Move the Marble day

In a recent blog post, the concept of Marble Day is introduced. Inspired by Dr. Troy Amdahl, the author shares the idea of two jars filled with marbles, one representing the years lived and the other representing the potential years left to live. The lone marble in between represents the present year, emphasizing the importance of living in the moment. Reflecting on this concept, the author realizes the need to seize the opportunity to pursue dreams and goals sooner rather than later. The article ends with a thought-provoking question, encouraging readers to consider how they will choose to spend their present moment.

Does Artistry or Creativity only mean drawing?

In a breakout room for a workshop I attended earlier this month, we were chatting about aspects of creativity and one woman exclaimed that she wasn't artistic because she couldn't draw a recognizable stick figure. As a group we challenged the notion of how creativity and artistry show up.

My son claims he isn't artistic, but you should see the landscapes he has created.
A few of the artists in a group I belong to know that they can create, but don't feel that they can call themselves artists, because they don't make money from their work.
Another friend took the longest time to claim the title of artist, because the work she did was only for herself.

Many people feel that art or creativity is only something we can create with our hands, but I beg to differ. A good book is a work of art. Solving a business or social problem can call in to play many many aspects of creativity. Solving a problem in math or science as well as creating a new product requires creativity and usually artistry. In fact, I really don't think there is anything that can't benefit from a light application of creativity.

Where in your life does artistry/creativity show up most?
How does it come forth?
What does it feel like when it flows easily?
Are there areas of your life that feel stuck and what would happen to that stuckness if you applied a bit of creativity and artistry to it?
Are there any creative endeavors you have wanted to try, but don't because you don't think they would be of value? What if the value was that they look like fun and you want to try it?
Do you need permission to be creative or artistic? 
Go do it! :)

My current project - the Wholistic Cancer Support Summit


Although I started learning about alternative healing methods when I was 15, the past 12 years of learning and practicing have given me a much broader base in understanding how so many seemingly different things, all support the body and mind.
As I have seen many friends and acquaintances journey through the experience of cancer, I realized that the many tools and practices I learned about could be put to use to support them as they navigate the medical process of cancer. However there was not really one place to discover all these programs.
A friend suggested that I collect the information and share it.
The Wholistic Cancer Support Summit was born.

If you or someone you know is going through cancer treatment, or if you know someone who works with cancer patients, please take a moment and forward this blog to them.
The Wholistic Cancer Support Summit is free and virtual. Starting June 26 - 29th, each presentation will be available for 24 hours, and you have the option for a paid upgrade to the All Access pass so you can watch the videos for the next year.

Here is the link to join us at the event

I look forward to seeing you there!

The Ultimate Getaway?

Are you feeling stuck or distracted in your usual workspace? Maybe it's time to explore working in a different environment! While it can be challenging to adjust to a new space, I'm currently experiencing the benefits of working in a new and quieter location at the Abbey of Gethsemani.

To make the transition easier, I've found that personalizing and organizing my temporary workspace is key. Bringing familiar items and being organized helps me feel comfortable and productive. Additionally, limiting my workload and focusing on a few specific projects allows me to switch gears when needed and avoid overwhelming myself.

If you're struggling with productivity or creative block, consider trying out a new workspace. Whether it's a coffee shop, library, or temporary retreat like the Abbey of Gethsemani, a change of environment can do wonders for your mindset and productivity!

Try something new each month, here's how!

For many years, one of my New Year's resolutions was to try something new each month. When I went back to school 4 years ago, that idea fell to the wayside. This year I have started that project again and here are some ideas if you want to try it too!

Finding new and fun activities to do each month in your area can be a great way to explore your community and try new things. Here are some tips for discovering activities and events in your area:
  1. Use online resources to search for events and activities happening in your area. Websites such as Eventbrite, Meetup, and Facebook Events can be useful for finding local events and activities.
  2. Check the websites of local community organizations, such as libraries, museums, and parks, for information about upcoming events and activities. These organizations often offer a variety of programs and events that are open to the public.
  3. Look for local newsletters or community calendars that list upcoming events and activities. These can be found online or in print, and can be a great source of information about what's happening in your community.
  4. Ask friends, family, and colleagues for suggestions and recommendations. They may know of events or activities that you haven't heard of, and can provide valuable insights and tips.
  5. Consider trying new activities that you haven't done before, such as taking a dance class, joining a book club, or trying a new outdoor adventure. Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be a great way to discover new passions and interests.
  6. Finally, be open to new experiences and take advantage of opportunities as they arise. You never know what fun and exciting things you might discover if you keep an open mind and stay curious.
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