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Month: September 2011

Creative Friday: Having a Ball

Creative Friday: Having a Ball

Tweet While I’m crafting up my second article for my brand new column Inspiration Zone with The Writer magazine, I thought you’d enjoy this post on one of my favorite crafts. Thinking back, I don’t know how I had the energy, time or ingenuity to do […]

Waiting for a Guarantee

Waiting for a Guarantee

Tweet “I used to worry, ‘What is the meaning of life? What should I be doing with my life?’ Now I see that maybe you don’t even really know why you’re doing something or what the meaning is. It’s just something you’re doing.” – Jerry […]

Reinventing Creative Friday

Reinventing Creative Friday

There it goes. Another week long gone. I’m happy to say I survived a cold, a new column launch, copywriting projects, my “day job” and a sprinkle of emails and social media connections along the way.

But we’re barely into fall and I’m all autumn-ed out.

On weeks like this my writing brain needs a hiatus. That’s when I’m oh-so-grateful for soothing, no thinking required, visual stimulation.

Are you there too?

This is for you if you’re hungry for some eye candy and need a little

spark!

Sometimes I find it in the simple things like

raspberries.

or an unexpected strip of

nature.

A soft place to land my

laptop.

A ________ to dream about.

cottage.

A __________ to make me feel small and insignificant.

forest.

AND a _________ to remind me that imperfection is beautiful too.

flawed flower.

What would you fill the above blanks with?

*And when that’s not enough, I hop onto Pinterest.

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When Your Best Is Not Enough

When Your Best Is Not Enough

Tweet I was suffering from “not enough-itis” just last week. In case you’ve never heard of it, here’s my own definition. Not Enough-Itis: An insidious disease that can damage your health, your relationships and your self-worth. It’s what happens when you compare yourself with others […]

Creative Friday: Bling Carrie Bradshaw Style

Creative Friday: Bling Carrie Bradshaw Style

Tweet Anyone catch the last episode of Sex and the City this weekend? I spent a lazy Sunday in bed when I saw it… That simple, but elegant string of crystals Carrie wore in Paris (the one that fell apart when she fought with the […]

What Every Dreamer Needs

What Every Dreamer Needs

I am no superwoman. You can forget about what my last post implied. Puh-leaze! Although I work hard to change my attitude, I get dips in my days too. Negative feedback from others or within myself is enough to set off a domino effect on my mood. It goes something like this:

Could you redo this piece? —> Your writing sucks.

I didn’t get that job. —> I suck.

Okay. Maybe it’s not that black and white. But I’m a HSP (highly sensitive person) so I’d be lying if I said that I’m 100% immune to external and internal feedback.

What I can honestly say is this…

  • If I ride it out the feeling will go away.
  • If I accept how I feel, the feeling will be much easier to deal with.
  • If I realize that what I think is not always the truth, then I’m able to let go of obsessing over non-truths and get on with my life.
  • And most importantly, if I take a look at my situation from an eagle’s view, I am able to laugh. On the 5th day of Christmas what did the universe give to me? 5 query rejections, 4 minutes of self-doubt, 3 projects pending, 2 forgotten dreams, and 1 life as a writer. {That’s the ditty that was playing in my head yesterday.}

The thing is life will never be easy. Sometimes you have to put in the extra work to discover ways to soothe yourself.

For me, it means being a conscious observer, looking deep at everything I see. (My husband says watching me is like watching a child. I really cannot not look at every little thing.) It’s all in the details my friend. And I’ve been keeping my eye out on them recently…

 

Like this shot I took this past weekend. See the couple in the background staring into the garden?

 

And sometimes it’s the hidden “signs” that we didn’t notice before:

Random sign on a hiking trail.

 

Changes taking shape when we’re not paying attention.

Beauty in branches.

 

Or maybe love from an unexpected source just when you needed it most.

*Found this walking around my neighborhood today.

What do you need most right now? How are you fueling yourself and your vision?

*Want to see more photos? Here’s a bunch of them.

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How to Turn a Bad Day Into a Good One

How to Turn a Bad Day Into a Good One

Tweet {Excuse me while I reminisce for a bit with an old SATC episode.} Ever see the Sex and the City episode where Carrie celebrates her 35th birthday? Her friends want to throw her a small birthday bash. But they are either late or can’t […]

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