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L is Let Go of Perfectionism #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creative Encouragement Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: L is for Let Go of Perfectionism Perfectionism is a sneaky being with claws. It seeps into your creative projects with the best of intentions. I only want you to do your best, it whispers, I’m only here to help you improve. However, perfectionism is more than just doing your best. Perfectionism is an excess. Perfectionism keeps you from moving…

K is for Killjoys – How to Protect Your Creativity #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creative Encouragement Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: Protect Yourself from Creative Killjoys Some people get so frustrated with their own creativity that seeing you enjoy your creative projects pisses them off. I call these people Creative Killjoys. The world is full of them, alas, and they come in several flavors. One type of Creative Killjoy will regale you with facts and figures about how few artists “make…

J is for Just Keep Going #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creative Encouragement Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: J is for Just Keep Going “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius I like this quote because it’s so simple and obvious and yet, if you slow down and roll it around in your mind it can stir up a lot of feelings. For instance, in my case it…

I is for Ideas Are Like Beach Rocks

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creative Encouragement Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: Ideas are like Beach Rocks “Ideas are like rocks on a beach: They’re everywhere, but they don’t stack themselves!”- Tui Snider Have you ever met someone who treated their ideas as if they were the final product? I’m talking about folks who cling to an idea as tightly as Gollum held onto “The Precious.” Hey, I’ve done it myself! Sometimes…

H is for Hating Yourself #AtoZChallenge

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creative Encouragement Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: H is for Hating Yourself One thing we have ALL got in common: We all have faults! But that’s ok. In fact, sometimes our faults are part of what make us interesting. Case in point: every single movie or TV show you enjoy. If the characters were all flawless, would you even bother watching the story? So quit spending all…

G is for Giving Up vs a Creative Charley Horse

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging others so much, I’m sharing Creative Encouragement Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. The quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s today’s featured letter: Is it Time to Give Up? Or is it a Creative Charley Horse? Have you ever had a Charley Horse? That’s the nickname for a terrible cramp that strikes out of the blue, usually affecting your calf muscles. When you get a Charley Horse, every instinct tells you to keep pointing your toes, even though that’s the wrong thing to…

F is for Friends Feed Creativity: Online & Off

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging other creatives so much, I’m sharing Homemade Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. By “homemade” I mean that the quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s the one I made for today: F is for Friends Feed Creativity Online & Off! I can be quite the hermit, it’s true! My creative process for writing, music and even photography often finds me wandering off by myself for hours, even days, at a time. And while I enjoy this time alone, when I finally…

E is for Express versus Impress

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging other creatives so much, I’m sharing Homemade Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. By “homemade” I mean that the quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s the one I made for today: E is for Express versus Impress Have you ever found yourself changing your creative project to try and please someone else? Maybe they made an offhand comment about your work and now you find yourself trying to impress them rather than express yourself. In the end, some people will love…

#IWSG How Do You Handle Stress?

An unpleasant surprise… Is anyone else stressed out? I like to think of myself as a mellow person, but lately I’ve been struggling! It’s not just a subjective feeling: Recently at the doctor’s office, my blood pressure was 166/88, which is not my norm! It’s usually on the low side, like 120/60. And, of course, learning that my blood pressure was through the roof only increased my stress… Plus, I was supposed to get lab work done the next day, but I got the flu that night. Then, the day I was well I flew up to spend time with my parents…

D is for Doubt Kills Dreams

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging other creatives so much, I’m sharing Homemade Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. By “homemade” I mean that the quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s the one I made for today: D is for Doubt Kills Dreams Have you ever quit working on a creative project because you doubted yourself? I know I have! Who needs trolls when your inner critic can rip you to shreds, right? So let’s have a moment of silence for all those potentially wonderful projects that never saw…

C is for Creative Contagion

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging other creatives so much, I’m sharing Homemade Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. By “homemade” I mean that the quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s the one I made for today: C is for Creative Contagion “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” – Albert Einstein This Einstein quote is a new one to me, and I love it! There truly is something contagious about seeing another creative person in action. I think that’s why makeover shows and diy home repair shows…

B is for Beautiful Being

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging other creatives so much, I’m sharing Homemade Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. By “homemade” I mean that the quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s the one I made for today: B is for Beautiful Being “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” – Coco Chanel I know, I know! You’ve been told to “be yourself” so many times that it’s become a meaningless phrase. But I love this quote from the fashion icon, Coco Chanel. Her words apply just…

A is for Afraid to Begin

I love encouraging others! Since I love encouraging other creatives so much, I’m sharing Homemade Creativity Memes for this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. By “homemade” I mean that the quotes are from all over, but I took each photo with my iPhone. Here’s the one I made for today: A is for Afraid to Begin? Do you ever get the urge to create something, but chicken out because you’re not an expert? I’ve done that so many times! Didn’t pick up the paint brush because I’m not Picasso. Didn’t touch the piano because I’m not Chopin. But in the…

Win Tickets to the 2017 Aurora Alien Encounter #Texas #UFO #con

September 16, 2017: Aurora Alien Encounter UFO Conference Did You know a UFO crashed in Aurora, TX in 1897?  The City of Aurora and Vortexas invite you to come and celebrate the 120th anniversary of this bizarre event  on Saturday, September 16, 2017 for the second annual AURORA ALIEN ENCOUNTER! ( PLEASE NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for April 22th, 2017, but the date has been bumped ahead)   What is the Aurora Alien Encounter? This exciting UFO Conference commemorates a strange event which occurred on April 17, 1897 when a UFO crashed in Aurora, a small town north of Fort…

#IWSG How My Travel Book Took Me on an Unexpected Journey!

My travel book is taking me on a journey of its own! I’m so dang excited: Three years ago, nearly to the day, I published my very first book. Unexpected Texas came out on March 2nd, 2014. Up until then, aside from a few small exceptions, I had only had my work published in magazines. So this was a great big step into the unknown! Friendships, opportunities… Long story short: my book hit #1 for Dallas – Fort Worth Travel on Amazon two days after its release and has pretty much camped out on that list ever since. It’s done quite…

#IWSG Bullet Journal – Evernote combo?

Writing research road trip… I’m posting this month’s IWSG post a day early because my hubby and I are taking off on a month-long road trip tomorrow morning! (So, I may be a bit slow to make the IWSG rounds, but I will do my best, bad motel WIFI willing!) As I’ve mentioned here before, Larry’s dad moved in with us last summer. We love having him here, but it all came about rather suddenly. Long story short, he has dementia and could no longer live on his own. So, we’re sending him up to stay with family on Long…

Historic Graveyards: What Does a Cube Symbolize on a Headstone?

Cubes are not merely decorative It’s easy to overlook the meaning behind simple shapes on historic headstones, and even to assume they are merely decorative. Sometimes, of course, that is the case. After all, a cube is not all that complex or particularly exciting to look at. Even so, when featured at a gravesite, there is often a symbolic meaning behind it. I recently came across this particular cube while exploring the historic graveyard up in Aurora, Texas and decided this week’s cemetery symbols post would answer the question, “What does a cube symbolize on a headstone?” What does a…

The Quirky Grave of Anthony Bascilli in Thurber, Texas

Anthony Bascilli was a quirky guy! One of the most mysterious burial sites in historic Thurber Cemetery is the grave of Anthony Bascilli (1855 – 1932.)  Even in life, Anthony Bascilli had his quirks. According to Jeff Walker at the Texas Tabernacle blog, this Hungarian immigrant sometimes amused himself by getting drunk and tossing off half-sticks of dynamite while strolling the back roads of Thurber, Texas. Bascilli worked in Thurber’s coal mines, so I suppose access to dynamite was easy. And you’ve got to get your jollies somehow, right?   Anthony Bascilli’s elaborate burial plans What really sets Anthony Bascilli apart from other…

St. Anthony of Egypt – Patron Saint of Gravediggers

St. Anthony’s feast day is January 17 For this week’s cemetery post, I decided to write about Saint Anthony of Egypt. Why? Because not only is his feast day January 17th, but he just so happens to be the patron saint of gravediggers. I figure that also makes him the patron saint of those of us who enjoy exploring historic graveyards! Non-Catholics celebrate feast days, too I’m not Catholic, but plenty of non-Catholics celebrate feast days. Case in point: St. Patrick’s Day. No one bats an eye if you’re a protestant, Jewish, or even an atheist who decides to drink green beer…

Amazing Postage Stamp Mural in Eastland, Texas

  East/west…whatever! The following is an adapted excerpt from Unexpected Texas, my quirky travel guide to offbeat and overlooked day trips near Dallas and Fort Worth: Despite being named “Eastland” this quirky little town is actually located in west Texas. (Meanwhile, the city of West, Texas is located in the southern portion of our state. Go figure!) Anyway, in the 1920’s Eastland was a lively boomtown thanks to the oil industry. These days, it’s a sleepy little city with a population hovering near 4,000. And unless you’re from this neck of the woods, you’re probably not aware of Eastland’s two most…