You know that old phrase, “starving artist”? I despise it. The connotations of being an artist, a maker of any sort has always had a bad rep. You weren’t taken seriously. You were told to wake up and “get a real job”. You walked a path different than most. Read more
To create something out of nothing is a skill. To create is healing for the soul.
When I was a kid all I wanted to do was create. Whether it be choosing which Crayola crayons to color with (I was brand loyal even then) or starting some new craft project, there was always something I could get lost in making. Read more
Because we live in a culture that increasingly leans toward commercialism, materialism, and secularism, it is not always easy to keep the soul nourished.
The challenge of these days, when times are not hospitable to spiritual growth, is how to nuture, feed, heal, restore, and renew the soul. Here are 21 practical suggestions for building a stronger spiritual life. Read more
One of the most beautiful and compassionate passages in the Bible contains these words of blessing pronounced by Moses: Read more
The Bible says: “Rivers of living water will flow from the heart of those who believe in me” (John 7:38, margin).* Remember, it is the mountain stream that carries fresh, life-giving water because it flows out. However, the swamp is stagnant and life-devouring. Read more
Change is something that happens all the time, whether we want it or not. Recently, we had some rather major changes thrust upon us. While many of us suffered painful losses and heightened fears to one degree or another, we also had incredible insights about our lives and our priorities. We saw new directions based on deeper values and made internal changes. Read more
There come times in everyone’s life when you’re faced with a choice that involves risk. Perhaps you want to change careers, move to a different place, quit your job and start a business, begin a new relationship, have a child. Creatively, you may be faced with a choice of doing what you know is marketable or going out on a limb with your own vision, or giving up a steady job to follow your creative pursuits full-time. Read more
One of the hardest things we do in life is making choices and decisions. But it’s also one of the most powerful. Choices are the hinges upon which the paths of our lives turn. You can probably remember a choice you made sometime in your life that set your life on a completely different course than if you had chosen one of the other options available to you. Read more
I often reflect and express gratitude toward my creativity. Creativity is a gift, one not everyone receives and I appreciate it all the more. Every day I’m thankful for possessing the ability to create and I do my best to put it to good use.
Creativity has a life of its own, one of mystery and intrigue. It’s not something I can control nor would I want to. It comes and goes as it pleases but I know it never drifts too far off. I miss it when we’re apart but I grow stronger with each encounter.
I made a promise to myself this past year that I would fully commit to living a creative life. There is nothing more in this world I aspire for my life than to live of wild creative pursuits. It’s my ultimate purpose and I put nothing else above it.
If you want to live a creative life too you can. There are no requirements, no prerequisites, no rules. All you have to do is make this promise to yourself. Choose to create more than you consume and choose to give it all away. Share your creative projects with the world, they do no good collecting dust in the back of your mind. Expose them to the light of day and you’ll reap the benefits ten times over.