Creative Every Day Check-In: August 2018

August 1st, 2018, One Comment

Happy August! Summer is flying by. I hope it's been a beauty-filled one for you. August's totally optional theme is Green. Enjoy! 

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Breaking Up with Busy

July 2nd, 2018, No Comments

I recently finished reading a review copy of Breaking Up with Busy: Real Life Solutions for Overscheduled Women by Yvonne Tally. 

While I do tend toward feeling so busy, the parts of the book discussing how to move away from busied behavior was less helpful for me than all the tips on goal setting and self-care. 

Yvonne Tally says a panic attack, brought on by stress, led her to reassess her life and take a more mindful approach to her life. This is so common and relatable! Recently in an interview with Jonathan Fields on the Tilt Parenting podcast, Fields noted that you don't take time for yourself, the body will force you to take that time. And when that happens, it will take more time to recover than if you had made your self-care a priority earlier.

What I especially liked in the book was the coaching style questions that got me thinking about my goals, what I'm getting out of not reaching those goals, what I will get out of making changes, taking doable actions, and imagining the results. Tally also has a great breakdown of the want/need connection. Dissecting what you need to get what you want and then looking at why you want that now is powerful.

I've been so into combining visualization with meditation lately, so her suggestions on that front were great timing. Creativity and a big imagination has good sides and bad sides. I think creative people are often quite good at imagining worst case scenarios in vivid detail. I like how Tally suggests combining meditation with storytelling and imagination in a positive way. Whether you believe in the power of attraction or not, I find the practice to be relaxing and empowering. And certainly a better than letting my imagination wander into worry! 

There are loads of great ideas in this book. It's worth checking out!

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Creative Every Day Check-In for July

July 1st, 2018, No Comments

Happy Summer! Here's your July 2018 check-in post. The (totally optional) theme of the month is Water. I wish you a beautiful month of creating!

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Proud Mama

June 29th, 2018, 2 Comments

 

 

How fitting that my daughter won this award on her last day of school. It is perfect for her. I'm a proud Mama! 

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Children’s Stories

June 27th, 2018, One Comment

I've been working away at my children's story ideas. One of them involves, Tangle Fairies, troublesome sprites that snarl up your hair at night. I've been so focused on the writing and revising, but it felt like time to do some drawing and figure out what my characters look like! 

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Creative Every Day Check-In June 2018

June 2nd, 2018, No Comments

Hooray for June! Here's your June 2018 check-in post. The (totally optional) theme of the month is The Stars. I wish you a beautiful month of creating!

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Children’s Stories

May 17th, 2018, No Comments

As I work on my own picture book manuscripts, I've been paying a lot closer attention to all the books I read to my children. I mean, we read so many, but how often do you analyze how a children's book is put together, how the author gets you to want to turn the page, or how the illustrator gets you to feel emotion? It's masterful!

I thought it would be fun to share some of our latest favorites. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen is my daughter's current favorite. She brought it home from school after her librarian read it. She was drawn to it because the main character shares her first name, but she also loved the story and images. We were already a big fan of Klassen's I Want my Hat Back, but I love this one so much more. 

My 3 year old son loved Rex Wrecks It because he could relate to the desire to DESTROY ALL THE THINGS, but we all liked the humor and how they resolved their problems in the end. 

You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim is quiet and lovely. My daughter, husband and I loved the message and I found the images to be fascinating. 

Any current favorites in your household?

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New art

May 10th, 2018, 2 Comments

Hello, creatives! I have some new work to share with you. 

First up, a painting I made for a friend of mine who loves her sweet little dog. I don't think she'll see this before I give it to her. Hope not, it's a surprise! It was fun to paint. 

Next a painting I made recently, based on an image that popped into my head. It's called "Sleepwalking." The ground is meant to look like the night sky.

And lastly, this piece was created for a friend of a friend, who was in a horrific car accident in which two children passed. I can't imagine what these families are going through, just painting this was emotional. But I hope this brings them a small amount of peace. 

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May 2018 Check-In Post

May 1st, 2018, 2 Comments

Happy May, everyone! Here's your May 2018 check-in post. The (totally optional) theme of the month is Persistence. This week is my daughter's 7th birthday. She continually teaches me about persisting at things. I love how hard she works at a goal (like perfecting a headstand or writing a story) when she sets her mind to it. I'm in the midst of working on a dream of mine, to write and illustrate children's books and I'm trying to keep up that persistence as I write and revise and write and revise. Good luck with whatever you are working and persisting at this month! 

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April 2018 Check-In Post

March 30th, 2018, One Comment

It's April! Happy Spring, everyone. Here's your April 2018 check-in post. The (totally optional) theme of the month is Warm. Here in New England, I'm more than ready for some warmer weather. Happy creating! 

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