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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When You Don’t Quite Fit

When You Don’t Quite Fit

Life sometimes feels like a gigantic puzzle. There is the puzzle of the minutia your life and then there is the puzzle of EVERYTHING ELSE. I think everyone can relate to the feeling that your own life is made up of hundreds and hundreds of tiny puzzle pieces and each day is spent trying desperately to fit them together (or keep them from falling apart).

I want to spend a moment focusing on the puzzle of EVERYTHING ELSE. I can only speak from my own experience of the world, but I have always...

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Love Your Demons

Love Your Demons

Demons. A dark side. We've all got one. I have inherited demons from my parents and grandparents before that. I inherited them right along with my height, hair and eye color. The demons are in my DNA.

What are the demons you ask? To me they are the things that keep me from being my very best. They are the critical inner voices that downplay my every achievement. They are the voices of jealousy when someone has the success that I think I want or deserve. They are the snarky thoughts that flit through my mind and judge things or people in a negative light. They are the...

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I'm Not Feeling Particularly Artistic Today

I'm Not Feeling Particularly Artistic Today

Some days I don't feel artistic. Some days I barely feel human. Today I woke up early and worked, and now I am sitting with my coffee and a gluten-filled muffin and contemplating the ebb and flow of my artistic self.

Some days I work in a caffeine fueled, inspired, artistic high. The world is my oyster and I am a super-artist-mom-wife-workerbee-blogger-bestdaughterever. The house is clean and I've created something worthwhile and my kids are happy and well fed. Some days the...

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Feeling Ashamed of Your Art (or Lack Thereof)

Feeling Ashamed of Your Art (or Lack Thereof)

I want to talk a little bit about artists of all kinds who feel bad about stepping off the artistic path (or on again and off again and on again...). I think that as artists we often feel like we have to justify our choices to leave or take a break from our artistic fields. Whether we leave the path to care for a sick parent, or support a family, or simply because we want to, I think we often feel like we owe the world a "why". I think there is a general sense of shame about not having been able to "make it" as a consistent artist, even if you are still quietly incorporating your art into your daily life or the lives of those around you. There is a feeling that you have to explain...

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Basking in Creative Brilliance

Basking in Creative Brilliance

For a long time during my many periods of creative stasis (aka eating chips and binge-watching Netflix), I have wondered about the secrets of successful people. I've spent more than a reasonable amount of time wondering - how is it that THAT person has THAT creative success?  How did THEY get THERE? As a matter of fact, I've probably spent far more time wondering and fretting than actually DOING (and subsequently getting depressed and doubting myself over having done). Most creative people don't seem to talk very openly about...

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Every Action Has an Equal and Opposite Inaction

Every Action Has an Equal and Opposite Inaction

As a wise man once said, "Wherever you go, there you are." - Mike Brady

* and FYI, the Brady Bunch didn't invent the quote "Wherever you go, there you are".  Google the origin of the phrase. It's an interesting, if at times confusing, read.


Indecision. Apathy. Fear. These are all reasons to remain in a state of inaction. And let's face it: Some people are just more productive than others. Some of the many (valid) reasons for lack of productivity have to do with...

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