Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Announcing a Creative Wellness Teleclass

I'm excited to announce a 4-week teleclass: Creative Wellness: Mind, Body, Heart, and Spirit starting October 16th from 6:30-7:30PM ET.

Learn how to create an individualized wellness plan that helps you to look and feel your best. We'll review strategies for creating work-life balance, becoming more mindful, reducing stress, eating better, getting more activity, losing weight, gaining energy, and reducing your risk of chronic disease.

Just $125 ($100 if you sign up by October 1, 2012).

Contact me at 203-556-8698 or email to sign up and for more information.

Health and creativity coach Nancy Monson is the author of Craft to Heal: Soothing Your Soul with Sewing, Painting, and Other Pastimes. Her articles on health, nutrition, and mental wellness have been published in over 30 national magazines, including Glamour, More, Reader's Digest, Redbook, Shape,, Weight Watchers Magazine, and Woman's Day. She has also collaborated with numerous medical and nutrition specialists to create educational programs for health professionals and patients alike. She uses all of this experience to guide you to creative wellness! 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Do you know what a health coach can do for you? Check out Sheryl Kraft's interview with me about the benefits of health coaching. It's posted on her "Midlife Matters" blog:

My new book "Creative Wellness," available at and on Amazon.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Be Creative, Be Well!

Are you feeling stressed out? Honestly, who isn’t? The economy is struggling to get back on its feet. Jobs are still somewhat scarce. Relationships are hard. And many Americans are coping with depression, anxiety, physical illness, weight problems, and a general feeling of malaise. 

Accessing your creativity can be the route to self-healing and wellness.

In this series of blog posts, I’ll offer you how-to tools to create wonderful changes for your health and well-being via your creativity and mind-body techniques such as meditation. I’ll be talking about strategies to reduce stress, lose weight and sleep better. Best of all, you’ll be able to take these practical strategies and easily incorporate them into your life so you can make the leap from your best intentions to actions.
Are you ready to get well? Then follow me…

Photo credits: Photoroller/ (woman), Nancy Monson (path at Miraval Resort)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Better Heart Health the Craft Way

If you're interested in the links between crafts and good health, check out this article (in which I'm quoted!) Fave Crafts.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Middle-Aged Movie Maven Returns!

Hi there. I haven't weighed in on my blog in a while, but that doesn't mean I've stopped going to the movies. So here, for your edification (and to help you avoid the TOTAL clinkers at the cineplex), my latest thoughts:

Killers. Ashton Kutcher is adorable and sexy, and he has charisma, but Katherine Heigl has peaked. And both are apparently taking a page from the Jennifer Aniston movie playbook and only picking the WORST scripts they can find (I hated both Valentine's Day with Kutcher, although he was cute in it, and The Ugly Truth, with Heigl). The movie opens kind of cute, but is stupid and unbelievable, with cartoon characters. They're trying to emulate Mr and Mrs Smith, but have none of the chemistry, sex appeal, or clever banter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They're tv stars, just like Aniston, and that's where they should stay. I didn't laugh once and even my nephew, who loves most movies, said it was too long!

Shrek 3. So-so...there are some good laughs, but overall I found it forgettable. The first two Shreks were all we needed.

Get Him to the Greek. This movie actually has some good moments. Yes, it's crass and silly, it veers kind of widely from outrageous behavior to serious moments, but if you liked The Hangover or Forgetting Sarah Marshall you might enjoy this one.

Sex and the City 2. Carrie is a big, spoiled baby crying because her sexy, rich husband doesn't want to go out on the town every night but rather wants to stay in and watch clever old movies with her. The real stinker in this movie is Samantha, though, who takes her crassness to new heights. Her behavior is HORRIBLY insulting to Muslims and not funny. The fashions are ridiculous. I was hoping to love it--especially since I liked the first movie and the series (and, I'll admit it, the book about Carrie's teen years called The Carrie Diaries). And at 2 1/2 hours, it is REALLY too long!

Iron Man 2: I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this action flick. I loved the first one, but this one looked to be much darker. But I trust in Robert Downey Jr and he delivered--he's just as funny and fun as ever. The female characters are mere sexpots in tight skirts and high heels, but the plot wasn't half bad. I was quite entertained.

On my list of movies to see: The A Team (yes, I'll probably regret it but I do love that Bradley Cooper), Winter's Bone, The Kid's Are Alright, Eat Pray Love, Joan River's--A Piece of Work, Inception.