Lessons in Stillness

These past couple of weeks have been really tough.

My energy was severely low, I was sick, and I felt like I was struggling through muck.

The full moon and a coaching session cleared the “muck” but only amplified the emptiness. I felt like an empty shell, not knowing what to do or what to say.

Eventually I gave in to the stillness. Accepting that, yes, this too is a place where I’m meant to be. And hey, it’s another great learning experience for my upcoming workshop “Dancing in the Unknown”. I was in the unknown alight. I had no idea where I was or where I was going.

I suppose I had forgotten what it was like to spend time with myself alone with no agenda. It felt weird, awkward. And I was bored out of my mind to tell you the truth. Being sick left me with no energy or motivation.

So there I sat, day after day, not doing much of anything, sleeping to my heart’s content, and wondering if life will ever be the same again.


Luckily my energy suddenly (finally!) returned and I snapped back into reality – coincidentally (or not) right on the day of the new moon.

With my mind back in working order, I reflected on what had happened and what I learned. This odd couple weeks of nothingness left me feeling rested, clear, stress-free, and cared for.

It made me see just how little I knew about being truly still.

You see… I had spent years in overwhelm and spent all of 2014, during my coaching training, working through the stories, beliefs, and fears that held me there. Last year was my first year free from overwhelm; but my hands and mind were still always busy.

Being thrusted into this long span of stillness made me see that there’s still a piece missing from my journey out of overwhelm.

Overwhelm had been conquered, yes, but now there was something to claim. Space. Freedom. Truly connecting.

Heart by Kristal Norton

It’s time that I connect even deeper with myself. To gift myself pockets of that alone time every day without an agenda. It is, after all, the only way to build a relationship.

And with Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s the perfect gift I could give or receive: quality time with the one person I am destined to spend eternity with – myself.

Dancing in the Unknown ClassPS Registration for my upcoming workshop “Dancing in the Unknown” is now open!

Join me, as we step into the unknown, use creativity as a tool to expand our comfort zone with uncertainty, listen deeply within, learn to navigate our fear, and start to build trust in our inner knowing… Trust in ourselves.

Click HERE to learn more.

Spectrum Creative E-Course Giveaway!

I’m so excited to share with you that I’ve been invited to be a guest teacher in the beautiful, online holistic workshop called Spectrum this year. What’s more, is that I have one spot to give away as part of the Give-Away Blog-Hop!

Organized by Hali Karla of Hali Karla Arts, Spectrum 2016 will be guided by 20 NEW featured teachers and more than 20 returning contributors offering a variety of workshops, inspiration and invitations – all intended to empower, nurture and celebrate your innate creative expression, healing journey, and personal development.

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During the workshop (which starts May 2nd), there will be weekly inspiration & reflective activities related to mixed-media art-making and journaling, guidance on integrating your creative process and holistic awareness into your day-to-day life, and a variety of opportunities to connect, support, and share with others in the growing Holistic-Creative online community.

The themes that will loosely guide our 2016 Spectrum experience are: Forgiveness, Shifting Perspective, Navigating Uncertainty, Integration, Alchemy, Connecting with Nature, Honoring Body, Trusting Joy, Expressing One’s Truth

Talk about a powerful collection of words! You can expect a variety of perspectives on these topics and so much more. I’m excited even just to be participating in such a rich, diverse collective!


pinkarrow To learn more about the details, including all of the contributors and workshop offerings for this course CLICK RIGHT HERE.


Dancing in the Unknown

Spectrum Workshop by Kristal NortonFor my particular offering, I decided to focus on the prompt “navigating uncertainty”.

I believe being uncomfortable with uncertainty and the unknown play a big role in our fears and how we navigate our decisions in life. From the minute everyday decisions, to the big, life-changing decisions, our fear stands in the way of us hearing our true wisdom.

But what happens when we become more comfortable with the unknown? Our fear loosens its grip, we’re more easily able to hear our intuition… our Soul, and we can make better decisions more aligned with our Soul’s purpose.

Join me, as we step into the unknown, and use creativity as a tool to expand our comfort zone with uncertainty, listen deeply within, learn to navigate our fear, and start to build trust in our inner knowing… Trust in ourselves.


Pre-registration officially opens on February 1, 2016 (and the program begins May 2). So be sure to sign up for email updates below if you want to get notified when the doors open!




Enter the Give-Away

I have one free pass for Spectrum 2016 to offer you! To enter the drawing, please do each of the following:

#1. Share – Please share this post on your social media channels. You can find handy links at the bottom of this post, or feel free to pin an image to Pinterest!

#2. Comment – Share with me below in the comments why you’d like to join us in Spectrum. What has you intrigued? Or, Why do you feel this class would be good for you?

Bonus: Follow – As a bonus entry, follow me on Instagram and let me know in your comment below that you’re a follower! :)

NOTE: This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who entered!

Congratulations to Roze Bane for winning the free Spectrum pass!!!

Blog-Hop Contributors

Below is a list of the other teachers who are playing along in the Spectrum 2016 blog-hop, with the dates their give-away goes live. Be sure to visit their site and enter there as well for extra chances to win!

13 January:
Hali Karla http://www.halikarla.com/blog/

14 January:
Andrea Schroeder http://www.creativedreamincubator.com/blog
Angelique Arroyo http://schoolformedicinewomyn.com/

15 January:
Bebe Butler http://www.bebebutler.com/
Beth Morey http://www.sheofthewild.com/

16 January:
Briana Goetzen http://www.orangespiralarts.com/
Carissa Paige http://carissapaige.blogspot.com/

17 January:
Cat Caracelo http://catcaracelo.com/
Catherine Anderson http://catherineandersonstudio.blogspot.com/

18 January:
Chris Zydel http://creativejuicesarts.com/
Effy Wild http://effybird.com/

19 January:
Elloa Atkinson http://www.elloaatkinson.com/
Grace Howes http://www.redbarn-studios.com/

20 January:
Gretchen Miller http://www.gretchenmiller.wordpress.com/
Kara LC Jones http://motherhenna.blogspot.com/

21 January:
Kelly Johnson http://www.wingswormsandwonder.com/
Kitty Oppegard http://handoverheartstudios.blogspot.com/

22 January:
Kristal Norton http://kristalnorton.com/
Lisa Hofmann http://dandelionseedsanddreams.blogspot.com/

23 January:
Lisa Wilson http://www.beingbreath.com/
Lucy Pearce http://dreamingaloud.net/

24 January:
Malini Parker http://www.maliniparker.com/
Meghan Genge http://www.meghangenge.com/

25 January:
Melissa Harris http://www.melissaharris.com/
Michelle Turbide http://michelleturbidestudios.com/

26 January:
Petrea Hansen-Adamidis http://www.arttherapist.ca/blog
Rachael Rice http://rachaelrice.com/

27 January:
Robin Hallett http://www.robinhallett.com/
Shelley Klammer http://intuitivecreativity.typepad.com/

28 January:
Suki Ciappara Ka’Pinao http://sukihealingarts.com/
Tara Leaver http://taraleaver.com/

I wish you the best of luck, and I hope to see you in Spectrum this May!! :)

Noticing Air

As we begin our journey of exploring the elements with AIR, let’s take a moment to call it into our lives, breathe it in, and notice.


Breathe in…

Notice it filling your lungs, expanding your chest… then releasing into the space around you.

How does your body move as you fill your lungs?

What does the air feel like on your skin?

From now until April, keep your eyes, nose, and ears focused on the air around you. Keep your imagination active as you filter your life through the lens of AIR. How does air show up in your life physically? How do the qualities of air show up in your life metaphorically? How can you use air to help you in your day-to-day? For example, when things feel tough, you can close your eyes, take a deep breath, and invite air in to lighten things up.


As we begin to notice air in our lives, we’ll not only gain a deeper understanding of the world around us, but we’ll also start to gain a deeper understanding of who we are.

Using AIR as our lens through which we see our lives, we’ll begin to see things in a way we may not have otherwise, gaining clarity on all aspects of our BEing.

To help us hold this lens in place, it’s helpful to place reminders around our spaces and infuse our activities with air. Here are some ideas you can use:

#1. Journal or Ponder About Air – Taking some time to reflect on what you already know about air is a powerful way to begin our journey together with intention and trust in your own inner knowing. Journal, write, paint, doodle, or think about air and how it plays a role in your life. Here are some prompts to get you started:

  • What are some words you would use to describe air?
  • What qualities of air do you sometimes or often express? (some examples would be: nourishing, energizing, playful, destructive, forceful, mysterious..)
  • What symbols, lines, forms, or imagery do you associate with air?
  • Where are you longing for more spaciousness in your life? How can you create it during our exploration of air?

#2. Create a Pinterest Board – Pinterest is full of inspiring air images, and a perfect place to create dream boards, energy boards, and more. Create a board full of calming images that remind you to slow down and take a deep breath. Or, create a vision board for what your heart is calling you to do. To get started, take a peek at my Air Inspiration board HERE.

AIR Pinterest Board

#3. Update Your Desktop and Mobile Backgrounds – Changing up my desktop and mobile background images is one of my favorite ways to remind me of a feeling, mood, or energy I aim to embody that day/week/month. What side of air do you want to embody this week or this month? Do you want to call in the expansiveness of air? Or perhaps an airy feeling? Keep this thought in mind as you search for an image that reminds you of this feeling. Images are powerful in evoking certain feelings and responses in us!

Here are a few of my favorites (click on the image to be taken to the original source for download):

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#4. Infuse Your Creative Practice – Whether you art journal, create mandalas, draw, paint, dance, or whatever… infuse it with the energy of air. Use air as your inspiration!

air art journaling by Kristal Norton

#5. Create an Altar – Creating a space to celebrate air is a beautiful way to honor the element and to remind you of its presence throughout your day. Simply gather a few things that remind you of air and display them together in a space that you’ll see during your day. Perhaps your nightstand? Or a shelf next to your desk? Some items you might consider adding to your altar are: feathers, a candle or incense to invoke your sense of smell, light pastel items or stones, angels, photographs, etc.

air altar

Some other ideas might be: Listen to flutes or other music (My fav flute album is Dreams from the Grandfather), light incense, start or bring intention to a breathing practice, get your heart pumping, use essential oils, smell roses, follow me on Instagram, read my AIR E-Book, watch the breeze move through the trees, star gaze, find pictures in the clouds…

What other ideas do you have? Which of these will you try? Share in the comments below!

Much love to you!!

It’s a Funny Thing: AIR

Shh can you hear it?


We can grasp and understand the things that it makes itself known through, like clouds, wind, tornadoes, sound… but air itself, is so mystical, mysterious, invisible, infinite.

What is this that fills our bodies, gives us life, moves our hair, penetrates all beings…?

We can’t see it, yet we know it’s there, moving in and out of our bodies, filling all the space between you and me, connecting us to one force.

It has moved through our ancestors, and will move through our great, great, grandchildren.

It expands beyond our reaches far up in the space above.

It’s this sense of mystery that got me intrigued as I explored Air. What else moves us and shifts us that we cannot see? What other mysteries are yet to be discovered?

As I pondered these questions, I began to think of my own story, and the forces that guided me along to where I am today. There’s magic in this world. There’s magic in YOU. These forces, whether you call it intuition, a gut feeling, or your heart calling you, is what keeps you going in the right direction, if only you allow it.

Through this exploration, a book was born. And ooooh I’ve been so excited to share it with you for sooo long!!! This Air e-book is very close to me. It was created last year as one of four element books during my journey of exploring my story and learning about sacred space, the mysteries of the world, the creative process, and beyond.

So today, I’d like to offer it to you as a gift. And as you open up this book, know that you are opening up my heart and taking a peek inside. I hope that it opens up your heart as well and inspires you toward releasing all the “shoulds,” forgetting what everyone else is doing, and embracing what your heart is calling you to do.

You are beautifully unique and full of infinite possibility. It’s time to truly honor that.

Click here to learn more about the book and open your free copy: http://shop.kristalnorton.com/books/air-invisible-forces/

Much love to you!!

Let’s Explore the Elements

Four Elements

Over this past year, I’ve fallen in love with the elements of air, water, earth, and fire. Well… consciously I mean. I’ve always loved them, and they’ve always been infused in my being, as they are in all of us. But as I studied under Connie Solera exploring the elements and learning about sacred space, intuition, the creative process, and beyond… I felt at home. I felt deeply held and guided by the elements.

So much so, that when our cycle was nearing completion, I felt an ache of sadness at the thought of having to leave such a beautiful container of transformation.

But then I realized… I don’t need to move away from this container, this guided feeling of the elements surrounding me. I could take it into my own hands, continue to nurture myself, and hold the space for you as well as for me.

This is the beauty of sharing. The well never dries, the energy and love simply continues to grow and expand, reaching more and more people.

Exploring the Elements

So I extend this loving, safe container out to you and invite you to be held and guided by the elements.

Let’s explore them together.

Let’s infuse our every being with the breath and magic that this world has to offer.

Using the elements as a container for our inner explorations is a fun, grounding, and powerful way to gain clarity in our life. As we notice and explore the ways in which the elements show up for us, physically and metaphorically, it allows us to gain a deeper understanding of who we are.

It guides us to view things through a different lens, to see things in a way we may not have otherwise.

For the length of 2016, and into 2017, all of my journaling, explorations, blogging, emails, and view on life will be through the filter of the elements, one at a time, beginning with AIR.

I invite you to take this journey with me. In an easeful sort of way. I’ll hold the space, and offer gentle reminders, prompts, imagery, and explorations to infuse your life with each of the elements. Take or leave what feels right for you as you explore each element in your own way, and just notice how things shift. How things feel.

Allow the elements to support and guide you in your life with a loving, gentle embrace.

As I said, we’ll begin in AIR, exploring all the aspects of this one element in our life, then move on to the next. The structure of our element container will be as follows:

AIR: January – April 2016
WATER: May – August 2016
Earth: September – December 2016
FIRE: January – April 2017

There’s nothing to sign up for, nothing specific to do… just notice.

Be sure to sign up for my email love notes and updates below if you haven’t already, as well as follow me on Instagram, to keep inspired as we flow through these spaces! Thursday I’ll share some of my own thoughts on AIR and offer a special gift to help immerse yourself in this flow-ey, mystical element.

In the meantime, begin to ponder: What does AIR bring to mind for you? How does it show up in your life?


As a side note: Just know, even though we’ll be exploring the elements one at a time, each will always be with us. So if at any point you find yourself gasping for air or drowning in one certain element, you can always call on the others to center yourself again.

For example, as we move through AIR now through April, we may find ourselves feeling light headed, or too far into the dream world. When this happens, we can use the other elements of earth, fire, and water to ground ourselves back to center. Do this in any way that feels right for you. Perhaps taking a walk in the woods would help. Or immersing yourself in a long, hot bath. Sit by a fire, burn a candle, smell some flowers… whatever feels good.

Here’s to a beautiful journey ahead!!

How Pinkie Pie Became My Word of the Year…

As I sat with my intentions for 2016 and worked through the process of finding my word of the year (using a brilliant workbook my dear friend Becky Cavender so lovingly created HERE), I began to see words such as love, connection, simplicity, free, silly, playful, open… but there wasn’t one word which stood out from the rest.

They all felt true. But I knew, trying to embody a handful of words is no easy task, especially when you’re looking for simplicity!

So I put it aside for the day to let it incubate. But every time I would return to it… I would just see images of Pinkie Pie.


What!? You’re not focusing enough. I’ll try again later.

And again, images of Pinkie Pie.



A few days later, my friend Bridgette asks, “Have you discovered your word yet?”

“I’m still pondering,” I replied. “Every time I try to work on it, an image of Pinkie Pie comes up!” I laugh.

I was laughing, at the silliness of it all – that I couldn’t focus, that I kept getting bombarded with silly, childish things, that I was having trouble pinning down my word. I expected her to laugh along with me, to shrug it off as I had been and say Oh, it’ll come to you.

But being the wise woman she is, instead she replied, “You know, horse is a symbol for intuition and freedom.”

“Time for musing!” she says.

It shocked me. It got me thinking…

I’ve been yearning for “freedom” for years now.

I’ve been learning year after year, month after month, that I should listen to my intuition more.

I recalled a scene from My Little Pony where Pinkie Pie expressed her intuitive, perhaps even psychic abilities…

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Whoa.. There’s more to her than just parties and balloons. On the surface she looks shallow… not valued.

WAIT… did I just say that? Does that mean I truly don’t believe in my own words, that there’s value in play and joy?

I had to sit with it. I’ve been so disconnected from joy this past year. I feel the heaviness weighing on my heart.


It’s time to lighten up.

It’s time to giggle and play – to remember the silly little “CooCooNut” my parents so lovingly called me as a child.

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There IS value in simplicity, in the child-like nature of wonder and joy.

And as I softened into this idea of actually using “Pinkie Pie” as my word of the year, I realized…

Yes, this does encompass all that I yearn for this year –

Love, Connection, Silly, Playful, Free, Simplicity, Open, JOY.


And now

I’m only left wondering… What other truths has my heart tried to show me that I’ve dismissed?

(My Little Pony images copyrighted by their respective
owners, found HERE, HERE, and HERE.)

My Fav Planning Tools + Freebie!

Planner Tabs 2016

I have been immersed in planning for 2016 and I am so excited for what’s to come!!

I naturally enjoy planning for my year ahead, but having some amazing, colorful tools help make it even more fun. In the video below, I share with you my ultimate, most favorite planning tools that make planning a fun, colorful adventure!

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I’ve been using Leonie Dawson’s workbooks for a number of years now and I always look forward to filling them in and dreaming up my new goals for the year! It’s almost like having a life coach by my side, asking me just the right questions to push me into my best year and best self.

As I mention in the video, I was a bit nervous about setting aside my usual black moleskine planner for the new one Leonie just added to her planning collection… but I was so inspired by all the rainbowey goodness, I put together some tabs and fell completely in love with it!


Not only is it full of color and fun, but it’s one of the most functional planners I have ever used. It includes a month view calendar, check-in journaling questions to get you thinking about your intentions and goals for the month, weekly views with space to fill in your to-do’s for each day, extra spaces for doodling, gratitude, and so much more!

If this sounds like something you’d love too, grab your own at: bit.ly/amazing2016 (When you click on the Order Now button you’ll be directed to the area where you can choose to get the planner separately or get a bundle pack with her equally amazing guided workbooks.)

Whether you choose to use Leonie’s planner, or your own favorite, I have a special gift for you to brighten it up!

I just know you’re going to love the rainbow tabs I’ve created just as much as I do, so I put together a printable pdf with the images and directions on how to add your own.

Just CLICK HERE to download and play!!

And if you do enjoy my freebie today, please share the love! Feel free to use the image below to pin on Pinterest or share this page with your friends. :)

Much love to you!!

Free Planner Tabs!

Reclaim Your Calm {and Wisdom!} with Creativity

In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. We work fast. Talk fast. We make quick, reactional decisions. We overwork to the point of exhaustion.

We yearn for moments in our lives where we can quiet our minds, take a deep breath, and let go of the stress from our day.

But it doesn’t have to be a far reach. Reclaiming some quiet and calm in our lives can be easier than we tend to think.

Repetitive motion, the kind that comes naturally to us – like washing dishes, walking in the woods, or doodling – helps us relax much like traditional meditation does. I don’t know about you, but this active style meditation helps me access that place of inner calm much more effectively than sitting in a quiet room with my eyes closed.

And it turns out, coloring especially lends itself well to this.

It has been shown that adult coloring books help reduce stress and anxiety in a simple, fun way. In fact, psychologists have been prescribing coloring for almost a hundred years! The sound of a crayon’s repetitive strokes on paper brings us to a place of ease. We breathe deeply. Our minds release some tension.

But that’s not all. Active meditation through coloring can help us in an even more profound way.

Have you ever experienced a breakthrough to a problem while showering, or doing some other repetitive task? Repetition clears the mind and allows us to work out complex problems subconsciously; which means we can use coloring as a tool to help us problem solve or become more creative by accessing our inner wisdom.

We have the answers we seek, right within us.

When I color, I’m able relax and reach that place of deep inner knowing. I am able to look within to find the answers. Which is why I’ve been inspired to create my own adult coloring book, to share this experience with you. One that I can design specifically in a way that will help remind you to stay present and listen to your intuition.

And today, I’m so excited to announce the realization of this dream come true: Color for Clarity – an adult coloring book and meditation prompts.

In this book, you’ll find 50 beautiful coloring pages mindfully illustrated by six different artists from across the globe; each page featuring a word or question to prompt further inner exploration and help you gain clarity.

My hope is that it becomes a tool for you to transform your life by offering a colorful way to gain access to your inner wisdom.

Grab your copy (and perhaps one for a friend!) over at Amazon.com and get started on the journey of reclaiming your calm and inner wisdom.

You have all the answers you seek, right within you. All you need to do is listen.

With Love,

How Our Coloring Book Came to Be

I often need reminders to slow down. To take it all in. To really sit back and listen to what my intuition or soul is trying to tell me.

In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the flow of things and just take things as they come. But that’s not how an intentional life is built… That’s how you loose your way.

Juliette Meditating

I always hear success stories from people who’ve built daily meditation practices. But I’m not one that can easily sit in silence and meditate. I’ve tried. I find it painful. (My daughter above totally didn’t learn that pose from me!) The idea of it is oh so intriguing, but it just doesn’t feel right.

What works better for me is to do something that keeps my body busy yet allows my mind to wander.

Things like showering, washing dishes, and doodling are great for this. Have you ever done something similar and found yourself in a relaxed state? Or perhaps getting hit with clarity or inspiration? If so, then you’ve experienced the benefits of active meditation.

I don’t always find myself in a state of meditation when doing these things though. Sometimes I do it so quickly, I don’t get a chance to enjoy it. Or sometimes my mind just starts rambling off negative commentary or things on my to-do list, and I don’t get around to the relaxed wandering.

That’s where intention and daily practice comes in. And if I had a choice, I’d rather do something more creative than washing dishes or showering (duh!). Doodling is fun, but sometimes I just want something completely mindless – like coloring.


Coloring brings me back to a playful, child-like state.

It makes me smile. It’s something I can do alongside the kids without worrying about a big mess (bonus!). And it lends itself really well to active meditation. So well, in fact, that I often zone out when coloring.

It almost becomes like an escape from reality.

Which brings me back to my initial “problem”: I need reminding to listen to my intuition, to listen to what my soul is telling me so I can live a purpose-full life.

So I started to think: How can I use coloring for my daily meditative practice, yet not zone out completely? How can I remind myself to be present, to listen within, to use this time to gain clarity around my life?

…And that’s when I got this idea:

What if the coloring pages themselves reminded me? What if each page had a prompt to get me thinking?

Oh, so brilliant!

But where would I find said coloring book? Even though adult coloring books were on the rise, I had trouble finding exactly what I was looking for. And it would be no fun coloring in my own designs day after day.

So I set out on a mission to gather other talented artists to collaborate with me to make this dream coloring book come true.

Color for Clarity Sneak Peek

I am so thrilled and blessed to have found five amazing artists who are excited about the idea! We’ve been drawing our hearts out and listening within for the words that inspire us to create the most thought-provoking, beautiful coloring book we can muster. I cannot wait to see this baby in print and dig in with my crayons! And I just know you’re going to love it too!!

With Love,

Our book: Color for Clarity arrives at Amazon this November!! Be sure to sign up to receive sneak peeks and updates over on our webpage HERE.

It’s Coming Soon!!

Ahhh! Words cannot express how excited I am to be announcing this long held “secret” today!! Over the last few months, I’ve been gathering artists to collaborate with me to create something special.

Something that I hope will bring creativity to more lives.

Something that will allow you to take a break in your busy day.

Something that will help you to tap into your inner wisdom and hear what you really need to hear.

What can possibly be so powerful to achieve all this?

Nothing more than the simple act of coloring.


Millions have been experiencing the meditative and healing properties of coloring with crayons or pencils in a coloring book… but I wanted to take it one step further.

What if, instead of just zoning out to relax when you color, you let your mind explore and expand on one small topic?

What kind of clarity or wisdom would you receive if you allowed yourself the time for creative mindful exploration?

These are the questions (along with my love of working with others) that led to this project: an adult coloring book full of unique artwork and inspiring prompts.

Introducing Color for Clarity

Color for Clarity

Six amazingly talented artists are coming together to bring you a book full of unique, fun designs that each feature a word or question to prompt further mindful exploration. Our hope is that it not only brings you some time for simple creative play, but also a doorway to hear your inner wisdom.

This printed(!!) book will be available THIS November!!

Want to learn more and stay updated? Visit the webpage and sign up for updates at: ColorForClarity.com

With Love,