Saturday, January 24, 2015


There have been a lot of cold and cloudy days lately. And then, on the weekend the sun comes out and warms up everything, and I can't help but want to go out and enjoy it. I thought I'd share a bit of what's been going on around here. 

READING// I just finished up and loved Yes, Please by Amy Poehler and really loved it. I've been reading Julia Child's memoir, My Life in France and have been inspired to cook more by it. In between, I've started Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter

LISTENING// I'm probably way late to the party, but I've loved listening to SIA lately. I put her album on when I'm painting and just get going on whatever it is I'm working on. I also got into the habit of listening to podcasts as I paint when I got addicted to Serial. So, now that it's over, I found a few podcasts about creativity that I love . Right now, I'm listening to Tiffany Han's "Raise Your Hand and Say Yes" podcast in my studio.

ENJOYING// Quiet Saturday evening bubble baths with candles and lovely scented Lush bath melts. 

MAKING// Daily time to create and paint and make messes. I've been really making a conscious effort to show up and make something in my studio, even when my work day has been stressful and I'm exhausted. Making that time is important. 

LOVING// Mary Abbott's inspiring art work.  

PLANNING// My trip to Houston in a couple of weeks for my annual CT scans. I want to have a little fun while there and plan to stop by the Cy Twombly Gallery.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

My Word for 2015

I absolutely love the New Year. The idea of a fresh start, renewal, and the chance to reflect on the passage of the previous year is really inspiring for me. I love to think about all of the possibility that exists in the next 365 days. I can let go of the things I didn't feel I accomplish and give myself a clean slate to start again. 

Over the past few weeks, I've been thinking about what I want to feel in 2015 and what some of my goals and plans are for the year. In doing so, I've decided to choose a word to guide my intentions for the upcoming year - peace

I want to be at peace with whatever comes my way in 2015. I want to stay in the moment and not constantly second-guess myself or feel worry, anxiety, or guilt with my decisions. I want to take better care of myself in whatever way feels peaceful to me. 

I want to feel at peace and content with what I have and who I am. I want to let go of  the excess that overwhelms my space and life. I want to be okay with taking risks and not fear making mistakes, at work or in my creative projects. 

I want a peaceful home life, by being more mindful of sticking to my budget, cooking more, and not striving for perfection all the time. I want to feel peace in my relationships with my husband, my family, my friends, and strengthen those connections by sharing and communicating with authenticity and honesty.

I'm truly looking forward to all that this new year has to offer. I hope all of you are, too. 

P.S. If you are still working on reflecting on 2014 and setting any intentions or goals for the new year, you might want to check out Susannah Conway's Unravelling the Year Ahead workbook.  It's free and has been immensely helpful to me. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Take One. Just Begin.

Thanks to everyone who came out and participated! It was really inspiring to see people respond so positively to the idea behind my project. A wide variety of people came by and picked up a book. Some said they'd never really thought of themselves as creative, but wanted to try and bring more of that into their lives. A few people stayed for a while, drawing and trying to fill a few pages. Others picked up the book, made a quick note and took it with them to continue later. Here are some photos from that night. 

I still have a few books left, so if you would like one, leave a comment with your email address, and I'll mail one out to you!