An artist is an explorer.

My Word For 2018 is Explore

Have you ever chosen a word for yourself? Many people in the planning/journaling world choose a word to focus on each year. A quick search on Google led me to at least 20 different websites promoting choosing a word to define and guide your year. Pinterest has tons of ideas on how to incorporate your word into your life and lists of words to help you figure out which one is best for you. Last year, I was intrigued by this idea and wondered if I could benefit from it. So, for 2018, I chose a word for myself. My Read More

An artist is an explorer.

15 Lessons Learned From Walt Disney and His Movies

I’ll say it loud and proud. I love Disney movies (note, I love Pixar movies too and they’re now owned by Disney). From my youngest years, I have delighted in Disney films, animated or live-action. These films are usually, at their core, stories about good versus evil, the power of love, and overcoming obstacles. There are many lessons learned if you pay attention. Sure, Disney can be criticized for almost always absent moms. Think Bambi, Snow White, Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid to name a few.  They are also known for sanitizing history and fictional stories alike. Think Pocahontas and Read More

An artist is an explorer.

My Most Popular Posts from 2017

I’ve been blogging for about 15 months now. In 2017, I wrote 85 posts. My readership has grown, slowly, but steadily. I am thankful for the opportunity I have to share my thoughts and ideas in this way. At the end of the year, I started looking at the numbers. I’m not usually a numbers kind of person. They’ve never been my strength. But I wanted to see which articles were the most popular posts, to see what worked and what didn’t. I found that several types of posts seemed to get the most traffic. Those included book reviews and Read More

An artist is an explorer.

17 Quotes to Help Shine Light During Dark Times

Have you watched the news lately? Maybe you shouldn’t. Some days it seems like all we hear about are tragedies, victims, anger, hate, violence, crime, and wars. The world can seem like a very dark place. It can be discouraging and even frightening. It’s part of the reason I began this blog. I wanted to share some light during dark times. How we talk to ourselves and others has a big effect on how well we handle dark times.  Negative self-talk creates self-doubt, lowers self-esteem, and creates fear, anxiety, and even depression.  The same goes for how we talk about Read More