Archive: Creativity

August 19, 2018

Vibrant Living

vibrant living

What makes you feel alive?

What replenishes you and fills you up?

Are you living a life that energizes and excites you?

With everything going on in the world and so many things competing for our time and energy it’s easy to feel depleted. It’s easy to just go through the motions. But so many of us are wanting more. So many of us are wanting to feel more vitality, more joy, more connection…

Nikki Weaver and I are excited to announce our next one day retreat for women -

Vibrant Living

Together we will explore self-care, passion, pleasure and joy.

You’ll leave feeling nourished and connected and with a plan for living your own vibrant life!

Nikki will be leading us in yoga before and after our lunch break.

I’ll be asking questions and leading exercises to explore passion, presence and getting clear about what you want in your life.

There will be mindfulness, guided meditation, and a sound bath.

There will be time to share, to listen, to reflect and to connect with other women.

For lunch we’ll walk to a local restaurant to socialize and sit with each other in community.

We are so excited about this offering!

Nikki and I have been exploring what it means to live with presence, pleasure and purpose in our own lives. We are committed to living vibrant lives. In the last year we have been gathering with women and exploring these themes together. And we are excited to explore them with YOU!

Here are Some Logistics -

October 6th 10am-5pm

The retreat is limited to 10 women

The location is NE Portland. We will send you the address after you register.

The cost is $150

(lunch at a local restaurant is included)

This retreat is SOLD OUT!

This is our last retreat of 2018. We are so grateful for the women who have been gathering with us. If you are ready for a day of nourishment and connection we hope you will join us!

March 5, 2014

Have You Forgotten Who You Are?

Remember Yourself

Where do you fit in with the rest of your life?

Do you place your energy and time elsewhere?

Are you busy taking care of children or attending to a partner or focusing on family or working yourself to exhaustion?

Even if you do end up with a bit of free time, do you struggle with how to spend it?  Can you really justify lounging on the couch, walking in the sunshine or taking an art class when there are so many “shoulds” to do?

Or when gifted with time, do you even wonder HOW to spend it?  Have you forgotten what you like?  Have you forgotten who you are?

As a mama and a business owner, I know it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle.  You are scheduling things for you child, attending to her needs and scheduling things for your business and making sure it moves along…but what about yourself?

Are you confusing what you “do” with who you “are”? Who are YOU?

If you’ve forgotten who you are, here are some things that may help you remember.

  • Play – For real. Laugh, sing, dance, play.
  • JournalWrite it out. How do you feel? What do you want? What do you like? Who are you?
  • Collage – Create! Thumb through magazines and pull images that speak to you.  Ask yourself who you are as you turn the pages and see what speaks to you.  Put the images on paper and place your collage somewhere you can see it and remember.
  • Connect to your body – What feels good? What excites you? What nurtures you? What replenishes you? Be in your body.
  • Slow down – Breathe, take a bath, take a walk, do some yoga, sit.
  • Ask someone you trust – “How do you see me?” or “I’m feeling really overwhelmed (or tired or depleted) and I’m forgetting who I am. Can you remind me?”

I also like to gather in a sacred circle or with a group of women.  An evening with my closest friends reminds me of who I am.  I also feel very connected to myself and who I am when I’m in Paris (not something I can do all the time, but it helps to know if you have a place that reminds you of who you are).

The things that remind me of who I am are different than things that just make me feel good.  All of the above make me feel good too…but they go deeper than just joy or self-care.

Make your own list. What reminds you of who you are?  How can you stay connected so you don’t forget yourself?  Do you need to reprioritize?

If you need a little support, my  class, “Shower Yourself with Love” will help you remember who you are and turn up the volume on self-love!

Filed under: Creativity, Emotions, Pleasure, Self-love, Support — admin @ 3:10 pm

February 11, 2013

DIY Love

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.

How will you celebrate?

Are you stressed about finding the right gift, not having enough money or not quite knowing how to express your love?

How about an easy (and loving) homemade gift?

Create a Memory Jar or Love Bowl for your partner.

My siblings and I created a memory jar for my parents this Christmas.

We wrote down our favorite memories, things we love about them and things we appreciate.  We cut those into small pieces of paper, put them in a jar and added a ribbon.

The finished project looked like this and gave them fun memories to read about and share.

memory jar

You can do a variation on the memory jar by filling it with things you love about your partner, things for which you are grateful or loving quotes.  You can use a pretty bowl, a nice basket or any other container to house your sweet sentiments.

This is an inexpensive and meaningful way to make your valentine feels special.

Filed under: Creativity, Gratitude, Holidays, Love, Relationship, Romance — admin @ 11:34 am

June 9, 2011

Sex and Creativity – 2 Life Forces. A Video Postcard from the Musee D’Orsay.

Oh  Musee D’Orsay!

D'Orsay web

I wish I had been allowed to take pictures of the wonderful art and lighting and architecture inside.  Here is a video from the official site that will give you an idea.

When I left the museum I felt energized.  I started to think of art and creativity and sexuality.  I think sexuality and creativity are in the same family and I made a  video postcard to explain what I mean.

When I finished my video, I crossed the Seine to head to my metro station and found these love padlocks.

Love locks web

Paris is a city that is alive with art, creativity, sexuality and romance!  You don’t have to come to Paris (although I do recommend it) to wake up your sexual or creative life force.  Try going to your local museum, spending some time in a art supply store or even watching a movie that inspires (or titillates you).

Filed under: Creativity, Paris, Sexuality, Video — admin @ 12:50 pm