Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Last week, I returned from Cambria, California as a certified Visioning ® facilitator! I began this training process six months ago, which prepared me to offer this AMAZING authentic vision- setting method. During the final training at Dr. Capacchione's home (creator of the Visioning® method) I developed three workshops that I will be offering throughout the fall. Click here to learn more about them!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Saturday, November 27, 2010
The above mural was envisioned by a group of parishioners from Capitol Hill Nazarene in OKC.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
I think the thing that has been most enriching about this process is hearing the kiddos say that they can't believe that they created something so awesome!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, June 4, 2009
My inner child was singing that day...I was wearing fairy wings after all! Click here to see the photobucket gallery of the wedding pictures my friend Andrew took. It can portray the whimsy far better than my words can.
Soon after the wedding, Jason and I moved in and began renovating our new home and, guess what, I started ANOTHER blog that is documenting the process. Click here to get to the WELLSTEAD blog.
One GREAT thing about our new home is that there is a GIGANTIC workshop in the back where I can host Creative Journal workshops!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
When I entered the Creative Journal Expressive Arts program, Diana seemed more excited than anyone that I was embarking on this adventure and as soon as I returned from the first intensive she immediately became my willing guinea pig. In the months that we worked together, her creativity blossomed (read Diana's Creative Journal adventure here). Since then, she became a full fledged painter... EVERYTHING revolved around her need to express her creativity and she had built up a sizable body of work that was intended to become her first art exhibit.
I am grateful to have known this woman. She was not afraid of evolving way beyond her comfort zone and for that she will always be an inspiration to me.
Monday, April 27, 2009
It has rained every day for the last week and more rain is scheduled...so the backyard where we are getting married is EXPLODING with life. I'm trying not to freak out about the possibility of rain on our big day, but Jason doesn't seem to be worried. But, if you would, say a prayer that IT WILL NOT RAIN. Thank you.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
So back to the mural project... it has been such a spectacular experience that I want to figure out how to do this all the time! I get to do it again on a larger scale in about a month. The McFarland branch YWCA has a 60 foot long wall on the side of the building - which faces the youth garden project - that is BEGGING to be painted... so we are hoping to team up school kids from the area with tenants of a nearby senior center, as well as a handful of community artists to paint a mural with the focus: CULTIVATING COMMUNITY. I'll keep you posted.
As far as the wedding goes, my wings are made as well as Tillie's, the rings have arrived, I'm almost done sparklfying my dress, Tillie's tutu is here, the wedding space is shaping up beautifully...in a whimsically rugged sort of way and the ring pillow has just been made (it's purdy). We still need to get our lisence, Jason and Jesse need to figure out what they are going to wear, I need to write my vows (as does Jason, I'm sure), we need to figure out where all the out-of-town people will be staying, and a whole lot of other things. Oh, and IT WILL NOT RAIN.
About the house... Jason passed by it last Friday morning when he was detoured (or Divinely redirected) from his normal route due to construction. We were taking a tour of it by 2:30 that afternoon and by six that evening our realtor was faxing us the contract which was approved at 8:30 the next morning. It is a total granny house (no offense, Granny) with white aluminum siding and a clothesline in the back yard...as well as a peach tree, a plum tree, two pecan trees and a rasberry vine/bush. The stove in the kitchen is harvest gold and the living room walls are covered with faux wood panelling. HOWEVER, the oak floors are immaculate, the garage has been converted into a den, there is a tiny loft in the house and a humongous workshop out back. The inspector said that we've got a real gem of a house. We don't close until May 15th and I've already got the paint colors and the floor tiles picked. It's a bit early but the decorating seems to be having a calming effect on my current state of FRANTIC.
I'm done writing.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Last September I met with the Volunteer coordinator with the YWCA to see if they would be interested in having student murals grace the walls of one of their local centers. We quickly came up with a multi-school mural project that centered around the following idea: EMBRACING UNITY THROUGH DIVERSITY AND GAINING STRENGTH THROUGH ADVERSITY. After a helluva time of trying to gather willing teachers from various schools to participate and four months after the plan was set into motion, the schools that REALLY committed opened their classrooms up for me to come in and begin the task of ACTUALLY DOING THIS PROJECT. I decided that Creative Journal Expressive Arts was the way to get their creative juices flowing. We started with a reflective activity. I asked the students to journal about the following question: IF YOU HAD NOTHING STANDING IN YOUR WAY OR HOLDING YOU BACK, HOW WOULD YOU USE YOUR HANDS TO UPLIFT YOUR LIFE, YOUR FAMILY'S LIFE, YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR WORLD?
This has been one of the most educational and enriching experiences that I have been involved with and it has shown me that I want to design a profession where I can help people (families, schools, businesses, churches, etc.) to incorporate the art of collaboration into their lives. We are doing it all the time anyway, so why not be intentional about it.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
On another creative note, I was FINALLY able to spend some time doing a project that has been in my mind since the fall intensive of 2007 when one of the CJEA participants brought a Soul Collage deck to share. Since then, I've had the urge to give some shape and texture to my 'inner family'. It is shocking how un-visual I am as a visual artist. I can't seem to conjure up an image in my mind. I have to create it in order to SEE it.
I Recently came across a book while at Powell's Book Store in Portland entitled: FOCUSING by Eugene T. Gendlin, PH.D. I love how books pop into my life EXACTLY when I need them. This book goes through a six-step process on getting past the mental aspect of a problem and into the 'felt sense' of it...much like Creative Journal Expressive Arts does. I finished the book yesterday and will start reading it again tonight. My goal is to use both of these processes in tandem...somehow. This new tool has been really helpful in getting to the core of an unidentifiable feeling that crops up quite frequently in this new journey I have been on in merging my life with my future husband. I use these tools in random moments when I an wanting to stuff a feeling and I don't have the ability to journal. One such time popped up when I was watching a movie with Jason: HENRY POOLE IS HERE. One scene really hit me in a profound way and I was stuffing down the urge to have a balling session. I can't explain the process, but let's just say something SHIFTED and I feel a bit different for having allowed that process to unfold. I don't know if anyone else will think this is a profound movie, but I highly recommend renting it. (Write me and let me know what you think of it when you see the movie)
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
with Jason, done during the ice storm back in December)
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
11 blogspot pages:
1 official website
4 Myspace pages
1 Facebook page
Most of them are scattered throughout this blog or in JOY ENTERPISES.
Since 17 pages is CLEARLY not enough, I added another to the pile. I created a place to put my Creative Journal art, which has been previously spread out over all my other pages. Click here to get there.
Friday, June 20, 2008
My relationship with Jason is... well, I'm relaxing into it finally. It's been a struggle to accept the fact that such a wonderful and accepting man really loves me. I realize that whatever ideas I've had about what a relationship is supposed to feel like are not necessarily true. I've heard that relationships are hard. Now I understand what that means. For me, it's about being present and available in it... and not believing everything I think. THOUGHTS ARE NOT FACTS. There are alot of old beliefs that I am having to release in order to be present and available. I've had these beliefs for so long that they have become my security... it's alot of crap to wade through. I just need to remember, from moment to moment, where my security really lies.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Marsha highly recommended that I continue this blog for another year, so I can see and share all of the changes that are yet to happen as a result of learning and applying the Creative Journal method. It was not hard to talk me into it. So here is my first official 'next phase' entry.
The first thing I did as a certified Creative Journal Expressive Arts facilitator was make a website. Click here to see it.
As soon as I got back from Mission, TX, I went to Minneapolis to attend the National Youth Leadership conference, which was AMAZING. I went to some illuminating seminars on reflection tools for service learning, which will really help me in designing a workshop for the teachers at Santa Fe South high school, entitled: "Reflection as an Integral Process of Service-Learning". I also had the great pleasure of seeing Desmond Tutu give a lecture... he is so inspiring!
Things are SWIRLING. I'll share it as it happens.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
While I was at the training, my friend Lauren called to let me know that she met a woman who is wanting to have her art students paint a mural but needed a crew supervisor. So a week after I got back home I set up a meeting to chat with the teacher about the mural project, which sounds AWESOME. Somewhere in the middle of our discussion she mentioned that her school is looking for a VISTA, which is a position obtained through Americorps (click here for more info) where I would work at a school doing, among many other things, Creative Journal Expressive Arts with the students! Both the teacher and the Americorps representative are intrigued by the method. I go in later this week to fill out the remaining paperwork and leave for training in Austin on Monday. I AM SO EXCITED! OH, and the best part is, after a year commitment I will receive an education award that will cover the cost of completing my degree! WOOHOO!
So far, that's it... but that is ALOT. I'll keep you posted.
Monday, November 12, 2007
WHERE: Sauced on Paseo Dr.
THIS IS MY VERY FIRST ART EXHIBIT!!!!!
Every piece of art in this exhibit was created (at least in part) with my non-dominant hand, which is a major aspect of Creative Journal Expressive Arts. As a result of doing the CJEA method and going through the training program, my creativity has exploded and my style has completely changed. Until I started doing Creative Journal work, I never thought that I had it in me to pull off a show. All I can say is THANK GOD WE EVOLVE.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Do you want to learn some
tools to identify and utilize
these intangible stirrings?
Creative Journal Expressive Arts
Date: Sunday, November 25th
United Life Spiritual Center
3332 N. Meridian Ave. OKC, OK
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Friday, October 26, 2007
I've been getting down on myself lately, not sure why my external world is not expressing the massive internal shifts that have been happening within me. Although I feel different, I'm still messy and broke and inconsistent.... but I woke up with a strange feeling a few mornings back: this Intensive would bring about as much change as the last one did, but in different ways. I feel like the first half of my time in this program was spent pulling out weeds and planting seeds... and the next half will be about tending to the sprouts that pop up into the world of form. This makes me realize that I still have alot to learn about faith and patience.
On a more practical note, I had my supervised workshop last week and I did quite well for a novice. I am going to be offering this particular workshop again on November 11th at United Life Spiritual Center... It's a SHIFT workshop. I've been hearing quite frequently people saying "I'm feeling a shift and I don't know what it is or what to do with it." This is the first of a three part workshop series meant to help the participant figure out the shape and texture of their shift, and how they envision it manifesting in their lives. I've gotten some great feedback from the participants. E-mail me if you are interested in participating or if you would like me to host this workshop at your venue.
Sleep calls... hopefully it will take me over.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I've been crazy busy lately trying to get funds together for the upcoming intensive at the end of October that I'll be assisting at. As if I don't have enough to to, I went through crisis training at the YWCA last week to: 1. Do art with the mothers and children at the battered women's shelter, and 2. Be a sexual assault advocate. The latter was not in my plans, but that little voice kept telling me "THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO". Okay. I go in later this week to talk with the volunteer coordinator about how I can incorporate CJEA into their program... namely ALTARED BOOK CLUB.
Also, a few friends and I recently started a group called THE SHIFT COLLECTIVE as a result of us each feeling great shifts happening within us, then realizing that we were not alone in this SHIFT... and we keep hearing people discussing their own shifts. SO now we have a radio show - run by Lauren Zuniga, who I will soon be teaming up with to do some workshops. Click here to get to the SHIFT COLLECTIVE web page.
What else... too much to write out at the moment... except to say: I am struggling to raise the necessary monies to get through the training program, so I will be adding a "DONATE" button to this page for anyone who would feel inspired to sponsor me with a donation of ANY size. This has been a spirit-lead process for me, and spirit suggested that I ask for support. So, there.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I had my first Creative Journal workshop a couple of days ago and it was a beautiful success. I have another workshop scheduled for this Sunday. The last open seat has been filled! I am close to meeting my next tuition payment requirement. I am making the goal that the remaining $3250 for tuition and expenses will come from workshops... and any generous spirits who wish to sponsor me in this adventure.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
First off, I will be having a second Creative Journal workshop on July 29th... and the location has changed for both workshops. The Blue Moon has closed its doors, so Lynda Toney-Bahr has offered her "Art of E-Motion " studio located at 4309 N. Western ave.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007