ever since i started, and only once in a blue moon do i ever say it to anyone. because i don’t know how. i was just filling an order thinking of it and i decided it was time to put this out there.
it’s one of those things that in reality is beautiful, but in words can seem manipulative….. and so i stay quiet.
and that’s wrong. because then something inside my heart never comes out.
i want to thank you so sincerely for purchasing bone sighs. i’ve been afraid to say that as i don’t want to look like i’m begging you to buy them. or guilting you into buying them…. or manipulating you into buying them…..
but the fact is…. when you buy a bone sigh, you are giving me life. you are helping me stay at home with my sons. you are teaching me that i’m valuable. you are teaching me to trust. you are providing for the clay for me to form a beautiful life. when you drop me a note and tell me where the bone sigh went and why…. i am reminded of the connectedness of us all. and that i actually do matter, you matter. we all matter.
and how can i ever thank you for that?
i feel like i have come alive thru bone sigh arts…. i feel like i am finding my wholeness every day… and your supporting us with your purchases has made this possible.
it matters to me where i spend my money. and when i know my money is going somewhere good, i feel so right about that. so often i want to tell you guys “my gosh…what you are doing is so important!” but i stay quiet. and i just don’t feel right about that…it’s time i told you.
i thought of putting this on our home page, but still feel that it would be taken wrong. so we’re tucking it in the site where you have to push a button and come read this. i’m glad you did. and i hope you feel the gratitude.
you guys rock. i am very grateful for your presence in my life. not just your purchases, but your support with your notes and your connecting with me and your sharing of your stories.
i honor you.
—terri st. cloud