I had thought about pausing the podcast schedule over the holidays, but when I sat with that I realized that the holidays are a time when we need to show up more for each other, not less.
As I write this to you, it is Christmas morning and I am on my own for the first time in a long time. Last year as an act of deep love for myself, I finally left the marriage I had been in. It was one of the scariest things I have ever walked through. And perhaps the most important choice I have ever allowed myself to make.
The coin toss to see who would get to be with the kids first for Christmas went to my kids' dad. So, my babies will wake up with their dad in his new house this Christmas morning.
So yes, there are still moments that are sad and scary. But it is my relationship with creativity that holds me, guides me. Creativity is where I go when I need comfort, companionship and even answers, it is where I find my true self, it is where I find peace.
Because I know the magic and healing that can happen when we are connected to the energy of creativity, and I know that it is inside all of us, I have dedicated my life to helping as many people as I can remember and find the creativity inside them. This is my guiding intention of my work with The Creative Genius Podcast.
This episode feels important with a capital I, and I am so honoured to deliver it to you at exactly this time. I sit down with Sarah Dalesandro an artist who has been painting for over 20 years with a background in graphic design and art therapy. I'd heard about art therapy over the years, I had even gone to a few sessions myself, but I hadn’t understood the mechanism of it, the why or the how art therapy works and can heal past trauma.
Sarah explains what's actually going on with the left brain and the right brain in trauma experiences, and how creating art can support us to access, reconcile and ultimately resolve past traumas in ways that are sometimes limited by talk therapy alone.
We talk about inner child, healing trauma, the importance of UGLY art and so much more Sarah shows up fully for us in this episode today, she is brave and raw and open.
I marvelled at the thing inside her that from a very young age never gave up on herself and kept beckoning her back to Art as a way to process some of the terrible things she’d been through.
And it dawned on me that we all have this presence within us. May her sharing her story remind us of this part of ourselves.
If you are going home to be with family for the holidays, please make time for yourself too. Time to journal, to sketch something, even just to move some paint across a page without needing for to to be about making something. Because those acts are the true going home.....to yourself.
Be gentle. Enjoy yourself.
I love you,