Helene Anne Fortin – The Girlfriend Takeaway

Helene Anne Fortin is one of North America’s leading photographers and an absolute joy of a human being. Blessed to interview her this week on Girlfriend, We Need To Talk!, I learned so much from her wise perspective that I struggled to pick just one takeaway. I had to start with a list of six and narrow it down.

Which quote won?

“Personal creativity is going to connect you to joy. If you bravely walk toward any kind of creative life, or even a portion of your life dabbling in creativity, you will not only enrich your life, you will enrich the world.”

I couldn’t agree more. Enriching the world may sound intimidating, but that comes from far beyond the actual work. It comes from the person you become while doing the work. It’s about how that new you interacts with others and spreads joy.

Again, Helene Anne specifies “personal creativity,” so it’s a matter of doing what speaks to you. That may be making museum ready sculptures or coloring in a coloring book. Dabble indeed, and experience the transformation. And DO NOT let your inner critic keep you from your crayons. Tell it to back the hell off.

You can listen to the full interview through the Girlfriend, We Need To Talk! website or by visiting iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or Google Podcasts.

Helene Anne is definitely enriching our world, and for that I send out a resounding THANK YOU, GIRLFRIEND!

Learn more about this outstanding woman, and her soul empowering work, through the following links:

The Art of Seeing Photo Workshops
HSP Workshop (Creativity for Highly Sensitive People)
One-on-One Creativity Mentorship Program

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The Doubter

Question the doubter,
The faithless,
The lost,
Know that their lies have no basis

Ignore all the banter,
The whispers,
The cause,
The judge who holds court with no cases

The average have motives,
And plans,
And dark deeds,
Designed to derail the intended

“Protection,” they cry,
Is their purpose,
Their gift
To keep you from landing upended

Comparing they’ll do
Of others
To you,
Explaining why all plans do foil

And gloat from behind,
When you whither
They shine,
The victor holds tight to the spoils

But I challenge the victim,
The downcast,
Whence do these strong voices travel?

From within, I dare say
We destroy
We decay,
By our own hand our dreams do unravel

~ Leana Delle
Sunday, March 24, 2019
2019 Sunday Poetry Challenge – Number eleven of fifty-two

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Beverley Elliott – The Girlfriend Takeaway

Beverley Elliott is a movie/television actress, singer/songwriter, and award-winning writer/performer of musical theater. She just ended a seven year run playing Granny on ABCs hit show Once Upon A Time (now available on Netflix), and her many movie projects include: Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood, Who’s Harry Crumb, The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, and The Santa Clause 2. Check out her impressive list of appearances HERE.

Beyond all of these accomplishments, Bev is also genuinely kind and naturally funny. And did I mention she’s Canadian?

My biggest takeaway from our interview?

“Remember the pumpkin patch.”

She’s referring to a grueling gig she once had that allowed her to express herself with “fearlessness and sheer abandon” – an experience she now pulls on when faced with new challenges.

Whether large scale or small, most of us have a version of a pumpkin patch, as well. A time when we gave ourselves the freedom and permission to truly be. Let’s make a vow to go back there as often as possible.

A huge THANK YOU to this outstanding woman for being on Girlfriend, We Need To Talk! I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Learn more:


Watch Bev perform:
Video One
Video Two
Video Three

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It Always Ends The Same

Try to pick a movie,
A weekend game I play,
Searching, clicking, cursing
At the icons on display

Action and adventure
Sci-Fi tried and true,
Drama filled with heartache
Frozen, Ralph, or Pooh

Do I warp my brain on violence
Eyes closed more than they’re open,
Or pick based on the actor
Nicole or maybe Morgan

Comedy’s an option
Melissa makes me laugh,
but maybe that’s too mindless,
An Oscar win, perhaps

Romances never fail me
At least not when on film,
But God, there’s just so many
That the list can overwhelm

So every week it ends the same
With pounding my head,
I watch two hours of trailers
And stumble off to bed

~ Leana Delle
Sunday, March 17, 2019
2019 Sunday Poetry Challenge – Number ten of fifty-two

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Ellen Britton – The Girlfriend Takeaway

This woman. What a joy.

Professional musician, singer/songwriter, and guitar teacher extraordinaire. What was my biggest takeaway from her podcast interview on Girlfriend, We Need To Talk? Actually, I had two.

The first: “Singing harmony might be the best thing about life.” I agree with this, as it applies to music and to relationships. I think that being “in tune” with others is why we’re here in the first place. Strive for it. Hit the high notes. Blend.

The second: “If I can’t have fun, I don’t want to play. I think that’s the secret to everything.” Oh, so true, Miss Ellen. If you’re not digging it, ditch it – or come at your scenario from a different angle. One that infuses joy.

I highly recommend that you listen to this episode to get a true taste of what loving life sounds like. Options include iTunes where you can leave a review, or right here with a simple click.

Oh, and Ellen also gave me a new favorite word. “Dadgum.”

And be sure to follow her through the links below. You’ll be enriched by the connection, guaranteed.

Queen of Hearts
Meet The Queens!

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