Love is…New Years and New Purpose (a Reflection)

"Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one" -Brad Paisley 2012 was a year full of contradictions and extremes. It was a year full of struggle, loss, and change. It was a year that started off with health problems and a bout of depression and ended in a … Continue reading Love is…New Years and New Purpose (a Reflection)

Here’s to all the book lovers

Although I didn't write this myself, I found myself in almost every line of it. Filipina writer Rosemarie Urquico wrote this essay in response to Charles Warnke’s essay, You Should Date an Illiterate Girl. The girl who reads has spun out the account of her life and it is bursting with meaning. She insists that … Continue reading Here’s to all the book lovers

Spark your Creativity: 10 (+1) Ideas on How to Find Inspiration Everywhere (including your piece of toast)

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed" -Ernest Hemingway Do you ever find yourself in a place where you are completely blocked? Maybe you've done the same things again and again and are feeling bored and apathetic? Or maybe you're feeling completely overwhelmed, burnt-out, or restless? … Continue reading Spark your Creativity: 10 (+1) Ideas on How to Find Inspiration Everywhere (including your piece of toast)

33 Ways to Have a Vibrant Day

Walk or drive down a tree lined street with the leaves ablaze with autumn magic Eat really ripe fruit and let the juices run down your arm Listen to the chirps and steady piercing hums of the crickets and cicadas in the evening Watch a no-words-are-adequate-to-fully-describe sunset on the lake Have a creative retreat with … Continue reading 33 Ways to Have a Vibrant Day

Blogger Award Love

Over the last little while, I've received a few wonderful Reader Awards from some super lovely fellow women bloggers. A huge thanks to Jazz for the Reader's Appreciation Award. She has a lot of beautiful photos and content over at Milkshakesinspring. Another big thanks to Denise at PoetryCurator! Much appreciation for the Sunshine Award. She is … Continue reading Blogger Award Love

“If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash”

"Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before. " Audre Lorde "Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. … Continue reading “If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash”

Love Letters to the World: How to Cultivate Connection With the Stranger on the Park Bench

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” ― Kurt Vonnegut I've been hiding little love notes all over my city. I've been going through a lot of personal life changes lately, … Continue reading Love Letters to the World: How to Cultivate Connection With the Stranger on the Park Bench

Photo Journey Part 5

The 30 Days of Creativity adventure continues! Day 21: Doodle Something and Document it: Day 22: Explore a Neglected Body Part Day 23: Transform Something Boring and Mundane into Something Interesting Day 24: Capture Something Vibrant! Day 25: Capture Something in Black and White 21. [find your spark]: I was trying to find a message … Continue reading Photo Journey Part 5

Ways of Seeing – How to Transform the Mundane into Wonder

Ahh, so the patience and gentleness and breathing and leaning-into-the-discomfort-of -feeling-blocked worked wonders. The pause. The space. The letting go. I woke up this morning groggy, but way more grounded. Behind my heavy eyes, the old excitement hid. I could feel it. I left for my walk to work and everything was illuminated with wonder … Continue reading Ways of Seeing – How to Transform the Mundane into Wonder

How To Ease Yourself Through Creative Blocks

I'm hit some creative blocks these past few days. I've been walking around on automatic mode - hurrying, rushing, looking-through rather than looking-at. I began began pushing myself, I began panicking, I began thinking in absolutes - "I've lost my vision!", "I've lost my spark!". I was left feeling defeated and powerless. Any of us who … Continue reading How To Ease Yourself Through Creative Blocks