Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What's your life philosphy?

Angie here:

You see things and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were and say, "Why not?"
--George Bernard Shaw

I love this quote because it shows me ideas are important. I hear, "No, it can't be done."

My response is, "Give me a run at it and I'll find a way."

I don't know if it's a life philosophy so much as simply how I'm wired. I love brainstorming and discovering things. I love organizing certain events and information that feels out of control. (I did that today and felt very satisfied.)

But by far my favorite thing people asked "why?" to before the finished product was visible, is my creative office space. I think all the color surprises and scares some folks. The colors are vibrant, alive, and vivid. People come in to see my creative space out of sheer curiosity. (It is a bit wild and dramatic). I show it off proudly. I love it!

But my favorite part is the unusual handprint signature. My daughter and I painted my office together and we finished it off with our signature on the wall because it reminds me of the love and the fun we had together dancing to music while using soap puffs to sponge the walls. And really, why not?

Compliments and smiles at such a fun room and such a fun way to commemorate the help my daughter gave in taking over her old bedroom for my new office. Had I not ignored all the nay-sayers, I'd have never enjoyed such a beautiful treat to walk into each day.

I'd love to hear what makes you feel creative and what helps you to push forward against the crowd. Did you succeed because of ignoring the crowd?


  1. What makes me feel creative? Nature. Reading books. Visiting craft stores. Craft fairs. Meeting with other writers. Inspirational speakers. Conferences and workshops. How-to books. Brainstorming partners. Sermons and Sunday school lessons. Bible reading and study. Lots of things! :)

  2. Encouragement from others helps me to push forward when obstacles come against me. It can be a compliment, an encouraging blog post, an email that says "you've been on my mind," or even just a phone call from a friend. Encouragement also re-energizes me and helps me to focus and reminds me I can do this writing thing.

  3. Angie,

    Rainy days--chilly weather. They seem to make me creative. I don't really decorate--can't bake--but I can cook. I like cooking creative!

    I would love to see a picture of your office. I love the hand print. Awesome.

    And it is a great feeling to walk in somewhere fun and inspiring.

  4. Angie, you and your daughter's hands together is the sweetest thing!