Journaling

The year in review – a positive retrospective

There is more than enough doom and gloom in the news, on social media and in predictions for the coming year. What if we could start the new year on a high note? What great stuff happened to you this past year? Or since your last birthday? In early December on the day before my…

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Ditch the hustle

I’m breaking up with the ‘work harder to get further’ culture. Were you raised to believe that if you only worked a bit harder you would be more (insert your word here – successful, beautiful, popular, loved)? Me too. I thought if only I could hustle more I would have enough (work, success, a tidy…

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The gift of what is

Sometimes plans go awry and we are left with what is. Maybe we are diagnosed with a serious illness, or our vacation plans are interrupted, our job ends abruptly, or our relationship with our partner breaks down. We first need to grieve When faced with an unexpected and unwelcome change of plans we need first…

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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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What’s a Wild Woman?

The first question is What’s a Wild Woman? And the answer to the second question is yes, they are somewhat autobiographical! Filmed at the opening reception at ART1274 Hollis Gallery of my show Wild Woman Becoming – in Full Colour this video details my journey to becoming a member of the gallery, along with my…

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The joy in this moment

When life is busy, do you find yourself rushing from task to task, being so busy being busy that you don’t take time to enjoy each moment as it happens? Guilty as charged. When I get super busy I have the tendency to focus on what’s next, rather than what is here now. I get…

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Purple lupines

I am enough

Lately I’ve been thinking and writing and sketching in my journal about working too hard and burnout. I’ve been exploring the connection between exhaustion from keeping too busy and equating busy and productive with feelings of worth. I was raised to link being worthy with working hard. Does this resonate with you? While it can…

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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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My stuff, your stuff, their stuff

Do you find yourself getting drawn into other people’s drama? Does doing this knock you off of your course, send you into a tailspin? Sometimes this happens to me. We all have our own patterns and habitual ways of behaving, and getting knocked off course by other people’s life issues is a pattern I’m working…

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Hearts Connecting

What if you could feel warmth and connection from and towards every person you meet? I read a suggestion recently (I apologize, I couldn’t find the source) that is changing how I feel when I am out and about. This is the simple suggestion. When you pass a person on the street (or see them…

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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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