Feeling Empowered

Inspired and Grateful “Here’s to strong women, may we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” -Unknown Last month, I was sitting on the couch with a glass of wine enjoying the Golden Globe Awards on TV when Oprah Winfrey came onstage to accept her lifetime achievement award. She talked about women.…

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Deanne Williamson Painting

Getting Down To Work

A New Series Don’t you love a clean slate, a new chapter, a blank page? That’s how I always feel as the new year approaches. There’s just something about a new year that makes me want to start fresh. I start making lists and setting intentions. One ritual I have, and I know a lot…

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True Calling

“That’s f@#&ing amazing!” Those are the words my husband said to me when I told him about an email I had received. But I should back up and start this story from the beginning. A new Minneapolis friend of mine (whom I had only met briefly) graciously went out of her way to invite me…

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Winter Renewal

Living in Minnesota has given me such a wonderful new appreciation for Mother Nature. When you’re a visual person and you are surrounded by ever-changing scenery, there is no shortage of inspiration. I wrote about summer’s illumination here and I documented the awakenings of Fall here. Today I want to talk about Winter. There is…

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Like My Mom

“Those paintings remind me of Mom.” We were sitting in my living room and my brother was looking at three of my paintings that were hanging on the wall. It was so touching to hear him say that because in that very moment I had a huge epiphany. “Yeah they do look like Mom.” I…

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Embracing Change

Sometimes things happen in life and you wonder about the reasons. You look for the lesson. Change. It happens to everyone. Sometimes you are looking for change and sometimes change forces itself upon you and you hastily have to adjust. I can’t help but think of change when I look out my window each day…

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A Matter of Perspective

“YOU MOVED FROM CALIFORNIA TO MINNESOTA? WHY??” That is the question we have been asked most frequently this summer. Followed by, “Do you know how cold it gets here?” I was even told at a dinner party by a (I’m assuming) well-meaning fellow guest that I would need “lots of wine and Prozac” to get…

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Finding The Light

Every January I pick a word that sets my intention for the coming year. This year I picked the word “light”. I wasn’t entirely sure why I picked it, I only knew that I wanted to get more in touch with my inner light and try to bring it to every situation I encountered. Teaching,…

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Art Wishes and San Miguel Dreams

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver I received a newsletter in December from my favorite art journaling teacher Orly Avineri. In it, she listed all the workshops she would be teaching for the entire coming year. Orly is a fantastically magnetic artist…

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Perfection Is Overrated

I have a confession to make: Sometimes I leave a pile of clean laundry on a chair in my bedroom. Unfolded. For days. And sometimes I put on my running clothes but instead of running I go get a muffin and a latte. And sometimes I crawl back under the covers instead of getting my…

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