Thursday, September 29, 2005

Garage Band Girl

My brother was meandering through our Mom's garage and stumbled upon this gem of a school photo.

It was the 70's and it appears as if my enormous collar is going to consume me. Help, get the jaws of life!

The girl in that photo would be cringing to know her pic was published for the world to see, but the woman she grew into thinks it's cool. My how a few decades can build the confidence level!

Oh, and by the way it IS a decoupage by Auntie Tallo. There was no room for tole painted daisies but I think she got into that a few years later.

Speaking of cool, the latest issue of Carol Weeg's Finding Our Way just hit the newsstands and it is a history making edition! Carol invited her first ever guest writer (yours truly) to pen a few words on creativity. You can also meet a couple of Chispas Linda Bannan and Ruth Kunstadter and get inspired by their energy and creative spark.

Finding Our Way is a great publication for witty, active women over 40 who don't look, act, or think "middle aged". It's all how you feel inside as Carol reminds us. I suggest you check it out and get on her list. I look forward to each issue and can't wait til the next!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Just Say No to Overwhelm

Did you know that 90% of the women Coach Catherine and I work with are dealing with overwhelm in some way or another? Listen in on this quick conversation to learn about two types of overwhelm, things you can start doing right now to get out of it, and the one big word that can put control back into your life.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Coaching-A-Go-Go #1

Podcast #1!
Coaching-A-Go-Go Hits the Airwaves

My comadre Catherine Bruns of Balanced Life Coaching invited me to do a podcast with her! So here is our first installment, Getting Unstuck. We chatted for about 15 minutes and some great insights were found.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Go Dad Go

As you may recall, my dad passed away July 8.

We honored his memory by creating a funeral program worthy of his respect: we made a racing form.

Complete with horseracing logos and everything, it looked like the real deal. Except that the horses' names were sayings and events that tied into his life. Everyone said it was the perfect way to commemorate him.

My brother had this great idea to take this concept a step further.

"Wouldn't it be cool if Pop's ashes could be scattered from a racehorse crossing the finish line?"

We all agreed and suddenly realized that the idea wasn't too far fetched.

A neighbor of my parents trains racehorses. One evening, my brother approached the neighbor and asked him what he thought of the idea.

This neighbor adored my dad. They used to sit and chat for hours, smoking cigars and having a drink.

"I can't think of a better way to send off old Tom", he said, and with that the plan was set in motion.

Horse trainers know jockeys.

The neighbor managed to get one of the top jockeys to ride this horse around the track, Dad's ashes in tow, and just as he crossed the line flipped open a medicine container with some of the ashes. In fact, the jockey was moved beyond belief to perform such an honor.

I wasn't there to witness it, the whole thing was arranged too quickly for me to travel home to witness it. But my family was present, with cameras and I'm sure a hankie or two.

My dad loved the horses. He wasn't a racetrack bum or a high roller. "Don't bet too much, don't win too much, don't lose too much" was his saying. He loved the mathematical and strategic art of handicapping.

Now he's blowing in the wind out there, up close and personal with his favorite four legged creatures.

Go Dad Go!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

What the Blurb?

With all that has been going on with disasters and devastation, needless to say I haven't been in much of a blogging mood.

I can't say too many nice things about the emergency response as I see the death tolls mounting. I'm glued to the radio as I hear story after story of people left for days without food or water. I immediately emailed my Moms group and proposed a day of making disaster kits for ourselves in the event of a major earthquake or other calamity. Everyone agreed that we need to get our butts in gear before something big hits us too.

OK... I had to get that off my chest.

In the meantime, so many people have been sending me blurbs and shout outs for some pretty amazing things. So I want to share these resources with you.

SIDE COMMENT: The more I think about it, the more I see a need for our creative powers to come to the forefront.

Creativity as an emergency response tool.
Creativity as a disaster prevention strategy.
Creativity as a survival kit.

Everything listed here will touch you in some way or another. The more you develop your talents, the more helpful you'll be to the world. The ripple effect just might touch someone in some way that will change our world.

From my crafty idol, Kathy Cano Murillo:
"Crafty Chica's Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life" is now up on I'm very excited for this one because it is my first major trade paperback,
published by Rayo Books of HarperCollins Publishers. I'm including a link (hint: pre-order,
por favor!!!):
- Also, if you want to be on a secret mailing list of sneak peeks for this book and other
Latino title from HC, send an email to and put "Crafty Chica" in
the subject line.
- You can also see my contributions in the new titles "Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul"
and "Michaels Book of Needlecrafts". Both on sale now!

From coach Joan Friedlander:
Take the Busyness out of Business Workbook
Take the Busyness out of Business Teleclass

Do you find yourself saying, "I do my best work under pressure"or "I'm busy, but it's a good busy...”?

Joan Friedlander, The Entrepreneur's Coach, has developed the ultimate program for people who want to get the most out of life. She will show you how to leverage your passion - the fuelthat lights your life - and determine how you can spend 70-80% of your time on the things you do best each and every day.

Fall Equinox with Wisdom Works
Summer is rapidly coming to a close. Fall is approaching. Would you like to join in celebrating this changing of the seasons in a conscious way with a great group of women?

Please feel free to tell any other woman you know who might be interested in this gathering in Southern California. In many ways, this has been a challenging summer and it looks like fall may be as well. Allow yourself to anchor and ground yourself as well as seek support from the amazing universal spirit of love, nature and other women. Set your intention for Fall firmly and with great awareness during this gathering.

For more info, contact Verna Fisher at 562 860-5804 or visit

Coaching Retreats with Coach Helene
Whether you want to attend a retreat or lead a retreat, Coach Helene is the person to go to. Check out her programs here:

Judson's Plein Air Outfitters
If you're rugged and outdoorsy yet can't resist painting wildflowers and trees, then you need to check out Judson's Plein Air Outfitters. In fact, order their print catalog because it's great to read, even if you don't paint.

Indigenous Women's Conference
To be held October 14 and 15 in Anaheim, CA. For more info, go to and click on events. Indigenous women of the north and south most welcome, even us Chicanas who were told we were Spanish for so much of our lives!

ABLA mas y mas!
How often do you walk into a major museum or gallery and see the work of Latina artists? Fridamania notwithstanding, it ain't often enough! Go visit ABLA and educate yourself, buy something... keep supporting the cause. This project is a labor of love from Maria Sanchez and I'm sure she'd appreciate your feedback and support.