21 Secrets

February 17, 2016


“Together we will release the energy stored up on your hard drive, liberate you from the tyranny of unclicked icons, and show you what your soul has been asking for all along.” – Me.

I am so excited to announce that I am one of the teachers for 21 Secrets this spring! I KNOW!

21 Secrets is an incredible 150+ page downloadable eBook filled with 25+ hours of videos, full coloured photos, templates, and clear instruction that will inspire and deepen the way you approach art journaling.

For me, art journalling has always been a kind of mythical land that other people played in. I just ended up with a big old mess in my journals! That is until 21 Secrets! I was always really inspired by Connie Solera’s art, so when I saw this a few years ago, I bought one (in an attempt to make something vaguely pretty just once) and was so surprised to find so many workshops and videos and ideas, that I could do whenever I felt like – no time pressure, no pressure at all! I ended up making MANY beautiful things.

I highly highly recommend it if you have any sort-of hankering to make art. This year it is full of techniques and tips – which means it’ll be even easier to move into a space of art making – bliss!!

My workshop is called: Dear Me: rehabilitation & play for those who buy but don’t do/ finish/ or even open e-courses.

This workshop is about understanding what your soul is searching for and giving it a voice. Using simple tools such as guided writing, cut and paste, and journalling, together we will release all of the soul energy that is stored away on your hard drive. So many people have bought and paid for e-courses, pdfs and ebooks and either started but never completed them or never even opened them up in the first place. Now they are just a collection of to-dos or – worse – a whole folder of self-doubt and shame. Well no more! Those unopened, unfinished things are simply messages from your own soul. It wants something. It is asking for something. It needs something. Together we will release the energy stored up on your hard drive, liberate you from the tyranny of unclicked icons, and show you what your soul has been asking for all along.

(AND until the 19th, if you enter coupon code: springsecret when checking out and you will save $10!)

I hope to see you there!


Intentions and Thoughts Under a New Moon

February 8, 2016
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You don’t get to game the system of your life. You just don’t. You don’t get to control every outcome and aspect as a way to never give in to the uncertainty and unpredictability of something that’s beyond what you understand. It’s the basis of presence: to show up as you are in this moment and let that be enough. – Jamie Varon


So much. So much has happened, is happening, is going on around me that today I simply sat in the middle of it and just watched it go by. Today I am feeling all of it:

the strange grief that comes when a very very old friend dies,

the profound overwhelm of finally owing land in a place where I don’t (yet) speak the language and where we have to start so close to the ground that the first thing we must do is build a road,

the pull of the new moon – whether you believe in it or not, everything that has happened to me in the past 24 months has been so in tune with the cosmos, it is impossible for me to ignore it,

the feelings of a new year – a year during which I – a wood tiger – have been emphatically warned to stay in my cave.

In total honesty, it is to my cave that I most desire to go. I want to write books and stories and then to venture out only to get my hands in the dirt that will hold my house, my labyrinth, my place. I want to love my family and friends so much that they forget that our only connection for years – too many years – has been liking each other’s social media posts.

I want to show up in every moment of my life. It’s such a cliche to go there when you are grieving someone, but I think that that is what is required to be truly ‘In Cahoots‘ with God/ the Universe/ my Life: just show up and stop trying to show up as someone better. Just show up. As. Is.

If you keep trying to show up as something better or different than you really are, you never actually just show up.

And that’s where the magic is.

So under this Aquarian new moon, when we should,

“…work with this New Moon in a different way than you would typically do so. Instead of focusing on intentions, calling things in and taking conscious action- perhaps you can stand in a place of opening, receptivity and fluidity– allowing the current of the New Moon to take you somewhere new of it’s own accord?” – Divine Harmony

… I am simply showing up as is. No intentions. Nothing to change. Nothing to be fixed. Nothing lacking. Simply open to whatever comes next.




A Wild (not so) New Path

February 2, 2016

“How the hell did you get where you are? By making your way, as best you could, through a maze of social pressures that were often destructive to your true nature. What the hell should you do now? Find a new way. A better way. Your way. The unknown, uncharted path through this wild new world that allows you – yourself, in your uniqueness – to reclaim the full measure of your true nature.” – Martha Beck


Until this morning, I had lost the path. Trying to create the life of my dreams while also creating a life worthy of other people’s attention has been sending me off in wrong direction after wrong direction. As my savings dwindled, I wondered how to make this life of mine pay.

Wait. Stop. Make my life PAY? Like it’s some sort of movie villain?

Who thought that one up?

No wonder I am so far off course.

Stop. Course correction. Return to the last warm track.

Magic. Miracles. Mystery. Stories. Connection. Creativity. Wonder. Divinity. Delight. Trees. 

Follow those tracks – where do they lead?

They lead to the little girl whose whole world was trees and nature and family and community and total, unapologetic, unabashed creativity. Her world was full of stories and songs and rocks and wonderful people and trees and costumes and crafts and magical moments. She was also fierce and stubborn and rebellious and very loved.

My true nature is the little imp in the photographs who smiled and played and adored and was always connected to a person, place or thing she loved.

My true nature is magical connection.

I don’t need to worry about anything as long as I remember that  – and surrender to the Magic.

Now I can focus on how I can play with my life instead of how it has to pay.

That feels an awful lot like freedom.

And just like that, I’m back on the path.

Jamie and Meghan





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