Creative Session: The Healing Power of Art

Hafa adai! This weekend I had the special honor of leading a Creative Session focusing on the healing power of art. Art has a natural way of being healing, simply through the act of creating. The creative process is something that happens in everyday life… You have an idea, or see something inspiring. You have …

Guahan Napu Holds 8th Rick’s Reef Classic Surf Contest

Another Rick’s Reef Classic in the books! The 8th annual surf contest featured a high number of competitors this year, and was a fun day for the whole family. Results, as posted from the Guahan Napu Facebook Page: 2015 Rick’s Reef Classic VIII surfing, body-boarding and stand-up paddle surfing contest winners (Barrigada, Guam –– Sunday, …

Typhoon Bavi misses Guam, brings waves to the Bay (video)

Typhoon Bavi just missed Guam, passing north, but brought some fun and messy storm waves to Talofofo Bay. It was fun to surf, even if the waves weren’t that great. I spent 6 hours having a blast in the wild mess. We always have a good time at the Bay, especially when a bonfire follows …

The 10 Basic Essentials to Creating Your Own Wellbeing

I took this photo this morning, while I was reflecting on what went well last week, and where my focus will be this week. I’m reminding myself of the basic essentials of my own wellbeing and why I do what I do. People ask me all the time, “How do you sustain creativity? How do you …

All of Me: Fully Loving and Accepting Yourself

An affirmation for you today: “I love all of me.” All of your being, the light, the dark, the pretty, the ugly… neat n tidy, chaotic & messy, clean, dirty, happy, sad, angry, confused, ecstatic, grateful, creative, boring, loud, quiet, steady, shaky, nervous, confident, passive, assertive, stubborn, wild, calm, passionate, placid, giving, greedy, desiring, soulful, …

Creative Kombucha Workshop

This weekend Amanda Young and I put together a Kombucha Workshop, held at Nuts & Grains in Tamuning. Amanda gave a full on demo and presentation on what kombucha is, what are the benefits, and how to make your own at home. She even gifted out a whole bunch of scoby to get everyone started! …

Guam Is Good Cancer Support Symposium: Art Session

Yesterday the Edward M. Calvo Foundation held its first “Guam Is Good Symposium” for patients, caregivers, and family members affected by cancer. The event was held at the Guam Marriott Resort & Spa, and had a variety of workshops and breakout sessions to provide information and support in living with, through, and beyond cancer. I …

A Visit to the Amot TaoTao Tano Farm on Guam

Today my 5 year old and I went to visit the Amot Taotao Tano farm in Dededo here on Guam. A friend is working there part time for an internship, so we went up to help transfer some Shiso plants. On the Amot Taotao Tano website, it states: The Amot Taotao Tano Farm is there to try …

Creative Henna Hair Color & Body Art

Henna is an awesome herbal hair treatment for conditioning and coloring without using toxic chemicals. Henna is a plant, used for hair dye or as a body art “paint.” It lasts on the skin and hair a few weeks to a month or two depending on individual’s skin and hair type and the henna paste …

How to restore your energy after a difficult day

So even if life is generally great, we all have a tough day (or many) from time to time. Whatever the trigger or compounding factors that lead up to the overwhelm, frustration, or defeat, it usually leaves us feeling exhausted and confused. Someone said something insulting to you, traffic was really bad and set your …

Notes from a Natural Child Health Workshop

Last night I helped to facilitate a natural child health workshop led by Dr. Valerie Simonsen ND (Naturopath licensed in Hawaii, and Shaman). The workshop was held at Nuts & Grains health food store in Tamuning, Guam. There were about 8 of us who attended, and we had questions that ranged from issues with eczema, …

You Are FREE!

You are FREE! Well, you are! Right now, in this moment (and every moment), YOU ARE FREE. Free to be YOU. Free to love. Free to rise. Free to fall. Free to feel. Free to succeed. Free to be confused. Free to create. Free to destroy. You. Are. Free. Do you fear your freedom? Do …

Come on Guam, we can CREATE this!

Just want to throw a few thoughts out there in regards to the concerns of the beautiful island that has been my home since birth, Guam, or Guahan. First, I am grateful to those who continue to read up on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and related documents, and stay on top of important issues …

Thoughts on Creating Eco-friendly Art

So, “eco-friendly art.” I’ve thought about this for a long time, but only now am I feeling a bit more “serious” in bringing it to fruition. I want to create beautiful art that is (more) eco-friendly. I’m thinking nontoxic, minimal waste, and preferably using immediately available resources. I’ve been feeling called to bring my work …

Unique and Creative Ways to Nurture the Earth: Whats YOUR Style?

How can your care for the earth in your own unique way? Whether you are an artist or an accountant, you have your own unique gifts and can apply them toward caring for the earth. Think of your strengths, what delights you. The cool thing is, there is no one answer, but there is always one …

Anxious, Overwhelmed, or in a Rut? Here are RESET BUTTONS for clarity and relief

So I know if you clicked on this to read, you don’t need “more stuff” on your plate. Let’s keep this simple and easy. ANY time you feel anxious or overwhelmed, you reserve the right to AT THE VERY LEAST… 1.) Take a moment to JUST …B…R…E…A…T…H…E…   Gather yourself another moment and borrow one …

Extreme Self-Care: How to nourish your creative spirit & increase your energy

Have you nourished yourself today? As a creative person who wants to make a positive difference in the world, it is absolutely crucial that you take extra special care of yourself first. Gone are the days when martyrdom and suffering were the noble way of life. It’s time to nourish ourselves so well that we …

Above all else, BREATHE.

Do you ever notice that you are holding your breath, even just a little? Many of us are breathing shallowly to begin with, and at times we don’t even realize that we are holding our breath all-together! I encourage you to take a deep breath in right now… Breathe in one more time, slowly…..breathe life …