The yin and yang of creation

Sometimes people want to push and force the creative act. “Make it happen NOW!” They say. “Of course you have time!” They say. Force myself with productivity hacks! Override all doubts and protestations! Deny myself down-time and work around the clock to Make. This. Thing. Happen. But in my experience sometimes waiting has a purpose.…

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How Creative Art Helps Me

The following post is a beautiful guest piece by a coaching client who wishes to remain anonymous. She describers how art making is part of her self care and self soothing toolkit and how engaging in art making can shift her focus and mood. I’m pleased to share this piece that speaks in a moment to moment way…

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Going after our dreams: Forget perfect

When we have a long held dream it can be tempting to aim super high. We can visualise the BEST concert, the MOST AWESOME workshop, the BEST SELLING BOOK. This vision can be enticing, exhilarating, and frankly terrifying. It can paralyse us with fear because we can imagine all the things that might go wrong…

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Is art therapy really therapy?

For sure! You can take mental health issues to an art therapist like you could to any mental health professional. This is one of the biggest differences between seeing an art therapist and having a relaxing session with an art teacher. With an art therapist you can experience the joy and pleasure of art making…

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Love letter to a New Year

  Dear New Year,   May you be fresh and fun.   May you have ups and downs, sunny days and storms.   May we walk together with mutual respect.   May you surprise us all.   May you remind us of our shared humanity and of our care for each other.   May you…

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Follow your nectar

Arriving  It was a dark morning and the roads were bare. Snaking through the backstreets to go way out west the sky was starting to glow in strips between the streets empty of people and cars. At the boom gates the shock of traffic told me that I’d arrived. The Sydney Flower Markets! A long…

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Living in the comfort zone

Sometimes feeling stuck can just be that we have grown into our adventure zone and turned it into out comfort zone. What felt new and exciting and a bit of a push when we first started now feels familiar and old hat. Feels automatic. We know that a degree of challenge or creativity is needed…

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I got to my dream, now what?

Sometimes we engage with a dream so deeply, that it guides us for months or even years. We make a change, we commit to some healing, or we set off on an adventure. And then. Then we get there. Maybe course is over now, or the draft is written or the trip is finished. Maybe…

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10 creative things you can do on a walk

Notice shadows Notice sounds Take photos of flowers Look at doorways Notice tiles See how many birds you can see Walk each block with a different posture and see how that feels Keep your eyes peeled for bees, beetles, butterflies and other insects Notice different shaped leaves Imagine your feet are creating a mark in…

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