33 Ways to Have a Vibrant Day

Walk or drive down a tree lined street with the leaves ablaze with autumn magic Eat really ripe fruit and let the juices run down your arm Listen to the chirps and steady piercing hums of the crickets and cicadas in the evening Watch a no-words-are-adequate-to-fully-describe sunset on the lake Have a creative retreat with … Continue reading 33 Ways to Have a Vibrant Day

Adventures at Small Pond: A Writing Retreat for the Soul

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of doing a short writing residency at this amazing 87 acre farm just outside Picton, Ontario. Small Pond Arts is a wild, sprawling space that includes an arts retreat centre, an art studio, and a ridiculously charming residence with an open kitchen, peaceful rooms, and a huge front … Continue reading Adventures at Small Pond: A Writing Retreat for the Soul

“We Have to Break Ourselves Open”: Navigating the Spaces of Uncertainty and Fear

Today has floated by like a dream - the kind where you can't get quite find ¬†your footing, and you are left feeling distant, disconnected, and drained. Earlier, I was sitting on the GO bus, crossed legged, books resting on my lap. Out the window, the world passed by in a blur - the rich … Continue reading “We Have to Break Ourselves Open”: Navigating the Spaces of Uncertainty and Fear

Transforming Public Space: Exploring Street Art in Four Cities

"It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look. To affect the quality of the day - that is the highest of … Continue reading Transforming Public Space: Exploring Street Art in Four Cities

Photo Journey Part 5

The 30 Days of Creativity adventure continues! Day 21: Doodle Something and Document it: Day 22: Explore a Neglected Body Part Day 23: Transform Something Boring and Mundane into Something Interesting Day 24: Capture Something Vibrant! Day 25: Capture Something in Black and White 21. [find your spark]: I was trying to find a message … Continue reading Photo Journey Part 5

Love is…Brief Escapes & Entrenched Narratives

This weekend, armed with a pretty generous gift card, my partner and I escaped to the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake for a couple of whirlwind days. We stayed at one of the vintage hotels - an adorable and relatively unassuming Inn with a lot of history within its walls. As we began to explore the … Continue reading Love is…Brief Escapes & Entrenched Narratives

Jeanette Winterson & Newfoundland Adventures Part Two: Explorations of Land, Writing, and Self

Journal Prompts (inspired by Jeanette Winterson) How do you "live in the space between chaos and shape"? How do you interpret that? (One of my favourite paragraphs from my favourite book) Where do you explore? How do you explore your body or the body of others? If you were writing a poem, how would you … Continue reading Jeanette Winterson & Newfoundland Adventures Part Two: Explorations of Land, Writing, and Self

Jeanette Winterson & Newfoundland Adventures Part One

Creativity is when two seemingly separate and distant things can be merged together to make something meaningful. Last summer, we went on a wonderous adventure, traveling around Newfoundland - a rented car packed high with cheap supermarket food, camping gear, clothing for all seasons (the mighty Atlantic plays unpredictable tricks!), and hearts full of spontaneity. … Continue reading Jeanette Winterson & Newfoundland Adventures Part One

Love is…mindfulness & dancing in the back seat

sometimes I'm too lost in my own thoughts to be fully awake to it, sometimes I'm too self-conscious to fully participate in it, sometimes my unrealistic expectations prevent me from fully adapting to it, sometimes I'm too deeply & desperately clutching to a sense of control to fully let myself go in the presence of … Continue reading Love is…mindfulness & dancing in the back seat