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Now is time to take flight. What's inside wanting to soar?

The Courage to Fly

"Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” ~ Langston Hughes

Hello! I'm your host Stephey Baker. As the new year started, I noticed an upsurge of heart. My heart wanting and longing to fly, soar more into LIFE, creativity and connection! I wonder if you too have felt a similar inner desire to fly. To share more? Connect deeper? Take flight into action and create those dreams come true? Soar into that wide-open sky of creativity? Love? If so, then welcome!

Do what you love, leap into your dreams, take a chance on yourself; have the courage to fly.

Time carries each of us,
To the place within our heart-life,
When all the inspiration needed
To make our journey is gathered.
This is the time our hearts
Are ripe with a sense
Of purpose and long to share its creativity.
This is the time
Our heart begins to drum deep within us
- leave the branch
Listening we push off
And FLY!

Now is the time to take flight. What's inside wanting to soar?

THE COURAGE TO FLY BLOG HOP offers creative insight and encouragement from over thirty  innovated, intuitive, and inspiring women sharing their heart felt stories of how they live their best life, while navigating the highs and lows of living an artistic life and doing so, in such a way, that keeps the heart light and open.

We each continue to strive, not only to create our dreams come true but to support others in doing the same. 

We invite you to fly with us by participating in the Courage to Fly Blog Hop. Follow us from blog to blog, and leave your heart felt insight in the comment section of where you've landed (to gather inspiration + rest).

We hope this blog hop inspires you to shake off any dreariness of duty and sacrifice, you may feel, and do what you love. Every small step gives you courage.

When you do what you love, your heart soars!

Unloving thoughts, commitments and activities close the heart, but when you do what you love, you open your heart right up. If you love to sing, sing for ten minutes, and feel your mood lift. If you love to cook, prepare a special meal for yourself or your family, and revel in the joy of creating. If you love to paint, then find a blank canvas and start painting! If you want to daydream, do so without guilt, because you are free. You have the courage to fly.

You are free to be who you are and live the life of your dreams come true.

Starting small is what this Blog Hop is about, sharing what you love and reminding yourself to build your life with your heart, to push off the branch each day and let your heart fly!

Do you feel free to live the life you desire? What makes you feel free? Share your thoughts below or share a favorite quote on the quote page that makes you feel inspired to fly!

If you'd like to be featured as one of the flock please choose a question and email me your response, to info [at] markedbythemuse [dot] com, along with a headshot, two to three sentence bio and social links for others to connect with you. Also, start your post off with a quote that inspires you to take flight. Please keep your post no longer than six hundred words.

Have an inspiring day!

All My Best,
Stephey Baker

Artist, creative teacher and host of the Courage to Fly
one-on-one . art shop .  ecourses . marked by the muse™ blog

Week Six

Monday, April 25, 2011

I’m writing to share...
Liv Lane is an artist, writer, radio host, and speaker dedicated to celebrating beauty in her midst and illuminating the magic in each day. She is also the creator of The Feel Good Deal of the Day – a weekday email featuring discounts on uplifting, creative resources and products. 






I’m writing to share...
Wyokemia Joyner is a creative life coach who enjoys helping others achieve their dreams and live the life they truly want.  When she's not coaching, Wyokemia works as an independent consultant for non-profits/NGOs and socially responsible businesses.  You can find her crafting earrings, eating veg Ethiopian food and desperately trying to learn French in Washington, DC.
Visit me: my site . twitter 











Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Who Is This Gal … Kristen Walker?
* Color is my religion
* I’ve never met a curvy, non-straight line I didn’t like
* I make art as a way to hang out with my higher self
* I believe art can transform human heartaches and heartbreaks into good stuff (yes, it’s possible!)
* Art is not only good for you – it’s healing :)
* If what I create makes one person feel more joyful or inspired or encouraged or connected or some other wonderfully positive thing, that’s more than enough for me, that’s what I’m here for :)
And if you’ve made it this far, I have a radical proposition for you – let’s stay connected.
Visit me: my site . twitter . etsy shop



Friday, April 29, 2011








I’m writing to share...
Have you ever taken a risk on yourself? Pushed off the branch and flew into uncharted territory w/nothing but inspiration fueling you?
Tracey Selingo writes for a living and lives to write. She is a communication consultant who provides end-to-end creative solutions for people, places and things.
Visit me:
 my site . twitter . facebook . linkedin













I’m writing to share...
You can call me Stephey. I am an artist, optimist and lover of bubbles, have been my whole life. Though I was born an Artist, it took me over twenty-eight years to fully accept that about myself. Yep. It took me that long. Though I always engaged Art and had many creative careers, such as photographer, graphic designer, website designer and Photoshop teacher, I was fearful to start my own business. Yet, I was miserable ignoring the dream to work for myself. I finally made a choice, I promised myself to live. With a lot of determination, patience, discipline and kindness I began to take small steps in living a piece of my dream everyday. Now, I support others Artist to the same and believe anything can be accomplished with the right support, encouragement and inspiration!
Visit me: my site . twitter . esty shop

Week Five

Monday, April 18, 2011

I’m writing to share...
I'm Tricia Karp, a prime time media darling turned convict turned communications coach.  I'm here to UNLOCK your true voice - not just tone and timbre, but the driving, urgent self-expression behind the words you say (and the words you don't say). 
Visit me: my site . twitter







I’m writing to share...
Hi from Slovenia! My name is Jožica and I run a small creative business - called Creatissimo.
I'm an art teacher, artist, illustrator, designer, soon-to-be art therapist, photographer and more, who wants to inspire others and loves to be inspired myself. I just love to be creative and am trying to see beauty in small things, moments, people… everywhere!
Visit me: my site . blog . twitter . etsy





Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I’m writing to share...
Have you ever had anyone push you "out of your comfort zone" and in so doing freaked you out or made you resist in anyway?
I’m Jess Van Den. 'm extremely passionate and passionately extreme about all things handmade, vintage and creative! After spending most of my life in the academic realm, I discovered the joy of making and creating, and now make my living creating - through my jewellery, blogging, and publishing a zine, *bespoke*.
Visit me: my site . twitter . facebook . flicker


I’m writing to share...
Have you ever taken a risk on yourself? Pushed off the branch and flew into uncharted territory w/nothing but inspiration fueling you?
Hello. I’m Karey Miller, a certified professional photographer specializing in portraiture in
The Woodlands Texas. My passion is to create modern art using vintage
photographic techniques.
Visit me: my site . twitter . facebook


I’m writing to share...
Have you ever had anyone push you "out of your comfort zone" and in so doing freaked you out or made you resist in anyway? BUT! After that push, once the fear was breached, were grateful towards? Looking back, why did you resist? And to whom are you grateful for that - push?
I’m Katie Lowe, a wife and stay at home Mum. I've been interested in craft my whole life but am now taking it seriously designing my first range of jewellery & accessories. I'm also broadening my creative outlets with online craft swaps.
Visit me: my site . twitter . facebook . flicker







Friday, April 22, 2011

I’m writing to share...
What's one thing you need now in your life that upon receiving it would allow you to take to the skies? 
Terri Thompson has a knack for searching out the best of the best in the homemade marketplaces and loves to share her finds with the world.  Her blog, My Creative Pathway, is a place where she shares beauty, inspiration and her journey to rediscover her creativity.
Visit me: my site . twitter . facebook

Week Four

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven't. -Thomas Edison


Monday,  April 11, 2101


I’m writing to share...
Have you ever taken a risk on yourself? Pushed off the branch and flew into uncharted territory w/nothing but inspiration fueling you?
Sonya la McCllough aka ... sonyamacdesigns. single mom of 2 ... working 4 him 2 inspire U
Visit me: my site . blog . twitterflicker . facebook









I’m writing to share...
What message is your heart eager to share?
I’m Jen, an optometrist by day, an artist by night, a loving wife and the mother of two adorable little girls and a puppy named Sprinkles. I absolutely love all things creative! Art, and the process of creating, allows me to celebrate life and my blessings.
Visit me: my site 









Wednesday, April 13, 2111

I’m writing to share...
Have you ever taken a risk on yourself? Pushed off the branch and flew into uncharted territory w/nothing but inspiration fueling you?
My name is, Bonita Rose Kempenich. I am a passionate creative working on her dreams come true on the plains of Fargo ND USA! I am currently spreading my wings and learning all kinds of new things regarding my creative business and my word for this year is COURAGE. I am a mixed media artist, painter, and all round creative spreading her wings, leaping, and believing the net will be there when I falter. I am currently working on a brand new website, http://bonitarose.com and new blog, to be unveiled in the coming months! Come and visit my blog here. I'm always real, I blog daily, and my blog is a place you can come and be inspired. Every day! I look forward to meeting so many of you!
Visit me: my siteblog . twitter . facebook . flicker . etsy . pinterest


I’m writing to share...
What do you love? and why? (Name at least one thing or cherished moment)
Hi I'm Debbie Styer from bluehour studio. I'm an artist and freelance illustrator living in San Francisco. I love old books, creating new stories and illustrating them, photography and anything vintage. I live in the sunny Mission District with my sign painting husband Damon and our kitty Pierre. Like what I do? I can create a image for your story, magazine, blog or just something awesome to hang on your wall.
Visit me: 
my site . twitter . facebook .  flicker








I’m writing to share...
What message is your heart eager to share?
Hello. I’m Dyan Whyte. Dyan is an artist, author and ANGEL THERAPY PRACTITIONER(R). She creates divinely inspired art, writes stories for little ones and heals hearts with flowers. 
Visit me: my site . twitter . facebook










Friday, April 15, 2111

I’m writing to share...
Have you ever taken a risk on yourself? Pushed off the branch and flew into uncharted territory w/nothing but inspiration fueling you? 
Hi, my name is Deb Taylor. I am photographer, blogger and mixed media artist, favoring the fiber arts. I started my blog in 2007 when I moved back to the States from Isla Mujeres, Mexico. I was beginning my new adventure as a Bed & Breakfast owner in my birth State of  Texas. After years of travel and adventures I have settled in this little town with my life mate Matt. I share my daily thoughts, photographs and stories on my blog. I show and tell my artistic creations of which change weekly! Sewing, painting, cooking...whatever the Muse calls me forth to create! I hope you will stop by often for a visit and let me know you were here, so I can come calling on you too!
Visit me: my site . facebook . flicker

I’m writing to share...
Have you ever taken a risk on yourself? Pushed off the branch and flew into uncharted territory w/nothing but inspiration fueling you? 
Sandy Van Nocker. A mother-artist-dreamer finding my place in this world by sharing art, life & love.  Learning that being imperfect is, well, perfect!
Visit me: my site . twitter

week three

What the heart gives away is never gone. It is kept in the hearts of others. -Robin St. John


Monday,  April 4, 2101


I’m writing to share...
What message is your heart eager to share?
Terri St.Cloud is a woman on a journey to finding the real in her life. she's got her own art business that keeps her in touch with other women who inspire her daily!
Visit me: my site . blog . shop










I’m writing to share...
Have you ever taken a risk on yourself? Pushed off the branch and flew into uncharted territory w/nothing but inspiration fueling you?
Hello. I’m Valerie Skinner. Valerie's a dreamer and an explorer.  She's an aspiring writer who loves books, chick flicks, crochet, philosophical musings and all things quirky and inspiring.
Visit me: my site . twitter








Wednesday, April 6, 2111

I’m writing to share...
Have you ever taken a risk on yourself? Pushed off the branch and flew into uncharted territory w/nothing but inspiration fueling you?
My name is, Mandy Saile. I am a Canadian artist nesting cozily in Northern Ontario, Canada.  I am a creative and inspired maker of whimsical things.  A gal who usually prefers the company of animals over people.  I am a rabbit-addict, an animal advocate, a vegetarian.  I am essentially an authentic, honest & joyful lover of life, books, art, music & the natural world.  I am also a chronic & acute migraine sufferer and mama to 4 precious rabbits, with high hopes of running my own rabbit sanctuary someday which would be a safe haven for rabbits rescued from test labs.
Visit me: my siteblog . twitter . facebook



I’m writing to share...
What do you love? and why? (Name at least one thing or cherished moment)
I’m Kelly Letky. I am graphic artist, jewelry designer, writer, photographer, wife, mother, sister, daughter, crazy cat lady, friend, runner, knitter, gardener, and trying to be, above all, kind, caring, loving, generous, artful, and immersed in each and every moment.
Visit me: my site . twitter . fb page . fb personal








I’m writing to share...
What message is your heart eager to share?
Hello. I’m Heather Shafer. My purpose it so learn to live fully and authentically and to teach and inspire others to do the same. My goal is to be your partner in living an Inspired, Creative and Empowered life in all the ways I can. 
Visit me: my site . twitter . facebook









Friday, April 8, 2111

I’m writing to share...
What do you love? And why?
Hi, my name is Laura. I grew up in Canada and travelled the world before landing in my current home of Sydney, Australia. My childhood in Canada was full of creative inspiration thanks to a country life with a crafty Mother and Grandmother, and my entry into the wider handmade scene came with Moags and Smeet.  From there, I grew to love the sharing and the connection, and started Creativity Unmasked to support others in their creative pursuits.
Visit me: my site . twitter . facebook







I’m writing to share...
What do you feel keeps (or would keep) a heart light? As light as a feather and ready to fly! (After writing, did you find you need to take your own advice? Why?)
Wendy Brightbill. wife to a major geek. is there a support group? paint from home mom, a.k.a. crazy. jungle gym to my little monkeys. creative dreamer. once upon a time kindergarten teacher. in other words, i tied an insane amount of shoelaces. recovering perfectionist, it only took a car accident to reconfigure my brain. paper, glue and paint addict. altered book junki
Visit me: my site . twitter

Week Two

"I cannot...endure...even [the most] attractive cage." ~Amelia Earhart

Monday, March 28, 2101


I’m writing to share...
What do you feel keeps (or would keep) a heart light? As light as a feather and ready to fly! (after writing did you find you need to take your own advice? Why?)
Emily Myer hails from the Santa Cruz Mountains but currently calls San Diego her home. She enjoys creating [especially stationery & earrings], going for walks & exploring Southern California with her fiancé Graham. 
Visit me: my site . facebook . etsy 








I’m writing to share...
What’s one thing you need now in your life that upon receiving it would allow you to take to the skies?
Hello. I’m Cindy Jones Lantier. I am a mixed-media artist living in the High Desert Region of Southern California. Making art not only brings me joy, but allows me to share that joy with others. The delight I feel when I am creating shows itself in the layers of paint and paper that make up my work. That pleasure is why I create in the first place.






Wednesday, March 30, 2101


I’m writing to share...
Have you ever taken a risk on yourself? Pushed off the branch and flew into uncharted territory w/nothing but inspiration fueling you?
Dannielle Cresp is a creative direction enabler and web designer. She is creating a handmade friendly world through mindful living on her blog.
Visit me: my site . twitter . facebook









I’m writing to share...
Have you ever had anyone push you "out of your comfort zone" and in so doing freaked you out or made you resist in anyway? BUT! After that push, once the fear was breached, were grateful towards? Looking back, why did you resist? And to whom are you grateful for that - push?
Ruth Garcia-Alcantud lives in West Sussex, UK, where she designs and teaches from her studio. Her passions involve knitwear, yarn, crochet, fabric, textiles and enormous amounts of color with the intention of creating pieces to put a smile on your face.
Visit me: my site . twitter . facebook . shop . pinterest . ravelry




Friday, April 1, 2101



I’m writing to share...
What do you love? And why?
Hi, my name is Ainslie Hunter. I am teacher, blogger and mother to a spirited child.  Teaching is my passion and finding new ideas to learn, and people to learn from, is what matters in my life. If you want to explore how online teaching can transform lives then come and visit me here.
Visit me: my site . twitter










I’m writing to share...
What message is your heart eager to share?
I’m April Cole, a Mixed-Media Artist/Instructor. I get to play with paints, be creatively messy, and get funky with colors & prints every day...and loving it! Enjoy exploring new techniques and inspire others.
My philosophy is think creatively, be passionate, and draw a colorful life.
Visit me: my site . twitter . facebook

Week One

“You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?” ~ Jalal ad-Din Rumi


Monday March 21, 2101


I’m writing to share...
What do you feel keeps (or would keep) a heart light? As light as a feather and ready to fly!
Rebecca Leigh is an intuitive business writer and message medium. For business website writing that beats and hums and thrums to your core.
Visit me: my site . twitter . facebook










I’m writing to share...
I started my career as an artist in the performing arts arena as a professional magician, traveling the country and ultimately the world.  Now, I use those travels and the unique life experiences that I collected along the way as the inspiration for my artwork and housewares line. Through my work, I strive to create immortal images… timeless and touching, pure and poetic. My pieces make me want to live passionately and beautifully in the present, without forgetting the past, and I hope they do the same for you.  
Visit me: my site . twitter . facebook . etsy





I’m writing to share...
I’m Amanda Davis. I am a twentysomething who is exploring every creative avenue that shows itself to me. I love to finagle things with my hands, share funny stories, words of wisdom and oddball thoughts. I am also mildly obsessed with Celine Dion. She is an angel.
Visit me: my site . twitter . facebook



I’m writing to share...
My name is Brandi Hussey. I’m a Artist, jewelry designer, blogger, color addict. Driven by insane amounts of caffeine and crazy ideas.
Visit me: my site . twitter








Friday March 25, 2101

 I’m writing to share...
What message is your heart eager to share?
I’m Effy Wild and I’m a 42 year old blissfully emergent mixed media artist and art journaler. I began my artsy journey in April of 2010, and I am amazed at how much I’ve learned, how healing art has been for me, and how deeply in love I am with the mixed media arts community. I am the very blessed pajama clad mystic den mama of Wild Precious Studio, where we art with spirit (and a lot of glitter!). My heart’s deepest desire is to say the things people most need to hear, and to encourage empowerment and sovereignty for all women through mixed media arts.
Visit me: blog . online studio . twitter . facebook




I'm writing to share...
What do you love? and why? (Name at least one thing or cherished moment) I'm Alexis Yael (alexisyael). I am an artist, working in many mediums. Creativity is my lifeblood. I am currently practicing writing, photography, blogging, hooping, yoga and belly dance and am an aspiring filmmaker, with a project just about to go live on kickstarter.com.
Visit me: My blogFacebook . Twitter . Etsy