One of my go to mental strategies for coping with a chronic physical condition is crafting my mental happy place. The most important self-care tip I can give you is: doing your best to remain as positive as you can. This doesn't mean faking it every day, this means doing the best you can on … Continue reading Creating Your Mental Happy Place for those with cancer
I still remember that evening I went in for an MRI to investigate weird nerve pain and was walked over to the emergency room for further testing. The minute the radiologist said, "We found something and called in the neurosurgeon" I knew that I had cancer. After many tests and more scans, I was diagnosed … Continue reading What??!? I have Cancer??!!?
I had a "touch" of stomach flu or something last week and being nauseous reminded me of my chemo treatments and stem cell transplant. I found that getting my mind on something else was the key to "forgetting" I was sick. The BEST way I know how to get my mind on something interesting is … Continue reading Get Creative with Nausea! Self Care When You aren’t Feeling Well.
Personal Art is stuff you make for yourself, be it an altered book, art journal, a quilt, a knitted sweater, collaging a treasure box, or anything else. You are making yourself a gift and you can practice compassion throughout the process. Here's how to practice self-compassion while making personal art: Practice laying down your thoughts … Continue reading Be Kind to Your Art, Be Kind to Yourself
If I had a dime each time someone has told me, "I'm not creative" I would be a billionaire!! When I hear this it sounds like a challenge to me. I would love to help everyone who says they aren't creative, see that they are. It is my greatest joy to lead a group … Continue reading Not Creative? Think Personal Art not Fine Art!
Are you ready for a creative stay-cation next week(6/18 - 6/25)? I will be hosting a free Facebook Live event using an altered book and the Hero's Journey every day at noon central time. As I teach at a summer art program here in Madison, I will be going live after class to bring … Continue reading Altered Book Stay-cation
OMG I actually finished my second huge project this year! I will actually admit to being very proud of myself! I found that I can waste time like no one else and I thought I'd never step up long enough on my computer to finish this workbook that is so important to me. I will … Continue reading 2018 is My Year of Completing Projects!