The Artist Within: A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit [Video Book Review]

Disclaimer: I am totally not qualified to review a book for artists. The first thing you should know about me is that I would never consider myself an artist. At least not in the visual arts. But reading Whitney Freya’s book, The Artist Within, helped me shift that mindset and learn to appreciate the artist inside me – no matter how talented she is! This is one of the most practical and inspirational books I’ve ever read on how to boost creativity and let go of perfectionism.

Take a look at the video book review to learn more about The Artist Within: A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit, by Whitney Freya.  I pray it blesses you with a renewed creative spirit!

 

Then let me know how you like to exercise your creative muscle? What’s your favorite creative outlet? 

How to Create a Spiritual Vision Board [Video]

Spiritual Vision BoardLooking for a fun and creative way to accomplish your goals this year? Create a Spiritual Vision Board! Call it a vision board, dream board, art journal or treasure map — the idea is the same: to provide visual focus and direction and inspire you to be your best self. For me, it’s not about manifesting all the things I want to have or all the amazing accomplishments I hope to achieve. It’s about reminding myself who I am called to be and what I am called to do. And it’s a tool I can use each and every day to remember that what I put into my mind and heart determines what comes out through my words and actions. 

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8 

When Paul wrote Philippians he was in prison. Prison! Now, if a man in prison can learn to focus on the positive things in life, then certainly we can do the same. A spiritual vision board helps me to do just that. It helps me to keep a vision of all that is good in my life — and in myself. And with a vision like that, I’m on my way to accomplishing just about anything! 

Want to know how to create a Spiritual Vision Board? Take a look at this short video for my simple 4-step process and then show me a photo of YOUR Spiritual Vision Board over on our Facebook page

 

Looks easy enough, right? Leave a comment below if you have any questions. And don’t forget to show me a photo of YOUR Spiritual Vision Board over on our Facebook page

Create an Attitude of Gratitude All Year Long

{This post was originally published on Mom It Forward on November 2, 2013.} 

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays (second only to April Fools Day, which I know is not a holiday but for someone who has a wicked sense of humor, it’s more fun than birthdays!). Anyway, Turkey Day isn’t all about the meal for me – it’s about family and blessings. And even though it’s a four-day weekend, Thanksgiving never seems long enough. In fact, the retail merchants skip right over Thanksgiving – displaying Christmas decorations the day after Halloween. And the madness of Black Friday shopping has invaded the sanctity of Thanksgiving Day itself. 

What if you could make Thanksgiving last all year long? What if you could capture that feeling of gratitude and count your blessings every day? And what if you could give your family a fun way to create a habit of daily gratitude? Here are a few suggestions to get you and your family started! 

Tips for Creating an Attitude of Gratitude in Your Family

Gratitude Cards1. Color Your Kitchen with Gratitude Cards: Who needs an entire notebook when you can do the job with a single index card? Buy a stack of colorful index cards and keep them in the kitchen where everyone will see them. Any time someone feels joyful, take a minute to write a sentence or word down on an index card and post it on a wall, refrigerator or bulletin board so you can all be reminded of your blessings. You can also use sticky notes.

 2. Find a Gratitude Buddy: Divide the family into pairs (or trios) so everyone has a partner. Make a commitment to share one thing each day that you are grateful for. It helps to have someone else depending on you and expecting you to deliver a thankful thought each day!

3. Make it Thanksgiving Every Day: If you enjoy the tradition of going around the table at Thanksgiving dinner and expressing a sentiment of gratitude, why not make it a daily habit? With young children, you can make it a game. At my house, we play “High/Low” at dinnertime. Each person shares a “high” and a “low” from the day. It’s an opportunity to really connect and learn what’s going on in each other’s lives. [Read more...]