Ambition: The Rhinoceros of the Soul

https://youtu.be/MB8i6FJSDkE Ambition is my Achilles heel—a character weakness in my animal-like nature that drives me off course. Ambition is the fly in the ointment of my spirituality—an ever-present annoyance that buzzes around my brain, convincing me to go off course in chase of another vain pursuit. Ambition drives me to obsess the future, take big …

A Tendency towards Multiplicity

Do you ever feel pulled in a dozen different creative directions? I sure do; in fact, I wrote an entire book for people like us. Creative Electics is what I call artistic types that desire to try many different kinds of arts and crafts. Here's an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Refrain from the Identical: …

Chapter 4 OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TO CREATING

I've been revisiting portions of my book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics, and am amazed at how relevant the writings are concerning my current creative journey.  Chapter 4 addresses obstacles us creative eclectics often struggle to overcome. I highlight topics such as dealing with depression (typical of the artistic temperament), …

The Creative Calling: 10 Suggestions for Overcoming Self-Doubt

"You were born to create. Never forget it! It brings joy to you and to others." My dear friend, Kristi, Zenno, sent me this encouragement after I sent her a photo of the Christmas card I'd made for my Zazzle Store. Little did she know I was struggling with doubt concerning my creative calling. The …

“Oh Little Sparrow” Mixed Media Collage

Whenever I feel afraid, I remember the little sparrows in Matthew 10:29: “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.” This scripture reminds me of the intimate care our Heavenly Father provides for us. So in order to help process my grief over …

The Entrepreneurial Artist

I’ll be honest; I’m mesmerized by the business side of art because I find the idea that people can do what they love and get paid for it fascinating. Entrepreneurs like Kelly Rae Roberts and Mary Engelbreit motivate me. These innovative women took their artistic passions into the marketplace and changed the world for the better. Kelly Rae Roberts was …

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