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 […]

Story Space: Frosted Room

Story Space: “When you look at me, you can’t see the frosted box inside my head. It’s a high-security type of glass, and it’s not clear.  I guess I would call it frosted, but not in a happy holiday or sweet dessert kind of way.  It’s like someone took a photo of a window pane […]

The Rules of Creative Writing

Creative writing is what it is: creative.  And what that means to me is that there are no rules, except there are actually many. Make a List of Creative Writing Rules Stop for a minute, if you wish, and make a list of all of the creative writing rules you can think up.  How many on […]

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 […]

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 […]

That Stubborn Feeling

For this Saturday’s self expression, I encourage you to take your journal and work out strategies you can use when you get stuck in your writing process. I feel like we probably all have different strategies that helps us.  You can read mine from my journal and then work on your own. (Feel free to […]