About Gina

If you want to learn more about me, you’re in the right place.  

Read on to get to know me better.

 

Gina's story

Hey!  I’m Gina – thanks for joining me!

I’m a closet creative who didn’t let myself come out of my creative shell for decades.  I dabbled at the edges of the art world for years, even going as far as getting an art history degree. But, I’m really, really good at doing responsible non-art, non-entrepreneurial things instead of doing what tugs at me.

I was a police officer for many years and now work as a public servant. Yawn.  Last year I finally had enough of my chicken sh*t attitude and decided it was now or never.  While I’m still a public servant, I’ve been developing this resource about living a more creative life and am developing a business to help others do the same.

My dream life is to be a creative coach, both online and one-to-one, while at the same time developing my own artistic practice through photography and weaving.  The ultra-, mega-, super-dream is to host creative retreats both at home and in stunning locales, like girls’ weekends for people who don’t do girls’ weekends – doesn’t that sound fun?  Stay tuned!

Mindfulness and slow-living are big parts of my life and creative philosophy, BUT…my business and life are decidedly grounded and practical.

I’ve always loved home design – inside and out.  And, have an obsession with colourful front doors and front-yard gardens.  I’m also obsessed with white interiors that have pops of colour – my favourite paint colour is Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White.  

Writing a book is on my bucket list.  Artists I love are Degas, Frida Kahlo, and Sheila Hicks.  I’m also currently obsessing over the weavings of Tammy Kanat and Crossing Threads.

I love a double-shot Lavazza espresso as soon as I’m up in the morning, and am convinced that mindfulness, and meditation are the path to a rockin’ life of joy (with some weighlifting sprinkled in).

I’m an introvert who needs time away from people – hopefully with a great book – to re-energize, but who also gets revitalized by travel.  I try to buy a piece of original art or visit a museum or gallery wherever I go.

I’m a wife and mom living in a small (very small) Canadian city.  I recently added two cats and a dog to our family – only after my kids were old enough to be sort-of independent.

I live a pretty soccer-mom-ish existence, drive a mini-van, and just decided to fork out for a housekeeper because I hate spending my weekends cleaning.  I’d rather fill that time with creative pursuits!  A little voice recently told me I had to learn weaving even though I’ve never worked with fibre before.  

Hiking in the trails near my house with my mini-Aussie pup is one of the best ways I know to get my creative mojo going, and the best place to take photos.

My favourite foods are the blank canvasses of the food world – pizza and tacos!  Like, how many ways can you dress them up or down?   I’m on a mission to find out, but I suspect the number is infinite.

I’m a Taurus and was born in the Year of the Bull.  Some might call me stubborn, but I say I’m double-tenacious.  My enneagram type is 5 with a strong 4 wing.  Everything points to grounded with a love for beautiful and artsy.

I believe creativity should be a part of everyone’s life, and I’m super-excited to see how reconnecting with my creativity impacts mine.  I’d love to hear how creativity has impacted yours – contact me anytime to connect

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