Basement Makeover: From Dungeon to Art Studio

A Dungeon Makeover...Perseverance, Pain and Paint   ...more

Conjuring Dungeon Chic


Compelling Reasons NOT to Read My Blog.

I just left an idyllic artistic life in the 16th-century village of Ajijic in Mexico, to move in with my daughter and help her renovate her three story, 100-year-old fixer-upper house in the rainy northwestern United States.Or, in the words of a friend, I've moved to purgatory. But that's not the topic of today's post. Today's post is to make it clear to everyone that I'm a lousy blogger. In fact, you probably shouldn't read my blog at all. Just move on along and forget you ever saw it, before you get so frustrated you have to poke your eyes out with a pen....more

Humanly Spiritual Beings, Unite!

Ok, so I'll admit that on a daily basis, I'm confused. Confused because every day I wake up with some question in my mind about what's real and what's not between the world we see, and the world we don't.These questions used to wear me out, but I've finally come to accept them as a pseudo-normal part of my life, like running out of cell phone minutes or waking up with tired feet. It is what it is....more

Love, Hate and the Velveteen Rabbit

 Love, Hate and the Velveteen RabbitIn the tiny village in Mexico where I live, violence recently threw a horrifying shadow over our community. The details aren't important, there's nothing that can be done to undo damage to the families who lost their loved ones.In addition to the sadness I feel for my neighbors, I'm left to evaluate and re-frame my beliefs about what it means to live here and how it feels to be faced with the ugly face of hate....more

The Four Steps of Happiness College

Seeking happiness vs. creating happiness - which path are you on? ...more

Ever feel so happy you could cry? Mia's Inspirational Quotes

Feeling Too Happy?Today is one of those days I feel so happy that I caught myself almost wanting to cry as that little thought crept into my mind: how long can this happiness last?But then I remembered my truth.Happiness doesn't mean that nothing goes wrong, that you don't experience heartbreak or loss, that you feel up and peppy and confident and prepared for everything in life all the time....more

Living in the Treehouse of My Childhood Dreams

 Remember Your Childhood Dreams? It’s easy to forget your childhood dreams as you become an adult, because your adult self doesn’t look at the world like the magical-thinking child you once were.I had a profound realization about that thought as I was lying in bed in “my room,” an office-and-guest-room in our modest second-story flat in the 16th-century village of Ajijic in Central Mexico....more

Are You a White Tiger or a Mere Moth? Mia's Inspirational Quotes

I came across a photo of a rare white tiger the other day and it made me think about how we categorize things we perceive as beautiful, unique, rare.I can't figure out how to load photos here on BlogHer, so I can't show you a photo. But it was very cool, as you can imagine.Something occurred to me as I stared at that tiger.It’s so easy to get stuck in comparison mode in life - a white tiger is more beautiful than a yellow tiger because there are fewer of them. A diamond is more valuable than a ruby, a butterfly is loved far more than a mere moth....more
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Are you feeling like a human pinata?

Today's blog post includes a visualization exercise for those days you find yourself feeling like a human piñata.Your inspirational quote for today: "Sometimes it takes great tragedy or loss to find out the truth about yourself. Life smacks you open like that Mexican toy, the piñata, and in an instant all that is within you spills out into your world....more