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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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We Don't Always Get What We Want

I always wanted a different kind of Mom. One who would bake and cook and fill my freezer when I needed her to. Instead I got a Mom who worked hard to give us a home, who was creative and resourceful. I got a Mom who taught us about learning and being adventurous. She was…

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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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Joy Releasing Detail

Authentically Wild

I am inspired by this quote about what it means to be authentic from Brene Brown, a woman who seems to me to be the epitome of her real self. She said “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real….

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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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Taking time to ground

Tips for Grounding Yourself

How do you keep your feet on the ground when life is busy and exciting and your spirit is soaring? I was reminded recently of my need for grounding. I was sailing along, running along the Dartmouth waterfront with my friend Karen and tripped and fell in front of a team of gardeners! Mostly my…

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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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Two Questions & Lessons Learned

Do you ever think you’ve got it all together and then suddenly you don’t? What helps you to keep moving forward? I recently had an experience that stopped me in my tracks and gave me pause to think. As you may know, I’ve been doing my self-care work for the past two years. I was…

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The One Loop at a Time Theory of Self Care

What do you need right now? What do you need to feel well, to be well, to take care of yourself? What is the one, simple, next step you need to take? Not feeling well on a physical, emotional or mental level can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know how to move…

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Chakra Colours for well being (and to lift your heart!)

I’m not a Chakra colour expert.  I was introduced to the idea of using the Chakra colours for well being by Louise Gale.  Louise has an online class called Chakra Colour Art Journal.  I took Louise’s class the summer I was waiting for my diagnosis of breast cancer.  I had rented a cottage by the…

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