The 30 Day Challenge

Just as I was in the process of creating this site, I had a conversation with a coach friend, Carl Contino aka the Groove Coach, who gently challenged me to document my creative practice. Since I was in need of a little nudging out of my comfort zone…I agreed. I’d been wanting to make some videos anyhow, this would be perfect! What follows will be the results of this commitment – 30 videos where I create 1 visionary journaling quick collage per day. My video skills are very basic so I knew the challenge would come from the tech side…

Nurturing the Seeds of Creation

This is a digital version of my current exhibition in Vence with Danette Quartey. The words are printed on transparencies and floated over shadowbox frames so they cast a nice shadow onto the photos. When I can photograph them without reflections, I’ll post them here. Creation is life. Life is creation. From the seed to the flower to the fruit, whether life or cosmos or chair, everything comes into being through the creative process. Within each of us lie the seeds of creation. What do these seeds need to thrive? Are you nurturing them with love and attention? Does your…

Are You Living In The Culture Of Not Enoughness?

The words are rampant in the Western world. Maybe you’ve even said them yourself. Surely you’ve thought them. There is not enough. I don’t have enough. And the real kicker, I am not enough. In societies that have more abundance and riches than in any other time in history, how is it possible that these words are so often, if not uttered, then at least thought or felt, several times a day? Although men suffer from this syndrome as well, I’m going to focus the attention on women here because these words are the cultural battle cry underlying the majority…

Could This Be Your Answer?

Looking for a document on my computer the other day, I came across a PowerPoint presentation for a talk I gave 3 years ago. Suddenly, all the thoughts and feelings I had about being center stage erupted in my memory. The talk didn’t go well. To say the least. It was an out-of-body experience that had me walking stiffly across the stage and forgetting a main point here and there. It was an unpleasant memory that I’d rather leave alone. 1st Panel ~ Visual Journal Pages ~ Linda Hough 2016 I quickly brought my thoughts back to the present and…

This Would Have Seemed Impossible

It’s been almost a year since you last heard from me. And what a year it’s been: a year where discovery, learning and re-invention took center stage. Eleven months ago, I took a leap into Lisa Sonora’s 9-month visual journaling facilitator program that became a roller coaster ride through my own creative journey. I remember a time when this path would have seemed impossible for me. Official Graduate Creative Journey Facilitator Training 2015 I started out in life thinking I could never be an artist. Playing with paint and paper was for other people. I wasn’t sure who those other…

An Incredible Lightness of BEing

Peace, Play & Pleasure, Visual Journal Page, ©Linda Hough 2015 Today, as I sat on the couch with my morning cup of coffee, I noticed something different. I have changed. Instead of thinking about all the things I’m not doing, the food I’m not eating, the person I’m not becoming, I was thinking about the opposite. And I was noticing that this change is not a momentary blip in an otherwise ordinary morning, but something deep down that has actually transformed. Having a daily creative practice has lightened up my life. When I’m working in my visual journal, I am…

When Your Heart Is On Fire

My heart is on fire this morning with the beauty of images and words and the human spirit. On my way home from an in-person coaching session yesterday, I suddenly felt like not going home at all. The sun was shining, people were out, I didn’t have anything scheduled or pressing to do. I decided to follow this feeling I can only describe as the desire to experience something new. I stopped ‘thinking’ and let myself wander. I began walking towards the side of town that I don’t often frequent. Beautiful Beautiful Books! ~ Librairie de la Basse Fontaine ~…

Oh Say Can You See?

I recently read something that really pissed me off. Harvard Business Review published an article called Women and the Vision Thing. The subtitle got me going right away. Basically, the claim was that women are judged to be less visionary than men. Okay, this article was talking about business, women and leadership. But it got me thinking about women in general and our visions. Is it true that women are less visionary then men? OR is it true that women have plenty of vision, but what has been lacking is the ability to empower those visions enough so that they…

What Do Recent Events in Paris Have to Do With YOU?

An estimated 3,000,000 people marched in Paris on Sunday. Why? Because some guys with pens drew some pictures that some people didn’t like. That’s the simple version. Granted, it is a complex issue with many factors competing for attention. What we can say is that, for hundreds of thousands of people, coming out of the house on a Sunday afternoon is an effort worth taking to support freedom of expression. As well, a massive outpouring of grief, sadness, and solidarity. Linda Hough ‘In Honor of Liberty, Fraternity, Equality` [Visual Journal Page] 2015 But what does this have to do with you directly? How…

The Missing Piece

Have you ever felt that something is missing? It could be that little nagging feeling in the back of your mind or it could be a huge flashing sign beaming out in front of you. Either way, the feeling is one of unease, discontent, even great frustration. During the course of my life, this has been my background story. I studied art and painting thinking This is IT! I felt alone in the studio. I became a certified life coach wanting to support people in living a richer life. I missed my art. Deciding to combine my two loves, I…