Discover the freedom and healing medicine of creating intuitively with words, images and visual art.

Whether you think of yourself as ‘creative’ or not, my aim is to clear the way for deep self-inquiry. help quiet the critical voice and offer you the freedom to grow into an intuitive creative practice that truly nourishes you.

Expect plenty of prompts, experimentation, freedom, self-discovery and sharing.

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Friends – I’m exhausted. 

The last week at work has been really full and felt very heavy. And I have another heavy week ahead, I’m afraid. This weekend just didn’t seem like enough.

But I did spend a lot of time getting messy in my piles of collage bits and trays of paint. I did TWELVE of these 4-color studies and let me tell you, this is the only one I actually like. 

I really don’t love making junk, but sometimes that’s what it takes to learn what NOT to do again. lol

On the bright side, I have a lot of really great underpaintings ready to be reborn some other time. 

Now, kindly send me some mighty juju to get through this next week. xoxo
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Mixed media collage by Cynthia Berg, 2021.
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#fyj2021 #art2life #100paintings #collage #arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #trustyourgut #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota

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Friends – I’m exhausted.

The last week at work has been really full and felt very heavy. And I have another heavy week ahead, I’m afraid. This weekend just didn’t seem like enough.

But I did spend a lot of time getting messy in my piles of collage bits and trays of paint. I did TWELVE of these 4-color studies and let me tell you, this is the only one I actually like.

I really don’t love making junk, but sometimes that’s what it takes to learn what NOT to do again. lol

On the bright side, I have a lot of really great underpaintings ready to be reborn some other time.

Now, kindly send me some mighty juju to get through this next week. xoxo
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Mixed media collage by Cynthia Berg, 2021.
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#fyj2021 #art2life #100paintings #collage #arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #trustyourgut #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota
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#helping #studiocats #catnaps

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#helping #studiocats #catnaps
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Another Night at Sea Level. A little poetry for your weekend. Check out Meg Day at megday.com. xo

Should I do more videos and readings? Let me know!

Another Night at Sea Level. A little poetry for your weekend. Check out Meg Day at megday.com. xo

Should I do more videos and readings? Let me know!
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“Otherwise I am admirably equipped for writing about rain.” 

That line just sort of caught my eye among all the errant pages I have in my cache of collage papers. I don’t have a fireplace, but this collage does. In fact, it all started to look more and more like home as I went along.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go write the rain.
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Mixed media collage by Cynthia Berg, 2021.
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#makingart #makeyourart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #trustyourgut #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #fyj2021 #art2life #100paintings #collage #arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #dailyartpractice #messyfun

“Otherwise I am admirably equipped for writing about rain.”

That line just sort of caught my eye among all the errant pages I have in my cache of collage papers. I don’t have a fireplace, but this collage does. In fact, it all started to look more and more like home as I went along.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go write the rain.
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Mixed media collage by Cynthia Berg, 2021.
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#makingart #makeyourart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #trustyourgut #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #fyj2021 #art2life #100paintings #collage #arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #dailyartpractice #messyfun
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Trying stripedy mixed media collages this week. And something about this activity doesn’t play well with my inner perfectionist. 

It’s taken me a vastly unreasonable amount of time to create this ONE piece. So I’m not sure how many more I want to do, unless I want to spend my whole weekend fussing and deliberating and agonizing over all the bits. 

For my 100 Paintings course, I’m supposed to do ten of them and that feels like pure torture to me right now. That squiggly drawing on the right represents my week perfectly though – messy and aimless. 

If I make more of these, they’re probably not going to be this tidy. Stay tuned. 
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Mixed media collage by Cynthia Berg, 2021.
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#arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #trustyourgut #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #fyj2021 #art2life #100paintings #collage

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Trying stripedy mixed media collages this week. And something about this activity doesn’t play well with my inner perfectionist.

It’s taken me a vastly unreasonable amount of time to create this ONE piece. So I’m not sure how many more I want to do, unless I want to spend my whole weekend fussing and deliberating and agonizing over all the bits.

For my 100 Paintings course, I’m supposed to do ten of them and that feels like pure torture to me right now. That squiggly drawing on the right represents my week perfectly though – messy and aimless.

If I make more of these, they’re probably not going to be this tidy. Stay tuned.
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Mixed media collage by Cynthia Berg, 2021.
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#arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #trustyourgut #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #fyj2021 #art2life #100paintings #collage
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A kind of ‘i don’t care’ painting. 

Started off with a page full of cast-offs from previous projects using leftover paint. Slapped on some flower-like shapes, some easy frond-shapes – those red ones reminding me of the autumn sumac that grows wild along the highways and country roads around here. Went a little wild with some charcoal, some Posca pen. Silly fun with chalk and oil pastels. 

It’s a little bit of everything and nothing precious or pretentious about it. 
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Mixed media abstract by Cynthia Berg, 2021.
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#arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #trustyourgut #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #fyj2021 #art2life #100paintings #abstractfloral

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A kind of ‘i don’t care’ painting.

Started off with a page full of cast-offs from previous projects using leftover paint. Slapped on some flower-like shapes, some easy frond-shapes – those red ones reminding me of the autumn sumac that grows wild along the highways and country roads around here. Went a little wild with some charcoal, some Posca pen. Silly fun with chalk and oil pastels.

It’s a little bit of everything and nothing precious or pretentious about it.
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Mixed media abstract by Cynthia Berg, 2021.
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#arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #trustyourgut #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #fyj2021 #art2life #100paintings #abstractfloral
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It was inevitable. @bella.lama just too pretty not to paint. 💕💕💕

This portrait was made from a paint by number pattern that was drawn from a photo I submitted. So much fun @grayduckart !

It was inevitable. @bella.lama just too pretty not to paint. 💕💕💕

This portrait was made from a paint by number pattern that was drawn from a photo I submitted. So much fun @grayduckart !
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I connected with an old friend yesterday. She asked if I was still writing.

It’s a hard question because, yes, I’m writing. But no, I’m not writing anything worth talking about. I’m not really even enjoying my writing these days. Sometimes I write for amusement, but sometimes I just need to write to unload. 

And the unloading of personal bullshit is some of the most boring writing there is. It’s a lot of navel-gazing on the page. It’s the opposite of mindfulness. It’s rumination. It’s circling the drain. It’s an attempt to solve the unsolvable, control the uncontrollable, pry everything open looking for pearls.

But it also feels cathartic. It feels good to be heard, to grind it down to a fine powder so it can blow away in the breeze. 

It’s also good practice to NOTICE what’s happening as the crappola is spilling out. What’s getting more tight? What’s moving through me? Am I hanging on? Or letting go? I sense that because I’m allowing my stupid stories to have space, I don’t have to carry them around with me in some secret room under the stairs in my brain.

The blank page is the friend who will stay up late, eating ice cream and listening to my bullshit stories one more time. And when I’ve worn myself plain out of dread and fear and making myself small and demonizing all the people who don’t love me enough, she’ll remind me, “I love you. But you’re so full of it.”
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#freedompractice #tuesdaytruth #tellmetuesday #tellmeic #writeplayconnect #insightwriting #writingandresilience #journaling #journalinspiration #journalingcommunity #journalprompts #journaltherapy #mystory #tellyourstory #writingcommunity #writerscommunity #writinginspiration #writinglife #writingprompts #writingtherapy #writingpractice #memoir #morningpages

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I connected with an old friend yesterday. She asked if I was still writing.

It’s a hard question because, yes, I’m writing. But no, I’m not writing anything worth talking about. I’m not really even enjoying my writing these days. Sometimes I write for amusement, but sometimes I just need to write to unload.

And the unloading of personal bullshit is some of the most boring writing there is. It’s a lot of navel-gazing on the page. It’s the opposite of mindfulness. It’s rumination. It’s circling the drain. It’s an attempt to solve the unsolvable, control the uncontrollable, pry everything open looking for pearls.

But it also feels cathartic. It feels good to be heard, to grind it down to a fine powder so it can blow away in the breeze.

It’s also good practice to NOTICE what’s happening as the crappola is spilling out. What’s getting more tight? What’s moving through me? Am I hanging on? Or letting go? I sense that because I’m allowing my stupid stories to have space, I don’t have to carry them around with me in some secret room under the stairs in my brain.

The blank page is the friend who will stay up late, eating ice cream and listening to my bullshit stories one more time. And when I’ve worn myself plain out of dread and fear and making myself small and demonizing all the people who don’t love me enough, she’ll remind me, “I love you. But you’re so full of it.”
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#freedompractice #tuesdaytruth #tellmetuesday #tellmeic #writeplayconnect #insightwriting #writingandresilience #journaling #journalinspiration #journalingcommunity #journalprompts #journaltherapy #mystory #tellyourstory #writingcommunity #writerscommunity #writinginspiration #writinglife #writingprompts #writingtherapy #writingpractice #memoir #morningpages
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“I don't have perfect answers yet. But what I feel is true, particularly as I get older, is that I want my life experience (and my online life) to be rich, diverse, and impactful. I want to avoid getting in a rut. I want to stay curious and fascinated and true to my heart, while offering you the perfect nudges to make more of your own creative self-discoveries. ”

That’s a little crop from the Of Ink + Insight museletter sent out to inboxes this afternoon. It includes a gorgeous poem from Meg Day, some deep questions for creative adventurers, and prompts to inspire your journaling, art or photography in the month of September.

If you’re not subscribed, find links in bio! xoxo

“I don't have perfect answers yet. But what I feel is true, particularly as I get older, is that I want my life experience (and my online life) to be rich, diverse, and impactful. I want to avoid getting in a rut. I want to stay curious and fascinated and true to my heart, while offering you the perfect nudges to make more of your own creative self-discoveries. ”

That’s a little crop from the Of Ink + Insight museletter sent out to inboxes this afternoon. It includes a gorgeous poem from Meg Day, some deep questions for creative adventurers, and prompts to inspire your journaling, art or photography in the month of September.

If you’re not subscribed, find links in bio! xoxo
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Ghosty fronds.

It’s been a real journey with this painting. I kept trying to take risks, try new tricks. It kept getting really messy, so I’d wipe it back, add another layer, try some more things. I felt it was time to let it rest (aka let me rest). 

But ten minutes later I came back with those ghosty fronds and it felt like the best thing that could have happened. I do love me some fronds. xoxo
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Mixed media on paper by Cynthia Berg, 2021
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#freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #paintingforfun #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #smallart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #abstractbotanical #fyj2021 #art2life #arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic

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Ghosty fronds.

It’s been a real journey with this painting. I kept trying to take risks, try new tricks. It kept getting really messy, so I’d wipe it back, add another layer, try some more things. I felt it was time to let it rest (aka let me rest).

But ten minutes later I came back with those ghosty fronds and it felt like the best thing that could have happened. I do love me some fronds. xoxo
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Mixed media on paper by Cynthia Berg, 2021
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#freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #paintingforfun #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #smallart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #abstractbotanical #fyj2021 #art2life #arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic
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Autumn making quiet noises in the landscape. The neighbor’s walnut tree drops bright yellow oval leaves into my backyard, along with giant green walnut fruit that I ‘chip’ back over the fence with a golf club. Not my tree, so not my harvest – lol. 

Enjoy seeing autumn, with it’s little yellow surprises, turn up in this inky botanical quickie. I’m ready for cooler temps, the smell of wood burning, the sound of dry leaves dancing down the sidewalk. How about you?
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Acrylic ink on paper by Cynthia Berg, 2021
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#paintingforfun #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #smallart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #acrylicink #fyj2021 #art2life #arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart

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Autumn making quiet noises in the landscape. The neighbor’s walnut tree drops bright yellow oval leaves into my backyard, along with giant green walnut fruit that I ‘chip’ back over the fence with a golf club. Not my tree, so not my harvest – lol.

Enjoy seeing autumn, with it’s little yellow surprises, turn up in this inky botanical quickie. I’m ready for cooler temps, the smell of wood burning, the sound of dry leaves dancing down the sidewalk. How about you?
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Acrylic ink on paper by Cynthia Berg, 2021
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#paintingforfun #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #smallart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #acrylicink #fyj2021 #art2life #arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart
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Gusty.

In life, I like serenity. But in art, I like a little action. I’m delighted by all the texture and movement I got from these layers of ink, premonition of a blustery autumn day at the lake. 
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Acrylic ink on paper by Cynthia Berg, 2021
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#arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #paintingforfun #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #smallart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #acrylicink #fyj2021 #art2life

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Gusty.

In life, I like serenity. But in art, I like a little action. I’m delighted by all the texture and movement I got from these layers of ink, premonition of a blustery autumn day at the lake.
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Acrylic ink on paper by Cynthia Berg, 2021
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#arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #paintingforfun #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #smallart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #acrylicink #fyj2021 #art2life
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A layered and moody botanical abstract came to visit today. 

I wanted to abandon this piece SO many times. But it kept giving me tiny glimmers. The botanical shapes kept showing up like ghosts. And because I came back with layer after layer, there’s a lot of really interesting things happening that I could have never done on purpose. 

In the end, I’m not sure I’m in love, but I also can’t stop staring at it.
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Mixed media on paper by Cynthia Berg, 2021
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#arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #paintingforfun #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #smallart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #abstractfloral #fyj2021

A layered and moody botanical abstract came to visit today.

I wanted to abandon this piece SO many times. But it kept giving me tiny glimmers. The botanical shapes kept showing up like ghosts. And because I came back with layer after layer, there’s a lot of really interesting things happening that I could have never done on purpose.

In the end, I’m not sure I’m in love, but I also can’t stop staring at it.
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Mixed media on paper by Cynthia Berg, 2021
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#arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #paintingforfun #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #smallart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #abstractfloral #fyj2021
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Favorite chair. xoxo
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#bella

Favorite chair. xoxo
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#bella
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Turned away.
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#arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #paintingforfun #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #smallart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #abstractfloral

Turned away.
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#arthappens #trustyourpath #abeautifulmess #bigmagic #freedompractice #visualpoem #todaysart #paintingforfun #dailyartpractice #messyfun #makingart #makeyourart #smallart #mycreativelife #happycreativelife #thiscreativelife #courageouscreative #calltobecreative #creativeintuition #intuitiveart #artinspiration #artinspo #listentoyoursoul #gowithin #makestuff #useyourhands #madeinminnesota #abstractfloral
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Insight Writing®

When we let go of perfection and allow the voice of our true stories to be heard and expressed, we begin to understand who we really are – underneath the costumes we wear in everyday life. We begin to reconnect to the parts of ourselves that hold gentle wisdom and insight, and we’re able to relax into our authentic selves.

Experience Insight Writing in a group or on your own. I’ve created a number of ways to guide and encourage you.

Gatherings

Guidance

Prompts

There is no way to participate in one of your workshops without being struck by the love that unfolds. Inspired by the raw emotion, the vulnerability, the sheer awesomeness that emerges from the power of showing up fully.

-Kate

Insight Writer

THE MESSY TRUTH BLOG

close-up

close-up

From far away, I'm your typical middle-aged lady in socks and sandals, squinting to read the label on the bottle of antacid in aisle twelve in the supermarket. I might be someone's mom, someone's wife, even though I'm neither. You might think I'm unhappy because my...

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forgiveness

forgiveness

Let me read it to you... For mixing blue and orangenot calling on her birthdayeating that second bowl For last autumn's leaves still ungathered in Mayexpired insurance policyletting the avocado spoil For waiting twelve years to get another eye examcat toys rolled too...

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all i ever wanted

all i ever wanted

Let me read it to you... ​ All I ever wanted was this cup of coffee and the sound of those robins waking up the neighborhood, a sort of random day off with nothing better to do than finish that book, practice painting peonies for pages and pages, to gaze at this tabby...

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