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On art, and leaping, and pirate-assassins

As of July 22nd, I have sixteen original watercolor illustrations on exhibit in downtown Livermore. It’s exciting news and I want to tell you how it happened in a story that has everything – pirate-assassins, car crashes, dastardly deeds, heroism, and a sparkly emu named Jasper. Are you ready? Okay, let’s do this! Once upon a time (in early June), Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (a downtown business that regularly hosts shows to promote local artists) invited me to do a summer show.… Read more

Faith, practice, and our wily demons

On May 15th, I (along with 157 other intrepid souls) launched a 30-day self-love challenge, using my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome. Before I tell you how that went, let me tell you a little bit about my history with self-love and 30-day challenges. Six years ago, I dedicated all of 2011 to living a more love-filled life. I called it my Year of Fearless Love  and every month that year, I assigned myself tasks intended to get me out of my comfort zone and into the world, building community and spreading love in as big and public a way as I knew how.… Read more

A hard truth about self-love

I’m in the midst of my 30-day self-love challenge, using my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome. As I type, it’s Day 23, in which we are “practicing pleasure,” not just doing what we love, but relishing it, letting time fly in that way that it does when you’re completely engaged with whatever lights you up inside. I say “we” because I’m doing the challenge with 157 people who signed up to do it with me.… Read more

Let’s all Find Our Awesome together

So much to share! First, we created a new animated video all about the Find Your Awesome 30-day Self-Love Challenge that starts May 15th. My own life has been pretty chaotic and stressful lately. I need this challenge and this community as much as anyone, and I’m incredibly psyched by the enthusiastic response so far. If it’s true that there is strength in numbers (and of course it is), then this challenge is going to be a force for transformation, peopled by the most amazing posse of self-love warriors ever.… Read more

FIND YOUR AWESOME is here!

Friends, I’m so incredibly excited and proud to announce that today is the official release date for my illustrated creative journal, FIND YOUR AWESOME! Check out my fun, animated book trailer, made possible by creative mastermind Dillon Wall. It includes illustrations and words taken right from the book. I poured my whole writerly, doodly, love-warrior-self into this book because I believe that if we could learn to love ourselves as ardently and sincerely as we love others, we could change the world.… Read more

It’s almost here!

You guys, my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome: A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your  Playful, Imaginative, & Colorful self, comes out next month. Next month! I’m very excited. In fact, this illustration (from the book) looks just like me right now. The book is divided into 30 days. Each day, I suggest a self-loving theme, and a way to bring that theme to life.… Read more

How we move on…

For weeks, I’ve been struggling with this question of how do we move on after the election. Nothing got posted here because nothing got written. So many people I love and respect felt marginalized, invalidated, and even threatened by this race; I couldn’t think of what to say to them, couldn’t quite figure out how everyone moves on. As it turns out, it’s a good thing I didn’t post before the election. … Read more

My voice in your head

So, over the course of a few nights, I drew this doodly cat portrait in my sketchbook. Each day, I posted the previous night’s progress on Facebook. When I finished, someone commented that before this, they’d thought I simply doodled, and the shape of things magically came into being. She was a little disappointed to see that I penciled in guidelines first.… Read more

Art for the fun of it (getting intentional)

I came away from Oprah and Deepak’s latest 21-day meditation experience with three really important ideas. I’ve written about two of them already: the importance of cultivating awe in our lives,  and the notion that nearly everything we do either adds to or diminishes our personal power. The third big idea? Setting intentions. Yes, I know that setting intentions isn’t a new or surprising idea, but the reason every personal development guru tells us to do it is because it works.… Read more

Hello from Chicago!

Well, actually, I’m back from Chicago now, but here are some highlights from the trip! First, Book Expo America, the reason I was there. I’ve never attended BEA before. I was told it’s not as big as it used to be. I’ll have to take everyone’s word for that because the event seemed enormous to me, a giant warehouse-sized space filled with all the people who make books happen, from the writers to the publishers, and all the agents, editors, publicists, reviewers, sellers, librarians and readers in between.… Read more

Power struggles

In my last post, I talked about one of three powerful ideas that I took away from Deepak and Oprah’s most recent 21-day meditation experience: the value of letting yourself be awed. It’s so easy to look around at all the meanness, intolerance, and cruelty in the world and feel hopeless and sad. But the truth is this world is just as full of love, compassion, and beauty.… Read more
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