Journal

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Sidewalk Broom, 2010

Keep Your Day Job


Creativity flourishes when you’re creating for yourself and no one else. Creativity becomes more difficult when your livelihood depends upon what you create (and you begin to think too much about what your audience will think of your product). Perhaps this is why so many successful and creative people held on to their day jobs. Many of them, like Stephen King, who was a schoolteacher, produced their breakout (and, in King’s case, what many consider his very best) work while they still held a 9 to 5.


Day jobs provide more than the much-needed financial security to create freely. They also add structure to your day that can make your creative time a wonderful release. The list of successful, creative minds who kept their day jobs is a long one. Some notable individuals include Jacob Arabo, who started designing his own jewelry while working in a jewelry shop; William Faulkner, who worked in a power plant while writing As I Lay Dying; and musician Philip Glass, who worked as a plumber.


               —Dr. Travis Bradberry







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Raindrops, 2014







  "The way I see it, 

if you want the rainbow,

 you gotta put up 

with the rain." 


—Dolly Parton















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Silver Clouds, 2019

          









   "Men succeed when they realize

    that their failures are the preparation 

     for their victories." 


   —Ralph Waldo Emerson




















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Sunrise Grove, 2019

 









  "Life is either

 a great adventure 

  or nothing."


—Helen Keller





















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Bicycle Tracks, 2006










 "Life is the art of drawing 

without an eraser."


—John W. Gardner




















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Over Here! 2019






 "Laughter is 

the best medicine for 

body and mind."


—Deepak Chopra















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At the Doorway, 2016

 




The Toddler Property Law


If I like it, it’s mine.

If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.

If I can take it from you, it’s mine.

If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.

If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.

If it fits in my mouth, it’s mine.

If I’m doing or building something, all of the pieces are mine.

If it looks just like my mine, it’s mine.


—University of Minnesota, Variety Club, Children’s Hospital 















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Spring Festival, 2019







 "When you are grateful

 —when you can see what you have—

 you unlock blessings to flow 

  in your life."


 —Suze Orman















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