Monthly Archives: November 2018

Inspire Tags are a Hug for the Soul

What a fun time we had creating Inspire Art Tags!

On November 13, 2018 I led my first official art experience making INSPIRE TAGS with a small group of women, including a young girl there with her mom, participants ranging in ages 8 to 70. Our class was hosted by Dr. Shannon McCarty of SOUL CHIRO, White Bear Lake, MN in her beautiful studio.

So, yes, I was a little nervous about this first event. It had been awhile since I’d gotten a group of women together to make tags and it was never about me teaching or presenting it as a craft so it felt very new and a little scary. It turned out to be fabulous. Everyone was receptive and really got into it. Each person made a very unique card for a special person or purpose. I really liked seeing what people chose to do. There was one that was done for their 12-year old son full of daily affirmations to hang on his backpack, another to inspire themselves to go after their dreams, another got in her “zen” zone to make a truly unique inspiring card, the youngest made a fun “funny” tag for her bestie with word cut-outs and lots of bling! The more seasoned artist of the group chose some of my favorite art cut-outs to pull together a ring of special tags – while another made a motivational tag for her husband to take to work every day and a tag for a friend recovering from cancer.

Inspiring others to create and watch them engage in this process to make such thoughtful pieces, inspires and encourages me that this is a worthwhile pursuit that many can benefit from. Taking time to create art has been proven to improve both your physical and mental health. Being creative makes you happier!*


“Inspire Tags” started as part of another women’s group I ran many years ago. This community was one of encouragement, with the opportunity to share “life” in a safe place. It was a way to connect with other women in the community and build relationships. We made cards for others in our community as we felt there was a need. Over the years, women collected a ring-full of tags that now serve as a reminder of the circle of women that surround us and build a community of support, love and encouragement, especially on the most challenging of days or seasons of life. My vision for introducing “Inspire Tags” to White Bear Lake is to create a unique way for women to connect. I’d like to see women of all ages and backgrounds find common ground. I love to see women building strong relationships while building each other up through kind words of encouragement, fostering a closer knit community.

Making an “Inspire Tag” lets us slow to down and enrich our lives in many ways:

• You are investing in yourself and the person you are making the card for. •  When you give your tag to someone, you have built another bridge to that person and strengthened that connection for the good. •  Creating any form of art is not dependent on a person’s skill or talents. It’s the process that gives stress relief, aid in communication and has also been shown to assist in stave off cognitive decline.

I hope when you receive an “Inspire Tag” that you consider it, a “hug for your soul”.

*Want to learn more about the benefits of making art? article source: “Make More Art: The Health Benefits of Creativity” by James Clear.


When I moved to White Bear Lake three years ago with my teen daughter, it was a fresh start for us. It has become a special place in our lives – becoming “our town”. We love being only a half-block from the path around the South side of the lake. Our daily ritual has become at least one walk (sometimes several) along the lake.

The LAKEWALK has become many things to me: a way to connect with my daughter, exercise, practice photography, and meet my neighbors.

Oftentimes, it’s a way to escape a long day’s stresses. My photos started as a way to do more photography and sharing daily sunrise photos I took on my way to work. People started telling me how much they enjoyed my posts on Facebook. I was encouraged and inspired to create more photography of the lake as time went by in all seasons – even in the biggest blizzard last year, I was capturing the white-out conditions wrapping the shore, barely visible.

This journey has developed into a new brand, LAKEWALK, featuring these photos captured over these years. It brings me great joy to have found a home and community excited to share in my walks through my art. My LAKEWALK series now includes photography, art cards, custom artwork. Soon, I will be adding products such as caps, tees, inspirational talks, and events to network and connect with others in the community. Another way I’d like to connect with you is to invite you to join me on a LAKEWALK!

Bring your camera, smartphone, strap on your walking shoes and enjoy some time along the lake with me.


You may preorder/purchase this 20” x 30” poster featuring 77 of my LAKEWALK photos.