Sometimes, what you’re looking for
comes when you’re not looking at all…


I came into this year with challenging, but doable ‘personal’ expectations: that I would start the year in my new journal (didn’t happen); and I would start blogging for Mindful Collage every week (nope); and I would make time each week for journaling and collaging (uh-uh). In turning inward to see what is really going on with me, I realized that I also came into this year with a deficit…exhausted from the emotional roller coaster that goes along with having breast cancer, the emotional intensity of all the clients I saw in the last quarter; exhausted from the daily worry about family and friends, and from a lack of my own self-care. (more…)

On Friday, I spent the day with my friend Ella, and we went to Brio’s for lunch. I brought my journal to share with her, though a little reluctantly, and she was wonderful. She looked at every page with reverent eyes. (more…)


We have hands; we can stand on them if we want to.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert


I worked on the June inner pages in my artful journal most of the day yesterday. It was an emotional rollercoaster for me. On one side I have a collage under the title ‘I am a woman of many layers…’ I picked out images that I thought best express some of those parts of me that I’ve uncovered and am learning to embrace since starting my artful journal. (more…)

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There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift
with each thought, feeling and action that you experience.
~ Deepak Chopra


At the end of last year (2015), I fell behind in finishing my 2015 artful journal, and for some reason (which I probably should explore) I felt the pressure to complete it before I started 2016. I fell behind at some point during the year and though I kept the journaling up to date, and worked on the collages every week, I still fell behind.  So, I asked myself: (more…)


Mindfulness:  the practice of paying attention on purpose
in the present moment without judgement…
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn


7:08am…October 20, 2014…my doctor left me a voicemail telling me that I had breast cancer. But…this is not a blog about breast cancer (maybe a little about breast cancer). It’s my story about how that one significant moment was a catalyst for a year-long journey of writing and “collaging”, that changed ( and healed) my life, in a creative and profound way. (more…)