Let’s Celebrate Spring!

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Daily Quote: Weakness

“You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?”  –Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author (1850 – 1894)

The word “weakness” probably makes you cringe, doesn’t it?  But it’s on the same magnetic pole as “strong.”  They balance each other out.  Try saying, “I am weak AND strong.”  How does it feel?  Empowering!

Daily Thought: How to Gain Freedom

If you’re waiting for the answer, you’ve been tricked! Consider it a late St. Patrick’s Day pinch for not wearing green 😉

You can’t wait around to earn your own freedom.  You have to give it to yourself now.

Check out the blog post from Tiny Buddha that inspired this concept.

Become an Upstander

I just had the privilege of watching the recent documentary Bully as research for my middle grade novel.  I don’t think I was fully prepared for what I would see.  I don’t want to reveal too much with spoilers, so you’ll just have to watch it yourself.  But know that the camera follows real kids in both middle school and high school as they struggle with bullying in everyday life.  It isn’t pretty.  It’s shocking.

But the real question is: What are we as a society going to do about it?  One thing you can do now is spread the word.  Join The Bully Project.  I did.  Then you, too, can become an upstander instead of just a bystander.  And what does that really mean?  It means speaking up when you see or hear about someone being bullied.  It means taking action.  It means making a difference.

“I’M TAKING A STAND AGAINST BULLYING!”  Are you?

Sketch Friday at the DIA

brush pens on mixed media paper

brush pens on mixed media paper

brush pen on sketch paper