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9 Creative Quotes to Inspire

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Photo of my daughter, compliments of ReasonYou Portraits, Jen Richardson

Because creativity matters, here are 9 of my favorite create quotes. Hopefully they you inspire you as they do me:

1. “There’s no greater way to create a legacy than to inspire others than with your art.” Maria Brophy

2. “If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.” Albert Einstein

3. “Creativity is an act of defiance.” Twyla Tharp

4. “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvia Plath

5. “A life lived for art is never a life wasted.” Macklemore/Ryan Lewis

6. “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” Edgar Degas

7. “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” Jack London

8. “Creativity is… seeing something that doesn’t exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.” Michele Shea

9. “Have not fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali

Sometimes You Need a Do-Over

My 8-year-old has been wanting her ears pierced for two years. When we stop at Claire’s in the mall, she admires the pierced earrings, longing for the day she can wear them.

That day finally came this past February. She got brave for a moment. She found the courage to endure the pain of ear piercing. Also, she was lured by a pair of sparkly teal dangle earrings.

Two days before the 6th week mark, when her earrings could be changed out, one of her ears became infected. She had to remove the piercing. Four weeks later the one remaining earring needed to be removed to clean the backing. She refused to put it back in her ear. It was too painful.

She thought she was ready for the responsibility of pierced ears. All her friends have pierced ears, after all. Having pierced ears looked like fun. And, they are pretty.

Sometimes you need a do -over.

We all do things because “everybody is doing it”, it looks like fun, or we do it because we think we are ready and we jump before we think it all the way through. And sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know about the situation. Then, that decision becomes a big fat mistake.

Do-over time.

tips for a do-over

Background image source: Death To Stock

Things happen that we never could have anticipated and we just need to pull the plug and start over. We need a do-over.

There is no shame is a do-over. It’s an opportunity for a clean slate. It’s an opportunity to exercise the lessons we learned from the previous mistakes. And, hopefully we don’t make the same mistakes twice.

Sometimes you make horrible choices, you hit ‘rock bottom’, life is kicking you in the butt, and you have no choice but to do a do-over. Who couldn’t use a good do-over at one time or another?

When life is kicking you in the butt it is helpful to remember for a few things:

  • Hard things happens, but suffering is optional. We are not promised an easy, carefree life. Bad, sad, or scary things will happen. How you react to it is your choice. Choose not to suffer through life.
  • Ask for help. No one can do it alone.
  • Talk about your mistakes. Talk about it with a trusted friend, family member, health professional, whatever. Admitting you made a mistake is the first step in making it better.
  • Give it some thought. Take time to think about what changes you really want to make in your life. Then…
  • Make a plan. Write down your plan for your do-over, and stick to it.
  • Baby Steps. Change takes time. Do one thing, then move on to the next. Don’t try to tackle your list all at once.
  • Let the past go. You can’t move on to the next chapter of your life if you keep reading the last chapter.
  • Focus on what gives you joy. Take time to do more of what makes you happy. Spend time with those who you love. Reconnect with joy in your life.
  • Break old habits, make new ones. Break your old, destructive habits that lead to you needing a do-over. Replace them with new, positive habits.
  • Practice saying “no”. Say “no” to the things that are holding you back in reaching your goals.
  • Say “yes” more often. Say “yes” to the things that scare you, the ones that will get you back on track.
  • Stop trying to make everything perfect. Perfect is an illusion perpetrated by society. It’s unrealistic and leaves no room for change.
  • Remember it’s only a moment, not a lifetime. This rough patch in life is short. Make changes to make things better, and it will get better. Usually not over night, but over time it will get better.
  • Have faith everyday. You don’t need to do this life alone. He is always walking with you in your time of need. Pray, talk to Him, unload your fears and ask for guidance.

So, do you need a do-over? Go. Do it. Wake up and be awesome. Make your own rules.

Nothing but Positive Things to Think About

Now that I have given up social media (FB, Twitter and Google+) cold turkey I needed a little something to satisfy my mindless surfing and some positive things to think about. I can’t quit the internet all at once, ya know.

I am tiny house obsessed. Maybe it’s the purging instincts in me. And, if it weren’t for my 2 kids, husband, poodle, black lab and the abundance of crap we have, it would be totally doable. Until the kids move out I will have to settle for living vicariously through Livin’ Lightly. This family of three sold mostly everything they owned and moved into an Airstream trailer and are now in search of a simple and intentional life. Plus, also, their baby is named Paisley! Seriously cute.

This is one example of why I quite Twitter.  Curt Schilling is a former baseball player for the Red Sox. He blogs as 38Pitches. He works to raise awareness for ALS and Malignant Melanoma. And, this week he got caught in the crosshairs of some Trolls when he tweeted a seemingly innocent congratulations to his daughter. He fought back…hard! I don’t know much about baseball, but I know this dad hit it out of the park with his post against cyberbullies! Seriously, read Schilling’s response in defense of his daughter.


Totally random photo of my black lab, Thor. He loves the snow.

The Hip Paris Blog. I know it’s a total cliché to romanticize Paris but still…the Eiffel Tower. And Brie. And espresso. That’s all. (Again, living vicariously.)

And because I love squirrels…especially these red Russians squirrels. Bored Panda is a little place on the blogashere I just discovered. It’s just a fun place to waste a lot of time looking at beautiful photographs.

My Jesus Project. Have you heard about what Christian Piatt is doing? Well, I’ll let him explain, “For the next year, I’m doing a sort of “human experiment” project in which I try to figure out what it really means to follow Jesus in the 21st century western world.” In this project, Piatt is asking the important question, “What does it mean to really follow Jesus?” Which, I think, all Christians are on that journey. We are figuring it out as we go. Our Church, Christian speakers, faith books, and religious blogs try to tell us what that means. But, in this modern, tech-obsessed world, do any of us really-really know what it means anymore? The journey starts here.


Another totally random photo. The huge icicles hanging off the house this week.

 I just finished reading the book “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon. It actually didn’t take long to read…it’s only 140 pages. The reason I bought the book was, not so I could learn to steal art, because of this quote:

steal like an artist quote

So, there’s that.

To Live a Creative Life

Words have power. Words can uplift or destroy. Words inspire me to live a creative life.

This quote is the perfect inspiration for my One Word, Create, so I designed this fun print available in my shop. Also, this design is available on coffee mugs, throw pillows, phone cases, and tote bags. Add a little creativity and inspiring words to your home decor today.

Encouraging Words for When You Think You Are Doing This Mothering Thing Wrong

Perfect Mother

Your tween says something so defeating it pierces your soul and you have to wonder, “Who is this kid?!”…then immediately ask, “Where’s the nearest boarding school?”

Maybe your toddler has been a perfect little Angel all day until…you walk into Target and the melt-down in the cracker isle begins. I mean, the explosive, throw-thy-self-on-the-floor-with-bloodcurdling-screaming-and-crying kind, and you are tempted to yell out, “Does anyone know whose child this is?”

Moms, we’ve all been there. The meltdowns never really go away, they just evolve into bigger drama. {sigh}

Some days it feels like we are doing this mothering thing all wrong. Well, we’re not. It’s just how kids are.

So, here is a collection of my favorite pick-me-up words for those days when you just need someone, anyone, to say something nice to you. I am here to tell you…

Don’t let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life. ~Anonymous

Someday you just have to create your on sunshine. ~Anonymous

You haven’t dropped the ball–you’ve just had a bad day. ~Lisa-Jo Baker

You have to have a bad day every once in a while, otherwise you’ll never know what a good day feels like. ~Anonymous

I don’t pray for God to take my problems away, I pray only for God to give me the strength to go through them. ~Jose Lazano

And lastly, if those words of encouragement don’t work for you, try this…

One day

Repeating that one has gotten me through my share of hard days!

May you have a drama-free, tantrum-free, stress-free Memorial Day weekend!

Words + Image Monday

Take a moment this Monday, before the hectic week starts, and just breathe. By the way, if you’re reading this and it’s not Monday…it still works. You’re welcome.

Joy quote (Background Photo: Source. Photo Editing/Typography: Ribbet.)

May your week be filled with joy. May you find that joy in the presentness of life. (Yea, I just made up a word.) May you anticipate the great things to come, but also stop to notice the great things that are happening here and now. Give thanks for joy, no matter how small. May you be present and in His presence this week.

You Are Not Alone

You are not alone I took this photo last fall on a trip to Guanella Pass, Colorado.

At the summit, it is quiet.

As in total silent.

Just the wind and my breath.

Peaceful and fresh.

Smells of snow.

Standing on top of the world I realized two things: It’s freakin’ cold, and I am not alone.

I am physically standing alone; taking in the wonder of this glorious mountain. But, I am not really alone.

We all struggle. We all suffer. We all want to give up sometimes.

But, once we confess our struggles to others, we find there are others climbing the same mountain.

There is community is sharing our same struggles.

If you are struggling with something in your life, share it with somebody, anybody. There is a strength that comes in numbers. There is a strength in community. You can’t do it alone.

Of course, there is the Almighty number one who shares in your struggles yesterday, today and tomorrow. The One who created that glorious mountain. Lay your struggles at His feet. He doesn’t want you to go it alone. He made that community for you.

You are not alone.

Need a reminder that you are not alone? Click on the photo to download your free printable.

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New Joy Quote in the Shop

joy quote


Last year I took a photography class at the Botanic Gardens (read about it here). Since meeting photographer Cedric Pollet at that class, I now look at bark in a different way. On a hike this summer, I photographed this tree with a bark heart near Mt. Evans, Colorado.

Do What Brings You Joy.

Add a little inspiration to your home decor. >>> This beautiful Joy print is available in the shop for as low as $6.60 and $2.40 for greeting cards.

Be kind…

Always be kind

New design in the Redbubble Shop

Yesterday in church we prayed over members of our congregation. Members volunteered to step up on the stage and put it all out there confessing their worries, struggles, or illnesses.

One by one they asked for prayers for their broken marriage, brain tumor, mental illness, surgery, family loss, single-mommy-ness, depression. These are people, just like you and me, who have heavy hearts, heavy lives…heaviness.

If there is anything that can snap you out of your self-pity it’s hearing the hard walk others are taking everyday.

But, as I pointed out to hubby, we all have heaviness in our life. Just because you’re not carrying the same weight on your shoulders as the next person, it doesn’t mean it’s not a battle to you. Your heaviness is…well, heavy to you.

So, be kind, because you don’t know the battle the mom sitting next to you is battling. She may look like she has it all together. She may even look like she has a ‘perfect’ life. But, to quote Dr. Phil, “you don’t know what you don’t know.”

And, if you do know someone who is fighting a hard battle tell them that you know. Lend them a hand to get over that hill.

This weekend…

school fundraisers

Selling chocolate bars for $1

It’s 5th grade fundraiser time for next year’s outdoor lab. The World’s Finest Chocolate bars for $1. If you know us and want some chocolate…let me know. Alex has 60 bars to sell, or I will have to buy the chocolate that doesn’t sell. Help me!

james bond car

James Bond’s Car

This weekend the school had a huge fundraiser during the kick off of their book sale. There was also a car show, which Glenn took his Charger to show off. But, more importantly, there was a black Aston Martin. I am not so much a James Bond fan as I am a Daniel Craig fan. You know what I mean? If money was no object? I would buy this car.

school fundraisers

Also, there was a chili fundraiser

They called it a chili cook-off to raise money. I have participated in a few chili cook-offs…this was more of a buy-a-bowl-for-a-dollar-and-get-some-chili than a true cook-off. We didn’t even get to vote. Parker ate 2 bowls of chili and a ton of chips. It was a cheap lunch for 4, only $7. I really shouldn’t complain. Years ago I (with Liz and Kari) made a Pumpkin Curry Chili for a cook-off that would have killed the competition! Am I right, Liz?

at the park

At the park

lobster tacos

Lobster Tacos

Date night with hubby at Red Lobster. The Lobster Tacos were so yummy! And, not once did I say, “Stop fighting with your sister and eat your dinner!”

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