• Life

    Pinning Life Down

    I am back from the Paint Mojo Texas Retreat with Tracy Verdugo.  I have so much to process.  I love learning and love it even more if I can stretch what a teacher offers enough to bring it over into my own life so that it takes on a new energy.  That is what is going on with me for now.  The process is rather contemplative. I feel like several themes in my life are being touched by the art retreat.   And I want to share some of that with you soon.   In the meantime, life keeps moving. As a blogger, I have enjoyed having things to talk…

  • Long Way Home

    Textures {Long Way Home Series}

      I am on the road this weekend, tackling three bucket list items.  First, attend an art retreat.  Second….visit the Texas Hill Country.  Three….study with an artist that inspires me.  In this case, Australian artist Tracy Verdugo.  I promise to tell you all about it! To celebrate this adventure of my gypsy spirit, I have a few pictures for the Long Way Home Series with a focus on textures. I picked texture because Tracy’s art reminds me of the textures I imagine our spirits or souls to have.  Fun, huh? The brick walkway along the water’s edge near the bay a mile from my home has begun to decay from exposure to…

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  • Big Dreams in Action,  Dreamward Bound,  vlogs

    Big Dreams in Action Challenge

    I am headed out on an adventure today.  I made a video to tell you all about it, and by the end, I turned my excitement about my big dreams around and set out a challenge for YOU.  What action will you take towards making your dreams come true this week?  Use the comments below to claim what you will do, then head back here and let us know how you did. Let’s start supporting one another as we put our Big Dreams in Action!  

  • Better Living,  Creative Growth

    Breath of Life

    Now for the second half of the creative visualization I did last week that helped me turn my trajectory away from a crash course with Death and aim for a life well lived.  Let’s see, where was I?  Oh yes, Death had transformed into a wise elder-woman with the tell-tale signs of many years of joy reading all over her face.  She walked away to join The Fates, leaving me with the woman who had come when I let out a call for help…..this sounds like a metaphysical soap opera. In the mediation, I felt as if a new story was playing out in front of me.  On one hand…

  • Better Living,  Creativity

    Choosing this Moment

    Most of us say to ourselves, “I want to be more creative. I want to do more art.” Today is in front of you. This moment is begging for you to choose IT, shouting, “Pick me. Pick me.” And when you do, you are really picking yourself. It is just that simple.

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  • Better Living,  Creative Growth

    Cheating Death

    I faced Death today. It is part of turning my life around. I decided a few days ago that I would change my story to change my life. The main goal: to finally be rid of the nagging feeling that I would die at the age of 45 like my mother and her father both did.  With 45 only 30 months away, I felt if I was going to change my story, this would be the time to do it! I started by going to the place where the story lives, inside me.  Shall I take you along, as if you were there? Let’s go. I got very still and…

  • Better Living,  Creative Growth

    Changing My Story

    I grew up with stories. My dad could spin a yarn like nobody’s business. They were often just on the edge of believability in that place where you knew they probably weren’t true but you sure wanted them to be. His mother was a storyteller in her own right. She told me of the past. How she met my grandfather, how she built a house with her own two hands, about the child that died unexpectedly, and how my life changed my family. Because of them, I fell in love with stories. Not long into my adulthood, I began reading a master storyteller, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Her books and tapes were…

  • Long Way Home

    Where Wildflowers Bloom

    I have had a blast deciding how to share my Long Way Home images with you. Sometimes I want to share the story behind the photos and others let them speak for themselves. I want to pair them according to where they were taken and also group them by a shared theme. Today I have gathered a bouquet of flowers. They have been collected over the last couple of years, some close to home, others far. I bring them out today to recognize the rain that recently blessed my back yard. The last two Summers, we have suffered through droughts, but this last week it poured. My back yard is over grown,…

  • Dreamward Bound

    Life in All Its Fullness

    We all have a sacred path we sit in front of, sacred in the sense that it calls to our very soul. It whispers  in the darkness, twinkles around us in the light of day, makes us feel alive as we move down it or encourages us to wish for some place new when you have forgotten it and lost your way.  The path is like this huge magnet that directs our lives or makes us fight hard to move against it. We travel the road on our own, but if we are lucky, it runs parallel to the roads of others who are on their own shiny path.  Seeing…

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  • Better Living,  Creative Growth,  Creativity

    Creativity Tribe First Month-iversary

    Sometimes my head is swirling with ideas that are so intense I think it will surely spin right out of control. I can get dizzy with exhilaration when my imagination is in overdrive like that. I pull together projects in my mind, dream on art concepts, work to solve problems, or toy with how to make life even more beautiful than it already is. The last couple of months have been a wild ride. Some days I felt high with the dreams I had for my website. Other days it was all I could do to manage the reality of walking through the fear of not know how to create…

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