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Journaling

The beach is a place I feel I can fully breathe.

Breathe

I woke up this New Year’s day morning with a word on my mind. Breathe. A few days ago, my friend Mary Jane published a post in which she chose a word for 2019. It got me thinking. At first I was at a loss to decide on a word that I wanted to characterize…

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Handspun & hand dyed fibres in the soft pink of the Heart Chakra

Without conditions

What is unconditional love? And how do we get there? Unconditional: not subject to conditions: wholehearted, unqualified, unreserved, unlimited, unrestricted, unmitigating, unquestioning, complete, total, entire. While working on my latest mat called This Cord of Love That Binds Us during my artist in residence at the Centre for Craft, Nova Scotia. I found myself struggling…

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Wild Women

#she-inspires-me

I feel so lucky to be living in a time where everywhere I turn there are women living their lives and doing things that bring me joy and inspire me. These women are mentors and friends. They are women in the media, writers, women in business and women next door. Some of them are what…

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Flow detail - Like a heart opening ...

Heart Opening

Some of you may be shocked by my news. Many of you won’t know what to say. Some of you may judge me and my family. And some of you will know exactly how I’m feeling, because you’ve been there. You’ve experienced the pain of an adult child going off the rails in some way,…

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The joy of Rosehips

Dancing in the Rain

When is the last time you had a moment of joy that gave you such pleasure that it still makes you smile when you think of it? Last month I was at Sauder Village Rug Week and was going from dinner at The Barn to a gallery talk and the heavens opened up. It had…

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This space I have created

I was re-reading my journal today and came across this piece I wrote in response to a writing prompt “This space I have created”. It speaks to the life I have chosen to live after being given the gift of recovery from breast cancer. This space I have created … Allows me to breathe. It…

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Notes to self – with kindness

I’ve been struggling lately. Our family is experiencing a painful situation that has had me digging deeply to try to find my usual creative, positive methods for moving forward. It has left me feeling raw and vulnerable on a whole new level. My friend and I were talking about how I have been finding it…

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Curiosity as a life skill

Lately I’ve been thinking about curiosity and its usefulness as a life skill. I must confess I’ve always been a naturally nosey and curious type of person. Google dictionary tells me curiosity is “1. A strong desire to know or learn something, a spirit of inquiry, inquisitiveness. 2. a strange or unusual object or fact.” I’ve…

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Exuberance and Choosing You

Did you ever have something inside of you that you were bursting to say? Only to be told not to be so loud, or so boastful, or so full of yourself? When I was a young girl singing in the school choir, a teacher told me to just mouth the words, not to sing them…

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Joy and Pain

As Mother’s Day approaches, I’ve been thinking about the joy and pain of motherhood. I’m speaking from the perspective of a woman in her early sixties and about my role as a mother and as a daughter. This past year has been one of joy and pain on both fronts. There has been a surprising…

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Nurturing and sustaining inspiration

Don’t you love the feeling of being in the flow? When I’m in the flow, ideas for writing and rug design coming easily, I’m able to make decisions in life and business and I feel active and engaged in my life. It feels like being inspired. I was asked recently how do I get inspired?…

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The space of not knowing

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”  Rosalia de Castro It is in the space of not knowing that our creativity is released. All we need to do is to hold space for ourselves to allow that opening. The…

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