rediscovering the joys of childhood

What if our path to joy as adults involves remembering what we really truly loved as children? 

Martha Beck, in her book Finding Your Way in a Wild New World : reclaim your true nature to create the life you want, encourages readers to consider what they loved as children as a way to determine their paths to living a life of meaning.

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an oracle reading for this week

My favorite way to do a weekly oracle reading with the Faces of the Divine Feminine Oracle is to draw three cards. The first card on top is the theme for the week. The second card (on the left) is the quality to call on during the week to navigate challenges. And the third card (on the right) is the quality that will enhance your life experience this week. Below I've included the entire passage from the deck for Intuition, along with excerpts from Sacred and Desire, so that you can consider how these qualities can work together for you this week.

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celebrating the launch of my meditation shop

I am celebrating the launch of my new meditation shop by offering a free guided meditation.Strange thing: I've been writing and recording meditations since 2011. And it's always been my intent to eventually offer these for sale, but there has always been something that's gotten in my way. For and foremost: It's awkward listening to my own voice recorded.

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a conversation in two parts

Sometimes, when I get stuck working on a piece, my way of getting unstuck is to meander through my collection of old papers--maps, journal pages, sheet music, and scraps of old poems I wrote. Last week I found this old poem is my collection. I think I wrote it in 2015 or 2016. You can read the poem in full below the image and then see some close-ups of how I incorporated the words into my mixed media work.

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seeking failure

Last fall, when asked to talk about my creative business failures in a women’s business group I’m part of, I realized that I didn’t have any. Not because I’m so super-fabulous and amazing, but because I couldn’t recall a time recently when I’ve put myself out there in any way that would allow for me to fail. This wasn’t a terribly surprising realization. I’ve written before on this blog about how I stopped writing as a young adult after having a few poems rejected by literary journals. So, I already knew I was risk-averse. But I’d never stopped to consider how this was impacting my desire to share my work with the world and do big things.

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notes on inspiration and the creative process

Last week, I was working on a new piece that I’m calling Behold the Tulip Queen.The idea for the piece seemed to pop into my head fully formed, which made me curious about where my ideas come from (and more generally, where Ideas comes from.) Being trained in hypnotherapy last year made me think a lot about the creative unconscious— how this part of our mind works behind the scenes and is especially involved in problem-solving and the creative process.

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finding joy through losing yourself in deep play

One of my favorite ways to spend my time is doing things that cause me to lose myself and find myself at the same time. Yesterday, this was me: sitting on the couch for four hours straight, working on a new painting for my fairytale series. When it was time for me to leave the house and make my way to my office for the afternoon, it felt a little like I was emerging from hibernation.

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January is new beginnings

2018 is off to a beautiful beginning. After a few weeks of very cold temperatures here in Iowa, I feel like I’m harmonizing with the slow rhythms of winter. I’ve got hot tea and cozy socks, my journal and sketchbook, and I’m two-thirds of the way through Women Who Run with the Wolves.

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December and the fallow field

One of the things I’ve been learning over the past few years is how to be in harmony with the seasons.As my awareness of self has increased through meditation and journaling and introspective observations, I’ve noticed that my energy levels ebb and flow dramatically with the seasons. Spring and summer are ripe with creative energy. Seeds are planted, and then tended. Things grow and blossom. These rhythms were particularly distinct this year. 

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The Oracle arrives! And a Black Friday sale occurs.

The long-awaited Faces of the Divine Feminine Oracle has finally arrived! And it’s even more beautiful in person than I’d expected. There was a bit of an exciting moment on Wednesday as I was waiting for the delivery to arrive at my home and I happened to look out my window to see the Fed Ex delivery guy wheeling a tower of boxes to my neighbor’s doorstep.

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reflections on gentleness and the creative process

My word for 2017 is gentleness. I came to this word-of-the-year after spending last December reflecting on what wasn’t working in my life. I was doing too much, working almost constantly; and when I wasn’t working, I felt like I should be working. Full of so many ideas and inspirations, my energy flying off in a million different directions, and unable to really follow through with any of my ideas, I was exhausted and overwhelmed and in dire need of a long rest.

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listening to your heart; birthing dreams

Once upon a time, I wanted to be a writer. I don’t know where this dream came from exactly; it’s been with me since I was young. Since the time when I believed I could do anything. It’s strange now to recall the un-self-conscious confidence I had then, because it’s so foreign to my adult self. My child self though— she had that mix of non-attachment and self-assurance I would pay good money to get back. 

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seeking the divine feminine through the art of deep play

This summer has been rich with deep exploration of my purpose in life and my purpose in my work. Journals have been filled with explorations of the threads connecting my work as an artist and my work as a therapist and how both of these aspects of my work flow directly from my values: connection with others, deep play, self-discovery, creative expression, transformation, beauty, and heart-centered living. 

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new website and a new blog

July marks my three year blog-iversary. Since summer of 2014 I've been blogging, sometimes more regularly than others, on topics related to the exploration of living a heart-centered life. Over the past several months, as my focus has shifted more and more toward my artwork and ways to incorporate my two passions- creativity and personal growth/healing- I've realized that I'd outgrown my previous blog and wanted something more closely tied to creative exploration and healing

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adventures in charcoal portraiture

On the first day of June, I found myself longing for some charcoal sketching, which I hadn't really done since the winter and then only briefly. I decided, rather impetuously, to complete one portrait sketch per day for the month of June as a way of improving my drawing skills and my eye.

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