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 […]

How Not to Teach a Writing Class

Interesting that I’ve been thinking about how to be the best writing teacher, and I happened to come across this old episode of Grace Under Fire that shows how NOT to teach creative writing.  Watch from about 10:52 until 12:40 to see an example of creating a non-safe space writing environment! Journal, if you wish: […]

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 […]

Through a Glass of Chardonnay

If creativity is seeing things in a new way, what do you see when you look through a glass of chardonnay, sparkling water, or lemon-lime soda? If you choose, journal about what you see when you look at a scene through two layers of glass.  If there are bubbles involved, how does it change your […]