My Mother’s Daughter

I Am My Mother's Daughter I mentioned my mother briefly in a previous post, Adaptation.  She’s not someone I speak of very often because she died very suddenly last November and it’s hard to talk about her without reliving the phone call following her accident.  She died of a traumatic…

Adaptation

Adaptation I am compelled to write about adaptation because it’s something I find very challenging.  I’m not terribly good at adapting and often have to be dragged kicking and screaming into any kind of change.  Status quo is safe, even if it’s not always ideal.  Minor changes are annoying.  Unless…

Creativity Under Constraints

Creativity Under Constraints In one of my recent posts, Conquer Analysis Paralysis, I explored the notion of having too many choices and not being able to make any kind of decision due to complete overwhelm.  I briefly touched on a way to reduce that overwhelm by assigning constraints to a…

Announcing Lynette Elliott Dot Com

We all need a little inspiration sometimes, don’t we? Maybe something new and unique to wear–something that says, “THIS is me.” Or encouragement to learn something new when we’re feeling stuck. Can anybody say Covid? Or bored. Seriously, how many times can I scroll through TikTok? I can help! Come…

Ice Dye Is Like Life

How Ice Dye Is Like Life If you’ve ever heard the expression “life imitates art,” then you’ll probably understand what I mean when I say sometimes the things we do as makers drive us more toward introspection and self-expression than we realize.  Making can give us brain space and change…

Time Goes On

Time Goes On “Time asks no questions.  It just goes on without you.”  ~ From the song "Ya Gotta Be" by Des’ree There are some things about time that continually challenge me--okay, frustrate me, if I'm honest--as a maker.  First, how am I ever going to find the time to…

Finding Inspiration

Finding Inspiration I’m afraid the word “inspiration” has may have turned into “compare myself to everyone else I see on social media” lately.  Sometimes my students tell me they were looking for inspiration and then they show me things they’ve worked on that didn’t turn out like they looked on…

Breathe In, Breathe Out

3 Breathing Exercises to Calm Your Nerves Have you ever noticed yourself holding your breath?  I certainly have!  It’s usually when I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, and I realize I’m having to remind myself to take a breath.  This is probably not healthy, but the good news is that it’s…

Conquer Analysis Paralysis

7 Ways to Conquer Analysis Paralysis If I had a nickel for every time I didn’t do something because there were too many choices, I’d probably be rich.  It can be overwhelming to make decisions in the world of social media and Amazon and Google and on-demand everything.  Too many…

5 Steps to Successful Maker Time

5 Steps to Set Yourself Up for Successful Maker Time If you’re like me, you’ve probably made dozens of excuses for not giving yourself creative time.  I’m guilty of this on an ongoing basis, so I’ve formulated a way to help myself—and all of you—have the time and space for…

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