Using What You Have, Starting Where You Are

Using What You Have, Starting Where You Are

I get up most mornings at 4:30 am with one goal in mind– to create. Sometimes it means writing for two straight hours. Other times, it means working on a new collage.

I recently purchased a few new small sketch books, which will serve as visual journals, and have begun building up a new arsenal of supplies– paint, oil crayons, found objects, and the magical black and white photocopy.  I don’t have much, but I’m going to be resourceful and start with what I have. This forces me to consider even my son’s crayons to be a viable medium.  (more…)

Set Yourself Up for Success Before Breakfast

Set Yourself Up for Success Before Breakfast

The Weekend Paradox

I’ve come to conclusion that when my day doesn’t go right, it’s because I made one crucial mistake early on: I did not have a plan. The weekends are supposed to be about kicking back and relaxing, right?  However, I’ve found that I still need a certain level of structure.  If I don’t have some sort of plan on the weekend, I’m a mess to be quite honest.  I usually drop the ball on my Monday through Friday morning schedule, and convince myself that sleeping in is a good idea because I need it after a busy week. Unfortunately, this usually backfires and my day often feels a bit off-kilter. (more…)

Dish on the Fly: Eclectic Asian Fusion

Dish on the Fly: Eclectic Asian Fusion

I’d say the best way to describe my cooking style is that it’s a bit of a mashup. I get the most creative in the kitchen when I’m cooking an Asian-inspired dish. I’m not focused on any kind of traditional approach, although I’ve learned quite a bit by hanging out at Asian markets and experimenting with ingredients. As a result, many of the dishes I create have an “Asian fusion flair.” If I wrote about nothing but chickpeas and Asian-inspired dishes on this blog, I don’t think I’d have much trouble with pulling that off.

The dish below was what I made for lunch today. I tend to make sure I always have on hand plenty of mix and match ingredients, making it easy to whip something up on the fly, which is what I did today since it was a later-than-usual lunch because of afternoon errands. The last thing I want to do is regret having reached for what’s easy, instead of taking a few extra minutes to make a meal that’s not only healthy, but really delish! (more…)

Put Yourself All Out There, So There’s Room to Create More

Put Yourself All Out There, So There’s Room to Create More

When it comes to listening to podcasts, I’ve come to conclusion that I’m simply addicted. I listen every chance I get. I’m plugged in while I knit, while I’m cooking dinner, and most especially when I’m out for a run. Today, I was listening to the James Altucher Show, with Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist. This interview seriously resonated with me, especially when he said to –“Put yourself all out there, so there’s room to create more.” Brilliant and so true.

I talk about this even more in depth, in this five-minute snippet, recorded during a cool down after today’s run. (Excuse the heavy breathing and background noise) Have a listen here:

Getting out of the closet.

In my little rant, I go into how the interview prompted me to reflect on the parts of my own life that I’ve tried to place in neat little boxes, which were actually a little messy inside.  I tried to wear different hats and assume a certain persona, but I wasn’t happy. I literally felt as if I was in the closet about my true intentions for how I wanted to express myself creatively. (more…)