Why you need to sum up your summer ...

This summer, our family spent an inordinate amount of time at various doctors’ offices. Since sleepaway camp was canceled, I figured it was a good time to have teeth pulled and sinuses probed (I’m an awful mom, I know).

We went to at least 12 doctor appointments this summer. We had dentist, orthodontist, oral surgeon, pediatrician, allergist and ear nose and throat appointments. 

There were shots, scratch tests, blood draws, nose probes, teeth pulled and an amoxicillin allergic reaction. Not exactly a dream summer for two fourteen year olds.

Plus the end of August had us inside a lot due to smoke and haze from forest fires. In addition, I sat through a bunch of zoom meetings trying to figure out whether or not we should do hybrid or online school, stressing about school safety.


Photo by Catherine Larock

The cherry on top was that just a few days ago, my husband found out that the treatment center where he was clinical director is folding due to the pandemic. 

That...

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Why You Need Creativity in Your 30's, 40's & 50's (and beyond!)

As Picasso says, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

Of course, with each mortgage payment, work deadline, and pile of school permission slips needing to be signed, we all get a little more dusty. In this workshop I shared why creativity has some great scientific health benefits (benefits as good for you as exercise!), you'll learn a few hacks for being creative on the fly (or in your car) in less than 15 minutes, you'll finally understand why you've ignored your creative tugs and how that affects your wellbeing.

This is the big fat (fun) creative permission slip you've been waiting for. And if you're a creative professional or you haven't created anything since the 3rd grade, you're absolutely in the RIGHT place. 

Thanks for watching! If you want that big fat permission slip, you want to infuse your life with curiosity, awe, mindfulness, play and adventure, and you want that photography gateway drug into possibilities in your life, dig...

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Want to improve your mood (and your creativity) in a hurry? Look up!

When was the last time you studied the ceiling of an airport? 

I took this photo of these red lanterns in the Houston airport at the end of April. We were coming home from Peru and had a 3-hour layover after having already traveled straight for 22 hours. I was exhausted, spent, wired not tired.

There's beauty everywhere. Sometimes we have to look in unexpected places to find it, like the ceiling of the Houston airport. But if you're paying attention, you'll see it and appreciate it. 

But most of us are head down in our phones all.the.time. We've forgotten what it's like to notice something other than a text message or a burgeoning inbox.

Where did we all go? ‍

As you're scrolling through your phone right now (hey, I'm probably doing it, too), take a second to turn your gaze upwards. Look at the sky, the ceiling, the person next to you. 

Positive psychology has shown that just the mere act of looking up raises our moods. 

In a series of experiments...

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