I like to take on creativity without limitations, especially the kind of creativity we can offer kids. Yet, sometimes the real world says no and puts a nice big barrier called "not enough money" in your way. For example, a book that should be published or an album that should be recorded. So often, unique projects get denied and are never made a reality because someone didn't want to take a chance. That's why I find sites like kickstarter fascinating and really amazing. People out there want to see good projects being made and artists getting a chance to take on the creative. So when I stumbled upon this particular project called Hairy Harold & His Extraordinary Trip To New York, I knew I had to help. This is a unique children's book about a gorilla and a bunny who come from a small town and go to New York City. It's a beautiful story but what is even more exciting, are the illustrations. Let's just say, you and your children could sit for hours taking on the creative and discovering this book. Author and illustrator, Andres Quintero only has 65 hours to go before his time runs out. Check out his adorable video and if you can, become a backer of creativity. Make a dream come true. Allow something truly unique and beautiful to come alive in the eyes of our kids. Go HERE to help!
Kathy grew up with six siblings in a house filled with love, gratitude, positive thinking and happiness. Inspired by this magical childhood she created a series of children's books and meditations. Joyohboy was created to share not only her stories but others that will help children live a more peaceful life.
Our newest Stick Of The Week! is Kathy Walsh. Kathy is in the NOW as the bestselling author of: Love Is the Moon, the Stars, and the Sky; Tara's Message; Gratitude is a Funny Thing; Life Is a Rainbow; The Bright Blue Balloon; and Raising Peaceful Kids: A Parenting Guide to Raising Children in a Mindful Way all which are an imprint of the Joyohboy series.
Kathy has over 20 years' experience working with children, the arts and education. She has designed and launched programs for children at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and the Connecticut Conservatory of the Arts in New Milford. A frequent guest commentator in print such as for the Huffington Post and on broadcast media, Kathy has been nationally recognized for her interactive community arts events.
Tell us about your NOW (Noodle On the Wall).
My noodle on the wall is to help children connect with peace. I have published five children’s books and one parenting book all geared towards teaching children that they have the power to live joyful, positive, happy lives. The five children’s books focus on teaching children about love, listening to their hearts and intuition, and that gratitude is the key to a joyful life. “Raising Peaceful Kids,” is a guidebook to give parents the tools to add mindfulness every day. On my website, joyohboy.com, we also have companion meditation downloads for children to listen to at bedtime. These meditations help them relax, sleep better, and reinforce the messages of the books. The parenting meditation helps parents connect to the vibration of love so that they can then send love to their children. I’m currently writing a blog for Huffington Post on mindful parenting. I’m also working directly with a Santa Fe based elementary school, Fayette Street Academy, to develop a curriculum that incorporates movement, mindfulness and meditation.
Is your NOW simmering, al dente or fully cooked and why?
My noodles are never fully cooked. They simmer and change, I add more noodles, different kinds of noodles and I’m never done cooking. I'm also a fashion buyer and social media-marketing guru so change is what I do. I thrive on change, constantly evolving and growing. I started with the children’s books, then parenting guides and now the meditation; my latest project is the curriculum. I intend to open a center for children in New York and then who knows what’s next? But there is always a next.
What recipes can you give other Creative Moms Taking On The Creative?
I’ve developed a recipe for Peaceful Soup and here’s how it goes:
1. Throw your intention for raising your kids into the pot.
2. Add gratitude for everything they are.
3. Forgive yourself for not being the perfect parent.
4. Be positive in front of them and listen to your own heart.
5. Teach them to do the same.
6. Last step, sprinkle a little love on top and let it simmer.
What motivated you to throw your noodle?
I learned to meditate in my early twenties and started reading all of the self-help books on the Barnes and Noble bookshelf. I fell in love with authors like Louise Hay, Wayne Dwyer, and Julia Cameron. I also was taught personally with Abraham-Hicks from the “Law of Attraction.” When I had my two beautiful girls, Kara and Kayle, I decided to incorporate the things that I learned in my own personal growth study in their upbringing. They were raised understanding that their thoughts have energy and being positive is a habit. We did gratitude journaling every night, as well as meditation. Most importantly, I taught them to listen to their own heart and let their intuition guide them in life.
What inspires you as a Mom and as a creative person?
Everything inspires me about being a mom. Because my children are now older, I realize how everything I did with them had an effect on their lives. I am so proud to see them as young women, ages twenty-four and twenty-six, as creative, kind, compassionate, non-judgmental adults. My biggest joy is watching them and helping them follow their own intuitions and find their own paths.
For me, as a creative person, I get most of my inspiration from walking in nature. I find creativity everywhere in life. I don’t need to look for it. Because I’m open to it, I find messages and ideas simmering in movies I see, skiing down the mountain and walking in New York. Life is a reflection of what you put out there. I always assume great things are out there and I look forward to what inspiration is going to come my way.
How do you juggle Mamahood and your NOW?
I always had one rule when my children were growing up- they came first. This made all decisions really easy. If they needed me, I was there for them. Now, I find they’re there for me. My daughter, Kayle, is a video journalist and web designer and she has helped me immeasurably with my businesses. Kara, a dancer, is helping me develop the mindfulness curriculum for children.
What is your ultimate pasta dish?
I see children living more peaceful, happier lives. I see children dancing happily, as they feel grateful for everything in their lives. I see school days starting with a meditation every morning. I see teachers and parents seeing positive things in children every day. I see a softness in the way that children are spoken to and the way that they speak to each other. I see children being treated with respect. I see children respecting the earth, the animals, and all they come in contact with. I see children using light to heal and not to be afraid. I see children using gratitude to live a happier life. I see children using energy as a way to vibrate love. I see the energy of love passed onto the next generation a hundred times more, love so strong that you can feel it in the air.
Valentine's Day is almost here so why not Take On The Creative with your kids and get ready for the big day! I say this V Day, spread the love with a whole lot of hearts. Here are some fun ways to celebrate, get inspired and feel the LOVE!
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