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Soft Heart Studio Blog

  • What is an oracle deck and how do you use one?

    Decks of cards have long been used not only for games but for things like fortune telling, divination, and self exploration. Human beings are shar...
  • 3 books to help you avoid burnout and let go of hustle culture

    If you've been struggling too with wanting to do more, be more, make more, and realizing that you're tired, stressed, and overworked, I recommend these books to you to help you change your mindset, avoid burnout, reframe your focus, and ultimately find your balance between rest and work. Instead of rise and grind, consider anti-productivity and pro-rest to give yourself the rest you deserve. You can't serve your community if you're burned out, so self care is community care, and we need to restructure our work together.
  • Let me introduce myself

    Lovely to meet you. I'm Riley Spicer (or Riles, for short). I'm a nonbinary queer artist based in Seattle, but often travelling (and exploring what it means to be a travelling artist/human.) I have a big laugh and soft heart, and I'm here to do what I can to make the world a better place and help others do the same. 
  • Book Highlight: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

    Today, we're talking about a book you've probably seen a lot in my "words cut from" sections: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I found this book in a free box in Chicago when I went to visit some really lovely friends in 2018.
  • 5 books to help you cultivate care and connection

    Are you looking for ways to build community? Do you want to cultivate deeper connections in your life? Here are five books to deepen connection, cu...
  • Where to get books that isn't Amazon

    As Amazon continues to subsume our lives, it can feel inescapable. (And in many ways it is, since much of the internet runs on AWS.) But we can take actionable steps to make sure that other businesses continue to survive and thrive.

    So if you're asking yourself, "Where can I buy books that isn't Amazon?" here are a few ideas for you:

  • Book Highlight: How We Show Up by Mia Birdsong

    If you're wondering how to cultivate community that really shows up for each other, what community can look like outside the bounds of a nuclear fa...
  • Book Highlight - All About Love by bell hooks

    All About Love by bell hooks is an exploration into the different facets of love -- how it shows up in our communities, how we misunderstand it on a cultural level, and how we can make changes to better show up to invite love into our lives. 

    Click here to grab a copy from and support independent bookstores. And we're reading this book together in the Soft Heart Book Club in June 2021, so come join us if you'd like to chat. (Even after we've had the monthly meeting, the Discord space is always open to dive back into different books. 
  • Want to expand your capacity for creating the world you want to live in?

    I’ve found that reading books is an important way to educate myself as I work to grow as a human in the world. But it can be hard to do that in isolation, whether it’s because you don’t know where to start, some concepts are confusing, or it’s just hard to hold yourself accountable to our goals without a little external support.

    So I've decided the start the Soft Heart Book Club. This is a space where we can explore different works that explore how to be better humans, cultivate our communities, learn new skills, and be better prepared to create the world we want to live in.

    If you're interested in checking out the reading list and being kept aware of the book club updates, sign up here. There's no pressure for any specific level of participation, but at least this will help you stay connected and encourage you to add some of these bo
  • Studio name update: welcome to Soft Heart Studio

    After thinking about it for some time, I've decided on a new name for my art studio: Soft Heart Studio. It fits the general vibe of how I want to show up in the world, with my soft heart on my sleeve, and honestly I just think it has a nicer ring to it. I'd never really loved the name I had before, and it took me a while to live my way into this name that feels like it fits.
  • Join me in a daily tarot card exploration

    Hey y'all,  So I've decided to embark on a 78-day journey deepening my exploration of the tarot, and beginning to move my relationship with my card...
  • Studio update: Oracle cards, intuition, and flowers.

    Happy Monday (if you're reading this on Monday. If not, happy whatever day it is for you.) I wanted to take a moment to share with you some things I'm thinking about coming next in my work 💜