It’s simple – really – a practical exercise to cut through the overwhelm

Do you struggle to get everything done in a day, to find time for yourself? How do you cut through the overwhelm? We all know self care is important, but how do you wade through the to-dos and make the time you need to re-charge? It can be simple – really. As I enter the third chapter of my life (I’m hoping I live to at least 90!) I am meeting other like-minded  women. We are no longer willing to be crazy busy doing things because we think we should. Whether you are at this stage of life, or just Continue reading »

Shapes of experience

Do you have a dream you’ve been waiting for? Thirty-nine years ago as a younger woman I visited Saltspring Island with a dream of becoming an artist and a writer.  I travelled the Gulf Islands, walked the beaches and sketched and wrote to my heart’s content.  I returned to my home in Ontario and life (graduate school, raising a family) got in the way of my dream. Recently I returned to Saltspring Island as a woman of 60 with my new identity as an artist and an author.  It got me thinking about what type of writer and artist I would Continue reading »

Fall and Falling in Love

Fall feels to me kind of like falling in love.  It has the qualities of cocooning, discovering new pleasures and of sensuousness.  What does September and the beginning of fall mean to you?  For many it means new beginnings, getting back to familiar routines.  In the Northern hemisphere fall represents the return to cooler weather, to warm colours, delicious oranges, reds and yellows. Here in Nova Scotia the beach is less crowded in the fall.  The people I meet on my fall beach walks are there for the joy of connecting with the beauty of the sand, the ocean, the Continue reading »

What feeds your soul?

Do you have a favourite song?  One of my favourites is What a Wonderful World.  I love the line “I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do?  They’re really saying I love you.”  I’ve been reflecting lately on what brings me joy.  I’m sharing this with you today in hopes it will inspire you to take a look at your life and what brings you joy. What is it about my work as an author, artist, speaker and creative workshop leader that really feeds my soul? When I worked as a homeopath I loved connecting with my patients. Continue reading »

Wonder – and abundance, love and creativity

I’ve been reading The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks and it has me thinking – about wonder. The author talks about letting go of worry in order for abundance, love and creativity to come in. One idea from the book that really interests me is when we worry, what purpose does that worry serve, and what amazing idea is trying to get through? As an artist I love the idea of approaching life with an attitude of curiosity and wonder. I love to ponder questions such as – what would happen if I took a corner of this scene and Continue reading »

Your body hears what your mind says about it

  I’d always believed this at some level. However, it wasn’t until I was recovering from treatment for breast cancer that I really understood it at a deep level. I had been struggling with my scar. It wasn’t the tiny, beautiful scar I had imagined going in to surgery. I had some complications after surgery, plus radiation treatments. These contributed to a bit of a mess quite frankly. I was working very hard to heal and move my life forward in a new direction. But I was feeling blocked. And exhausted. And not like myself. I realized I was angry with Continue reading »

Tenacity, joy & abundance

There is this little grass-like plant that has been growing out of a tiny spot of moss near where the Halifax ferry docks. It has been growing and thriving here for months, through all kinds of weather. It keeps slowly growing. It makes me think of tenacity and opportunity, of making the best of a situation. I imagine it thriving and bringing a spark of joy to greet me each time I cross the harbour. “I’m still here and I’m thriving” it says. “I’m building my life from this little piece of moss.” A lot can be built from a Continue reading »

Sisterhood in the Making

What does being part of a community mean to you? Have you found your communities changing as time goes on? Has your sense of community changed? As life changes, so does our community. When my children were young our community revolved around them and their friends. Our friends were the parents of their friends. In our working life we get a sense of community from co-workers or fellow entrepreneurs. We also can experience community through our religious groups, our hobbies and neighbourhoods. So what happens when the children grow up and leave home, or our spouse dies, or we retire Continue reading »

Playing Full On

When is the last time you played like a child – carefree, full on, with abandon? The ability to play is something I have been thinking about lately. When I ask participants in my Hook a Healing Mat workshops what drew them to take the class, a common theme is the need to learn how to play again, to reconnect with a sense of joy which has been lost due to grief or responsibilities over the years. Here are some of their comments: “Awakening is how I would describe the Healing Mat Workshop. The workshop has re-awakened my creative and spiritual life. Continue reading »

I am enough

What does enough look or feel like? How does it feel to have enough? To be enough?   Do you find yourself needing to sit and relax, but keep thinking of one more thing to do?  Do you accomplish a goal only to race off to the next goal? Or do you take time to sit and appreciate each step in your process before taking another step? If some of this sounds familiar, I hear you. For many years I have had the habit of pushing, always doing just one more thing before I rest. Where does this habit come Continue reading »