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.

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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

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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” »


I’ve Made Only One New Year’s Resolution!

I’ve Made Only One New Year’s Resolution!

The countdown is on. And with only three days left in 2013, I’m ending on a high note. This morning, my painting below was featured on Kathy Temean’s inspiring writing and illustrating blog (along with forty-two, super-talented illustrators). Thank you, Kathy!

Joy, Love, and Peace - Tracy Campbell - December 2013

I’m also looking forward to ringing in 2014. It’ll be a new year, and a new beginning.

And I’ve made only 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)

That doesn’t mean I get to sit back and wait for my dreams to miraculously appear. Nope, I still have to work hard. But I’ll also work smarter which means cutting back on social media so I can spend more time doing what I love most–illustrating and writing.

May 2014 be filled with joy, love, and peace.

Happy New Year from Matilda, Indy, and ME!


Have you made any resolutions for 2014? If so, what are they?