Posted in Events, Mental Health, Self-Care

NAMI-NYC October Virtual Expressive Arts Event: Show and Tell

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 October 29th, 2022.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to send me a DM or 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
Show And Tell

Description
“Show and Tell” is a creative and fun event focused on reflecting on our achievements and accomplishments. Starting with an ice breaker, we will sketch an image and write about a moment when we felt really proud of ourselves. The main activity will then be to pick one of two activities. The first activity will be to add to your ice breaker activity and sketch a series of images that remind you of your favorite accomplishments, and the second activity will be to write a descriptive poem about how it felt to achieve a goal that was important to you.  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, Reflection, Self-Care, The Mighty

NAMI-NYC July Virtual Expressive Arts Event and Mighty Reflection: Feelings of “Home” and Self-Care

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 in the flyer here. On the day of the event click the Expressive Arts Zoom link for July 30th.

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
Me and My Self-Care

Description
“Me and My Self-Care” is a creative and fun event focused on reflecting about self-care, love and what “home” feels like to us. Starting with an ice breaker, we will sketch an image and write about our favorite type of self-care. The main activity will then be to pick one of two activities. The first activity will be to draw a self-care toolbox with a list of your favorite and most helpful self-care practices and the second activity will be to write a poem describing what “home” feels like to you and what it’s like for you to experience love, support and acceptance.  Lastly, we will close by sharing our works of art.

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

Hope to see you there!


**Sneak peek for my NAMI-NYC event activity.

Activity

What does “home” feel like to you?

If you wanted describe what “home” feels like to you, what words would you use? Does the feeling have a color, an experience, or remind you of a person? Is home a place or an idea?

My Reflection

For me, home is when I feel at peace and when I’m calm. Home is when I’m with my family and friends and I feel safe. Home is when I fully accept myself for who I am. Home is in the present moment.

What about you?


Find this activity in the Self-Care Lounge group on The Mighty here as well.

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, 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 Keep Moving: Motivation and Inspiration, Mental Health, Potential and Worth, Power, Self-Care, Self-Talk

NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts Workshop Event: Lifeboat

So very excited to announce the NAMI-NYC Expressive Arts workshop event I will be co-hosting later this 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 August 29th, 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

Lifeboat

Time

5:30 pm – 7 pm EST

Description:

“Lifeboat” is a creative, reflective, and fun event focused on creatively describing ourselves, our challenges, and how we can approach those challenges using our strengths, skills, and perspective. Starting with an ice breaker, we will brainstorm our favorite slogans, affirmations, and quotes. The main activity will be to then imagine a scene of a boat out at sea. Each portion of the image signifies a different portion to approaching challenges: the sea being our challenges and things would like to improve in our daily life, the boat being the tools we use to approach those challenges and how we can take care of ourselves in the process, and sky being goals and ways we can maintain self-care using those tools in our lifeboat. 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, 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.

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

“This is Me” Reflection: Self-Reflection is Powerful

To acknowledge, reflect, visualize, create, and share goals, aspirations, next steps, and working points are the backbone of improvement and progress. “This is Me” opened up a space of opportunity to understand not only who you are, but also what you want. To be able to pick images, quotes, letters, words and symbols that reveal and mirror what it is you want to accomplish takes strength and dedication.

The Event

Who am I?

Before building our vision boards, I came up with a small diagram to get everyone to think of different angles to approach the “who am I?” question. While this is the most complex question to ask yourself, visualizing different parts of your identity can help to jump into ideas about goals, achievements, feelings, strengths, limiting beliefs, toxic tendencies, memories, things you’ve learned, and where you want to go.

It’s not only useful to think up goals and how you want to get there but also asking yourself critical questions of ways to improve allows for a grounded and holistic approach to becoming who you want to be. Vision boards allow you to see yourself in all that is you. They show you the space to see past, present, and future possibilities while influencing and reminding you how to get there by reflecting on yourself.

While we tend to focus on one part of our identity, it’s helpful to dig into ourselves and all of our dimensions to answer questions only one part may not be able to answer. Focusing on our career and professional goals can be supplemented by our mental and spiritual strengths to place ourselves in work environments that fit us. What do we actually want? How can we improve and become better versions of ourselves by tapping into all of who we are? We are a complete being, therefore we must look at everything that makes us a whole.

The Boards

The more we looked at our identity’s focal points and where we were currently, the more we were able to grab images that mirrored how we wanted to approach our visions. I was excited to see how much work was put into visualizing the “who am I?” question. With only a limited amount of time, we were able to build and dive into ourselves to create works of art that symbolized us and what we wanted to accomplish next.

I’m extremely grateful for those who came out to “This is Me.” We answered big questions, reflected on who we wanted to be and where we want to go, while also being gentle and progressive with our progress.

Moving Forward

As I become more and more of myself every day, I see and appreciate how far I’ve come. Understanding and witnessing others in their goals, feelings, and aspirations helped me to see myself in mine. While I will always be a work in progress, I must also look at how much progress I’ve made. With all that I want to accomplish I get stuck in how much I need to do instead of appreciating the process.

I’ve learned to love and see myself as so much bigger than ever imagined. I say “I can” more and I’m excited to see where I go next. “This is Me” showed me to appreciate everything about my identity even the things I need to improve. I am me in everything that I am and will continue to work toward becoming more of myself.

Stay tuned for more events and reflections.