Resources, tools and inspiration to live the creative life.

Life’s Journey

We don’t have all the answers.

We don’t even have all the questions.

That’s why we ask, and learn, and seek to find the truth.

This is our quest, our life’s journey.

Favorite Places in My Heart 1

Favorite Places in My Heart 1

Japanese Garden, Fort Worth Arboretum


Books/Media to Inspire:


Eat Pray Love

Elizabeth Gilbert


Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It: Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir

Various  and Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat Pray Love (The Movie)




Point of View-Part 3

“In the creative industries, there are few things more exciting than a zinger – a thought, idea, line, plot device – anything really, that just totally works in a fundamentally new and fresh way. It’s like a uniquely lovely melody or a new taste idea in cooking. Something special, something new, something wonderful. They’re also very rare.”

Jasper Fforde





creative acts for today:

writing, photography, creative break


Books to Inspire:

The Eyre Affair

Jasper Fforde


Art That Changed the World


Dalí Pop-Ups

Martin Howard and Courtney Watson McCarthy


Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration 

Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace


Image originally published 5_22_2011.

Point of View-Part 2

Why restrict yourself to only one way of looking at the world?

Use your eyes, but also engage the rest of your senses.

Recognize the sounds, smells and sensations of what you’re experiencing.

The gentle rustle of the leaves, the clean crispness of the air, the feel of the sun on your skin.

We live in a three dimensional world, with multiple ways to explore it.

Do not limit yourself. Live free.


creative acts for today:

writing, photography, creative break


Get Inspired:

Spirograph Deluxe Design Set


Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion

Al Seckel


Creative Whack Pack

Roger Von Oech


Originally published 5_21_2011.

Point of View-Part 1

Have you ever looked at something and done a double take?

Did you really see what your thought you saw?

What’s in control of what you see?

Is it your mind or your eyes?



creative acts for today:

photography, design, planning

Get Inspired:

AWESOME® Clip Connect 100 Piece Interlocking Plastic Building Set


Klutz Paper Flying Dragons Craft Kit


One Plus One Equals Three: A Masterclass in Creative Thinking

Dave Trott


Originally published 5_20_2011.


Morning Song

What brings you joy?

What makes your heart sing?

What gives you such a rush of happiness that you want to dance and twirl and act goofy because you are doing what you are supposed to be doing and you don’t care who knows?

And guess what – you can have more than one thing which can do this for you.

The key to a happy life is being you and exploring the gifts you were born with.

Go do it!

Morning Song

Morning Song


creative acts for today:

writing, photography, dreaming, planning


Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life

Roadtrip Nation, Brian McAllister, Mike Marriner, Nathan Gebhard


Instructions for Happiness and Success: A Step-by-Step Mind Manual for Creating the Life You Choose

Susie Pearl



Reach for the Stars

Never be afraid to dream.

Never be afraid to hope.

Never be afraid to try.

Never be afraid to soar

Never be afraid to reach for the stars.


Star Blooms

creative acts for today:

writing, photography, creative break


Books to Inspire:

Organizing for the Creative Person: Right-Brain Styles for Conquering Clutter, Mastering Time, and Reaching Your Goals

Dorothy Lehmkuhl with contributor Dolores Cotter Lamping


Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

Arianna Huffington


Post originally published on 5_4_2011.


The Color Purple

Color is a creative tool.

It is used by so many creative disciplines it is often overlooked and taken for granted.

Each color has its attributes, associations and history–widespread and personal.

Purple is a rich blend of red and blue.

It can range from the palest lilac to the deepest purples of the night sky just after sunset.

Associated often with royalty, its shades range from shy to bold and fun.

Lilac, lavender, amethyst, plum, violet, iris, heliotrope, pansy.

Want to read more about it?


Royal Couple


creative acts for today:

photography, writing, creative planning


Books on Color:

Color, 2nd edition: A Workshop for Artists and Designers 2nd Edition

David Hornung


Color Theory: An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications

Patti Mollica


Secret Language of Color: Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, & Violet

Joann Eckstut and Arielle Eckstut


Post originally published on 5_17_2011.


Chain of Inspiration

Thought leads to thought.

Idea leads to idea.

Each forges a chain of inspiration, building up to something wonderful.

Every creative chain is unique–because no one is the same.

Some follow similar paths, but the result is one of a kind.

Materials, experiences, length.

Some chains are short and have a clear ending.

Others are just the start of an elaborate piece linking off in several directions, built over time.

These chains of inspiration all have one thing in common.

They are created one link at a time, connecting the previous to the next.

You must forge them with your creativity and will.


Silken Sky

creative acts for today:

writing, photography, space cleaning


Books for Inspiration:

Creative Reboot: Unlock Your Creative Potential for a Deeper, More Meaningful Life in Less than 15 Minutes a Day

Osvaldo Quintanilla


Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration

Meera Lee Patel


Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Brené Brown


Post originally published on 5_9_2011.



Questions, questions, questions.

If you’re not asking questions, you’re not using one of the easiest creative tools available.

Be curious about life, your subjects, the media you work in.

Seeking answers leads you along your path of creative discovery.

Who knows what wonders you will discover and create?

Only you can provide the answers.


Angelika Chandelier

Angelika Chandelier


creative acts for today:

writing, photography, creative break, design


Books to Inspire:

A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life

Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman


Brave Enough

Cheryl Strayed


Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It 

Ian Leslie


Post originally published on 5_9_2011.


Simple truths.

Short bursts of inspiration.

Ideas in pure expression.


Whether you find it in the foil wrapper covering your favorite chocolate or run across it in your reading, quotes are like the beautiful song the birds make singing in the day. Cheerful, happy, waking up your inner soul.

Quotes are the refined Tweets of the past before there was Twitter.

These injections of wisdom can reorient you about your goals and your life.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson



Light Kissed


creative acts for today:

design, photography, writing


Books to Inspire:

Words That Matter: A Little Book of Life Lessons

Oprah Magazine Editors

Seuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out…and Those Already on Their Way 

Dr. Seuss

Greatest Inspirational Quotes: 365 days to more Happiness, Success, and Motivation

Joe Tichio


Post originally published on 5_14_2011.