It’s 2023! We should have MORE time than prior generations to do the things that make us feel fulfilled and joyous, not LESS. Enter capitalism, here to pay less than a living wage and ruin your day by pressuring you to monetize every minute of your life and every hobby you have. Human beings are … Continue reading Do You Treat Creativity Like a Guilty Pleasure?
Sometimes, in the middle of a wonderful day, or a beautiful swell of joy and happiness... I start to feel bad. Guilty. Like I'm doing something wrong. Other people in the world are living through terrible things. My own safety isn't guaranteed. But overall, I'm honestly quite happy. And then the guilt sets in. I … Continue reading Art Matters. Right Now.
File this one under advice I give but hate having to take. I set out this month on a thirty day challenge of my own making: Paint every day. The paints I'm using are a set of Basics acrylics that I received for Christmas in 2011. I have been operating under the belief that they … Continue reading Use your nice art supplies
I would have two nickels. Which isn't a lot, but it's cool that it happened twice. I've been looking for a desk. Not just any desk, but a small, basic desk or table that I can use for painting, separate from my computer desk. I like designated spaces. Bonus points for a desk with an … Continue reading If I had a nickel for every time I manifested a desk…
I love Lizzo. I have painted one human portrait in my entire life, and it was of Lizzo. Lizzo helps me feel good about my body. Her music inspires me to sing and dance. I admire her deeply, more and more every time I find out something new about her. Life Lesson One: All Bodies … Continue reading Three Life Lessons from Lizzo
If you're a creative person, it's important to embrace your creative identity. This can be difficult in our society where creativity is often seen as a hobby, self-indulgence, or non-productive trait. But the truth is that being creative is an essential part of who we are and what we do. It makes us human. What … Continue reading Developing your creative identity
I recently completed an art project I've been contemplating for months and working on for weeks. It started when we bought this house a year ago. I wanted a rad background for my Zoom calls, so we painted the office purple and installed a shelf, and my friend offered me a giant framed canvas they … Continue reading When It Doesn’t Happen As Planned
Short answer: Yes, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Think about airplane safety, and how they tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others with theirs. Even your kids! You need to put on your mask before you help your kids put on their masks. Does this mean you are … Continue reading Does Prioritizing Yourself Mean De-Prioritizing Others?
This season of the Run Like Hell Toward Happy podcast is about halfway over, and we've covered six HUGE beliefs taking up a lot of space in your life, for better or worse. Any belief is, effectively, a story you tell yourself. And one that you can rewrite to your liking — even if it's … Continue reading 6 Beliefs You’re Allowed to Change
Most of us have creative impulses — whether we listen to them or not. So many of my creative coaching clients have lists and lists of amazing, creative ideas but don't know where to start or which idea is the "right" one that deserves their attention. If that sounds like you, keep reading! By the … Continue reading How to Be More Creative