Art Effects

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island Yesterday, I told you that recently, I’ve been expressing my thoughts through sketching and doodling. I’ve been flipping through how-to books and watching YouTube tutorials on drawing cartoon figures and the very act of drawing is…

Inspired Thoughts

A few things I am doing or thinking about today, the books that inspired them and links to previous posts where I talked a little bit more about those ideas. Sketching my plans and my goals as I process them Book: Draw to Win by Dan Roam Book:  Doodletopia Fairies/Christopher Hart Blog post: Add some fairy dust …

Using Media For Inspiration

Most of media consumption this week has been from YouTube – watching and contributing. Two videos I posted lately that you might not know about if you don’t subscribe to me there (hint: you should!) … a little chat about what I read in August where I try to figure out if I prefer male or…

It’s My Party And I’ll Cry If I Want To

It’s my birthday today.  Birthdays should be celebratory. Like they say, any day above ground is a good day. And I am happy to be alive and happy to be celebrating another birthday but I’m also emotional about where I am in my life compared to where I wish I was. Yesterday, I cried because…

Nothing matters more than results

I read this on Seth Godin’s blog:    “Nothing matters more than results” Except for: Community, contribution and what our friends think Trust The perception of quality How much we like doing business with you Side effects and self-esteem. Also… doing work that matters, with people we care about. It seems like almost everything important matters…

Eavesdrop Inspiration

… at Starbucks and there are three men across the table from me. I’m sitting at the “community table”, trying to write, to work on my made-up stories but their conversation is infinitely more interesting to me so now I am distracted. The two younger men are business partners, the older one is some type…

The Only Reason To Advertise

Did you ever wonder why established companies like McDonald’s spend money on advertising? Its not like McDonald’s needs to introduce their company to us. I don’t think there’s a person over the age of three in North America who’s never heard the jingle, or can’t identify Ronald McDonald in a lineup or doesn’t know what the golden…

Write Me A Love Song

A few days ago, I attended an event and had a chance to spend a little time with someone I’d only met once before. For me, the event was pretty normal but yesterday, I heard that this casual acquaintance made some truly nice remarks about me afterwards. She talked about the things she admired about…

4 Seasons of Living

It is a certainty that as the world turns, the seasons change but how do we change to take advantage of them? Do we sit around in one season and pine for the other, more favorable period to roll around? Or do we harness the advantages that are available to us in this one? Winter…

Why We Do

It is no secret that I am a fan of Seth Godin. In the past few months, I’ve read a few of his books and I subscribe to his daily blog. Yesterday, he posted this list of reasons we do things and I thought it was so moving, literally and figuratively – his words made me…

Book Of The Day

There is no universal answer to the question, What is the meaning of life? For life means different things to different people on different days. There is simply no single answer to the question what is the best thing to do now. Everyone has their own vocation, their own skill, their own agenda. Our best move is…

How fast do gorillas crawl?

It takes a special person to decide to do something that’s never been done before. Call it a stunt, call it crazy, but when someone decides to break away and follow their own path, it is brave. There are no guide books for what you will encounter on the journey and how to react to each situation….