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Self Care through Creative Practice & Intention: Vulnerability

September 14, 2013

Here’s some new images from my self-care art journal, which have started to focus on the theme of vulnerability, inspired by the always amazing work and teachings of Brené Brown: In relationship to self-care and trauma work, an awareness of our own personal and professional vulnerabilities and willingness to be open to these are valuable […]

Self Care through Creative Practice & Intention: Anchoring

July 21, 2013

After some time away from working in my self-care art journal, I’ve worked on a couple of new pages: As mentioned in my last post, I was inspired by Cherie Spehar‘s reminder at this year’s National Institute for Trauma in Loss in Children’s Assembly about anchoring– and its role in journaling & trauma informed practice. […]

I Care for Me: Self Care through Creative Practice & Intention

May 26, 2013

I continue to work on my self-care art journal and this week re-visited Christine Arylo’s Madly in Love with ME Chapter 6 dedicated to Self-Care.  I always find the creative tools and honest reminders Arylo writes about in this chapter a really good place to center myself about the value of caring for yourself and […]

Self Care through Creative Practice & Intention: Gratitude

May 21, 2013

This past week-end I was inspired by Susanna (thank you!) to finally put the brown paper wine size bag she gifted me to good use for a new art journaling project. I wanted to discover how re-purposing this type of bag for creating an art journal would be different from the common paper bag technique […]

Self-Care through Creative Practice & Intention: Affirmation

June 9, 2013

I have been working on another spread in my art journal dedicated to self-care. This adventure launched a few weeks ago, as a safe space for me to explore some trauma informed concepts and creative resources related to the topic of self care. My first couple of pages focused on gratitude, as well as creating […]

Ecopsychology, Self Care, and Creative Practice

February 25, 2018

Last week was the opening of Tending the Flames: Burnout and Resilience in Helping Professions exhibit, sponsored by Tri-C Gallery East, Tri-C’s Creative Arts and Art Therapy Program, Ursuline College’s Counseling and Art Therapy Department, and the Buckeye Art Therapy Association. The theme of this year’s exhibit is dedicated to how caregivers and helpers use […]

3 Good Things Takeaway: Creative, Messy, Contained Workshop

June 14, 2016

I had a great time at Lani Gerity‘s workshop this past week-end at the Mid Atlantic Play Therapy Institute: Visual Art Journaling for Teens and Adults in Treatment: Creative, Messy, and Contained. The day was an artful exploration of resilience building, flourishing, intention setting, strength reflection, and lots of creative goodness to fill our handmade […]

20 Creative Quotes on Giving & Gratitude

November 21, 2015

The Thanksgiving holiday will soon be here, which encourages me to reflect on & share this collection of new quotes I’ve gathered that embody the act of giving, creating, and gratitude.  These musings of thankfulness, graciousness & the power of art are wonderful to remember no matter the time of year!  I believe this lens […]

Creative Shifting

September 13, 2015

“When the seasons shift, even the subtle beginning, the scent of a promised change, I feel something stir inside me. Hopefulness? Gratitude? Openness? Whatever it is, it’s welcome.” ~K. Armstrong For me, shifting is about moving and changing and the shift in seasons that is upon us particularly reminds me of this.  Fall tends to […]

Social Media & Creative Motivation

April 9, 2015

This week I stumbled upon this 2012 Brainzooming post, 61 Online and Social Media Resources for Motivating People to Create.  Mike Brown’s content inspired me to take stock on my own relationship with social media, creative motivation, and to reflect more about leveraging online and social media resources for inspiration, connection, community, and more. How […]