Blog - Posts tagged: living meaningfully

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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Maker Interview: Fine Art Photographer Morgane CG

A conversation about the need to create, making sense of uncommon life paths, overcoming imposter syndrome, and the meditation of creative flow

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Playing with Paper: Exploring Chine-Collé

Paper collage made with a printing press and Japanese papers

It can be easy to forget to share the behind-the-scenes of what we are working on. These things can give a glimpse into the artistic process and into other ways of working that can be very enlightening and inspiring to others. So, I thought I’d share with you here a few recent explorations I made in chine-collé as well pictures of the shared studio space in which I often work

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Finding Wisdom and Strength in Your Mistakes

Life lessons from something that seemed like a good idea, but wasn’t

I recently made a decision to do something that I later regretted. In hindsight, I can see that my intuition was warning me (quietly) that it was not the right move. All the outward aspects seemed to line up. It seemed to come together quickly and easily. I had to ask myself afterward why this had happened, what I’d learned from it, and how I might avoid it happening again.

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Maker Interview: Sound & Textile Artist Emma Aurelia

A conversation about staying engaged with your materials, putting yourself out there, and believing in the work that you do

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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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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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