Trying to please everybody John Lennon quote

Trying to Please Everybody is Impossible

Haters are gonna hate Let’s face it, we’re never going to make everyone happy. No matter what we create or how we choose to live our life, there will always be somebody out there who doesn’t like what we do. We can’t afford to water down our art in order to make people like50

Anything can be

Anything can be…

  When I hear the words “Anything can happen“, I never know exactly what to think. One one hand I hear that little voice inside my head urging me to keep moving forward with my latest project. At the same time, however, I also hear a slightly more menacing voice uttering50

Wishing and Wasting

Wishing and Wasting

In our society we are often taught to set goals, visualize our success, and picture the person we would like to become.  Be more. Get more. Achieve more. Wherever you are in life — never be satisfied. Never be content with where you are or what you currently have.  Living50

Work for a cause not for applause quote

Work for a cause not applause

  Sometimes it feels like we spend so much time trying to get ourselves noticed, that we forget why we’re doing all of this in the first place.  When we base our level of success on fame, money, and admiration we soon discover that there is never enough. When we50

Power of Love Quote Jimi Hendrix

The Power of Peace…

In order to find peace we must first give up our selfish desire for power and control. When we try to control someone else, we enter into a struggle that we cannot possibly win. We can choose to spend our time fighting with ourselves and others, but in the end, it50

Being grateful for life

Being grateful for what you have

Let’s face it, being grateful for what you already have isn’t easy.  Everyday we are trained by our society to be dissatisfied. To be dissatisfied with ourselves, our career, our weight, our relationships, and even our laundry detergent. We are told that no matter what we have, it could be50

Let It Go...

Just Let It Go…

Just let it go.  At some point in our lives we all have to learn how to let go.  You would think that this would be easy. It would seem that letting go would be a lot easier than holding on — but it’s not. We cling to the familiar50

Dance First --Think Later

Dance First,Think Later

Sometimes we spend so much time worrying about our results and the “what-ifs” that we never get around to actually getting started.  Remember that there will always be time to edit, revise, and erase later if necessary — but first we have to take action. Do whatever your can to50

Emerson Quote Person You Decide to Be

The Person You Decide to Be.

Sometimes it seems like we don’t really have a choice. It feels like what we do, where we have to go, and ultimately who we become has already been decided for us. We feel powerless. In the end, however, it’s your life and only you will decide what type of50

Follow your path, unless you're lost

Follow your path, unless…

Don’t be afraid to create your own path, as long as you know where you’re going 😉 “Follow your passion, stay true to yourself.  Never follow anyone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path, then by all means you should follow that.”50

We do not believe in ourselves until...

We do not believe in ourselves until…

As teachers and parents sometimes we forget how much a simple word of encouragement can mean to a child.  When we tell them that what they create or what they have to say matters, we are teaching them to believe in themselves, which is one of the best gifts anyone50

John Lennon Quote Need to love ourselves

We Need to Love Ourselves First…

Before we can help others. Before we are able to love someone else, we need to first learn how to accept and love ourself with all of our little imperfections. John Lennon discovered like so many before him, that before we can change the world, we need to first change50

MLK-Image Quote-Everybody can be great

Everybody can be great…

Martin Luther King Jr realized that anyone can be great in this life if they are willing to serve and help others achieve their dreams.  He knew that everything in this world is interconnected, and whatever you are willing give to others, will eventually come back to you.  Have the50

Ira Glass Image Quote

It’s going to take some time (and that’s okay)

[Click on the image to make it larger]  Despite what people may tell you, creating art is not easy. Creating art (or anything) is hard work and chances are it’s going to take awhile to get to that point where you are creating something worthwhile.  You’re going to try and50

Mark Twain Image Quote-You Can Be Great

Stay away from small people…

We are here to lift each other up, not tear one another down. This is one of the great life lessons that sooner or later we all must learn.  We are fooled sometimes because in the short-run competition appears to work.  If you win, I lose — therefore in order for50

Artist Invocation Image Quote

An Artist’s Blessing

[Click image to make it larger] I have always loved this artist’s blessing from the late great Irish poet John O’Donohue. It talks about the mysterious creative process where we often find ourselves waiting for our muse to speak to us.  That moment when we are finally able to reach beyond50

Authenticity and Originality in Art

Beg, Borrow & Create

You don’t have to be original and you don’t need to be revolutionary, you just have to learn how to speak in your own creative voice. Find a way to bring your life and your experiences into your work. There are no new or undiscovered plots under the sun, only50

It's okay to fail, not okay to quit

It’s okay to fail (really)

Failure is part of the process They say that mastery comes from experience and experience comes from failure.  In other words, you can’t get one without the other.  It’s okay to fail as long as you don’t fall into the trap of  blaming someone else for your past mistakes.  Take50

We all have a story to tell - Image Quote

What’s your story?

Everyone has a creative gift to share.  Everyone has a story to tell.  What’s your story?  

Drink more coffee - Do stupid things faster

Drink More Coffee!

This inspiring bit of caffeinated humor has been floating around the internet for years, but it still makes me smile every time I see it!

Mikhail Baryshnikov Quote on Competition

Be a better you…

We all know what it’s like to feel like we are out there competing against the world.  Sometimes it feels like it’s us against them.  If they win we lose, and the only way we rise to the top is by pulling someone else down.  The truth, however, is that50

"Go now and live" by Jeanette Leblanc

Go now and live.

Choose exhilaration over comfort. Choose magic over predictability. Choose potential over safety. Sometimes in order to live the life we want to have, we need to put our fears aside and jump.

Steven Pressfield Quote

Believe the Unbelievable

Sometimes in order to get started you need to be willing to put aside your fears and self-doubts and convince yourself that anything is possible.  Some people call this “fake it until you make it” while others understand that something is only truly impossible if you are unwilling to try.50

Do not judge your progress

Get What You Give

It’s far too easy to get discouraged by our current progress (or lack thereof) towards achieving our creative dreams, but success inevitably grows by the seeds we plant today. Even if we are unable to see the results of our hard work today, we need to have faith and realize that50