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

Love Letters to the World: How to Cultivate Connection With the Stranger on the Park Bench

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” ― Kurt Vonnegut I've been hiding little love notes all over my city. I've been going through a lot of personal life changes lately, … Continue reading Love Letters to the World: How to Cultivate Connection With the Stranger on the Park Bench

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

Breathing Room – Creating Space Between You and Your Pain

I have been writing "morning pages" everyday for the past three weeks. This act has been so loving, comforting, and illuminating. When I was young, I used to write furiously in my journal almost every day. It was mostly complaining and general angst. I didn't glean any insights from it at the time, it was … Continue reading Breathing Room – Creating Space Between You and Your Pain

Ways of Seeing – How to Transform the Mundane into Wonder

Ahh, so the patience and gentleness and breathing and leaning-into-the-discomfort-of -feeling-blocked worked wonders. The pause. The space. The letting go. I woke up this morning groggy, but way more grounded. Behind my heavy eyes, the old excitement hid. I could feel it. I left for my walk to work and everything was illuminated with wonder … Continue reading Ways of Seeing – How to Transform the Mundane into Wonder

How To Ease Yourself Through Creative Blocks

I'm hit some creative blocks these past few days. I've been walking around on automatic mode - hurrying, rushing, looking-through rather than looking-at. I began began pushing myself, I began panicking, I began thinking in absolutes - "I've lost my vision!", "I've lost my spark!". I was left feeling defeated and powerless. Any of us who … Continue reading How To Ease Yourself Through Creative Blocks

Cultivate Your Joy!

Pretty exciting news, friends! I've officially had a couple of pieces published in Sprout Magazine's latest issue about Joy! Here's my interview about the ways that I cultivate joy in my life (even within the heavy, dark, messy, lonely places) Amanda Fall is the gorgeously dedicated creator behind the publication. She's got a huge heart … Continue reading Cultivate Your Joy!

Love is Authenticity and Finding Your Voice

This summer I took a huge leap and became involved in the Connection Revolution's 3rd Annual World-Changing Writer's Workshop. This course radiates authenticity and encourages you to write from your heart. It urges you to dig deep to uncover your own stories and to share them with the world. It allows space and opportunity for … Continue reading Love is Authenticity and Finding Your Voice