Wednesday 31 August 2011

Meet the Dreamers: Shelley Noyes

My name is Shelley. I write about stuff that happens to me so you won't feel so alone. Email me at or track me down on  facebook: You can also swing by  my blog (which may or may not be updated when you get there):  :

Meet the Dreamers: Julie Rorrer

Known in certain circles as Danger Girl, Julie is never afraid to throw caution to the wind and take a chance. She’s been creating things since she was a little girl and shows no signs of stopping. As a grown-up (more or less) she’s created a bath/body products brand, launched the largest indie fashion website (at the time), learned to ride a motorcycle, and done various other things large and small. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and son and a yard full of lizards and is currently writing the book she’s been dreaming about for years.

You can find her around the internet at these locations

Instagram -

Facebook -

Twitter - @juliedarling

3 of my Favorite Things:

1. The sun
2. Cooking a meal with people I love while listening to music and laughing together
3. Making things

Meet the Dreamers: Carolyn Eicher

Carolyn Eicher

I'm Carolyn. I love being a photographer. It is what energizes me each day. If I look back on my life, I see that I've always been drawn to photography, photographers, photo shows, and cameras. But it has taken me a long time to identify myself as a photographer. Starting a 365 project this year has helped. Each day, I create a diptych where I capture something outside, and something indoors, inside. Through this 365, I have discovered the discipline of daily photography, and being committed and staying focused on a project.

I was born in Nigeria, but grew up in the midwest with many of my years involving amazing journeys with my family, where I traveled back to Africa (Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa), India, Pakistan. I've lived in different cities-- Minneapolis, London, Den Haag, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, San Francisco,  but now live in a smaller city on the Central California Coast with cows and horses a mile from my house, and hills in every direction.

As a photographer, I like to capture images both serious and playful. My documentary style includes gleaning on farms, fields and orchards, rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste. Shooting portraits, I love to show people in their true radiance and light.

Meet the Dreamers: Jodi Crane

Jodi Crane

Jodi Crane, AKA Playcrane, has a multi-faceted life as a counseling professor, play therapist, creative, and mom. She believes that play and creativity can change the world. She desires to lead a life of beauty, vitality, significance, expansion, and connection. Come play with her!
Blog & Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr

3 of My Favorite Things:

1. peanut butter and chocolate ice cream
2. the sound of a baby laughing
3. a hug from a loved one

Meet the Dreamers: Juli Lyons

Juli Lyons

Juli Lyons lives in Toronto, Canada. She has recently retired from a 30 year career in public broadcasting, and is taking time over the next several months to pursue, well, joy - which arrives in many forms like writing and photography, big skies and wide open spaces!  You can find her blog at

Meet the Dreamers: Lisa DeYoung

Lisa DeYoung
Hi there, I'm Lisa DeYoung, aka the mountain mermaid!

I am a creative, independent spirit who loves to explore and play outdoors. When I'm not exploring the trails I can often be seen pedaling around town with my cigar box full of colored pencils and my journal. Embracing my creative life is an ongoing adventure, and a journey that I love and trust more each year! I hope to inspire others to do the same.
I am also an entrepreneur providing innovative business support, including graphic design services, for passionate creative entrepreneurs. "I love helping my clients, behind the scenes, keep their work in the world moving forward."

Meet the Dreamers: Julie Gibbons

Hello creative friend. I’m Julie Gibbons : artful self-help guide. What that really means is that I share my personal stories and artful techniques to help women invoke the creative magic they need to discover their whole, true and best self. I combine art and journal therapy with the psychology of self to tap into soul wisdom and experience personal growth, healing and transformation.

I’m based in bonnie Scotland and work from home alongside my internet entrepreneur husband and home-educated teenage son.

I’d love to connect with you online : Blog & Website | Facebook Page | Etsy Shop | Instagram | Pinterest

Here are three of my favourite quotes. They might also sing to you:

  1. It is better to do one’s duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins. ~ Lao Tzu
  2. There are things we feel to be good and true, although from the point of view of intellect and calculation remain inexplicable. ~ Vincent van Gogh
  3. Heroes – in myth, literature, and real life – take journeys, confront dragons (ie problems) and discover the treasure of their true selves. Although they may feel very alone during the quest, at its end their reward is a sense of community; with themselves, with other people, and with the earth ~ Carol Pearson

Meet the Dreamers: Alli Vainshtein

Alli Vainshtein

I am a Renaissance woman. I teach accounting, business, medical administrative, computer, writing, human relations, job search skills, and more at a community college in tropical southern Minnesota. I used to own a detective agency in New Orleans. I am working on a doctorate in Management in Organizational Leadership, researching new venture entrepreneurs during economic crisis. I am trained as a classical pianist. I love to write, read, dance, paint, draw, and act. I am a Level II Reiki Practitioner. I am the mother of two beautiful grown daughters. I am married to an amazing Reiki Master/Teacher who is my soul mate. I love hearing new ideas and finding ways to make dreams come true. I love people and truly believe that everyone has a beautiful treasure inside. I am infinitely curious and a very good listener. I believe in the connectivity of every living thing in the universe and I want my life to honor that with love, grace, and integrity.

Blog. Twitter. Facebook.

Meet the Dreamers: Michelle Reinhardt

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.

Meet the Dreamers: Glenda Myles

Glenda Myles of Myles Ahead Studio

I am a full-time business owner, empty-nest mother, teacher, creative problem-solver, and a get-things-done kind of girl!

I am a marketing consulting supporting entrepreneurs, especially those in health and wellness sector. I consult and lead workshops to help business owners grow their passions, their businesses.

I’m also a health and wellness practitioner myself offering Reiki, kundalini yoga, and meditation to my clients. Summer solstice 2013 I will also be launching a new program for women.

I love to learn! I am working on my Reiki master/teacher program now. I’m also working towards my certification to become a birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator. I also dabble in herbs, oils, and tinctures.

Circe Circle was the beginning of a major transformation for me personally and professionally. Now I am living my ideal life.

Business Site/Blog: Myles Ahead Studio. Facebook. Personal Site/Blog: Glenda Myles. Twitter.

Meet the Dreamers: Nolwenn Petitbois

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.

Meet the Dreamers: Valarie Budayr

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.

Meet the Dreamers: Helen Yee

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.

Meet the Dreamers: Susan Cadley

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.

Meet the Dreamers: Meghan Genge

Meghan Genge
Born in Canada, I currently live in England with my husband. Besides stories and magic, I believe in connection, nourishment and the power of a good BIC® medium black pen. I am drawn to the essence – of a person, a thing, a feeling – and I know that it is where the real truth lies. My dream is to own a porch and a dock – and hopefully the house that goes with them – and to do my bit to help remind you that you are more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

My links:

3 favourite things:
- My husband and wider family
- Books (any and all)
- Trees (any and all)

Meet the Dreamers: Kim LeClair

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!

Meet the Dreamers: Angel Young

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!


Meet the Dreamers: Kelly Besecke

Kelly Besecke

I'm a professor-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 first book, You Can't Put God in a Box: A Thoughtful Spirituality for a Rational Age, is coming out in 2013 with Oxford University Press. I'm working on a second book, which I've nicknamed "Bliss and Money," about 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.

Meet the Dreamers: Ginny Lennox

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.

Meet the Dreamers: Amy Palko

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.

Meet the Dreamers: Andrea Schroeder

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.