Category Archives: living joyfully

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

Personal Geography – Exploring The World Within Through Altered Books

The soul reveals itself when we work meditatively.  So it is with art journaling.  I recently began a personal geography altered book project.  The canvas?  A copy of the World of Warcraft Atlas I found at the thrift store for … 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

An Inconvenient Life: Grieving Mom And Gaining Myself

So. . .I see that the envelope of death certificates from the Rusk County Registrar of Deeds has arrived.  Paper documenting the end of my mother’s life.  Am I ready to read the cause of death?  NO. Will it break … Continue reading

Forest Forays – Peace by Piece

Peace can be found in the most unexpected places.  Last weekend, my husband and I drove 9 hours and 500+ hours to sort through my mother’s apartment and bring her belongings back home.  The life of a hoarder can be … Continue reading

The “Just Wars” AKA The 4 Top Killers of Personal Growth

Is there such a thing as a “just war”?  A right war? A moral war?  A needed war?  There are some who would argue YES.  What about the war inside?  The war of the mind that affects your  heart light … Continue reading

Zen & The Busy Brain

© 2013 Paulissa Kipp, all rights reserved What happens when you combine acrylic skins, pen and ink, meditative creation via zentangling aka tangling and an explosion of color?  You get zen.  This piece began as a simple line drawing and … Continue reading

What Happens When Zentangles, Projectors and Cameras Collide??

Photo by Olav Folland, Model Kat Folland, Art by Paulissa Kipp. © 2013 All rights reserved by the artists. I am thrilled to honor to present a new collaboration with my friends Olav & Kat Folland.  Olav and Kat are … Continue reading

Spending Time With Mother (Nature)

Spending Time With Mother (Nature)  Today is Mother’s Day in the United States.  A day to thank Mom for all she has done to bear us, for the sacrifices, the love, the meals, the guidance and for her presence.  Mother’s … Continue reading