Blog - Posts tagged: helpful tools

Avoiding Cliffs: What to do When Fears Are Holding You Back

Focussing your attention on the manageable next steps

We tend to get way ahead of ourselves—thinking many, many steps ahead or of worst-case scenarios. We attempt to protect ourselves by imagining all that can go wrong or of all the difficulties that can come our way. We stare at the biggest cliff we can find and then recoil back from it, justifying why we shouldn’t take action toward what we want if it will lead to that. So what to do?

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Daily Painting & the Power of Routine

Using the power of routine to get back on track

The beginning of the summer marked a low point for me, and over the past few months, I have edged my way back to creating by making a routine for my weeks. It’s not an understatement to say the simple act of painting each morning and knowing how I planned to spend the rest of my day helped me to get back on solid ground.

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Finding Mental Clarity in a Bustling World

Using word maps to help clear your mind and move past overwhelm

I came about these naturally, through necessity. They are simply diagrams where I write an area of concern, put a circle around it, and then begin adding everything I am thinking of related to that topic.

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Creating a Daily Gratitude Practice

How to feel more grateful with just a one-minute commitment each day

Keep it simple and easy – Nearly three years ago, I began a daily gratitude practice and have been doing it ever since. I have found that the trick to sticking to it, is to create a very low barrier to actually doing it. Keep it super quick and easy to do – we’re talking one minute of your day.

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Affordable Ways to Refill Your Creative Well

20+ low-cost ideas to fuel your creativity and feel inspired

After many times pushing past the point of creative health and finding myself burnt out or with no ideas/inspiration, I have learned to listen better to the warning signs. These are things that can help you to slow down, restore your energy and focus, and find new inspiration.

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Free Ways to Refill Your Creative Well

20+ ways to get inspired in your creative life and work, without spending or buying a thing

After countless times of pushing past the point of creative health and finding myself burnt out or with no ideas/inspiration, I have learned to listen better to the warning signs. These are things that can help you to slow down, restore your energy and focus, and find new inspiration.

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Where Do Your Creative Ideas Come From?

How the concept of a ‘Creative Well’ can be a useful tool

In my experience, it’s not only where your ideas come from that matters, but whether you are able to tap into them, make connections between them, and take action on them. In other words, you must have space, attention, AND ideas to draw from. To help navigate this, I’d like to look at the idea of a creative well. I have found this to be such a powerful and helpful visualization because it’s so tangible.

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On the Need For Space in the Creative Process

How I navigated a recent need for space in my creative process

There is a time for taking action and creating work, and there is also a time for rest and seeking new ideas. It is so important that you learn to trust yourself to know which you need at any given time. 

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Change is Possible: Creating Positive Affirmations

How you can use positive affirmations to make deep and lasting changes in your life over time

As an add-on to your daily meditation or journaling practice, you can create daily positive affirmations. These may be short sayings you have come across elsewhere that resonate with you, or they may be rewritings of your own very personal fears and limiting stories.

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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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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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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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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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