Choosing to Live in Color

This week’s summer showcase post is from my friend and LHF Greenhouse member, Jade.   In addition to being generally awesome, Jade blogs at the Madness of Monotony and recently had a piece about creative uses of snap-pops featured on Freshly Pressed.

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Do make time for regular trips to Oz?(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There was a time when my life was overflowing with creativity. Not simply my own, but everyone around me. Writers, artists, actors, musicians, songwriters, designers … I couldn’t throw a paper airplane without hitting someone whose talent filled the space. My spare time was filled with art shows, community theatre in all its forms, or performances of local musicians.

At the time, I didn’t realize how unusual my life was, or how fortunate I was to be surrounded by so many incredibly talented people. I didn’t realize that most people’s reality was so much more … mundane. I know that may sound judgmental, and I truly don’t mean for it to, but it’s like seeing the Wizard of Oz and going from Technicolor back to Kansas in plain old black and white.

Sure, I worked, but it was secondary to everything else. My job didn’t interfere.

Until it did. Continue reading

3 Keys to Unlocking Your Best Ideas

Don’t forget–the LHF Greenhouse closes to new members on Sunday.  If you need a place to grow some of the new ideas you are about to discover, join us inside!

English: A warded lock. Français : Une serrure... Over the last six months, first as part of the summer of small voices series, and more recently as I’ve been sharing the LHF Greenhouse invitation I’ve noticed a  disturbing trend–a large number of you believe “you don’t have any ideas.”

This worries me because we need people like you–and the ideas that come from your smart, kind, generous, and determined souls– to create a future for our universe that is brighter than our past.

I’m also highly suspicious.   I suppose there might be some people in the world who are genuinely idea-free.  But they don’t feel the longing you feel to make the world a better place.  That longing is a sure sign of blocked ideas trying to get your attention.

Let’s see what we can do to let them out. Continue reading

Getting Ready for the Artist’s Way: a sneak peek into the LHF Greenhouse

English: A sprout in a lightbulb.

Image via Wikipedia

I’m sure you’ve noticed I’m very excited about the LHF Greenhouse, and want to make sure everyone who can benefit from becoming a member has the information they need to make a decision about joining.

So when my engineer boyfriend pointed out the invitation page does a great job of explaining what the greenhouse will feel like, but not such a great job outlining the “what exactly will we be doing” part, I was a little worried.

I tried to write a post to fill in that information gap.  I thought about making a list of the books we would read, and the sort of assignments we’d do.  I tried to create a calendar of events, and to share a schedule for group conversations.

Luckily for both of us I gave up on that post.  Not only was it really, really boring–it wasn’t very accurate.  There is not a good way to tell you what the LHF Greenhouse will be like for the first group of members because we’ll be discovering what works and what doesn’t as we go along.  Which is all well and good, but isn’t very helpful if you are trying to decide if you should join.

Since I can’t really tell you what to expect inside, I decided to show you. Continue reading

You Are Not Alone

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I know it can be hard to remember.

You may not be able to see them, or hear them, but there are people around you who love you and want you to be happy.

There are people from your past thinking of you and wishing  you well.

There are new people about to come into your life.  People who will help make your journey a little easier and a little more rewarding.

No matter where you live, no matter what your passion, no matter what you have been called to do, there are people out there who want–who need– what you have been called to create.

There are people who want to help make your dreams come true.

There are people who are waiting for you to let your light shine.

There are people who will listen.

There are people who will understand.

There are people who are waiting for you to ask.

All you have to do is hang on until you find them.  Keep working on your ideas, keep the light in your heart burning.

Find your people.  Do your work.


If you’d like a little more company, come check out the LHF Greenhouse, and meet other passionate people like you looking for nourishment, support, protection and care.

The Wait Is Over

photo credit: flickr user Marvin Kuo

The wait is over.

After six month’s of hints and vague references,  I’m done beating around the bush regarding “the new thing I’ll be unveiling soon.”  Today is the day I tell you what it is.

I’m creating a new online community called the Low Hanging Fruit (LHF) Greenhouse where people with creative, world-changing* ideas will connect with like-minded people and grow their dreams together.

Click here to view your invitation to the LHF Greenhouse.

Watch this space for future blog posts about the greenhouse and how it can help you get where you are going.

In the meantime, I wish you a joyous and peaceful holiday season, and am looking forward to our time together in 2012!

*ideas that change your corner of the world totally count.