I am an experience design strategist, mom, artist, writer and generally creative gal.
I like to share my art and beautiful quotes, wisdom, poems and tips from myself and other brilliant people around crafting your personal story, philosophy, creativity, motivation, the power of our senses, the beauty of attention, life by design, user experience, leadership, intentional living and more.
I keep trying to simplify, but that’s just not my truth. My truth is creative unfolding, opening and limitless potential. I cannot be boxed in, besides in that picture you see here Mostly, I refuse to be limited, who am I to limit all that is possible?
For my job, I presently lead a software design team creating stellar user experiences for enterprise software.
I also help people unlock creativity in order to feel happier, tell better stories and make a larger impact on the world.
In my life, in both business and personal areas, I find there is a tension between the short and long term, the tactical realities of our daily life and the strategic planning and direction we want to head. In my work, I am a big picture, strategic thinker. I like to imagine the future, set intentions and envision what is possible. I like to declare it and make tangible steps towards realizing the goals. The same applies to areas of my personal life. The only way to get to any strategic future is by taking tiny steps towards it. Here is...read more
Last week I had the pleasure of taking a time management class offered by Marie-Jose Kaasenbrood of OTC International. It was something sorely needed for me, to organize my time even more efficiently than I already did. The underlying premise is that nothing truly exists (as a to-do or idea) unless you make time for it to become real in your life. That time is represented by your calendar. The system that she teaches really will help me, but also really overwhelmed me. The reason Marie-Jose said that I felt overwhelm was because I had not...read more
Over the past few years I have experienced increased amounts of uncertainty in all areas of my life. I have had to learn ways to get much more comfortable with it. To learn and adapt without having all the answers. To plan only about a week or so in advance. It was a large learning curve for me, the girl that used to have her whole life planned out on a spreadsheet years in advance. Most people have heard the saying, the only thing that is certain is uncertainty. While it is true we tend to fight it with fervor. We scramble to try to create...read more
I wrote this poem below a while back. For me it is symbolic of so many aspects of my life and the greater reflection of the world events today. It relates to my work where I try to put voice to real people’s stories to make better products for the world, to my personal life where I try to be an active participant in the lives of my friends and family, and to the recent loss of my grandfather. It is the thread of human existence, to be seen and heard, despite the inherent pain that comes with every hero’s journey. To be heard It is...read more
Fourteen is a special number for me. Both of my daughters were born on the 14th of the month. Significant events naturally seem to unfold on this day quite often for me. Today, I got a letter that I wrote to myself 1 year ago in my email inbox. It reminded me that I am on the right path. It reminded me of what matters. It reminded me that my creative dreams are real, valid and worth pursuing. In their pure, untainted form. What is strange about this was that I woke up this morning thinking about my book that I wrote last year, and how I want...read more
Rilke, I,12 from The Book of Hours I believe in all that has never yet been spoken. I want to free what waits within me so that what no one has dared to wish for may for once spring clear without my contriving. If this is arrogant, God, forgive me, but this is what I need to say. May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children. Then in these swelling and ebbing currents, these deepening tides moving out, returning, I will sing you as no one ever has, streaming through widening channels...read more
This knowing That lies within Sings soft whispers of presence Yet you still look beyond Hope filling your chest With sparkle Without it, could you be fully you? Embrace it all without projecting what you want from life? Could you accept each precious moment And stop pushing, trying and wishing For a future that is more than the fullness of now? Sometimes a projection of what may be just takes hold of you from seemingly nowhere Enchants you with its promises Kissing your aching wounds Freeing you from uncertainty But it is always an illusion...read more
I just spent the best time in Portland, Oregon for the World Domination Summit. Besides touring Portland’s lavender booths at the farmers market, berry picking at Sauvie Island, and forest park’s enchantments with my sister and her boyfriend, I had two full days of conference inspiration and delights. One of the most inspiring talks for me was from Jadah Sellner, from Simple Green Smoothies. Her poetry was real and raw. Her story was too. She did not sugar coat it with coconut low glycemic sugar. She inspired me to focus, really...read more