Happy Birthday to Me (Who were you? Who are you? Who will you be?)

Happy Birthday to Me (Who were you? Who are you? Who will you be?)

Ok, so that title could totally be a Dr. Suess poem about mid-life. I'd write it, but I'm not a poet. not even close. 

This week is my birth week. (Happy Birthday to me!) I'm pleased to say that I've lived another adventurous year on this Earth. I'm older than I ever imagined I could possibly be when I was a young kid. I'm 42! So young yet so old. 

Mid-life is a funny time. You have lived enough life to have some perspective of how much time has passed and also how little time is left. You've had friends and family members come and go. It’s a time to evaluate the choices you’ve made and really take a long look at where you're headed…

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Life Transitions Can Really Suck (or not)

Life Transitions Can Really Suck (or not)

Life is full of transitions. 

Sometimes they're so gradual you don't even know they're happening. One day you wake up and suddenly you realize everything is different and you can't remember the last time you did this or that. You've moved to a new phase and you don't know when it happened. Other transitions are so abrupt they take your breath away. Things turn on a dime and there you are - struggling to define your new normal...

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Life Fuels Art Fuels Art Fuels Life

Life Fuels Art Fuels Art Fuels Life

I love art. A lot. I have so many artistic things I want to accomplish. I have goals. My goals often seem elusive so much of the time. They are tiny and in the far distant future somewhere. There are so many stumbling blocks, messy splotches and "stuff" cluttering life up. It's far too easy to fall into a cycle of complaining about everything that is just not getting done...

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Not Just a Day at the Museum

Not Just a Day at the Museum

I went to the natural history museum yesterday with my kids. We have always loved museum days. Sometimes we’ve taken sketch books, or the big dinosaur book to study. We haven’t really been able to go spend the day there like we used to in almost a year because the kids are older now and they are a lot busier. We just don’t have the free days to go into the city like we did the past few years. 

Yesterday as I watched my kids make their way around the museum… I was struck. Everything was totally different...

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Are You too Sensitive to be an Artist?

Are You too Sensitive to be an Artist?

Artists are inherently sensitive. They see things that others often don't. They feel things more than the average bear (on average). The irony is that many artists are actually too sensitive to be successful artists. 

Let's assume that success equates with popularity of your work and financial gain. (Not the ever-elusive posthumous fame that we naturally think of when it comes to artists). Being a successful artist of any kind requires...

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It's the Little Things

It's the Little Things

We hear it all the time in memes and pretty online posts: The little things are actually the big things. But are they? REALLY?

With social media so deeply entrenched in our psyches now, it's super easy to like and support the big, pretty stuff that people do. Your friend is a creative genius and super successful *LIKE!* Someone you know wrote a book *LIKE!* Someone, anyone, did something BIG and NOTEWORTHY *LIKE!*... or better yet LOVE and add a HEART!

It's also super easy...

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Life is a Creative Adventure

Life is a Creative Adventure

Everyone has got something they've given up to get where they are. Maybe it's soccer, or art, or dance, or macrame, or scrapbooking, or a degree you don't use because you chose to stay home with your kids. Many times its something that’s not in your control. Maybe you didn't have the support to pursue the things you wanted to do. Maybe the resources weren't there and you needed to remain practical in order to survive.

Sometimes you’ve had to give up the biggest things. Sometimes it's people, or your home. Rest assured, everyone has something. 

Even if your life is amazing, it’s too easy to get stuck and pine over your “give-ups.” It’s really easy to stagnate where you are and look back at all of the “what-ifs” in your life and feel the sting of those losses. It’s also way too easy to bury many of the things you gave up and assume that you are past them or that you too old or too practical to fit them into your life anymore.

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Find Your Focus

Find Your Focus

I haven't written or really created anything in a while. While that's generally not good as far as consistency, it has allowed me to take care of a few things (as I wrote about here) and has given me a chance to reflect on my creative focus. 

The last several months have been a really difficult time to be creative. In addition to needing to take a break to handle my personal life, family, job, house, etc, I (probably like a lot of people) also really haven't known what to make, say or do. Call me old fashioned, but I feel like anything I sit down to write or make is supposed to help fix something. Otherwise, what's the point? And there is...

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Hitting the Pause Button

Hitting the Pause Button

Busy. Life is busy.

I'm in the busiest years of my life. Being busy is a privilege. I totally get that. (Although sometimes it feels like a giant anvil living invisibly on your chest).

Right now, I am busy.

Don't get me wrong, I am NOT complaining. But in my general state of busy there isn't a whole lot of room for the art that I have been so passionate about.

I've been making...

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Inhale, Exhale.

Inhale, Exhale.

The other day I took my kids to the pool. I watched them go down the water slides... all by themselves. I sat by myself at a table watching them play for a good, long while.

Without me.

They swam with friends, laughing, playing and generally just having a blast. It was an awesome thing to witness!

I sat, admiring their strength, their confidence in the water...

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