CREATIVITY

The Sacred Lens

Tuning into wonder is a lifelong journey that transforms our ordinary days into an extraordinary life. The soul’s lens is composed of genetics, history and perspective. With conscious intent, we can open our eyes to all the little miracles in our midst. As Wayne Dyer...

Gratitude Warrior: 2016 Review

  “In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and...

Everyday Ordinary Magic

Tuning into wonder is a lifelong journey that transforms our ordinary days into an extraordinary life.   Perhaps it is a 3-step process: Observe. Wonder. Praise. Repeat.  Repeat. Repeat. What if we embraced an intentional practice where we train our eyes to see...

Gratitude in an Etch a Sketch Life

My companion for 2016 is one little word: gratitude.  I don’t know how a simple word can manifest its way into one’s life; but I wholeheartedly believe in the power of this practice.  How is your year unfolding? In 77 days we will celebrate and usher in a new year...

Gratitude on an Ordinary Saturday

It wasn’t an extraordinary day.  It was a laundry folding, fridge cleaning, grocery shopping, bill paying, weed pulling, dish washing, flower picking, crepe making ordinary Saturday.  A simple summer day where the teeter-totter of life touched the ground and...

Finding Sacred in the Ordinary

I have had a shake-your-soul couple of weeks.  Last week I attended the Brave Girls Symposium in Boise, Idaho.  There were so many aha moments that I can’t sit still or sleep; but I am going to save my symposium story for another day.  In the meantime, if you...

Letterpress & Laughter

Find the bridge to laughter, awaken the chid within and honor its role & rhythm. Allow laughter to carry you, and to renovate the tender heart spaces with its uplifting wings. My friends rallied to celebrate my birthday recently.  Their planning was genius and we...

And, I Quote: Wonder Words on Creativity

For four years I have been spinning a web of words here.  This is my creative anchor but I still haven’t cracked the code on a real breakthrough.  I believe it is all about the practice:  day by day (or let’s be realistic hour by hour).  The routine is...

My One Little Word: 2015

Hope you are stepping into the New Year with a joyful heart.  Perhaps you read my last post about the one little word initiative as an alternative to resolutions. I was feeling some pressure to find my word since the calendar flipped.  A friend suggested I simply...

Living with Intention

Today’s all about reflecting on 2014 and being grateful for its blessings.  Did you select one little word* for 2014 and invite it along for this trip around the sun?  I rambled about my word back in a first quarter review so I intend to keep this brief today. ...

Sacred Words: Honoring a Bright Light

 Honoring the poetic and insightful voice of Maya Angelou today. So many cherished quotes are rooted in her wisdom. Her lyrical words will live on and on. “When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how we feel, how...

Word Dance: Poetry Month Farewell

April is slipping away which means National Poetry month will be an official wrap at the stroke of midnight.  I love e.e. cummings.  Maybe its his clever double vowel name or its lowercase beauty. Perhaps its his poetic precision.  Please promise me you will click...

One Little Word: First Quarter Check Up

Well here we are… 25% into 2014.  Time seems to move like the fast forward button on an old cassette player.  Remember when music lived on tapes?  Or perhaps you are too young?!!  Oh, how I loved making mix tapes and then mix cds. “Every mix tape tells a story....

Witness the Light: Shine On

Last week I was privileged to watch my friends shine.  Isn’t it a marvel to see people share their gifts and authentically pour their heart and soul into something?  Of course I know that to make it appear effortless there is an enormous amount of work behind...

Creative… with Poetry

Do you know writers who can pour their words directly into your soul?  As if they actually turn the proverbial light on. Or perhaps they bring you to the brink of tears or ledge of laughter?  Writers whose words weave into a story, poem, lyric or simple...

New Year, New Word

There is one little word that has been surfacing a lot lately.  When it pops up it often pins me in a corner and it makes me squirm.  You see when this word weaves its way to me through questions and I don’t always have thoughtful answers.   Last weekend we saw...

Take a Hike & Rock Art

Today the scales tipped: stress outweighed smiles.  My mind raced and I ranted.  My new little manifesto flew out the window.  I laced up my running shoes and hit the trails at a local state park.  The palpable shift to calm arrived when the lush green space absorbed...

An Ordinary Manifesto

1man·i·fes·to noun ˌma-nə-ˈfes-(ˌ)tō plural man·i·fes·tos or man·i·fes·toes a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer source: Merriam-Webster It has never dawned on me that I need a personal vision statement… Never...

Light & Love: Forever

Sending light, love and prayers to Oklahoma.  Tragic devastation.  My heart breaks for anyone suffering today without the loved ones they held close yesterday. the days go by with so many little things that don’t seem to matter until they’re no longer...

One Broken Elbow; Multiple Silver Linings

Silver Lining a metaphor for optimism in the common English-language idiom, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” The universe harshly reminded my daughter that she is a dancer; not a gymnast. One dislocated elbow and a subsequent fracture delivered the...

The Creative Self

“Each of us possesses a creative self. Claiming that is a transformational art. When you begin to act on your creativity, what you find inside may be more valuable than what you produce for the external world. The ultimate creative act is to express what is most...

Saturday Snapshots: 7.21.2012

Gratitude: my word of the day. I am grateful for InStep Physical Therapy & Running Center for planning today’s long run in preparation for the fall marathon.  The Delafield branch of InStep planned an awesome route (many lake side miles) and set up two aid...

Track & Ballet

Since I am still in Oakbrook and unfamiliar with the best running areas I selected the next door mall, Oakbrook Terrace as the scene for my mini track workout this morning.   Creative in training!  I ran the mall perimeter for a warm-up and cool down. I used the upper...

Boston Terrier: Mini Me

“Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.”   ~Plautus Emma received this little Boston Terrier statue as a birthday gift last year. We laughed hysterically staging a little photo shoot with Missy and her statue...

Les Misérables: Epic Creativity

“I know a place where no one’s lost, I know a place where no one cries, Crying at all is not allowed, Not in my castle on a cloud.” Castle on a Cloud Lyrics Our house has been filled with Les Misérables music all summer.  Emma is a beggar in the...

Diverting

“The mind ought sometimes to be diverted that it may return to better thinking.” -Phaedrus If there was a theme to my week it was… diverting.  We were ready for 4th of July celebrations but our plans changed and we ended up in the office.  All set...

Marble Nail Polish

Emma and a friend were bored and asking for advice on what they should do… I suggested they should go running!  With a high today of 102 they frowned at me.  I helpfully gave them the opportunity to join me in cleaning a utility closet in the basement (imagine...

Color Me Happy!

I am designating this week: teen project week!  Every day the girls will research a project they want to tackle and we will document the results.  Today they found a link on Pinterest for a crayon melt canvas (source link provided at the end of this post). Color me...

Love is a Verb

“I want you to live fully, love well, let go deeply, and know that you matter. Let’s re-discover the extraordinary in everyday life, every day. No urgent striving, just amazing being. Inhale lightness. Exhale heaviness.” – Patti Digh If you...

Dance Dance Dance

Recital weekend for the studio where my daughter spends a lot of time!   This is, hands down, her favorite “art” form and the love extends to all genres:  jazz, contemporary, tap, ballet, pointe and hip hop.  As a music enthusiast, I loved the show’s...

Wander

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien May is unfolding in a whirl of craziness. I feel like I have too many commitments and the overwhelm is impeding my judgement on where to start and how to follow-through.  Or, maybe I am just...

Sacred Creative Space

I had a brief philosophical discussion recently with a brilliant real-life artist about how she manages her creative space.  I was surprised to hear that she often feels the overwhelm of too much stuff.  From my perspective, her beautiful studio space is magazine...

Poem in Your Pocket

Preparing to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 26.  National Poetry Month is wrapping up and the last hurrah for many poetry fans is Poem In Your Pocket Day, or so I have heard!  I guess the concept is to celebrate poetry by tucking a favorite poem into your...

Running Tunes

I loved creating mix tapes back in the day.  Oddly I still have some and it was fun to peak back at them and see my clever (ha) names for each. What a flood of memories.  Obviously I transitioned to mix cds and created several over the years with a...

Giant Bubble Magic

No musing today (promise)… just straight to the creative endeavor of the day!   I am hoping this is one project will have widespread appeal!  Seriously, who doesn’t like bubbles?   I did a little online research for inspiration and found the best tutorial...

Meditation

“Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.”  ~Chinese Proverb I am a self-proclaimed and life-long spaz (is that a word?).  Sometimes that energy is helpful (like when I have a long to-do list) and sometimes I am sure it annoys...

Gratitude

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart How could I follow-up yesterday’s fail post?  Shifting my focus from my failures, deficiencies, flaws, etc. to gratitude (for all of it!).  Making every...

Creative Fail: Collage Project

But the bright light of the day?  Laughing with friends and picking up The Hunger Games soundtrack at Starbucks.  I love movie soundtracks as much as I like vinyl records.  Top five movie soundtracks that come to mind? P.S. I Love You 500 Days of Summer I Am Sam...

Surprise!

“Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we will be able to treat life as art.” – Maya Angelou Tonight our creative goal: surprise a friend by showing up at her HITS Horse show in...

Jodi Picoult Event

Acclaimed author Jodi Picoult: up-close and personal!   Today Emma and I attended a book signing, reading and discussion sponsored by Books & Company, an independently-owned Oconomowoc book store.  The event started with a reading from her brand new book Lone...

Elizabeth Gilbert on Nurturing Creativity

This Elizabeth Gilbert TED talk came into my path today.  As you know Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of the amazing Eat, Pray, Love and several other books.  She delivered this TED talk in 2009 about musings on the topic of creativity.  I pulled my copy of Eat, Pray,...

Creative in the Kitchen: Honey Grain Bread Recipe

Remember in Kindergarten when you learned all about the five senses?!!   The traditional five senses are taste, smell, sight, touch and hearing, a classification attributed to Aristotle.  I don’t remember the Aristotle part from my Kindergarten teacher but I do...

A Visit with Kelly….

I am a wee bit embarrassed to admit this but I have watched 48 sitcom episodes since Dec. 25 when Modern Family season 1 and season 2 appeared on the iPad as a funny (literally funny) gift from my husband.  I am a late adopter.  And, tonight was the last episode of...