• Challenges

    We are the Grateful Creatives!

    A Collection of posts from the first half of #Gr8FullCre8ives The #Gr8FullCre8ives Gratitude Challenge Prompt Spark your creative spirit with the #Gr8FullCre8ives Gratitude Challege for #November. Simply repost the prompt image on your Instagram account, then share images and videos that express your gratitude based on the theme for that day. Use the challenge hashtag #Gr8fullCre8ives (might help to remember two 8’s, two L’s, and one S on the end.) Don’t forget to follow both @creativitytribe and @juliejordanscott. Follow the challenge hashtag to support other participants. Joining late or missed a day…no worries. You set your own challenge pace. Also look for a gratitude series on Periscope with @juliejordanscott and…

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    Gratitude Instagram Challenge #Gr8FullCre8ives

    Grateful Creatives… #Gr8FullCre8ives Several years ago, when I was doing everything I could to pull myself out of a funk I found myself in, I began playing with practicing gratitude on a daily basis.  It didn’t take long for me to feel that I was generally a grateful and appreciative person.  It was a powerful shift for me.  I felt genuinely heart-centered. As a Life Coach and Sacred Creativity Guide, I partner with Creatives who wish to live a more authentic, expressive life. I often begin by inviting them into a heart-centered flow through a gratitude practice.  The beautiful thing is that we can never be too grateful. So, on a…

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  • Challenges

    What Story Will You Tell?

    What Story Will You Tell? Last week, I took part in Julie Jordan Scott‘s #5for5BrainDump. This 5 day writing challenge on Periscope invited participants to dive onto the page for a simple five minutes each day to connect the heart and head. Julie Jordan Scott Creative Life Coach #5for5BrainDump To be honest, I had hit a wall with my personal writing and this writing challenge was just the gentle nudge I needed to get the words flowing again. Several days during the week, Julie wrapped up the writing session with a #ScopeTrain. Writer volunteers could share their fresh, raw writings immediately after they were written…or could share something written during…

  • Challenges,  Creative Growth,  Inspiration,  Mixed Media Art

    Missing Mojo & The Skull Trade

     Missing Mojo Over the last couple of weeks I have been sharing about the Paint Mojo workshop I went to with Tracy Verdugo.  Last week I showed pictures of the process and got to one part of it that seemed to jump too far ahead….my camera pooped out on me and I just missed a few steps. I found one more image that I want to add. (Judy Witkins….this is especially for you.  Hope it helps you see the process a bit better.  It is a hard process to show.) Let me catch you up…. (for more pics head over to the original Paint Mojo with Tracy Verdugo post.) We…

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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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  • Challenges,  This Sense-ational Life

    All is Well

    One day several years ago as I was sitting in one of those over-stuffed chairs that used to be scattered through out the local Barnes & Noble, I began a light conversation with a man…a stranger.  I don’t remember much of what we talked about, but I do remember how he ended the conversation. He simply said, “All is well.”  And walked away. All is well. It echoed in the space where he had been sitting, lingered there for a long while until it found its way into my journal. All is well. I carried the words around for me for quite awhile, pondering them.  What if….All is Well? I…

  • Challenges,  This Sense-ational Life,  Wellness

    This Sense-ational Life {well being}

    This Sense-ational Life is a blogging series that explores the senses as a way of cultivating a more mindful, connected way of life.  This week’s post features guest blogger (and dear friend of mine) Rosemary from Reflections of My World.  Rosemary’s site highlights areas of her life, including her love of photography and her mindful, courageous journey to wellness after being diagnosed with an illness of her thyroid.  She is living a Sense-ational Life one day at a time and inspiring others to do the same.     .-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-. Sense of WELL BEING What does that mean to you and me? The dictionaries say well-being is a noun and that…

  • AEDM,  Art Meets Life,  Challenges,  Healing Art

    New Traditions

    Remember when Thanksgiving was simple? You would get up early, waking to the smell of all the regular holiday favorites wafting down the hall, the sound of plates descending from their cabinet dwellings, and remember it was Turkey Day?  Turkey Day!  You had been waiting for a month for the time off from school, time to hang out with your cousins, time out in the backyard, the warm sun taking the chill off the newly cool air.  Then Mom would call everyone inside.  You found your place at the kids’ table, eyeballing the black olive plate and deviled eggs….and yes, the turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, and all that jazz.  A…

  • AEDM,  Challenges

    Circle Art

    This last week when I attended the Paint Mojo Texas Retreat with Tracy Verdugo, we spent time exploring our personal symbols.  I have to confess that jazzed me like nobody’s business!  I like symbols.  I look for them out in the world, in the way of logos, graffiti tags, signs, patterns, etc.  I collect books that explore ancient markings including hieroglyphics, runes, labyrinths and mazes. This evening at the bookstore, I sat, listening to folk music and letting my pen explore the page.  I began with one of my favorite symbols, the simple circle.  I added marks, allowing my hand and mind to automatically go from one strata to the…

  • AEDM,  Challenges,  Healing Art

    Healing Art

    Several years ago when I was very sick, I made my way back to health while preoccupying myself with little drawings. I called the simple little sketches my Fairy People, although they rarely had wings and some were even skeleton folks.  I think I must have thought of them that way because something in me felt like modern medicine and even alternative medicine was not fully helping. I unconsciously turned to my imagination to help me escape the pain and wished for an ounce of magic or miracle to cure me.  Something I was doing worked. When I drew, the pain left for a bit. And eventually I recovered. I…