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I’m Going on a Bit of a Blogging Adventure

I’m going on a bit of a blogging adventure, and I’d love for you to come along! For a while now, I’ve been considering writing a blog post on the daily (ish). I say “ish” because we all know life happens, and I feel like adding an “ish” takes the pressure off, and makes this more fun. Which it should be!

I’m inspired by a lot of people who write daily blog posts, including the wonderful Modern Mrs. Darcy. Another favorite of mine, April Bowles-Olin, did a 365 blog challenge back several years ago, and it was great enjoyed by her readers.


Don’t worry, I won’t send you an email every day (unless you want that, and then I’ll make it happen. 🙂 ), but I’d love for you to come hang out with me as often as you can.

Some of the things I’ll be blogging about are for your business: email, social media, organization, planning, etc.

But for those of us who work from home, our lives are more than just business. So other things I’ll chatting about include: recipes, reviews, and my personal creative endeavors. But more than that, I want share ideas for you to try too, and I’d love to hear back from you. What worked? What didn’t? What do you want to see me write about?

Leave me a comment if you’re coming along for the ride! (Also, if you have anything you’d love to see me blog about please share that in the comments too!)

What’s Your Spark

“But I can’t draw a mind map!”

A client of mine was explaining why she doesn’t think she’s creative. Right here is where I will pause to explain, my client makes handmade wares for a living. She makes them, and teaches others to make them. And despite this very creative livelihood, she struggles with not feeling creative.

Her list of reasons?

  • She can’t draw (at the time we were discussing making mind maps).
  • Her sister writes better than she does.
  • She hates popsicle stick crafts.

In other words, her creativity doesn’t look like someone else’s so she struggles with recognizing it.

I get it.

I also know someone who’s “better” at things than I am. If I show off a project I’m proud of, they’ve done it before. They’ve done it, and they’ve done it better.

I’ve sat in front of my art journal, and torn out pages that didn’t meet my expectations.

Stamped owl with silly saying
Normally I’d tear this out because the pen bled on the last word.

I have judged my art on so many occasions.

I am my harshest critic.

One day I overheard my daughters talking about their coloring. The oldest one was critiquing the younger one’s work, and it made my heart hurt. I sat them down and explained that no one’s art is the same, and it shouldn’t be. If everyone’s work looked like Picasso, we wouldn’t even be talking about Picasso. Or Kandinsky. Or Monet. Their differences are the very thing that made them a sensation.

We like someone’s creations because it’s something we’ve never seen before. 

No one can create like you do. Different is beautiful. Click To Tweet

I want my children to  know that it’s a good thing if they don’t create the same way that anyone else does. Art is a like  fingerprint. Everyone’s got them, and they’re all different. Just like snowflakes. That’s right, you’re a special snowflake.

Seriously though, everyone is creative.

If you’re super Type A you’re still creative.

If you’re terrible at drawing you’re still creative.

If the last thing you made was in kindergarten, and it was made of play clay, you’re still creative (you’ve just forgotten).

Everyone is creative, they just need to find their spark.

My daughter holding a sparkler

What’s yours?

Get Inspired by A Beautiful Mess

This is the 10th in a chain of 31 posts for the month of October. I’m participating in #Write31Days with The Nester, and the topic this year is Creative Inspiration.

Get Inspired by A Beautiful Mess | Amanda Sue Howell |

Okay!!! Time to fill up our tanks for the weekend…today it’s all about A Beautiful Mess. A Beautiful Mess is a lifestyle blog & company run by 2 sisters, Elsie & Emma. (Side note: I almost typed “Elsa” & Emma, cause I’m totally loving the Frozen add-in to Once Upon A Time.)

First off, if you have an iPhone, you should check out their app…it’s a lot of fun to play with…in fact, it’s what I used to make the graphic up there (minus the background, which was my tragic attempt at painting, haha!).

As far as the site itself goes, they have posts about food, style, biz tips, and way, way more.  I’ll give you a tour through 10 of my favorite posts, and then it’s up to you to do the exploring!

10 Awesome Posts From A Beautiful Mess

5 Tips For Keeping Red Hair Bright (I’m in love with this, because it is one of the most phenomenal shades of red hair, ever!)

Make Your Own Fire Pit In 4 Easy Steps (That would be so awesome to have in my back yard. 🙂 )

Painted Patio Tiles (These are so fun & bright..they remind me those light up tiles on some dance floors…)

His & Her Sharpie Mugs (I think these would make a super cute Christmas gift, or maybe even wedding present. 🙂 )

Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint…In ANY Color (I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s on my list…the possibilities are endless!)

Make a Stamped Statement Wall (I think this would be a fun way to add interest to the room I record vlogs in…)

DIY A-Frame Tent (My kids would go beserko if I could make this for their future playroom!)

Grapefruit Mint Poppyseed Soap (This sounds like it would smell diviiiiiiiinnnneeeee)

Coconut Lime Pull Apart Bread (You put the lime in the coconut & drink it all up….oh wait…sorry)

Strawberry Grapefruit Mimosas (Of course, I’m pregnant right now, so I can’t try these, but they sound like a fun post-baby celebration!!)


Alright! I’d love to hear what awesome things you find or try off of their website, and if you’ve ever tried their app! 🙂

What Could You Create With 10 Extra Years?

This is the 9th in a chain of 31 posts for the month of October. I’m participating in #Write31Days with The Nester, and the topic this year is Creative Inspiration.

31 Days of Creative Inspiration | Amanda Sue Howell |

Last week, we chatted about why being happy & healthy is vital for your creative growth. Today, I want to continue on that theme with this great TED Talk I found about adding 10 years to your life…with a game! 🙂 And just as being happy & healthy creates massive creative potential, imagine how much you could create with 10 extra years to live…the possibilities are endless. 😀  This is another one that got my husband’s attention…first off, she’s a video game designer named Jane McGonigal. Video game designer would have gotten his attention, but a female game designer is even more intriguing.

She starts off explaining how a medical condition left her feeling suicidal…and rather than lose herself in that feeling, she set out to find a way to get better. Of course, being a video game designer, this took the shape of a game!



Wasn’t that fun? I totally love the idea of adding years to your life, by playing a game! And I love that she pulled herself out a suicidal funk, and came up with something that was encouraging to other people!

So tell me, what could you create with 10 extra years? 🙂

How Jeff Goins Inspires Me + an Invite to Intentional Blogging

This is the 8th in a chain of 31 posts for the month of October. I’m participating in #Write31Days with The Nester, and the topic this year is Creative Inspiration.

31 Days of Creative Inspiration | Amanda Sue Howell |

We’re back around to Wednesday, which means it’s time for another peek into the people who inspire me the most. Today it’s all about Jeff Goins!

How Jeff Goins Inspires Me | Amanda Sue Howell |

Now, just like with April, I can’t even remember how I first heard about him…who knows..maybe someone retweeted his posts, or maybe he had something compelling that popped up in a Google search. Nevertheless, he’s one of those sites that I rarely comment on, but I go devour his stuff in spurts…which is probably why I don’t comment…to avoid the stalkery “hey man I just read 37 posts at once” vibe. Ha!

He’s got an amazing post on the value of creative space, as well as thoughts on why everyone should start their own business. For the 4th of July this year, he wrote about the revolutionary power of words. And not only does he create awesome content himself, but he also features awesome guest posts, like this one about how to know you’ve found your true passion (we all want that right?), and this one about why you should encourage your friends big dreams.

But the post I really want you to read, is his one from a few days ago, about his 21 Day Intentional Blogging Challenge. If blogging is a struggle for you, then I highly encourage you to join us. It won’t be 21 solid days of writing…rather, he’ll be walking us through a journey of creating an environment for our readers…an inviting space where they feel welcomed in.

I just hopped in the FB group, and the environment is super encouraging & non-competitive…rather like Jeff himself. So please, come on in, don’t be skurred…and leave a comment to let me know you’re on board too! I’d love to have you along for the ride. 🙂

Pinterest Challenge for Passionate Procrastinators

This is the 7th in a chain of 31 posts for the month of October. I’m participating in #Write31Days with The Nester, and the topic this year is Creative Inspiration.

31 Days of Creative Inspiration | Amanda Sue Howell |

Alright, so if you’re totally on top of your game, and  you don’t ever procrastinate, and you don’t have a wishlist of projects you wanna do, because you just do them the minute you find out about them, then you’re off the hook. Also, you’re now the envy of everyone else I know, and we all kinda hate you…in the most loving fangirly way possible. Ahem.

However! If you are a mere mortal, and like the majority of creatives I know, today’s Pinterest challenge was tailor made just for you! 😀

It’s super, super simple. I want you to do a project, that you’ve had pinned for over 3 months. If you’re not on Pinterest (whaaaa!?!?), or you don’t have anything that was pinned that far back, then I want you to go seek out a brand new project. I will also be joining in on this, and I’ll update everyone on Saturday with what I’ve chosen to do.

We all know it’s not that we plan on ignoring our Pinterest plans…for most of us it simply boils down to Shiny Object Syndrome…there’s so many cool ideas!! And that makes it really hard to pick which one to start with…but you gotta start somewhere. You’ve got this girl…strike that…we’ve got this..cause seriously, I’m in the same shiny boat here. 🙂

Do it, and then come back here and tell me what you picked, why you picked it, and how you feel having accomplished that!