Hello & welcome!

I’m Conny, a Masters-qualified Art Therapist and Coach.

I’m writing about navigating life, the tidy and the messy chapters, and how connecting with our curiosity and creativity can help us make progress and find a rhythm to life that sustains us in the long run.

  • The enemies and friends of creativity
    My great grandfather was a tailor. One of his sons took over the business. Their studio was a brick building at the back of a four-storey building in the centre of Innsbruck, a city in Austria. When my great uncle died, we had to clear it out. I was fairly young and have only patchy […]
  • Creating rituals when all seems to unravel
    A friend and I talked about folding a daily origami heart to mark the transition between a long day in the home office and being ourselves again. Rituals have become important. Ways to draw invisible lines that can guide us, not just between our life on Zoom and ‘the other life’, but also through a […]
  • Befriend your creativity in 100 days
    Usually, the 100-day project begins on 7th April each year – a date as random as the start of the British tax year (6th April anyone??). In 2021 however, the project started on 31st January. Why? We all had a pretty stressful 2020. And so far, 2021 has not exactly started low stress either. People […]
  • Is Art Therapy for me?
    Art therapy can support us with a broad range of challenges and experiences as we find ways to creatively express our experiences in life, past or current, aim to better understand our personal values and patterns and find strategies of connecting and being with our emotions in a helpful and sustainable way. Firstly: you don’t […]
  • The creative habit
    Twyla Tharp’s book ‘The Creative Habit. Learn and use it for life’ is one of the books on creativity I return to again and again. I remember looking at it so many times before buying it. I was unsure whether it’s for me. Mainly because Twyla Tharp is a renowned choreographer. And I am not […]
  • What’s the difference between therapy and coaching?
    Many articles that attempt to distinguish coaching from therapy come up with these differentiators: Therapy focuses on the past, coaching on the future. Therapy is long-term, coaching attempts short term results. Therapists provide a diagnosis, whereas coaches don’t. Simplicity is desirable. But I believe a more nuanced approach is required to explore the differences between […]
  • Creativity – a superpower of the future?
    The world is changing… it has always been changing. Most recently though, we might have felt this change more intensely. The reality of living in a VUCA world has moved from board rooms into living rooms. VUCA stands for a world that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous – and don’t we know what that […]
  • Creativity takes courage
    When I introduce myself and my work, I’m typically met with lots of curiosity and some confusion. Here’s what I hear a lot: That sounds great, but sadly I’m not creative. I can’t draw for the life of me. That’s so interesting, is it mainly for blocked artists? Do you work with children? Listening to a conversation […]
  • Why we keep busy
    I was leisurely scrolling through Instagram this morning and came across a familiar quote: ’Crazy-busy’ is a great armor, it’s a great way for numbing. What a lot of us do is that we stay so busy, and so out in front of our life, that the truth of how we’re feeling and what we […]
  • Transformation and unlearning
    Transformation is often more about unlearning than learning. Richard Rohr This caught my attention. I often emphasised the aspect of learning new things in order to grow and open a new chapter in my life. The idea that unlearning might be a more important part, or if not more important at least a preceding step […]
  • On gratitude
    The idea of practicing gratitude is becoming more widespread these days. Positive Psychology research has linked gratitude with happiness. And even though research cannot necessarily prove cause and effect, not leveraging gratitude for our wellbeing seems like a missed opportunity. As 2019 comes to a close, it feels natural for us to look back, reflect, […]
  • Creating your 10% list
    As the end of the year is racing towards me, I begin to reflect on the year, what worked, what changed, where did I move forward and where do I feel stuck. It comes with the territory of an annual review that I’m pondering what I have achieved this year and what my intentions and […]
  • Dear Diary
    The need to ponder and reflect is a basic human need and a valuable mechanism of evolution. It supports us in learning from an experience which ensured survival. In today’s complex world, we continue to benefit hugely from learning through reflection, but often we don’t have (or don’t make?) time for a deeper reflective practice […]
  • The power of play
    Recently, I’ve been pondering the power of play. Where I trained for my Art Therapy Masters, the following quote underpinned their teaching philosophy: Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn. And I must say, it was a very unique teaching and learning environment. Out with the bell […]
  • Winter Journaling
    Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour. John Boswell This winter I want to slow down, take fewer decisions, conserve energy, reflect and recharge. It’s the first time that I fully recognise this shift in energy… I’ve spent many winters in […]
  • Creative excuses to avoid getting creative
    I first came across art journaling around ten years ago. Full of excitement and enthusiasm I bought books, blank journals, paints… And then I waited on the sidelines. I was in awe of art journals shared online. I saw a stunning page and bought the stencil, stamp or paint that seemed to have been instrumental […]
  • Values are the work of the heart
    Values are important. They are a hidden rudder, our inner compass, and when we are clear on our values, making decisions that feel good and sit right with us gets easier. They also help us to set good boundaries, to know what we want to say ‘yes’ to and what we want to say ‘no’ […]
  • Who has time for self-care?
    Self-care is a huge buzz word these days. Looking after ourselves, our physical and mental wellbeing is crucial, but sometimes I feel the idea of self-care has yet again been highjacked by commercial interests. Of course, it feels good to get your nails done, have a bubble bath and a scented candle. But self-care goes […]
  • What happens in Art Therapy?
    Sometimes I get asked the simplest of questions: what happens in Art Therapy? It’s such a straightforward question, and very appropriate one, because Art Therapy is still on the fringes of the therapy field with its various approaches. As we all like to know what to expect when we engage in something new this question […]
  • Riding uncertainty to find the spark of joy
    Marie Kondo’s method of decluttering has been around for a few years and is currently experiencing increased popularity fuelled by the Netflix series. If you have read her book, “The life-changing magic of tidying” or are an avid Netflix watcher you will probably know that the question of what sparks joy sits at the heart […]