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I’m Petra!

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So grab a cup, get comfortable, and let’s get into some shenanigans, shall we?!

Petra Monaco

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My start in life was rougher than most, as I didn’t have a safe home with parents who loved me – although maybe they did – there’s no knowing for sure. And without a solid foundation, I was forced to create her own.

But it wasn’t until I watched my son fight for his life when I realized that sometimes, things have to be broken in order to create the space to rebuild. And for the last 18 years, I’ve been painstakingly laying a better foundation to build my life on. 

And it was in that space I learned that the only time we have is now and I started doing the things I want to do and love to do – which also may look nothing like what other people want.

I inspire people who struggle with taking action to follow their dreams + focus on their goals so they can create the life they want.

It all starts with unlocking the clarity of what you want to be, do and have and open your mind to possibilities, and challenging yourself to remove obstacles that get in the way so you can be fearless in taking action.

To learn more about how I can support you, hold you accountable and be the secret in your back corner, visit The Rebels Den, explore the Rebels Academy, and check out my free resources. 

I am here to help you figure things out, find the approach to life + business that works for you all the while having fun and make it a work of art. 

 

Latest from my Blog 

Horse Pyrography

Horse Pyrography

The horse pyrography turned out really well but did present a few challenges I want to go over. When working with wood and burning dark, creating contrast is important or everything is just going to blend together. As with all of my wood-burning projects, I use the...

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Shapes n things after taking a bit of a break

Shapes n things after taking a bit of a break

I fell off the drawing wagon because I have been dealing with a serious case of poison ivy - and who knew that I was so sensitive that I almost had to go to the doctors for it - but I didn't go and just slathered myself in calamine lotion and a gazillion showers a...

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Turning shapes into a character

Turning shapes into a character

Today, I am turning shapes into a character. It was simple enough but I know that perspective may be a but of a struggle. As many books that I have about drawing, I realize that seeing how it's done on video is helping me a lot more but that once I get the hang of it...

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Seeing shapes for drawings

Seeing shapes for drawings

Seeing shapes for drawings isn't something I paid attention to when I started wood-burning. Why? Well because there are plenty of patterns to purchase in order to get started and the biggest focus is shading. So now that I am challenging myself to draw and don't let...

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Draw a Shoe

Draw a Shoe

I just finished my personal Drawing Challenge and who knew I could semi draw a shoe. It's interesting that after wood-burning for a lot of years and not outlining when I burn that drawing requires to have those lines. Today was spend on noticing the lines and shapes...

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I challenge myself to draw … more

I challenge myself to draw … more

I've invested quite a bit in art education but haven't actually sat down to do the lessons and the work to improve my skills and so the time has come to show up for it. I can wood-burn from most patterns - it's time to improve my drawing skills. Ok I may be biting off...

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I write and I art while drinking copious amounts of coffee

I write books when inspiration hits because I have a thing or two to say! It wasn’t always like this because I had to overcome an internal dialogue that told me that no one wants to hear what I have to say. 

And then I kept writing and publishing and received a message that one of my books changed someone’s life – and that my story is inspiring, and that I am a mindset ninja of some kind. 

So I keep writing books when the inspiration hits me – usually about all things life and how you too can create change for yourself! 

And when I am not writing said books or blog posts or content for the Rebels Academy, or help people with their goals – I create art – lots and lots of art!

Art has helped me cope with challenging times in my life – whether it was as a young kid who felt lost growing up in foster care, pregnant at 17 having to give up the bar life, or watching my son fight for his life post-liver transplant.

Art has soothed me, gave me space to just be and even healed parts I thought to be broken.

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