Articles on Creativity

2 December 2019

4 Strategies for cutting through the overwhelm

Grounding

Do you have tools you regularly use when life gets busy? Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed and find yourself spinning your wheels instead of accomplishing what needs to get done. Here are 4 strategies I teach and that I find personally helpful at these times. Taking time to breathe. When I get too busy I […]

20 November 2019

Making room

Self Portrait Detail portraying an open heart

How do you make room in your life for new things to happen? Recently we invited our son and his wife to move in with us. They are saving to buy a home and were living in a mould-infested rental property. This adjustment has resulted in a huge making room event in our home. Having […]

1 November 2019

The power of the collective

Maman sculpture in Ottawa, Ontario

Do you work alone? As a writer and artist I spend most of my days creating in my home studio (otherwise known as my dining room, my sunroom and on nice days on my deck). Some days I facilitate or attend a seminar or lunch and learn, but for the most part it’s my pets […]

16 October 2019

What draws you in?

I have a friend who is fascinated with lichen. She is an artist and is exploring lichen in her work. I love the beach. I love to walk on the beach. I love the feel of sand in my toes and the sound of the waves as I walk. What I love most about the […]

3 September 2019

Unexpected beauty

Unexpected beauty

Unexpected beauty can arrive in many forms. All we need to do is to take the time to notice and feel the joy of it. Unexpected beauty can come in the form of the perfect shade of violet in a flower, or a snapdragon growing from a crack in the foundation of your home, or […]

13 August 2019

Summer balance

How do you balance making the most of summer – the warmth, the fullness of this glorious weather, enjoying the soporific heat – with making sure you get stuff done? I’ve spent this summer working on leaning into joy. I’ve been enjoying getting to know my new dog Nita, walking her, spending time with her. […]

3 July 2019

Does Creativity have a Season?

Hand spun yarns & fabrics hand dyed

What is your most creative season? Mine is summer. I wrote both of my first two books in the summers of 2016 and 2017. Summer brings to mind sensations of warmth, less clothing, feeling unencumbered by extra layers. There is more time for beach walking, for planning fall teaching and speaking, and for impromptu gatherings […]

5 June 2019

May You Live in Interesting Times

Burano, Italy 2019

What story are you telling through the work you do? What inspires you and gives purpose and meaning to your life? My vacation to Croatia, Venice and Florence in May of 2019 had me thinking about these questions and more. Croatia had amazing natural beauty. It also had sharp contrasts, being a country that was […]

29 April 2019

Ode to a friend I never met

Love Letter 3 detail

This blog post is dedicated to a friend I never met. It is about the power of social media to help us find kindred spirits, living each day fully and with love and speaking and acting with principle and conviction. I first met Teva Harrison through hearing her interviewed by Shelagh Rogers on The Next […]