Making Dreams Real Since 1995
“My life's work, which is about creating beauty, offering encouragement, and trying to be a positive force in the world, has had me wearing a few different hats throughout my career—author, artist, retreat facilitator, public speaker, and teacher. Through it all I have learned the importance of expressing and embodying this work no matter what I'm doing, whether working on a new book, setting the table for dinner guests, or mailing a package. It all flows from the same intentions and source.”
Christine Mason Miller is an author and artist who has been guiding others toward a meaningful life for more than twenty years. Her experience with writing, publishing, licensing, and teaching have established her as an experienced, compassionate authority on how to bring dreams to life, particularly those related to writing and publishing a book. Her online course, The Conscious Booksmith, has supported hundreds of aspiring authors on their book creation journey. Christine is the author, artist and illustrator of four books, each one distinctive and unique in its topic, scope, and design. Her latest book, The Meandering River of Unfathomable Joy: Finding God and Gratitude in India, was just released.
A graduate of Virginia Tech and the University of Georgia, Christine's career began in 1995 with the creation of an independent greeting card line called Swirly. Over the course of a decade, Swirly evolved into an internationally known brand with more than 1200 retailers and clients that included Target, Barnes + Noble, JoAnn Fabrics, and the Girl Scouts of America. Swirly designs were licensed for a wide array of gift, stationery, and home decor items and an illustrated gift book translated into three languages. After shifting her creative efforts to original mixed media artwork, she organized and participated in over a dozen gallery shows and exhibits before launching her second gift and stationery line, The Christine Mason Miller Collection, in 2009.
In addition to The Meandering River of Unfathomable Joy, Christine is the author of Moving Water: A Memoir, Ordinary Sparkling Moments: The Art of Finding Yourself, Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World, and Plant Your Dreams and the Miracles will Grow. She has been a regular contributor to numerous print publications such as Bella Grace, Somerset Life, and Somerset Studio, and her essays have been featured in Skirt! magazine, Modern Creative Life, and Dharma Mamas. She has facilitated workshops and retreats at venues across the country, including Esalen Institute in Big Sur, was a speaker at the 2016 and 2018 Brave Girl Symposium, and was one of ten artists featured in Indie Kindred, a documentary film by Jen Lee about artistic collaboration.
Christine lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband and their chocolate lab Tilda.
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I am a wife, daughter, stepdaughter, sister, stepmother, and grandma who, between my parent’s divorces and my own, has been part of four different families. I’ve spent most of my life learning how to maneuver my way through all of these roles and responsibilities gracefully and with gratitude.
I have been a creative entrepreneur for more than two decades, creating a line of stationery and gift items that generated seven figures in retail sales, teaching workshops at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, and publishing five books.
I am an avid traveler and explorer, having been to Cuba, Jordan, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, India, Mexico, Canada, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Bermuda, Argentina, all over Europe, and almost all fifty states. One of the most exhilarating things I’ve ever done is taken a three-hour bicycle ride through Delhi, India.
I received a B.A in Studio Art at Virginia Tech and an M.Ed. in Adult Education with a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia. My graduate thesis proposed the application of the educational theories of Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Freire to the eradication of female genital mutilation.
I have moved thirty-five times throughout my life in six different states. I’ve lived in a college dorm, a townhouse, a turquoise trailer, and an apartment just a few blocks from the Pacific ocean. I once rented a bedroom with an air mattress for three months, and after that lived on a twenty-acre estate in Montecito, CA, subletting a friend’s apartment while she traveled. The only home I knew my whole life belonged to my grandparents in Bartlesville, OK.
I have studied, embodied, taught, and researched different aspects of creating a meaningful life over the course of my entire career. Inspirations and thought-provokers include Alice Walker, John O’Donohue, Karen Maezen Miller, Anne Lamott, Maya Angelou, Natalie Goldberg, Carl Jung, Marianne Williamson, Hafiz, Richard Rohr, Mary Oliver, Don Miguel Ruiz, Terry Tempest Williams, Rebecca Solnit, C.S. Lewis, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ayn Rand, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gwendolyn Brooks, David Whyte, Pema Chödrön, and the Bible.
During the most difficult episode of my life, these words from Pema Chödrön carried me through: “Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.” I pinned it to my front door, and I read it every single day.
I am a fairly new Christian, having made the leap into my faith on February 10, 2017 in the presence of my husband, at our dining room table after a decade of committed spiritual soul searching. I am still getting used to what it means to walk with God in this new way, and I am still learning how to pray. But I have received countless affirmations that I am on the right path, and that I have, in fact, been on it all along. This revelation has been one of the most profound joys of my life.
I am not on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or LinkedIn. I was once, and then, one by one, I deleted my accounts. These are among the best decisions I’ve ever made.