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Art Therapist Sarah Raskey Changes the Way We Look at Art

How Telling Your Truths Through Art Can Unlock Your Subconscious Mind

November 19, 2014
Lisa Payne

As children, each moment was the only moment we were in. Our innate sense of being mindfully present allowed us to hone into our minds like it was a McDonalds playground. Things like painting and drawing flourished our imaginations and brought our inner selves excitedly to the surface. As adults, we sometimes become clouded with life’s ever-growing stresses, and that openness and ability to eagerly delve into our subconscious tends to fade. But what hides in that subconscious mind and what a little creativity could do, could be the key to ever-lasting happiness in life. Whether you see a therapist, or maybe have known someone who has, you may not have heard …  Read more

Female Empowerment Business Strategy

Meet JinJa Birkenbeuel of Birk Creative

October 23, 2014

Over the past 17 years, the number of female-owned firms in the United States has increased to one-and-a-half times the national average. That’s a lot of businesses, but more importantly, that’s a lot of female entrepreneurs who are pushing the envelope to redefine the paradigm of what it means to be a leader in business in this country. Enter JinJa Birkenbeuel of Birk.Creative, our hometown example of a female entrepreneur who is using her success in the business world to inspire other women to reach farther, see the big picture and build their network of support for sustainability in their fields. The success of this mother of three is dependent not only …  Read more

Meet Flyleaf’s Lead Singer Kristen May

Flyleaf Comes to Chicago

October 17, 2014

“We all want hope and passion in our lives, and I’m just trying to create music that relates to people on that level,” said Kristen May, lead singer of Flyleaf, a rock band that continues to capture crowds with their powerful and catchy sound. It’s this desire to connect May describes that sets the band apart from others in its genre, because there’s a soulful element in their music as well. May was calling from Washington, D.C., one of many tour stops for the band (who are playing in a different city almost every night), while debuting their new album, Between the Stars. The six-week tour, which has the band traveling to all …  Read more