At Choosing Beauty, Mondays are made for celebrating everyday Wonder Women who are using their skills and smarts to make this world a better, brighter place. Check out this week’s super-cool chicks… 

Imagine gathering for a long weekend of soul-searching and art-making with a group of like-minded women. Now, envision all of you laughing and creating at a luxurious venue in the English countryside. Doesn’t that sound divine!? It’s the vision and creation of artist Beth Nicholls. She’s literally making her dreams come true: she just announced the launch of her Do What You Love retreat in Yorkshire, England next May.

Beth flew all the way to California for an artists’ retreat and was blown away by the spiritual and artistic growth that took place among the women there. The sessions were not just about art techniques, but about living with courage and self-compassion. Beth walked away from the experience devoted to do what she loved and helping others do the same. She realized there were no such retreats for creative spirits in Europe. So, she created one! Details will come in December and space will be very limited. If you want to be among the first to get the scoop, sign up for Beth’s e-newsletter.

Wish you could take better photos of your family and friends? Ever fantasize about becoming a full-time shutterbug? Kat Sloma – an American photographer living in Lombardia, Italy – is excited to show you how! She just opened up registration for her upcoming e-course called Find Your Eye: A Photo e-Course with Heart & Soul. 

And get this: all registration fees for the six-week course, which starts January 9th, will be donated to Nest, an organization that helps women around the world earn a living wage doing traditional arts and crafts. Wow! The class costs $50 and you can register via WishStudio.

Faithful readers of this blog know I’m a big fan of gratitude lists. And a big fan of Miami artist Valentina Ramos. I make gratitude lists with my kids, I scribble them when I’m feeling down, and I regularly share things I’m thankful for with you. And now I’m over the moon to have the perfect place to put all that gratitude – on a free downloadable “I’m Grateful For” sheet by  Valentina. It’s stunningly simple, but beautifully drawn and Valentina’s generously made it available  for anyone to print out and use. I’m so grateful for that! 🙂


Happy Cyber Monday! This is the day retailers go bonkers with online bargains. I’ve added TONS of small shops to my list of holiday sales. No big box stores here; just super savings from some of my favorite Etsy stores and creative retailers. Many of the sales end today! Happy shopping!