There are times in our lives when we feel ripped out of a situation. Here are some ways to balance your thoughts and get back to you. One way to see life is as though we are living out our story on the pages of a invisible book. Sometimes we are able to write our … Continue reading Emotional Processing When Your Life an Unexpected Hard Turn. . . Part 1
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
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?
"I believe we have two lives,. . . The life we learn with and the life we live after that." I doodled over who said this but it's from the book, Something More by Sarah Ban Breathnach. This is the current book I'm altering. I've been thinking a lot lately about learning from my life … Continue reading Steps toward learning from bat-shit crazy life lessons
This is how my inner critic makes me feel - tired to the bone & dark, little & dirty. I should say "how it made me feel" after I discovered the secrets to calming my inner critic. Ready? Ok, here it is - get to know it and understand how it was born. The way … Continue reading Secrets to Calming Your Inner Critic
Meditation is a very valuable skill that takes practice. You learn a lot by getting quiet. Meditation can help you talk with your parts! When you start to meditate, your brain starts too & it goes in all sorts of weird directions. The more you meditate the calmer your mind gets, but don't ever expect … Continue reading How Meditation can Help You Talk with Your Parts
Have you had a busy day or it's late at night & your brain can't shut off? Are you waiting for someone? Are you just bored? I've got the best tool for relaxing (or a good use of extra time) - DOODLE! Studies show that repetitive hand motions helps to lower blood pressure and relax … Continue reading The Best Tool for Relaxing – Doodle!
February is the "love" month so what better way to celebrate is committing to a practice of self-compassion and self-love? This month my blogs will be about what I think the essential steps we need to take toward the practice of loving ourselves. The first step I took was understanding that I am made up … Continue reading Essential Steps Toward the Practice of Loving Yourself