Eat Your Cake

April 14, 2012

Oh Creative One! I am pregnant with my fourth. Due in about 5 weeks. I went out by myself the other night just to get a wee break from the lovely chaos that reigns at my house. At first I thought I was only away for a break and so I ordered a slice of delightful coconut cake at one of my favorite restaurants. Then, as technology would have it, my husband texted and said he would not be able to join me for dinner, I then ate a salad and a pizza at Zeppo’s all by myself. I looked incredibly pregnant, eating cake first and then my dinner which included the best margerhita pizza this side of the MIssissippi. So much so that 3 others around me and a pregnant waitress also commented with joy about my eating. It gave many as much pleasure as it gave my belly.

Hungry Creative One! Feed your creative self in any way that you see fit. Even if it goes against all the rules that usually work. It will give more than your creative self pleasure to see you do right by your creativity. So happy you’re here!! 

Fear Not

April 10, 2012

Oh Creative One! One of my most favorite things to do is to listen to people who do their jobs well. This weekend, whilst running errands I heard the best interview with Brad Ausmus. Keep in mind, I am not a baseball fan. I am simply a fan of people who love thier jobs. When I listen I hear many lessons to take with me on my own personal journey. About halfway thru, he talks about fear. Simply put, he talks about how no pitcher will win a game playing into his fears.

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/06/150059218/behind-the-plate-a-baseball-catcher-tells-all

Worried Creative One, listen to the interview if you can. Enjoy all the tidbits that can be gleaned from admiring a job well done. Above all, today’s entry is a reminder that you must put your fears aside. Play into your strengths and use them. Be brave. Thankful you’re around!!

yours to give

March 23, 2012

Oh Creative One! The phrase at our house when the littles squabble over toys is, “That _____ is yours to share.” It is a nice saying in that it recognizes the person’s sense of ownership but also communicates the expectation that sharing is also a necessary part of life in our home. That being said, it doesn’t really surprise me much when a 4 year old simply doesn’t share very well, particularly objects she sees as necessary to her existence. It doesn’t surprise me because I don’t see most adults sharing prized possessions, “Here….you may borrow my car, my house, my….” Doesn’t happen much. Last night, on the final episode of Heidibot’s Project Runway All-Stars, Mondo said something to the effect the season reminded him that his gifts are for giving. 

Talented Creative One! I know how very special your gifts are. Though you may belong to the clan of photographers or designers or painters or singers or knitters that roam our earth, you do have something special that makes your work yours alone. But, this weekend, remember that your talents are yours to share. I’m always thankful when you do share because your work often awakens something in my own creative soul. Many thanks my dear creative one!

What to Do with Trophies

March 16, 2012

Oh Creative One! Every year on American Idol, it is the same thing. A singer is told that he/she has the “best voice” yet, or heard today or ever.  Early on, if you can hit a note and wear deodorant and pass for sane, then you are deemed to have a great voice and are slathered with compliments. I have been in a similar position. When someone likes my writing, a part of me is relieved and relaxed and thrilled. It feels  simply good to hear that someone else sees why you like what you do. Then, later on in the competition, the contestant falters. He/she fails to get the votes or hit the notes. What then? Where do the contestants go?  How abandoned the contestant must feel. How let-down the contestant must feel. Once told he/she was amazing and then told that he/she failed and is no longer the “best voice” yet, today, ever….

Adored Creative One! I’ve got a task for you. When you receive these compliments, I want you to put them on a shelf in your heart as if they were trophies. I want you to keep them as shiny markers of a moment in time. View these compliments as markers of the time when your talent and your hard work collided with another’s recognition. Put them on that shelf in your heart. Look at them now and then. Buff them up and let them sparkle. But do not take them with you when you walk out your door. They will become too heavy to carry and cumbersome if you take them all. What’s more, what will you do when you fail? Carry that with you too? No, these compliments and failures are simply markers in time. Do not let them get in the way of your gifts. Now, get back to work.

What to Do with Trophies

March 16, 2012

Oh Creative One! Every year on American Idol, it is the same thing. A singer is told that he/she has the “best voice” yet, or heard today or ever.  Early on, if you can hit a note and wear deodorant and pass for sane, then you are deemed to have a great voice and are slathered with compliments. I have been in a similar position. When someone likes my writing, a part of me is relieved and relaxed and thrilled. It feels  simply good to hear that someone else sees why you like what you do. Then, later on in the competition, the contestant falters. He/she fails to get the votes or hit the notes. What then? Where do the contestants go?  How abandoned the contestant must feel. How let-down the contestant must feel. Once told he/she was amazing and then told that he/she failed and is no longer the “best voice” yet, today, ever….

Adored Creative One! I’ve got a task for you. When you receive these compliments, I want you to put them on a shelf in your heart as if they were trophies. I want you to keep them as shiny markers of a moment in time. View these compliments as markers of the time when your talent and your hard work collided with another’s recognition. Put them on that shelf in your heart. Look at them now and then. Buff them up and let them sparkle. But do not take them with you when you walk out your door. They will become too heavy to carry and cumbersome if you take them all. What’s more, what will you do when you fail? Carry that with you too? No, these compliments and failures are simply markers in time. Do not let them get in the way of your gifts. Now, get back to work.

Wallow

March 15, 2012

Oh, Creative One! I am a Project Runway fan. So much so, that even in light of this questionable all-star season, I am a watcher. I have it set on record and still watch it live. We creatives must take note of Mondo’s dilemma during last week’s episode. He was designing sketchless, which was normal for him, but quite different for the guest judge – Nanette Lepore. He was low, depressed, and hadn’t ever questioned his direction like that before. What did Mondo do? He stared at his un-moored creativity and kept at it. He literally powered through the doubt and worry and won the episode’s challenge.

Questioning Creative One! I often recommend taking a break or trying something new when you are in a worrisome rut. Not this time. This time, I want you to work past that fretful point. I want you to surround yourself with the process and environment that have helped you be successful in the past. Then, I want you to do too much, go too far, stare into that sickening pit of worry during your next creative block. You might find that you had nothing to worry about at all. Or, you might find that it does indeed truly stink, but that knowledge will bring its own lovely lessons to your creative doorstep.

Twinkle, Twinkle Jeremy Lin

February 23, 2012

I have a touch of Linsanity. It is startling as with my limited time, I generally prefer to read about arts or parenting over sports. Certainly I have Linsanity as his story is made for Hollywood. But, I didn’t catch Linsanity until I heard an interview with him. In it, he referred to his time being traded from team to team. No one understood why he was disheartened. He was getting an NBA paycheck. He said that he knew he always had more to give and just didn’t know how.

Disheartened Creative One! I know this feeling so very deeply that it has caused my Linsanity.  I want you to remember when you are lost that you are not the only one with more to give. There are many to rely on. That you must persevere. That once you land where you need to be, you will shine and cause those around you to twinkle as well.

Dinosaurs in Snowdrifts

February 1, 2012

Adored Reader! I am that small voice. Here is your story: Yesterday I lost track of my 4 year old daughter. In her bedroom? No. Her brothers’? No. In my closet within my party dresses? In our cold garage on her bike? On the icy porch in her tutu? No. No. No. I called her name. I started to sweat despite the chill and then I spied her in her older brother’s winter garb under the frozen plum tree out back. There, she had carved a world where dinosaurs and fairies roamed peacefully in the snow. I wanted to interrupt her. Tell her of my fears. Demand that she answer to her name the next time around. But I did not. When else will such a world exist for her? For me?

Oh Creative one! Go ahead! That’s right, I give you permission to get lost in the worlds you imagine. Do not let anyone’s fears or demands enter your heart. Do not respond to your name is called for dinner time with loved ones.

Portlandia

May 22, 2011

Oh Creative Ones! Glaswegians will be packing up our house in a few short days and we will be en route to Portland, Oregon in the states. I’m stockpiling entries and thinking of you daily. Soon, dear creatives, soon…

Oh Creative One, so very sorry I left for so very long. I developed a drug-resistant lung infection the month before my son was born and then really needed a month to get better. I left you hanging. I can only hope you will accept my apology. Tell me how you’re doing. Then, enjoy this clip

Vulnerable Creative One! Where is that spot? Where is that place that can be the source of shame or the source of power? Find that spot, be it large or small. I totally trust you to find the power in it. Your creative bits will be so thankful. X