The Masterpiece Mentality has no place here

Ah, the Masterpiece Mentality. We’ve all experienced it. Whether we’ve picked up a pen, a paintbrush, or even just thought about it we want our work to be the best. And if it’s not we don’t even want to bother with it. How sad is that? How many beautiful stories …

Being a left-brained or a right-brained person

I’ve always thought of myself as a right-brained person as in creative, intuitive, and imaginative. Ever since I was a kid I’ve enjoyed creative hobbies like drawing, painting, and writing. I always feel most alive when I’m creating something whether it’s a blog post, a painting, or even just doodling …

What to do when creativity eludes you

Like most creative people sometimes creativity eludes me. At times it’s right by my side begging me to write, paint, or go out shooting with my camera. When creativity is around I can’t get the ideas down fast enough, the paints to blend quickly enough, or the ISO set fast …

Goals and other things

As we prepare for the New Year it’s normal to start thinking about goals and things we want to accomplish in the year ahead. Many of us will make to-do lists and resolutions, things to do better and things we vow to never do again. It causes us to look …

Create your own writer’s retreat

Writing is a process. Ask any writer and they will tell you that they have a very specific process for how they like to write. I have certain parameters as well: It has to be pretty quiet. This is extremely difficult with where I live in downtown Chicago. I’m right …

Holiday burnout

It seems like I’m not the only one lately struggling with a creative burnout. While catching up on the various blogs that I follow both on WordPress and beyond, I’ve noticed this common theme. I thought it was just me! Yes, it’s a magical time of year, but it really …

How to change your mindset without losing your mind

Even though I still have a few more months left in Chicago my mind is already in Maine. I’ve been communicating with the community out there more, I’m following more Mainers on social media, and I keep a running list of all the places I want to check out once …

The Pull

While I was on my East Coast Excursion, and even more so after I got back I started feeling “the pull.” Now I know I talked a lot about “the itch” and now I’m talking about “the pull.” What is it with this girl and her titles? I know they’re …

5 Ways to Get Inspired

In this day and age it’s sometimes hard to stay inspired. We constantly have things pulling our attention away from it: jobs, bills, family, friends, and various other responsibilities. I often fall into severe lapses of creativity when I’m busy dealing with “real life” things. What’s worse is when I …

Nature Hunts

It’s a rare and lovely thing when Chicago is quiet and devoid of people. This only really happens on weekend mornings. The city is still asleep and recuperating from the previous night’s festivities. It’s a great time to go out and explore the little pockets of nature that are hidden …