Posted in Events, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Videos

I Participated in the NAMI-NYC Seeds of Hope Gala!

NAMI-NYC Seeds of Hope 2021 Interview

Being a mental health advocate means standing firm in your experiences without shame showing others that it’s okay to ask for the support you need.

I share my story in confidence and clarity. I live every day in recovery. I love myself unapologetically and I do what I do to pave the way for others to also become advocates of their own story.

Check out the full virtual event here: https://youtu.be/MqqBQjX1YKo

Posted in Events

NAMI-NYC Virtual Expressive Arts Event: I Honor My Truths

So very excited to announce the NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts workshop event I will be hosting at the end of the month!  This event will be via Zoom and on the NAMI-NYC website. You can find the link here and clicking the Expressive Arts Zoom link for October 30th, 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to send me an email. The time of the event is in Eastern Standard Time.

**I will share any updates or changes and keep everyone posted. 

Here are some details for the event:

Title
I Honor My Truths  

Description
“I Honor My Truths” is a creative and fun event focused on reflecting on ourselves, our truths and who we see ourselves to be. Starting with an ice breaker, we will sketch an image and write about one person, place, thing, or idea that is important to us. The main activity will then be to imagine and draw a pumpkin patch. In and around our pumpkin patch we will reflect and write about our truths, values, and interesting facts about who we are. Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art.

Materials
Paper, writing utensils (pen, pencil, markers, or crayons).

Hope to see you there!

Posted in Events, Mental Health, Self-Care

NAMI-NYC Virtual Expressive Arts Event: Beauty and Horizons

So very excited to announce the NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts workshop event I will be hosting at the end of the month!  This event will be via Zoom and on the NAMI-NYC website. You can find the link here and clicking the Expressive Arts Zoom link for July 31st, 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to send me an email. The time of the event is in Eastern Standard Time.

**I will share any updates or changes and keep everyone posted. 

Here are some details for the event:

Title

Beauty and Horizons 

Description

“Beauty and Horizons” is a creative and fun event focused on reflecting on ourselves, our beauty and who we see ourselves to be. Starting with an ice breaker, we will sketch an image and write about one accomplishment that we are most proud of. The main activity will then be to imagine and draw a sunset on the beach. Around the sunset we will list 10 reasons why we are beautiful. Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art.

Materials

Paper, writing utensils (pen, pencil, markers, or crayons).

Hope to see you there!

Posted in Events, Mental Health

NAMI-NYC Virtual Expressive Arts Event: I Am The Crafter. I Am The Creator. An Evening of Vision Boards.

So very excited to announce the NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts workshop event I will be hosting at the end of the month! This event will be via Zoom and on the NAMI-NYC website. You can find the link by typing in the link in the flyer here and clicking the Expressive Arts Zoom link for May 29th, 2021. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to send me an email. The time of the event is in Eastern Standard Time.

**I will share any updates or changes and keep everyone posted. Here are some details for the event:

Title: I Am The Crafter. I Am The Creator. An Evening of Vision Boards.

Description: “I Am The Crafter. I Am The Creator. An Evening of Vision Boards” is a creative and fun event focused on reflecting on ourselves, our growth, and who we see ourselves to be. Starting with an ice breaker, we will sketch one image and one positive word that describes us, our passions, or a goal that we have. The main activity will then be to draw a vision board that illustrates and represents who we are. There is endless possibilities in creating our vision boards from favorite quotes, affirmations, and mantras, to symbols, goal descriptions, and self-care plans; it’s all up to the us, the crafters! Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art.

Materials: Paper, writing utensils (pen, pencil, markers, or crayons).

Hope to see you there!

Posted in Events, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration

NAMI-NYC Virtual Expressive Arts Event: My Garden of Growth

So very excited to announce the NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts workshop event I will be hosting at the end of the month! This event will be via Zoom and on the NAMI-NYC website. You can find the link by typing in the link in the flyer here and clicking the Expressive Arts Zoom link for January 30th, 2021.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to send me an email. The time of the event is in Eastern Standard Time.

**I will share any updates or changes and keep everyone posted.

Here are some details for the event:
Title
My Garden of Growth
Description
“My Garden of Growth” is a creative and fun event focused on reflecting on ourselves, our growth, and the year ahead of us. Starting with an ice breaker, we will think about 1 limiting belief, unproductive habit, or behavior we would like to release from 2020, and 1 positive and productive intention we will like to stamp on 2021. The main activity will then be to draw and create a garden. Each tool or part of our garden drawing will represent different parts of our growth process. This includes different methods of self-care we want to try or continue this year on our watering cans, changes we will like to make on our shovels, and affirmations, positive intentions, goals, and ambitions on our flowers, plants, and soil. Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art!
Materials
Paper, writing utensils (pen, pencil, markers, or crayons).

Hope to see you there!

Posted in Events, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Self-Care

NAMI-NYC Virtual Expressive Arts Workshop Event: Leaves

So very excited to announce the NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts workshop event I will be hosting at the end of the month! This event will be via Zoom and on the NAMI-NYC website. You can find the link here. Click the Expressive Arts Zoom link for October 31st, 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free email me or leave a comment. The time of the event is in Eastern Standard Time.

**I will share any updates or changes and keep everyone posted.

Here are some details for the event:

Title
Leaves
Description
“Leaves” is a creative and fun event focused on reflecting on ourselves and the year we are moving past. Starting with an ice breaker, we will think about a lesson we’ve learned this year and what we are grateful for. The main activity will then be to draw and create a pile of leaves. On each leaf, we will write either something we want to let go of or something we are looking forward to. Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art!
Materials
Paper, writing utensils (pen, pencil, markers, or crayons).
Hope to see you there!
Posted in Events, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Reflection, Self-Care, Self-Talk, The Mighty, The Pencil Case on The Mighty

Roots to Leaflets/From Roots to Mighty Leaflets: A Reflective Exercise

From May to July, I’ve hosted a few virtual events centered around the theme of goals and goal creation. “Roots to Leaflets” or “From to Mighty Leaflets”, two names that were given to this activity, allows us to visualize and articulate our goals and growth using the image of a tree. 

What makes goals and the representation of a tree suitable for this reflective exercise? Let’s dive into how to create growth cycle trees.


Yes, goals are what drive our ambitions — but they can also be the reason why we procrastinate or become intimidated by the possibilities of our future selves. How can we create goals that help us feel good and motivate us to notice our growth?

A tree has three main parts: the roots, the trunk, and the leaves. Each part of the tree, however you draw or collage it, will represent a different part of the goal and growth process. Check out the example below.

Drawing of Nina's

Here is how you can draw your tree using guided questions:

The roots represent your goals. What do you want to accomplish? What makes you feel good? You can also include habits you want to take up or routines that’ll help you feel more refreshed.

The trunk represents your needs. What do you need to do on a daily basis that helps you feel good? What do you need in order to accomplish a particular goal?

The leaves represent your accomplishments. What have you done lately that made you smile and feel proud?

No matter how big or small your goals, needs or successes are — whatever you accomplish is worthy of celebration.

Note: You can create your trees however you envision. Your trees are a reflection of you!

Make your own tree and share it with me! Here is my Mighty group The Pencil Case or Instagram page.

Here is my tree!



From the water running through the soil to the fruits growing alongside the leaves, I’m proud of my growth and accomplishments. Using my goals and needs I can continue to work toward achieving all I know I can achieve.


This activity was featured in The Mighty #CheckInWithMe newsletter which you can subscribe to on the TheMighty.com or Mighty app.

 

Posted in Events, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration

NAMI-NYC Virtual Expressive Arts Event!

It’s today!!! Here are the directions for today’s virtual NAMI-NYC event workshop I will be co-hosting.

Note: The time listed on the NAMI-NYC website is in Eastern Standard Time. Also, the option to call in is available under the Zoom link as well if you are more comfortable calling instead of video chatting. Zoom also has the option to mute audio and “turn off video” if you would also prefer to watch and participate at your own leisure. Lastly, if you only have paper and pencil/pen that’s okay too! Whatever you have we can work with.

Hope to see you there!

Click here to find event link.

Posted in Events, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health

NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts Workshop Event: Roots and Leaflets

So very excited to announce the NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts workshop event I will be co-hosting! This event will be via Zoom and on the NAMI-NYC website. You can find the link here. Click the Zoom link for May 30th, 2020 on the day of the event.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to send me an email.

**I will share any updates or changes and keep everyone posted.

Here are some details for the event:

Title
Roots and Leaflets

Time

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EST

Description
Roots and Leaflets is a creative and fun event focused on creatively describing ourselves, our strengths, and our accomplishments. Starting with an ice breaker, we will describe and imagine ourselves as if we were a superhero navigating our strengths and superpowers. The main activity will be to then imagine ourselves as trees with roots, trunks, and leaves. Each portion of the tree signifying a different portion of who we are and what we can do (the roots being our goals, the trunk being our needs to accomplish our goals, and leaves being things we’ve already accomplished that we are proud of). Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art!

Materials
Paper, writing utensils (pen, pencil, markers, or crayons), scissors, and glue or tape.

Hope to see you there!

Posted in Events, Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Potential and Worth, Power, Self-Care, Self-Talk, The Mighty

New Event! All I Can be is Me

Another event in 2 weeks! This one is extra special to me!


Description: SparklyWarTanks and NAMI NYC will be working together to host “All I Can Be is Me” as part of NAMI NYC’s expressive arts creative events! And, guess what?! I’m working with The Mighty for this event too! “All I Can Be is Me” is a creative confidence-building and goal setting event where we will reflect, build community and have fun! As we utilize positive character traits to affirm and manifest within ourselves, we will also set goals and plant a seed of power and motivation to continue to be the amazing people we are.


Details:

Date: February 29th, 2020
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Event Space: NAMI NYC Metro
Address: 505 8th Ave, New York, New York, 10018 Suite 1103


If you’re in New York and would like to attend let me know on the Facebook event page.