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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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best decision of 2016

December Reflections: day 15. Without a doubt, the best decision I made this year was attending Alena Hennessy's Soul Painting retreat in September. It was way outside my comfort zone to join a group of women I'd never met for four days of painting side-by-side. It was life-changing and magical. I wrote about it more here. (Photo by Yuli Ama Luna.)...

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biggest lesson of 2016

a photo of me, a coloring book, and the christmas tree

December Reflections: day 11. My biggest lesson for this year has been one I've cycled through all year long, which is not allowing myself to rest when I need to rest. I realized this weekend that I'm exhausted. I need a vacation- not from work- but from what I expect of myself. I'm giving myself that vacation for the rest of the year. A vacation from feeling like I'm never doing enough, from chasing a feeling of being enough through doing enough. I'm making a commitment to notice when I am doing something just for the sake of...

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best book(s) of 2016

picture of best books of 2016

December Reflections day 5. These are my most favorite books I've read this year- I am in love with each of them, seriously. But especially both of Mark Nepo's books. And Martha Beck's. And Poemcrazy- I love it! And last month, I'd planned to write a blog post all about discovering the book The Renaissance Soul, but I never got around to figuring out exactly what I wanted to say. Here's the story, in a nutshell. I have piles of books in my living room so high they've toppled over more than once this year. I feel a...

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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 had an idea for a longer post about a new discovery about myself that I've made, but I think that will have to wait for tomorrow (and hopefully it will actually happen tomorrow. I was just looking in my drafts folder and I have blog posts from ages ago that I never tidied up enough to actually post. And the original bubbles of excitement that prompted the posts have all dissipated by now, so they will probably never see the light of day.) And on that cheery note, here is what makes me happy...

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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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