Do You Treat Creativity Like a Guilty Pleasure?

It’s 2023! We should have MORE time than prior generations to do the things that make us feel fulfilled and joyous, not LESS.  Enter capitalism, here to pay less than a living wage and ruin your day by pressuring you to monetize every minute of your life and every hobby you have.  Human beings are … Continue reading Do You Treat Creativity Like a Guilty Pleasure?

Art Matters. Right Now.

Sometimes, in the middle of a wonderful day, or a beautiful swell of joy and happiness... I start to feel bad. Guilty. Like I'm doing something wrong. Other people in the world are living through terrible things. My own safety isn't guaranteed. But overall, I'm honestly quite happy. And then the guilt sets in. I … Continue reading Art Matters. Right Now.

Busy is Not the Same as Hustle

I'm the anti-hustle, burnout recovery coach. So when I'm doing a lot of work, sometimes I start thinking that I'm doing it wrong. That I should never be busy, because that goes against what I teach. And then I had a human design reading. It blew my mind! First of all, I thought Human Design … Continue reading Busy is Not the Same as Hustle

If I had a nickel for every time I manifested a desk…

I would have two nickels. Which isn't a lot, but it's cool that it happened twice. I've been looking for a desk. Not just any desk, but a small, basic desk or table that I can use for painting, separate from my computer desk. I like designated spaces. Bonus points for a desk with an … Continue reading If I had a nickel for every time I manifested a desk…

For the parents healing generational wounds

I used to be so fucking judgmental about parenting. I was SURE that I'd be the best parent ever. (Pause for laughter to subside). Now, I'm a lot more knowledgeable, a lot less judgy, and have a LOT more grace for parents doing the hardest work in the world with little to no thanks, and … Continue reading For the parents healing generational wounds

Three Life Lessons from Lizzo

I love Lizzo. I have painted one human portrait in my entire life, and it was of Lizzo. Lizzo helps me feel good about my body. Her music inspires me to sing and dance. I admire her deeply, more and more every time I find out something new about her. Life Lesson One: All Bodies … Continue reading Three Life Lessons from Lizzo

A close up image of a geode slice, with teal and dark blue colors.

When It Doesn’t Happen As Planned

I recently completed an art project I've been contemplating for months and working on for weeks. It started when we bought this house a year ago. I wanted a rad background for my Zoom calls, so we painted the office purple and installed a shelf, and my friend offered me a giant framed canvas they … Continue reading When It Doesn’t Happen As Planned

A brick wall with a yellow neon sign that reads "treat yourself." There is a speckled green plant (dieffenbachia) in the bottom of the photo. Photo by Etienne Girardet on Unsplash.

The Burnout Conundrum of Ethical Shopping

This story is about hair, but it's also about capitalism, and it's also also about burnout. I'm growing my hair out from a mostly-shaved head to pixie cut length, and eventually to some type of queer-coded asymmetrical bob with an undercut. But the growing out stage is awful. If you know, you know. My partner … Continue reading The Burnout Conundrum of Ethical Shopping