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Stressed Out? When Life Hands you a Mirror, Pay Attention!

April 24, 2013

Stressed Out? When Life Hands you a Mirror, Pay Attention! It’s been a busy week and I am way behind on my blogging for the Ultimate Blog Challenge and many other tasks on my to-do list this week. I had company visiting for the past two weeks, taught two evening workshops last week and participated…

let's craft

Lets Craft – A day of mother-daughter bonding

April 21, 2013

Lets Craft – A day of mother-daughter bonding “Let’s craft, Mom!” My daughter and I love to craft together and can spend hours tucked away in our craft room puttering with paint, crayons, paper, stamps and other artist’s tools. I cherish our time together and loving seeing how creative my daughter is. Today that time…

creating mandalas

Relieve stress by coloring mandalas

April 20, 2013

Relieve stress by coloring mandalas Coloring mandalas and creating Zentangle-inspired art have been two important ways for me to relieve stress over the years. Creative play is a powerful tool for helping us to relax and stay present in the moment. The key to relieving stress is discovering what works best for you. This mandala…

Zentangle how to doodle

How do I doodle? Let me count the ways…

April 17, 2013

How do I doodle? Let me count the ways… I am an inveterate doodler and have been for years. My college notebooks were more full of doodles than notes. I still find myself doodling while on the telephone with clients, listening to a class or waiting in restaurants. My favorite restaurants are the ones with…

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13 reasons why I like journaling more than therapy

April 16, 2013

13 reasons why I like journaling more than therapy I have been keeping a journal since I was a girl, capturing my thoughts and stories, my tragedies and triumphs on the lined pages of colorful blank books. I must have had a diary at some point, too, you know the kind, with a heart-shaped lock…

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Reflections on the movie We Bought a Zoo

April 15, 2013

Reflections on the movie We Bought a Zoo We had a super busy week and weekend. In fact, I didn’t write any blog posts for the Ultimate Blog Challenge on Saturday or  Sunday. I was so grateful for a couple of free hours yesterday to lie on the couch between loads of laundry and watch…

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Writing Prompts for a Museum Visit

April 10, 2013

Writing Prompts for a Museum Visit I host a Meetup group here in Santa Barbara for women who like to make art and journal. I have been in Santa Barbara for less than a year and last fall I was looking for a crafty, creative group to join and a way to make some new…

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What is SoulCollage?

April 6, 2013

What is SoulCollage®? Do you have a big pile of images you have saved in the closet or under the bed that you have been waiting to figure out what to do with? Do you love making vision boards and other types of collage? Then you will love SoulCollage®: a process which begins as simple…

creativity as spiritual practice

Spiritual Practice with Zendala Dare #50

April 4, 2013

Spiritual Practice with Zendala Dare #50 Earlier this week I wrote about recognizing that creativity is my spiritual practice. It plays out in so many different ways for me: my love of everything Zentangle®, my new love affair with SoulCollage®, my journaling and painting, walks on the beach or rides in the car. My list…

creativity as spiritual practice

Lessons from my Dog: Creativity As Spiritual Practice

April 2, 2013

 Lessons from my Dog: Creativity as Spiritual Practice For a wonderful and all-too brief period of time my husband and I lived in Colorado, just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. I will never forget our first weekend there. It was June and the moving truck couldn’t get up the mountain to our house because…

how do i blog?

5 Reasons why I love the Ultimate Blog Challenge!

April 1, 2013

I love the Ultimate Blog Challenge Hooray for April 1st and the latest edition of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I think this is my fourth go-round with the challenge and last time, I wasn’t as serious about it as I would have liked. I definitely couldn’t claim a finisher medal or badge that I completed…

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Zentangle inspired by Pablo Neruda and the Sea

March 29, 2013

Zentangle inspired by Pablo Neruda and the Sea My kids are on spring break this week, so we took a few days to drive north to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and San Francisco. The aquarium is one of my favorite places to visit but I hadn’t been there in over 10 years. It is now…

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Writing Prompts: Are you afraid of being creative?

March 13, 2013

Writing Prompts: Are you afraid of being creative? I was surfing through some of my LinkedIn groups and I came across a link to this article about Living with a Creative Mind. The authors share 5 tips for living with a creative mind that made me think about people’s fear around creativity. I had difficulty…

valuable truths

Valuable Truths about You – Three Questions You Should Ask

March 12, 2013

I am so excited to share this great guest post by Jan R. Miesse. I love Jan’s work and how she shows up in her truth in the world. I encourage you to check out her wonderful book, Bloom Girl Bloom. Jan and I share a love of self-reflection and discovery. Her reflection on the…

how do i blog?

How do I Blog? 3 Steps for Blogging Success

March 7, 2013

How do I Blog? 3 Steps for Blogging Success How do I blog may seem like a simple question and there many people with the promise of programs, widgets, and how-tos floating around the internet. As bloggers, business owners, and creative types we can easily be overwhelmed by all the potential information and promises of…

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Remembering how to be creative

March 5, 2013

I am certain that making art is healing, at least for me. Yet it took me a while to remember how to be creative and that I live to be creative. I remember showing up on the first day of school with brand new school supplies. The watercolors were bright and shiny with promise. The…

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Learning to enjoy the creative process with a Zendala

February 20, 2013

Learning to enjoy the creative process with a Zendala I have spent the last couple of years getting in touch with my inner artist. I had to relearn how much I love to draw, paint, play with clay, journal and make crafts of all kinds. Zentangle® was one of the processes that helped me begin…

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The Best Book to Help you Reach Relationship Goals

February 18, 2013

The Best Book to Help you Reach Relationship Goals To Reach Relationship Goals, You Must Learn How to Recover, Repair, and Renew You and Your Relationships with the 4 Crucial Tools taught in From Fizzle to Sizzle. You’ve seen them—the parent that screams at her kid in a store; the arguing couple who turned date…