Fitter Body = Fitter Brain

If you don’t have a New Year’s resolution to be more active in 2013 this infographic should give you some inspiration to get fitter. Working out doesn’t just affect the body, it affects the brain by stimulating brain cell growth.  A fitter body = a fitter brain.

Maybe it’s time they renamed exercise weights “smartbells“.

How Working Out Can Make You Smarter Infographic

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Stay Curious with Skillshare

SkillshareWant to stay young at heart? The secret is to never lose your sense of curiosity or wonder. Why not start the year off by learning something new? I’ve just enrolled in this 2 week course with Skillshare – a global learning community where you can learn real-world skills from real people. If you don’t already know about Skillshare then click here to check out the classes they are currently offering. You can learn anything from meatball making to logo design at affordable prices (my course was only $20).

I hope your 2013 is filled with curiosity and wonder. Happy New Year!


Need a little inspiration? Click on the image above to watch this short video on staying curious.

Happy Holidays!

Cheekytree Let It Snow Christmas Card 2012It’s hard to believe Christmas is only 1 week away! We just brought our tree home yesterday and the house smells wonderful. It’s always a lot of work stringing the lights and hanging the decorations but so worth the effort. I can’t wait until I can sit back and gaze at my little twinkling tree (while sipping a little rum & eggnog) and then it will truly start to FEEL like Christmas.

I hope all of you have a magical holiday season and a 2013 filled with love, good health, and happiness. Merry Christmas!

A road with a view

Photo (Scotland) by Lila Cheekytree

“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.” From Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs (1732)

I took this photo in Scotland when I was there in 2008. I’ve always dreamed of living somewhere with my own tree-lined road just like this. Thanks to the person (long ago) who planted these beautiful trees.

Cheekytree at Wise Daughters

Wise Daughters Craft Market in Toronto

More good news! My work is now available for sale at the Wise Daughters Craft Market located in the Junction neighbourhood in the west end of Toronto.

You won’t find anything mass-produced at this beautiful little shop. Owner Mary Breen has carefully selected unique handmade objects by 75 southern Ontario artists; most are from Toronto, and many artists (like myself) are from the local Junction community.

Unique. Handmade. Local.

Cheekytree fine art canvases available at Wise Daughters Craft Market

At Wise Daughters you’ll find a selection of my fine art canvases including my new Tree of Life series, as well as a few of my inspirational Mantra Squares.

I encourage you to visit this shop and see the unique selection of fine art, jewellery, accessories, clothing, toys and other great gift ideas. The merchandise changes constantly so come often to see what’s new.

Wise Daughters Craft Market

3079B Dundas St. West

Toronto, Ontario

Store Hours

Tuesday 10 – 6
Wednesday 10 – 6
Thursday 10 – 8
Friday 10 – 6
Saturday 10 – 5
Sunday 12 – 5