• Better Living,  Good Life Vibe

    Indulging ME

    Just over a year ago when I embarked on the journey of working for myself, I placed one thing at the top of my list of values….self-care.  I wanted my serious business woman self to honor the hard, working dedicated but oh-so-human self.  In the beginning, I worked that into my day like a teenager with a new driver’s license.  I took my time getting up in the morning, lit candles as I was blogging, burned incense while painting, napped if I felt like it, created one-person retreats…..I lived up the self-care. Then I got all filled up, and I began to push myself.  The drive to reach for my…

  • Better Living

    Bad Dreams, Bad News, Bad People

    I have written and erased, re-written and erased this post several times. I even made a video to go with it.  I decided to “go there” and then think against it. But this time I am going to keep writing in hopes that whoever might need to hear what I have to say will find it.  You see, I like to write about things that inspire….I like to stay out of politics and the ugly side of life.  But the fact is, something in me says I need to talk about this. So I am going to listen to that voice. Just about anywhere you go this week, you will…

  • Better Living

    Bridging the Years

    About 15 years ago, a couple of local artists held a New Year’s workshop that used mask making to consider the year that had passed and the one to come.  The link to masks was created by using as their focus the Roman god Janus who is depicted with two faces, one face looks into the past, one to the future.  I loved the concept because I think during these weeks that lead up to the New Year it is human nature to take stock of the year that is closing and begin cultivating the year ahead. That bridging of the two years is exactly what I have done the…

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  • 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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  • AEDM,  Better Living,  Creative Growth

    When Life Clicks

    Have you ever had a time in your life when you wished for something to SHIFT?  When you WISHED for a more refined way of living?  Where you yearned for a life in ALIGNMENT with your heart’s deepest desires? Well, the last month, something is just clicking away that keeps guiding me there. Click, click, CLICK!  Life is clicking.  There isn’t one thing I can point to and say, “This was THE thing!”  Instead it has been more about listening and taking small steps towards the small WHISPER inside. We all have that whisperer who lets us know what the NEXT RIGHT STEP is.  All it really wants is to…

  • Better Living,  Creative Growth

    Breath of Life

    Now for the second half of the creative visualization I did last week that helped me turn my trajectory away from a crash course with Death and aim for a life well lived.  Let’s see, where was I?  Oh yes, Death had transformed into a wise elder-woman with the tell-tale signs of many years of joy reading all over her face.  She walked away to join The Fates, leaving me with the woman who had come when I let out a call for help…..this sounds like a metaphysical soap opera. In the mediation, I felt as if a new story was playing out in front of me.  On one hand…

  • Better Living,  Creativity

    Choosing this Moment

    Most of us say to ourselves, “I want to be more creative. I want to do more art.” Today is in front of you. This moment is begging for you to choose IT, shouting, “Pick me. Pick me.” And when you do, you are really picking yourself. It is just that simple.

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  • Better Living,  Creative Growth

    Cheating Death

    I faced Death today. It is part of turning my life around. I decided a few days ago that I would change my story to change my life. The main goal: to finally be rid of the nagging feeling that I would die at the age of 45 like my mother and her father both did.  With 45 only 30 months away, I felt if I was going to change my story, this would be the time to do it! I started by going to the place where the story lives, inside me.  Shall I take you along, as if you were there? Let’s go. I got very still and…

  • Better Living,  Creative Growth

    Changing My Story

    I grew up with stories. My dad could spin a yarn like nobody’s business. They were often just on the edge of believability in that place where you knew they probably weren’t true but you sure wanted them to be. His mother was a storyteller in her own right. She told me of the past. How she met my grandfather, how she built a house with her own two hands, about the child that died unexpectedly, and how my life changed my family. Because of them, I fell in love with stories. Not long into my adulthood, I began reading a master storyteller, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Her books and tapes were…

  • Better Living,  Creative Growth,  Creativity

    Creativity Tribe First Month-iversary

    Sometimes my head is swirling with ideas that are so intense I think it will surely spin right out of control. I can get dizzy with exhilaration when my imagination is in overdrive like that. I pull together projects in my mind, dream on art concepts, work to solve problems, or toy with how to make life even more beautiful than it already is. The last couple of months have been a wild ride. Some days I felt high with the dreams I had for my website. Other days it was all I could do to manage the reality of walking through the fear of not know how to create…

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