Hi there, I’m Leslie. I’m a psychologist, writer, and artist for creative spirits and sensitive soul-searchers.
I’m the author of There, I Might Find Peace and the creator of the Spark Shop. And this is me, following what lights me up so that I may leave this space a little brighter than I found it. I want to help you do the same.
Writing and art are a HUGE part of my life now, but they weren’t always. Somewhere between childhood and the “real” world, I traded in my imagination for practicality. I didn’t want to be a misfit anymore. It pains me to say it, but I wanted to feel less and just fit in.
There was a time when I worshiped at the altar of control and certainty and sacrificed myself by pushing to the point of exhaustion and starvation. All to be “good enough” to make a difference.
I figured out how to make everything just as it should be – on the outside.
I did everything you’re supposed to. I got the full-ride, the Ph.D., and the respectable job as a psychologist. I was helping people. And…I became so entrenched in this serious, hard-worker identity that I forgot about me.
I couldn’t have told you what I liked much less who I was, and I was so burned out that I wasn’t convinced I had anything to offer anyone.
The funny thing was, I thought I was “fine.”
And then it started to hurt. It turns out that fine is not what I came here to experience.
(And neither did you.)
It will hurt, too. The more pieces of yourself you lose and the longer you go without using your true gifts. It hurts to try to fit all of you into a tiny, tidy box that looks just like everyone else.
One night, after finishing bedtime stories, a little voice told me clear as anything: you should do this. Write a children’s book.
Preposterous, I thought. But, no matter how hard I tried to ignore it or analyze it into extinction, that little idea wouldn’t go away.
It took me a while, but I finally figured out that when you feel a yes, you follow it.
I clearly remember the morning I sat down under the cover of darkness, picked up a pencil, and started drawing.
Like one of those scenes from a movie when someone who’s had amnesia suddenly remembers their entire life, the memories of all the things I thought I could live without came flooding back. Those were important steps in unearthing those parts of me that had been buried a long time – and I didn’t even know they were missing.
Today, I believe in letting the light in to let your light out.
I feed my sensitive soul what it craves: good music, sunlight, plenty of color, quiet time, blank pages, and lots of space.
I’ve learned that daydreaming is essential to your creative health, fantasizing about your next idea is totally normal, and striving for ease is a must.
I think in feelings and pictures.
I write poetry.
I never go anywhere without a pen and paper.
My heart is lit by the stars in my eyes.
And my heart breaks when I see others let go of the things that ignite their spirit.
I write for people who crave peace, inside and out. They dream of discovering and loving their true self, and they long to leave their mark on the world.
My people are light bearers. They are creative spirits, soul-searchers, big-hearted dreamers, and soulful go-getters.
These are the artists, philosophers, and healers – even if their wisdom never leaves the pages of their journals. They think, feel, dream, ache, and connect deeply.
They long to spread good in the world.
They’re guided by love and light.
They seek truth, tenderness, and healing.
And even when they feel lost, they believe they are here to do and experience more.
I help them take good care of their hearts because those beautiful hearts will change the world.
I don’t have all the answers, but I here’s what I’ve figured out so far:
You have something to share in your short time here.
Fine is not what you came here to experience.
Just because you can live without it doesn’t mean you have to.
Creativity, lightness, inspiration, and space are like oxygen for your soul.
And when we let go, our hands are open to receive.
So, welcome to my little corner of the universe.
May this space be a sanctuary from the things that bring you down, down, down.
May something you read here be a spark.
And may you light up the world.
Get started now your free gift: a ritual for receiving. It’s a daily ritual for bringing more love and light, clarity and confidence, meaning and connection to your life.
Simply must know more? Here are a few fun facts:
When I’m not writing or drawing, you can find me devising kitchen table science experiments, taking magical family photos, and getting lost in my favorite tv soundtracks.
I also write for kids! My children’s stories live at leslieralphstories.com.
The clarinet was my first true love. I majored in clarinet performance at Vanderbilt University. Back then, the opera pit was easily my favorite place to be.
When I was little, I wanted to be a professional figure skater. Debbie Thomas = my hero. (And when I wasn’t pretending to be her, I was practicing my Tiffany, Martika, and Debbie Gibson routines – on roller skates! It was most excellent.)
Craving more peace – inside and out? I made this for you: