So, I’m back home after four days of camping, and because it had been so long since we’d camped (3 years), we were a little out of practice. At some point, the sheer volume of things we forgot to pack – food items, tools, shoes, a sleeping bag, a toothbrush, a comb and bug spray, to name a few - became comical.… Read more
I’m in a playful mood because tomorrow we leave for four days of camping in Shasta. Four days isn’t nearly long enough, but it’s what we could manage this year… and it’s way more than zero days, which is what I thought we were going to get, so I’m happy.
And in the mood for shenanigans.
Last weekend my husband and I were sitting out on the patio at a friend’s house.… Read more
More and more, I find myself wanting to work at the intersection of my two passions – writing and doodling. I’ve been playing in the sandbox a bit already, with my cards, Obscure Word Doodles and illustrated posts, but I’m feeling a need to push myself a little harder so I’m starting a new series on the blog called “Coffee Shop Moments.”
For a while now, I’ve been posting on Facebook the really cool little moments that I often witness when I’m writing in coffee shops.… Read more
I have a 1-minute favor to ask of you.
The Boy made a 56-second video for Bridgestone’s “Teens Drive Smart” video scholarship contest. Out of over 1800 submissions, his video, “Rules of the Road,” made the top 10! Now all ten finalists have been posted, and for another week and a half, people can vote for their favorite ones. The three top vote-getters will be sent to a panel of judges for ranking, first, second, and third.… Read more
I’ve been in a bit of a creative funk lately.
I’ve been writing and doodling and even painting, but I’ve felt off – antsy and unfocused. Last weekend, I figured out what was wrong. In January of this year, I took all these little parts of myself – writer, doodler, inexperienced insanely hopeful creative entrepreneur – and I opened my Etsy shop.… Read more
My friend Jill Salahub has launched an inspiring interview series on her blog called “Self-compassion Saturday.” What I love about it is that it’s not theoretical. Jill is on a very personal journey to discover what it means to be compassionate with herself. She wants to know how it’s done, what it looks like in real life, what it feels like when you’re getting it right.… Read more
Last week, I wrote about my decision to burn my journals. The conversation that emerged from that post here and on Facebook was wonderful – people on both sides of the journal-burning divide explaining their point of view… which in the end is the only point of view that matters.
This week, I decided to illustrate what the burning was like for me because, well, you know how I am.… Read more
(Gorgeous Art by Pamela Carlson)
In August of 2011, I wrote about the heady experience of opening my great aunt’s 1922 diary for the first time. I was with my mother, who’d pulled the big, leather-bound journal out of a drawer where she’d been keeping it for years, and we marveled at our ability to read my aunt’s words nearly ninety years after she’d written them.… Read more
Time for some manifesto magic. I wrote about my love of manifestos – the certainty of them, the optimism of writing out your aspirations as faits accomplis, the boldness of life plans deeply rooted in personal values – way back in August last year, when I featured three manifestos that were all about living a creative life and making art.
This time, I’m sharing four manifestos that are, each in their own way, about love – loving our bodies, our dreams, ourselves, and each other.… Read more
My friend, Christie, shared with me today’s obscure word from the Facebook wall of Elizabeth Gilbert. The word is sitzfleisch, and I don’t know if it’s obscure so much as German, but I’d never heard it before, and I love it (and that might just be the unofficial criteria for making it into the Obscure Word Doodles project).
Sitzfleish is actually the combination of two German words: sitzen (to sit) + Fleisch (flesh).… Read more
I had an appointment at the doctor to go over some blood work results. I was running late, but making up for it by driving way too fast all the way there. Speed Racer that I am, I walked through the door at exactly the appointed time. The receptionist smiled, said hello, and told me they were running a little late.… Read more
My mission: make art, do work, and engage in shenanigans that inspire fearless love, soulful evolution, and wild creativity as a way of life.
And if, in the process, epic quantities of cheesecake are consumed, all the better! Read more about me here.