StressLess Living

Pet Therapy for Creative Stress Relief

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Happy Friday, Creative Spirits!!!  I’m diving into a bit of pet therapy for creative stress relief this week.

I spent the night cuddled up with one of my StudioCats, Gypsy.  I knew the night might be a bit restless.  I had to go to bed early and get up extra early. So I plugged in my essential oil diffuser, dropped in a bit of Vetiver Oil and tucked myself in.

That is when Gypsy joined me for a snuggle that lasted most of the night.  She curled up extra tight when a morning storm with high winds, lightening, and rain arrived just before dawn.  I think we helped each other with a bit of pet therapy for stress relief.

Art Studio Cat Gypsy is sleeping

I started the day thinking about how HAPPY my fur family makes me.  They make me laugh, provide beautiful companionship, and good stories with other family members and friends.

We are fostering a momma kitty and her kittens, and last month fostered a little dog we named Bijou (which means Jewel.)

Our house is alive with little, furry love connections.  Makes for great work breaks and stress busters.

Life is Good Banner

President Slinkin’ loves being the center of attention!

We are sharing pics and stories of our fur babies
in the Creativity Tribe FB Group today
for a bit of group pet therapy for creative stress relief.
Hop over and show off your little loves!

Are you looking for a quick stress buster?  Don’t have a fur baby?
Here is some good medicine for you!  >>Enjoy<<

Life as a Holiday Daymaker

PandoraHeaderLotus.jpgHappy Bah-humbug!

Getting out and about during the holidays can be challenging.  More traffic can mean more stress.  Everyone is trying to get where they are going faster.  Folks have a ton of to-do’s on their mind, and if they are like me, are problem solving how to fit everything into 24 hours.

It doesn’t take a highly sensitive person to feel the pressure or to sense that many people are living just on the edge.

This is especially true for folks in the service industry.  We rely on them to up the supply for our increased demand, but we often forget to up our sharing of gratitude.  Instead, we can pile the pressure on!

The same can be said for our friends, family, co-workers, and for any stranger we meet.  People are stressed!


Life as a Holiday Daymaker

I have set a standard for myself that I want to encourage you to play with.  I am by no means perfect at it, but when I am not leaning in the direction of what I strive for, it is a clue that I need a little self-care….need to slow down…and chill.

A few months ago, I came across a book called Life as a Daymaker by David Wagner.  Wagner encourages us to approach life with the intention of making someone’s day.   He offers examples we can follow and tweak to fit our own lives.

I found myself wanting to be a Daymaker as the holidays approached.  I would come across someone who needed a little yummy energy and found myself wanting to help them by sending out some good vibes.  When I work with kids, I call this good vibe sharing, “energizing a person. ” It is simply connecting with them in a way that makes them feel valued.


Simple Ways to Energize a Person or Situation

  • Offer a smile to someone….long enough for them to feel it.
  • Look someone in the eyes, and let your eyes smile at them.
  • Take a bit of their load.   (Example: While in a drive thru this afternoon, a sign on the window said if the cashier didn’t tell me about a special offer that I could ask for a cookie.  I could already see she had too much on her plate, so when she took my cash card I said, “You don’t need to tell me about the offer.”  I could immediately see some of her burden lifted. That felt better than any cookie could taste!)
  • Touch their arm for a second to connect.  (Touch is SO important, and so many of us don’t get touched enough.  I met a new friend recently who is from another country.  He lives alone, has no local family, and few friends.  I was joking around with him and slapping his arm while we laughed.  I knew it was a risk.  He barely knew me.  I was playing with him like I might my brother.  At the end of the night he walked around the table for a hug.  He hugged my husband too.  We were all blessed!)
  • Put yourself in their shoes and verbally honor the difficulty of their day.
  • Tell them you appreciate them.
  • Do something special for someone.  (Buy someone’s drink anonymously.  This happens all day at the Starbuck’s near my house.  And a few times a week at a restaurant I sometimes go to.  It feels magical!)
  • Give them a call….share a bit of your day….listen to a bit of theirs.
  • Tell someone they have made YOUR day.  (It is quite contagious!)

I would love to hear your Daymaker ideas or experiences.  Has someone made your day or is there someone you are thinking about energizing?  Let us know!



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Rachel Payne life creativity coach


Keep It Simply StressLess This Christmas

Simple Holiday Art

Keep It Simply StressLess
Creative Solutions for the Holidays

I have to admit that low-key holiday decorating has become a holiday tradition around these parts.  I want to dive into all the fabulous DIY’s I see on Pinterest and fill my  home with a magic Christmas forrest that would even make Hobby Lobby jealous.  But alas, as much as I might love to be Winter Wonderland Woman, I have found my super powers during the holidays are best served with a KISS….Keep It Simply StressLess.

Winter Wonderland Woman

This year, I wasn’t sure what we were going to do.  I thought we might end up hanging a few stockings on Christmas Eve.  But this weekend, one of the items on our home’s wish list popped up at a church rummage sale….a chalkboard.  $5…..I think it came out of a church Sunday school room.

I snatched it up, cleaned it up a bit and went to town playing with it.

Creativity is contagious.

Eric and I looked around for inspirational images online.  That is when we discovered this lovely Scandanavian Chalk Tree by Hazel with A Legg Up.

b99c708c439638112f21566334927a3bShared with permission…. A Legg Up

It seems Hazel’s tree came out of a desire to keep her holidays simple.  It has spurred a tradition of chalk trees for her and her family and inspired other families to chalk-it-up themselves.  And like us…her tree was inspired by another artist.

Simple Chalkboard Christmas Tree

We used her images as a jumping off place for our own.  We added some boarder work and lots of doodles.  We included a few of our favorite symbols and creatures, working to make it more of our own creation.

We can’t stop looking at it.

Chalk Christmas TreeOur salvaged chalkboard fits perfectly on the mantel and will most likely become a seasonal work of art in our home.

What are your tips for a simplified holiday?

I would love to hear how you are plan to Keep It Simply StressLess this holiday season.  Think outside the box.  That’s where all the best thinking happens…and where the Creativity Tribe tends to do its best work!

More about A Legg Up:

A Legg Up features calligraphic art work and scrumptiously beautiful cakes.

You can also find Hazel on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.



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