Reinvention

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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Wild Woman Wonderings

What does it mean to be a Wild Woman? Perhaps you’ve seen the Wild Woman Sisterhood posts on Facebook. More often than not, I am drawn to click and share their posts about women and freedom and friendship. Here are some thoughts I have about what it means to be a Wild Woman, and why…

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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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Savouring the moment – 3 top tips

Are you in the habit of rushing from one task to another? When busy, my natural inclination used to be to complete a task, check it off my to-do list and then move on to the next item. It left me feeling exhausted and like my list was never ending. Tips to breaking this habit…

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How to care for and clean your rug hooking art

You may have been browsing my online gallery and wondering how to care for and clean your new rug hooking art pieces. With a little bit of care, your rug hooking and other fibre art items will stay beautiful for a long time. I’ll talk about each type of item separately: hooked rugs, framed pieces,…

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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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You’ve got this

Sometimes the people around me see in me what I’m struggling to see in myself. Recently I sent messages to three people in my life – my son, my sister and my friend, describing an ambitious and scary project I’m embarking on. All three instantly replied with “You’ve got this. I’m sure it will go…

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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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Red Cowboy Boots Workshop

Choosing how to show up when life feels out of control. When life feels out of control, or when our situation is constantly changing, what can you do? How do you focus on what you can control so you can feel in charge of your responses? This 1-hour live virtual workshop will help you move…

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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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