I Met My Soul Sister on Maui

It’s not every day that you meet your soul sister. I wasn’t even looking for one, for I have several back home who are clearly my soul sisters for a whole host of reasons (fist bumps to you special women in my life — you know who you are!).

Every day at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, local artists fill the lobby with their arts and crafts, and many of  these artists are making their sole living by creating and selling art. Ah…the dream!

A few days ago I strolled through the lobby, casting my eyes this way and that, taking in the bright-colored fabrics, the native plant materials woven into intricate baskets, the sparkling sea shell jewelry, and the gorgeous watercolor paintings. I stopped at said watercolor art, looked up, and there was Frances Ku. It was as if someone held up a mirror — not because we look alike, but because our artistic souls bonked heads (in a good way).


As I was purchasing this print of a watercolor painting with the “harmony” character (one I have often thought about inscribing permanently on my body), Frances and I started talking art. And then art and writing. And then art and writing and healing. And then art and writing and healing and personal growth. And then art and writing and healing and personal growth and being entrepreneurs. And then art and writing and healing and personal growth and being entrepreneurs and our mutual aversion to multiple choice tests. There were more connections, too, and I look forward to discovering all the ways this soul sister and I overlap. Walter heard us talking about the constraints of multiple choice tests and office cubicles and bosses and said, “You two are twins. It’s like looking in a mirror.” Indeed. Perceptive guy, that Walter.


So I have a Soul Sister on Maui who I can’t wait to get to know even better. I think you should know her (and her work), too, for she is gifted, thoughtful, and oh-so soulful.

Here is Frances’s website, which features her amazing art: http://francesku.com/

…and here is her blog, which features her thoughtful mind and poignant writing: http://wisebeloved.wordpress.com/

Thank you, Frances, for reminding me that soul mates exist in all forms and in multiple geographic locations — and that art and writing and healing are powerful when combined and intertwined.

And oh yes, I still say multiple choice tests will never be our thing, Frances, and yes, that’s *so* okay.

About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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One Response to I Met My Soul Sister on Maui

  1. Frances Ku says:

    Thanks for the beautiful tribute to our serendipitous meeting! I don’t think we spoke for more than 10 minutes but we did manage to connect all the important dots! I am touched you are sharing this and also the “Harmony” art. Congratulations on your honeymoon….seems like you have made Maui a spiritual experience. All the best to you, soul sister! Keep writing! Look forward to staying in touch with you! You’ve made me smile.

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