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cropped-cropped-ban111.jpg My name is Effy, and I'm a journal artist, on line teacher, and creativity coach. I like to write about art journaling, intentional creativity, creative business, and my personal and ever evolving brand of 'woo woo magpie' spirituality. I also tend to write a lot about my very ordinary life in an attempt to foster a sense of appreciation, mindfulness, and reverence for what IS. I overshare. :) You have been warned!

The One In Which I Catch You Up

I have a lot to cover in this post, so bear with me. It's picture heavy and TL;DR. :) I did a mini-retreat in December shortly before the holidays. This was the second year I checked into the Frederick Street Inn here in Kitchener for a few days of no work and lots of... read more

BOD 2015 Winner Announced!

I had a giveaway for a free seat in Book Of Days 2015 - Volume One and today, I drew the winning entry! YAY! Congratulations!! I've already emailed you. xo We began today with opening ceremonies in which I walked everyone through decorating the cover with intention.... read more

The One In Which I Sing An Ode To Gentle Joy

If you're looking for the Bloom True giveaway info, you can find it here. Hello, my loves! I am here to ramble, so please pardon the inevitable derailed trains of thought all over the place. I have a few things I want to share, and none of them are connected, so here... read more

Today Only!

Today only, by which I mean until I remember to shut it down, you can get Radiant:Faces for %50 off. Just apply coupon code boxingday to your purchase and you can have the class for $44.50! The live portion of the class is now finished, which means that all the... read more

The One In Which I Thank You For Anchoring Me To This Life

TRIGGER ALERT: Depression, suicidal ideation. If the trigger label didn't scare you off, please take a moment to center yourself before you read. This one is a doozy. I haven't opened anything up for registration for 2015. Some of you might be wondering why. I have... read more

Yesterday Was…

I had therapy so I had to don the winter woolies and venture out into a world that felt like it was trying to kill me what with the cold and the icy stabby things falling out of the sky. Thankfully, the bus stop is a mere minute from my house, so I only had to spend... read more

The One In Which I Return To The World

I spent most of yesterday gluing little tiny pieces of the Farmer's Almanac from 2014 into a sketched landscape in my journal for Moonshine (a lesson that will go live tomorrow or Tuesday depending on how much of it I can finish today), and then, when I could glue no... read more

A Studio Tour & A Radiant Tour

I spent some time preparing the studio for my return to work on Monday. I added a third Ikea Raskog cart to my collection and got it all filled up with supplies, washed my brushes (which had been languishing in dirty water for over a week), and reorganized things a... read more

Pushing Myself & An Ode To My Ex

Resting is not something that comes easily to me. I think I have a built in 'busy' bone that is not happy unless I'm doing something, and though I am a huge fan and promoter of self-care and rest as sacred and essential, I often find myself failing myself in the rest... read more

Thank you, Wyanne.

This has been a rough month. The roughest, I think, in years. Between the forced name change on Facebook, the loss of all my crucial ID (including my birth certificate, which was issued in Quebec, and which is notoriously difficult to get without - you guessed it -... read more

This Is Effy Wild Speaking

This week, Facebook forced me to change my name . They stated that I was not using my 'real' name and insisted I change it or forfeit my account. What they mean by 'real' is 'legal', despite comments from top Facebook employees stating that they never intended to... read more

All Sorts To Share

Holy Hannah, have I been busy. On the one hand, overcommitting means I'm too busy too think too much about things I might not want to think about. On the other hand, I'm too busy to *think*. But hey! Hi! I'm here! How are you? How was your weekend? I have all sorts to... read more

48 Hours Later…

Have you ever had one of those ideas that woke you up from a dead sleep, grabbed you by the shoulders, and shook you until you said "FINE! I'LL DO IT!"? I had one last week and within 48 hours, this happened. Those of you that have known me for years will know that... read more

Artistcellar Signature Series Blog Hop + Giveaway!

It's that time again! Artistcellar has a new stencil set to release and I have been invited to play along AND give away a set. It's been a while since I've done one of these, and I'm SO HAPPY to be doing this one. This latest collection is called "Kaleidoscope Series"... read more

Sometimes It Rains

As if having a hard time isn't enough of a challenge, we sometimes (and by 'we', I mean 'me') try to re-frame too soon. Some of this is prompted by our own inner urgency to STOP FEELING AWFUL. Which makes sense, but isn't actually productive, because look. You feel... read more

Project Life When Things Are Bleak + Musings On Loneliness

My Project Life binder was filling up nicely until March of this year when the prospect of recording what was one of the darkest, bleakest periods of my life sent me whimpering away from all things memory keeping. I mean, I still journaled, but the stuff I was... read more

Book Of Days 2015 – Volume 2

Book Of Days 2015 - Volume 2

12 week art journaling and life documentation class! Starts May 4th! Registration now open!

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