• Creative Confidence,  Creative Courage,  Long Way Home

    My Silent Passengers

    Today marks my 22nd day on the road.  I am 5 hours from home by car, but sticking around Houston to offer a Sacred Cacao Ceremony to a gathering of creatives.  The closer I get to home, the more homesick I grow, and yet…. I am still deeply engaged in the adventure. One of the ways I am doing that is by processing the trip…especially the parts I just didn’t foresee. You see, even though I spent over two weeks of the trip driving by myself, I felt as if I had Silent Passengers.  I never felt that I was alone. Sometimes the Silent Passenger was my husband, even though…

  • Journey of the Inner Wanna Be's,  vlogs

    On the Edge of the Woods

    I have been visiting some amazing homes with even more amazing people.  Each day that I share with someone, I just delight in the path that life can take us on.  I am in St. Louis today, having just driven in last night from Marseilles, Illinois where I was staying with my artist-friend, Amy Cavaness. Amy’s home is tucked away into a little patch of woods out in the country.  Before I left, I made a video (below) in which I shared some of my thoughts about my Inner Gypsy Wild Woman and left an simple way for you to connect with your Inner Wanna Be. I would love to hear…

  • Creative Growth

    Re-story-ing my Life

    I made it up the middle of the country.  I am sitting on beautiful Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, looking out the window at the Abbey Resort.  The sky is light blue with puffy little clouds, the water simmers with a restless kind of calm.  The trees outside my room (which are not a variety I am familiar with) have long strands of gold that hang from the limbs.  At there base on the side where the morning sun has not yet reached, a light layer of snow snuggles around budding stalks of green that looks like it may be the beginnings of blooming bulbs. I feel like I am blooming.…

  • Creative Growth,  Journey of the Inner Wanna Be's

    When Life Makes Other Plans

    Today marks a week that I have been on the road making my way from South Texas to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat.  I will be teaching a workshop at the retreat called Passport to Dreams Come True.  The workshop takes mixed media techniques and blends them with bookmaking, journaling, creative visualization as a means of helping flesh out the vision and plans of our big hearts. Not surprisingly, as is the case often in life, my journey cross country is giving me lots of lessons to prepare me for helping others make their dreams a reality. One of the dilemmas that comes out of…

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  • Challenges,  Creative Growth,  Guest Blogger,  Mixed Media Art

    What is a Goddess….

    Recently, I joined a brilliant gathering of women in co-creating The Goddess Chronicles: A Traveling Art Journal.  The mixed media, multi-country journal is the brain-child (perhaps that should be heart-child) of Texas artist (and world traveler) Sofia Dabalsa.  Sofia and I met on-line while taking Flying Lessons with Kelly Rae Roberts.  Not long after the class ended, we arranged a meet-up and have been cultivating a friendship ever-since. Texas Fly Girls: That’s Sofia in the middle with the beautiful, long, curly hair and me in the green.  We are joined from left to right by Christina Fajardo, Ann Marie, Amy Hillenbrand, Rose Duncan, and Lisa Stamper Meyer.  Christina and Rose are…

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  • Art Retreats,  Journey of the Inner Wanna Be's

    Lessons from the Road

    This week I packed up my world, grabbed my favorite artist man, and left my hometown in South Texas behind.  We have stayed with family and friends along the way. I am traveling in celebration of my Inner Gypsy Wild Woman, that part of me that has always wished to vagabond around with flowing skirts, bangles up my arms, leaving a trail of creativity behind. Wisconsin is my destination for an Art Retreat I will be teaching. As I have made my way up to Dallas (where my artist hubby, Eric, and I are staying now) I have made mental notes about how traveling in my Gypsy personae changes the…

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  • Creative Courage,  Journey of the Inner Wanna Be's

    Standing in the Threshold

    At the Threshold of a Journey Anytime we poise ourselves at the beginning of a journey, either in the outer physical world or from within, we begin with an idea in mind of how we might approach our movement from where we are to where we wish to go.  There are the imagined obstacles we anticipate, various options for the course traveled, milestones we hope to reach, and some desired destination that just might be worth risking disappointment for the joy it could bring.  All of this is the beauty and danger of the In-between. Should I stay or should I go, now? (You know the song!) As I prepare…

  • Journey of the Inner Wanna Be's

    Witnessing Discovery

    I love witnessing discovery!  The best part of Creativity Tribe is the work I do with Creatives who find their way into the projects I offer.  Sometimes it happens in a coaching session or on one of the Party Line calls, but most recently I have been connecting during preparation for the Journey of the Inner Wanna Be project. A peek into the project so far… Below you will find a video.  Before you watch it, I want to share with you the process that went into making it.  The individuals you will see are folks from my hometown.  I consider them (and many others) my local Creativity Tribe.  Some…

  • Journey of the Inner Wanna Be's

    Gathering the Inner Wanna Be’s

      It starts today….prep for the Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s.  A month’s worth of peering inward to see what wishes to come forth into our lives….what wishes to be played out….what is willing to risk being a little vulnerable for the sake of finally going “there”.  Who knows what will come of our social experiment.  Here we are, a bunch of people in love with the idea of being creative, deciding to play What-If together. What if I indulged this thing I always wished of being and brought a bit of it into my life?  What if I stopped hiding behind what I should or shouldn’t do and…

  • Big Dreams in Action,  Creative Confidence,  Creative Growth,  Journey of the Inner Wanna Be's

    My Redonkulous Birthday Bash

      I am sort of in LOVE with April.  First of all, it is my birthday month, and I have a tendency to stretch my celebrations out a bit.  But I am going to redonkulous links to make this year’s birthday celebrations stand out!  How am I doing it?  I am bringing to life the dream that I had as a wee lass of being a Gypsy Wild Woman. It’s kind of silly, I know.  I turn 44 in 14 days and all I care about is playing out my Gypsy Wanna Be.  What’s even sillier though (and I love how delightfully wonderful this is), I am not doing it…