Creativity & Arts with Jessica Outram

Welcome to Sunshine in a Jar

Creativity expands joy, healing, and connection. This is my personal blog with a range of posts from stories about my ancestors to thoughts on life to ideas about creativity and community. I share some works in progress and some finished works. It’s like a scrapbook of many things that capture my attention. I hope you can connect to something here.

New Book Release:

The Thing With Feathers (book of poetry), October 2021, Piquant Press.


It’s an honour to be the Town of Cobourg’s Poet Laureate. There are a number of legacy projects underway including an evolving eChapbook, annual Earth Day publications, and a weekly email series. Each Saturday I send out an email that features a different poet. Click here to read more. We are always looking to add more poetry lovers and poets to our poetry community!

My mission as Poet Laureate is: “To honour and nurture the expression of life in Cobourg’s past, present and future and to establish the reputation of Cobourg as a culturally dynamic community.”

Creativity Coaching

In August of 2020, I opened a new small business called Creativity Coaching Canada.

Arts and Creativity are a way to peace, joy, and healing. Everyone is naturally creative. Sometimes people forget how to notice where it lives inside them. I can help.

Check out the Hummingbird Podcast! Aprille and I are having a lot of fun chatting about creativity each week.


Begin your visit by exploring my blog. This is where I go when I need to relax, recharge, and reconnect. Over the years it has become like a digital scrapbook cataloging the journey of creative energy over time.

Sometimes I write memoirs and sometimes I take pictures. Over the past year, I’ve been exploring intuitive painting. You will even find a couple clips of me singing.


I’m a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario with roots in the Georgian Bay Métis Community from the Verified Métis family lines of Solomon and Berger/Beaudoin. It’s an honour to have the position in my family as the story keeper for our history. Georgian Bay and my family are a main source of inspiration. I love to write about life by the water, the history that was hidden for so many years, and the ways of our grandparents. I’ve been blessed to meet so many cousins through this blog.

One of my most popular posts is about my great-x5-grandfather Ezekiel Solomon, a fur trader and Jewish-Canadian (and Jewish-American): check out the comments!

I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed. 

― Mary Oliver 

Land Acknowledgement

I respectfully acknowledge that the posts on this site were written on the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg peoples and the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig Anishnaabeg. I am grateful for the First Nations of these territories, for their care and teachings about the land. As people of the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850 and the Williams Treaty of 1923, we continue our journey to strengthen our understanding of our Treaty relationship and of how to move forward together in a good way.

The land and the waters will always be Indigenous lands and waters. They continue to teach important lessons every day.