• Creative Growth,  Creativity

    The Turkey Who Stole My Heart

    A Thanksgiving Story originally published on my blog, Art Of Collecting Yourself. When I was a kid, I had a pet turkey named Tom (creative, I know). Tom was little when he came to live with us.  He was the odd ball out.  The one turkey in a yard filled with lots of chickens; the only male in the hen-house.  If you have never lived with a turkey, day in and day out, you might not know what large egos they have.  This was the case with Tom for sure.  He could strut across the yard better than John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. It was almost impossible not to…

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  • Creative Courage,  Creative Growth

    How Creativity is Like a Good Massage

    Many, many moons ago, while working at an art museum as an Arts Educator, I decided to study massage therapy.  When I told the museum director, he looked at me baffled.  He told me he thought the idea of a creative professional also doing massage felt like two disconnected ideas.  It seemed to me to make perfect sense, so I took a moment to explain to him how creativity is like a good massage. I have been thinking of this recently as I find my creativity cramping up, as it often does for Creatives.  When a massage therapist works on a muscle, she loosens it up, then often will apply…

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  • Creative Growth

    Seeking Sanctuary with Personal Retreat

    I am going on retreat.  Funny, one of the last times I wrote, I was headed off to a retreat.  This time, instead of facilitating, I am opening myself to the opportunity offered by another.  I am headed to a retreat hosted by Red Tent Experience Retreat. My first Red Tent was at the opening of  Things We Don’t Talk About: Woman’s Stories from the Red Tent with filmmaker Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, PhD. Do you know about Red Tents?   I went to my first about 2 years ago and was so thrilled by the sisterhood I found there that I began investing in that community by offering workshops and “happenings”.  It…

  • Cre8ive Klatch,  Creative Growth,  Creativity Prompt,  Gratitude

    Gr8Full Cre8ives Project

    As the holiday season draws near, you may feel your stress levels begin to rise.  Even if it is your favorite time of year, it is not uncommon for it to come with added responsibilities which can mean stretching your wallet and schedule a bit more than usual.  For me, that means it is time to give myself the gift of more peace by upping my game when it comes to self-care. Holiday stress busters can take all kinds of shapes, but I think the simpler the better!  Gratitude is a great place to start.  It is just a shift in perspective.  I set a goal to recognize gratitude daily…or close to…

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  • Creative Growth,  Special Events

    A Little Practical Magic: Revisiting Blog Favorites

    I believe in movie therapy.  Grab your favorite snack, turn the lights down low, watch alone or with a good friend (or two), and prepare to be transformed and transfixed.  In our house we have a few favorites we gravitate to and Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman is at the very top. Several years ago, I was invited to participate in a blog party that focused on the movie/book, the Practical Magic Blog Party.  I felt kind of new to blogging (I was still over at my very first blog, Art of Collecting Yourself) and wished very much to try my hand at making videos.  As it…

  • Creative Growth

    Big News: Cre8ive Klatch Revealed

    Behind the Scenes I love all the big energy coming out of Creativity Tribe right now.  I have been connecting behind the scenes with other Creatives to make some super special projects come to light. the recent Sacred Cacao Ceremony with the Red Tent of Corpus Christi a Vision Board Workshop for Art Center of Corpus Christi the upcoming Heart-Glow Inspiration Deck with Rose Duncan And….The Big News One of the biggest projects finds its home at Cre8ive Klatch,  Connecting Lives through Cre8ivity.  I am sure if you have spent much time at Creativity Tribe, you will see that my mission here matches up beautifully with the mission being spun…

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  • Creative Growth,  Simply Sacred Moments

    Simply Sacred Moments

    Have you ever had one of those moments when your heart was deeply stirred by something simple?  Like the hummingbird gathering nectar from the flowering tree just outside the front door, or the gratitude that wells up when another really hears you. We expect greatness to move us.  That is often why we turn to grand events and ceremonies when we need to connect with the sacred.  We also often have a tendency to believe sacred is something others create and we witness. During my studies of theatre, I discovered that historically performance grew out of religious ceremony.  Song, art, poetry, movement, writing, and drama all have the potential to connect…

  • Creative Growth,  This Sense-ational Life

    This SENSE-sational Life: Sense of Self

    One day while sitting and thinking about my life, I realized it was just sensational.  I asked myself what made me move from not loving my life so much to being in this new place.  The answer came to me that I had connected with the senses in a very broad way.  Yes, the traditional senses had been part of it, but subtle senses were also part.  The sense of joy, a sense of gratitude, a sense of connection….when we tap into linking our conscious self with subtle parts of the self and the world around us, we can follow a path that leads us to a more SENSE-sational life.…

  • Creative Growth,  Good Life Vibe

    Increase Your Level of Bliss

    I just love it when the Universe whispers messages to me over and over again.  Recently the message has been, “Up your tolerance for bliss.”  It is a backwards way to think, really.  Bliss isn’t something you imagine should need tolerating.  But the truth is, it can be an intense ride. This messages was first something I felt.  About a year ago I had a couple of back to back months when I experienced extreme levels of happiness, felt like I was in my zone, and detected intense waves of ecstasy coursing through my veins.  I was hitting the mark on so many of my dreams and life was just…

  • Coaching,  Creative Growth

    The Blessing of a Year

    I love this year, this 2014.  I think that is a strange thing to feel, though…love for a year that has yet to take off. But perhaps what I really feel is deep, abiding hope and compelling possibility. I felt this same way at the beginning of 2013.  My imagination was alive with amazing projects that were ripe for springing to life. But the year had other things in store for me. It held the secret of forced healings in areas of my life I had pushed aside as I charged forward in my career as a Life Coach and Creativity Guide. As I write this, I am tempted to…