What are the qualities of an Expat? Flexibility, openness, resilience, resourcefulness, humor and a strong sense of self and adventure?! Oh, and being OK with lookin a bit stupid sometimes. I write about these qualities - and how creativity, getting paint all over the place in my studio support my Expat lifestyle.
About me: For the past 18 years I've lived outside of Zurich, Switzerland. Gone through culture shock, learning a new language, raising a family, working life and now I am self employed - teaching painting to fellow expats.
The Self Portrait Experience Vincent Van Gogh felt that he could more clearly express what he felt in his self portrait, than he could in a letter. When I?m stuck in a rut or struggling with conflicting emotions - like Vincent, I create a self portrait as a way of checking in with what...... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 05:23:53
21 Secrets... I was going to list 21 Secrets...we all have them...and I most certainly have 21...but it started to get a little... repetitive. Good to see a pattern I guess. But would make a boring post! So here's my top 5 blog proof secrets. (in fine print) It was me, I...... Thu, 03 Mar 2011 11:19:54
I can't find my lipstick... I can't find my lipstick... I've always had conflicted feelings about how I look. How much I weigh, how my hair is, etc.. I never wanted anyone to know I was fussed about it, but secretly I was. And like many of us, I learned to fake it on the...... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 13:03:41
Love for poetry Valentines Day... A day where many people cherish passionate and romantic connections... while others feel even more isolated. Thinking of this, I wondered what passionate or romantic connections do I have outside my relationships - inside myself? Poetry Poetry is the place I go for rest, restoratio... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:21:01
Decaffeinated... Really dipped into my journal today. Reveal, conceal, uncover, discover. Sometimes painful, always a lesson in awe. Creating restores me. Things have been a bit hectic - this is my wish. Presence. Where I feel at ease, quiet, decaffeinated. Casting that wish artfully, soothes me. The colors inspire ... Wed, 09 Feb 2011 17:05:57