Fresh Starts Await!

There are times when your life’s canvas gets wiped clean.   You find yourself faced with a fresh start, a new beginning, a chance to do things differently. Maybe you’ve graduated from college, gotten married or divorced, lost your job, or changed jobs. Perhaps a loved one died, or an unexpected turn of events left you …

Overcoming the Obstacle of Self-Doubt

Self-doubt is an obstacle that plagues even the most successful creatives. Feelings of uncertainty about your abilities, purposes, and plans are quite common. So, if you’re called to be a creative, get ready to battle this enemy of artistic ambitions. Inspiration comes in waves with periods of calm when ideas recede. During these down times, self-doubt …

Enjoy Life’s Simple Pleasures!

I opened the door to see this adorable, little pig-tailed girl smiling at me, backpack on her back and arms folded.  We spent the day at Peltzer Winery’s Pumpkin Farm in Temecula. No, I didn’t get any social media posts done. No, I didn’t work on my painting. No, I didn’t edit my manuscript or …

Cocoon yourself to Create

Sometimes life circumstances set us aside, and we find ourselves holed up at home: Caring for the sick Helping family Battling illness Managing home-improvement projects ________ (insert your reason here) Our normal running around turns into staying put. I’ve been thinking a lot about how what cocoons us also creates opportunities for art.  "Chrysalis" by …

The Feral Cat of Inspiration

Inspiration is like a feral cat.It stalks around in the shadows.You never know when it will grace you with its presence. When you're trying to catch it,inspiration slithers away. But when you give up the chase,inspiration comes and finds youwhen you least expect it to. It's a waiting game.An idea starts to form in the …

Holding Patterns

Those times in life when unforeseen circumstances force us to circle without a place to land.  When we can’t seem to move past the moment. When our energy drains away so we have nothing left to lift us out of the doldrums When life severs our serenity. Tragedy. Loss. Illness. Disillusionment. Disappointment. Failure Everyone’s list …

The Ringing of the Bells Poem

Have you ever felt desperate for grace? Just a whisper from heaven to calm your angst? The assurance that everything is going to be ok? The Ringing of the Bells puts into words and images this cry of the heart. https://youtu.be/76NskJoH4m0 If troubles were akin to a turbulent sea crashing upon the coastline, perhaps we …

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