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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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Knowing & Living Your Values – Part 2

The values driving everything I do – in life and in business

My values run through all areas of my life. They are a through-line to everything that I am, strive to be, and do. They are represented in how I show up, how I interact with others, the things that I wear, and the work that I make.

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Knowing & Living Your Values – Part 1

Finding your values

Why do I think it’s important to know your values? When you know them, you will feel grounded in your life and clear on where you want to put your energy and on how you want to show up.Your values become a check by which you can ensure all areas of your life are aligned.

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Crafting Paintings from Personal Memories

Capturing the essential and filling in the gaps where no photos exist

Personal stories and memories are becoming increasingly the thread that runs through all the work that I create – whether the story be mine or a client’s.

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Shifting Your Emotions

Moving from a place of negativity to a place of positive action

This is a simple little exercise I do when I am feeling overwhelmed by negative emotions.

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Between Cities

A new series reflecting on loss, memory, seasons, and journeys

I have been spending much time in the studio working on a new series of landscapes. The images are based on photos, sketches, notes, and memories of the drive between Ottawa and Montreal, which I did so much of over the year that my mom was sick. While there were many different layers of that year’s experience that I could choose to represent in the work, it was the feeling of watching the seasons pass by along the road that I kept coming back to as core to my own personal story.

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Tuning in to Your Guiding Energy

How you can feel accompanied and guided day-to-day

Your Guiding Energy is the essence of all that you aspire to be, how you intend to show up in your life, who you dream most to be, what you most wish to do. You can channel it anytime you need to. For comfort or for strength, it is available to you whenever you need.

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