Inspiration and Action a Creative Guide

I am so grateful to be walking this path as a creative, but it isn’t always easy. The wealth of information at our fingertips is truly overwhelming.

I feel like I am finally cracking the code of inspiration and action. We all need some inspiration, but we also need to take action.  Last  year I started  listening to podcasts with Tiffany Han  and wow, they are full of inspiration and I feel like in my head I am saying yes, yes yes.  Many of these podcasts motivated me to get to doing the work, but I felt like I needed more.

I had been following Marketing Your Creativity by Lisa Jacobs, but I wasn’t engaged.  Finally Lisa’s voice reached me, resonated with me and I felt like I had a coach in my corner and the marketing savvy that I lacked.   I am a maker, I love making, but marketing seemed elusive.  I felt like I knew what to do, but it was like a diet I was not following it.  I have to say I am not sure why it all seemed to click, but I think it was because I was ready and willing to change they way I am doing things.

I would be remiss if I didn’t add the tool that really has helped with my process is,  using the Bullet Journal by Ryder Carroll. I have always kept a notebook for as long as I can remember, a steno, a legal pad, my levenger planner…the brillance in Ryders system for me is the index and collection pages.  I have my small bright orange leuchtturm bullet journal that I carry everywhere, the color makes me happy and I can add notes easily. I also have a big levenger planner for business and blogging that I am numbering pages and keeping an index.  Writing down the actionable steps, not just a to do list has really helped me move forward.


Bullet JournalI have always loved simplicity, so finding inspiration,  action and  a tool to use, I know I will have a great 2016.   So I challenge you to find the one person that inspires, one person who helps you take action and a tool to help keep you on track.  Let me know where are you find inspiration, action and the tool you use.

If you fail to plan you plan to fail. Ben Franklin.

Sandi Volpe

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Walking this year and Focus on Life Week 46-Faithful

I am finally coming up for air after a very difficult summer and fall.

One thing I started doing this year is walking with friends.  A couple of friends had challenges at work to see who got the most steps. Weekly now I have walked with many friends before school during the week, early in the morning on the weekends and even at soccer games.  The walking and talking has deepened my friendships and made this year so much easier to manage.

We frequently walk the paths by my house that have creeks. Lately we have seen a blue heron  on our walks.  This week I felt like it was posing and we were able to get close enough to take a picture. I love that I have such peace and tranquility that is near me.  I have had faith in my journey this year and try to take it one step at a time.  Have a great week.




Heron in flight

Focus on Life Week 6-Quiet Calm

This is my second year participating in  Focus on Life…thank you Sally and all the participants I am stretching myself in so many ways.

I took my first paining class last night and it was definitely a quiet calm moment as it started to come together and I got in to refining my painting.

It was just what I needed to add something different to my creative routine. Have a wonderful week and I hope something brought you quiet calm this week.



Focus on Life Week 4- Word(s)

In an effort to make 2014 a more productive year…I am choosing the word finish.

I used to be great about picking a few things that had to be finished each day and finished them.

Usually, when I pick 3 things to accomplish  I continue to do more.

In 2013 , I  got derailed more than normal and felt  like I was lucky to do the bare minimum.

I know the one thing that helps me accomplish my goals is consistent exercise, it clears my head and gives me energy to tackle what ever my day has ahead.

I just read a quote similar to this in a magazine…I never regret exercising, I only regret when I skip a work out.

This is so true for me, so heres to finishing a work out and my goals for the day.

Just for fun my picture is  snapped from a French verb dictionary.

What helps you stay on track, please share.  Thanks for coming by and have a great week.


Focus On Life Week 52-Saying Goodbye

I have really enjoyed Focus on Life this year.

I was contemplating the last prompt, and was so excited to see  Sally offering Focus on Life for 2014.

Sign up today for the early bird pricing.

I am not saying goodbye…but I am saying hello to what is next on the horizon.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Sally  and all the participants for inspiring me this year and I look forward to continuing the journey next year.

I would love suggestions on how to be more efficient visiting blogs…so send me your hints.

Warm Wishes to you and yours for a Healthy and Happy New Year and to what is next on the horizon.

Manasquan Inlet


Focus On Life Week 51-Togertherness

My favorite time to spend with anyone is over the making or eating of food.  I can not believe Sally has lead us through this entire year.

I know food photos do not always look great, so I waited until I made a batch of red velvet cookies with rolos in the center.

I follow the recipe from Duncan Hines for red velvet crinkle cookies and substitute vanilla for the lemon zest and form the dough around a rolo for a chewy surprise.

May you and yours enjoy this Holiday Season and Blessings for Christmas and  Peace and Joy New Year!

Please check out Focus on Life for next year at Sally’s blog, The Studio Sublime, I am already signed up and Sally has special pricing through 12/28.

Red Velvet Cookies

Focus on Life Week 23 – Typography

It was a week of waiting for surgery for my son’s broken leg.

I was feeling a bit anxious the night before  as I drove to soccer practice (for his brother), a car passed and the license plate read BREEATHE.

I was not able to snap a picture, but Breathe is my word of the year and  is just the word I needed to see.

As, I walked the hospital grounds the next day to get some exercise while  waiting  for my son to come out of surgery  I snapped my photo for the week.

Focus on Life week 23

I love the name of  the road to  the hospital, what a hopeful  sign to see as you drive on to the grounds.

Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers  for a speedy recovery, I appreciate every single word.

Surgery went well, now time for healing.

I  hope you have a fantastic week and see the typography that Sally and the rest of the participants snapped this week at the Studio Sublime.

Focus on Life week 10- wrapped up

This week I hosted Bunko at my house, this is a dice game that I play with my friends and I call it a girl’s version of poker night.

We always put snacks on the table. I decided to put Hershey miniatures on one table. The idea was to have a variety of candy and to limit my consumption, since I had to unwrap each piece.

Let’s just say unwrapping did not slow me down!

See what everyone else wrapped by visiting Sally at the  Studio Sublime.


Focus on Life -week 8 monochromatic

I love seeing this towering oak across the street from my house, it is hauntingly beautiful.

Thanks for joining me today, please go visit the other participants at the Studio Sublime.

Big oak-shades of grey

Big oak-shades of grey

Breathe…Photo 2 and Memories and Thanks

First I want to say thank you to everyone for the all the beautiful  comments last week and making the first week of Sally’s Focus on life  so special, I tried to make it to all the blogs  and really enjoyed reading all of our stories.

Secondly, thanks to Lori Anderson for hosting the Memories and Thanks blog hop.

I decided to combine the 2 in one post as they seemed to go together.

I chose the word breathe this year because it really resonated with me in yoga class one day as the instructor said breathe in peace and breathe out tension, but I found this on Pinterest and like it even better.


I know when I breathe in deeply it really calms me and makes me aware of the  present moment.

My thanks goes to my mother that gave me my breath and who I miss especially this month as it is her birthday month.

When I first started making jewelry my Mom wanted a simple pearl bracelet so I whipped one up and gave it to her.

When my Mom  lost her battle with lung cancer it came back to me in her jewelry box.

In honor of her I decided to re-do  the “Dee” bracelet” by hand knotting it in  red, one of her favorite colors.

So to honor my mom and honor this beautiful life that I live…