• Creative Growth,  Inspiration,  personal growth,  Transforming Difficulty

    Lessons from Gravity the Movie {spoiler free}

    This Sense-sational Life is a blogging series that came out of my realization that the more I explore life and get a sense of its nuances (including the literal senses and figurative ones) the more my life feels sensational. A Sense of Gravity I watched Gravity, the movie, this afternoon with my hubby.  I donned the 3D glasses, munched on some popcorn, sipped from a cup with two straws and held on tight to my man when things in the movie felt a little too close to real life.  I promise not to give anything away, except for the fact that this movie shouldn’t be missed. It may sound odd…

  • 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…

  • Transforming Difficulty

    Secrets to Shifting Out of Difficulty and Into Delight

    When we start talking about seeing life’s difficulties with a positive spin, I know from personal experience there can be a part of the self that wants to throw a hand up in the air and turn its back on the whole conversation.  Girl friend, these troubles are mine!  I came to them the hard way…with bumps, bruises, and plenty of tears.  And you just want me to push them aside? Sister, puh-leez! It may sound like I am exaggerating, but I have heard it from friends and clients too.  Something in us needs to hold onto the dramas and traumas of life, and when someone suggests we move away…

  • 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…

  • Creative Growth,  Spirit of Giving

    Surprise Birthday Gifts

    While on my road trip up the middle of  America and back again, I had a birthday.  I had thought perhaps that I would make a bit to-do about it….because that is how I usually do birthdays on my blog, but instead I was busy getting my car fixed.  I made the best of it though….donuts and all!!  I had been staying with my cousin Lori on a communal far just outside of Oklahoma City.  On the morning of my birthday, she took me to a donut shop and ambushed me with Happy Birthday at the top of her lungs…solo.  I was mortified and delighted all in the same breath…which…

  • Creative Growth,  Well Crafted Life

    Seeing in the Dark

    When I was a young girl, my father told me a good deal didn’t always mean less money spent.  He explained… a well made product that costs a bit more was a better buy than the same thing made with less care at a cheaper price. I am sure you have heard the same thing. I have heard that wisdom packaged in different ways through out my lifetime.  But today, I am exploring how to apply that wisdom to life itself.  As more people find their way to Creativity Tribe, I work to define what this space offers them.  When it comes down to it, I think it offers them…

  • Challenges,  This Sense-ational Life

    All is Well

    One day several years ago as I was sitting in one of those over-stuffed chairs that used to be scattered through out the local Barnes & Noble, I began a light conversation with a man…a stranger.  I don’t remember much of what we talked about, but I do remember how he ended the conversation. He simply said, “All is well.”  And walked away. All is well. It echoed in the space where he had been sitting, lingered there for a long while until it found its way into my journal. All is well. I carried the words around for me for quite awhile, pondering them.  What if….All is Well? I…