What is true now
...is that 2017 was a year of huge transition, whereby my husband and I packed up all of our belongings and moved from Santa Barbara, California to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With that change, I left the place I'd lived for twenty-two years, where I started my career and built a business focused on inspiring others to create a meaningful life. While it's true I have the freedom to do this work from pretty much anywhere, embarking upon the new adventure of living in the midwest inspired me to close the doors on everything I'd done up to that point, focus on the move and then begin anew, whatever that might look like.
I experienced my first Wisconsin winter (not too bad), watched my garden come to life in the spring, and I will have lived in Milwaukee for exactly one year at the end of September. I've gotten to know the tweet and twitter of the birds outside my window and understand a little bit of the rhythms of nature in this part of the world - when the male turkeys prance around in hopes of a mate, when the fawns start tip-toeing through our backyard, when the fireflies start twinkling. As I've watch the landscape around me come alive in different ways each season, I, too, have felt my creative longings wake up in new ways.
When I started my business in 1995, I had grand dreams that were fueled by the belief that I would do the best job inspiring others by thinking big and pursuing large-scale endeavors. Over the past twenty-three years, for reasons both personal and professional, my philosophy about being a positive force in the world has found a different kind of home, one that rests on the foundation of the words of Mother Teresa: "Do small things with great love."
All this to say I don't really have an official job title these days, but I am still pursuing my life's work: creating beauty, offering encouragement, trying to be a positive force in the world. This has looked like many different things throughout my career - commercial artwork, books, retreats and courses. Alongside this, I have also come to appreciate all the ways I am able to express and embody this work no matter what I'm doing, whether working on a new book, setting my table for dinner guests or mailing a package. In other words, it all flows from the same source.
A few projects are in the works for 2018. Keep an eye on my Instagram feed for the latest news and updates, or join my email list below and be the first to know.
August 2018 | Milwaukee, Wisconsin