Dabbling in rest

As a busy scanner with lots of projects that light my brain up, engaging in ‘passive’ relaxation activities is not my ‘go to’. I often want to jam pack my ‘down’ time with painting, or writing, or gardening, or community projects. Which I love doing but eventually my body does need rest and quiet time.…

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Forgiving ourselves

I think forgiving ourselves is at the core of moving on, moving forward and getting unstuck! The quote below speaks to me so beautifully of that. “How do I actually learn best? How do I change? How do I grow? Is it through that kind of belittling myself and berating myself and humiliating myself? Or…

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Feeling the feels – tired

Energy levels and what to do with them have been a big theme for my personal growth the past few years. (Oh hang on – is ‘personal growth’ a bit of a new agey cliché? By all means replace with ‘learning/ musing/ reflections/ new habits’ or whatever works). What to do when I feel dead tired…

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Don’t wanna

It’s the end of the year and I don’t wanna! I don’t wanna write the things I have too. I don’t wanna do my filing. I don’t wanna pack my suitcase. I don’t wanna wrap any more presents right now and find the freaking sticky tape AGAIN. I dont wanna hear about other people’s end of year stresses…

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Messy and OK

I want to talk about embracing our imperfections. I have gone a long way from my early days in consulting where I thought I needed to ‘know’ everything and was terrified with not knowing the right things. It felt like there was a vast and ever changing set of technical areas I was meant to…

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What I wish I could say to every person in therapy

What I want to say to clients who have experienced trauma and are coming to me for art therapy: You are wounded, not damaged – there is a difference. Wounds are something that have happened to you, not who you are. Wounds can heal. Just because you feel worthless, doesn’t mean you are worthless, and…

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What goes up must come down – handling post event blues

Anyone expect to be dancing on sunbeams after an event only to find themselves tired and wanting to hide on the couch the next day? Have you ever wondered if it’s something other people experience too? And where does it come from? Is is perfectionism? Resistance to the next steps? Restorative?  Putting it to the brains trust!…

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Snot, tears and breaking up from your job

Some changes come swiftly and with their own momentum, and you wonder how the new wasn’t there before it feels so right and familiar. And some changes come kicking and screaming and hanging on to the door jam as you try to coax them through. Career transition has felt like the kicking and screaming kind…

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