I’m Justine, a Social Impact Calligrapher. I help compassionate women like you tap into your creativity as a form of powerful self-care, so you can help others and impact the world in the way you truly want to.
Your life is full of helping others and serving causes you care about.
But if you’re anything like I once was, your heart is running on empty.
Your life on autopilot leaves you little time left for yourself when you’re busy making a difference in the world and taking care of everyone else. Binging on Netflix or social media is all you can muster with the little energy you have left.
Doing something relaxing or creative is something you know you want and need, but it also feels totally out of reach.
Is your tired heart resonating with this? You’re not alone. I struggle with this every day too.
The difference is, I found a way to infuse self-care into my daily life with simple creative tools, so I can have the energy to show up and do the impactful work I know I’m meant to.
And now, I empower heart-led ladies to do the same thing.
Through my community-based calligra-heart workshops, I guide women like you to slow down and focus, turn on your creative spark, and refresh your heart in an encouraging, collaborative space.
My in-person workshops give you the chance to step away from the craziness of your daily life, while building meaningful connections with like-minded people, gaining inspiration through art, and re-energizing yourself so you can put more energy toward the things that are most important.
I know exactly what it’s like to feel like there’s never enough of yourself to go around, not enough time or energy to do all the good you want to do. I know how trying to do all the things that tug at your heart can lead to an unsustainable life.
For 30 years, my life motto was, “Make the most of every opportunity! Maximize your impact!” While it led me to a fruitful life of no regrets, it also put me on the road to burnout.
Driven by a fear of missing out, an insecurity to prove my worth by being highly productive, and people pleasing, I crashed and burned at 33.
The painful process of rediscovering myself taught me how much I needed to intentionally make time for myself, discern and pursue what my heart was really called to be, and cultivate real connections.
That’s when the calligraphy I first discovered at the age of 8 came back as a restorative force in my life.
I experienced the therapeutic and meditative nature of hand lettering. As I practiced calligraphy, I wrote healing words into my heart. As I journaled, I let the words flow from my soul onto the page.
Post-burnout, I now aim to serve from a different centre, from a heart that is full, one that doesn’t need to be needed by others or prove itself to anyone else.
Today I am passionate about helping women like you experience the shift to serve from a heart fully connected and alive by showing you how to use creativity as a form of self-care.
I believe that lasting transformation comes from the inside out and fruitful service starts with the heart.
I bring 20 years of experience facilitating workshops, creating curriculum, and coaching non-profit leaders in spiritual growth and community development into my in-person workshops, workbooks, and journals.
My workshops create space for you to show up for yourself, experience the peace and “flow” of calligraphy, create meaningful connections with your own heart and with others, and have the opportunity to impact the community.
As you practice calligraphy and journalling as tools for self care and personal development, you’ll feel less stress and more calm with an increased self awareness. You’ll leave my workshop feeling lighter, more at ease, and happier than when you came.
When I’m not busy writing to encourage people’s hearts, you can find me:
- deep in conversation with friends while hosting a dinner party;
- staying up late into night surfing the latest wave of ideas washing over me that won’t let me sleep (If you need an emergency prayer or listening ear at 2am, I’m your gal);
- resisting my favourite gourmet donut or ice cream shops (recovering sugarholic, forever);
- trying to hack what’s going on in my heart and mind by using brain psychology trivia… I’m a “why” person obsessed with why humans act as we do;
- doing calligraphy with women in recovery and income assisted seniors… I love hearing their courageous stories and seeing their confidence increase as they see their own improvement in a short time.
Ready for some much needed creative self-care and meaningful connections?
Connect with me here to receive the latest heart prompts, downloadable prints, and workshop and product offerings.
I love meeting like-minded creatives and change makers, so hit me up if you’ve got some ideas or want to explore custom collaborations.
(That’s the short story. You can listen to a podcast where I tell the full story here.)