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Creativity

An artist date? Tell me more.

Some of my favourite artist dates lately have been going to an art opening at The Muir Hotel  True Colours Gallery. I went with two of my favourite artist friends, and my mentor Deanne Fitzpatrick was one of the three artists with work in the show. It was wonderful to connect with old and new…

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Note to self

I’m taking my own advice and practicing self care this morning. Self care is easy to ‘fit in’ when life is not busy. It’s more challenging when I’m busier, or more tired. I know in order to be my best self I need to practise extra self care when I feel this way. When I…

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How Creativity Can Spark Joy and Reduce Burnout in Midlife and Beyond

Many women during menopause observe a renewed interest in having a creative process. I was speaking with Dr. Jenn Salib Huber (also known as the Menopause Nutritionist) recently who said “It’s something that I really noticed through my transition was this renewed interest need, craving, for creativity. At first I was attributing it to the…

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Hand hooked mat. Abstract woman standing in yoga tree pose, with her hair to the side and down like willow branches. Hooked in the chakra colours with a white background.

Resilience – which camp are you in?

In a recent corporate creative journaling workshop I delivered to two groups I had a strange experience. When we got to the creative writing/sketching prompt about resilience each group had a different reaction to this word. One group dove into the exercise (which was to describe a person whose resilience you admire). The other group…

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The spaces in between are fuel

Allowing space for creativity, for rest, for quiet moments is more than just self care. It is an essential ingredient for thriving. For bringing your best self to your life. For being able to show up with your whole heart in everything you do. A colleague recently sent me this poem by Judy Sorum Brown,…

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Letting go from a new lens

When I was recovering from breast cancer treatment several years ago I envisioned the process of letting go as a wild dance. Things I no longer needed felt like they were being released through my hands and my feet as I danced. (See Invitation to Create: Dancing Wildly – with Joy! on pages 36 and…

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Hand hooked rug "Unconditional", hooked in pinks and green

The In-between Times of Knowing and Not Knowing

As I waited for my mom to pass into the next world I wrote in my journal about how time felt suspended, magnified and also crystal clear. There was the knowing but not knowing when, or if she would pass in peace. These feelings remind me of the time when I closed my homeopathy practice…

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Three things you might not know about me

Filmed at the opening reception at ART1274 Hollis Gallery of my show Wild Woman Becoming – in Full Colour, this video reveals three things you might not know about me. In addition to being a fibre artist, I also …

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Tulips in a bouquet

What’s in your tool kit?

What’s in your tool kit for staying grounded, for getting inspired, for getting in the flow again? Whether you’re having trouble with focus, with making decisions, or finding reasons to laugh, this post contains three of my go-to tools for self care to cope with overwhelm and exhaustion. To keep myself well so I can…

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Close up detail of hand hooked mat in purple, indigo, blue, green, pink, yellow with white outlines. Scissors and rug hooking hook in photo also.

Permission to change your mind

The other day I designed a new mat. When I went to sew it onto my Cheticamp frame I hesitated. I wasn’t in love with this design. It’s a relatively large piece (30″ x 31″). I knew if I wanted to enjoy this mat from start to finish I was going to have to love…

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bouquet of flowers, assorted whites and pinks

Falling in love again

If the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s about the importance of joy and the feeling of being in love – with my partner, with my art practice, with my business. Like most entrepreneurs, I’ve been working very hard to adapt my business to the online world, from offering interactive workshops to students all over…

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Client team building results, hand-hooked wallhanging, individual hooked pieces mounted on wooden blocks and a framed vision statement and description of the process

Two Years Later

Some days my business feels like a dream job. Things are flowing, I’m in my creative zone and my clients are happy. Today was one of those days. I received an email from a former client. She wanted to tell me how much our project from two years ago meant to her and her team….

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