Collaging For Self-discovery Accountability Group With Christina Katz

We are more than half-way through the month and I have been collaging regularly.

Wow. What a difference collaging for self-discovery makes. Not only do I feel more inspired in my life and in my writing, my dreams have also become so much more colorfully vivid.

Having a collage journaling practice is something I have enjoyed doing for myself in recent years. And now I’m sharing the process with others and making more time for it.

We live in a world that is so focused on external results that it often feels challenging to prioritize our internal life. But I declared this year to be my opportunity to dive deep and express myself more than ever before. Just making this commitment feels good. And every time I pull out my collage materials I feel like I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing.

If you would like to join me, I encourage you to check out my new Collaging For Self-discovery Accountability Group.

If you are not convinced that making time for yourself to do something like collage journaling is important or even necessary, here are five reasons time for you is crucial to your health and happiness. Once you have a regular collage journaling practice — or any kind of daily creative practice — these results can be yours!

One. Distinguish Yourself From Others. Never underestimate the hypnotic power of three spells in our society: codependency, sexism, and perfectionism.We all do the best we can, of course. But how are we supposed to heal, grow and love when we are continually grappling with this three-headed monster? By spending time on self-discovery each day, we activate the power of our individual uniqueness, which is the best immunization against negative forces around us. When we embrace who we are, we can activate our power and create a life we love based on positive self-expression.

Two. Practice Making More Choices. The world invites us to make choices every day, but many of us are overwhelmed by the sheer volume and variety.Collaging helps us become more decisive. By choosing what makes us come alive we become happier. When we have a daily creative practice like collaging, we practice sifting and sorting, rejecting and selecting. We seek our particular type of happiness rather than whatever version of the American Dream is currently being promoted.

Three. Spend Time With Self Daily. Americans have made an art out of distraction. We live in a high-pressure, hyper-busy, discouraging world and it will continue to feel this way unless we reclaim our time and point of view. You can spend big chunks of time alone each day and still not give yourself permission to do your inner work. But once you reclaim time for yourself daily, you re-encounter yourself. When we make time for ourselves, our self-esteem instantly and automatically goes up.

Four. Notice Soul Stirrings. I believe we are not merely people, but souls. Our souls are huge, bright, beckoning parts of us, but we can spend a lifetime resisting them. Having a daily creative practice puts us in touch with the power of our souls. When we are in touch with our soul power, we can make a bigger impact on the world with less effort. We can tap into the power of the infinite in the everyday.

Five. Wake Up Sleeping Potential. We are each born with so much to offer, but we can keep our potential at arm’s length, hide it and even bury it. There are many factors that can cause us to lose touch with our personal power, but regular time for self-expression wakes us up to our full potential. Who cares why we didn’t tap into our personal power before? We can do it now, do it daily, and live our most expressive life starting today.

A daily collage practice may not seem like any big deal from outward appearances. But making time for yourself is still a radical act in our society, especially when you do it in a way that activates personal meaning in your life.

I hope you will join me in embarking on a daily creative practice this year.

When I have something to say, this blog is the place where I give myself permission to say it. So, though I often write about writing and creativity, I also write about issues that are important to me if I think my point of view might help others. I help folks become more creative for personal enjoyment, professional development and transformational growth. I am a veteran journalist, author and coach with over a decade and a half of experience and a wealth of techniques to share. Whether you are a professional creative or hope to become one some day, I can help you embrace your personal strengths, explore your creative possibilities, and evolve incrementally into your most inspiring self. If you are ready to achieve creative consistency in your life and career, email me about monthly coaching calls. Looking for more fun in your life daily? Then join us for Collaging For Self-discovery, my online accountability group. To learn more about increasing your creative confidence, please check out my online school. Stay tuned for ways to save money by becoming a Beta User for my next new course by subscribing to The Prosperous Creative. And don’t forget to get these blog posts delivered to your inbox, so you never miss a post. If you appreciate my work—school, products, blog and social media posts—you are welcome to make a contribution of any size at any time. Thank you for your support!

Got scalp itch?

I hope it’s not lice. Because getting lice sucks.

We’ve only had lice once as a family, despite the fact that my husband has been teaching in the public school system for many years.

To say those little suckers brought me repeatedly to my knees over the course of several days would be an understatement. I lost my squash every time my latest attempts at delousing failed.

The time, the expense, the laundry! I shed many tears of frustration as over-the-counter solution after over-the-counter solution failed to have any effect whatsoever on the problem.

Even prescription medication from our doctor had no results. (What?)

Were these the supposed ‘super lice’ I’d heard about?

Come to find out, the problem was my response to the situation. Had I conducted more thorough research on the topic — before launching into world war three on all of our heads — the situation would have been over so much sooner and more painlessly.

But I was a good little doobie and I went straight to the local drugstore to look for the most toxic products I could find to nuke those little bastards off our scalps.

That was pretty short-sighted, in retrospect.

Had I been calmer, savvier and better informed, I might have heard about any of these products below. If you are suffering from a dreaded lice infestation, I hope you will find this post before you find yourself on your knees in a lice purging frenzy. Especially since those lice being passed around your community might be back for another visit the moment you are ready to sound the all-clear.

Just remember, when lice come to your town, there IS something you can do. You can use inexpensive, non-toxic products and get the word out to all of your friends and neighbors that powerful products are available that can get lice out of hair and keep it out for good.

Now next time you feel a little itch, you will be ready.

So stock up on these products, folks, and block a lice infestation before it comes to stay. Trust me, you will be so glad you did!

Lice Products I Recommend

Fairy Tales Hair Products. LINK

We used the Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Shampoo and Conditioner LINK with a lice comb LINK and this combination got rid of our lice immediately. Lice can happen to anyone, so we keep these products on hand, and use them if anyone even has one itch. So far, lice have made no repeat performances!

If you have lice, simply wash hair twice with an ample amount of Rosemary Repel Shampoo. Turn off the shower and then use an ample amount of conditioner and leave on for 15 – 20 minutes. During that time, sit on the edge of the tub, run the lice comb through hair from roots to ends, and clean it off under the bath tap between combs. This worked on the first try for us, even after too many products to mention did not. Good luck!

Nit Free Terminator Lice Comb LINK

If you have children in public schools and attending activities, keep one of these lice combs on hand. I tried several types of combs and this type is far and away the best. It’s both effective and pain-free, which is important for folks with long hair. Just take your time and pull the comb through calmly and slowly for best results.

Blow Dry Hair Thoroughly After Cleaning & Delousing LINK

If your family has lice, your blowdryer is your new best friend. Use the above products generously and often and then give hair a good blasting with a hot blowdryer. Help young children, so they don’t burn themselves. But commit to using the blow dryer for a week or so to insure lice and nit-free hair.

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo & Conditioner LINK

My husband, who is a teacher, uses these products regularly and perhaps they are the reason why he does not get affected by lice outbreaks (which can happen anytime, anywhere, no one is immune). Also, these products smell minty great and even make your scalp tingle a bit. A great choice for kids in the summertime, whether you are worried about lice or not.

Lice Products Recommended By Others

I have also heard of multiple delousing products recommended by others. Here’s the short list:

Tea Tree Oil LINK

I have heard if you spray this directly on the scalp, it will get the job done. However, many young children do not like the smell and others may experience a burning sensation. So I am apt to recommend products containing tea tree oil rather than the straight-up oil itself. Consider adding a few drops to the shampoo and conditioner you already use as a treatment and deterrent.

Nature’s Gate Tea Tree Oil Shampoo & Conditioner LINK

I have not tried these products but they were recommended in a recent local online discussion thread. Apparently they are carried in grocery stores, and sometimes you just need help fast. So good to know. Let me know in the comments if you have had any luck with these products.

Ladibugs Lice Prevention Kit LINK

I have also not tried these products but they were also recommended in a recent local online discussion thread. Apparently these were developed by school nurses, who were no strangers to the magnitude of the problem. They are made from 96% natural resources, 100% renewable resources, 100% biodegradable, all made in the USA. Let me know in the comments if you have had any luck with these products.

 

I am a veteran journalist, author and coach with over a decade and a half of experience and a wealth of techniques to share. I am focused on making the world a saner, more expressive place. I help folks become more creative for personal enjoyment, professional development and transformational growth. Whether you are a professional creative or hope to become one some day, I can help you embrace your personal strengths, explore your creative possibilities, and evolve incrementally into your most inspiring self. If you are ready to achieve creative consistency in your life and career, email me about monthly coaching calls. To learn more about increasing your creative confidence, please check out my online school. Stay tuned for ways to save money by becoming a Beta User for my next new course by subscribing to The Prosperous Creative. And don’t forget to get these blog posts delivered to your inbox, so you never miss a post. If you appreciate my work—school, products, blog and social media posts—you are welcome to make a contribution of any size at any time. Thank you for your support!

~ Photo by Ryan McGuire

A random list of things I appreciated this month…

Sending Samantha to dance for a week of half-days at Northwest Dance Project. They challenged her and she relished the opportunity to dance regularly. Check them out.

Finally watching Wonder Woman. A little sorry I didn’t see it in theaters. But ultimately feeling like the timing was perfect. Did you see it?

Launching an accountability group that has everything to do with self-discovery and nothing to do with professionalism. Because we don’t have enough places in this world to just show up and express who we are. Learn more.

Finding this quote: “I am not afraid of my truth anymore and I will not omit pieces of myself to make you more comfortable,” by Alex Elle. She seems cool. Here’s a link to her blog.

Hanging out with my little fam’ for an extended period of time over winter break without too many distractions or obligations. Always a blessing!

Reading this GQ article by Michael Chabon about what happens when we really try to understand our kids and get behind what makes them tick. It makes me wonder how many amazing kids there are in the world, just waiting for their dreams to be nurtured. Here’s an excerpt: “Abe was just a kid who loved clothes. He loved talking about them, looking at them, and wearing them, and when it came to men’s clothing, in particular the hipper precincts of streetwear, he knew his shit.” [Hat tip to Austin Kleon. I always find something I really like in his weekly sharing, which prompted me to start this occasional sharing of my own.]

A passage from Rob Brezney’s newsletter on what Jesus stood for. And this quote from Carl Jung that Brezney shared, which I will never forget: “The whole point of Jesus’s life was not that we should become exactly like him, but that we should become ourselves in the same way he became himself. Jesus was not the great exception but the great example.” Get Rob’s weekly horoscope and newsletter here for the New Year. Guaranteed to make you think fresh thoughts.

The moment I realized that it was time to get a new We’Moon calendar for 2018 and cut up the old one for my collage materials stash. Done and done.

Watching the totally fluffy Pitch Perfect 3 on an impromptu date with my husband and having a couple of laughs, even though it did not get good reviews and is way too short. Thankfully we’ll always have the original.

Falling in love with the Internet again, because I have reprogrammed it to make me happy. This cuts down significantly on mindless time spent on Facebook and increases the visual inspiration quotient to be gleaned from Instagram times ten.

Speaking of…I often read my favorite Stampington magazines and then look folks up who inspire me. I was reading about Sharon Sowell, an amazing paper cutting artist and I have been chatting with her over email and Instagram. See what I mean about loving the Internet?

Giving and receiving presents! In case you did not know, I am a Sagittarius, which means I am all about the presents no matter what the minimalists say. I gave and received so many wonderful presents, and now that Christmas is packed up and put away (early), and I am raring to start 2018.

I still maintain an Advanced Dream Team of writers for both articles and essays. We had a fun Secret Santa exchange for the third year in a row. Really proud of my writing accomplishments this year and humbled to participate in theirs. On to 2018!

The soundtrack from The Greatest Showman. If you saw it, I bet you are totally with me. If you didn’t, I recommend it. The movie is pure fiction; but the soundtrack is pure perfection!

Winter is the perfect time to stream British shows. We devoured The Crown, season two. We’re eagerly awaiting season seven of Call The Midwife. Earlier this year, we enjoyed three seasons of Grantchester. And we are still looking forward to Victoria, season two.

Composting is fun. Who knew? Never had a composter that worked well until this year. Got this one in May and it breaks down everything I put into it like a champ. Plus two chambers really are better than one because I can fill one and move on to the next and the first is ready in about eight months. Amazon won’t let me link to it directly, so click here and then scroll down until you find: “Good Ideas CW-2X Compost Wizard Dueling Tumbler.” We got the smaller size, and I’m going to order another one, so I can have four barrels going at once. If your family is larger than three, you may want the larger size.

Ringing in the New Year is awesome but my dog never enjoys the nearby fireworks. That’s why I am so grateful for the Thundershirt for dog anxiety. We wait until he starts barking and then we put on his Thundershirt, turn on some jazz music and leave the oven fan running to create extra white noise. The combination soothes him so he can sleep no matter how loud the fireworks.

Best holiday gifts I gave? Besides the dance workshop we got for Samantha, I’m going to go with Spirograph, because we get to share a childhood toy with Samantha. Best holiday gift I got? Too many to mention. Let’s go with my “Smash The Patriarchy” coffee mugs. I got two and I love them both. Oh, and this book, Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden; Grow, Harvest & Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms by Erin Benzakein and Julie Chai with photography by Michele M. Wait.

Clearly December has been an awesome month. It is also my birthday month, which means I got even more presents (new ring from the Sundance store, 10 annual magazine subscriptions for $30, and more!).

Well, 2017, I feel feted, sated, celebrated, and I’m ready for 2018. So bring it on!

I’ll be right here, enjoying life and sharing the best experiences I have with you. Happy New Year!

 

I am a veteran journalist, author and coach with over a decade and a half of experience and a wealth of techniques to share. I am focused on making the world a saner, more expressive place. I help folks become more creative for personal enjoyment, professional development and transformational growth. Whether you are a professional creative or hope to become one some day, I can help you embrace your personal strengths, explore your creative possibilities, and evolve incrementally into your most inspiring self. If you are ready to achieve creative consistency in your life and career, email me about monthly coaching calls. To learn more about increasing your creative confidence, please check out my online school. Stay tuned for ways to save money by becoming a Beta User for my next new course by subscribing to The Prosperous Creative. And don’t forget to get these blog posts delivered to your inbox, so you never miss a post. If you appreciate my work—school, products, blog and social media posts—you are welcome to make a contribution of any size at any time. Thank you for your support!

~ Photo by Jason Blackeye on Unsplash

As a teacher, life-long learning is important to my personal enrichment.

One of the many things I adore about the Internet is the educational opportunities it provides.

Say what you want about social media, the times we are living in and the current political landscape—none of it matters when you use the Internet intentionally.

One of the best ways to leverage the Internet intentionally is to consider what you need in your life and then seek out online courses that have what you want.

In the early days of the Internet, it was such a thrill to be able to virtually connect with folks I admired. I used to scour the web striving to connect with my role models.

But these days, I am less about the mentor and more about the learning. I do not put people on pedestals any longer. In fact, I tend to trust imperfect, expressive people more than celebrities, who constantly play their highlight reels.

What interests me more than the person behind the course, is the course itself. Does it offer what I need? Is the course offering results I am looking for? Is it simple, rather than overwhelming? Finally, I ask is the teacher reputable? I do not need to become best friends with the course creator to benefit from what is being taught.

Using these principles, I have signed up for three courses that make my heart sing for 2018. I cannot wait to dive into these course and milk them for all they are worth in my life. I know they will uplift and sustain me for the rest of the year.

Here is another thing that has changed. In the past, I was often focused on professional development. But too much focus on professionalism was starting to make me feel dead inside.

I am professional enough. The continuous focus on it was squelching my joy.

Lately I have been much more soul-focused. I am clear that when I take care of the inside, the outside takes better care of itself. So rather than being externally focused, I am much more internally oriented. Needless to say, this makes me feel so much happier on a daily basis.

As I created my online school, I was following these same principles to create compelling courses for others. I put as much soul as possible into every single course, even when professionalism was a consideration.

I would say what sets my courses apart from other courses in the writing and creativity arena is that they always take the individual into account. You never had to abandon yourself to follow my advice. On the contrary, the more fully you embrace who you are, the more successful you can become.

I believe in the value and contributions of each person on the planet. In other words, I think every person is here for a reason. And it’s the responsibility of each person to dig deep to discover and share the wealth that wants to stream through them.

2018 is going to be about discovering more of who I am and cultivating my self-expression to better share it with the world. I will continue to do what I do best: write, teach, learn, share and grow. And I would love to share my journey with you.

What is your 2018 going to be about? Feel free to share in the comments or email me and give me an update. We’re all in the New Year together. The way we approach it individually definitely impacts the whole. I hope I can encourage you to cherish your soul more and focus on the status quo less.

I am a veteran journalist, author and coach with over a decade and a half of experience and a wealth of techniques to share. I am focused on making the world a saner, more expressive place. I help folks become more creative for personal enjoyment, professional development and transformational growth. Whether you are a professional creative or hope to become one some day, I can help you embrace your personal strengths, explore your creative possibilities, and evolve incrementally into your most inspiring self. If you are ready to achieve creative consistency in your life and career, email me about monthly coaching calls. To learn more about increasing your creative confidence, please check out my online school. Stay tuned for ways to save on my courses by becoming a Beta User for my next new course by subscribing to The Prosperous Creative. And don’t forget to get these blog posts delivered to your inbox, so you never miss a post. If you appreciate my work—school, products, blog and social media posts—you are welcome to make a contribution of any size at any time. Thank you for your support!

Photo by Rosie Kerr on Unsplash

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