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Never Stop Reaching and Applying, Pitching, and Submitting

June 12, 2024
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My opening for my solo art show (my first official!) was a smash success and I’ve been on a high, ever since, from being with dear friends, famIly and spending…

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Pursuing A Dream Is What Heals Us

June 6, 2024
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1. Pursuing A Dream Is What Heals Us. My husband and I drove down to visit his dad this weekend who just lost his wife recently.  He’s doing really well, and…

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I m Still Using My Dead Father’s Shampoo

May 13, 2024
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“The Pugs and Flowers Whispered Their Good Advice”- on show in Grand Marais June 1-30, 2024 at the Grand Marais Art Colony 1. I am still using my dead father’s…

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A FREE CLASS on Creativity from Me + My Favorite Soma Yoga on Youtube

April 30, 2024
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Dear readers, Mailchimp (or Mailchimp’s AI robot?) has apparently read my newsletters and encouraged me to more SKIMMABLE.  Gah! But, it’s so hard when you have so much to share!…

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The Biggest Reason to Do A Creative Soul Retrieval

April 15, 2024
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Here are a few things that are giving me life…. 1. Quantity Versus Quality.  Years ago when I was doing some research for the 100 day project, I stumbled upon this…

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The Comfort of Symbols in Grief and Loss, My Mother’s Mustard Jar

April 9, 2024
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1.  The Wonderful Comfort of Symbols.  When I was in  crisis in 2010 ((leaving medicine for a spiritual journey into writing and more..), it was the symbolic meaning of wild…

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It’s Important to Share Our Miracle Stories

March 20, 2024
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Here are a few things that are giving me life…. 1. It’s important to share about the miracles we experience.  This is something I learned about the conditions that make miracles possible in…

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Buying Art for Your Home That You Love is An Act of Self Care

March 16, 2024
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As a 9 year old child, my parents took me to the National Gallery on a vacation and I was able to chose a print to take home. I chose…

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Am I Afraid of Pleasure?

March 16, 2024
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Here are five feel good ideas that are giving me life…. 1.  Could I Be Afraid of Pleasure?  I believe it when Brene Brown says that the emotion we are most…

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There Are Many Ways to Pray

March 5, 2024
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Here are five ideas that are giving me life…. 1. There Are Many Ways to Pray.  Prayer is something I’ve always been curious about.  I wrote about what my mom…

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4 Ideas and Some Art That Are Giving Me Life

February 29, 2024
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(new work “Open Heart” by me…36 x 36″ Mixed media on canvas Available.   “Gertrude Stein defined LOVE as ‘the skillful audacity required to share an inner life.‘…Stein’s idea suggests that…

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5 Ideas GIving me Life This Week

February 22, 2024
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(art featured above is “When She Took Care of Herself Everythign Flowed: To purchase visit this page.  “In my life I have found two things of priceless worth – learning…

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Beautiful Things Grow Out of Ugly Things

February 4, 2024
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(Matisse’s Red Room from my sketchbook drawn at MOMA in New York City) Here Are 5 Ideas That Are Giving Me Life This Week   1.  I could let it be…

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Patience is Also An Action and other Feel Good Ideas for You Now

December 11, 2023
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1. Vitamin P is my supplement of choice heading into 2024. If there is one thing I’ve learned in 56 years,  it is that all good things take time.  Friendships.…

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I’m So Sorry: The Grief and Invisible Loss of the Artist + Creator

November 13, 2023
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Photo: Wolfskull Cretive If you are an artist or a writer/creative, I AM SO SORRY.   As I was re-skimming The Artist’s Way for the bajillionth time this week, it hit…

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Reverse Bucket Lists and More

October 25, 2023
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Here are 5 things I’m Extremely KEEN on this week! 1.  Reverse Bucket Lists Rock.  It’s fabulous to have outrageous dreams and goals.  But, sometimes they can overshadow things and…

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You Need A Reverse Bucket List

October 19, 2023
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It’s important and fabulous to have big dreams + ambitious goals.  But, sometimes they can overshadow things and make us feel less satisfied with our lives…or make us chronically feel…

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The Daily Practice That’s Shaped My Life

October 2, 2023
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(The Red Studio by Matisse in my SHINE notebook…I got to see this marvelous painting this week!) Here are 5 things I’m Extremely KEEN on this week! 1.  This Daily…

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Main Character Energy and 36 Questions to Fall In Love with Somebody You Care About

September 26, 2023
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(photo above by Jen Clark) Here are 5 things I’m Extremely KEEN on this week! 1. MAIN Character Energy!  I spoke to an inspiring young human last week who had just…

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Habit Stacks Are Mean to Change

August 28, 2023
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(photo above: Where I do part of my morning routines!) Here are 5 things I’m Extremely KEEN on this week! 1.  Habits Are Never A Forever Thing.  Habit “stacks” (…

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What Do We Do After We Are Done Feeling Our Feelings? Emotionally Focused Therapy

August 23, 2023
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Art (above) by me- PRINTs, MUGs and more HERE. Here are 5 things I’m Extremely KEEN on this week! 1.  Here’s What to do AFTER you feel your feelings.….last week…

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WARNING: Goats Can Get You Very High and Can Lead to Post Event Collapse Syndrome (PECS)

August 15, 2023
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Here are 5 things I’m Extremely KEEN on this week! 1.  Goats Can Get You VERY High.    I had an insanely fun Saturday morning doing GOAT YOGA last weekend thanks…

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Writing Is A Good Way To Find Out What Is Going On Inside of You

August 8, 2023
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(Photo I took in 2018 when I visited the art studio of Nathalie Lete in Paris) 1. Writing Has A FREAKY Way of Revealing What is REALLY Going On with…

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Turquoise Sells and More Wisdom for Aspiring Artists and Creators

August 4, 2023
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Yes I saw the Barbie movie and YES I am going a second time this week.  There was something so delightful and LIFE BRINGING in this movie made by women…

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Sharing Our Hearts Can Be Dangerous, But Not Sharing them Is a Crime

July 17, 2023
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Here is my short list of FEEL GOOD ideas I hope will inspire you!  1.  Sharing our hearts through creativity can be dangerous but not sharing them is a crime. This…

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Some of the Most Brilliant Artists in History Were WOO-WOO and Not Afraid to Show It

July 17, 2023
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(See the goddess Lakshmi above depicted receiving the divine assistance of pachyderms! – Image Metropolitan Museum) I’m a HUGE fan of collaborating with spirit in my life + creative work. …

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W is for Waterboarding: The Gifts of Facing Your Fears at Book Club

July 10, 2023
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With time, we become grateful for absolutely everything because we realize it has set us free.   ~message from a spider 🕷 friend. It sounded harmless.  It was a book club,…

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Choose Your Closest Friends LIke You’re Going to War

July 4, 2023
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Art by me. Purchase original HERE. Here is my short list of FEEL GOOD ideas I hope will inspire you! 1. Choose Your Closest Friends Like You’re Going to War.…

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Nine Ways to Embrace Challenges In Your Midlife Female Friendships

June 26, 2023
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Fostering friendship and connection in your  life is one of the most powerful things you can do for your wellbeing if you are a woman’s or identify as female.  “For…

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When The Going Gets Tough There’s Ceremony

June 25, 2023
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Here is my short list of FEEL GOOD ideas I hope will inspire you! 1. When the Going Gets Tough, There’s Ceremony.  There’s a reason that our culture has ceremonies…

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