Emotional Processing When Your Life an Unexpected Hard Turn. . . Part 1

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 ourContinue reading “Emotional Processing When Your Life an Unexpected Hard Turn. . . Part 1”

Be Kind to Your Art, Be Kind to Yourself

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 thoughtsContinue reading “Be Kind to Your Art, Be Kind to Yourself”

Not Creative? Think Personal Art not Fine Art!

  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 groupContinue reading “Not Creative? Think Personal Art not Fine Art!”

Dear Diary – Why?

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 IContinue reading “Dear Diary – Why?”

Steps toward learning from bat-shit crazy life lessons

“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 lifeContinue reading “Steps toward learning from bat-shit crazy life lessons”

Secrets to Calming Your Inner Critic

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 wayContinue reading “Secrets to Calming Your Inner Critic”

How Meditation can Help You Talk with Your Parts

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 expectContinue reading “How Meditation can Help You Talk with Your Parts”

The Best Tool for Relaxing – Doodle!

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 relaxContinue reading “The Best Tool for Relaxing – Doodle!”

Essential Steps Toward the Practice of Loving Yourself

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 upContinue reading “Essential Steps Toward the Practice of Loving Yourself”

Take Time for Reflection

During the last week of the month in our year of creative discovery, take time for reflection. Look back on the pages you did during the month – what are they saying to you? Your art is in the doing and the conversation you have with it. Art comes from the way down deep insideContinue reading “Take Time for Reflection”