New Year’s Resolutions: Warm wishes for my creative friends!

For a couple of decades now, we’ve written our resolutions in the sand at local beaches during low tide. The premise is simple. As the tide comes in, our resolutions are either carried off to the Universe to become reality, or there’s no sign left of them, relieving us of any guilt or accountability. Either way works for us!

However, this year, before writing my own (actually, these are mine, too), I wrote some for you…


My mom called me stubborn when I was a kid. I didn’t know what a necessary quality being stubborn would turn out to be for me. I don’t use that word any more, and neither should you. Our word is persistence, and you’ll need it. So many creative people stop when they hit the wall. When they think they’re not good enough. When they think “I can’t!”  Hitting the wall means you’re close to breaking  through. Stay on course.




You need that fire in you. The fire that says YES! That fire that is a hunger, a thirst, a drive so vital it can’t be stopped.

With enough passion, you’ll find inspiration. With enough passion, persistence will be easier. With enough passion, you’ll check off that list of resolutions in no time.

Passion is contagious.

Place yourself in the path of passionate people. Provoke passion in others. Pile on extra helpings of passion. Set your world on fire!



Creative work is play. No cutting corners here. Take time to explore, dabble, doodle… Do not limit yourself to what appears to lead more directly to a desired outcome. It’s a trap! When the paint spreads, drips, or runs, see what it wants to become. When an object appears in your writing, don’t question it. You’ll find out what it’s for later.

Stay clear of the shoulds. Stomp your feet and shout, “I am done being a perfectionist!” Make many mistakes! Be intentional about it! And when they show up uninvited, let them have their play time, too. There are no mistakes. Let those gifts give you an edge. Let them set your whole world on its edge!

Play is practice paired with pleasure. Play is process. Play is pure expression. Play!



No, I’m not going to tell you to put in your 10,000 hours. Just keep on playing. Let play be your practice. And view every creative project as practice. If it leaves your hands and finds its own place in the world, let it go. And if it doesn’t, let that go, too.



Wherever you are is where you are and it’s okay. Trust that you’re in the right place. Artists need Peace. We want whatever we want and we want it now. We wonder why we’ve been left behind.  Why our talent and timing have abandoned us. Why no one seems to have recognized our genius or our gems.

Keep your eyes on the prize, but relax. Marvel in the unknowing. Sit still and know what you seek is already on its way. Live as if the peace you need already held you, encircled you and all in your life.

Be peace.

Be, know, and watch it grow.


Blessings on your journeys and your creative projects…

Happy 2013! May it be your best year ever!



  1. Thank you. Thank you. Loved reading each and every word. And loved the pics. Happy 2013.

  2. Thank you, Deb! I really just write these for me, you know. ; )

  3. Lovely, Deb! This is pure gold. Thank you.

  4. Thank you, Helen. What a sweet thing to say.

  5. I love these, Deb! I’m bookmarking, so I can come back whenever I’m feeling a little in need of direction. Thanks!

  6. Thanks, Laurie. I’m glad you like them! Happy New Year of writing…

  7. I loved this! Very inspiring and so, so, so true! They are definitely words to live by. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  8. Thank you, Gisele! Goals… Gotta have them. ; )

  9. I really like your New Year’s resolutions for me…
    ;-)…I think I’ll keep them. Here’s to a great year for all if us !

    Thanks for all you do for the writing community.

    Donna L Martin

  10. Thank you, Deb, these words ministered to my soul today – love the idea of writing them all at low tide! Have a great year and maybe we’ll meet up at some conference or other.

  11. What inspirational ideas! What splendid photos!

  12. Deb, you’re truly an inspiration to us all!!!! Thank you for this post, it was just what I needed today!!

  13. This is wonderful. Thank you. A real case of the medium being part of the message.

  14. What a wonderful post, Deb! It’s so uplifting and encouraging…things we should definitely keep in mind for the year as we work through 12×12. 🙂

  15. This is a fantastic post. I feel like you wrote it just for me. This is the way I think and feel. Your fun pictures all made me smile. Thank you so much for sharing and appealing to my writer spirit!

  16. So glad you knew they were for you! ; )

  17. Joanna, I would love to meet! I hope to get your way some day…

  18. I just smiled and sat up straighter, Ellen!

  19. And that’s what I needed today!

  20. I love that, Allison! The medium as message…

  21. Thank you, Teresa. This is what feeds me. I worked hard to get past my blocks, then learned everything I could about creativity, then studied with the Creativity Coaching Association. All so I could go write in the sand and share it with friends. ; )

  22. I did write it just for you, Alayne! Please don’t tell the others. ; )

  23. Sylvia Liu

    I love every one of your resolutions. Thanks for inspiring me today!

  24. I’m so grateful to be able to inspire! Sometimes it even leaks over to me. ; )

  25. Another wonderfully inspiring post! Thanks Deb!

  26. Thank you, Julie. And you’re welcome! The comment is especially meaningful when it comes from someone who motivates so many writers!

  27. What a totally wonderful post, Deb! It speaks to me so deeply on so many levels. I guess that’s the great thing about this community – we “get” each other 🙂 Thank you for your inspiring words and your great advice!

  28. Thank you, Susanna! I’m sending you MORE wishes for a wonderful 2013. So glad to share this journey with you…

  29. What a great post, Deb. Very loving and gracious. What a fun tradition. I’m going to have to get myself to the coast on New Year’s!
    Happy New Year and all the best to you for 2013.

  30. You’re not too far away from the coast! And if you want to come north a bit, visit us on Whidbey! Happy new year to you, too…