You Can Find Me Here

Quiet. Grateful. Thinking. Happy.

That's how things are rolling over here. I've got all kinds of fun things brewing, but there is a beautiful summer to be had in the meantime. Books to read, shows to see, a little trip upstate for a performance in the Adirondacks.

Here are some other places you can find me:

What I Wish Those Articles on Transforming Our Spaces Told Us

Creative Superheroes Interview

7 Ways to Get Out of a Creative Rut

Meet the Artists: Jen Lee

Care and Keeping: Feng Shui Your Friends

Beauty Everywhere: A Portable Gallery by Jolie Guillebeau

Jolie Guillebeau, jolieguillebeau.com

We all have stories we are born into, stories we are handed along the way, and many of them aren't easy.

But some people rise above the hard stories, some become more than the stories other people started for their lives. Jolie Guillebeau is one of these people, which makes her one of my personal heroes. I've said before that the story you are writing with your life is the most important thing about you, and the story Jolie is writing every day with her life is a story of resilience, courage and hope. I'll be honest: witnessing her do it sometimes takes my breath away.

Jolie's work, her friendship and her life are living proof for me that there is another chapter after this one, and that even the stories that others start and we are given are stories that we have the opportunity to end however we choose. That we can rise with grace and even sometimes with frailty, but in the rising is our strength. In the rising is our courage.

Now you can have a whole collection of Jolie's stories, which come alive through her words and paintings, as your daily companion as you bravely write your own.

 

This is a limited edition collection, signed and numbered by Jolie. When they're gone, they're gone, so order yours while you can.

BONUS: Order before next Wednesday, 5.2.12, to receive one of Jolie's 5x7 fine art prints FREE with your order.

Beauty Everywhere: A Portable Gallery by Jolie Guillebeau

*100 Daily Paintings and the stories behind them

*8.5 x 5.5", Full-color throughout  

*92 pages, Double wire bound

*Unique easel-style back allows for easy display

$45 USD, ships free worldwide

Update: Listen to Jolie's interview on the Retrospective podcast (Released 5.15.12), where she talks about rewriting the stories we've been given and her journey as an artist.

Christine Mason Miller: Creating from a Place of Joy

Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World, photo by Christine Mason Miller

I was happy and honored to interview Christine Mason Miller about inspiration and comparison, working inside our intentions and of course, her new book, Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World. Christine is someone I respect and enjoy, and I could have talked to her all day.

Photo by Thea Coughlin

 

Christine:

This has been nothing but a process of joy.

You can decide, I'm not going to let anxiety be a part of this.

And it's carried through every process of the book . . . every part has been about joy. Only joy. What I've learned is, you can decide. You can choose joy and step into that, and it's there waiting for us at every moment.

 

I picked out the juiciest parts of our conversation to share with you here. (Click the link below to listen, or right-click to download.) If you enjoy our interview, please share it.

Here's a New Habit for You

Cherry Blossoms, Horizon Perfekt, Lomo 400 35mm film

I'm so pleased to be a guest over at Habit for the month of May, along with Steph and Tara. Emily and Molly are Habit's creative and talented hosts. You'll want to check out everyone's individual sites, along with Habit, and spice up your RSS with these gems.  I'll be over there several times a week throughout May.  (My first post was April 29th.)  Join me!

On Sale Now! Solstice: Stories of Light in the Dark

By Jen Lee
Cover photo by Andrea C. Jenkins
Cover design by Tracey Clark
Audio CD short story collection
Read by the author, packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled case

$9.95

The perfect companions for a hot drink and a blanket by the fire, these stories comfort, enlighten and inspire.

"Solstice: Stories of Light in the Dark" is a collection of six short stories that are poetic and poignant. They engage and inspire, weaving a tapestry of the theme presented in the first track: “We are all connected—even in the night.” Blending stories with sound effects and music, "Solstice: Stories of Light in the Dark" brings to life a new kind of myth for the digital world.

Preview tracks, read reviews, and purchase as an mp3 download at CD Baby .  Also available through iTunes.