A Few of My Favorite Things

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favorites~2As I meet new artists, chat with friends, or have lunch with a new acquaintance, I’m often asked: How do I stay motivated?

What resources would I recommend?

While those questions aren’t necessarily easy to answer because we all find courage and inspiration in our own way.  Here are some of the resources that I love and enjoy.

Here are “a few of my favorite things” ~ Books, Podcasts, Blogs, etc.

I’m always looking for new favorites, and I’d love to hear about some of yours.


The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is ‘hands-down’ the best book for anyone that wants to explore their inner artist, especially if they have every been criticized, uncertain, or felt like they repress or suppress their feelings to create.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield – He talks about resistance, what it means to turn pro, and the source of all inspiration.  A great book for anyone that has a hard time ‘doing the work’.  And, it’s served up in bite-sized pieces for an easy, fun read.

Letting Go by David Hawkins – The present work describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles to Enlightenment and become free of negativity. During the many decades of the author’s clinical psychiatric practice, the primary aim was to seek the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all its many forms. The letting go technique (surrender) was found to be of great practical benefit and is described in this book.


My top 2 all-time favorite podcasts are:

onbeing.org and The Good Life Project.

Each includes weekly conversations with artists, makers, philosophers, entrepreneurs, writers and people who are up to doing good in the world.  Each week I’m amazed at what people are doing and it renews my sense of hope in the world.  The Good Life Project used to be a video conversation but now is only audio.

I also listen to The Abundant Artist – they’ve gone through their share of ups and downs, but the podcast and blog seem to be getting better and better each time.

All three are available on iTunes or Soundcloud.


Karen Marguilis – Painting My World – great for the aspiring or current pastel artist

AlishaLeeJeffers – friend and fellow artist – both her paintings and her blog are thoughtful and beautiful

Christine Valters – Abbey of the Arts – especially her “Holy Disorder of Dancing Monks” Facebook page

I’m not sure what category he falls into, but I enjoy Lee Harris and his encouraging monthly forecasts.


After being introduced to her through onbeing.org, I’ve been listening to Carrie Newcomer on Spotify.  Her writing is incredibly insightful and her voice authentic on so many levels.


And, if you haven’t tried it yet, you might want to give this technique a try to help you feel grounded and calm (there are loads of websites on this).

Fragrant Heart – sign up for her free newsletter and getting a monthly audio meditation in your inbox.  They are about 10-15 minutes and her voice is so relaxing.

I’d love to hear what’s on your list of ‘favorite things’ to keep you encouraged and practicing your craft.


What do you think?