Thursday, 1 September 2011

Introducing Creative Dream Journals!

Welcome, beautiful dreamer!

This blog is for you. 

Here you will find inspiration for your wild heart, encouragement for your creative spirit and nourishment for your deep soul.  We're here to share the creative dream journey - its questions, joys, challenges and celebrations - because we want you to know, beautiful dreamer, you're not alone.

Your Host: Jamie Ridler

Creative Living Coach & Director of Jamie Ridler Studios

Every year I lead a few women through an intimate coaching program called Circe's Circle: Your Creative Dream Team. Without fail, I am amazed by the creativity, brilliance and spirit of the women who step into the circle. I wanted to create a place where they can continue to shine, where their light would guide the way for other beautiful dreamers like you.

Website: Jamie Ridler Studios. Podcast: Creative Living with Jamie Twitter: @starshyne. Facebook. Creative Living TV.

The Dreamers

Circe's Circle Alumnae & Contributors to Creative Dream Journals

Aimee Cavenecia

Aimee Cavenecia(also known as AimeeLovesYou) has an extensive background as a professional artist. Her current work is becoming an expert in Seeing, Loving, and Being (SLB). Aimee has dedicated the rest of her life to studying this field and sharing her insights on the topic.

As an author and activist Aimee is igniting a bliss and self-mastery revolution through her weekly blog Sunday Is For Lovers. Aimee's mission is to create a world full of passionate lovers devoted to the beauty of Seeing and the bliss in Being - thus launching a global movement towards bliss and self-mastery where happiness and love is who we are and sharing it is what we do.

Website: Aimee Loves You. Blog: Sunday is for Lovers. Facebook. Twitter.

Andrea Schroeder

Hello, I'm Andrea. I'm a Creativity + Meditation teacher, Healer, Artist and Magic-Maker. My work comes from the intersection of Creativity and Spirituality. Spirituality is about going inward. Creativity is about expressing outward. But they both deal with the same thing: Your Creative Spirit.

Because that’s where the magic happens. I call it Creative Magic and it helps you to get un-stuck and create all sorts of magic stuff out in the world (AKA Creative Dreaming).The Creative Magic is why my work sparkles the way it does. The tools I use are: Creative Journaling, Creative Dream Incubation and Creative Meditation.I have developed these tools over the past 15 years.

On the creative side I have a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Fashion Design and half of a degree in Interior Design. On the spiritual side I am a highly intuitive Reiki healer, I have been trained and accredited as a New Thought Healing Practitioner and have attended more workshops and retreats in personal growth, emotional process integration and intuitive development than you can shake a stick at.But it’s much less about the tools and much more about letting your Creative Magic sparkle and shine and bringing your sparkliest dreams to life. My mission is to overflow this world with Creative Dreams come true. Mine, yours, everyone’s.

Website: Creative Dream Academy. Creative Dream Incubator. Facebook. Twitter.

Amy Palko

Amy is a writer, photographer, academic, teacher, spiritual seeker, wife and home-educating mother of 3. She plays many roles in her life, but the thread that runs through each is the sacred feminine. Whether she is photographing close-up images of flowers, facilitating a goddess workshop, teaching her students new ways to approach narrative, or providing a nurturing learning environment for her own children, She does so from a place of love and compassion. She creates and holds spaces for illumination to occur. She has recently launched an new online community/flexible course called Bloom by Moon which explores the different cycles of the moon as a way of honouring and celebrating the sacred feminine.

Website: Community Site: Bloom by Moon. Twitter.

Ginny Lennox

Ginny Lennox easily describes herself as wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and teacher.  Just recently she has begun to add the words writer, artist, and photographer to help describe who she is and what she loves to do.  Ginny is currently writing her first novel about a young woman who is on a journey to find her true self.  Ginny believes that we are all creative beings and that when we take the time to acknowledge, embrace, and celebrate our own unique creativity a whole new world of exciting opportunities opens up to us. Ginny loves to be a part of helping people recognize and develop their own special gifts and talents.  Ginny can be found on her blog, Special Moments In Time.

Blog: Special Moments in Time. Email.

Kelly Besecke

I'm a sociologist-turned-writer who writes about spiritual meaning, progressive religion, and authentic living; I'm also a freelance editor for scholars, students, and nonfiction writers. My current writing project is my first book, whose working title is You Can't Put God in a Box: A Thoughtful Spirituality for a Rational Age. I'm keenly interested in the creative life, and especially in the many ways that people combine creative commitments with earning a living. I'm a dreamer, a deep thinker, and an incurable idealist who loves singer-songwriter music, impressionism, and every dog I've ever met.

Website. Facebook. Nascent and very occasional blog.

Angel Young

Hi I'm Angel. I live in the UK, and I just love art and writing and photography and healing (and canoeing, and meditation, and shamanism, and ...!!!). I practice reiki and I'm a natural sensitive. I'm finding ways to make space for all these things in my life by increments and one of these places is my flickr site. The rest is en route!


Kim LeClair

I have been a shadow creative for the past 40 years but I’m finally deciding to come out into the light. I’m sort of obsessed with the question of the difference between Art and Design and lately I’ve been dabbling and exploring and jumping and winging it (mostly winging it!) around that question. I guess now I’m going to do some of that 'in public'...that idea is mostly exhilarating with a heavy sprinkling of raw terror. My hope is that what I share here is honest and true and adds some Joy to the World....I’m a big fan of Joy!

Blog: Fitness for Mere Mortals

Meghan Genge

I am a writer, a seeker and a believer in magic. I believe passionately in the power of story and have decided to add the title of Talespinner to my list of passions. Born in Canada, I currently live in England with my husband in a rose-covered cottage much like the one I dreamed of as a child. I write books that take ancient stories and wisdom and help them resonate with a contemporary audience. I want people reading my words to feel like they are sitting beside a campfire at the knees of their ancestors hearing stories that help them make sense of their modern lives. I am currently looking for an agent and publisher for my first book and am excitedly spinning the next. I can be found at my blog: Creating Wings and occasionally on twitter.

Website: Creating Wings. Partner in: Randomly Challenged. Twitter.

Tammy Durham

I am an artist using many mediums to create and a web designer/editor by trade. My favorite mediums include oil pastels, jewelry making, sharpie art, and collage. I also enjoy photography. I think cooking is an art, and I love making new dishes (and attempting to get pretty photos before we devour!) I am a business owner - Off-Center Studio. Why Off-Center Studio, you ask? Well, I was involved in a wonderful teleclass (Circe's Circle!) last year about building dreams. My dream was to start this very business. We brainstormed names during the class, and I came up with several. The one that "stuck" was Off-Center. I chose studio since I do more than just web design! And I chose off-center because, well, I am a little off-center! I don't run with the crowd. I am an individual, and I like my uniqueness. So I am celebrating that with the name of my business!

Website: Off-Center Studio. Blog.

Susan Cadley

I’m a ponderer, I just can’t help it. My curiosity about human behavior, spirituality, creativity, animals, the life force, cultures, health, shamanism, the elements, dreams…ok…I could go on, and I will here. I’m always reading, listening, thinking, wondering, jotting it down or typing it up. I’ll be sharing what I what I’m noticing, processing and learning.

I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Soul Coach in private practice. My counseling orientation is integrative as I attend to the body, mind, spirit and emotions and the rich information they each can provide. I believe that each day is a gift and there’s richness available to you in every 24-hour timeframe. The possibilities are limitless. I also believe that you are the most interesting person you’ll ever know.

You are a soul – a shining light. You are not your roles, thoughts, career, economic status or who others think you are. My intention in my profession and writing is for you to be able to hear the messages of your soul so that you can live a fulfilling life as the authentic, real you.

Website: Coaching for Your Soul. Blog: Soul Tending. Twitter. Facebook.

Suzie Ridler

When I left university I did not know how to boil an egg. I could write a kick-ass essay and unnerving poetry but food was a complete mystery to me. I figured it was a secret world of knowledge I would only be able to access when I went out for dinner.

Unlike many foodies, I did not grow up on my mom's knee in the kitchen. I was a free spirit exploring the world and completely untamed, even when I was five. I have often asked my mom why I did not spend any time in the kitchen and she said, "Probably because I shooed all of you out of my way and outside." I think she is probably right. I have always been a wild child.

I can hardly remember a time in my life when I did not have a camera in my hands. From the old box camera to the 70s disc cameras, then stylish but super-heavy SLR days and now to the new digital photographic revolution, I seem to have an obsession with capturing my world into photographs. These days my focus seems to always be on my food.

I am a foodie, writer, photographer, reviewer and chronic rebel. Constantly stirring up delicious trouble in the foodie world.

Blog: Suzie the Foodie. Facebook. Twitter.

Helen Yee

Helen Yee is an improvising violinist, multi-instrumentalist, composer with experience in a broad range of music genres. Currently violinist for the eclectic string trio, Trio Tritticali she also performs on yangqin, a Chinese hammer dulcimer, with Music From China. A multicreative adventurer at heart, she also loves exploring and collaborating in other forms of improvisation including vocal work, movement and text improv. She considers the practice of improvisation a profound teacher, in art and in life.

Website: Blog: First a Glimmer. Facebook. CD and music downloads: Trio Tritticali and CD Baby.

Becky Armstrong

Hi everyone, I am Becky and I live in Durham in the UK with my husband Ross and my 4 gorgeous dogs; Oscar, Bella, Mavis and Bud.

I run two businesses, a few years back as a result of coaching I decided to set up a business working with my passion – dogs and that’s how Bright Paws was born. I now get to work with dogs every day as a canine behaviourist and massage therapist. Last year I had the opportunity to leave work and decided to take the leap and go for it. Having spent 12 years in learning and development my biggest love was coaching – helping people be their best selves and in February this year I set up Sparkle, my coaching company through which I help people follow their dreams – whether that be a new career (like it was for me), a new business, a new country … whatever it is for them.

I love walking my dogs and doing cross stitch and this year I am finding the writer in me which I am loving, I am just getting back on track with my poor neglected blogs and starting to do newsletters fortnightly (feel free to sign up) and I am even in the process of writing my first book

I look forward to getting to know everyone better. Feel free to connect on linked in or Facebook.

Website: Sparkle People and Development. Website: Bright Paws.

Valarie Budayr

Valarie Budayr is the founder of Audrey Press and author of the book The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden. She is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and you can find her doing that on her popular blog and website, Jump into a Book. When she isn’t being bookie, she is very happily the mother of three uber creative children, married to a wonderfully patient man who has come to love yarn, and caretaker of one adored cat. Other creative interests are music, travel, knitting (a bonefide yarn harlot), and gardening. She loves living a daily creative practice, where even a good cup of coffee is art.

Website: Audrey Press. Book: The Fox Diaries. Website: Jump into a Book. Blog: A Place Like This.

Nolwenn Petitbois

Nolwenn Petitbois is an eternal dreamer. Looking at the sky and seeing shapes, inventing stories, writing to let go, painting to make the Universe happening in her mind real.

She is a French who was dreaming hard of living in Canada since her teenage years, and was lucky to find her SoulMate, who shared the same desire. They just waited to give birth to two wonderful girls before making it their reality. They now live in the Beautiful British Columbia.

Nolwenn is a huge believer of how positive thinking and Gratitude can impact your life for better, and also how their is a reason for everything that happens.

She discovered Creative Journaling a bit by coincidence, when she was not looking for it, on the summer of 2008. And this was her epiphany, exactly what she needed, when she needed it; she went for it head first, despite her thoughts about i-am-not-a-creative-person. Healing was (and still is) the main goal of her creations, but she now focuses also in helping others to see how beautiful and shiny and positive beings they are, even in the darkest moments Life can bring...

Blog: Inner Voices. Etsy Shop. YouTube. Facebook.

Glenda Myles

Who am I: Mom, Marketer, Teacher, Student, Creator, Problem-Solver, Activist, Volunteer, Reader, Vegan, Foodie, Yogini, Dancer, Writer, Adventurer, Possibility Creator, Music Lover, Newbie Artist, Moon Watcher, Magick-Inspired Dreamer, Always Hopeful, Get Things Done Kind of Girl!

The Basics: Education – I have a Master’s degree in Marketing. Experience - I’ve been in business and marketing for almost twenty years holding middle and senior management positions in a variety of sectors and industries over the last ten. I enjoy the balance with the creative elements and the analytical. Other tidbits of interest – I’m a trained and certified JourneyDance™ facilitator and Dance the Body Divine™ facilitator. Yoga is an integral part of my life and philosophy. I am a vegan because of its health, environmental and animal rights benefits. My first university degree was in health education. I am also a single mother of an amazing 21 year old who still lives at home while attending university.

My Biz: Myles Ahead Studio. I work with businesses (small and large) to come up with creative ideas and solutions to their key business problems. I offer a variety of services to assist teams with idea generation, creative problem solving, strategic marketing, and more. It’s all about ideas. And, of course, making those ideas happen. As an experienced facilitator, I love to lead workshops, seminars and conferences. At the end of the day, great ideas are only great if well executed. That’s where the “getting things done kind of girl” comes in.

My writing: I started my new business during Circe Circle. I plan to officially kick things off in the fall 2011 while still working a full time corporate job in marketing. I expect to transition to the new business fully over the next year. I will write about the challenges of transitioning: transitioning careers and work-life, transitioning to an empty nest, transitioning to a new way of living.

Business Site/Blog: Myles Ahead Studio. Creative Blog: Be Myles Ahead. Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. Email.

Michelle Reinhardt

I am a seeker of joy and beauty and ease. I am on a quest to create my most authentic blissful life and hope to help others do the same. I absolutely love to learn and grow. I am fueled by the laughter of children, people living their dreams, doodling and dancing, live music, yoga and green smoothies.

Twitter. Facebook. Email.


  1. I love that I am the first commenter! Jamie, this site and this list of women gives me goosebumps. I believe that it's going to be a magical collaboration!

    I am honoured to be a part of it and really excited to see where it will go.

    Thank you for creating this sacred space and this connection opportunity.


  2. Congratulations, Jamie. I am so happy to be part of such an exciting endeavor. You and the other women of Circe's Circle have been such an inspiration to me. I am so glad that I will be able to continue this journey with so many powerful women. It will also be so much fun to watch the circle grow.

  3. Hey look at all these fantastic women - so looking forward to watching the seeds we are all planting together grow - it's like an allotment!

    Thanks for bringing us all together Jamie - what a special talent you have.

  4. I'm really excited to be in the company of all these amazing women. Looking forward to seeing how the inspiration and journeys will develop. Cheers, cheers, cheers for Jamie!