Tag Archives | fearlessness

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

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

That thing where they ask you to make a video…

… and you do! Okay, so a couple of weeks ago, Kim, the Director of Communications at HCI Books, called to ask if I’d mind making a meet-the-artist video for the launch of their Inkspirations coloring books series this month. Here’s how our conversation went: Kim: We’d love for you to make a video. Me: A doodle? Kim: A video. Me: An illustration?… Read more

Shaking off the cobwebs

  So after three months of crazy work hours, I’ve come up for air and – holy cow! – it’s 2016! I know this is a little late, but I wanted to share my annual practice of saying goodbye to the year that has passed and launching myself into the new one with some well chosen make-my-heart-sing goals. Every year, I approach this process a little differently.… Read more

Until you become it

Hello! I’m back from my unintended extended break from blogging. I feel a little wobbly and self-conscious right now because not only have I not been blogging, I’ve not been writing. What I have been doing is illustrating. I often think of drawing as my second language, writing being my first. My degree is in writing, and up until this past year, it’s where I’ve spent most of my time and energy.… Read more

Phenomenal Woman

This month, I’m honoring National Poetry Month by making art from two of my favorite poems. The first one is Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman.” I love the rhythm, voice, and take-no-prisoners attitude of this poem. In it, Maya Angelou owns her womanhood absolutely and unapologetically. Every time I read it, I feel the thrill of recognition and the yearning to be more and bigger and better.… Read more

Music to juggle by

I’m so psyched to have been interviewed by Mitch Bowler of Pencil Kings as part of their fantastic Artist Interviews podcast. Mitch and I started emailing while I was taking the Pencil Kings 30-day Figure Drawing class. One thing led to another in that way that one things often do, and he invited me to be on the podcast. I admit that, in my head, I went through several stages of “no, I’m not worthy” before I boldy replied “yes, absolutely.” (And by boldly, I mean doubtfully and with grave reservations.) I’m so glad I didn’t let fear make my decision.… Read more

A life full of YES

A couple of weeks ago, my 24-year-old niece (whom I adore) asked me if I would doodle her a tattoo. She told me what she wanted: a crescent moon and hanging from its top, her horoscope sign, which is Gemini. She gave me no specifications about style or size, didn’t mention if it would be in color, didn’t tell me where she planned to put it when she got it done.… Read more

The Creativity Interviews: Makeup Artist & Body Painter, Ren Allen

As part of my ongoing quest to explore what it means to live a creative life, I periodically invite kick ass creatives to come play with us on the blog. I asked Ren for a bio pic, and she said to use this one. ❤ Today’s episode: Beauty, trust, vulnerability, and what happens when your canvas needs a potty break… It’s such a pleasure for me to share this artist with you!… Read more

Considering the source

In the comment thread of last week’s post, “The art of acceptance,” someone wrote about the harsh criticism she was receiving from a coworker. Within the context of acceptance, she wrote: I can choose to be in that small quiet room, and believe that someone else’s issue with me does not define me or even describe me, and I can choose to be accepting of the moment, without accepting the condemnation.… Read more

And now without further ado…

1. It’s time for a new 30-day challenge, and here’s what I’m doing: 30 days, 30 acts of (expansive, unabashed, downright mushy) gratitude I know: everyone talks about gratitude. Everyone encourages it, and saying that we should all practice gratitude is like saying we should all breathe. Of course we should. But I’m not talking about a gratitude journal here, or a jar, or a meditative ritual.… Read more
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