All posts filed under: Inspiration

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

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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

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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? […]

Making the Most of the Final Days of Winter

Inspiration / Seasons

Patience is a virtue. It just isn’t one of my personal virtues. So, this week finds me already thinking spring and dreaming in green. Pinning tulip wreaths on Pinterest and watching the trees for signs of budding. Barely restraining myself from buying a lush majestic palm which surely would not survive the freeze warnings still to come. Not that any of this will make one bit of difference to Mother Nature. Spring will come in […]

The Four Letter Word That’s Rocking My World

Inspiration / Self-Improvement

I’m due for a new word. And, guess what, it’s a four letter one!  Don’t worry, there’s no profanity or even a flurry of furiously flung together symbols. No, this one word is G-rated. (I may be post-modern, but I’m still a Southern belle of a good girl.) One Word, No More Resolutions After years of gold-medaling in resolution-breaking, I ditched the New Year’s resolutions for something more productive and conducive to my self-esteem. A […]

Living a life you’re proud of…..what F. Scott Fitzgerald, Brad Pitt or someone else said

Inspiration

This seems apropos for today…. These words are usually attributed to F. Scott Fitzgerald from his short story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. Read as much as you’d like, but you won’t find this in any of Fitzgerald’s works. Apparently, the words are from the Benjamin Button screenplay. And thus, they are properly attributed to Brad Pitt the movie’s screenwriter, Eric Roth. In uttering the lines, Brad Pitt may have used his artistic license […]