Three Magical Things We Learned Teaching Healing The Healer & Self-Care This Year

Three Magical Things We Learned Teaching Healing The Healer & Self-Care This Year

Over the past year, I’ve have had the honor of meeting and teaching almost 300 incredible human services and healing arts professionals throughout California.  I’ve been awed by their dedication to helping children and families and making a difference in the world.  I’ve also had the pleasure of starting to work with my husband, Rocky, who is a talented artist and began assisting the Healing the Healer workshops in May.  Here are the top three things we’ve learned along the way and wanted to share with you to help support your ongoing self-care! 1.  Self-care love-and humor!– go a long way when working with your husband (or anyone, for that matter).  We are together a lot now and as fabulous as that is, sometimes I get grouchy and need to draw some whimsical owls and laugh about goofy things, like the “disagreements” we have about fonts. Taking a walk on the beach and watching funny shows like 30 Rock and Parks & Rec also helps soothe the inner gremlins.  And starting the day with Seven Second Hug, the song we created for our holiday card, helps us to connect in the morning. Creating goofy, funny holiday cards to spread peace and love to our friends and family (and you!) also helps soothe the soul. 2. Watercolor sets for kids.  They are inexpensive, non-toxic, and easy to carry when traveling and can be used to create cards and notes.  We use Prang Washable Watercolors, which we found on Dick Blick. They even have metallic and glitter sets! 🙂  You can turn 8 colors into 64 by mixing them.  Here is a sample...
Doodle Extravaganza!

Doodle Extravaganza!

“Why doodling?” you may ask.   I’ll give you four reasons.  After you’ve tried it you’ll likely find there are many, many more.   First, the word doodle. It’s fantabulous and fun.   In this, my Year of Wonder & Whimsy, I wanted to start out with practices I like and lead me into those spaces.  Doodling does that.  Plus, it’s a great rhyming word for both real and made up words.  Canoodle with your poodle, schnoodle.  Love you oodles!  Toodles.     Second, anyone can doodle.  There are no rules and you can let your pen, pencil, marker, crayon, whatever tool you’d like, lead the way.   You can create the atmosphere, doodling at a desk with tea and a candle lit.  Or while at a meeting, a lecture or while watching your favorite t.v. show … whatever strikes your fancy, Nancy.   Third, you don’t need a lot of time to do it.  15, 10, even 5 minutes will do.  A lot of us are so busy, we barely have time to have lunch. Rather than add another burdensome “to do” to the list of “to dos”, I wanted to offer a way into creativity that could be done in any time period.  Which is why I created the Doodle Extravaganza challenge this month.   To start opening the door to creativity with as little stress as possible.   Fourth, with doodling, you can change and expand your state of mind.  I find that when I’m stressed out and anxious, my body and mind relax when I’m doodling and drawing.  The ahhhhhhh happens.  It’s a form of...
Fireside Chat! Kim Ragen

Fireside Chat! Kim Ragen

Hello and welcome to Fireside Chats with extraordinary people doing amazing things with Intentional Creativity!    Among those extraordinary people is child welfare social worker, Kim Ragen, a Program Manager in Emergency Response in Orange County, California.  She has done this work for 21 years because she wanted to make a difference in the world.  An inspiring human being, she overcame her initial nervousness to paint in her ongoing search to find ways to help social workers she works with find tools for rejuvenation and self-care from the difficult work they do.      Tell us, why did you take this workshop?   I originally took the Healing the Healer workshop because Rachel made me.  Just kidding!  We worked together when she was an attorney in Orange County.  She told me about her new work with Intentional Creativity and I was intrigued by it.  I was very curious about the impact the workshop would have on the social workers I work with who are often in stressful and emotionally charged situations.   So have you ever painted before?   No and I hesitated at first, thinking I couldn’t do it. But once we got started and I began to get immersed in the process, my hesitation disappeared.  When I stood in front of the blank canvas, I realized I could paint anything I wanted and that was very freeing.  The fun, structured environment that Rachel created also allowed me to relax into it and become more connected to the painting and to myself.  I felt very peaceful and engaged.  At the end of the day, it was actually hard...