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Workshop Prep

I know I must sound like a broken record but my life has pretty much been all about being sick and getting ready for the Mojo Workshop this Saturday.  Yesterday i was collating the Workbook by hand as I needed to insert some blank pages inside it as well as at the back.  The Printers are now coil binding it as we speak!


Collating is pretty tedious work however I had good company – I was listening to Bonnie’s Thriving Artists Summit recordings. 

We have a few spots left for the workshop if you are interested in joining us for a fun filled day! I must say I have not felt this excited in a long time!

The Book “From the Gita to the Grail”

Bernie's book

I’m so excited to share with you my son and daughter’s Dad’s latest book – From the Gita to the Grail.  I haven’t read it yet – hope to in the next couple of weeks.  If you are interested in mythology you’ll probably love Bernie Clark’s book. Here is what Sarah Powers has to say about “From the Gita to the Grail”:

"In his insightful new book, Bernie reminds us that we have a choice in how we live our lives; we can hold hold tight to our beliefs, allowing them to dictate our reality, or we can invite every story (or even encounter) to be a gateway into the poetic, multifaceted dimensions of truth, and the fluid nature of reality." ~ Sarah Powers, author of Insight Yoga and founder of the Insight Yoga Institute.

See you on Friday!

Love, Violette xo

3 Ways to Organize the content of your workshop

As you know I’ve been a busy little bee getting ready for the Mojo workshop on January 25th (there are still a few spots left if you are interested in joining us!). Creating the support materials in the Workbook reminds me of putting together my book Journal Bliss but on a smaller scale.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when faced with a project of this size but I have found there are a few easy steps to take in order to not become frozen with fear.  Here are some ideas:


1. Create a mind map outlining the pieces you would like to include in your workshop. You don’t have to include everything on your mind map but it’s a good place to begin.  If you don’t know much about mind mapping here is a good place to start. In a nutshell – your central idea or workshop name would be in the middle and you’d have radiating lines connecting all of the components to the general idea.


2. Start assembling pages written or drawn which describe each item listed in your mind map.  Basically you are fleshing out the idea.  Each small piece is like a mini project.


3.  Get a small binder (this one is a 1 inch binder) and add your workshop name to it.  I bought the Better Binder at Staples.  Assemble all of the pages and create a table of contents based on the order of what you’ll be teaching at the workshop. Another option is (if you are an artist or a creative) you could “Storyboard” your workshop – this is something i still might do just to get clear in a sequential way of how the workshop will play out.

I hope these 3 ideas help you get going to organize the content of your workshop!

Visiting the Grandkids


On Friday I went to visit/babysit my grandsons. Poor little baby Toby had been quite sick and was away at the doctor’s so could not participate in crafting. Even though he’s 19 months old he loves making art.  Sam enjoyed the quiet time with his meme (me) and so did i.


We both painted whatever our hearts desired. As you see above i painted some fruits and vegetables while educating Sam about paints and pigments, keeping your brushes clean, crayon wax resist etc.  We played for over one hour which is a record.  Sam is very much like his Dad and Gramps and was more interested in the Science behind the paints and their effects than actually making recognizable objects. Smile Our conversation was really fun!

Well that’s it for today!  See you on Wednesday!

Love, Violette xo

Mojo Workbook Assemblage

Hola my friends! I cannot believe i TOTALLY forgot to blog yesterday. Due to the holidays and out of town company I’ve been thrown off of my groove! Sorry about that!workbook_grouping

What have I been up to? Well I’ve been busy assembling the workbook for our “Get your Mojo going in 2014” workshop. I’ve also been creating new art and pages for the book.  It’s great collaborating with my friend Susan as she’s able to see all of the diverse pieces i want to have in the workshop and then assemble them into a cohesive whole.  I guess that’s a skill you get from over 20 years of group facilitation!

It’s exciting to see women signing up for the class and getting excited about embracing their passion.  There is still room if you are interested in signing up! 

See you tomorrow at our regularly scheduled blogging date Smile.

Love, Violette xo

Get your Mojo Going in 2014!

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday and rang in the New Year just the way you wanted to!


Here’s a couple of photos of Mr. G and yours truly before going out all decked out and after at the White Rock Blues Society New Year’s Bash! We had a fun time with friends, dancing, listening to some great blues music and eating some yummy food.NY_partyhats

Don’t we look goofy in these hats?

I’m really jazzed to tell you that my friend Susan Keeping and I have gone live with our upcoming workshop “Get your Mojo Going in 2014!” Yay!!! The workshop is happening on January 25 in Surrey – it’s a full day experiential workshop, you get lunch, lots of goodies, a chance to colour, write and share with other like-minded women and learn more about your Passion! How Sweet is that?  If you like to know more please click here.


A promotional photo of Susan and me for the local paper. Many thanks to Alex Browne of the Peace Arch news for the wonderful coverage of our event. You can read the article here!


Here we are planning out the workshop and what will go in the Workbook all participants will be receiving!

PicMonkey Collage

Here’s a collage of some of the stuff we’ll be doing on January 25th!  I hope some of you will join us for the fun filled day that will surely help you get your mojo going!

Love, Violette xo

Get your mojo Going: Embrace your Passion

Hello Creatives!

Yesterday and the day before I had fun creating this mixed media page for an upcoming live workshop….


I had been spending so much time working on marketing, reading and networking that I had gotten away from simply drawing and painting.  You wouldn’t believe how much fun I had!


This is what i came up with! The workshop “Get your mojo going: Embrace your Passion in 2014” will be happening at the end of January at a White Rock location. I’ll be co-facilitating the all day workshop with my talented friend Susan Keeping. She has numerous years under her belt facilitating women’s personal growth workshops. This is going to be a blast!


Rather than write the words directly on the piece i drew them separately so i could use the Journal Page for multiple uses.  I added the words to the page in Photoshop. The page will be used as a front cover of the workbook all of the participants will be receiving.  Of course the workshop will be interactive with pens, pencils, mind mapping, collaging etc.  Should be a blast! 

A question I often hear is how do i find out what my passion is or how do i embrace my passion?  This workshop will be about that and through fun creative exercises we will be excavating your passion along with coming up with the next steps to embracing it! How fun is that?

On Friday I’ll be having another contest – i hope you’ll come back and enter to win some fun goodies! See you then!

Love, Violette xo

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