Express yourself!

As sensitives we are absorbing SO MUCH and it is vital that we have enjoyable ways to move everything that we absorb OUT. Writing, dancing, singing, painting, scrap booking, playing music…These are all ways. My personal medium is painting, so that is what I write about, but really, it’s about creativity and expression, no matter the medium.

Creativity and Stress Management Go Hand in Hand

May 27, 2018

When do you do your best work? Is it when you’re worn down and exhausted? Is it when you’re in fight or flight? Is it when you’re on an adrenaline high? Is it when you’re juggling so many different tasks and projects and responsibilities that you don’t know what is up anymore? Is it when […]

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Do You Overemphasize Your Imperfections?

January 16, 2017

Are there relatively small things that you do or say or have, that make you super insecure once you start focusing on them? Friends tell you they have no idea what you’re going on about. You’re fine! You don’t do X. You don’t have a monstrous face. Etc. You know they’re right, rationally speaking but […]

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HSP Purpose: Finding it Without Stressing About it [podcast]

August 3, 2015

Oh, that magical thing called purpose! It’s all over the internet these days it seems… and, for us Highly Sensitive People, purpose is important, because doing something meaningful matters deeply to us. Yet, it’s also easy to get stressed out about it unnecessarily. Will you find your purpose? Are you on purpose? What is your […]

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6 HSP Perfectionism Myths that Stop You from Living Your Purpose – and what to do about them

June 22, 2015

It’s easy for us to go into fine-tuning mode, because we can sense so many subtleties. At times, when things are subtly unbalanced, out of order, or not quite as good as we know they could be, we can stop ourselves, get frustrated, feel like a failure for not measuring up. Herein lies our strength […]

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Is HSP Perfectionism a Force for Good or an Anxious Enemy?

June 20, 2015

What do you think about when you think about perfectionism? Is it a force for good, or not so much? One of the great perks of perfectionistic thinking is that it’s aimed at creating a better world somehow. However, having a vision of something beautiful can also open up a huge abyss: an abyss between […]

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It’s Doodle Day! Sensitivity and the Art of Mindful Processing

November 24, 2012

I recently came across a little printed folder advertising doodle workshops. Doodling was advertised as being “a way to be more relaxed and more present”. In effect it was described as “creative yoga for the brain”. You know, flexing those firing neurons and breathing deeply into the cortex. Hmmm. Last time I checked, doodling was […]

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The Happy Sensitive Painter: Therapy Art versus Inspirational Art

November 6, 2011

There are many reasons why I dropped out of art school. One of them was that more and more, it felt like group therapy with unwilling and unqualified therapists. Don’t get me wrong. Yet, once that “flow” is activated, it will also take you to places you don’t necessarily know how to handle. Years ago […]

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Worth the Wait: The Happy Sensitive Painter, Braveheart & da Lil’ Voice in Action

September 24, 2011

Sometimes…a work is ALMOST there. And I’m tempted to share it as-is. But this little voice is saying, almost, almost! And the question is, can I sit down and listen? Can I wait for that little-step-that-still-needs-taking to reveal itself? With these two canvases, they were both almost finished. But really, almost! So, in the past […]

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Introducing The Happy Sensitive Painter

September 17, 2011

My last two years have pretty much been a creative dryspell. For a while I wondered, will I ever paint again? And then, one marvellous day, I looked at my paints, picked up my brush, and the old familiar rush was back! Some things have changed though. I’ve learned to no longer take that process […]

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