Grow Your Artistic Pumpkin Patch (Part 2)

Grow Your Artistic Pumpkin Patch (Part 2)

It’s fall! We made it through Halloween and the leaves are working their way down. We watched the Charlie Brown halloween special and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" with our kids. In my corner of the universe, fall is a time of insane busy-ness, and it's also a time for reflection (when I can squeeze it in).

My kids were born in the fall. Because their births were not easy, my anxiety and existential angst tends to peak in the fall. Simultaneously, we have so much joy celebrating the arrival of both our amazing humans (and who doesn't love cake??) Fall symbolizes the time of year when everything is at it's lightest and darkest all at the same time. 

As the leaves come down we’re reminded of how nature is entering a time of rest and renewal. As people we are often amping up with everything this time of year. Sports, plays, activities, school... they are all at their most exciting in the fall. Then we look forward to the holiday season and the winter. So fall = birth, death, renewal, reflection, warm safety and cold air. 

When life get complicated, I like to bring things back to a place of simplicity as much as I possibly can. Like Linus in the pumpkin patch, I try to carve out some alone time with my “pumpkins” of inspiration. You have to believe in something and surround yourself with the things that give you the courage to move forward, or the faith that the goodness is somewhere out there. This year has been a difficult one to remain inspired. It's hard to keep going creatively forward sometimes. Creativity is sort of the antithesis of consistency, but you can't have one without the other. So during the times when I feel my least consistent and motivated I like to surround myself with what is inspiring me. It grounds me, gives me ideas and keeps me moving forward. 

Two years ago I wrote about my very first Artistic Pumpkin Patch. I thought it was long overdue that I share what's inspiring me now…

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What I learned in my down time.

What I learned in my down time.

It's pretty rare that I have down time. I am a bit of an obsessive worker bee. I often feel like if I'm not being productive, I'm not being. And the world is so crazy these days. If you're not careful, life becomes a never-ending stream of dings and beeps and "have-to-do's" and constant shifts and interruptions. From texts to social media to work to, well... EVERYTHING. The problem is that  in all of the hurry and scurry you begin to lose yourself and all the joy in your life…

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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 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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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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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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Finding the Golden Moments

Finding the Golden Moments

Some moments in your life are defining even though you don’t know it at the time. I have quite a few significant moments, but one that my kids ask me to tell them about over and over is something that to this day lingers as one of my happiest days and also one of my biggest regrets.

A long time ago, I was a theater major in school. We had just finished a production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”. A director from...

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Be a Sustainable Super Hero

Be a Sustainable Super Hero

Now.
Everything is happening now. Everything needs our attention NOW.
EVERYTHING.
RIGHT.
NOW!


Stay informed. Stay activated. Stay vigilant. Educate yourself. Stay passionate. Work toward everything in your life. Work on everything that's wrong with the world. Be everything to everyone because you want to. You NEED to. You HAVE to. The world is telling you you SHOULD.

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