7 reasons why making art is good for you

7 Reasons Why Making Art is Good for You

I’ve been thinking a lot about why I do what I do and how to describe it better, it’s so tricky sometimes to find the words. What I can tell you right now is that I am passionate about using creative process as a form of radical self-care.  I also thought about all the reasons…

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Two Words to Avoid for Deep Connection

“I’m fine” are two words to avoid if you want to create a deep connection to yourself, to others and to Spirit. I distinctly remember a day in grad school in Austin, TX where I was working on my Masters in Latin American Studies. I was walking to class when I passed my friend Luke…

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mary oliver, wild and precious life, positive self-talk, choose love

Me, Mary Oliver and Positive Self-Talk

I have always loved Mary Oliver’s poem “The Summer Day” and her now famous lines “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Today I am sitting with this line from the perspective of what will I do with this one precious day?  Today is the only…

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gloria steinem visual journaling

Inspired by a Gloria Steinem quote

Gloria Steinem has a lot of great quotes but this was one I hadn’t seen before. Do you ever read something and feel like you’ve been gobsmacked over the head with a nerf bat?  No? Yes? It seems to happen to me A LOT! It could be because of how much I read or it…

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visual journaling page rupi kuar

Visual Journaling Page Inspired by rupi kuar

I love the poet rupi kaur. Her short poems are full of depth and insights that often make me catch my breath. This is one of those poems: it was when i stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself I found there were no roots more intimate than…

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visual journaling may sarton

Now I become myself by May Sarton

Hooray, it’s National Poetry Month! Well every month is poetry month in my home.  You may not care about poetry as much as I do and that’s okay. I’m not here to change your mind.  Well, maybe I might change your mind a little bit. Especially when there are such magical poems and brilliant poets…

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word of the year 2022

How to Choose a Word of the Year 2022

I’m cleaning up my studio and getting ready to change out my big wall calendar to the 2022 version. And I need to choose a new word of the year for 2022. The dream catcher featured above with the word Enchanted has been hanging on the corner of the calendar since last January. My word…

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5 keys to following your heart's desire

5 Keys to Following Your Heart’s Desire

I taught my last biz planning retreat last week. It was a bittersweet and affirming moment. One of the reoccurring themes of the women on the call was the desire to “follow your bliss.” I’ve been thinking more along similar lines of following your heart’s desire. Using Mind maps in your Visual Journal In fact,…

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Learn to love visual journaling

In our slow meandering through the ABCs of visual journaling, we have arrived at the letter L. Love was the first thing that popped into my mind, followed closely by lettering. I might do a second post on types of lettering you can use in your visual journal but today I want to share why…

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M is for Making Marks in Your Visual Journal

In today’s post on the ABCs of visual journaling, I talk about one of my most favorite elements, making marks. Mark making with lines, dots, dashes in colors, black and white or with different shapes and sizes of brushes is such a fun and unique way to personalize your visual journal pages. Rather than talking…

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