Juggling Too Much? How I’m Starting to Focus

This week, I watched a video on lynda.com called “Getting Things Done,” by David Allen. This is Allen’s organization system, and he has a book about it and coaches about it, etc. Being an admin assistant, part of me actually thought, “I’m…

What’s the Point of the Arts?

I do believe the arts are a spiritual endeavour, one that’s not always easily put into words. But when I read about cuts to the arts in schools, or run into someone who asks what the point is of studying literature or…

Keep Your Online Presence Simple

The downside to being creative is that your creativity can show up when it’s perhaps not as beneficial to your day-to-day running. In my case, it happened with my online presence: two websites, a blog, and five domains (those three plus two…

Minimalism and Creativity: Is There a Connection?

Dedication to one’s craft requires sacrifices, and you have to know how much you’re willing to give up to achieve what you define as success (assuming you can achieve it). I recently interviewed Jeff Hyslop, a Canadian stage and television icon. (You…

Tree Angels Out of Coffee Filters

I owned a coffee maker, but because I never drank the stuff, no one trusted me to make it. Ten years later, Keurig (and others) thankfully saved my guests from eternal dessert-drink dulldom. But what to do with those extra coffee filters…

Got Gunk on Your Creations? It’s OK to Throw Them Out

The first pair of socks I’d ever crocheted had attracted some disgusting gunk on them in the laundry. They belonged to my younger son, so I thought the gunk was something really gross. In the end, I threw the socks out, but…

Why I Had No Issue Finishing Some Projects

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I managed to complete a few independent projects in the midst of all my little “start-up” projects as a pre-teen and teen. The ideas just flowed from my mind to the keyboard, and I even…