with Patricia J. Mosca
Patricia is an artist, a dreamer, a writer, and a lover of life! She is the author of Permission Slips… For Your Heart & Soul, a creativity coach and Certified ARTbundance™ Practitioner. Her creative style focuses on learning about herself while having FUN. She also loves to help others explore their unlimited creative potential. More at Pattie's Creative Playground Blog.
Have you ever felt like you know what you want and need to do, but you just don't do it? Yet, if you had permission you would jump and do it in a minute! Whether you want to open up a new door, start over, or ask for help, there are all kinds of permission slips in this colorful and inspiring new book to use when you just can't seem to give permission to yourself. I guarantee you are going to feel good when you use them! Creating the life you love will be much easier when you give yourself permission to do so. Start today with "Permission Slips for Your Heart and Soul." Sample Permission Slips are published with permission from StoryPeoplePress.com.
I know that it is probably not your birthday today, but you deserve to be treated a little special. We don't often take that moment, minute, day to celebrate OURSELVES! And to celebrate the things that we do and how we strive to keep it all going.
Realize that you deserve to pamper yourself, even if it is just a little bit. Take time to celebrate the very unique person that YOU call YOU! Happy UN-BIRTHDAY!
Look for new possibilities. Broaden your horizons. You determine your path. Set your intentions and turn the handle.
Are there so many things that you want to do? Are there doors to be opened that you know all you have to to do is turn the handle and enter in?
This permissions slip allows you to turn the handle and give all your dreams a POSITIVE greeting. If you do not open the door, you will never know and will stand outside your dream with that woulda, shoulda, coulda. THAT JUST WON'T DO!
Go ahead… don't even bother to ring the door bell. Just turn the handle to the doors of your dreams and say HELLO!
No matter what happens today, there are NO mistakes. Everything is exactly as it should be. Go ahead and LAUGH… It's Unlimited Mistakes Day.
How many times have you started a project only to abandon it because it felt like a mistake? Or because you felt it was already done by someone else? Or because you didn't feel it was "good enough"?
The thing about all these questions is that it comes from the FEAR mode. So here is your permission slip. Use it whenever you are feeling that overwhelmed feeling of not measuring up (to yourself!).
There are no mistakes. Do not cave into your FEAR! BELIEVE in all you do and all you can do and that nothing is a MISTAKE!
Magic Crayon Journaling is all about self-discovery through coloring and writing prompts. This interactive journal series includes pages to download and print to use in your own personal journaling. ‘So go on… pull out your box of crayons or grab the big box of 64 (with the built in sharpener) next time you’re out and be prepared to have FUN!’
1. What's your name?
Patricia J. Mosca (Pattie).
2. Where are you from?
Rochester, New York.
3. Who are you today?
Today, I am an author, an artist, a writer, a lover of life… a work in progress!
4. What do you do? (Elevator speech)
I do what my heart tells me to do. I call myself a surface designer… give me a surface and I will paint on it… write on it… transform it!
5. What's your story (how did you get here)?
As a kid I loved to be creative, but was told to "put those toys away" as I got into my teens. I listened then, but I do not listen anymore! About 15 years ago my heart ached and I rediscovered my passion for painting and writing. I have the extreme pleasure of following my heart's desire every day.
6. Why is creativity important to you?
My painting and writing allows me to be uniquely ME! It was the piece that was missing in myself for so long. My creativity allows me to feel whole, to feel fulfilled. It allows me to bring my messages from the inside out.
7. When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
In 2004 I discovered a book by Jill Badonsky, The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard). I thought she wrote that book just for me. It reawakened me to myself, to the passion I felt as a child, to the missing piece of me.
8. How did you embrace it?
I embraced it slowly, one step at a time. First allowing myself to have permission to reclaim my inner child's desires. I started painting, and then journaling. Finally, combining the two of them together, and finding my inner voice.
9. How did that feel?
It felt like a rebirth of myself. A joyous experience of life. It took many steps but I now feel confident in what I do and what I have to say.
10. Where has your journey taken you?
My journey has taken me from a shy little girl to one who sees so many possibilities. It has taken me from never showing my work to anyone, to exposing myself in national magazines, and now a book.
11. What challenges have you faced?
The challenges I face are very much like everyone's. Finding ways to get over procrastination, self-doubting, shadows, and rejections.
12. What worked for you?
Slow and steady wins the race! I don't take myself to seriously, and I have found that if I like what I do it really doesn't matter if someone else doesn't. I do not compare myself to others anymore, bur rather let my uniqueness shine through.
13. What didn't work for you?
What did not work for me was trying to follow someone else's path. Trying to duplicate what they did and how they did it.
14. What three tips can you share with those starting on a similar path?
15. What are you working on now?
I am working on several new books. One would be a workbook of self-discovery using mandala drawing. The other one, which is becoming quite a passion for me is a children's (of all ages!!) board book.
16. What's coming up for you in the next year?
This year I hope to see myself grow emotionally and spiritually. Having just passed the one year mark of losing my good husband to cancer I am looking forward to redefining who I am. Redefining what path I can walk down now. Redefining ME. I am also taking a dream trip to Paris, which I gave myself permission to do!
17. What else do you desire/dream to do?
I desire to expose myself more in order to help others find their inner voice. My dream is to help women realize their potential by allowing them permission to follow their dreams and desires without guilt.
18. How will you make that happen?
I hope by continuing to expose myself will help others. By not being afraid to show the raw and vulnerable side of myself. Eventually doing workshops and/or retreats.
19. What question would you like to be asked that's not on this list?
What is the name of your book and what is it about?Permission Slips. Have you ever felt like you know what you want and need to do, but you just don't do it? Yet, if you had permission you would jump and do it in a minute! Whether you want to open up a new door, start over, or ask for help, there are all kinds of permission slips in this colorful and inspiring new book to use when you just can't seem to give permission to yourself. I guarantee you are going to feel good when you use them! Creating the life you love will be much easier when you give yourself permission to do so. Start today with "Permission Slips For Your Heart and Soul."
20. Where can we find you online?
A little review of 'Permission Slips'
By Chris Dunmire | Posted 5/1/12 | Updated 2/8/23
I've been giving away pages from Pattie Mosca's Permission Slips for almost two months in preparation for the books' official launch.
We celebrate with Pattie with the following interview about her creative journey and sample permission slips you can download and print
Although I've mostly retired from reviewing books, I wanted to enjoy and report on some field experiences with Permission Slips in my coaching practice because I know how beautifully Pattie, a fellow Kaizen-Muse™ creativity coach, helps others work through self-limiting habits and beliefs towards more possibility and self-care all great soil in which compassion and creativity thrives… for all of us.
Just holding this book in my hands makes me feel lighter. In a poetic, tactile way I'll share how its soaking color is powerful; its wide format is all-encompassing; its whimsical artwork is joy-inspiring; and its beautiful message is releasing.
I've carefully observed the reaction on the faces and bodies of my friends and clients as they receive official, tangible permission through these slips to eat cake, make mistakes, start over, say NO, laugh, nap, celebrate, stretch, and dream. It's usually a cross between joy, relief and gratitude; followed by a long, deep sigh and a smile of thanks. A definite heaviness is lifted . . . even if for just a few minutes.
Andrea, who says Yes to everything, is suffocating under piles of work, commitments, and stress. I gave her the "NO Day" permission slip:
What is NO day? It is the day you can actually say NO to things people ask of you and you really do not want to do. Anyone who values and respects you will understand. Affirm your own needs and views.
"Andrea, hold this up to the next person who asks you to do something you really don't want to do." She thought for a moment and then held it up to me. We laughed together in release.
Permission liberates us from tight, internal should's and ought's.
My friend Kate was going away for a long, solitary weekend writing retreat infused with intentions of self-care. She was coming down to the wire on finishing her Master's Thesis and was a very tired working single parent. She packed bubble bath and candles and planned to swim in the hotel pool and walk on the treadmill.
"Let me give you a few of these to take along." I offered. "One for each day you're away."
Kate was pleased at the idea.
I snipped out four of the most pampery, self-care ones I could find in the book and folded them into quarters. "Don't peek."
Kate returned glowing. She reported on how much joy the little permission slips added to her getaway they were little affirmation nudges to her heart's longing, activating dormant wisdom from within. I could only smile back; receiving the indelible joy one gets from giving.