A 6-month check-in: 6 things I’ve learned

Six months ago I did something truly terrifying. I picked up the well-curated life I had established in Chicago, packed up my car, and took off for Maine. I didn’t know anyone here, I barely had a job lined up, and I had no idea where I was going to …

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 …

Absent but not forgotten: Getting back into the blogging groove

Hey everyone! I’m back! Though I didn’t actually leave, I have been absent from the blog scene for a few weeks and I sincerely apologize for that. When I first started blogging I was also following numerous other blogs. I wanted to see how they did it, what they wrote …

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 …

Don’t settle for the first option

This week I learned an important lesson: don’t settle for the first option. It can seem alluring to choose whatever is behind door number one without looking to see what’s behind doors two and three. It’s the safe bet. It means not putting yourself through the additional anxiety of holding …

Let the great world spin!

Not only is Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann a great book, I also thought it aptly described how I’m letting go of fear and embracing this new chapter of my life. Let it spin! I’ve been in Maine for over a week now, and so far it’s …

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 …

I am a writer!

For as long as I can remember I’ve always struggled with calling myself a writer. Ever since I was a kid scribbling away in my bedazzled diary I’ve always felt that being a writer was some unattainable dream. It was something to aspire to, but not necessarily achieve. I thought …

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 …