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My 2020 Word of the Year – Expansion

January 5, 2020

Day 5 of 100 days of positive self-talk. Today’s positive self-talk revolves around my 2020 word of the year: Expansion! Do you pick a word of the year?  Who in their right mind can pick just one word? I try each year to pick just one but what a challenge for a creative being like…

Day 4 of 100 days of positive self-talk

January 4, 2020

I led a powerful creative workshop today where we worked on our personal manifesto for 2020 and created visual representations of what we intend to manifest in our lives and careers in the coming months. I love leading these workshops and because today we were a small group, I did the work too. I had…

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Day 3 I am the artist of my life

January 3, 2020

Day 3 – 100 Days of Positive Self-Talk: I am the artist of my life! I am the artist of my life and my life is messy. Imperfect. Colorful.  I am starting this year and this 100 day project by embracing the mess and trusting that I can create exactly what I want and need…

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Day 1: 100 Days of Positive Self-Talk

January 2, 2020

100 Days of Positive Self-Talk begins today! I’ve been wanting to tackle a 100 day project and January 1 seems like a good day to begin. As I thought through ideas of what I would be willing to commit to and what would support me in my personal and creative journey as I begin this…

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Are Limiting Beliefs Impacting Your Leadership?

October 22, 2019

Are Limiting Beliefs Impacting Your Leadership? If you have been following me for a while, you might know that one of the key areas of my life I seem to continue to struggle with is my weight. At 52, I know some of my challenges are hormonal, some are strategic, (I have to do the…

Love Notes to Myself: Be a Warrior of Success

September 1, 2019

This is a love note for you, for me, for all our creative sisters and brothers: it’s time to become a warrior of success.  You are the proud owner of a unique and brilliant skill set that will comfortably carry you through life. There is no one else in the world that is YOU, that…

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Creative play can ease stress and reduce cortisol

April 11, 2019

There was a study done a few years ago that showed that 45 minutes of art-making and creative play significantly reduced cortisol levels in 75% of the study participants. Not only that, but they also said, “they found the art-making session to be relaxing, enjoyable, helpful for learning about new aspects of self, and experienced…

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Busting the Myth of the Starving Artist

November 3, 2018

Warning, I am going to rant for a minute. Been feeling this rant coming on for a while and then I got a hit over the head just now and I can’t keep quiet. To all the well-meaning parents, teachers and mentors out there who keep telling their kids, students or mentees that they can’t…

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How do you know if your business idea will work?

October 19, 2018

If you’re like most creatives, your head may be bursting with brilliant monetization and business ideas. You write some of them down; some you miss writing down and they disappear into oblivion; and some you make a start on, but never get around to completing. How do you know if your business idea will work?…

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Wolf Symbolism Expressed in a Mixed Media Painting on Canvas

October 12, 2018

I am celebrating finally completing this large wolf painting. I am have always been fascinated with the spiritual symbolism of animals and pay attention to when they show up in my life to guide me or remind me to pause and take notice. Wolf symbolism is powerful medicine. You can click on the image above…

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Finding My Voice: The Healing Power of Expressive Arts

October 10, 2018

Since January I have been participating in a Creative Depth Coaching Certification Program with Cat Caracelo and the Journey Path Institute.  I will share more about this powerful work another time but this journey has helped me to put words and images together to express how I feel about art as a process for healing.…

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Inktober 2018 Day 9 Zentangle Style

October 9, 2018

I am still having fun with Inktober 2018 and am drawing something every day. It’s only day 9, we will see if I can keep it. I haven’t lost interest yet, which is what usually happens with me and challenges like this one. I get busy, distracted or bored. As I pondered why this happened,…

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Giving Myself Permission to Play

October 8, 2018

Do you need to give yourself permission to play? I did. And it hasn’t been so easy. As I continue my personal journey into claiming the title “Artist” I realize that I feel resistance to the label or identification of artist as my job title. I started making art as a source of bringing more…

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6 Signs You Have a Creative Mindset

October 7, 2018

Do you have a creative mindset? You are creative! In fact, creativity and in particular creative problem solving are what sets human beings apart from other species. What’s missing is your belief or mindset that you are creative. But it’s not your fault. There is a misconception in our culture that creativity is drawing, painting…

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Inktober 2018 – Drawing Botanicals and Tangle Patterns

October 6, 2018

Tangle Patterns, Botanicals and Blogging, Oh My! Ever the overachiever, I decided to dive into Inktober for the first time this year and to also dive into the Ultimate Blog Challenge which I participated in for the first time in 2012. I figured if I am going to be drawing daily and sharing on social…

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Palm Trees Bend But Don’t Break – Acrylic Painting on Canvas

October 3, 2018

  An Acrylic Painting of Palm Trees Bending in the Wind on a Stormy Day Today I am celebrating the successful completion of my first commissioned painting of palm trees bending in the wind over a storm sky. This was one of the hardest things I have done as a newer artist still finding my…

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What is Zentangle?

July 27, 2018

What is Zentangle® and Zentangle-inspired art? I am a Zentangle® zealot and a Certified Zentangle© Teacher or CZT as we are affectionately called. I will “tangle” anything! I recently tangled my iPhone cover and a wooden birdhouse for the back yard. People are tangling jewelry, clothing, gourds and fabric. It’s become quite an international craze!…

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13 Ways to Say “Thank You”

February 13, 2018

One of the most powerful phrases in the English language is “thank you.” I am BIG on kindness, I try to let it lead my life and I find that people really notice it. My sense is that they feel safe around me because they can count on me to be that way. My family,…