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Singing Globe – Mixed Media

Walk tall as the trees, live strong as the mountains, be gentle as the spring winds, keep the warmth of the summer sun in your heart and the great spirit will always be with you. –  Native American proverb

So, I think it’s safe to say (and believe me – I am terrible at knowing when the “time is right”) that I have successfully completed my altered globe/singing-tree!  I wanted to add more and honestly, I probably should have stopped a bit sooner?  Oh well, who cares – it was so much fun!  First here’s a little 360 video – please do watch!!!

Watch it HERE!!!

It was quite the drawn-out process, but this $10 Home Goods Globe has gone through quite the transformation…so here’s a quick recap…

I sorta had a ton of fun with this!  IF you look closely, you can even spot a little bird’ nest, a few ladybugs, and a few other surprises here and there – and did I mention it’s a…singing tree???

And look how it turned out!

Art, Healing, Hospitals and Singing Trees – A Love/Life Story

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If you’re a regular on my blog, you’ve heard a trillion times how I discovered art when I was stuck at Yale Hospital after a disastrous 13th surgery.  At one of the worst parts of my life, I was saved by a creative marathon.


When I was discharged, I put up my first art show, Journey Into Daylight, with over 70 mixed media paintings I had created in the hospital.


From my very first art show, Journey Into Daylight

Dancing Girl was the third painting I had ever created.  32 x 32 inches of mixed media tears, desperation, hope, gratitude, and the fervent desire to keep my spirit alive at a time when I didn’t want to go on.

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Dancing Girl

Well…I’m sad to see it go, but I couldn’t be happier.

Dancing Girl was one of the first paintings I ever made- another creation inspired from needing to pass the time at Yale hospital.
I never really wanted to sell this because of sentimental reasons, but I couldn’t think of any place else I’d rather sell it to then Yale itself.

Making Art to Heal Others is a Beautiful Thing
Dancing Girl is now official property of the brand new Oncology Center that Yale is building on Park Ave, as their outpatient breast cancer center.

One of the beautiful outdoor gardens at Yale – I used to take walks there with my IV pole with my father, wondering when life when ever become normal.

I hope that just as art has healed me, my art can help to heal someone who just may need that extra dose of pink, dance and whimsy.

The Perpetual You is Always Beautiful

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Art will always be there to heal me, and for that, I’m grateful.  I’m also grateful for the great time I had throwing fabric around in my art studio for a photo shoot.

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m going to be the cover girl for the January Issues of the International women’s magazine, The Perpetual You!  Read it and definitely join their Facebook group here.

The Perpetual you is “a place where women can create Joy, Ease, Fun and Wealth just by being themselves.”

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The theme for January is Inner Beauty.  I had my interview last week and I got to answer some pretty tough questions about what beauty means to me.  What are your answers?

What does beauty mean to you?  I’d love to use some of your answers to celebrate the January issue!

1. What’s one practice in your daily life that helps remind you of your beauty?

2. What aspects of your physical space do you find beautiful and/or bring you ease?

3. How have you redefined beauty in your own life (and in your head)?

Remember that every detour in life, every flaw, every quirk, every “abnormality”, every deviation in our path – it’s our uniqueness.  And to be unique is SUCH a beautiful thing!


So love who you are.

I #LoveMyDetour.  Now tell me why you love yours.


Being able to tell your own story and hear the stories of others – that’s one of the most beautiful things in the world.

Compassion is beauty.

I’ve even created a program from my Gutless & Grateful College Program to celebrate the beautiful tapestry of individuals that make up our world.

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Learn about Gutless & Grateful for LGBT Students

Uniqueness is beautiful.

Your story is beautiful.

You are beautiful.

So c’mon – brag about it!  Don’t forget to tag it with #LoveMyDetour on Twitter, Instagram Facebook or here.  Why do YOU love your detour? (If you’re not sure yet – scroll down for some affirmations…)

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Before I go…I love affirmations – especially creating my own!  I have quite a bunch saved up, but I’ll just give you five at a time…Tell me which ones you resonate with the most!!! 

I will keep

Everything I desire is
already within me!

Stress or FUN??? It’s my choice!

In my mind I can visit
magical places and take the magic with me to help get through the day.

I will acknowledge the feeling, feel the
energy, let it pass through me, then watch for the lesson to appear and the
pain to dissipate.


These all really helped me find my way – hope they inspire you as well!


Find out more about my art here, buy it here, take a workshop, or get the Gutless & Grateful Artist experience HERE!

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