• Life

    Celebrate with Me

    Last year on this day, I was in Austin, Texas chasing a dream.  For years I had wished to move my thriving blog Art of Collecting Yourself to a more fleshed-out website designed to let me do more of what I love….connect with Creatives.   Finally….the day arrived.  I had joined a website publishing challenge called One K in 1 Day and found that one of their meet-ups for support was in Austin.  So I headed out with a goal to actually publish the site on the day of the event. I put in lots of time before hand.  I selected a theme and then tried to figure it out which…

  • Creative Growth,  Inspiration,  Life,  personal growth

    A Celebration….A Challenge

    A Celebration Today I have been spinning with awe.  Something I wished to change in my life and set in motion last Fall rose up today to show me its resolution.  Sometimes we don’t know how our dreams will play out.  Watching them unfold can be a trip. Last Fall, I began exploring a very ingrained story about dying at 45 like my mom and her father.  I don’t know why I got it stuck in my head, but I did!  I kept myself from truly following my dreams because I just couldn’t see life beyond that.  As 45 inched closer, I decided I would reach for wellness and longevity…..trying…

  • Creative Growth,  Inspiration,  Life,  personal growth

    Boldly Saying the “C” Word

    Over thirty years ago when my maternal grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she talked about it in a whispered code.  I remember saying the full word in front of her one day in the kitchen while we were making lunch together. She gently redirecting my speech by simply telling me she did not like the “C” word.  I respected that it was difficult for her.  She had a strong personality that felt like it steered the direction of our family and to see something knock her off her feet for awhile meant it was a force to be reckoned with.  Her breast cancer didn’t keep her down, though, Mamaw…

  • Creative Growth,  Life,  Transforming Difficulty

    The Indulgent Life

    I have been indulging in life this year.  Not the kind of indulgence where you eat rich, spend lots, and party til the sun don’t shine.  The kind where you hold onto whatever comes your way and sap out every morsel of meaning and magic you can. What I have held onto… There was a birth in my circle of friends followed by lots of time with the baby, funny faces, kisses on the bottom of the feet, adventures in diaper changing, and those magical moment when you help the little one find his way to slumber land. There have been illnesses:  calls in the middle of the night, quick…

  • Life

    Creativity Tribe Cats {Shatzie}

    Some people have bats in their belfry. I have cats in my studio. They come with me to work everyday. It isn’t a far leap from the house to the studio.  I work out of a sunroom on one side of the house. The cats love the sun and being close to me.  If you spend much time on the Creativity Tribe Facebook page, you might have seen pictures of them there or followed the long line of nick names we have given to one of our new cats. Well, I thought it was time to officially introduce the feline line of the tribe and share their stories with you. …

  • Better Living,  Life

    The Transition

    It’s coming quickly, the end of the year, and I keep surfing between thoughts of  this year and the next.  What did I accomplish?  What fell through the cracks?  What do I want the coming year to be like?  What do I want my focus to be? I bring little routines and rituals into my days in an attempt to tack down time. It feels like it is moving so fast.  So much action is packed into the next couple of weeks for me.  My husband and I just made a whirlwind trip to his hometown for a funeral, quickly visited with family, and rushed back to work.  This weekend…

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  • Big Dreams in Action,  Life

    Internet Made a Radio Star

    Okay, maybe star is taking it a bit far, but it certainly feels that way. What little girl doesn’t dream of being on the radio!? I know I did. I was a theatre geek from middle school all the way through college. While other kids were playing house, school, store or doctor, I was playing radio and tv. We used to put on elaborate shows, my friends and I. You know they say a kid will turn anything into a gun (I have seen some pretty funny guns in my time…french fry gun, finger gun, manual can opener gun, cat gun…not nice), well, I could turn anything into a microphone!…

  • Life,  Sharable

    Busy Bee

    Yep, I have been honey dippin’ again!  Here’s whatzzzzzz up…. Wednesday   Sharing my art for the Holiday Extravaganza at the Calallen Baptist Church (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm) Friday StressLess Holiday Cheer Party kicks off (Get on the VIP list for the party by signing up here…it is free!) Saturday   4th Annual Yogart Festival at Youga Yoga on Padre Island… I will have my art booth set up, and my StressLess Holiday Intentional Candle Workshop is headlining the event from 6 pm – 7 pm.  Check the event for all the details. Sunday   I will be a guest on Lucid Waking with Rev Shar talking about Living from…

  • Life

    Stomping Grounds

    We all have our stomping grounds. Those places that are near and dear to our hearts, that we know like the back of our hand.  The Art Museum of South Texas is that for me.  I have worked there on and off for….gosh, a very long time.  I started there as a drama teacher and gradually developed as an artist enough to offer art classes as well. Now days, I am their go-to girl when the regular art teacher for the kids program (who used to be a student of mine, can you believe it?!) has something come up.  I love keeping a foot in the door there. Recently I…

  • AEDM,  Art Meets Life,  Creativity,  Life

    My Art was Destroyed

    Have you ever done mixed media art?  It is my new passion, partly for the product it creates, but mostly for the process.  I love it because it mirrors life itself.  It is messy, textural, organic, and holds the potential for beauty to come out of destruction. I have been working on a painting the last several days….and nights.  It has been in my mind for a month.   I am creating it for an art show. The Details Is 2012 the End of Times? Doomsday? Armageddon? Well, if this is indeed “The End” my friend, K Space Contemporary has a “Final Countdown” for you! “The Apocalypse Show” is a…