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California Dreaming and Living


Posted By on Mar 22, 2016

My husband and I have recently moved to Los Angeles because dreams change sometimes. The last few weeks have been an amazing blur. We uprooted from family and friends and moved from just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. I would say Summerville but most people have heard of Charleston. I’ve always thought that if you basically fold the U.S. map in half, that they’re just the same location. However they are definitely  polar opposites. Charleston is a wonderful place to live but it wasn’t where we can live out our dream. Disclaimer: I’m being vague about the dream because not everyone needs to know about it just yet. Our plan has been a few years in the making and life happened along the way (lay off, car accidents, etc.). Challenges and blessings happen. However, it’s all a part of this dream. All I want say for now is, make sure you are living out your dream, as creatively, resourcefully and responsibly as you can.  Thanks for reading and Dream...

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How to Tell a Great Story


Posted By on Nov 20, 2015

Let me first say that by nature/nurture, I am not a writer but I love a great story. However, I believe we’re all story tellers – some of us are just not that great at it (speaking only about myself). Of course, those of us who are not, can attempt to learn or try. Here are some tips from this interesting article I just read: How to Tell a Great Story from digital design agency, Extractable.  Reading this article reminded me to listen to The Moth podcast again, as I had put that on the back burner. If you haven’t heard this podcast, it’s a great one! Most of the story tellers seem to have formulas to their stories also. However, I think they have it harder, since they tell (perform) their stories, in front of a live audience, without their...

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  I started following The Scribble Studio on Instagram a few weeks go and saw that she was having a local workshop. It was a great refresher on hand lettering. Thanks Whitney for making the stopover! Looking forward to the next classe(es) next...

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I stumbled across Instagram’s post yesterday – and was immediately drawn to it. This multi-faceted artist (who is also a baker, designer and photographer) encompasses creepy and creative, in her baked goodies and stages her photo shoots in retro-inspired settings! All my favorites! Her name is Christine H. McConnell. Of course I did some research and found out she lives in Twin Peaks, California. If she doesn’t really, then she should. But I also saw that she’s from Los Angeles, also. I also noticed she’s getting ready to publish a book called Deceptive Desserts [available March 2016, but you can pre-order now]. Too bad it’s not out now but at least I put it in my Christmas wish list. My point? If you like creepy, creative concoctions, styled in a twisted and vintage setting, she is your...

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So I finished these two library books this month; don’t worry – one was really short and had less, smaller-sized pages. It also helped that both were to the point, and engaging. Do Cool Sh*t by Miki Agrawal – I’ll admit I was drawn to read this, not just because of the title, but because the author is a twin [for those of you that don’t know, I am a twin]. I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I will say this, if I’d been a better time manager, I’d have finished this book in 3 days. Instead, it took me 3 weeks. I started it two weeks ago and was about halfway through it. And then just finished it two Sundays ago, in less than 2 days [Yeah, I’m still a slow reader, and a horrible time manager (too much tv!)]. My main takeaways: know what you want, but know who you/what you are really capable of [are you really talented in _____? we don’t want the American Idol judges laughing at you], set/follow/change your plans [sometimes life throws curve balls]; be honest with yourself [we all have limitations], be prepared [always make plans] and be bold [meet people]! One of the things I learned about myself is, as much as I love to freelance, I’m not as “entrepreneurial” as I’d like to be. I need to work on that, or accept the fact that I’m just a part-time freelancer. Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon – this book is the shorter one [with smaller pages]. I only discovered this book after I stumbled across his “Show Your Work” book at a Mr. K’s Used Book Store [and more]. I quickly devoured “Show Your Work!” [a must read, will review later!] and wanted to read “Steal” because the title intrigued me. It also doesn’t help that I’m a former child clepto(maniac) [short stint, it was only a few months and before Navy Exchanges had security cams (you can thank my siblings and I for that). Anyway, back to the mini-review; Kleon has 10 tips on being creative. My takeaways: don’t really steal someone’s work, just be inspired to create your own work and do it already! One of my favorite tips is to keep a physical notebook with you at all times [I have one in my purse], but actually WORK on your ideas [I’ve yet to do this on a regular basis]. Another favorite takeaway: have two desks, one where you can draw/doodle, and a digital desk [computer/laptop] to keep your work flow separate. Simply because sometimes, the work can be different or completed differently....

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