Category Archives: Food for Thought


Lessons in Lettering : 02

October 29, 2015

It’s been a little while since the first installment of Lessons in Lettering, so let’s get rolling already!  I’ve been practicing a few new hand lettering styles as well as perfecting with a new nib. Holy crap I LOVE the Brause 66 Extra Fine nib. Hello to those beautifully thin lines that have been hard to get until now!calligraphy

Today’s lesson, thanks to this awesome quote: Once in a while, blow your own damn mind. What’s that even mean? We are all human and can’t be perfect every day and maybe some days we can’t even put our best foot forward. But once in a while….once in a while, we can blow our own damn minds. With work, with our families and with any great life decision. What do you want? If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. And when you make it happen, you will totally blow your own mind. I plan to blow my own damn mind. I think each day I get closer….stay tuned! And for starters, I gotta say I’m super pumped that all these photos were shot in manual mode! (I’m gett’in it!) Do things you don’t think you can do and you will realize your capabilities. You’ll never know unless you try, right?calligraphy calligraphy calligraphy

Tell me, have you blown your own damn mind lately? What have you done?

On Relationships

October 21, 2014

invest in people

“Invest in people who invest in you” Alison from The Alison Show

Tori (Tori’s Tales) and Trina (Of Trees and Hues) have begun a thought provoking bloghop that I had to be part of, especially because the quote above is one that really spoke to me.

So there is this thing about me that is definitely a weakness and difficult for me to get past. I tend to really want to be “people pleaser”.  I want everyone to like me and while I understand it’s a big bad world and not everyone is going to like me, I’m really bothered by fizzled out relationships and confrontation of any kind, really. I tend to put energy towards people and relationships where the feeling isn’t reciprocated. I also spend way  too much time in my head wondering why the failed relationship.  WHY am I like that?! This quote should become my mantra and my life lesson so I can remember daily that if someone doesn’t care about me or the relationship, I should just let it go and fuel my happiness by investing more of me in those that do care. 

Not only does this quote have me thinking in a new way, but it also is reminding me that I can be living in a new and different way.  I should be spending more time working with and nurturing those people and relationships that reciprocate, those that matter.  It’s a challenge, for sure. One that will likely always be my challenge but I hope that someday it will get easier.

Does this quote resonate with you? We would love to hear from you so comment here and go to Trina’s page to join!

Image design by Me.

Death with Dignity

October 17, 2014

I know, I know, where is Sweet Inspirations? Well, I decided that instead of my normal Friday round up, I wanted to share something that’s been weighing on my heart and mind a lot this month. I’m sure many of your have watched the video of Brittany Maynard who is terminally ill and has decided to end her life on November 1st, peacefully and surrounded by her close family and husband. Her story has really touched me and I can’t get it out of my mind. Every day that gets closer to 11/1, I just think of her and hope she’s doing something right now that is making her happy. Her story and video are one of the most moving things I’ve seen and read about all year.  I didn’t quite know what to do with my feelings about this, so I created a mood board. For her.  I’ve got so many emotions swirling around my heart about this beautiful soul. And the prospect of Death with Dignity as a whole has left me thinking about myself and my daughter. What would I do if it were me? Or Phillip? Or our children? I mean, a huge part of life is that we don’t know when our expiration date is. What must it feel like to be the person to decide on the day you will die? What must it feel like on the days and weeks leading up to that day?death with dignity moodboard

For a gorgeous, bright young woman who loves life, who doesn’t want to die-but IS dying, this story has broken my heart.  I encourage you to watch her video and read her story.

15 Facts

May 19, 2014

Here you have it, 15 fun and interesting facts you may or may not have known about me. It was a fun exercise and now I’m happily remembering some quirky things about myself.


  1. I don’t like hard candy.  In fact, the only candy I like are those with chocolate and peanut butter mixed together.
  2. I have two kitchen must-haves that I can’t live without: my french press and my Kitchen Aid Mixer.
  3. I want to learn how to spin wool into yarn. Brings me back to my “Stitch-N-Bitch” days! They were always more of a bitch, than a stitch, but we completed some great projects!
  4. I love cleaning my house—it’s therapeutic! But I despise mopping floors. It’s always last on the list, if it even makes it on the list.
  5. For someone who is very critical of everyone on the roads, I drive too fast.
  6. I don’t like any liquor. Just beer and wine. And pretty much just wine.
  7. I don’t have a favorite color.
  8. Back in the day, I used to play the bass guitar in a loud, screamy band.
  9. When I was young, I always wanted to be a writer when I grew up.
  10. If you ask me the time and it says 7:37, I will tell you it’s almost 8. I know it’s wrong, but I can’t help it!
  11. I’m 10 minutes early for everything. If I’m on time, I feel like I’m late. It’s weird.
  12. My firs two cars were Chevy S10 pickup trucks.
  13. If Finn and/or Laina ever wanted to become a vegetarian, I would be bummed, even though I didn’t eat red meat for almost 10 years.
  14. One of my biggest fears is losing my daughter.
  15. I don’t know how to start my day without coffee. And I don’t want to know…I love it!

 And since I turned 33 today, I thought I would leave you with this great quote:


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