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 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!
The best thing about having a diary is to process all the stuff that goes on in my head. If you are a creative, you have a lot of ideas and those ideas get cluttered if they stay in your head. I do feel clear when I write out the ideas I have. There are … Continue reading Dear Diary – I feel clear when I write it out.
Start a visual diary for your personal art. Lay down your expectations and express yourself in a safe place - your diary.
Why start a diary? I propose that it is to find the "why" in yourself. Why do I feel_________?, Why do I react like this_________? Why do I keep finding the same person to love? Why do keep hearing the same thing repeat itself in my head? and even the big one: Why am I … Continue reading Dear Diary – Why?
“Having a vested interest in other souls unconditionally creates a ripple effect that produces miracles in the lives of those around us.” ― Molly Friedenfeld, The Book of Simple Human Truths The ripple effect is either positive or negative and you get to choose. That can be very exciting or daunting. Right now our reality … Continue reading The Ripples from our Actions