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Collective Heartbreak – coping strategies

This collective heartbreak is real. Even if we are not directly affected, if our community is dealing with a wildfire, the residual effects of a pandemic and a mass shooting, or all three, we are all feeling stress, uncertainty and a sense of helplessness. It can be difficult to concentrate, we can have trouble sleeping….

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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 Door is Open to …

How can you open the door to feeling better, to becoming your inner wild self, to making changes in your life? In my experience there are three basic steps. Make the decision to change. You don’t need to have it all planned out, or know the final outcome. You just need to make the decision…

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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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Tulips in a bouquet

A not so gentle reminder

I didn’t realize I needed a reminder. A reminder that I’m not invincible. Sometimes we do all the right things and still shit happens. Recently I got a not so gentle (but minor on the overall scale of things) reminder that my health is not to be taken for granted. I must admit I was…

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A Renegade Revolution

A renegade is a person who abandons the religious, political, or philosophical beliefs that he or she used to have, and accepts opposing or different beliefs. (www.vocabulary.com) Some definitions imply a renegade is someone who is disloyal, or who betrays an institution. What about the institutions that judge women on their youthful appearance? That render us…

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I can’t not listen anymore

As I learn to listen to my body and soul, I’m no longer willing to push through the fatigue to ‘get things done’. When I try to do this I feel a sense of pressure and notice it is harder to connect with moments of joy and ease. I used to pride myself on my…

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Can I Have a Word with You?

Have you chosen your word for the year?  In response to not wanting to set New Year’s resolutions that I would grow tired of, or be hard on myself for not attaining, I began choosing a word for the year several years ago. A word to be a guide for my intention for the year….

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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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Is grey the new burning our bras?

Is letting our hair go grey the new burning our bras or staging a sit down protest to be allowed to wear pants to school? (I’m definitely dating myself with these examples, I know.) Since the pandemic I’ve noticed more women with beautiful grey or white hair. I’ve heard that during the pandemic it was…

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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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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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