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Month: April 2014

5 Ways to Move Toward Inspiration

5 Ways to Move Toward Inspiration

Tweet Not many people realize it. But inspiration takes work. If you’re feeling uninspired, read these top 10 ways you can lift your spirit, nourish your soul and dig into what really matters. You may find it’s surprisingly easy to get your inspiration on. Jump […]

More Mustache Please?

More Mustache Please?

Tweet I’m starting to make some headway on our son’s first birthday. Thank goodness it’s been a fun process! In comparison to writing, querying and being a full-time mommy, doing this felt like a mini vacay. Just get me a hammock and serve me a margarita […]

Forcing Inspiration

Forcing Inspiration

{Etsy print by LoriPlylerArt}
{Etsy print by LoriPlylerArt}

Inspiration often sits at the edge, teetering between busy-isease (sickness of modern times) and sweatpants wearing days.

Many artists would debunk the myth that creativity is something that can’t be worked, talked into, argued into existence.

Maybe I’m a strange writer.

I believe inspiration cannot be forced.

It can be coerced out of its shell.

It can be lured like a wagging rattle in front of a babe.

It can be tempted with sweet treats like good reads, lying around and being unproductive.

Inspiration does not respond at gunpoint.

It does not like to be shouted at like an old school teacher banging her ruler atop a wooden desk.

But it will come, if you let it.

If you schedule it in, as time spent watching the sunrise and set.

If you be still like the trees before a storm.

If you’re so quiet you can hear the sound of a page turning.

If you stare out a window and have enough patience to watch as the clouds disappear into the blue sky.

There she will find you

Calm,

ready,

impatient,

but grateful for her presence

at last.

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Release the Net

Release the Net

Tweet I have a net that seeks to capture every jumping fish in the ocean, every balloon in the sky of my mind. “Just in case,” it thinks. “I might need it for a rainy day.” The things I need to pack, the conversation I need […]

Craftie Quickie: Party ‘Stache for a 1-Year-Old

Craftie Quickie: Party ‘Stache for a 1-Year-Old

Tweet I’m working on a covert project. {Well sort of.} SShhhh…The secret celebration’s for my 1-year-old’s first birthday. It’s secret cause I don’t want any of our guests to see what’s to come before the big day. But I thought I’d give you a sneak […]

Writing Lessons: What Writing Can Teach You About Letting Go

Writing Lessons: What Writing Can Teach You About Letting Go

{Etsy journal by BroadwayHouseBooks}
{Etsy journal by BroadwayHouseBooks}

Every day I strip my writing.

Sometimes I work on small business features.

Sometimes it’s advertorials.

When I get a chance, it’s a picture book, or a self-help piece.

But no matter what it is, I always go through the same debilitating process of cleaning up prose. The hard thing is sometimes they’re good parts I fall in love with, but they’re also completely wrong for what I’m working on.

Why Editing Prose is Like Editing Your Life

It’s hard to let go of what seems right.

It’s difficult to push my finger down on delete when I want so much to find a place for that phrase.

It’s heartbreaking when I must finally let it go.

But I realized that the alternative, leaving out of place words just because I can’t part with them, ends up spoiling everything.

How familiar that song sounds when sung about love, friendships, jobs that don’t work.

On the surface, they look good, they seem right. We’re hooked in deep. They serve our need for certainty and comfort. We’re too afraid to be in the space between where we are to where we want to be.

It’s not easy to let go into nothingness.

But when we are courageous, when we’re willing to give up whatever or whoever it is, the mystery of the unknown will surprise us with life-growing and healing gifts.

Like the ill-fitted sentence that must be sacrificed in order to create a whole piece, sometimes we need to give up the certainty in our lives, for the pleasure and joy that comes with finally, letting go.

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Designing Your Life With Expert Kelli Ellis

Designing Your Life With Expert Kelli Ellis

Tweet   A few weeks ago, I received 2 emails that made me literally jump for joy. This was one of them. HGTV, TLC, and Bravo featured designer Kelli Ellis contacted me about her recently penned book on design inspiration. Do I Look Skinny in this […]

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