Alley-Tales

Some towns are alley towns. Towns with partial roads that run behind the homes, sometimes large enough for a parked car, sometimes not.  Some alleys are paved with concrete, some with slurry, some a combination rocks and dirt and weeds all woven together in a tapestry of alley-tales. An alley is like a self-cleaning kitchen […]

Small Changes

Tonight I sat on the beach and snapped photo after photo of the sunset. At first glance, all my photos look the same. But if you study each one, you’ll notice small differences. The sunset is vibrant, alive, and dozens of other things are changing as the sun dips into the horizon. People move into […]

The Woman in the White Shirt and Blue Jeans

My phone recently stopped holding a charge. I knew there was a problem when I could watch the battery icon going down when my phone was charged into a wall socket, but still, I hoped that I wouldn’t have to deal with this problem until later. The universe intervened, and I woke up to a […]

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 […]

Self Expression Activities: Drawing

I’ve decided that an important part of Self-Expression Saturday is sharing a variety of self-expression activities with you. Although I’m not an artist in the traditional sense, I know several people who are, including my daughter. In this post, I share her thoughts about drawing as a form of self-expression. Her self-expression: A collection of […]

Sand Expression

Sand can be a beautiful tool for self expression and grounding for those people who don't mind touching it. I personally love sitting in the sand because it just feels good to connect to the earth. I also enjoy the feeling of scooping up sand, drawing in it, holding it, and letting it drift through […]

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 […]