It was June of 2010, and my parents were looking mighty spiffy.
My mom positively glowed in the wedding dress she’d kept in pristine condition in the attic for fifty years.
My dad looked sharp in the same style of white coat, narrow-lapel tux he’d worn in 1960.
I sang during the cocktail hour with a jazz trio at the big bash party they hosted at the restaurant.
But my real gift to them was the book I made them.
I woke up on Tuesday last week, got undressed to take a shower, and was horrified to see huge, red, raised welts all over my thighs, the size of miniature roadkill hamsters.
Seriously, my legs looked like topographical maps of Middle Earth.
If I had not been recently diagnosed with eczema, I probably would have had a cardiac arrest.
As it was, I had a mild panic attack, because my eczema up until that point had been limited to my face and neck, so to have it spontaneously — BAM! — erupt ALL OVER my thighs was shocking, to say the least.
“Will I be miniature-roadkill-hamster-leg-woman forever?” wondered my brain. [Read more…]
Happy New Year!
In the grand scheme of things, January 1st is just a day like any other — the trees and flowers and birds and bees and my cat don’t care that it’s a new year, after all. But we humans mark the passage of time.
To us, it’s a big deal.
And because we mark this moment every year, it’s like a sign post — a natural marker for us to use as we reflect back on the year that’s just passed, and look forward toward the one before us.
What went well? What went not so well? What do we want to create going forward? What do we want to change?
I’m big on self-awareness (remember: self-awareness + self-compassion = the key to everything good!), and there’s no shortage of [Read more…]
Winter Solstice is here! The longest night of the year.
I’ve become quite the morning person, much to my surprise, given that not so long ago my regular bedtime was 2am!
That’s hard for me to imagine now, as I typically wake up in the velvety depths of 6:30am — or even 5:30am, as I did this morning — and do my shoulder rehab exercises while it’s still dark outside.
I actually love getting up early. It affords me time to do my full morning ritual:
- Stretching in bed
- Strength training (the aforementioned shoulder rehab)
- Meditation (usually 10 minutes)
- Hip flexor stretch
- Writing in my journal
- Doodling! (That’s my creative sandbox playtime 🙂 )
Then lately I’ve been doing vocal exercises while I [Read more…]
Thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate my birthday on Saturday!
My real birthday, November 5th, I was recovering from jet lag.
It wasn’t that fun.
But I made up for it on Saturday with my Creative Sandbox Community Virtual Playday!
Making art with 20+ kindred spirits? Now THAT’S what I call a birthday celebration!
The real power of the Creative Sandbox Community, my lab for women’s leadership through creative expression, is in our members, who are leading full-color lives in all sorts of ways, and using their art to step into bigger visions for themselves in all areas of life and work.
I’m excited to shine a spotlight on our members here, with this feature series, “Walking the Creative Sandbox Way™.”
I was blessed to get to spend 5 days with Rebekah Nemethy at my Create & Incubate Retreat (which I’m renaming the Creative Sandbox Retreat, to be consistent with my branding), both in 2016 and 2017, and I can’t wait to do it again this September! She’s an inspiration — a true Renaissance woman, who creates in a multitude of disciplines: she’s an amazing photographer, a voiceover artist, and a powerful storyteller.
I’m thrilled to introduce Rebekah to you in this Member Spotlight! [Read more…]
Wow, what a week it’s been, and it’s only Thursday as I type this!
Two big events happened almost back-to-back this week.
Two big events that I’ve worked my little butt off to prepare for.
First, a two-day calligraphy workshop last weekend, which was booked two years ago, and is the subject of this week’s podcast (more on that here).
And second, a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® team building retreat yesterday, for a staff office at Stanford University, which I’ve spent the past few weeks working like mad prepping.
Designing the [Read more…]
“I’m not going to do that,” I said to myself. “I have no need. I’m creating like a fiend! Why would I bother to add one more thing to my plate?”
That was the logic inside my head before the start of the very first creative challenge inside the Creative Sandbox Community.
I’d been thinking of offering creative challenges for a long time in the Sandbox — after all, daily prompts for a limited time are a great way to rally a community to get creating and sharing together.
Three wonderful members — my Creative Prompt Committee — volunteered to [Read more…]
It seems every decade or so I develop a new creative passion — er, obsession.
There are rows and rows of abstract doodles, then suddenly — BAM! — it’s sketchnote city!
Here’s one of my most recent sketchnotes, done on flipchart paper:
That’s how it works with me: when I get into something, I don’t just get into it, I dive into the deep end, head-first.
And right now I am deeply, deeply into All Things Graphic Recording.
Which Is Hiliarious!
What’s so funny to me about this is that [Read more…]
Over in the Creative Sandbox Community, my lab for women’s leadership through creative expression, the real power of what we do is in our members, who are leading full-color lives in all sorts of ways, and using their art to step into bigger visions for themselves in all areas of life and work.
I’m excited to shine a spotlight on our members here on the blog, with this feature series, “Walking the Creative Sandbox Way™.”
Huge thanks to our first member for stepping into the spotlight, Angi Orobko! [Read more…]