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The Joy Issue

Let Creativity Blossom an interview with our favorite Connecticut creatives

LAUGH A LITTLE (14) • CREATE SPACE (46) • JUMP FOR JOY (86)


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s far as myths go, the rightbrained vs. left-brained dichotomy might just be the most damaging.

Creativity is necessary for the world to heal. If we’re sitting around thinking “I’m a creative,” or “I’m not a creative” then we are missing out on an opportunity to come together and create a new way of existing. Instead of thinking in abstracts or absolutes, ask yourself: What is it that I am good at creating? Then, approach that answer with a dash of whimsy, a side of humility, and a whole heaping helping of courage. (Go ahead, and get seconds too!) Then: create. Cook, sing, dance, choreograph, write, paint, draw, program, photograph, speak, listen, zig-zag, style, read, design, travel, befriend, imbibe, network, climb, hang from a high wire… Lose your inhibitions, invite in the muse, and give yourself permission to be childlike. The JOY that awaits us when we indulge our whimsical nature is so worth whatever discomfort we might feel along the way! My word of the year is BELIEVE and it’s remarkable how a little self-belief can shift one’s perspective. I get that you were told you can’t carry a tune, or you were encouraged to get your MBA instead of an MFA. I understand and empathize with all those of you who had to be serious in order to prove your worth. But I wonder if—no I believe you can rewrite that story. I believe your whimsical talents are waiting to be {re}discovered. I believe each of us is creative in her own way, in the

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ways that count, in a way that will help to heal the world.

lee lee Creative Director & Managing Editor @wordsbyleelee


P H O T O by C H E Y E N N E B E V E R L E Y

Happy people are beautiful. – DREW BARRYMORE

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P H O T O by E L I Z A B E T H G R A N T

IN THIS ISSUE

Create Joy by Celebrating Whimsy M O N T H LY M US I C

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Celebrate Celebrate a life devoted to creativity and a heart full of whimsy, with Connecticut artists + bossladies, AvĂŠ Rivera, Ann Marie Drury, Margit Fish, and Kellie Semmelrock. P H O T O G R A P H E D by E L I Z A B E T H G R A N T

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Realize Chase fondness, newness and earthiness;

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curate spontaneity, frivolity, and naivety. Crave the old-fashioned and cuddle up with all that's magical to you.

Lifestyle Call Your Friends............................................ 14 Flirt with the Earth.......................................... 23 Do It Yourself.................................................. 30

TPY Faves Magical Media................................................ 17 Messy Food.................................................... 18

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Old-Fashioned Cocktails................................ 20 Dance Moves.................................................. 32 Childlike Self-Care.......................................... 36

Plus Meditate on Imagination, with

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nature photographer @kristi.nb.

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Dwell Cherish all that is unique and unexpected—in your aesthetic, your home, and your personality.

Design Hang the Unexpected...................................... 40 Add More DĂŠcor................................................ 42 Organize Your Creativity.................................. 46

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Live Call forth your inner child, caress your imperfections, and cradle your imagination. Whimsy is just a flight of fantasy (or wonderful memory) away!

Mindset Breed Curiosity.............................................. 76 Embrace Imperfection................................... 80 Indulge Your Fantasies.................................. 86

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T H E MA K ERS

Our makers consistently share their time & talents. We'd love to introduce you to the lovely ladies who contributed to this month's issue.

Elizabeth

Jessica

Cover Photography

Dwell Feature Photographer

@elizabethgrantphotography elizabethgrantphotography.com

@lemaephotography lemaephotography.com

Elizabeth Grant is a Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Jessica Heksem is a Newborn & Children's photographer

from Wallingford, Connecticut. Despite being a New

in the Mid-Michigan area. She's blessed to be married

England native and lover, she studied photojournalism at an

to the man of her dreams and mom to four amazing

art school in California and spent almost five years working

children. When not meditating, doing yoga, or indulging

closely with a wedding and family photographer in Colorado.

in her morning cup of coffee, you'll find Jessica capturing

Photography is her absolute passion and she truly enjoys

every moment she can with her camera. For the last

spending her days capturing the beauty of life’s events. This

six years, she's captured amazing memories for so

is Elizabeth's second collaboration with The Perpetual You.

many families. Memories frozen in time forever. This is Jessica's first collaboration with The Perpetual You.

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Jessie

P.K.

Cindy

Art Director

Proofreader

Intern

@littlelegendsdesign littlelegends.com

Connect on Facebook

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Krystal

Cat

Taylor

Mantra Siren

Content Editor

Creative Director, Products

@krystalbrandt krystalbrandt.com

@catballou24 amlofarms.com

@studio.ontheland studioontheland.com

Joanna

Amanda Luisa

Lauren

Collaborating Photographer

Collaborating Photographer

Collaborating Photographer

@joanna_fisher joannafisher.com

@amandaluisaart MandaLuisa.com

@laurenstevens24 laurenalexandriaphoto.com

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Deborah

Jamie

Erin

Collaborating Artist

Collaborating Artist

Contributing Artist

@velasquezstudio deborahvelasquez.com

@jamiegalley justmakethings.com

@erin.l.sn erinsn.com

Nika

Kristi

Bev

Calligrapher

Travel Photographer

Contributing Photographer

@calligraphetteco calligraphetteco.com

@kristi.nb kristibeisecker.com

@beverbutts cheyennebeverley.com

Markie

Jennifer

Taylor C.

Contributing Photographer

Contributing Photographer

Cover Story Liaison

@markielynne markielynne.com

@jenwenzelphoto jenniferwenzelphotography.com

@blisters_before_misters tlciambra.com

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A R T by E R I N S T E P H E N S - N O R T H , E R I N S N . C O M

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Lucille Ball The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was an American actress, comedienne, model, film-studio executive and producer. Lucille was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her whimsical contributions to the television/ motion picture industry. All of us lucky enough to experience her work love her dearly.

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If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that’s beautiful. – RASHIDA JONES

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C E L E B R AT E

Humor with

Marie Levey-Pabst

Laughter is good for your health—and your soul.

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he link between laughter and creativity has been documented by psychologists and researchers who study humor (yes, that is a real job, and one that I

would love to have). For example, researchers at MIT found that improvisational comedy artists have higher levels of idea generation (a creativity marker)!

P L AY G A M E S Nothing brings out laughter from a group of adults like a rousing game of Cards Against Humanity or a classic like Charades. Bring out the games next time you are with friends (or kids). Maybe it’s Bananagrams, Taboo, Settlers of Catan or Connect Four. Whatever your jam, bring on the fun. Start a monthly game night

Essentially, when we engage with humor we make unexpected

with friends and/or family. The structure of a game provides

connections: a hallmark of creativity. Enjoying funny stuff primes

opportunity for absurdity, sarcasm, or just good plain fun that

our creative pump. And it’s also just plain FUN!

makes us all laugh. (Of course, adult beverages can only add to the whimsy)!

Hopefully you’re already getting plenty of laughter into your day. Still, a bit more can only add more joy, creativity and whimsy into your life. Here are some of my favorite go-tos when I need a chuckle, and the creative boost that comes with it.

GO LIVE! More and more improv comedy groups are popping up in cities and towns across the nation. Search for an improv show or

LAUGH OUT LOUD

class near you. You can go to a show and support local comedic

Watching comedies lets us escape some of the seriousness of

Silverman. Take an improv comedy class and learn the amazing

life. Reading a funny book gives us insight into the absurdities

opportunities and laughs that come when you respond “Yes, and.”

actors who might even be the next Stephen Colbert or Sarah

of work, parenthood, marriage and all the rest. No matter your personal sense of humor, there are plenty of funny people out there who are putting out great material to enjoy. (Check out some recommendations from TPY folks at the end of this article!)

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Comedy may stretch your comfort zone, but it’s still a pretty fun and creative ride.

Enjoy your fun and games without overthinking it. Nothing kills funny like overthinking it. (I’ve learned that every time I make a joke based on an obscure Dr. Who reference - to be met by blank looks). Enjoy your time watching or reading something silly, just for the fun of it. Get sarcastic to help you sort out what's ridiculous about the world. Laugh often and loudly. Let out a “guffaw” just for the hell of it. By the way...Humor isn’t just for the good times, or the fun times. Humor can get us through some of our most challenging days. There is a good reason for that - humor gets us out of intense focus and gets our brain primed for creative connections. Humor helps us break down the cycles of despair and pain, if just for a split second. Humor helps us start to wrap our minds around the parts of life that seem inexplicable. Embracing humor is for the good days and the bad days, and all the days in between.

Reflect + Laugh We often need a break from life (or a reality check).

S U G G E S T I O N S F O R W H AT T O R E A D & WAT C H T O M A K E Y O U L O L • Portlandia quotes have become jokes in my house. The classic Monty Python’s Flying Circus is great

Be prepared for that “rainy day” by having some tools hidden away. The following are a couple of suggestions, and I’m sure you can think of others! •

Make a list of funny books, movies, and/or shows that you want to watch. Use the power of the internet to search around. See what’s available on whatever streaming services you already have. Check out your local library’s suggestions or poll your friends. Refer to this list the next time you need a bit of a break from reality!

Take five minutes to just think about ways humor is already in your life. Do you share inside jokes with someone close to you? Do you laugh when you are out with friends? Take a moment just to notice the ways you already have opportunities for laughter. Keep this on hand for those rough days; re-reading will bring the whimsy back into your life!

when I just need to accept the absurdity in the world and get a little perspective. • Sitcoms based on absurdity like Schitt’s Creek, Arrested Development , the Office, and Brooklyn 99. • Classic favorite TV shows like Friends, Seinfeld, and Golden Girls. (The fashion is bad but the jokes remain on point.) • Movies like Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters (classic and new), and Bad Moms remind us not take stuff quite so seriously. • Books are my favorite form of escapism. Here are a few that had me laughing out loud: ∙∙ Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Buni Laditan

∙∙ Bossypants by Tina Fey

Marie Levey-Pabst is the founder of the Create Balance method. She teaches parents to create balance between family, work, and personal fulfillment. Connect with Marie at @CreateBalanceCommunity on Facebook or at CreateBalancedLife.com.

∙∙ Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Photos by Jennifer Wenzel, @jenwenzelphoto

∙∙ The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

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R E V I E W S & P H O T O by @ C A T B A L L O U 2 4

M Y S T ERY, MU S ES , + MA G I C

Settle Down

Water For Elephants

Howl’s Moving Castle

by Julia Nunes, 2010

by Sara Gruen, Pub. 2006

by Diana Wynn Jones, Pub. 1986

Julia Nunes started on You Tube, and through

A whimsical narrative set in depressing times,

First published in 1986, Howl’s Moving

a Kickstarter campaign created her whimsical

Water For Elephants evokes the wonderment

Castle is a precursor to the YA boom we’re

masterpiece, Settle Down. A creative dance

of the circus through the eyes of a 90+ man

experiencing now. The book's mix of humor,

which takes you on an emotional journey, the

who landed there in his youth after a terrible

sharp character observation, and creative

album is wrapped up in the whimsical tones

tragedy, and lives the story out in his mind. You

fantasy settings is both charming and

and wonderful dynamics of a girl and her

think it can end only one way until the surprise

enduring. With witches, demons, curses,

ukulele. Julia’s instrument is her muse, and

twist. Reserve a weekend for this delightful

magic, and wizards all accepted very matter-

with it she adeptly pulls at our heartstrings.

book; you won’t want to put it down.

of-factly as part of the world, this likable fairy tale still manages to surprise and delight.

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The Kitchen with

Julia Grimaldi

Take delight in the joy of cooking, that simple connection to health and heart.

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ooking has and always will be my creative outlet.

create something nutritious and delicious, and delight in the

I cannot paint or draw. I cannot sing well. I have

freedom outside of a recipe.

rhythm but not a lot of coordination. The kitchen is

my playground. When I am bored this is where I go to create

Intending to eat and cook at home starts with a spark (or

and be myself.

grumble) deep inside. This idea offers opportunity: to

Mostly I am driven by appetite, but likely there’s a genetic

for one or a multi-course experience for the entire family,

connection too. I grew up in a food focused Italian-American

celebrate the kitchen and the food & feelings it brings forth.

family full of many seasoned home cooks. We joke about how

Mangiare bene!

cook with a creative, whimsical spirit. Whether a snack

we are often planning our next meal before we’ve gotten through the first one. When I coach people in their kitchens, I offer them the space and opportunity to think about what may excite their palates. I encourage clients to be open to the unexpected,

Julia is a holistic health & food coach. Learn more about her at CoachJuliaG.com. Photo by Mary Godier, @itsmaryelizabeth

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Mix Up Some Sangria! with

Crystal Cathcart

Looking to liven things up a bit? Mix up some Sangria and see where it takes you.

Thinking of being carefree immediately suggests memories of younger years when routine was filled more with playful times than endless to-do lists. A wildly versatile drink, Sangria radiates with the essence of being carefree once again. Sangria invites creativity and welcomes mixing things up, requiring a willingness to generously raid both the fruit bowl and the liquor cabinet. Simply mix the wine of your choice—red or white!—with some fruit and brandy, chill overnight, and add a dash of seltzer for bubbles when you're ready to serve. Classic approaches use lemon, while indulgent Sangrias can incorporate flavors of black cherries or tropical mango Tonight, step away from the management of daily responsibilities. Turn instead to innocence, creativity, and the precious joy felt when we allow ourselves to be carefree.

Imbibe more of Crystal’s cocktail sensibilities on Instagram @paisleyrosie. Photo by Life Unstill Photography

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Celebrate the Handmade Earth women, barefoot frolickers, bohemian travelers, intentional beings: your look is inspired by an inward connection with Earth, yet is modern in that it is conscious— ethical, locally sourced, limited-edition, handmade and secondhand items. Your soul encourages your inner whimsy to dance alongside the natural.

Homesteading mama, artist, and soulseeker Taylor Faria curated whimsical yet earth-inspired outfits to inspire you, our conscious consumer. Intentional style compliments your lifestyle and saves Mother Earth and her people from the merciless fast fashion industry. Dress your bodies, instead, with items that respect Earth, and you will, in turn, be respecting yourself.

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Chasing Unicorns Sarah Humphrey fashions limited edition garments with whimsical embellishments and vintage vibes. She designs her pieces with a “keepsake� intention, a vintage inspiration, and then outsources the work to mothers and grandmothers who make the pieces using 100% cotton and silk-based cloths, all while tending to their homes and families. Follow along @chasing__unicorns.

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Into the Wildway Merrill Page meticulously crafts fit-toyou moccasins with locally sourced hides. With intentions to bring our relationship to the earth and our bodies into restoration, she designs and crafts each pair at her home and donates leftover hides to schools. This year Into The Wild will be supporting artisans in Nicaragua. Follow along her mission @intothewildway.

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HAT by Akubra ∙ akubra.com.au

TAYLOR FARIA, creative director & model studioontheland.com ∙ @living.ontheland

DRESSES by Chasing Unicorns ∙ chasingunicorns.com.au ∙ @chasing__unicorns NECKL ACE by Jennifer Clement ∙ jenniferclement.com SHOES by The Wildway ∙ intothewildway.squarespace.com ∙ @intothewildway

CHEYENNE BEVERLEY, photographer cheyennebeverley.com ∙ @beverbutts BRIDGET BRESNAHAN, set design

@bridgetbres

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Sleepwear for a Cause mct-usa.org

Bringing you closer to nature davinejewelry.com

Our mission at SaltyGirl is to empower all women to #ownyourbeauty! Be bold, embrace your sass, Show Strength and StaySalty! You are beautiful. www.saltygirlboutique.com

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C E L E B R AT E

Imagination with photographer

Kristi Beisecker

The shapes and colors of the Kaleidoscope at Emerson Resort and Spa reflect the whimsical spirit of nature herself.

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n September 2017, I was invited on my first self-organized press trip ever to the Catskills Mountain region. I stayed at the Emerson Resort and Spa, a multi-functional resort in Mount

Tremper, NY featuring luxurious rooms, a full spa, and a 6-milliondollar restaurant (after a 2007 renovation). The property also features retail, events, and activities/experiences for the family to enjoy. The resort was named after the American essayist and poet, Emerson, who was devoted to human-kind’s connection to the natural world. The publication of “Nature,” Emerson’s essay inspired by the serene beauty of the Catskills, prompted the Conservation Movement, which led to the establishment of the 600-square-mile Catskill Forest Preserve that surrounds the Emerson Resort & Spa.

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One of the main features of the property is a silo, on which two interactive artists from New York City were commissioned to create a kaleidoscopic display of light, sound, and form; thus, the property’s claim to the “World’s Largest Kaleidoscope.” Before they leave, guests can play with kaleidoscopes of their own in the gift shop. A feast for the eyes and the imagination, this Kaleidoscope must be witnessed by lying down on the silo’s floor and staring through the long tubular structure into the fast-paced display. The experience has a meditative quality that I haven’t felt with other interactive art. Though I think of interactive art as a bit kitschy, this particular display offered an elegant adventure that I would willingly participate in again.

Kristi Beisecker is a multimedia artist and designer residing in western Massachusetts. In her spare time she creates photograms using electricity and organic materials with analog darkroom processing. She also reads and writes about science and spirituality, composes and performs music and gives spiritual guidance. You can follow her on instagram at: instagram.com/kristi.nb.

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Celebrate Concocting with

Leigh Schwab

With DIY solutions, you get to make your own magic.

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reativity doesn’t have to be limited to artistic

When my twins were little we took a trip to the beach and I

endeavors. Haven’t you ever heard of putting

just couldn’t seem to get the sunscreen out of their hair and

toothpaste on a zit? Using honey to clear up

they looked like complete grease balls, so in an effort to be

blackheads? Corn starch as a dry shampoo substitute? The act of creating your own little concoction that works just

resourceful I went to the kitchen cabinet and found some corn starch and voila a makeshift dry shampoo was formed.

for you can be super rewarding. I absolutely love experimenting

If you have a skin issue that has been bothering you, do a little

and always have. I’ve tried most everything out there and have

research and use your ingenuity to be creative and create your

had lots of fun over the years mixing and matching ingredients

own remedy. Though it may take a couple tries to find your

to help solve a problem.

groove, when you finally make that magical concoction, you’ll feel a joy well worth the effort.

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Want to give the DIY route a try? Here are a few of my favorite at-home concoctions.

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Glowing. A homemade mask can be customized to suit the needs of your skin at that exact moment. This Turmeric Mask does everything at once! Turmeric acts as an anti-inflammatory, raw honey is anti-bacterial as well as moisturizing, and milk contains lactic acid which is an exfoliating alpha hydroxy. Leigh recommends...

DIY Turmeric Glowing Skin Mask Mix 1tsp. turmeric, 1tsp. raw organic honey, and 1tsp. milk to form a paste. Apply the paste to clean skin and let sit for 15-20 minutes before gently washing off the mask with warm water.

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Relaxing.

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Scrubbing your skin with salt isn’t as harsh as it seems. The pink himalayan salt in this DIY scrub exfoliates any dry, dead skin while coconut oil soothes and moisturizes. Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a relaxing scent. Leigh recommends...

DIY Coconut Rose Body Scrub Combine 1/4 cup room temperature organic coconut oil, 1/2 cup finely ground pink himalayan salt, and 10-12 drops Rose essential oil. Store in an airtight container.

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Improvising. I have an undying love for dry shampoo. Having found myself in a pinch a few times I finally tried to make my own. Try out a formula made for your type and color of hair. I prefer a spray because it’s better for fine hair with an oily scalp and is travel-friendly.

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Leigh recommends...

DIY Dry Shampoo Spray Combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 4 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol, and a few drops of essential oil in a small spray bottle. Shake and use!

Leigh Schwab uses her love for skin care to help educate women about the ingredients in their products and the need for proper skin care legislation in our country. Learn more about her passion for a healthy and simple life on Facebook and Instagram @leighschwab. Main Photo by Lindsay Stanford, @lindsay_stanford

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Celebrate Good Times with

Shana Schneider

“Ceeee-le-brate good times, come on! Let’s celebrate!...”

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ven if you don’t recognize those lyrics, there’s a song out

getting dressed or doing the dishes—routine tasks become more

there that gets your foot tapping and your head nodding.

joyful when you lose yourself in the music.

Turn those little movements into big ones by having your very

Spice it up, too! Let yourself be playful and throw in a hair swish

own impromptu dance party. What’s a better way to work in

or two. Nobody’s watching. It’s just you, the mirror, and your

some cardio to your day than moving and grooving to your

favorite playlist. Good times, indeed.

favorite jam? Keep the beat going for four or five songs, and, before you know it, you’ve been exercising for 20-minutes. Put on a playlist when

Learn to create your own Fit Style by following Shana on Instagram @fitstylebyshana. Photo b Meaghan Elderkin, @meaghanpelderkin

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– CH AR L O TTE B R O N TE

The 33T E C O P H O T O by @ L A U R E N S T E V E N S 2 4 , L E T T E R I N G by @ C AJOY L L I ISSU G R AEP H| E T


P H O T O by @ M A R K I E LY N N E

P E R SPECT I V ES from T H E PA N EL

What is the best surprise you've ever planned or received?

Heather Success Coach @vickeryandco VickeryandCo.com

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For my 40th birthday, my partner surprised me with a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and lunch on the Canyon floor. It was AMAZING. It was the most thoughtful and adventurous gift I have ever received.


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Donella Wellness Diva

The best surprise I have ever planned was to celebrate a sweet friend of mine who gives selflessly to others all the time. I felt it

@iamdonella

was time to honor her and shower her with some sister love.

The first surprise that comes to mind was when my guy took me out

Lisa

to dinner for my birthday. I thought it was going to be just the two

Founder Living Fully Balanced LLC

location, and there were all my friends and my daughter waiting

@livingfullybalanced LivingFullyBalanced.com

of us, however, we made an unexpected (to me) stop at a different to celebrate. To know that they all took time out of their lives to come together for ME causes a warm feeling that still lingers.

The best surprises, to me, aren't planned. They are the rise

Taylor

of a pink moon climbing a clouded staircase in the midst of

Artist/Writer/ Homesteading Mother

love you, mama', the meaningful finding of a fallen feather—

@living.ontheland StudioOnTheLand.com

a nature walk, the mixing of paint colors, an unexpected 'I something that happens regardless of conscious decision making, something that happens because you are aware.

My (now) husband and I had a disagreement the summer before

Amy

we both went off to college. On my birthday my sophomore

Owner Craftivate

was a note from Jay inside referencing a much earlier time

@craftivatect CraftivateCT.com

year, a package arrived at my dorm—a pair of ice skates. There we had spent ice skating (well…him skating and pulling me). Just like that, we were friends again. Best surprise ever.

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March Self-Care Savor the Present. Eat something you love without guilt and savor each bite. Stop to smell the roses. Have a conversation with your seatmate on the bus/train/plane. Ask what your 5-year-old self would do in this moment and, then, Do That! Visualize the Future. Set a timer for 5 minutes, close your eyes and let your imagination run wild. Visualize and let yourself dream. It could be about a room you want to decorate, a vacation you want to take, a quiet day all to yourself. See it. Feel it. Believe it.

C E L E BRAT E YO U R I N N ER CH I L D

As adults we often get stuck in our logical brains, thinking everything through and

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being “reason”able. Though normal and even expected, this mindset often causes us

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to miss out on the lighter side of life. This month’s toolkit will allow you to connect to your inner child and rediscover the joy that comes from following your whims.

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A touch of whimsy, a sprinkling of taste, and a dash of kitsch.

A R T by @ A M A N D A L U I S A A R T

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Joy Unexpected with

Erin Mahollitz

Whimsical mobiles lift the spirits. In early Spring she prepares her home for growth.

the potty training seats. She predicts they will only

Signs of life begin to emerge from the Earth. Everyone

remember her whimsical sense of style, and the feeling

stretches to meet the warm sun. She chooses to hang

of joy in her home.

a colorful mobile in a dark corner to bring new life to a stagnate space: an invitation to look up. And, as she

Thoughtfully placed in nooks and crannies around her

lifts her eyes, she feels her spirits lift.

house, her mobiles invite curiosity. She enjoys placing

The mobile is sensitive and moves with the slightest

forms. These whimsical decorations will help keep her

change in the wind. A door opens and it dances. The

energy light and joyful as she welcomes growth and

suspended motion reveals subtle changes in the energy

transformation.

them in surprising locations and selecting colorful

of her home. It is a reminder of the ever-changing nature of life. When guests encounter a playful mobile in her bathroom, they won’t notice the unswept floors and T h e PE R PE T UAL YOU

See how Erin embraces the act of homemaking as sacred and feminist on Instagram @mindfulhomemaking.


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Featured Space Australia-based artist @hayley_gillespie_art has a home that showcases imagination backed by skill and artistry.

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Artistic License SHOWCASING PERSONALITY IN YOUR HOME. with

LaToya Burton

Approach your space like a canvas for playful expression, and watch the magic happen.

W

elcome to the home of Hayley Gillespie, a joyful artist living in Cairns, Australia. Against a neutral background of white +

grey, Hayley’s furniture acts as a strong container to hold the fanciful light turquoise-y blues and pastel pinks, with other colorful possessions layered in. Hayley loves her combined lounge, dining area, and library because it is where her beloved book collection lives. She has books from her childhood that she still references today mixed with inspirational art books that she loves to sit and peruse on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

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Hayley isn’t just a pro at mixing and matching patterns &

To create a space that really suits you and your deepest

colors; she also interweaves furniture styles from different

desires for joy, walk through your home and ask: Is there an

time periods. Her 60s bar and paraphernalia make her smile,

opportunity to do something out of the ordinary here? Where

so she doesn't hesitate to place it next to her country style

can I infuse more delight? How can I reveal more of my playful

dining setting. These juxtapositions create a space full of

self to those who visit my home?

whimsy - a cabinet of wonder to wander through.

Remember whimsy calls for breaking the rules a bit! Take

By displaying her own artwork alongside other artists who

a cue from Hayley’s colorful, delightful, full-of-personality

inspire her, Hayley shows comfort with taking risks; she’s

home. May her artistic license invite you to view your home

unafraid to use her home as a testing ground. Though she

with fresh eyes and to welcome more whimsy and delight into

mixes things up quite regularly, everything is thoughtfully

your space.

placed—often with a bit of humor.

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Dwell on This Your home is your chance to try new things: to step out of the shoulds and into new possibilities. When you feel safe and comfortable playing with your décor, the results will give you the confidence to blossom in other areas of your life.

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Books and Such. Ever wondered what’s underneath all those covers of your hardback books? I am a believer in sorting your bookshelf by color at least once in your life! Take those covers off and reveal a display-ready rainbow. Once arranged as you like it grab a few color-coded accessories from around your home to tuck in amongst the books for an added touch of whimsy.

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This and That. It is said that if you have three or more of something then you have a collection—whether it be a grouping of plants, antique toys, or quirky button coasters. Will your collections live on a shelf in the bathroom, on a mantle, or in a display case or box in your kitchen? Also, try hanging something directly on a wall for a 3-D display of your personality quirks.

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Odds and Ends. Let's play! Place something in location you would not normally think of. An animal figurine under a glass dome? A playful mask or quirky lamp displayed amongst more formal pieces? Dapple fun moments throughout your room to be discovered by yourself and guests. Choose things that represent your best memories from childhood or your current sense of humor and enjoy it anew every time you walk by.

LaToya is a mama / imaginer / gypsy nomad who explores life through the lens of interiors imagination and inspiration. She lives on a bus with her husband and son exploring the Australian landscape. For more inspiration, follow her @latoyaburton_musing. Photos courtesy of Maria Nguyen @zenphotography_au

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I am an art therapist, a painter, a sculptor, a writer, a gardener, and a chef. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, and a friend. I am an encourager, a community builder, and a business owner. Did I mention I like to sing and dance? Because of the small size of our home, the kitchen is the creative hub for all these things: my workspace where all of these roles are nourished. And where I, in turn, nourish those I love.

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watched my kids cuddled up with my husband on the couch as I cooked dinner last night. Catching glances of their cheeks rising in smiles and hearing giggles bounce

off the walls is the soundtrack I had always hoped for in my life. I never would have believed this life would happen back when we first moved in.

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Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. – MARY LOU COOK

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At the time, my husband had just returned to college full-

I want my home to inspire all of us to live up to our

time, I was attempting to sell credit processing door to

potential. I want it to be simple enough that it invokes

door, we had just had our second child, and our first was

creativity, growth, and play and is cozy enough to

climbing on everything. Toys were everywhere, food was

encourage long stays with good company. Thinking about

overcooked, dinner was late... There were no plans and,

the design of our space, I can see that is influenced by

truthfully, things felt dismal. Unanswered questions and

three key values:

overwhelm were frequent visitors. After a lot of trial and error (and some growing up/into our life!), we began to balance our goals with our desired kitchen space. Teamwork was essential. From meal planning to housecleaning to organization, everything we do is now considered from a creative perspective. Because the less time we spend thinking about doing things, the more time we actively enjoy one another.

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1. The words family and team are synonymous. 2. Play is an essential ingredient to learning for both adults and children. 3. Simple systems and communication create presence, making us all feel more loved, respected, and connected to one another.


When I wake up to quiet mornings, I can immediately sense the concept of the family team that our kitchen design reflects. I walk down the stairs and through the family room, where the kids have their first creative project set up for the day. Then, my eyes focus on the sink as I move through the entry of the kitchen. For the first time in my life, the counters are clear. Intentional organization and a minimalist design make an incredible difference to the success of our day. They also reflect the strength of my relationship with my husband: our improved communication and the effort we’ve put into the design of our life. Every morning is a reminder that we can do anything because I have, literally, conquered something I had assumed was an impossibility: being organized. Until this intentional shift, I felt stifled by calendars and plans as though they were creativity destroyers. Now, when I stand at my sink, I can look at our weekly wipe off calendar on my refrigerator and get a sense of my whole day while my water boils. A simple as it sounds, little things like knowing what we’ll have for dinner first thing in the morning makes everything easier. My greatest challenges in life are focus, impulsivity, and setting boundaries. I adore spontaneity, am thrilled by the excitement of trying new things, and seek outdoor adventures whenever possible. Thus, my home must ground me. Also, my role as a mom means helping my kiddos conquer the same challenges I have. The one ingredient, above all, that truly allows creativity to flow out of my kitchen and into our lives? Space. Where there is space, there is also limitless possibility for becoming. Quiet is rare, as is physical space, but we try to create intentional room for pause, reflection, and focus.

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One of my paintings—“Anchored with Love”—hangs in the space as a visual cue to stay present. When I see it, I literally take a deep breath before carrying on with my day. I also cleansed the palette of my kitchen by eliminating clutter. Most impactfully, the pantry has clear, open containers to reduce the impact of marketing on my mind. All the words and phrases weren’t just a visual clutter. They were wasting my time by making me question myself as a parent and a woman. When I saw “gluten free,” I wasn’t thinking, this item has no gluten; I was thinking: Am I feeding my kids well enough? Can we stretch our budget to buy organic? Am I slowly killing my children with pesticides? I wonder if I would lose this extra weight if I did go gluten free...? I found freedom in reclaiming that mental space. As an added benefit, I can make a grocery list with a simple glance at these staples.

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My kids are creative and joyful – which means they lean

The most important thing I learned as a child watching my

towards spontaneity, inquisitiveness, and mischief and are

mom in the kitchen was how to take criticism. She was always

filled with boundless energy. The kitchen table is positioned so

open to feedback and getting the recipe better the next time.

that I can spend afternoons making art while overlooking their

To this day, I love watching my parents cook together. It’s

play in the family room. Their childhood delight is my window

like watching a choreographed dance of teamwork set to the

to inspiration.

rhythm of cutting, slicing, stirring, and splattering.

Creating with them is also inspirational. There are no

Cooking with my children, then, pays homage to that tradition.

rights or wrongs, judgements, shoulds, or fears; we let go of

We talk about ingredients and recipes, and we talk about

expectations and are inspired by the simplicity of colors and

making mistakes and improvising through life. If you run out

shapes and lines. During daytime hours, I bring out projects

of oil, use applesauce. If you don’t like how something tastes,

the kids are able to join in on and I keep the supplies organized

add salt or lemon.

and easily accessible in baskets above the refrigerator.

The neutral-toned palette of my kitchen reflects our desire

My kitchen celebrates playful learning as well. In the kitchen

for simplicity. The family of whites and creams keep my mind

of my dreams, I always imagined a kid’s play stove across the

clear and allow the room to shift as needed with our energy.

room from the actual stove. It turns out that making actual

If we are in the mood for dancing, we do. If we want to quietly

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read or write, we can. There are subtle silver and gold tones throughout the space as well that pull my eye in

Design Values

and anchor me. A favorite piece is the hanging metal planter—the golden seams soldered on remind me of the Japanese concept

If you share the values of creativity and spontaneity

of wabi-sabi. Essentially, this means the cracks in life

like I do, you will likely be just as surprised to learn

are where the light gets in. Although I have a natural

that simplicity and organization can keep the creative

inclination toward joy, life has a way of tumbling us into

juices flowing! If you’re willing to try it out, though, I can

its beautiful chaos. The plants growing from this planter remind me to give myself enough grace to carry on with

guarantee you’ll appreciate having more space in which

a spirit of growth.

your energy can abound. Here are my top three “getting started” tips for anyone willing to give simplicity a go:

The touches of blue in the environment soothe me and make me think of water flowing. It’s helpful to remember to move and breathe so I don’t get stuck in

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Remove Frustration. If you try to improve everything in your home or life at once, you’ll probably feel overwhelmed. Narrow your focus to one item at a time, perhaps an easy fix to something that bothers you constantly. If you can’t get the Tupperware off the top shelf without something falling on you, move the Tupperware or downsize unused items. If you throw out a lot of uneaten food out from the back of your refrigerator, try having leftover night.

my thinking, my parenting, or even my cooking. Just as the food I cook nourishes my family by maintaining our health and keeping our energy balanced, this color palette nourishes me. Had you told me, even a year ago, how much better at life and love we’d get by organizing and simplifying, I wouldn’t have believed you. Had you told me how much easier it would be to parent if I simplified my life, I would’ve questioned my self-worth. Had you told me I would be confident and capable as a mother, I would’ve thought you were joking.

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Re-think Systems. You will always seek what you need. Following through with the cleanup is the challenge! Instead of storing items where they are most accessible, store items where you can put them away easily. I keep the top of the refrigerator clear so that I can stash creative supplies there quickly. Set the stage for your next adventure by being prepared to put away the last one.

This journey of moving into our home and watching our kitchen evolve from a hurricane to a heartbeat gives me hope in all things. My home is a metaphor for my life. Because my kitchen is clean, I know my business will thrive. When I am in control, so is my home. Even though the journey has been doubt-filled at times, I can now say with certainty that I can do anything. One step at a time, I’ve learned to balance quiet daydreaming with the action necessary to make art become. At the age of 36, I’ve finally understood how to view my environment as a blank canvas with the potential to color my life in any way I choose.

Christy M. Johnson is an art therapist, encourager & visual storyteller who plays with paint, paper, emotions, memories, words & possibilities. She lives with her husband, Tyler, & their creative kiddos in a little house with a LOT of love where they celebrate family, faith, food, art, education, play & laughter. If you’re looking for inspiration for yourself or your home, visit christymjohnsonart.com.

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Remind Yourself. What is the message you most need to hear to feel good about yourself and your life? Find visual representations of this message and place them throughout your home. The painting I hung in our kitchen reminds me to slow down, breathe, and be confident. Remind yourself of your dreams and you’ll stay focused on achieving them.

Photos by Jessica Heksam, lemaephotography.com

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Shop the Look Organization can be fun and simple, if you want it to be. Gather a few baskets from around your home (or shop your favorite small batch makers!); pick up a magnetic wipe-off calendar (or make your own!); and fill the rest of your space with customized reminders & affirmations. With a little creativity, even the side of a refrigerator can become a meaningful altar to organization and simplicity.

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ECO-FRIENDLY DRY ER ASE CALENDAR ($25.98) by Bieco


Ebb + Flow corresponds to Benjamin Moore 730

Nourishing Embrace corresponds to Benjamin Moore 330

Blank Canvas corresponds to Benjamin Moore 879

CA L M + CREAT I V E

On the Horizon corresponds to Benjamin Moore 308

The kitchen is often the creative hub of our lives—the heartbeat of our homes— and one way to ensure the energy takes center stage is through a balanced palette. Soothing whites and creams are nourishing in their simplicity, while shades of blue encourage dreams as much as they invoke calm. Vibrant shades of green and orange provide a grounding element that encourages the pursuit of creative dreams. Already have the perfect palette for your kitchen? Here are other areas of the home

Pursue Creativity corresponds to Benjamin Moore 2036-20​

where you can incorporate this color palette:

Playroom

Family Bath

Nowhere is creativity more paramount than in

In this private sphere, you can explore your

the domain of children. Throw multi-colored

whimsical side through color. Glass tiles in

furniture, textiles, and accents up against

sparkling blue & greens, towels patterned in

neutral walls and floors to have a space where

orange & beige, + gleaming white cabinetry play

joy is malleable and myriad.

well together even in a smaller-than-life space.

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P H O T O by @ J O A N N A _ F I S H E R , L E T T E R I N G by @ C A L L I G R A P H E T T E C O

– M A RYA N N R A DM A CHE R


to align your life story with your ever-evolving sense of self


A R T W O R K by @ J A M I E G A L L E Y


Sculpting. Photographing. Sketching. Daydreaming. Drafting. There are so many ways to embrace your creative side and share the joys that come with it. We talked with four women creatives about their relationship with imagination and how they share their whimsical nature with others. What follows is a reflection on self-expression and connection that will inspire you to indulge your creative side.

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Meet the Makers

Interview by Taylor Ciambra Photos by Elizabeth Grant

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Ann Marie Drury (left) is a calligrapher and illustrator on a mission to create work that will bring a smile to your face! Her work often features whimsical creatures frolicking in nature. Inspired by everything from her own backyard to elephants, Ann Marie's work illustrates the relational dance of color, shape, and line.


Behind the camera lens or on the other side of a brilliant design, you’ll find best friends and business partners, Margit Fish (above) and Kellie Semmelrock (left) of Full of Whimsy Design and Photography. These two women have merged their singular talents to create a one-of-a-kind experience for customers seeking a bespoke wedding or portrait experience.

AvĂŠ Rivera (above) is a ceramic artist who makes funky, happy art to be used, worn, and admired. Her bowls, mugs, and earrings add an element of playfulness to any room or outfit. Her designs feature simple but evocative characters and phrases that are sure to brighten your day. The JOY ISSU E

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It’s very freeing to know what direction I want to take and what brings me the most joy.

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AvĂŠ Rivera, ceramic artist


What does whimsy mean to you? Avé The term whimsy carries a lighthearted, colorful, spirit—fun with a dash of unexpectedness.

Ann Marie

Margit In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about how inspiration stays with us if we give it the attention it needs to grow. When we cultivate our inspiration, creativity blossoms.

Kellie My parents always encouraged my artistic talents, and

To me, whimsy is simple and playful. Something that brings a

supported me in my endeavors. Instead of judging my wild

smile with little effort or thought.

ideas, they gave me love and constructive criticism. Without

Margit

their encouragement, my business would not exist.

When I close my eyes and picture the word whimsy, I picture the sun setting, in a huge field of wildflowers, with a warm breeze blowing them back and forth.

Kellie Life’s little details are what hold the most whimsy in my heart: the smell of the first crisp autumn morning, or a perfectly placed bumblebee on a watercolor wedding invitation.

In what ways are you whimsical? Avé I have a very childlike spirit. I love all the colors, watching cartoons, and finding ways to make people smile.

Ann Marie I am a dreamer who believes in fairy tale endings. I see

How are whimsy and creativity connected for you? Avé My work is often described as whimsical, and I often can’t help it. This aesthetic is a source for my creativity.

Ann Marie Whimsy and creativity are connected through feeling for me. Being creative brings me a sense of happy calm. Creating

the beauty in nature, from tiny delicate petals to sunshine glimmering on snow.

Margit I am always open to whatever creativity strikes my mind. I want to go after those thoughts and turn them into reality, even when they seem a little crazy or unrealistic.

Kellie I am whimsical in where I find inspiration and how I express

whimsical illustrations allows me to share this feeling with

myself. Much of my work is inspired by little trinkets I’ve come

others.

across and old postcards I’ve collected. There is so much to

Margit Whimsy and Creativity go hand and hand in my mind. Our

look at when you walk into an antique store, and usually it’s the tiniest item that will catch my interest.

business is based on photographic and design creativity. Without creativity, there would be no passion in our work.

Kellie For myself, whimsy and creativity are one and the same. My creativity is reflected in the light and airy nature of my work.

Do you ever feel pressure to be less whimsical in your work or life? Avé Maybe in what I wear sometimes...“cats in space” leggings aren't always appropriate.

Where did your creative traits come from? Avé Partially, I think I got it from my mom. She also lives a very colorful life, even though she’s a chemist.

Ann Marie Absolutely! There have been days when I wonder if my work should be more heavy, more hard-hitting, with a deeper message. Ultimately, I come back to whimsy. Making people happy through art can be just as meaningful and important.

Ann Marie There is a cycle in creativity, just like everything else in life. At times, it comes easy, other times it takes more effort. continued on page 67

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Being creative brings me a sense of happy calm.

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Ann Marie Drury, calligrapher & illustrator


Margit

Margit

Yes, life can be so overwhelming with everyday tasks

I discovered I was called to live a creative life in college—

sometimes it feels like it would just be easier to ignore that

exciting but also terrifying. I didn't want to end up like so

creative calling... like I should get a 9-5 desk job that pays more

many other art school graduates, working at a job that was

money, even though I won't be happy. Luckily, those thoughts

completely unrelated to our field of study. And while I have

don't last too long!

worked at jobs that were unrelated to photography, I have

Kellie

done photography along with it!

Definitely—but the small bit of rebellion in my heart makes me

Kellie

want to be even more whimsical because of that pressure.

When I was in college studying graphic design, I took an illustration course with this wonderful Polish professor named Nicolai. One of our initial assignments was to paint a

When did you start to use creative as a word to define yourself? Avé I think I’ve always used this word, since I was little.

Ann Marie Friends and family used the word creative to define me

self-portrait without using our face, our work was then hung in the gallery in the hallway. One day I was walking through that hallway and fell in stride next to Nicolai. He pointed at the artwork with a huge grin on his face, and said “This one! This one is my favorite. Kellie, all of your work is so whimsical! (pronounced “Vim-see-kal” with his Polish accent) so full of… full of… whimsy!” His words inspired the name of our business.

long before I did. I began using it once I started to feel more confident in my art and creative ideas. I struggle with the idea that you are either creative or you aren’t. Creativity is a muscle

Can you describe your creative process?

that needs to be built up and worked out.

Avé

Margit

When I get a new idea for a pot, it’s like a gnat buzzing in the

When I first started photography, in middle school. My oldest brother was an amazing painter, and I wanted to be like him but painting wasn't quite my forte. So I looked for other ways to be creative, and found that photography was for me.

Kellie Before Margit and I went into business, I mostly did work for friends and family. Now that I’m working with clients who only know me on a business level, I truly feel like I have the honor of calling myself a creative.

background until I make it. The ceramics process involves quite a few steps; it usually takes a few months from idea to object, so that gnat is buzzing for awhile. Sometimes I’ll sketch things out in my iPad or make moquettes just to get it out of my system until I can follow through with the project.

Ann Marie Thoughts, doodles, and scribbles de-stress my mind. When I begin drawing I don’t always start with the subject I’m working on. I begin with a subject that I’m familiar with, flowers for example. It helps me to get in the zone and get the creative juices flowing. Sketch, sketch, sketch. Once I feel like I’ve got

How did it feel when you realized you were called to live a creative life? Avé Honestly, it’s a little scary. Creativity isn’t always understood or valued and I know it’s a hurdle I will come up against time and time again. But it’s very freeing to know what direction I want to take and what brings me the most joy.

Ann Marie

something good, I leave it alone for awhile, then come back and revisit.

Margit My creative process always begins with light. By noticing the shadows and the light around me, I discover new areas for photography sessions. How the light falls through the leaves in a wooded area, or how the light going down behind the sand dunes at the beaches allows for the most beautiful pink, purple, and blue color to come out of the sky.

I’ve always felt that I needed to live a creative life. Every time I’m asked to participate in a project, send out a print in the mail, simply offer advice on color choice, I feel justified in my decision to follow this crazy, creative life. continued on page 69

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When we cultivate our inspiration, creativity blossoms.

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Margit Fish, photographer


Kellie

Margit

Whimsy is found in the details that make you step back and

The majority of my creating is done when I am at my

say “Wow, I never would have noticed that.” If I am working

photography sessions: where I have the couple stand, how

on invitations with a couple for their upcoming wedding I ask

I have them pose, what I have them do. Then, my creative

them all the details about their relationship. I then use these

process continues into the editing, which helps to tell the

little tidbits to make their invitations completely unique to

story and share the emotion of the moment.

them and the love they share.

Kellie I am definitely an early bird! I do my best work as the sun

What surprises you the most about your creative process?

is rising, tea in one hand, sketchbook in the other, and my adorable beagle pups (Ginny and Brutus) snuggled up on either side of me.

Avé Every time I open the kiln, there’s bound to be a few surprises. Ceramics is the type of medium that you have to roll with the punches, and most of the time I welcome the surprise.

Ann Marie

How do you decide which creative ideas to develop? Avé Mostly I follow my gut. Some ideas are so loud in my brain that

I’m always surprised when something “works” because it often

I can’t function well or think of anything else until I try it out.

ends up being unexpected. When a piece takes a turn and is

Some ideas aren’t so practical, so I save those for quiet months.

not what I planned.

Margit

Ann Marie Half way through an idea! There have been so many ideas

Creativity can strike anywhere, anytime. I can be driving down

that I start and scrap once I realize it just won’t work. Other

the road that I live on and the light can be falling just right on

ideas I push myself to begin, thinking it won’t be great, and

a certain spot that I've driven past a million times...but, this

then become pleasantly surprised when I’m fully enthralled. I

time, it catches my eye and makes me stop short in awe.

haven’t entirely figured it out yet.

Kellie

Margit

What surprises me most is when an exciting project becomes

It is hard deciding on which creative ideas to develop; so many

difficult. This usually stems from my need to make everything

present themselves to us every day. This is when having a

perfect, or trying to fit in too many details that may end up

business partner is helpful. We are always ready to listen and

overlooked or not understandable. In these moments, I'm

share our latest creative thoughts, and from there we hash

thankful to have Margit by my side to help me step back and

out the details and decide if we should move forward with it

reevaluate my true intentions.

or not.

Kellie

Where and when do you do most of your creating? Avé I like getting to the studio first thing in the morning to survey

I do a lot of work based on the feelings and emotions that I associate with the ideas. If something just feels right, I’m pretty motivated to get the ball rolling and get my ideas on paper.

where my pots are in the cycle and do the more repetitive, labor intensive work first. My most creative part of the process happens after lunch, whether it be trying a new form or doing all the decorative work on my pot.

Ann Marie I work best when the house is quiet and I can put on some music or a good podcast. With 2 young boys this usually takes place while they are at school or at night after bedtime. The less distraction the better, so I often find myself cleaning the space I’m in before I start working. continued on page 71

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Women can support each other most effectively by remembering to be grateful.

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Kellie Semmelrock, graphic designer


How does community influence your creativity? Avé

How have you given or received joy from a fellow female creative?

On a broader scale, especially as a mixed race female, I will

Avé

sometimes use my creativity to join the conversation on topics

There are a few maker trades that I have done that have made

of race, gender, environmental responsibility, or whatever else

both the receiver and myself super happy. Also, when I hear

speaks to me at the moment. Sometimes it’s the best way for

that a fellow maker recommended me for something, I can’t

me to express an idea on the subject.

help but smile and return the favor whenever I can.

Ann Marie

Ann Marie

A positive community can spark ideas and give motivation.

I have found a community of female artists and creatives on

There are days when the thing I need is for someone to give

Instagram that generate a give-and-take of support and joy.

me a little push, or help me to see something from a different

Scrolling through my feed and seeing other female creatives

perspective. Finding the right community can support this.

sharing their journeys brings me joy. When I hold my breath

Margit Community influences our creativity because we need to be in touch with what the community wants. We get ideas and inspiration from what we see and hear around us.

Kellie I’m in multiple Facebook groups surrounded by absolutely amazing artists and makers with strong faith and beliefs. I am inspired by their motivation, their follow through on ideas and

and post a project I’ve been working on, then receive positive feedback from someone I admire, nothing compares to that feeling.

Margit Being able to connect with fellow female creatives is an incredible thing—having someone there who understands me means they can better help me to understand a situation or overcome an obstacle, making me grateful and full of joy!

projects. I'm a firm believer in community over competition

Kellie

and that constructive criticism from peers is useful.

The greatest aspect of Full of Whimsy is that I get to share all of this adventure with my best friend and business partner, Margit. She constantly motivates me to follow through

In what communities do you feel the greatest sense of belonging in?

with my dreams and ideas. She is an incredibly joyful and selfless person.

Avé The New Haven art community is quirky, vibrant, and wonderful. I feel an even greater sense of belonging to the ceramics community at large. Every year I attend a ceramics

What are the best ways in which women can support each other?

conference and there is nothing quite like it; potters are a very

Avé

welcoming crowd.

One of the best ways to support each other is showing up

Ann Marie Wherever there are other creative people around. Not just artists, but anyone who is passionate about what they do. Being a member of the Nutmeg Collective is just that. The

when we can to each other’s events. When I see my friends at one of my shows, it totally warms my heart that they found space in their schedule to show a little love. Support can also be a text of encouraging words or sending a card in the mail.

artisans in that group are amazing, supportive people.

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Everyone is willing to share and encourage. I love it!

Love and positivity. Celebrating in each others

Margit I feel the greatest sense of belonging in creative communities;

accomplishments. I’m lucky to be surrounded by so many women who are smart, loving, mindful people.

when I am not around creative people I am nervous to explain

Margit

my creative thoughts, fearing that they won't understand.

I am a big believer in community over competition. We are all

Kellie Communities of artists and faith-minded women are where I

in this together, we need to offer love, support, and guidance to each other; not tear down or diminish one another.

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How are daydreams and plans similar and different for you? Avé For me, they’re mostly the same thing. Where they differ is in how they feel. Daydreams are fun and open ended; Plans are daydreams I’ve scheduled in my planner.

Ann Marie Daydreaming can be a form of brainstorming—a part of the planning process. But I think they are both equally important to the creative process.

Margit I see daydreams as inspiration that is floating around in my head. When I decide to follow through with one of those inspirational daydreams, it then can become a plan.

Kellie Women can support each other most effectively by remembering to be grateful. If we remember to be thankful for each other first and foremost, then we can fully support each other.

Kellie A majority of the time my daydreams are much more grandiose and whimsical than my plans actually end up being. With daydreams I look far into the future at all these wonderful things that could happen, but my plans are focused on the short term goals I need to accomplish in order to make my

What is the best surprise you’ve ever planned or received?

dreams a reality.

Avé

What little things bring you the most joy?

The best surprise I’ve received was a package from my friend

Avé

out in California. She saw a super cute llama stationary set and thought of me (because I love llamas) and sent it to me in the mail! It was so unexpected and simple! I think little surprise packages to friends should be a regular thing.

Ann Marie A few years ago I helped in granting a wish, through the Make a Wish Foundation, for a young girl in my hometown. I was just a small part of the process, but it left a big mark on my heart. The love that poured out of the community was incredible!

Margit I LOVE surprises! I love planning them and receiving them. The best surprise that I planned was a birthday/scavenger hunt for my best friend and business partner, Kellie. She had

Stickers, cuddles with my dogs, extra guacamole, flowers, smiles, hugs, rainy days, puns.

Ann Marie Coffee. Hearing my son sing what he is doing, like he is living in a musical. A quality podcast. New England weather… where we are always surprised.

Margit Little things that bring me joy: the smell of fresh cut grass, cuddling with my two kitties, coffee, the feeling of warm sun on my face, and hugs from my husband after a long day.

Kellie What brings me the most joy in life is being grateful for my

no idea that it was going to happen and was so surprised, the

relationships and experiences. I find joy in the friendships I

first thing she said after we all jumped out from hiding was "No

have, and experiencing new adventures with the people in my

one tells me anything!"

life that I love the most.

Kellie For my 18th birthday, my mom and Margit threw me a surprise party! It was the perfect day, filled with a flamingo cake, a scavenger hunt, and everyone I loved! I felt so loved that day and it’s one of my favorite memories.

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Your youthful, innocent, whimsical self lives inside you still. All she needs to show back up in your life is an invitation.

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s part of my therapeutic journey to cope with a severe

Looking on the scene from my perspective of healing as an

anxiety disorder, I have worked on identifying my

adult, I understand where things had gone wrong in my inner-

myriad emotions as different versions of myself: each

life: that little girl was still scared, still ashamed, still in need

dominating feeling has taken the shape of me at a certain age or in a certain time of my life. My child self is the embodiment

of comfort and assurance.

of my Fear.

As part of my healing process, I emptied out a flowered

I can picture this scared little girl within me, who, despite

and found a few snapshots of my seven-year-old self, one

having a delightful life and a kind family, hid herself away in

in particular where I had been crying and my mother had

the back of her closet, always crying, always terrified that she

dressed me as my beloved American Girl doll to cheer me up.

had done something wrong. She was about seven years old.

storage box, dug through the family collection of photographs

I put the photograph in the box along with a few of my kept

With her brown hair still long, she hugs closely to herself

treasures from childhood: a stuffed bunny whose long ears I

the American Girl doll she was dressed to match, all frilly

would flop around and tie together whenever I was bored, or

white socks and patent leather Mary Janes. This was me the

content, or scared; a book of autographs from the characters

year I had a panic attack in front of my second-grade class.

at Disney World; a small card with an encouraging poem my

In response to my perceived outburst, my teacher chose to

mother had given me some time before I could remember.

reprimand me rather than comfort me. Though it was a small, short-lived moment in the space of my life, that scene had a big impact on my as-yet-unidentified anxiety, and it was a key source of fuel for the fear and avoidance that would render me housebound in my teens.

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Then I also added to the box things that brought me comfort

As my child self’s curiosity continues to meet the

in childhood and now, as an adult: for the child, colored

compassionate nature of my soul self I’m able to stand

pencils and a coloring book, even a small bottle of bubble

more confidently in my truth. As a writer, I delve with less

solution; for the adult, a journal, a deck of cards for Solitaire,

inhibition into my craft and the voice of the inner-critic gets

a magazine, and a package of my favorite tea.

just a bit quieter.

My goal, every time fear and anxiety became overwhelming

I apply the practice to my journaling habits, writing letters to

in my life, was to return to that box and look to the fearful

my child self in all her fear and delight, or writing whimsical

childhood self, knowing that this was who was speaking

poems that stem from her big, beautiful heart. I connect with

through my fear - this was who needed comfort.

her in the way I seek joyful movement and the pleasure I find

Tapping into this inner child has had a powerful effect on

in nature.

my approach to my creative work; rampant imagination, as it

When we can approach the fears of our inner-child with

turns out, begets a sense of creative adventure that only our

compassion, we take the steps to heal an important part

child selves can conjure. To combine that with my grown-up

of our self-relationship that will ultimately lead us to a

soul’s perspective and my intellectual wanderings has proved

fuller experience of self-love. With the reconnection to our

to be a magical combination.

childhood whimsy comes a reconnection to a bolder, more curious way of living.

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Is it that hard to believe that your child self lives within? Think about the last time delight from a simple pleasure brought you back to a young age: an ice cream cone on a summer day, the thrill of unwrapping a gift during the holidays. These are the doorways to connecting with your inner child. These are the gifts of inviting her to play. The poet Mary Oliver, perhaps one of the great pioneers of connecting with the inner-child, advises us to “keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.� I do this by always making time and space for the things that call up my childhood self, that innocent girl prone to daydreams and fantasies. Together, we find new pieces of wonderment in every day.

Casee Marie is a motivational writer living in Wallingford, Connecticut with her rescue pup, Blaze. She is the author of the online journal Hope & Harbor where she writes to encourage a deeper relationship with compassion and vulnerability. You can connect with her at caseemarie.com. Photos by Amanda Luisa, MandaLuisa.com.

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n all areas of our lives we’re inclined to amble desperately toward perfection - the altogether enviable and best version of ourselves that we’re told

constantly to reach for, which remains ever permanently out of our grasp. In truth, deep and transcendental authenticity happens when we stop grasping for what isn’t and start celebrating what is.

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I have a friend who I always refer to as my self-love guru. I’ll

Another inspiring woman in my life celebrates her

never forget one of the first stories she told me: in a trendy

passionate nature as a dilettante, finding self-love on a path

boutique she had spotted a dress and fallen in love, but it

overgrown with love for music, art, film, culture, and magick

wasn’t available in a size to suit her beloved curves. Her

among so many other things. Her fearless pursuit of creative

solution? She bought two smaller dresses, took them home,

inclinations—from opening her own brick-and-mortar art

and worked her magic on a sewing machine to create a

shop in her beloved Mexican city to launching an online

custom piece with a just-right fit.

magazine devoted to the arts—has set a standard for how I

In a voice I remember like a movie star at her most

approach my own artistic pursuits.

glamorous + confident, my friend said, “If the clothes don’t

Watching her rebelliously choose to love and believe in

fit, then they need changing, honey, not me.” I have gotten

herself opened important doorways for me to examine in

more mileage out of that small piece of advice than anything

which areas of my life I could stand to choose love over fear.

I’ve heard from a celebrity stylist or a lifestyle maven.

I keep close to my heart the advice she gave me on choosing

By embracing her perceived imperfections and showing them unconditional love, she had managed to turn them into perfectly personal parts of herself. Her declaration had

my life path: “If you always seek joy and you never lose sight of your objectives, you will be okay no matter which avenue you choose.”

the added benefit of bringing us closer. I decided this was

In time I’ve come to realize that, among friends and

precisely the kind of woman I want to be, and I keep myself

strangers and youth alike, I have a model role to play as

inspired by remembering her example.

well: the wonderfully imperfect me. Less outgoing and more compassionate, I’ve uncovered a strength in my role as

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an empath. My art is in empathy, in permission: choosing,

presented online—someone honest, hopeful, and courageous

as often as I naturally can, the patience, creativity, and

in her own way. I write passionately on the art of choosing

introspection that comes most easily to me.

oneself, and I inspire my work with the wisdom of other

The result of this practice has been the delightfully contradictory way that my friends and family now identify

empowering women, including Virginia Woolf, Maya Angelou, & Edna St. Vincent MIllay.

me as “the most zen person” in contrast to my once anxiety-

In my relationships with myself and with others, I do my

ridden self. Once crippled by panic attacks, I’m often

best to exemplify all that my lady heroes have taught me:

congratulated on my tendency to be calm under pressure

that boldly owning my story is the bravest thing I can do.

or especially by the calming presence I bring to the lives

Just as I’ve surrounded myself with role models with unique

of others.

strengths and different personalities, I’ve discovered a

What a revelation! A calm presence is both a natural strength I possess, and a part of myself worth celebrating. By

passionate purpose by choosing to be and celebrate all that I already am.

not sweating the small stuff and instead choosing whimsy, creativity, and calm, I’m embracing my imperfections. This remarkable self-love then allows me to encourage other women and girls to give themselves the same liberating permission. As a writer and a woman with an active social media

Casee Marie is a motivational writer living in Wallingford, Connecticut with her rescue pup, Blaze. She is the author of the online journal Hope & Harbor where she writes to encourage a deeper relationship with compassion and vulnerability. You can connect with her at caseemarie.com. Photos by Markie Wheeler-Jones, @markielynne

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ome days, I can’t help but wish I were a mystic poet. In the verse of the 14th century Sufi Hafiz, birds don’t just chatter and sing, they’re actually

telling jokes—really good ones. And there is no more meaningful pursuit than to talk about love to everyone and everything—while jumping up and down in divine, joyful madness. It all sounds so… whimsical. What would you love to experience in this world? What bit of whimsy do you want to follow into the woods like a will o’ wisp? Or: what muse do you think could use some inspiration these days? How would you delight her? What creative act of whimsy do you have to offer?

PA M P E R W H I M S Y When we start to indulge in whimsy, we see the deep wisdom embedded within. That jumping up and down in joy IS the point. That celebrating what we love creates more love. That if everything is connected, then I’m a grapefruit AND a god. Wait, what?! This place where wisdom meets whimsy is the birthplace of our creativity. Here we find the nexus of our own unique song. One of my whimsical quirks is talking to bubbles about my desires. I name them as they float down a stream: Wild abandon. Inspired creation. Alchemy! I watch each little dome of desire get carried by the current until, finally, it bursts.

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I then imagine the bubbles merging back into their source, the motherwater, and transmitting the message of my desire along with them. I’m reminded that I also have a current to carry me, that I’m connected to something bigger that I can call on for support as I work toward fulfilling my desires.

P L AY W I T H W H I M S Y Why bother? What’s the point of being playful? Isn’t whimsy illogical, immature, and indulgent? Well, yes—in the best way possible! Creativity requires a return to innocence—an unjaded trust that something new can be born, the indulgence of believing that joy is ours for the making at any moment. Turns out, play is a primary way we are wired to learn and grow: an opportunity to experiment without high-stake consequences. Juvenile animals play all the time: they play at hunting, teamwork, and socializing. Playing builds their muscles and gives them valuable feedback, so when the time comes to do it for real, they’re primed. Play is fundamental to evolution. Then, there’s our spirit to consider. What if there was no such thing as a peacock? Or octopus? No armadillos? Have you ever seen a yeti crab or a blue footed booby? A universe that’s only interested in logic couldn’t dream

We are meant to play and explore our multifaceted creativity, to be

up these whimsical creatures. How could

inspired and, in turn, inspire others—even the divine. When I try belly-

life want us to be anything but indulgently

dancing, for example, I invite in Aphrodite to play in all her erotic,

whimsical when it gives us such rich, diverse,

feminine strength. And when I summon my courage to achieve an

and comical gifts?

outcome I’m passionate about, I’m calling on the Warrior archetype for reinforcement.

PURSUE WHIMSY The Greek gods and goddesses were always coming down from Mount Olympus to meddle in the lives of mortals and the ancient Romans believed that each of us was born with a genius

Although we often talk of waiting for inspiration to strike, we can strike first. We are not passive recipients of our creativity, we are the creators of our creativity. Exploring our creativity is a way to explore our own vast array of powers. The more we play with these powers, the more readily accessible they are.

to provide divine guidance and inspiration. Still, the Universe—our muses, goddesses, gods, and geniuses—all need us mere mortals to make

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PRACTICE WHIMSY In examining my own creative process, my genies and I came up with this: Creativity is a system—a reciprocal system with the universe, that same human/divine symbiotic relationship. We can wait for whimsy to ask us for a date, or we can go ahead and ask it out ourselves. The creative process starts with a flare of desire. 1. The Wish There’s the initial desire, the whimsical wish. I wish I had this. Wouldn’t it be fun to make that? I’d love to experience this. We should totally do that! That nascent spark is a rush of energy focused on and celebrating an idea—so much energy that you desire this idea to actually exist. Desire can be sparked by curiosity, love, play, generosity, lust, envy… anything.

The Whimsy System Creativity requires us to call on our mind, body, and spirit in order to fully engage in deep play

2. The Will Then, there’s the will to act on that spark of desire and bring your idea into form. You want to be the one to bring it into existence. There’s commitment and intent. Figuring it out. How will I do it? What skills, tools, time, resources will I need? Who will I do it for? Your beautiful mind guides you in figuring out how you’ll

1. The wish (spirit): What’s your desire? 2. The will (mind): How will you accomplish your vision? 3. The what (body): Create your creation using your own unique talents

will your wish to life. 2. The What Finally, there’s taking action: the creating of the creation itself. Channeling the desire through you to manifest your vision, and create this thing that our spirit has whimsied up. We need to actually generate— to direct and manifest this rush of energy into form; to birth our creation in the way that only we can, with our own incarnate blend of talent, desire, and energy.

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PA R T Y W I T H W H I M S Y

So—to fully access our creativity, we don’t need to wait around

The only thing better than being creatively whimsical on our

for our muses to arrive, we just need to fire up desire! To allow

own? Getting it on with others. Inviting your friends—or even

our whimsy to cut loose and run wild, to chase it madly until

better, being invited—to the whimsy party. Some of the best

we’ve brought our vision to life.

guests to party with are kids.

Many of us tend to think that to be more creative, we need to

One of my all-time favorite moments was talking with a four-

be more skillful—when actually, we just need to desire more.

year-old about his stuffed animal dinosaur. When I asked him

Skill is also part of the equation, but it’s not the first step.

what the dinosaur ate, he looked at me like I was a little dim,

Nobody would ever become skillful if they didn’t have the

and stated, “Race car meat.” Fact. Duh. And we were off!

desire to play and create in the first place.

We figured out how dinosaurs hunted the race cars (bite the

The beauty of creativity is that it’s limitless. It can be

engine to slow it down), what kind of race cars are preferable

anything—not just painting or writing or dancing. You can

(yellow and blue), and which part was dessert (the tires).

create experiences. Systems. Movements. A single, perfect

Jurassic Nascar—and a whimsical, energizing hour of mingling

moment in time.

our wild imaginations—was born.

Your creations can be as simple or as complex as you wish them to be. As a creator, you get to choose what you want to create in the world, and what that looks and feels like.

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Invite your friends—human, animal, vegetable, mineral, uncategorized—to the creativity party. Feed your souls together with the most delectable food of the gods: whimsy. You might be surprised at all the friends who show up to play, divine and otherwise.

How to throw a whimsy party* 1. Invite all your favorite constellations 2. Munch on moon pies and corn balls

I’m continually astonished that the most profound wisdom can

3. Decorate with cumulonimbus clouds

be carried to us on the wings of whimsy. How delightful! Whimsy

4. Make a playlist of whale songs

isn’t hard: it doesn’t take a lot of blood and tears. We don’t have

5. Dance to the music of heartstrings

to spend years honing our whimsy, there’s no earning a degree in whimsy (although, maybe there ought to be…), we don’t have to

6. Come up with new jokes to tell the birds

sacrifice and scrimp to save up for whimsy.

7. Create a bonfire of desire with all your friends

Whimsy is simply a lovely, loony lens through which we can choose to experience the world, an approach to life that lends a playful radiance to the ordinary. Let your mind wander. Your heart knows the way to the whimsy party, and she’s planning to dance all night with desire. Join her?

Calee Lucht is a creative empowerment coach + artist, guiding clients to use their creativity as a portal to self-empowerment and transformation. Connect with her at caleelucht.com. Photos by Amanda Luisa, mandaluisa.com

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