Monday, July 15, 2013

Art, Writing and Hypnotherapy — I'm Still Here!

It's been a VERY long time since I've posted here. So to those of you out there who may be wondering what's been happening with me — I've been BUSY!

I continue to create artwork, an example of which is the photo above of the coast near my home. I've also continued to work on my writing—both my memoir (My B+ Life) and my novel which is still unnamed. One of my memoir pieces, "Brianna Elizabeth" has been selected to appear in an anthology that will be coming out later this summer. When it does, I'll post an excerpt from it here.

But perhaps my biggest news is that earlier this year I became a Certified Hypnotherapist. I'm continuing my coursework so that by the end of the year I will have completed my training in medical hypnotherapy. Ultimately, I want  to be able to work with people to help alleviate their pain and provide alternatives to anesthesia, among other things. It is very exciting work and I'm thrilled to be doing it.

I'm also putting together a condensed version of the online class series I created, Follow the Breadcrumbs Home. This will be rolled out as a series of half-day, in-person workshops that I plan to take on the road. Stay tuned for details as the specifics become more clear.

Anyway, life is good. Life is full. And I'm having a great time on this journey. Hope all is well in your world too!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

View from Jack London Park

I just returned from a drive along Highway 12 between Santa Rosa and Sonoma. This area is known as The Valley of the Moon. The name alone is enough for me to love the place but truly, it is one of the most beautiful stretches of road anywhere. (Not that I've been EVERYWHERE but I think it's a pretty good guess!)

Anyway, I drove into Glen Ellen and up the road to Jack London State Park. It was late in the day. A big sign proclaimed this to be one of the state parks scheduled for closure in July due to budget cuts. It made me so very sad. I took a picture from the parking lot looking out toward the hills and then played with it a bit when I returned home.

I really hope we can manage to save this amazing park! You can read about the park and learn what you can do to help save it at

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Under the Weather

It's very odd. Apart from itchy eyes the past two days I've been feeling great. Then last night I sneezed and with that one sneeze an entire, full-blown head cold arrived. Weird.

So today I'm laying low and writing. I may have some things to share here very soon. But for today, I thought I'd share this shot I captured of a beautiful sky the other afternoon. As usual, I played with it a bit using various iPhone photography apps.

Somehow when I look at this image, I begin to feel better. I think it reminds me that my little problem is pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things. And the grand scheme can be pretty magnificent.

Remember, when feeling low—look up.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rosebuds and Flying Books

It's a beautiful day here in Sonoma county and I'm enjoying the sun filtering in through the kitchen window. 

Last night my husband and I went out to dinner at our local Crepevine and then took in the animated shorts that have been nominated for Oscars. Frankly, I wasn't that impressed with most of them but one simply moved and delighted me. It's called The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and it is definitely worth checking out.

I'm on a deadline so I won't post much today. I have to get to work on the chapter of my novel that I'm presenting to my writing group this Saturday. I can present up to fifteen pages and I've yet to write one. Thank goodness for deadlines!

Wishing you all a most lovely day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My 3-Year Bloggerversary!

I can scarcely believe it has been three years since I began my blog. I know, I know—the past year hardly counts given the paltry number of posts I've actually put up. But it matters to me. I have used this time to learn more about social media. I've used this time to create art (the Valentine above is an example of this.) I've used this time to write and to consider just how I want to put myself out there in the world beyond the walls of my house.

Since I want to become known as a writer I've been advised by many who probably know best to have a "writing blog"—a blog that talks about the craft of writing and publishing. A blog where I interview other authors, have guest bloggers and write reviews of books I've read. What I've discovered is that doing that feels too much like being in school and having to complete assignments I don't want to do. Don't get me wrong—I LOVE to read. I just don't like having to analyze books I've read—dissection and critique is just not my thing.

So instead, I've decided to ignore the advise of others and continue to use my blog the way I have been, only more so.

I plan to post bits and pieces of what I'm working on—short stories, memoir pieces from My B+ Life that I'm currently working on; maybe even some chapters from the novel I'm writing that has yet to find a name. I'm also going to do podcasts of these for folks who like to be read to. And I'm going to post about things I find that delight me—be they books or authors, places I've visited and products I think are particularly cool. I'm going to allow myself to think out loud here at Thought Threads and ask for feedback on things I'm mulling over. And if I feel passionate about certain issues, you may find me sounding off from time to time.

So for now, Happy Valentine's Day! I hope love finds its way into your life today and makes you smile. Thanks for hanging in here with me on this journey. I have come to think of many of you as friends even though we've never met.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Magic

May the magic of this holiday season fill your life with love and laughter.

My daughters have both returned from college to be here for Christmas. They had friends over earlier in the week and I loved hearing the giggling and laughter coming from various rooms. We've watched all the requisite Christmas movies at least once (except for "It's a Wonderful Life" which we always play Christmas morning during breakfast.) The decorations are up, the gifts are wrapped. All that is left is to enjoy one another's company.

I created this photo from two photos I took while in San Francisco and then I used some iPhone apps to add special effects. While its origins are commercial I feel the spirit of the message transcends all that.

Wishing you all a warm and very magical Christmas and the Happiest of New Years!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

So Much Has Been Happening!!

I know I've been absent from this blog for awhile but I've been so BUSY!!
I'm thrilled to announce that my online class, Follow the Breadcrumbs Home, launches on January 1, 2012—just in time for everyone's New Year's Resolutions.

This class grew out of my realization that I'd meandered away from the core of myself on my journey of putting one foot in front of the other just to survive. I'd lost my snap. I'd misplaced my passion for life. I was feeling tired and numb.

I used some tried and true methods I've been studying for years now and I managed to get myself back on track, reconnected to my creativity and my passion. It occurred to me that I'm probably not the only one who has lost herself taking care of everyone else. So I created this online class and it is midway through its beta test phase. I've gotten some great reports back from people who are participating so we are going live in time for the new year.

If you're wondering, Who Could Benefit From This Class? 
Here's the answer:

If you see yourself in the statements below, this class was created for you.

• You have reached a point in your life where you find yourself thinking, This isn't who I wanted to be when I grew up.

• You feel stuck but don't know what to do about it.

• You think you should feel happy but instead, you feel muted—like something is missing.

• You're unsatisfied with your job but don't know what you would do instead.

• You spend your energy supporting other people's efforts but never find the time or energy for your own dreams.

• You find yourself asking, When does my REAL life begin?

So if you're interested I hope you'll check it out and maybe even join us!