To Do Book or: Making Lists About Lists


Earlier this week, I wrote about making my way through the Leonie Dawson “Create Your Amazing Year Life and Biz Workbooks and Calendars”. For the past several nights, I hunkered down on the couch with a pen and pencil, my blankets and pillows and my puppies and started making my way through them.  It is an AMAZING experience..just to go through and identify what you love about yourself, what you want to say goodbye to, what big and small dreams you have for yourself and then go about planning on making them happen!  It’s such a beautiful feeling and one that gives me such hope.

Each year, I make resolutions that I, invariably, break by mid-January.  What’s the difference this year?  I have a PLAN to make them happen and dammit, I WILL make them happen!

One of the exercises in the workbook is to make a “To Do” book..where you will write your goals and dreams and the lists and plans to make them happen.  I am a list-maker.  Always have been.  I am even guilty of writing things down on the list that I’ve already done, just for the satisfaction of crossing them off! (come on, you know you do it, too!).  This method works perfectly for me.

Of course the artist in me refused to use a plain notebook so…I broke out the gesso, spray inks, acrylic paint, stencils, modeling paste and glass bead paste and went to town.  I created the cover in a grunge-like mixed media form.  I absolutely love it and can’t wait to get my dreams and lists inside that baby.



One of the exercises in the book that I just loved doing was the list of 100 things I want to do this year. They can be silly, serious, creative – anything!  Some of the items on my list (I’ve only written 39, so far) are:

Take ballroom dance lessons

Go hiking

Build a firepit

Send 52 cards

Learn to make cabbage rolls

Get a tattoo


Some of them are more serious:

Get house repairs done

Get new life insurance

Save X amount of money


But all of them are mine and soon I’ll have a plan to achieve them all.  It’s ok, if they all don’t happen..that’s life..but most will because I want them, I have a plan and they will make me a better me.  If you have big or small resolutions this year – whether you make them and break them right away or whether you have never made them – GET THIS WORKBOOK!  You will get happy pants just from doing the exercises!

Until next time..




Dream Big, My Friends


Last night, I had the urge to paint – just a tug at my heart to create a small canvas. The canvas front is a small whimsical girl with a bird whispering in her ear.  I imagine that the bird is telling her to dream big and grow wings to make those dreams come true. It’s far from my best work, but it is from the heart and isn’t that what art is – speaking from the heart?


Although, you have to look to see the sides (as it is a deep canvas), I felt drawn to paint them, too.  In dreams and in life, you often have to look deeper than the surface.The sides are glass bead gel with purple acrylic paint through a stencil and then sprayed with Dylusions Spray. Colorful, full of texture — that describes my dreams for 2014 and beyond.


A few years ago, a former co-worker introduced me to Rumi, one of the most influential Persian poets of the 13th century.  His words speak to me on a deep level (Rumi’s words, not the co-worker, although he was a pretty neat guy, too) and I often find myself reading his words when I am going through a rough patch (or even a happy patch!).

The below quotes by Rumi encourage and inspire me to dream and work to make those dreams come true.






When I was a little girl, my big dream was to be an author.  I pictured myself in a little cottage with a white picket fence on Nantucket Island (off the Massachusets coast) writing my days away. I imagined sipping coffee while looking over the water.

 I loved to read (still do) and write (a bit rusty there now).  I would write poetry, plays and short stories, but life has a way of taking it’s own course.  I never did move to Nantucket or become an author, yet….

Many years later, I live about as far from a coast as you can in the US (in North Central Missouri)..but I’m writing this while sipping my coffee looking over our lake. One of my big dreams for 2014 is to write a book.  Ok, it may be an e-book, but it is a book and I WILL write it this year.  It’s never too late to go for those dreams. They may not take the same shape or form as the dreams you originally birthed, but they are out there for your reaching and it is NEVER too late.


What dreams do you hold in your heart? To open a business? To get paid for your art work? To write a book?  Nurture those dreams. Write them down.  Share your dream with friends and family. And then..make a plan to reach them.  You will never regret having the courage to reach for your will only have regrets if you never do.

Until next time..



Hello, beautiful people!

Yesterday, I shared a resource that is helping me figure out what I want to be when I grow up (ok, well, I’ll never REALLY grow up – I like playdough and coloring way too much!).  Today, I’m sharing a resource that is starting to change my life.  Yes, really..

It is Leonie Dawson’s “Create Your Amazing Year” workbooks.  I purchased both the Life and Biz Editions that include calendars for just..ready for this..$17.90!  They are beautifully illustrated, colorful, fun workbooks that guide you through exercises to help you have the best year (LIFE!) ever!


I KNOW you will want them too, so the link is HERE (or just click on the image above)

Here is a video featuring the author, Leonie Dawson explaining how the workbooks, well,…work.    Take a look and dare to reach for your dreams! I want to work from my swimming pool, too! 🙂

Here’s a bit about the amazing and talented (and funny!) Leonie Dawson.  I am amazed at her spirit, her success and simply, her.

Leonie Dawson is a mentor to women wanting to create + grow massively successful and heart-centered creative + soulful businesses. She is also an author, retreat leader, visual artist, mama and guide for the tens of thousands who receive her free “AMAZING BIZ + AMAZING LIFE” eZine each week.

Leonie has taught alongside such luminaries as Arielle Ford, Julia Cameron, Gay Hendricks and SARK. Leonie has coached tens of thousands of women to create their own incredible lives and businesses including crystal healers, celebrities, coaches, best-selling authors, award-winning singers, fitness experts, yoga teachers, artists and multiple-six-figure entrepreneurs.

Her strategic musings and practical wisdom have been featured on Problogger, Tiny Buddha, magazines like Spellcraft, Life Images, Goddess and Spheres, and in three of SARK’s best-selling books on creative fulfillment & freedom.

Purposeful, passionate & unendingly prolific, Leonie published her first book at 22, held her first solo art exhibition at 23, began leading women’s circles the same year, created her first retreat at 25, launched the Goddess Circle — a subscription-based women’s art, soul + biz community — at 27, and has guided thousands of women through transformational experiences over the past 3 years. She’s also released 5 e-courses — including her signature workshop for entrepreneurs, Become A Business Goddess program — 4 meditation kits and 2 workbooks into the digital ether. Her latest book “73 Lessons Every Goddess Must Know” shot to the top of the Amazon bestseller list.

In the process, she has created a half million dollar a year company that doubles in size each year and helps thousands of women every single year. Her mission is to help as many earth angels – women with creative or spiritual gifts – to have profoundly profitable businesses so they may nourish themselves and heal the world.

Previously, Leonie has worked as editor of the Australian Government’s business website which garnered a United Nations award during her time there. She has also previously worked in Minister’s Offices at Parliament House and as a legal secretary. Leonie was formerly a top-achieving economics + art history student at Australian National University before dropping out to become a successful artist.

Leonie has walked labyrinths in the moonlight, wept atop mountains in the middle of a storm, danced with a baby in an old cow shed as a Filipino tribal chief sang, and once married herself in a public commitment ceremony — witnessed by goddess maidens of honor that she’d met on the Internet.

Best-selling author of “Succulent Wild Woman” SARK has called Leonie “a gifted goddess and illuminated creator. I happily recommend her and her lilting work.” Hay House author of “Oracle Tarot”, Lucy Cavendish has said “Leonie Dawson is an amazing artist and spiritual teacher. She’s inspiring, wise, kind and oh-so-talented.”

You can find her on Twitter @Leonie_Dawson, Facebook & at her blog

I truly hope that you will find this resource as amazing as I have and will join me on the journey to your best year and self evah! (That’s “ever” for your non-NJ folks!)

Until next time..


A Plan to Find Joy or How to Be Happier than the Pillsbury Dough Boy on His Way to A Baking Convention

Self-Exploration – Uncharted Territories


Hello, fabulous folks!

I’ve written lately about finding my joy in life in 2014.  In fact, my word of 2014 is JOY.  In addition to using art as a creative exploration tool, I’ve found some other amazing resources that I’d love to share.

The first is the When I Grow Up Coach (  Michelle helps people, especially creative people like me and you, to find their passionate career. I purchased her book: and have been working through it.  This beautiful nugget is fun and waaay less expensive than therapy at just $37.  It has been an amazing experience! I gained insight into my personality and what makes me smile.  I’ve also learned (or confirmed) what is it that gives me the willies and makes me want to hide.  Using these exercises, I am uncovering the true me and what career will make me want to jump out of bed in the morning (for more reasons than having to pee).

If you are feeling stuck in your career or are interested in exploring what your passionate options are and if you are not on on her mailing list..STOP right now and get on it now!  Each day, you’ll receive insightful, fun and amazeballs videos and blog posts to guide you toward a career that makes you giddy!

This YouTube clips challenges you to join her 30 Day La Dea Vita Challenge and be the best YOU ever!  The challenge was originally posted in 2011, but go it anyway!  It still applies if you are still stuck!

When I Grow Up Coach on Living La Dea Vita

Here’s a little about Michelle:

Michelle Ward, aka The When I Grow Up Coach, helps creative people devise the career they think they can’t have – or discover it to begin with! A certified life coach by the International Coach Academy, a musical theater actress with her BFA from NYU/Tisch, and a Corporate America escapee, Michelle has served as an expert source and contributor for such outlets as Newsweek, Forbes, and Psychology Today, as well as leading workshops and seminars at SXSW 2011 and the sold-out Etsy Success Symposium. She could be found coachin’, bloggin’ & givin’ away free stuff at”

Tomorrow, I’ll share the next, most fantabulous resource that I’ve been using to help me create the best version of me and my career!

Until then..


Joy….a Journey to Me


As part of my journey toward Joy, I created this canvas today.  It was in my head and itching to get out.  The girl represents me and the word “Joy” is prominent..the art is part of my healing and a big part of my journey.  I’ll hang this in the house to remind myself that 2014 is my year of Joy..I will find what brings me Joy, and work toward it while becoming the best me that I can be.



Until next time..


Seek Joy…



Bah Humbug and…Joy….


So, we are coming up on Christmas and, for the first time ever, I’m not especially looking forward to it.  I’ve been in a “bad place” lately and just can’t seem to get out of it.   No motivation, no joy and no “umph”.  Sure, the decorations are up and the shopping is mostly done.  Of course, the holiday party invites have been sent..I’m going through the motions..but doing nothing more. It’s not you, Christmas, it’s me.

 I’ve decided that 2014 will be my year to find joy.  That is my word of the year – JOY.  I hope to find it through exploring art (I’ve signed up for some courses to help me with that) and exploring me.  What makes me “tick”, what brings me joy, what makes me want to get out of bed in the morning (besides the dogs whining to go out). What my true passions are.  I’m working for myself now, but not finding joy in it.  I know the joy is there somewhere, but I don’t know where to find it.  I’m confident that I will find it in 2014.

My heart has always been in words and creating..perhaps, I’ll find the joy and my true life’s passion there.

Below, is my first face (that sounds funny, doesn’t it?), that I drew in the Tamara LaPorte’s Fabulous Faces course.  I’ve only done week one, so far (I know, it’s easy to figure that one out).  I’ve been looking at this face and realizing that it represents me, now, in a few important ways:

  • My eyes have always been my best feature 
  • She is staring blankly
  • The mouth is not smiling 
  • She is just there

Yes, yes, I know..this all sounds so down and is..BUT..I know that there is JOY right around the corner and I am on a mission to hunt it down and embrace it!



So how will I find joy this year?  

Through art, through self-examination (not self-breast examination, although that is VERY important, too! – take care of the Tatas!)..through counseling and discussion, through trying new things, through journaling (art and written), through meds (yep, no sense in pretending otherwise!) and more.  I want to be the best version of myself that I can.

I can see JOY around the corner…and she is taunting me..I’m gonna find that bitch! 😀

Till next time…