Sketch Your Way Through Big Emotions with Sheila Darcey

During a difficult time in her life, author Sheila Darcey found that the act of sketching and freestyle drawing—of giving a physical form to her thoughts, emotions and ideas—was an impactful way to process what she was feeling. Expression through the pen, she came to discover, can heal. In this episode, Sheila shares her journey and the process she calls SketchPoetic, a daily sketching practice with the power to become a powerful catalyst for transformation.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • Using sketching as a way to work through big emotions;
  • The difference between sketching and drawing;
  • Being able to transcend the compulsion to edit in real-time and allowing the subconscious to be seen;
  •  Creating a daily practice and habit;
  • Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable within the act of play;
  • Why we all need to find a way to process our lives (our feelings, experiences and memories).

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Sheila Darcey has 20+ years of experience as a facilitator and consultant in the technology and digital agency space. Her work with Fortune 500 companies informs her understanding of what drives transformative growth in individuals and teams. She earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of Memphis and certification in Social Emotional Arts (SEA) from UCLA. The SEA certificate empowers educators, community arts professionals, mental health practitioners, and anyone interested in maximizing social-emotional benefits of arts experiences, and minimizing self-judgment and anxiety that can impede learning and growth. Learn more at www.sheiladarcey.com.



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Better Daily Mindfulness Habits: Simple Changes with Lifelong Impact, was released summer 2021. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 160 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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