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Hand spun yarns in blues, greens, red, lilac

Listening to fear – push through or stop?

How do you decide when to push through fear and when to take it as a sign to stop, delay or postpone? Maybe this scenario is familiar. You are planning a bold new step in your business or personal life. You feel the fear. What is the fear telling you? Is this a bad decision?…

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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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Hand hooked rug in white, red, blue, orange, yellow, violet, pink and yellow

On a more personal note

This January has been a big month for me. Two big milestones. If you’ve been a reader of Heart Notes for a while, you may recall this post called Heart Opening from October 2018. In this post I shared my pain as my youngest son left to serve time in a federal prison. I also…

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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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Hand spun yarns in blues, greens, red, lilac

Cozy – a word, feeling and intention

Have you chosen a word for 2022? A word that sets your intention for yourself and maybe your business? Last year my word was IMAGINE and the year before it was OPEN. (I shared this word with my friend and mentor Mary Jane Copps). This year my word, which is an intention and also a…

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The process of hand blending and spinning yarn. Orange base with the chakra colours added.

Creating the Cozy Within

What comes to mind when you hear the word cozy? I envision lots of soft fabrics, candles, nice essential oil scents, a glass of good wine or mug of tea, a good book, some beautiful yarns and fabrics to work with. Don’t you feel more relaxed just reading this list? Many of us are pretty…

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Hand-hooked rug with journal, pen and latte

Holding Space for Self & Others – Three Essential Elements

What does it mean to hold space? How do we hold space for ourselves? As leaders how can we hold space for our team members so that they feel heard? Holding space for others Many of us are good at holding space for others. As a homeopath I loved spending my days holding space for…

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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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Heart shaped grey rock leaning against a tree trunk. Green grass with some red, fall leaves.

Soften & get curious

When life is not unfolding exactly as you expect it to, instead of resisting mightily, getting angry and frustrated, can you soften into it? Can you use your curiosity to understand the wisdom and the hidden gifts of where you are at the moment? This fall I expected to be doing lots of hands on,…

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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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Wensleydale sheep locks in three stages of processing - washed, fluffed and being spun. White sheep's locks.

Allowing space for …

What are you allowing space for? I was inspired recently by Patty Lennon and her new book Make Space for Magic: Learn to receive Love, Abundance, and Support from the Universe. I learned from Patty that I need to allow myself to rest more. That my tendency to work, work, work, just one more thing…

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White mug with a heart and sole design on a wooden deck table. Stash t-bag on the handle of the mug. Blue pen to the side.

Self care for uncertain times – my top 4 tips

Last week for the first time in five years I didn’t get my newsletter out on time. There was too much going on (all good) and I made the decision to follow my own advice and choose self compassion. Do you remember when I wrote about how things might fall apart when restrictions ease and…

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Red leather cowboy boots

What Red Cowboy Boots Taught Me About …

In this earlier post Red Cowboy Boots & other strategies for success I revealed my practice of wearing my red cowboy boots in my home office while doing virtual speaking engagements and workshops. These boots are my symbol for “I’m rocking it!”. They make me feel empowered in a situation where I may need extra…

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Corporate group working on vision wall hanging from team building workshop

Let's get out in front of this

– and be the company that has a thriving and productive workforce. What do you anticipate will be your biggest challenge in getting people back to the office post-pandemic? As discussed in this previous post, people who have been through a period of prolonged stress often fall ill after the pressure is off. As we…

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Author and facilitator Meryl Cook reads from her book, with two photos next to her of participants in her hands-on workshop

You want me to do what?

Challenges in transitioning post-pandemic As a business owner or corporate leader, what is going to be your biggest challenge in getting people back to the office post-pandemic? I heard today about an international corporation who sent out notices saying everyone would be back in the office by September 8. Period. No discussion. How do you…

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