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simple reminders

14 Apr

I’ve been going through a hard time lately, as you all know from my quiet nature and previous post. In attempts to find the positivity, lately I’ve found that the simplest reminders about life, happiness and well-being are often the most effective. This morning I stumbled across a little collection of images while doing my regular blog reading… after my post about life springing from death, sharing these pictures on the blog seemed even more poignant. Taking time to appreciate all of the beautiful things that exist in your life is scientifically proven to boost your mood, (and I’m pretty darn sure looking at adorable photographs of woodland creatures is also a happy inducer). So, let’s do as they say: stop, smell the flowers, breathe it all in, and smile.

one step at a time

27 Mar

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 7.16.09 AMI will ask you to excuse my absence, however I will not apologize for it. The last month of my life has been a whirlwind, and unfortunately not the good kind. After getting over some challenging health and financial struggles in late February, March brought me the devastating death of my Grandfather. Life has a funny way of humbling you… it is never fair, but for the most part, it tries to be good. I always say that in the darkest times you find light, and what I mean by that is when something bad does happen, you can also see all of the good that remains untouched. I have such an amazing family, a loving fiancé and some of the kindest friends… it is through their love that I always find the strength to carry on. Yesterday the universe sent me timely advice with some beautiful little spring flowers poking out of the dead-brush in the front garden, reminding me that everything is cyclical and from death springs life.

making the most of social media

22 Feb

As often as I can, I try to share tidbits of advice that have either come from my personal experience, or other creative sources I’ve stumbled upon. I felt honored this week when my friend and talented illustrator/designer Tim Easley mentioned me and some other cool creative cats in a great article all about getting the most out of social media as an artist/designer. twittertimarticleObviously I want to gloat about being included in the article, but I also feel like the wisdom Tim poured into this piece is very helpful. I appreciate his to-the-point writing style, quick injections of wit, and tangible instances that prove his arguments. He breaks down 4 of the most popular social media applications: instagram, twitter, facebook and flickr. If I were to distill everything into one sentence of advice about social media in general: “be yourself, get personal, tell a story, share progress, post inspiration, and don’t be a spammer.” Read the super informative article here. Thanks for the great advice Tim, (oh and for using me as an example, inherently making me feel like a social media pro).