• 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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  • Creativity Moon,  Creativity Prompt

    Dear Grandmother Moon: Creativity Prompt

    Your light in the sky surprised me tonight.  I have been so focused on what was just in front of me, so focused on what greedily grabs my attention, that I forgot to look up and out.  Yet, even in my self-absorption, you show me how to glow in the darkness of night. Sometimes when I gaze into your face against the velvet cloth of night, I can feel you like the shining light of a thousand loves beckoning me to remember who I am. I recall a night so many years ago when I leaned back, cradled by the Earth, and traced you with my finger tips.  You were…

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  • Creative Growth,  Faces of Creativity Tribe

    My Creative Weekend

     Some of my favorite memories… I am walking the aisles in the cloth store, hands lovingly, curiously touching, eyes soaking in as many textures as the fingers explored.  Mom was looking through patterns.  Dreaming.  I wonder what wonder she will craft out of this sea color and delight. Years later I sit in a corner of my childhood bedroom.  A spiral notebook with scratches of a poem rests on my knees. I turn it into a song after watching Loretta Lynn’s Coal Miner’s Daughter.  I want to share something meaningful from deep inside.  I yearn to express my world as Loretta did.  I want to sing big, with great feeling,…

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  • Creative Growth,  Creativity Prompt

    Opening Up to A Better Day

    It doesn’t take much for most of us to get bogged down by a situation.  Perhaps we just woke up a bit sore or have that nagging to-do that feels like it is going to get the best of us for another day.  Often we can’t even put our finger on what kicked our anxiety into gear.  There is just a heaviness that follows us around. But just as easily as it comes on, we can help the residue of funkiness fall away if we have a few tricks up our sleeve. For me, having a few practices that cultivate mindfulness and help get my thoughts out so I can…

  • Art Meets Life,  Creativity Prompt,  Healing Art

    Painting Up a Storm

    There is a storm in my body.  I think it has been brewing for a long time, although I didn’t know it.  Recently it made itself known in a big way.  And now, I am sitting on the front porch of my soul watching it pass over me. In the last several weeks it has felt so big that all I knew to do was sit with it. As luck would have it, I was in my studio the other night, and I began painting while I was doing that sitting.  The painting felt good.  I could tell it was doing something in my body.  Something…a hormone or feel good chemical,…