Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Soul Food 2015 class GIVEAWAY!

I'm delighted that it's now my turn to give away one free spot in Soul Food 2015! If you visit the entry form below, you'll find ways to gain multiple entries to this giveaway which opens today, October 15, and runs for one week, until October 22, 2014. To find out more about this wonderful online class and to meet the 2015 faculty, please visit our Soul Food blog.

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Soul Food class video

This is a little promo video myself, Mystele and Heather prepared for our Soul Food class of 2015 to explain all about the class and what you can expect from it. If you have questions, come and ask us on Facebook, or come and join us at Community Thrive, where you can enjoy what else the community has to offer while you wait for Soul Food registration to open!

Feeling a bit Paleo

My ME/fibromyalgia counter hit 17 years this April and I'm sure those of you will chronic illnesses will understand how one of the hardest things can be to keep moving enough to stay a "healthy" size. It's not something I've achieved! I have days when I can do more - walk further - but then I have to sleep off my efforts all afternoon/evening and effectively grind to a halt the next day or two to get over it. Time and time again, I've failed to fulfil my plans to introduce more gentle exercise into my routine, or found the efforts to be too debilitating to tolerate. This has brought me to the conclusion that the best thing to do is to focus on my food. I actually have a pretty healthy diet but my issues are portion control and a love of carbs: bread, pasta, and rice.

Recently, a friend who started eating Paleo this January showed me a before-and-now photo of herself; in her 8 months of following a strict Paleo regime, she has gone from my size to fabulous slim-and-healthy size. Her chest has shrunk to I-can-run-for-a-bus-without-hurting size, and she has STOPPED. TAKING. PAIN. MEDICATION. Do I need to say more? And no, you can't see the photo. After 17 years of strong prescription pain meds, this motivates me. With my Mum recovering from breast cancer and my own boobs full of painful cysts, this motivates me. While the prospect of giving up milky coffee, bread, pasta, and rice fills me with trepidation, achieving a "healthy" sized body motivates me.

Today was day #1. No coffee or tea and I haven't killed anyone. But then, I haven't been out.

Thursday, 25 September 2014


Last year, artist Dawn DeVries Sokol posted a call for art on her blog, inviting art journalers to send in their pages for her to consider for a new book she was working on. I submitted a few of mine and was thrilled when Dawn selected some of them! I can now share that "A World of Artist Journal Pages" is available for pre-order on Amazon.

I'm so grateful to Dawn for this exciting opportunity! She's the author of several popular art journaling books and if you visit her Amazon page, you can check out the others while you wait for this one...

Oil pastel play