Valentine Card Printables

Valentine_card2Valentine's Day is near and I'd love to share the this fun collaboration I did with the fabulous and creative, Amber, of Damask Love. Each month she is showcasing a different artist who created an exclusive printable for her newsletter subscribers. This month I am the artist! I created this watercolor Valentine's floral for you to personalize and give to your loved ones. Valentine_card1See Amber's instructional post on how to assemble the card and envelope liner. Valentine_card_printables_demo Amber is a whiz at crafts and styling and I love her aesthetic and big personality. Her blog is a must read for any craft lover. Subscribe to her newsletter on her site (in the side bar) to get my Valentine printable all the other upcoming monthly printables and studio news. You're going to love her and her work!



Speaking at Alt Summit

Woo-hoo! I am heading to Alt Summit at the end of the month. This will be my 4th time attending this conference for creative bloggers and I am even more excited to be speaking this time. See 2013 and 2014 recaps here. Here is a photo of me at my talk from the 2014 conference (photo by Justin Hackworth). roundtable_altTo make it even sweeter it has been moved to the fabulous Palm Springs - just 2 hours away! No more snow. It is usually in Utah and in January it is BRICK COLD. Last year I gave a inspiration shopping tour (we braved the cold but luckily one of the attendees had a large vehicle and drove us around). I am looking forward to warmer weather, driving there with my bud, Andrea, (it's a fun ride) and most importantly - staying at the popular Saguro hotel!


Isn't it just the quintessential Palm Springs hotel? It is quite the perfect location for this shin-dig too. Us crafters, photographers and designers who blog are going to be bug-eyed with all the eye candy and inspiration here.

There are several breakout sessions and activities at the conference you can attend. One of the sessions are roundtable discussions held in the ballroom. Each table has a different topic of discussion led by someone (like me!) who is there to help educate and hold collaborative conversations about topics that pertain to the attendees like topics for professional bloggers, running a creative business, writing a book, organizational tips, personal development and many more. I will be leading a discussion on a topic I'm passionate about, "How to Tap Into Your Authentic Creative Self and Overcome Creative Blocks". I'm in the process of writing my presentation and looking forward to meeting others who want to dive into uncovering their true selves. I am sure we will have some great convos! If you are there I'd love to meet you. If not I'll be sure to recap it all here in February!

Happy New Year!


2016 is was an EYE OPENER for me!  As I sat on the plane coming home from holiday vacation I saw this amazing skyline. It felt like the right moment to reflect on the year passed and think about my lessons learned - lessons I can use going into 2017 and think are helpful for everyone. I can't wait to see what the new year holds and am joyfully optimistic that it will be filled with magic.

The last year was equal amounts of amazing to equal amounts of yuck. I do feel that I grew up a lot in 2016. I took some risks and stretched myself more out of my comfort zones. I wrote for the, gave an inspiration shopping tour at Alt Summit, started Periscoping and created the Heart 2 Art show and FB community with a my friend, Anne, exhibited at Surtex, started coaching more, taught social media again and worked on some exciting projects that took me in new directions. There were bumps along the way and some big disappointments but I learned a lot about myself which I summed up here into three things:

1. Be More Patient & Let Go I get really anxious and impatient about something that I want to happen and I obsess, it doesn't work out and I dwell. I am sure this is pretty common but I learned to let go more and more and release my control. It is easier said than done but it has helped me tremendously. I realized I can't control the situation but I can control how I react. For me it's about not wasting energy and avoiding any unnecessary anguish. Another thing I do is I always want to know WHY something happened. I do spend a little time trying to find the lesson in it and when I do it is healing. I may figure out why it was caused in the first place (usually to create a better outcome that I may not have noticed) or what it is teaching me. But I usually abandon it after awhile if I can't see why since it isn't worth the energy and I need to move on. Just let things go and don't sweat it.

2. Be More Flexible I can highly recommend going with the flow. Letting things play out, easing up your impatience and being flexible THROUGHOUT it ALL - especially when it doesn't work out - can really save you a lot of suffering or frustration. If things swing one way now I just go with it and lean into that direction. Resistance will make things go sideways. Pushing against something will just make it worse and not help the situation. Go with the flow!

3. Be Gentler to Myself Being more gentle with yourself can work wonders too. We are all hard on ourselves and it just causes us to spiral down more and more. I spend a lot less time making myself feel bad now. It hasn't helped me move forward and keeps me from focusing on the positive. It messes with your confidence and self esteem too. Why would you want to stay in a mental prison? Again it is about not spending our energy in the wrong places - I'd much rather spend it being happy, optimistic and looking to the future than beating myself up all day over something that was in the past. Go easy on yourself and let yourself off the hook!

I am hopeful for 2017 and plan on being more easy-going, optimistic and enjoying life more. Hope that the new year is expansive, joyful and your best year yet!