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What if we trusted?

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My old frenemy anxiety has been creeping in lately, and I wrote this in my journal last week while I attempted to untangle my anxious thought knots on paper. What would happen if we completely trusted? It’s worth thinking about. 

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What would happen if we completely trusted? What would happen if we had faith in the process of life?

What if we trusted that we are loved and lovable even when we don’t feel like it?

What if we trusted that we had enough and that we always would have enough? (more…)

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New Painting: “Breathing”

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I took the winter off from painting without really meaning to. I just didn’t feel like painting the same thing I’d been doing for awhile, but I wasn’t sure what I DID want to paint. So I spent a quiet winter in resting, reading lots of books, working on creative writing projects, and spending lots of time with friends and family. I knew I’d feel like painting again when the time was right.

It’s ok to go through different creative seasons.

When I felt like painting again, I looked around for inspiration. I knew I needed to go in a slightly different direction, but I wasn’t sure where. (more…)

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How Art Heals Us

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“Pink Blossoms” 8x10x.5 Acrylic on Canvas
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Walking into an art gallery for me is like walking into a church. The chatter in my mind slows and eventually silences.

I feel the broken parts of my spirit pull together. The scratches and scuffs on my soul smooth over, any emotional bruises fade and I fill myself with light. Even if parts of the world are depressing, the honesty and truth I find in images created by other humans is a balm.

It reminds me of how much I truly need art and beauty. It’s not an option, but an essential nutrient every bit as vital to my wellbeing as protein, calcium, vitamin A.

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A Winter Underground…and a Spring Awakening

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The sight and scent of new spring blossoms always reminds me of who I am: a creator.

This is when I start to feel like myself again. 

My old friend Seasonal Affective Disorder showed up at her usual time in late November, dumped her bags on my doorstep, and settled in for a winter in each other’s intimate company. She’s packing up her things now, we exchange parting words and she leaves a few extra pounds about my hips and thighs as her usual parting gift.

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9 Tips to Make Your New Years Goals Happen

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“The Fire Inside” 24x30x1.5 Acrylic and String on Canvas
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We’re two weeks into 2015! How are your lovely New Years goals and plans going? Are you on your way to reaching your goals, or have you fallen off the wagon? It’s totally ok if you have. The beauty of falling off the wagon is that you can always get right back on. Jump on that hayride whenever you want.

Do what you can today, this week, right now.

9 Tips for Making Your New Years Goals Happen:

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