This is your brain…on ART

This is your brain…on ART

“I work all day at NASA, then I go home and make art.  And while I’m making art, my brain is solving all of my work problems.” That’s an observation by artist, Karen Friedt, about why she makes art.  I had the pleasure of listening to her “Art Talk” last night at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. And there is oh-so-much truth to what she is saying.  Artists often get in “The Zone” where a lot of...

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If you have no goals…don’t bother reading this.

If you have no goals…don’t bother reading this.

SMART is an old acronym for goal setting. But with my art class next week it’s going to take on a new meaning!  We’re going to make smART goals! Have you been procrastinating on something lately? Come to my class next Wednesday and break through the block so that you can get it done. We are going to apply ART to your goal, and capitalize on all the mental power that ART contains! You already know (from last week) that “the car goes where...

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Procrastination (This bad habit ain’t going nowhere!)

Procrastination (This bad habit ain’t going nowhere!)

Procrastination.  This is a good topic for this time of year, when we have lists of 100 things to do and we put off most of it! Do a search on that word and here’s what you’ll get: a couple of definitions several websites devoted to the psychology of why we procrastinate about 30 more websites by business coaches and productivity experts with tips on how to stop this awful time-waster The general consensus is that procrastination is...

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The Power of Keeping a Journal

The Power of Keeping a Journal

In several previous blog posts I have written about the power of writing.  There is quite a bit of scientific evidence that shows why keeping a journal is good for you.  A load of research, though, doesn’t quite make the point as well as hearing someone’s personal story. Meet Emily. She lives in Buffalo, NY, and often visits her cousin here in Virginia Beach.  Over a year ago, she bought two copies of The (almost) Blank Journal....

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Feeling Lucky (Part 2)

Feeling Lucky (Part 2)

Last week I introduced you to Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, who has spent a decade researching “Lucky” and “Unlucky” people. He studied them through interviews, diaries, personality testing and questionnaires, looking for common threads and then ran experiments to test some of his theories. (Reading that post will help the rest of this make sense.) In one experiment, he raised the importance of finding the...

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Feeling Lucky?

Feeling Lucky?

Do you consider yourself a lucky person? Some people feel like things always go their way; others feel the exact opposite. The rest of us are somewhere in between. No matter where you fall on that scale, would you like to be MORE lucky? Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, wanted to know more about why some are lucky and some are not. He spent a decade studying “lucky” and “unlucky” people. To get started, he put...

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More than a Fad

More than a Fad

Have you joined the “adult coloring book” craze? Surely you have seen the displays front and center at stores like Barnes and Noble, Michaels and Target. It seems that everywhere we look there are adult coloring books with all kinds of themes. While there are a multitude of on-line articles, this trend is also making the mainstream press on a regular basis. Last week, there were two articles within three days, one in The Washington Post Weekly...

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Webinar tomorrow

Webinar tomorrow

I’m excited to do my first webinar tomorrow with Theresa Ceniccola and the Christian Mompreneurs.  We are talking about creativity and how to get a boost of it using a few simple methods.  One of the surprising messages I want to give these women tomorrow is that creativity is not an elusive goal.  It’s a continuum we move upon day to day, hour to hour.  The goal is to provide yourself opportunities to move further along to your...

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Art on Purpose

Art on Purpose

Everyone who has taken one of my Taste of Art classes knows that I like to infuse our painting project with meaning.  Sure, it’s nice to to have a fun, social painting experience.  It’s great to learn the techniques that make the paint (or whatever medium) work.  But being a pragmatic person, I like for our projects to also have meaning.  We always start with some sort of focus, either from an inspirational reading or even a few...

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