While beach days with the kids are some of the best days of summer it can be stressful getting there…am I right?! Getting everyone dressed, putting on the sunscreen, prep some snacks, don’t forget any of the beach toys (kids never take just one, lol), etc. then you get there and everyone is content playing in the sand but your body energy is still running in high speed!!!
Try this…sit down and smooth out a small bit of sand next to you. Then let your finger make lines in the sand, let it move wherever it wants. Feel the tension and high energy release. Now you are set and ready to fully enjoy that Beach Day!
Mark making on the go has become a game changer for me! I lead a busy life just like many of you and I know that mark making supports my emotional health. I feel a difference in myself after each time I create a piece that means something to me. A year ago I was not making this a priority, something would always be more important and my self care would be set aside. I decided to create a mini mark making kit that I take with me almost everywhere. It has a mini sketchbook, a water brush, a Micron pen, pencil, white gel pen, paper towel, and a mini watercolour palette. All of these items fit in this little bag and it fits easily in my purse, beach bag, and travel bag. Now I find many small moments to care for my emotional health - on a bench, on my lunch break, at the beach, the coffee shop, or when I take a break along a hike. Reach out if you'd like more ideas on how to make mark making on the go work for you.
I am very excited about this community art project and the wonderful response it has received. Today is a day to acknowledge all of the amazing female identified individuals in your life, take pause to recognize the distance we have traveled towards gender equity, and reflect on the change & action that still needs to happen as we move towards a gender equitable world. It is also important to educate ourselves on how intersectionality plays a role along this journey.
The South Shore Community of Nova Scotia has come together through art to show our pledge as a community to #BreakTheBias. There are over 130 canvases on display at the Lunenburg School of the Arts all contributions are from community members across gender, background, age, and ability. The exhibit will be on display March 8th to 17th, 2022. If you are able to stop by be sure to give yourself time, there is a lot to take in.
I'd like to give a big thank you to the Lunenburg Library, the Chester Art Centre, Whimsy and Wild Things, Holly Sweet, Melissa Morrisson Jewellery, teachers, students, and community members for their engagement and support. Also, a huge thank you to the Lunenburg School of the Arts who encouraged the project from the beginning.
Wow! In many ways 2021 was a difficult year for myself, as it was for many. I have taken time to reflect on the past year there were also a lot of good things that happened too...My son raised over $3,000 for United Way by biking 56km over two days, I had two wonderful weekends with two good friends, I became a Therapeutic Arts Practitioner, and our family was accepted to foster dogs with Save A Life Canada. These are just a few of the highlights from my year. All of this said, I am VERY ready for a fresh start with a new year! Today, with a few magazines, scissors, and glue I created a visual on what I envision for myself in 2022. Every time I look at this I can't help but smile. To share a few highlights - the clock represents using my time with intention, the eye of the lion is a reminder to keep my eye on what is important to me, and the piece of a page from a book is included because I want to explore used bookstores to see what treasures I find for creative expression as well as reading enjoyment. I like to do this activity at the beginning of every year because it brings me joy and focus.
What do you hope to get out of your 2022?