12 Illustrator and 12 Writer Tips for 2015

12 Illustrator and 12 Writer Tips for 2015

This morning, my painting “Let It Snow” was featured on Kathy Temean’s inspiring writing and illustrating blog. Thank you, Kathy. :-)

Let it Snow

Let it Snow

More importantly, Kathy has written two super posts about 12 Things Writers and Illustrators Should Do in 2015.

Here is the first post geared to illustrators: 12 Tips for What to Do in 2015 – Part 1.

Here is the second post (which is today’s) geared to writers: 12 Things to Do in 2015 – Part 2.

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Do You Feel Like You Need Validation from Others?

Do You Feel Like You Need Validation from Others?
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Have you presented a gift (better yet, a handmade one) to someone you loved, but you didn’t receive the praise or validation you thought you deserved?

I tend to seek out validation from others. My hubby says I need to stop worrying about what others think. He’s right. Gulp. And I’m not the only one who struggles with this. 

A good friend shared the following story. You’ll to have to read to the end to find out what life lesson she gleaned. Continue reading “Do You Feel Like You Need Validation from Others?” »

  

How to Deal with Disappointment

How to Deal with Disappointment
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Overall, I lead a great life. I have a roof over my head. I have a job. I have loving friends and family. And I’ve been blessed with creative abilities—but life does sometimes still disappoint.

Please join me over at Family and Faith Matters and read about “How to Deal with Disappointment.”

I’m sad to report that on December 31, 2014 the Family and Faith Matters blog will be closing up shop. So I’ve attached my original post here.

How to Deal with Disappointment

by Tracy Campbell – March 31, 2014

“We must accept finite disappointment,

but we must never lose infinite hope.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

If you’ve joined me from my blog, you already know that, overall, I lead a great life. I have a roof over my head. I have a job. I have loving friends and family. And I’ve been blessed with creative abilities—but life does sometimes still disappoint.

At the end of December, I made one resolution for 2014.

 “Put God in charge of all of (my) work (dreams),

then what (I’ve) planned will take place.”

Proverbs 16:3 (The Message)

Well, I did that. But so far none of my creative dreams have taken place.

Why?

I believe it’s because I’m a control freak and God wants to teach me to let go and let Him lead.

Here’s what went down:

  • I came down with a doozer of a cold (my brain doesn’t function when that happens),
  • I strained a muscle on the right side of my back, causing tingling and numbness in my right hand (I do a lot of typing),
  • I had to deal with other family health issues, and then
  • Another nasty cold climbed on board.

The reason I shared my setbacks isn’t for you to say “Tracy, I’m sorry to hear that” or “Tracy, you need to suck it up ‘cuz I’ve got way bigger issues to deal with.”  Because, believe me, I get that others have way more to deal with than I do.

No, I’m sharing because, no matter how much planning I did or how hard I attempted to finish the piles of projects I’ve started, I have no control over life’s circumstances.

Am I disappointed?

You bet.

How did I handle my disappointment?

Well, I didn’t…

  • stomp my feet and pout (I was tempted),
  • throw my hands up and say, “I quit!” (I was tempted), or
  • let misery become my companion.

Instead, I’m learning to…

  • let go of my freakishly controlling ways (stop laughing),
  • live for today (let me rephrase that—live in the moment),
  • focus on the road ahead so I don’t dwell on what hasn’t happened,
  • keep a positive attitude,
  • share my struggles so you won’t give up your dreams, and
  • cling to my golden rope that keeps me connected to heaven (that’s where my infinite hope lies).

“The Lord guides our steps, and we never know where he will lead us.”

Proverbs 20:24 (ERV)

How do you deal with disappointment?

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The Way of Love

The Way of Love

It’s easy to tell someone I love them, but do I always show love? Not as often as I should. Yikes!

I’m reminded of a phone call I received. The stranger at the other end had a tiny voice. I strained to listen. I grew agitated because I had to keep saying, “pardon me.”  I’m sure she heard the edge in my voice.

After I hung up I realized maybe I didn’t hear her because I’m losing my hearing (I hope not). I didn’t show love that day, instead I let “self” run the show.

Continue reading “The Way of Love” »

  

Five Steps Your Child Should Follow If They Run Into A Bully

Five Steps Your Child Should Follow If They Run Into A Bully

Hi Folks! Indy here.

INDY - NOV. 1, 2012

 

Please join me over at Clarinda Cloud’s blog. I’ve been invited to share my bullying story. I also want to share five steps every kiddie should follow if they run into a bully. Continue reading “Five Steps Your Child Should Follow If They Run Into A Bully” »