Knowing when to give up

August 2 by

But if you see something that truly doesn’t belong in you anymore? Be brave. Admit it. Acknowledge it.

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3 Ways Curiosity is Your Best Friend

July 2 by

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother cold ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.”  Not long ago, as I was cleaning out a room at my farm house, I came across an old picture of one of my great, great relatives.  Not sure if she was an aunt or a grandmother, but the picture dates back to the 1800’s.  It was in a frame that looked to be of about the same era, but the frame was coming apart, and not actually repairable.  I decided to take the picture out and discard the frame. I pulled the outer backing off, and it came apart as I did.  Then I started to peel back an old piece of paper...

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A Willy-nilly Day

May 20 by

There’s a soft rain falling.  I’m sitting at my desk with the window in front of me open.  Two cats are perched on the shelf in front of the open window that I put there specifically for them (but now tends to house stacks of papers and books).  They are tolerating each other well.   We’re all mesmerized by the sounds and the smells coming from the open window.  And comfortable just hanging out in the same room together. It’s been that kind of day, though earlier it was sultry.  (Hot and moist in the south equals air that’s like breathing in liquid, and a stifling wet heat that sinks into your clothes and all the way to the skin.)  But today, I spent tooling around with a friend of mine.  We went to an...

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3 Simple Ways to Fill the Well

April 7 by

As creatives, we often spend so much time in the creative process we burn out.  Sometimes we understand why, and sometimes we don’t.  But I think the number one reason is because we forget to fill the well. We are a bunch of folks who have so much to say, so much to give, and so much to show, we are constantly fighting the battle of time verses the ability to produce.  We struggle through our day jobs, or our other responsibilities, and then meter out space for our creative outlets.  We doubt ourselves, we shelter our new born projects, or our old and most dear friends.  We spend time in our heads, or on the page, or the canvas, or the workshop. We forget, sometimes, we are people with needs as well. We...

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Don’t Wait for Perfection

February 22 by

My mother was always planning neat parties and get togethers.  She’d mine magazines for images that would be the perfect décor, recipe, or method to do something related to it.  She’d check out yard sales, holiday sales, and stores for the right accoutrements to use in the theme, so that the mood would be set, the look would be right, and everything would be perfect.  Unfortunately, my mother never had those awesome gatherings she planned. She took up tole art painting.  She was incredibly talented.  She did beautiful work.  But, she could never see the beauty of it because, to her, it wasn’t perfect.  She did finally release some of her work into the world through gifts to family.  No one ever looked at her work and said, “oh wow, you have a tiny...

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Quote: Small things brought together

May 4 by

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.   ~ Vincent van Gogh (Image credit.)  ...

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