Show Don’t Tell: Passive Verbs

I’ve been writing for some time now and some of the advice that gets pushed around is “show don’t tell.” Which is fine advice but no one ever gives a practical way to accomplish this. So here it is. A way to move your sentences from passive into active and therefore show instead of tell….

I’m Not an Island

I’m a fairly prolific writer. I get ideas fast and can follow through quickly. That’s my normal. To my peers it looks effortless, like I’m a creative island unto myself. I assure you it’s not easy nor as secluded as it seems. It’s a carefully tuned balance in a multifaceted creative life. Currently, I’m not…

Watercolor Words Project

Most of you have seen my home library. What you don’t see is the boxes of books in storage waiting for space on those shelves. One of those boxes is full of mini sized book and the box behind that is full of broken books. Books too cool to throw out but too damaged to…

“As regards plot I find real life no help at all. Real life seems to have no plots. And as i think a plot desirable and almost necessary, I have this extra grudge against life.” -Francis Bacon

Creating While Waiting

My cookbook has been on submission for a few months now. I’ve run the gamut of emotions. I’m starting to feel like those bouncy balloons kids pummel back and forth endlessly. I wanted something to happen. Then I had a breakthrough. I’m not in control. That fact is positive, good even. If things had happened…

Putting Grumpy in Timeout

I think we all suffer from the occasional (or me a not so occasional) grumpiness. Certain things can get under my skin fast and make my mood turn dark within seconds. For example, loud chewing… I will excuse myself to the bathroom and “get lost” in route to avoid it. Put your big pet peeve…

3 reasons & ways to embrace mental health as a creative

The older I get, the more I understand how mental health affects physical health, relationships, careers, and life in general. I used to think I could get by on junk food, caffeine, minimal sleep, and negative self-talk compounded by toxic relationships. Well, at the confusing age of 27, I now know that’s not enough. It’s…

Open to Suggestions… Right?

I’m not going to lie, anything about performing arts scares me. Ask me to talk to a room full of people about a topic I’m knowledgeable about sure thing- I got it. But ask me to act like something I’m not and bad things happen, and by bad I mean embarrassing. Flashing back to jr….

Self-care for busy people – part 2

In this blog post, we discussed small spa-like actions you can add to your day that don’t take extra time but still offer you ways to care for yourself, body and mind. Today we’ll discuss my time-saving self-care tips. Time-saving self-care Unplug We receive hundreds of notifications every day, but how many of them are…

Self-care for busy people – part 1

Self-care is so important, but when life gets busy, it’s easy to stop making time for ourselves. I get it. A lot of self-care articles say to journal for 15 minutes every day, read for at least an hour, exercise for 30 minutes, and start meditating. While these are all good things, turning self-care into…

#SpringFling Contest

Had to take a creative moment and enter the fun and exciting #SpringFling contest! So here’s my entry! If you want in on this fun check out the directions HERE. I blame Cupid for my love affair. That chunky baby is not new to sweets. I’m certain as he drew up his bow it swiveled…

DIY Veggie Bag

You pick out your veggies and put them in a bag. Which then goes into the grocery bag. When you get home you put that first bag into a garbage bag. At this point I’m feeling like I’m being punked. What’s the point of all the bags and can I change it? I know veggies…

3 must-haves for personalizing your home office

Warning: This is not a Pinterest-worthy post. But it is real. When I set out to personalize my home office, I wanted it to be beautiful, functional, and inspiring. What mighty desires for a room! I spent months not doing anything to my office because I had such high hopes for it and was intimidated…

How to start defeating chronic lateness and procrastination

I am chronically late. It’s an illness, really. Heck, I’m publishing this blog post late. Growing up, my Dad would threaten to go places without me. Now, my husband threatens the same thing. Are they mean? Absolutely not! It’s my boundary issue. My husband and I have been reading Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say…

Writing & Parenting: A Juggling Act

I have two young kids, neither of them are in school yet, and let me say it’s hard to find time for creative endeavors. By the end of the day I’m too tired to think. In the morning even the littlest peep will wake them early. What’s a parent to do? All hail quiet time!…

Simplifying new year’s resolutions

New year’s resolutions have a bad reputation. Most people fall off their chosen bandwagon in less than a month, but that doesn’t have to be the case. The problem is we see resolutions as complicated, large, life-changing things. Instead, we need to see resolutions as smaller, positive shifts in our lifestyles. If we believe in…

Un-gifting Perfectionism

I’m prepping and planning for the most joyful day of the year, today, Christmas. The goal in my mind is the perfect event: the kids will be adorable, the food delicious, my look flawless. But it won’t be. Never totally is, at least in my mind. I made this confession to my Bible study buddy…