Shell Help

Is there such a thing as being too introspective?  For me, I think yes.  When I shift into thinking, thinking, thinking and away from the intuitive feeling part of who I am, I start to get annoyed quickly with myself.  This reminds me of a time when I was at the bookstore, searching for some […]

Roses and Transitions

My last post was rose-themed, and this one will be, too.  I’ve moved beaches, but there are still roses.  This time, instead of finding roses washed up on the beach beside me, I’m finding roses on my porch, roses at my backdoor.  Roses all around me, pink and red ones. Journal if you wish: blog […]

A Rose By Any Other Name*

In Life, we are given a name when we are born (sometimes before and sometimes a little bit after), and this name is usually the one that becomes our official name. This name is often recorded on a birth certificate, which is our first official document.  It’s the first piece of paper that declares that […]

Optimizing Your Writing Space

As a creative writer, there are many layers to your work. There’s the actual writing process, and there’s your writing place.  Today, I’m going to talk about how I optimize my writing space and give you ideas on how you can optimize your own. Where do you like to write, and how do you optimize […]

Self Expression: The Color Green

Today’s journaling is inspired by the color green.  First there was the spider plant brightening up my space at work.  Then the palm tree fronds reflected in the window behind me, the leaves on my disposable coffee cup, and even the exit sign letters. I think in the color green sometimes, and I’m not sure […]

Self-Expression: Art Therapy Activities

“The simple act of creative expression connects us with an inner-self of vitality.”–Doreen Meister, MA, MFT Meister is an expressive arts therapist who practices out of Oakland, Calif.  I recently read an article where she discussed the benefits of art therapy and gave three techniques that you can try yourself. The article “3 Art Therapy […]

Psychological Safety and Creativity

This morning, I was reading a study published in Harvard Business Review about how high performing teams need psychological safety to perform at their best. This made me think about creative people: I think a majority of creators need psychological safety to perform AT ALL and certainly to perform at their best. What is Psychological […]

You Don’t Have to Smile

When I started this blog, I was thinking about self expression as a person expressing him or herself in a creative way.  However, we express ourselves in a number of ways, including our facial expressions.  I know my face looks different when I am happy or sad, when I am excited or nervous, when I […]

Exercise as Self Expression

This morning, I had an insight that I decided to share here. I’ve been experimenting with Qi Gong, thanks to a friend at work.  Qi Gong is an exercise I enjoy.  The moves are simple. It feels good.   And it’s helping me feel more grounded. Perhaps because Qi Gong is new to me, it feels […]

Why Self Expression Matters

Self expression is important, and I recently realized why. Yes, creative activities can be enjoyable, but they are also an important way to remind us that we exist, that we all have a unique vision, that we are always enough, and that we are brilliant. The fact that we can create something from nothing, that […]