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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!

"Effy is so much more than just a teacher - she has opened my eyes to so many different truths through her journey & honesty. She's like a spiritual life coach cheering us on - while going through so much blarg. She's a breath of fresh air, a passionate Priestess and she makes me laugh" ~ Wendy Graham

"I think to many Effy is a mentor and a lighthouse in the sense that she shows people that the true person within is beautiful even if we ourselves don't believe it. She shows how to free ourselves from our own self doubt and the vicious cycles we have been programmed with by publicly showing us her own liberation process. Effy is, in essence, a beautiful welcome sign to freedom through much work and self love." ~ Epona Sidhe

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

Life Book 2015 Winner Announced!

Good Morning, Sweet Taters!! Life Book opened up for registration for the 2015 season this morning, and in celebration, I fired up Random.org and did a lot of counting and established that THIS is our winner for the drawing for a free seat! YAY!!!! Congratulations,... read more

The Road To Radiance: OPENING DAY! Winners Announced!

RADIANT IS OPEN!!!! I spent all day yesterday putting the finishing touches on it, including my own lesson, "The Mystic"! I'm so excited I could BURST! First, the WINNERS! These three lucky ladies have won a free seat: I will be e-mailing all of you with class... read more

The Road To Radiance! Day Eight

Today is Day Eight of  a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Yesterday, I introduced you to Dina Wakely! On Day Six,... read more

The Road To Radiance! Day Seven

Today is day seven of  a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Yesterday, I introduced you to Jamie Dougherty. On day... read more

The Road To Radiance! Day Six!

Today is day six of  a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Yesterday, I introduced you to Kylie Fowler! On Day Four,... read more

The Road To Radiance! Day Five

Today is day five of  a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Yesterday, I introduced you to Julie Gibbons. On Day... read more

The Road To Radiance! Day Four!

Today is day four of  a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Yesterday, I introduced you to Christy Tomlinson. On Day... read more

The Road To Radiance! Day Three

Today is day three of  a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Yesterday, I introduced you to Tamara Laporte, and on... read more

The Road To Radiance! Day Two

Today is day two of  a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Yesterday, I introduced you to Jane Davenport! Today I... read more

The Road To Radiance: Day One!

Today kicks off a nine day series leading up to Radiant Faces' Opening Day on October 1st! Every day of our Nine Days will include a chance to win one of three free seats in the class, so keep coming back! Today I want to introduce you to Jane Davenport, our first... read more

KERMIT FLAIL LIFE BOOK 2015 SQUEEE!

C'mere. I want to tell you something. Lean in. See this face? <------- This one right here??? <-------- This face is a HAPPY face. A content face. A super TWINKLY face. You know why? (I know you know. I'm just having a bit of fun with you.) LIFE BOOK 2015... read more

Blank Canvas Blog Hop

Hi! It's September 14, 2014 and that's my date to share how I face the blank canvas. I've been reading my fellow cohorts posts on the subject and I'm so amazed by all the ways we have as individuals to face that blank canvas and make something where there was nothing.... read more

Being My Own Sun + Blog Hops Galore

Hi, my sweet taters. :) I'm in a steep learning curve over here what with the hour long bus ride to get *anywhere* I need to be and the long hours all by my lonesome, the new space to ramble around in and the sometimes overwhelming sense of coasting and feeling a bit... read more

Mandalas Are Magic

I'm thrilled to have been included in Andrea's delicious Mandala Blog Hop. I love mandalas and though I don't often include them in my art journal, I do keep a stack of 4 x 4 artist tiles (Strathmore) and a Pigma Micron nearby at all times so that when the urge... read more

Hi, Honey! I’m Home!

First, the pictures. My living/bedroom/office Books! Have a seat Kitchen (there’s a little table just out of camera shot) My patio angel Bridge on the trail Patio ft. Sookie Creek ft. Sookie Sookie is very happy here. The Thank You Video There are no words for... read more

Holding Patterns and Going Home

You know that thing that happens when you're on a flight and the flight isn't yet cleared for landing? The circling over and over again right on top of your final destination is killer, isn't it? You're bored. You're tired. You need real air instead of climate... read more

My News in List Form

My intention to blog a lot more last week went fizzle because I was sworn to secrecy about something awesome and it was all I wanted to talk about. Since my last post, I've had lots of experiences that I wanted to blog about, but the secret pushed everything else to... read more

Facebook: Tool or Tether?

Facebook, I realized this weekend, has been ruling my life. Because of the 'ease' with which I can reach out on Facebook, I'm less social, less inclined to blog, less 'connected' in any intimate way with the people I care about. Why blog, when I say everything... read more
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