Oh What A Week!

I just returned from the most amazing trip!! I spent a week in Scottsdale, AZ for the Traveling Art of Sisterhood retreat and it was phenomenal!!

From the time I began to experiment with art, I found it to be a means of healing for me. I enjoy making beautiful art and using my creativity, but more than that, to me, art is a form of therapy. It has brought me so much healing!

Last year, after I taught in the first Traveling Art of Sisterhood Retreat, I realized that though I thoroughly enjoy teaching art, my true calling is to facilitate healing through art.

So for my class this year, I chose to act as an Expressive Arts Facilitator, rather than an art instructor (just as I did last year too.)

My class was about healing our wounds from the past; about the importance of sharing our stories in an empowering way; and about finding the gifts our wounds left us.

I led the group through a guided mediation for relaxation and positive energy. We did some affirmations. We set intentions. We wrote about a wound we are ready to heal. And then students created art based on their wound.

There was music, tears, laughter, hugs, love, and support. There were stories shared and meaningful connections made. It was a very powerful experience for many, myself included.

For me, this retreat is so much bigger and deeper than art. It’s a celebration of friendship and connection with women!

I’m so grateful to Kara Bullock for inviting me back; grateful for the experience; and honored to be a part of the journey.

I’m especially grateful for the students who took part in my lesson and trusted me with their stories. Your story matters!!

I have tons of photos but just sharing some highlights. It was AMAZING!!!


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And the winner is…Gratitude Junk Journal Announcement!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Gratitude Junk Journal Blog Hop giveaGratitude Junk Journal Graphic 1 with linkway!

I’m happy to announce that the winner is Jacklyn Young! Congratulations Jacklyn!

Don’t forget that Early Bird pricing ends on Sunday, October 22, so hurry on over and REGISTER for this gratitude-filled workshop you won’t want to miss.

What are you grateful for today? I’m grateful that I get to give Jacklyn Young a little bit of joy today with this announcement!

Live life with gratitude!







Gratitude Junk Journal Blog Hop

Hi!  Welcome to the Gratitude Junk Journal Workshop Social Media Hop!  Join me on a quick, artsy journey towards gratitude and meeting the 10 AWESOME instructors of this workshop! And for a chance to WIN a FREE spot in the Gratitude Junk Journal Workshop,


If you are starting here just follow the appropriate link below.  I have included a list of all participating instructor’s links for your convenience.  Please visit their blog on their assigned day to learn more about their giveaway and for more chances to win!

October 4 – Sherry Canino – https://caninosartisticcafe.com/blog/

October 5 – Cristin Stevenson – http://pan-the-artist.blogspot.com

October 6 – Natalyn Bradshaw – http://natalynbradshaw.com/effortlesscreativejournaling/

October 7 –  Jackie Barragan – https://courageandart.com/blog/

October 8 – Nicole Edgecombe – http://nicoleedgecombe.com

October 9 – Tiffany Goff Smith- https://www.instagram.com/southerngals_designs/

October 10 – Cindy Gilstrap www.JunqueArt.com 

October 11 – Kymona Tracy – https://kreativekymona.com

October 12 – Deanna Jinjoe – http://www.anewdayartstudio.com/blog/

October 13 – Tiare Smith – tiaresmith.com 


What is Gratitude?

A feeling of appreciation or thanks. So simple, yet so mighty. It becomes mightier as we practice it daily in our lives. Growing it in a group makes it all the stronger.   This gratitude journal will help to reinforce it and give us a great reference that keeps us grounded.  Just imagine after one month how your attitude; those around you; and your life will change…Change your heart…Change your mind…Change your life. A month of gratitude. A month of miracles….again!

It is such an honor and privilege to be a part of a meaningful workshop such as this one. I am SO grateful that Tiare invited me to participate and I look forward to sharing my art lesson with you and telling you all about one of the things I’m most grateful for in my life.

JOIN ME IN THE WORKSHOP NOW! There is an Early Bird Special of $10 off through Sunday, October 22. No coupon needed!

Today I share with you a piece of my art that I am grateful for and why.

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Ordinary Girl

This is “Ordinary Girl”. I’m grateful for her because she is me. I am the ordinary girl who can move mountains, and spread kindness, love, and light. And that is something for which to be definitely grateful.

Here’s How You Can Win A Free Spot!

If you subscribe to my blog/newsletter that will get you one entry. (Subscribe button is on the sidebar. If you’re on a mobile device, it should appear at the bottom of this post.) AND as a Bonus…If you share this post on Facebook (or any other social media outlet), that will get you a Bonus Second entry! But remember…Subscribe first. If you shared it too, just comment on this post and let me know and I will throw your name in the hat a second time. That’s it! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Last day to enter is October 13. Winner will be announced here on my blog on October 16. Stay Tuned!

Remember, early bird ends on October 22 and Registration is OPEN!

Thanks for stopping and good luck! Have a gratitude-filled, joyful day!