Category Archives: courage

Defying The Grooming: Showing Up As A Rebel of Presence

Throughout our lives, we get groomed to be acceptable to others: our parents, our teachers, employers and society at large. For those with lived experience with grief, mental health challenges, chronic disease or abuse, the stakes are even higher.  We … Continue reading

The Power of One – The Gifts We Give Each Other

Each of us, if we are fortunate, crosses paths with someone who holds up a mirror for us to see our true selves – magnificent and whole. The One holds in their hands our rawness, fear and pain. The One … Continue reading

Creativity As Exploratory Surgery

Expression through creativity is many things: colorful, raw, poignant, a statement. Creativity is also something else: Exploratory surgery for the soul. Feeling angry? CREATE Feeling depressed? CREATE Feeling betrayed? CREATE Feeling pain? CREATE Reach inside that wound, pull out the … Continue reading

SICK LITTLE B*#ch! One-upmanship of Illness

Competition and comparison are cornerstones of human experience. Everywhere you look, there is a keeping up with Jones’ or Kardashian’s mentality. From fashion to music to makeup to diet to crappy lifestyle choices, society feels the need to be as … Continue reading

I Am From: Surviving Trauma and Becoming A Phoenix

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the Success, Hopes and Dreams 2014 Nebraska Statewide Behavioral Health Conference.  As part of the advocacy I do with the Truth Leadership Council of the Domestic Violence Council, I offered the opportunity … Continue reading

Building Character: Journal 52

Another week, another adventure!  I am participating in Chelle Stein’s Journal 52 project on Facebook.  Each week a different prompt is given and each participant creates an art journal page that corresponds with the prompt.  So much beautiful work is … Continue reading

The Vessel Project – Shining Light Into A Grieving Heart

I recently enrolled in Beryl Ayn Young’s Illuminate ecourse.  The course guides participants through the expression and healing of grief.  For more information about the course, click here:  http://www.berylaynyoung.com/illuminate/ As I grieve my mother’s death, I thought that perhaps the … Continue reading

Naked Art – Revealing Ourselves

The subconscious mind is a mine, holding nuggets of gold for those who dare to travel into the dark to find the light.  Such is the nature of art.  The creative braveheart pours his or her Spirit Energy into each … Continue reading

Guest Post: When Abuse is Normal, Normal is Abuse by Jenny Griffin

Today, I am honored and blessed to share this piece by Jenny Griffin with each of you.  Jenny is the Catharsis Coach and she makes some very important points about “normal” when one has been abused.  Without any further ado, … Continue reading

Naked Truth Telling

*TRIGGER WARNING – rape and violence are referenced in both videos.*   Friday evening I had the honor of live reading two of my poems at the biennial Native Omaha Days celebration.  There is something very vulnerable about standing and … Continue reading