Quiet

The Importance of Quiet

Hectic World, Hectic Mind With all the changes that have been happening in my world, I’ve just put my head down and gotten to work. The work of unpacking, the work of settling, the work of making life for my kids as familiar as possible…. work, work, work. There’s so much going on that when…

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Surviving Winter

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.…

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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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Creative Everyday ~ Photography

Years ago I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and so many of the recommended practices from that book have stayed with me. There’s a simple idea she recommends that she calls an Artist Date: heading out alone with the sole purpose of inspiration. Doing something you really love to do or exploring something…

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Life Is A Journey

On Friday I took my kids to see the new movie Inside Out. Coincidentally, the movie hit super close to home because it was about a family who moved from Minnesota to California (the exact opposite of the move we just made). I got a little nervous that it was going to stir up some…

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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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