Author: Stacey

The Art & Zen of the Doodle

Creativity / Inspiration / Self-Improvement
The art of the doodle - The Anonymous Blonde

There’s a sweet spot… It’s where the head meets the hand. Where the details meet the big picture. Where the mind plays and the hand glides in ballet moves across the page. You can spend an hour or two or three in this sweet spot, utterly oblivious to social media, email and the 24 hour news cycle. You’re focused, relaxed, content. How do you find this sweet, sweet spot? You doodle. That’s right, we’re talking […]

Call Yourself Creative…I Dare You

Creativity / Inspiration

Can I ask you a personal question? Do you think of yourself as “creative”? Or do you shy away from the “creative” self-label, thinking I’m just Stacey the Lawyer, or Brad the High School History Teacher or Jennie the Stay-at-Home Mom. It’s tempting to reserve the “creative” moniker for the “professionals”. You know, the “real artists” paying their bills with the sale of their art. The people with MFAs. The people with “published” work. The people with “exhibitions” […]

Everyone is Creative

Creativity / Inspiration / Self-Improvement
The "I want my crayons back" rant

“The desire to create is one of the most deepest yearnings of the human soul.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf That big juicy creative life we’re talking about, its ours if we want it. Why? How can I be certain the big juicy creative life is within our reach? Because we’re all naturally creative. Everyone. Me. You. All of us. But for most of us, our creativity is buried deep inside. Stuffed so deep it’s barely […]

Go Ahead, Light Your Creative Fire

Creativity / Inspiration / Self-Improvement
Light Your Creative Fire - a 31 Days series on Creativity

“Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written….or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life…It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.” – Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing & Life The Big Juicy Creative Life Do you want that life? […]

Autumn Loving & Learning


  To celebrate fall’s arrival, here’s a bit of what I’m loving and learning in the cooler temps…. Rejoicing Pumpkin EVERYTHING is back!!!  Candles, muffins, donuts, cheesecake, Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I can’t get enough. Note: Do NOT google what’s in Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes. No…you already did? Ugh,me, too. And now my dream, that one where I sip a PSL while walking on the beach, that dream is shattered. Preparing 31 Days – Ahhh, it’s […]

Fiction is a Necessity

Book Reviews / Reading

This summer I escaped… Thank God for books. Literary passport in hand, I jetted to NYC, the Hamptons, Paris, Edinburgh and Amsterdam.  In real life, I only made it to Florida. Are you ready for some superlatives from my summer reading list? BEST BEACH READ: SOMETHING BORROWED  – Emily Griffin It’s “Chick Lit”, right? After all, it has a pink cover with an engagement ring on it.  I prefer Vanity Fair’s description of Griffin as a […]