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How to Stand Strong and Rise Above Criticism

A few words to help you keeping going as you grow into and learn to live your best life

As you begin to put yourself and your work out into the world, it is very likely that you will encounter criticism – some helpful, and some startling and crushing. I am here to tell you that you are strong, you are brave. You can find those who support you and your work. You can keep going. I hope this post will help you learn to manage the criticism in a way that keeps it separate from your sense of self-worth and allows you to become stronger and more sure-footed each time.

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Money is Not Your Only Resource

So often, our default seems to be to want ‘more’. It becomes important to ask whether you do, in fact, want more – and then, to ask more of what and why?

We recently came to a realization around money and resources that upturned everything… A few seasons ago, we went for a weekend morning walk in a wealthy Montreal neighbourhood. There were beautiful cars, well-heeled women hurrying into full restaurants for brunch, and armloads of boutique shopping bags.

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The Importance of Kindness

A few thoughts about giving care to the energy you send out into the world around you

I have come to consider kindness crucial to living well and happily. Much as we have come to see time as sacred and to be cherished, your energy is also limited and, therefore, sacred. Your energy and the energy of those around you has an enormous impact on your sense of well-being and your ability to do your best work. 

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Creating a Daily Journaling Practice

Making time to check in with yourself daily can help you stay guided and activated each day

Journaling is a way to process your experiences and reflect on how things are going. It allows you to look at where it is that you want to go and what it is that you dream of doing. It is a way of dialing into what is most important to you, how you feel, and what you want most.

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Undoing Perfectionism

How I overcame my perfectionism to make more, better-quality work… and became a happier person in the process

Over the course of starting my own business and finding my creative flow as an artist and maker, I have ended up learning a lot about perfectionism. It is something I’ve come to know very well – both from encountering it in myself and from seeing those around me really struggle with it.

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Living in the Present While Working Toward a Future Vision

Being present and enjoying your life as it is now while dreaming of what can be

Ah, this is a difficulty that comes about when you have a plan that you’re very excited about or a milestone you can’t wait to reach! It is also a natural part of playing the long game.

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Gestural Landscape Paintings

Creating a series of landscapes in 20-brushstrokes or less

I am always looking for little exercises or studio tasks to get over the fear of getting started and to get me into a feeling of creative flow. I find anything that is low-pressure and enjoyable works well.

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The Happy Accidents Between Prints

Allowing new ideas to reveal themselves to you within your creative process

You never know where that next idea will come from. Slowing down and paying attention during the various steps of your creative process just might spark something that takes your work in a new direction. I thought I’d share some of my happy accidents with you…

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Defining a Clear Vision for Your Life Path

Creating a vision board or vision story

I’m sure you have heard of creating a vision board, before. But, if you haven’t, it’s a motivational tool that helps you visualize where it is you are going and what you want most in life. They are a very effective tool.

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The Art of Showing Up and Doing the Work

How to get out of your own way and start creating the work that lights you up

I have found that the absolute best way to learn is by doing… by making a lot of work, imperfectly. This can be a challenging thing to do. Here, I share some of my observations, learnings, and advice to help you along the way.

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