An artist is an explorer.

Making Choices Out of Hope Instead of Fear

I don’t know about you, but it seems everywhere I turn lately, I see a news story or read a Facebook comment or overhear someone talking about something that we all need to be worried about. Maybe even afraid of and probably angry about too. One thing I know for sure, making choices and taking action out of fear, anger, and other negative feelings is a mistake. It is much better to make decisions from a place of optimism, kindness, and love. Making choices out of hope instead of fear can make a big difference in our lives and in 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.

15 Books to Teach Kids About Gratitude

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I can really get behind a day of feasting, relaxing and visiting with family and friends, and remembering all the things we have to be thankful for.  Gratitude is such an important factor in our lives.  Practicing gratitude can relieve stress, lower blood pressure, create contentment, improve our relationships, and even further our career. And here we are, right in the middle of National Gratitude Month. Could there be a more appropriate time to teach our children about gratitude? Unfortunately, it often seems that Thanksgiving is overshadowed by the big commercial push of Read More

An artist is an explorer.

My Fall Bucket List

I cannot believe it’s already fall. Not that I’m complaining. I love this time of year. From farm-fresh apples and pumpkin spice treats to cooler weather and cozy sweaters, Fall is probably my favorite season. Since I created bucket lists for spring and summer, it only makes sense to make one for Fall. Reviewing my summer bucket list is a good idea too. It was a little hit or miss, but I’m hoping my fall bucket list will be more successful.     Summer Bucket List Review 1.  Eat As Much Fresh Summer Fruit as Possible I always do a good Read More