creativity

What it Means to be a Creative

What it Means to be a Creative

There is a quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt that hangs on the bulletin board in my home office offers insight into what it means to me to be a creative person.

It reads: "Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of the creative effort."

I'm not sure how FDR had time for creative outlets during his time as President for a historic three terms. But as a brief read through his biography on Wikipedia indicates, he was a scholarly man of many interests. So it is probably his appreciation for a pioneering creative person from which this quote derives.

Creative Advice: Stop Listening to Others and Listen to Your Own Voice

Creative Advice: Stop Listening to Others and Listen to Your Own Voice

As a creative this is the hardest thing to do: stop listening to others. Sometimes that includes yourself.

I know for myself, I struggle with this a lot. I’d love to say that I have a protective shield of creative confidence. And that my magic shield protects me from the doubts, insecurities and thoughts of inadequacies about what I am putting out into the world.

Attending My First VidCon Video Conference

Attending My First VidCon Video Conference

Andrew and I just returned from Anaheim where I attended the annual “YouTubers” VidCon Video Conference. My trip was charmed with wonderful conversation. During our flight our  seat-mate was happy to chat with us about lots of different topics. From the company he owns, to what we do, to current events, etc.

The Enemy of Perfection

The Enemy of Perfection

"Don't let perfect be the enemy of good" is a quote most attributed to Voltaire, the French philosopher and writer during the Age of Enlightenment. Variations of the sentiment have been espoused by philosophers and wise men (and women) throughout the ages. Like most great quotes, I think it stings when you read it because it's true. Progress can come to a stop in the quest for perfection. Many creatives can fall victim to this trap. What's the antidote? Just keep going.

Making Cards and Crafting

Making Cards and Crafting

I had such a fun night making cards and crafting with my girlfriends. Sometimes to get the creative juices flowing what matters is just showing up.

That is the approach I took when my good friend and fellow creative, Kate Watson, invited me to be a part of her group, Ladies Art Social. Once a month a group of women gather. Their purpose is to get their creative juices flowing by making art in different mediums.

Back to Blogging

Back to Blogging

I've blogged on and off for years and as such I have had more iterations of this blog than I really want to admit. There were times when I had really good periods of writing consistent content. And then I've had gaps where I didn't write anything for months. Looking back, I can rationalize and explain a myriad of valid reasons why I didn't keep up with my blogging. But at the end of the day those reasons are just really excuses, and as such, here I sit again, on the dawn of a new beginning. Hoping that this time around my actual creation of content keeps up with my ambition.

Embracing My Title As Writer

Embracing My Title As Writer

I'm not aspiring anymore!

I just got done reading a blog post in which the author writes about the process of writing being a very personal process, and in speaking for herself, she will not be rushed!

YES! I agree. Because I really do enjoy writing, but it is the expectation of the writing that I compose that often gives me angst and makes frustrated sometimes.