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Discovery: Stage 3 of Building Your Creative Business

June 22, 2020

In a year like 2020, you may be feeling like your January plans are so far in your rearview mirror you’ve completely lost sight of them. You might be finding it challenging to think about business, marketing and promoting yourself at all right now.  Between the pandemic, protests and politics, you might be finding it…

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7 Stages of Creative Business Success – Stage 1

June 14, 2020

Where are you on your journey to creative business success right now? This year has been a doozy so far and it isn’t over.  I am seeing people switch gears in their business and have success. I am seeing others struggle to keep their doors open or those who are choosing to take a break…

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Mixed Feelings and Stories about the Pentagram

April 16, 2020

When I think of the symbol of the pentagram, I think of movies or books where this symbol is used in rituals for magic, some for good and other times for evil. As I began to explore the meaning of the pentagram for my 100 day project, I realized I had some mixed feelings about…

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Meaning of the Lotus Flower

April 15, 2020

Lotus and its Symbolism What is so mysterious and magical about the lotus flower?  Is it the beauty of the flower itself and how it grows in mud and water? Is it the story and symbolism attributed to the lotus? I don’t have answers to these questions.  I do have a love of creating drawings,…

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The Unity Tile Project and the Symbol of Fire

April 14, 2020

Day 8 of 100 Days of Symbolism: Fire “You are the holder of the light,” said my friend Tina during an intuitive reading she did for me where my soul gifts were to be revealed. “What does that mean,” I asked. I honestly don’t remember the answer now, that was close to a decade ago.…

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Exploring Circles: Day 4 of 100 days of symbols

April 11, 2020

As I walked around my neighborhood after a recent rain, I found myself amazed and intrigued by the water droplets sitting on leaves and petals, perfectly round and acting like tiny magnifying glasses for the textures and patterns beneath the lens of water. Then this morning as I sat down at my art table to…

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Symbolism and Meaning of Roses

April 10, 2020

Roses are red, and pink and yellow and lavender and more, oh my! The abundance of colors, shapes and sizes of roses in my neighborhood is astounding and delightful right now. On a recent walk I started noticing the roses and then I started looking for them. Below you will find a variety of photos…

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Day 3: Meaning and Significance of the OM symbol

April 9, 2020

The Om or Aum symbol is one of the most well-known symbols and sounds around the world. It comes to my blog and artful play today courtesy of my dear friend Rodolfo in Costa Rica who suggested it on my Instagram feed when I asked for ideas of symbols to include in my 100 day…

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The Triskelion: a symbol for the ages

April 8, 2020

I have an obsession with spirals of all kinds. I draw them, I admire them, I paint them and find them around me everywhere. I particularly love this triple spiral which has been called the triskelion or triskele. It’s tricky to draw but I have fun playing with it. I have a stencil that often…

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Turning to Art for Healing and Release

April 7, 2020

I may be a bit crazy but I decided to tackle the #100dayproject and the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Being the smart marketer that I am, I am going to practice what I tell all my coaching clients and “create once, think multiple uses.” So for the rest of the UBC 30 day blogging challenge and…

Raindrops on roses and other favorite things

April 6, 2020

I went for a walk this morning after a day of luscious welcome rain yesterday. The sun was lighting up the dew drops everywhere, capturing my eye like tiny diamonds. The air was cool and crisp, free of dust and pollen. And I enjoyed check in calls with my Dad and sis-in-law while I was…

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Prioritize Play Over Productivity During Covid-19

April 5, 2020

Why you should prioritize play every day Today I want to talk about why I think it’s essential to prioritize play over productivity and to make time daily for creative play breaks for as long as we are sheltering in place and beyond. To infinity and beyond as Buzz Lightyear likes to say! I think…

creative play, coloring for stress relief, inner child, sisterhood

A love note from my Inner Child to yours

April 3, 2020

Hello beautiful!  Today I wanted to write a love note from my Inner Child to yours. Her name is Linda Minette-y spaghetti. And she loves to color and to play outside. She’s been demanding a lot more of both lately. Do you have a relationship with your Inner Child? Do you remember what you loved to…

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Finding My Balance During Covid-19 Quarantine

April 2, 2020

In January I started a 100 day project of drawing cartoons and focusing on positive self-talk. I shared many of those thoughts and drawings during the January Ultimate Blog Challenge. I filled well over a hundred pages in my journal of thoughts, practice drawings and completed illustrations. For the April challenge I haven’t quite figured…

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Are You Getting Enough Creative Time?

April 1, 2020

Are You Getting Enough Creative Time? When was the last time you made space in your calendar for creative play? Right now during this Covid-19 quarantine, creativity and play are the two things I believe will get you through to the other side of the pandemic feeling excited and inspired about the next steps for…

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She’s Talking Back Podcast a Hit!

February 27, 2020

She’s Talking Back Podcast I am so honored to have been one of the featured guests on the fantastic, hot new podcast “She’s Talking Back”. Rockstar host Michelle McGlade and I covered a huge range of topics. Here’s her introduction to our conversation. “Before we dig in, I have a little bit more to say…

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Progress not perfection: 100 days of positive self-talk

February 10, 2020

I am a work in progress. Every day I practice. Every day I get a little better and believe a little more that I can. I am focusing on progress not perfection on this creative and personal journey. I drew the sketches above a few days ago and decided to count it as a day…

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Day 31: 100 days of positive self-talk

January 31, 2020

The past few days of cartoons and positive self-talk have kept me sane and thoughtful. My computer crashed yesterday so I am typing this on my phone which is challenging but not impossible. Didn’t have handouts for my online workshop this morning because of the crash and had to wing it. It wasn’t perfect or…