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Creating in Community

I have a confession, I have reached a point where I have run out of words. I know it won’t last but it is uncomfortable just the same. Here I am supposed to be writing something inspiring to you the reader- even that sounds drab and unexciting. But I could not think of what to […]

Cheering Creative Self On

This week I pushed myself past my perceived limits with mountain biking in Quebec. On the first day on our trip we headed out to the trails at the foot of Mont Saint Anne and within minutes of being on the trail I tipped over, unable to unclip my shoes from the pedals while going […]

Getting Past Creative Road Blocks

  These past weeks my family and I have been doing a lot of cycling together. While not unusual for me to cycle a lot – I began cycling again as an adult in my late twenties I tend to stick to my comfort zone in the way that I ride. For example, my kids […]

Expanding Creative Brain

    The picture above is from Dusk Dances here in Toronto.  Every year I go to see an array of creative performances.  They inspire me to look at the world through a different lens.  In the dance above, the dance released tiny bubble like balloons into the air at significant points in the dance. […]

Create like a child

    The other week the children’s mental health agency I work at had its annual Family Fair where families from the community were invited to our centre for activities and fun with their children. I was helping out at the community mural which we do every year and once again was privy to the […]

Affirmations for Self

      The other day I was talking with a social worker friend and colleague about affirmations and how useful they can be. It may sound kind of hokey or cliche but they actually can work. It’s not just about focusing on the positive but rather it’s about replacing scripts that don’t serve you. […]

Holding Space

Last week we talked about the importance of permission for beginning the creative process.  We may want to have a regular creative practice, however, waiting for everything to be perfect and “aligned” is not realistic.  Let’s face it there will always be room for excuses not to start as long as we do not give […]

Creative Potential

  I have been doing a lot of gardening lately. Indoors I have been planting seeds excitedly waiting for them to germinate, sprout and grow.  Outdoors I have been preparing the soil: getting rid of weeds,  supplementing the soil, preparing the bed.  I check on what I’ve planted daily; pots of soil, with seeds yet […]

Preparing To Create

  Yesterday in my Visual Journal Journey workshop I introduced participants to art journaling and getting their art journal ready for expressing themselves in.  For many of them it was their first art journal entry ever!  The blank page was daunting to say the least.  Knowing where to begin was difficult but as the two […]

Journey into Self

Last weekend I guided some muses in exploring their inner wisdom through intuitive painting.  Many were uncertain that working on one painting for the duration of the workshop was possible.  The blank paper staring at them brought out a host of insecurities and of course voices of inner critics chimmed in.   Guided visualization was […]