Decluttering to Create: On Getting Rid of Stuff & Creativity

Decluttering to Create: On Getting Rid of Stuff & Creativity

What I would love in this new year? To write!! To paint again, with real paint!!! Childhood Art #1 I’ve been getting rid of old stuff Some of it really old Like tons of things from when I was a wee tot Sitting in the garage for decades and decades. Do you have...
I Wish I Had A Compass ~ Finding Your Creative Way

I Wish I Had A Compass ~ Finding Your Creative Way

I sometimes wish I had a compass but anger and sadness can be a kind of compass. They can give information for life’s direction. The thing is one has to be willing to listen and see where the compass points, and then go for it. Moving in the direction that the...
One Small Thing ~ Creative Discipleship

One Small Thing ~ Creative Discipleship

Angel at the Door I’m a creator. I always have been. I had to create. It was in my blood.                 To write or paint or teach or tell stories.                    It just flowed. It still does. I came to amass a resume filled with great credibility. Having...
The Power of Story to Bring World Peace

The Power of Story to Bring World Peace

The Power of Story to Bring World Peace Storytelling is as old as time itself Through story, song and dance we have lived and loved Created community, celebrated and grieved We hear and tell them constantly Stories make us uniquely human and connect us soul to soul ~...
The Voice Code ~  Awaken the Mystical Power Within ~ Part 1

The Voice Code ~ Awaken the Mystical Power Within ~ Part 1

Your voice has the power to heal. Your voice has the power to invite energy and create. Your voice has the power to bring you into a deeper silence. Your voice has the power to connect you to your miraculous Self. Earlier this year, I met a man in a hot tub—where many...
Free in My Heart, Free in Tehran

Free in My Heart, Free in Tehran

 In a real sense all life is inter-related. All persons are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be,...
Essential Oils for Your Health & Beauty

Essential Oils for Your Health & Beauty

When I was a young girl I started to purchase and blend my own oils because I wanted a natural and healthy perfume alternative that didn’t involve toxic substances that made me sneeze, close my throat, cough or get sick. I know now that I was probably always...
Writing Through Grief

Writing Through Grief

This article was originally posted on www.createwritenow.com Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak whispers the o’er fraught heart and bids it break.                                                 ~William Shakespeare~ Grief is grief and loss is loss....
The Accidental Artist

The Accidental Artist

Did you ever begin something for fun that then turned on its head and became something more? Late one night in the middle of March, I started fooling around on the computer with my old photographs – all 8000 or so of them. I started to layer them. And layer and...

Journaling Frees the Mind from Everyday Stress

By Shelley Handley, April 2013 Graphics Editor Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Welles Elizabeth Welles, professional writer and speaker, performance artist and poet and authority on journaling, spoke to group of students in the PVCC Bruxton Library. Elizabeth Welles has...
What Would You Love To Create?

What Would You Love To Create?

Your creative expression is unique to you. So what would you love to create? The question and words ‘What would you love to create?’ Or ‘What would I love to create?’ are specific. Would is a word of invitation. It is different from could. The...
The Good News About Your Creativity ~ Part I

The Good News About Your Creativity ~ Part I

You are gifted with a myriad of creative possibilities, many rivers and many streams. This understanding provides a portal that there are outlets for your creative quests. There are solutions to answers, mysteries to be embraced, help for quandaries, and missions for...
How To Write With The Voice of Compassion

How To Write With The Voice of Compassion

I began writing as a young storyteller before the age of seven, experiencing the benefits of cathartic writing only later at the age of eleven. Writing out my pain was a relief. It took off the top layer of the ouch. I could write till tears streamed down my cheeks to...
Writing to Ease Stress for Soldiers and Veterans of War

Writing to Ease Stress for Soldiers and Veterans of War

Someone once threatened to bash my face in. It scared the hell out of me. I knew in my heart that wouldn’t happen, but it kept me awake at night. It had me looking over my shoulder in the stores where I could run into this person. It was the background chatter in my...
Writing to Ease Stress for Soldiers and Veterans of War

What Journaling Can Do For You

Anyone can journal and write and it’s easier than you think. The empty page is like God. It can hear anything, it can take anything, and it can handle anything. The blank page is a safe place to dump the trash so you don’t carry it around in your head, heart, body,...
Magic in the Land of Malaise

Magic in the Land of Malaise

When you are feeling out of your element, unmotivated, in despair or depressed, sometimes there are Divine appointments waiting for you. Unanticipated people in unexpected places that bring color and light to your day. This is the true story of one such encounter. Did...
You Laughed at Me When I Said I Was Afraid of Death

You Laughed at Me When I Said I Was Afraid of Death

You laughed at me when I said I was afraid of death   And now I know why… I thought you a flower giving birth to me You, a Goddess of a thousand seas You, my child who came through my womb You, the adult who will intern me in my tomb So that I may be born again...
I Walk Between Two Worlds

I Walk Between Two Worlds

I walk between two worlds. Or maybe I walk between ten or twenty Or two thousand. Maybe we all do. The world of innocence and experience. The world of youth and age. The world of spirit and matter. Wisdom and ignorance. The world of family and friends. The world of...
How to Journal Through Grief – Part III: Letter Writing

How to Journal Through Grief – Part III: Letter Writing

Letter writing is a powerful tool to articulate and express that which has never been expressed before. You can write a letter to yourself or to an aspect of yourself. You can write a letter to your grief, to your stresses, your anger or disappointments. You can even...
How To Journal Through Grief – Part II:  Its Expression

How To Journal Through Grief – Part II: Its Expression

Grief is an emotion that needs a witness in order to heal. What that means is that you need to find someone or something that deeply hears you. That accepts you and sees you in your grief, with love. Having a witness provides you with an avenue and means for releasing...