Shifts and Changes


cups08“Sooner or later everything slips away, or we slip away from it…” –Joan Bunning, Learning the Tarot

I have gathered a great many insights from reading my Tarot each day.  The quote above, connecting to the 8 of Cups,  has stayed in my mind for a few years now.

Noticing when change is happening and adjusting where needed to bring about a peaceful existence.   Making a big change, because something is just not serving your purpose anymore, gives us all pause for reflection.  Then, knowing how to take care of ourselves in order to move through the inevitable change is so important.

In our lives, there comes a time (actually many times) when we notice a subtle shift in relationship, group activities and changes and in our own work or job.  There is less communication, more distraction a sort of restlessness.

Have you ever noticed this?

It is like the group as a whole –and you as a part of it-knows it’s time to move on, but it may take a while to work up to that final step.

Signs it might be time to make a change or shift from a current job, group or relationship:

  1. Less communication-At this time, we may just begin to notice that the members of the group or the people in our relationships are not connecting as seamlessly as usual.  There are missed appointments, misunderstandings, common area of interest and topics are few and far between.
  2. Distraction-Members of the group or partners are not as attentive, there may be more wistful time looking off and not focusing on the topic at hand.
  3. Restlessness-The body language is fidgety, the other person or people (or you!) are fiddling with cell phones, or writing something, tapping feet during a conversations or meetings

Remembering that nothing is permanent we begin to realize that the past is gone.  What what was true is no longer true in the workings of the group or relationship.   The signs of change are right in front of us and we must accept them and recognize that it is time to move on.

How can we support ourselves while this is happening?  

  1. Create your self-care routine now or if you have a routine in place, stick to it.  You will need its stability at times like these.  Even a few minutes at the start and end of each day that are just for your own self-care will be invaluable.
  2. Take 15 minutes each day to do something that you love.  Put this into your schedule and hold it as sacred time!
  3. Continue on with your healthy diet-stave off fatigue and mild melancholy by eating healthy food and drinking plenty of water.
  4. Take a few minutes at the beginning and end of each day to meditate-find quiet time to go within and check in with your inner voice.
  5. Touch the earth-center and ground yourself in nature.

It is important to have your self-care routine in place.  This will help you when you are just noticing the beginnings of change, you are in the middle of change or if you are ready to take that leap into change.

Consistency and inner practice give you the strength you will need for whenever these subtle or grand changes occur… and they will.  Sometimes you will be aware of when they are happening other times you may not.

However, if you have your plan in place to center yourself daily, you will be able to move through these life changes with ease.

Always know that the world is evolving.  Groups, relationships and work keep us moving on.  We can create a routine that will support our ability to be flexible as change occurs.  Remember to be gentle with yourself.    Create your routine of self-care.  Prepare yourself for the changes that will come.

Below is my image from the Mandala Magic course I am taking with Julie Gibbons.  Stage 10, The Gates of Death is represented in this session by the Kali Yantra.  Lots of vibrant energy was placed in this image as I pass into the unknown and have a container for the “changes” and mini-deaths that are occurring all around me each day.

What is the vessel you use to hold in the shifts and changes that are constantly happening in your life?


21 Days of Morning Pages

img_7993While exploring many things in the Elemental Observation e-course I have been running, I am noticing my deep need to journal.  I keep attempting to get to the page…but have had a wandering mind and so, am not putting my thoughts onto paper.  I want to get back to this practice.

Here is what I will set the intention to do for the first 21 days of November…will you join me?

First thing in the morning, get up and write 3 pages, whatever lands on the page.  This allows me to get out onto paper all of those thoughts that ramble around for me in the morning taking me to dark places and/or places of overwhelm.  These rambling thoughts make it difficult to start the day.  However, when I write those thoughts into my journal each morning, I begin to get freed-up from all of that “thought energy” weight.

I have been pondering how to stay connected with all of you lovely readers of my blog and Instagram feed and thought a Morning Pages accountability group might be just the thing.

Morning Pages are a way for me to gain this clarity and simplicity from my monkey-mind.  I wrote as a young person in “stream of consciousness”.  Then, years later, discovered Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way and have been through the work several times, each time with a new perspective of age and wisdom.

There is a part of me that keeps saying, “You have already done this work!  Why pull out Morning Pages again?”  I find that my inner voice says this to me a LOT!  I want to be done with things.  But there are certain things I am discovering that I need to approach with a zen mind, a beginners mind, over and over again.IMG_4964

I am inviting you to join me in the challenge to write Morning Pages for 21 Days beginning on November 1, 2016.  This will be a free connection where we can hold one another accountable to the practice of writing each AM in the Morning Pages format laid out by Julia Cameron (see the video below).

Register here and I will add you to the 21 Days of Morning Pages email.  (This will be a reminder email only for the 21 days of the session).  I will also open a secret Facebook page where we can create a tribe and hold one another accountable to writing, plus see what we discover! Hope you will join in!

Morning Pages by Julia Cameron
In her own words…click the image to go to her video


Knowing When It’s Time to Fill the Well


Taking the time to create every day takes effort. When you are in the flow and creating daily you need to have a “full tank” so to speak. Working with the energy needed to create an effortless flow means creating intentional time to “fill the well”.
What does it mean to “fill the well”? Creating time in your schedule to do something that is just for you fills the well. Going through your list of what is important to you and picking something that brings you pure joy and energizes you fills the well.

Here are some “clues” below to watch for as you go through your day to notice when it may be time to “fill the well”:

Clue #1-Difficulty receiving
Clue#2-Talking more than Listening
Clue #3-Snapping at others-especially those closest to you
Clue #4- Complaining about tasks instead of mindfully completing them
Clue #5-Taking a small risk is hugely difficult

Notice when these “clues” appear in your day. What is going on for you at these times? Are there other clues that you notice that have not been mentioned here?

These clues usually show up when “filling the well” is past due. These are really clues that the well is DRY! And it is time to put blocks of time into your schedule that are just for you. Time to observe, breathe, notice nature, move…anything that brings you joy and fills your soul. Do that.

Then, be sure to keep those times in your schedule every day. Filling the well takes conscious effort. Intentionally scheduling in time for yourself is the most important thing you can do to be filled with the energy you need to create daily.
How do you take time to “fill the well”?

Walking in October

I have joined in a “step challenge” through our local park system.  While intentionally setting time to get out into the parks, I am finding that walking on the actual Earth (as opposed to a bike path) is more centering in many ways.  This also allows for much “thinking and reflecting” time, as getting in 10,000 steps a day is a lot more than I actually walk in a day!

My most recent walk led me to a local cemetery.  I always enjoy going there, because it is peaceful and a good walking distance for exercise.

Interestingly, my daily creative work connects to this particular walk on so many levels.  I was taking photos while in the cemetery (and thinking a bit about my own mortality).  I saw several dead trees on the way, which got me thinking about my Mandala Magic session (the Great Round has come to Death’s Door in this most recent session). There were bats flying around (as it was beginning to get dark…get those mosquitoes!) and then there was this man who came up to speak to me..

img_7773…and we talked a bit about death.

I have seen this man for years walking with his fancy walking sticks up and down the local roads.  I am usually in my car.  But this time, I was walking.  He came up and introduced himself and begin to tell me stories.  He told me he never sees a soul on his walks.  He told me about his work as a photographer and his job at the phone company.  He told me of the people he knew who are buried in the very cemetery we were standing in…they use to bring him meals.  He told me of his wife, who had passed years ago and how he missed her cooking. He told me that the most difficult thing about living, was losing friends and the people we love, but still being here on Earth remembering them.  He told me about the time he takes in the cemetery to connect with his Maker.

Then, he told me about a dead mink he carried home from a walk across the highway…and wondered if I wanted to go to his freezer and see it…ummm…no thank you. Que to head back home…

Mandala to begin Session 10 Death's Door

Mandala to begin Session 10 Death’s Door

Fascinating how people need to talk and be seen/heard.  I listened and was interested in his stories.  Connecting with others, while alive, and discussing the dead…in a cemetery.  This caused me to pause.  I am actually very interested in how we all connect with the dead and death in various ways.  I enjoyed his stories.  I walked home from that experience wondering about how we meet others at just the right times in our lives.  How our stories intertwine through our common experience.  How speaking of the dead in a cemetery is just as normal as speaking about anything else in our daily conversations.


But you know what…we do not normally speak of death.  So I appreciated this conversation that much more.

Happy October…as the veil between the worlds is lifted…




Creating Tribes


As my life changes, I find that my “tribes” change.  Sometimes I need to be alone and reflect.   Other times, I need a group of like-minded people to bounce my ideas off of.  Sometimes I like to connect in face-to-face settings and with the world as connected as it is now, I find I enjoy the freedom of on-line tribes.

Tribes change and need to be re-built as we grow and change.  Core-values and friends, I find, remain constant, but there are different group “needs” at different times in my life.

Do you find this to be true?

I have discovered that I can go through my past and see the different “tribes” I have been a part of through my early years as revolving around school and neighborhood.  As I grew older, different work environments and social activities defined my tribes.  Now, as I have a family of my own, I find myself pulled into tribes revolving around their social lives.

But as I continue to create my own business, create my own life amidst holding down a day job…I have begun to reach out to new people; to create a new tribe based on these new life changes.

Tribes…how do you find yours?

I have recently found that some “tribes” or groups work for a certain amount of time…a certain purpose.  But then I need to gracefully leave the group as I change and grow.  I find that I am sometimes called to lead groups, and sometimes to follow.

Sometimes, I notice that I have “friendships” that are not really a part of a specific group at all.  They are just that, friendships, with a different set of norms.

While some groups are created spontaneously through social or work engagement, the tribes I am looking to form now work best with defined parameters and a specific time-frame.  These are working tribes that grow and evolve based on a set of goals with a specific purpose.

Here are the steps I have taken to support the type of online “tribe” I am creating (and needing) now in my life.  Perhaps these steps might work for you, too.

1. List out the attributes that you would like to see in your group…what would you like to achieve, to be held accountable for, and to learn and to grow?

2. Reflect on that list and get clear with 3 specific ideas that emerge

3. Which 3 are calling out to be honored by a group setting?

4.  How do you wish to connect? (face-to-face, phone, social media, etc.)

5.  Form or join a group based on those ideas

6.  Create a finite amount of time for this group to meet (both in the “now” and the final closure)

What “tribe” is calling out to you right now in your life?  Are you happily ensconced in that tribe?  Or are you working on creating your next group to support your life right now…as it evolves?

See what you discover as you create a new tribe!

Looking for an online tribe where you can create and share with others as you discover the simple beauty that surrounds you? I am opening Elemental Observations on October 1…I want to connect with you through walks and photos! A wonderful group has begun to form! Want to join in?  Click here for more info and to register!

Waiting…the In-Between Time


Waiting, feeling impatient, wanting to have “arrived” to be “there” living in the future. This makes me crazy…sometimes I feel like I will jump out of my skin! Yet I know that living in the moment requires, well, some waiting….sometimes LOTS of waiting…like years. There are times when slowing down and allowing the process to unfold on its own is necessary.  This brings me back to center.

But what does my restless, creative-self do in the meantime?

I wrote an Acapella Affirmation a while back, as I have been in this place many times…waiting.  (You can click here to hear it.)

I see that in these times of waiting, I write in the morning and find that I am in a dark place…my shadow-self begins to emerge.  This is a place I like to go sometimes. And often, I am just there. It can be scary, but it allows me to dig around in my subconscious and discover what my desires truly are.  It is a creative place for me.

Why is much of the creativity in my life in the “shadow self”?  

A lot of my creativity has negative, swirling attachments that I do not always show the world. Many years of being taught that creativity and the arts is a “fun thing to do, but you cannot make a living at it” still hang out in my shadow-self or God-forbid share the dark-side of the human existence with others…yikes!  The shadow self holds these taboos, or negative thoughts and reminds me that they are still there…that I can go there to look at them and perhaps bring some of them into the light.  I have to be careful though….because others are always watchful (perhaps you, dear reader) and I need to be centered in the knowledge that I may be judged for going against the norm, or what Clarissa Pinkola Estes calls the “over-culture”.

What the hell am I talking about here?  What does waiting, creativity and the shadow self have that brings about this blog post?

Let me back up just a bit…get back up in my head for a minute here.  I have been working several part-time jobs over the past years. While in said jobs, I have opened (and closed) and opened again this blog and my creative work and business.  (…and let’s face it…while I was working nearly full time, I had my creative work going always on the side)


Enter in the shadow self…taking me down, down, down and reminding me of the dangers of being creative!  Yet, paradoxically, showing me how I HAD to continue to create!  HAD to share at least bits and pieces of my creative life journey with others.  Even knowing much of this creative work connects to the wild side…tarot cards, dreams, visual arts, sexuality, music, storytelling, dancing…what will people think!!!

However, I must create.  I have a drive to bring the bits of my humanity up from the depths and share them with the rest of you humans who do take the time to look at and read what I share.  I need to fill my waiting time with the creative work that sustains me until the intentions I have set begin to emerge in their own time.

And I want to connect the parts that seem disconnected.  I want my creativity to be my work and my work to be creative.  I want to share with others the bits of humanity that are dark and scary and ugly…yet beautiful to discover as they form our greater whole.  I want to fill the waiting time to be fully present in the moment.  I have set out the intentions that will create my future…for now I will let go and trust.  See what unfolds

I have more to say on this…but for now, I will leave this on the page and go off to fill the waiting time with a walk.  Nature always brings me into the moment.  I am allowing and trusting in the trees and the air. I am present in the “becoming” of myself.

How do you fill the waiting time so that you are fully present in the moment?

One of the ways I like to connect to my creativity is through Elemental Observations.  Sharing walks and art elements through photos in an online group!  Interested?  Click here to join me! We begin October 1…be fully present while you wait 😉

Reflection on a Gratitude Practice

img_7386I have spent the past few weeks setting the intention to write out what I am grateful for each morning when I awaken and each evening just before I go to sleep.  The images above show a few of the phrases that were written in my journal.

This journey took me into a world where I needed to remind myself what is important to me in the day-to-day.  Little things that seemed mundane were written.  I kept it simple and practiced noticing and stating my thoughts this way:

 I am grateful for…

This seemed so simple and in my over-analyzing way, I attempted to find fault with this simple way of stating my gratitude.  I felt I needed to embellish…be more poetic or wordy…make it more important! I continued to come back to center and write,

I am grateful for…

My mind swirled and whipped around attempting to get me to see that this was just too simple.  But I remained true to the ritual I was setting in place.

I am grateful for…

and I wrote in my morning journal I began to notice something.

Some little sparkles and gems began to appear.  I noticed that opportunities began opening up to me.  I found that I smiled more during the day.  I felt a deeper vibration to what is important to me. I felt (and feel) lighter in body and spirit.  I am feeling clarity.

Huh…does writing out gratitude cause these shifts and changes?  What is happening here?

For now, I am going to continue to write and continue to notice.  Life is good.  I will leave it at that for now.

What are you noticing in your life?


Create a New Habit: How to Bring a Pattern of Joy to your Daily Life

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Do you take time to reflect on what you do each day?  Do you hear yourself saying “Why am I so busy,”?  “Why does there never seem to be time for the simple things that are so important to my health, happiness, and well-being,”?  How do we create habits in our lives that bring us joy, support a creative outlet, or rid us of unwanted routines?

Take a Look at Your Daily Routines

What do you do each day that is routine?  Take a moment to write out a typical day.  This could be a journal entry or a day from your diary/planner.  Look at the details.  Read back through your writing, looking closely at how you spend your time-even the smallest details.  Write down what you notice. These are your habits, your daily routines.

What works? What does not work?  What is missing that you might like to add?  Is there a habit within your day that you wish you could drop?

Create a Habit

Habits are ways of building specific day-to-day activities into your life through routine.  We live in a society that wants things NOW, but taking the time to reflect on your day-to-day habits may give you some insights into this rush.  To do this, you must bring your unconscious patterns (habits) into your consciousness (routines).

Creating a habit relies on time, patience, reflection, and repetitive actions. Putting a routine into place that eventually becomes a habit (an unconscious pattern), takes observation and close reflection upon your daily activities. For example, you may brush your teeth at the same time each day, or you may put your keys in the same location to be able to grab them quickly as you go out the door, or you might check your email as soon as you wake up.  It took time, commitment, and repetition to build these habits into your routine.  And now, they are so built into your life they may seem like breathing.

Perhaps you noticed that you have built habits into your life that take up, or waste your time.  What is something that you do routinely that you wish to drop from your life?  Say, eating too much chocolate or sugar, surfing the internet too often, biting your nails, or chewing on pen tops.  How can you rid yourself of these unwanted habits?

Here is a way you can begin to create a habit into your daily routine or rid yourself of a habit that is no longer necessary to your life.

What do you love to do?  What is something that brings you joy and you wish to be a part of your life?  Is there something missing- times when you say, “I wish” or “I wonder,” or “If only,”?  Choose something you wish to make a routine.  Ideas for this would be things you wish to bring into your life each and everyday.

Look back through your journal or the exercise from the start of this article.  What is missing that you would like to add? Is there something you have done and enjoyed, but have dropped out of your life?  Keep it simple-just one thing.  You may choose something such as practicing yoga or meditation for 15 minutes each day, or writing in your journal at a specific time each day, or listening to a favorite piece of music or drawing.  Whatever it is, it needs to be important to you and worth the commitment.

On the other hand, what is a habit that you wish to drop? Anything that you do that you could observe and stop doing for a month is worth a look.  Again, keep it to one thing that you really wish to commit to quitting. Again,routines took time to establish and will take time to change, should you wish to get rid of them.

Once you have chosen a habit you wish to build into your routine or drop from your routine do the following:

  1. Write it down-this gives focus and clarification
  2. Each day, once you have completed your routine or dropped it for the day, check it off on the calendar.
  3. Take 30 days- check each day off on the calendar as after you have accomplished your commitment for the day. If you miss a day…start over and look to routinizing for the full 30 days.
  4. Observe/Reflect in your journal each day. Do you see a pattern?  Have completed your task each day?
  5. After 30 days-observe/reflect in your journal-What do you notice?
  6. Reflect on any changes.
  7. In your noticing, think back on the first day…what comparisons can you make?  What differences?
  8.  Will you keep this routine?  Have you dropped the habit?  How does it benefit your life?

This exercise can be repeated each time you wish to begin to create a new habit or drop an old one.

Enjoy the little things in your life.  Take time to reflect and find the joy that is yours in each moment. Create a habit.  Why not start now?

Want to join me in creating a habit of walking and noticing each day?  Elemental Observations opens on October 1!  Click here to learn more and to join in!

Reflecting on Summer’s Creative Fire


Each summer I spend time creating.  I so enjoy the free time in Michigan summers.  The weather is usually delightful and encourages creative behavior in big, brash bold ways!

I set the intention to fill the summer with some form of artistic expression.  It might be painting or drawing.  It might be cooking organic meals from the weekly trips to the farmers market.  One summer it was drawing images that come to me from my morning tarot readings or dreams.

Many summers have been filled with photography! This summer…lots of selfie work and digging deeper into the “self” through imagery…

But I digress…

I work from my own “creative fire” that energy that sparks in the spring and ignites in the long and drawn out days of summer.   Sometimes I work from my own inspiration. Sometimes I take an on-line class that sparks my interest.  And many times I combine the two!

Why am I writing about this now…in the fall?  Well, this is a time for “harvesting”.  Harvesting the crops and harvesting the beautiful “nuggets” of time spent in the sun and creating.  Now is my time to reflect on all of the abundant creating and set down the joy it has reaped in writing.  Into the fall months, I can have these thoughts and reflections to support me when the schedule kicks in and I feel overwhelmed.

What wonders occurred? What insights were gained from months of creative fire?  How will I use this created energy?


Here are the steps I take to set the intention for summer creating:

  1.  Ask myself…what creative desires are cropping up into my conscious mind?  What do I wish to explore?
  2. What supplies will I need?  Will I take an on-line class to support the journey?  Or will I create on my own?
  3.  Purchase supplies…set the tone for excitement!!!
  4. Organize supplies so that they fit smoothly into morning or creative ritual
  5. Ritual  set the intention Physically (time space) and mentally (intuitive linear spiral) into my day to create

These are the steps I set out for the summer…but I wonder if they can be used into the fall?Yes indeed!  I am opening the next Elemental Observations E-Course on October 1!  Will you come and walk with me and share what you see where you are?   (Elemental Observations E-course starts October 1!  Carrying the creative fire into the fall!)

For now…what did you discover this summer?  Reflect back on your own “creative fire” and shoot me an email to let me know what lit you up!