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new website, new direction

This summer has been rich with deep exploration of my purpose in life and my purpose in my work. Journals have been filled with explorations of the threads connecting my work as an artist and my work as a therapist and how both of these aspects of my work flow directly from my values: connection with others, deep play, self-discovery, creative expression, transformation, beauty, and heart-centered living. A desire has been growing in me for the last several months to create a series of online offerings that bring my heart-centered transformational work to a larger audience....

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after a long absence, I return

Goodness gracious, it has been a long time since I’ve posted. When I decided to take a few days off from blogging and social media around the holidays, I certainly didn’t imagine I would be MIA until late February. I don't think I'd fully grasped the depth of my exhaustion when I first realized I needed a break. I gave myself permission to rest for the remainder of the month, but with all the holiday things, when January came I was still very much in need of more rest. Now, I’m back. Well rested and with...

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what makes me happy today

simple pleasures- caught in the rain

It's been a long time since I've been caught in the rain while walking. Today, I discovered that my new favorite boots are most definitely not waterproof. Which is sad, because I love them and because if they are not waterproof, they are also probably not snowproof (I know that's not a real word, but it should be.) Despite the wet feet and wet tights and wet dress, I had the chance to remember how much I love walking in the rain. And how much I love the sound of rain on dry fall leaves. Mmm....

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thoughts, in no particular order

It's been a very long time since I've written a real blog post, one in which I share more than a few words, a bit of poetry, or a new painting.  I’m in the midst of giving birth to a realization that has been slow to form, but here it is: I cannot be more in the world unless I begin being more of myself in the world. Thus far, I’ve held back from sharing my whole self, my authentic self, thinking that I could just get by with sharing parts of myself, carefully controlled and...

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what makes me happy today

I'm back in my studio today for the first time in a few weeks, playing with paint. Lately I've been incorporating some handwriting into the first few layers of my paintings- I like the way it brings a little of my daily journaling practice into my painting practice. Something that's been on my mind and in my heart over the last month is seeking more connectedness with others, letting myself be seen, opening my heart- essentially being REAL. As I was writing on my painting, I was overcome by a sense of connection with, and immense love...

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what self-care looked like this weekend

[caption id="attachment_1072" align="alignnone" width="600"] a bicycle ride along the Iowa River[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1073" align="alignnone" width="600"] For the last several years, it has been my intention to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird but with so many new books always vying for my attention, I never managed to get to it. Last January, I promised myself that I would read it before the year was out. I finally picked it up today.[/caption] Hoping you have found some time for self-care this weekend too, in all its varied and glorious forms. ~angela...

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