“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone and with a latte in hand.” – Traveling Honeybird Midway through my morning I realized a […]Read more "My Summer Travels… in a Cup"
“The dark is just a canvas for Your grace and brightness.” – Rend Collective, “Joy” To be honest with everyone, the last couple of weeks have been especially draining and I’ve felt the full weight of balancing four jobs and raising a family. On top of my hectic schedule (which included tense, […]Read more "The Art of Celebration"
This thought really encouraged me this week. I scrawled it on a sticky note and slapped it on my desk, and even wrote put it on my white board as the “Quote of the Week.” Here’s why it spoke to me: 1.) Think of the time and care a poet takes to carefully craft […]Read more "We Are God’s Poetry!"
Our world is a beautiful place, full of color, mystery, and wonder. Why is it so incredibly beautiful? What does this stunning display mean? The beauty of the universe is a profound gift. First, it proves that there is a God – a Divine Artist. If science or evolution had sparked the world’s creation, then […]Read more "Motivating Monday – The Gift of Beauty"
I read in an educational article this week that statistics are booming for school students who are reporting feelings of severe anxiety. They are complaining to their teachers of headaches, stomach aches, dizziness, or simply stare at a blank page or act out. The root cause of this is fearfulness and anxiety, which makes […]Read more "Pray First!"
It was just a small, unassuming bottle of men’s hair dye. No big deal – right? I told myself this again and again as I cowered in the Walmart aisle, hoping nobody would see what I was thinking of purchasing. It was as if I was about to toss a walking stick and […]Read more "The Beginning of the End (So I Dyed My Hair…)"
A new beginning The page is blank, awaiting words that do not come. – Anonymous Most writers recognize that Japanese Haiku poetry is beautiful in its simplicity of structure and complexity of meaning, but can writing Haiku make us better at what we do? This year the first thing I had my […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – 3 Reasons To Try Haiku"
Cafe Terrace at Night Vincent Van Gogh – 1888 Artists often dream of “making it” in their chosen field and becoming a household name. But what does this look like in real life? Let’s take a glance at a few artists who […]Read more "Motivating Monday – In Good Company"
“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda “Much to learn, you still have.” – Yoda Today marks the first day of school for my English students and me. Countless teachers are pinching themselves, thinking, “Was summer break just something I dreamed?” and countless students are mourning the loss of their unlimited video […]Read more "The Art of Inspiring Students"
“I believe beauty will save the world…but art only has power if people slow down enough to see it.” – Seth Tummins Seth Tummins decided to learn how to create oil paintings in December 2009. Little did he know at the time that this decision would alter the course of his life. Now […]Read more "Christian Artist Feature – Seth Tummins"