Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Oh my time just flies by. I've been away jumping into a new career while desperately trying to grasp tight to my old and tired career because change is a really tough thing to adapt to. And some of us can have a struggle with the idea of change (ahem.) And just think this is what I'm assisting others to do... needless to say I've been slammed up into the business of a few new words.


Today, especially, I was driving home from a really challenging day filled to the brim of mixed messages and when I opened my email I was delighted with a nice surprise. The ultra fabulous website They Draw and Cook has a sister site called They Draw and Travel and this month they are featuring illustrations from California. I had submitted one a while ago and have been honored to make their monthly newsletter. Mine is the San Diego map shown below.

Instant mood lifter! Word!
(Thanks Nate and Salli, you have no idea how much I needed a lift today.)

Have yourself a fabulous day!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Three little words.

Service. Gratitude. Thriving. These words are words I am striving to live by and tomorrow I will be able to put them into action. I will be starting a practicum for my program where I will be able to work with kids, teens, and families. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to work at a fantastic non-profit organization that helps stabilize homeless youth and families.

Thriving in service and gratitude.

Monday, July 15, 2013

This is what compromise looks like.

Hello peeps. Today, I've decided to lean into my inability to be creative and just get some paint onto some canvas. As some of you know, I've been plunging down a path to become a therapist and grad school has been taking it's tole on my creative life. For some reason, my right-sided brain has fallen back to allow my left-sided brain to step forward and sparkle. Neurons are firing, brain waves are connecting, and it feels pretty darn good. But I must say, the two sides are having a difficult time dancing in the middle and allowing both sides to glean some limelight.

So maybe today, I'll just have to make the magic happen until the ease of compromise arrives. This is what happened while I forced played with these issues.

May not look like much but my heart is smiling.

Gratitude of the day: I am so grateful for newly made friendships, re-discovering the taste of humble pie, and colorful paint-filled days.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


The best thing about a hug is you can't give one without getting one!

Monday, June 17, 2013

I forget.

I am in a very difficult (for me) class in my master's program. It's called Psychometrics and it is all about testing and statistics. Ugh. I have really been struggling and stressing about this class and even though I am somehow (grace of God) managing to pull a very good grade, I am sick to my stomach every time I sit down to do my homework or study. I've been so wrapped up in my whirlpool of anxiety that I have forgotten this message...

Even though my dulling agent is not a person, I forgot that I can still shine through difficult times. The hard parts of life is where we build more character anyway so tonight... watch out class... I'm gonna sparkle!

What makes you sparkle?

Tying up the end of the school year!

My boy is almost out of school! Yay! This first year of middle school sure was an interesting one with three different english teachers, 6th grade camp, school dances, and... gulp... a girlfriend for the boy! So glad to say goodbye to this school year and hello to summer!

With this in mind, I've comprised a few teacher gifts that hopefully they will enjoy throughout the summer.

Each brightly colored bag has a luxurious beach towel, a current magazine, and bottle of sunscreen. Do you give your child's teacher a gift? If so, what is it?

I'm so grateful you stopped by! Wishing you a delightful Monday!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Funny how that happens.

I went into Marshall's the other day and I came across this...

This is my art I created for a calendar and didn't even know it is making the rounds in other arenas! Funny how that happens!

I am so grateful delightful surprises.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


How many times have you had a dream grow in your head for a long time and then when you acquired the courage to speak it out loud... someone laughed at your dream? Many times this scoffing is unintentional, but belittling none-the-less. Close your ears to these people you ambitious soul, those reactions stem mostly from fear.

I am so grateful for vulnerability. It helps people realize we are all just spiritual beings engaging in a human experience.

Monday, May 13, 2013

If you are thinking it, say it!

Not everything that is! However, most of us have really nice thoughts about other people but we don't tend to say them that often. What would happen if we did though? Maybe there would be less room for the not-so-nice thoughts in our minds!

For a special friend's milestone birthday, I created a simple book with 50 things I love about her. In my mind, I thought it was a great gift because who wouldn't like a 50 page book of fantastic reminders of how great you are?

Thanks for stopping by! I am ever so grateful for YOU!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Food filled fun in 2014!

There is a new calendar filled with my illustrations for 2014! It is filled with scrumptious food illustrations, a little girl named Josie, and her sidekick-kitten named Sprinkles. Look for it in bookstores this fall!