I’m a Published Author!

Photo: The path to the pond.  Photo credit: Rebel Recovery. …and you can be too. I’m proud to share that I’ve been published in the online magazine,  “Rebelle Society.“ Listening to myself, deeply, and writing my truths helps me heal. Sharing my writing, my truths, helps me heal too — it may mean I am…

How Do You Get There?

Although not about ptsd or mental health issues specifically, I love this simple post and drawing about moving forward in life that I stumbled upon this morning. And I fell in love with the blog, too, “I am Pam.”  Pam seems to be a beautiful soul, a textile artist who travels the world appreciating the…

When Life is a Detour

Amy Oestreicher suffered sexual abuse by a trusted mentor followed by severe medical issues.  In this Tedx Talk, she speaks about finding flowers on the detours of life.  Her story is very sad, but I found some solace and inspiration in her spirit, and in the “flowers” she has collected on her journey.  xo Annie….

Art and Soul

I’m doing an art journal exchange with a friend from out of town.  Each of us completes a piece of art and then we mail it to the other person so she can see it.  The theme for our work is self care/soul care. For my first project, I created an illustrated version of an…

Truth: The Creative Process

“Creation aims at the experience of truth, a truth that has not been filtered by anything or anyone else.  Most of the pain and misery of life comes when we surrender the intelligence of our spontaneous intuition to other people or outside ideas, weakening our inner strength and understanding.  The process of painting is about…

Grow Your Soul: Make Art

“I’m not kidding. The arts are….a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do…

Creating not Possessing

“Creation is a better means of self-expression and possession; it is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.” – Vida D. Scudder, The Life of the Spirit in the Modern English Poet