March 29, 2022

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.

Voltaire

February 18, 2022

You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering, and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.

 

Shirley Chisholm

January 19, 2022

We have gone through some difficult times like everyone else and perhaps our working together and respecting each other’s abilities, in addition to that little thing called love, helped us survive.

 

Cynthia Weil

January 7, 2022

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.

 

Sarah Ban Breathnach

December 16, 2021

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

 

Mahatma Gandhi

 

October 2, 2021

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.

 

Oprah Winfrey

September 12, 2021

Winning is fun… Sure. But winning is not the point. Wanting to win is the point. Not giving up is the point. Never letting up is the point. Never being satisfied with what you’ve done is the point.

 

Pat Summitt

Who Is Jacki Kelly

Most of the people on my newsletter mailing list know me as Jacki Kelly, the writer. I’ve been writing seriously since 2010, but my passion for writing dates to elementary school. But that’s not the only thing I do. Like most creative people, I have other creative outlets. Some writers sing, some knit, some crochet, some play musical instruments, some paint, and some plan. I’m one of those writers/painters/planners.

 

Often when I’m trying to work out a plot detail or wake my muse awake to play, I’ll sit behind a separate desk in a different part of the house and paint. I’ve used several medians–oils, acrylics, watercolor, alcohol inks, pastels, to name a few. I will admit I think my writing is much better than my artwork, but I’m only painting to please myself. And when I finished, most of it goes into a drawer. But, like words, colors, especially bright ones, bring me joy.

I’m also a planner. No, I don’t mean like in planning parties. I plan my days, my weeks. I make lists—lots of lists. I organize. Maybe planning gives me an excuse for buying tons of paper, pens, stickers, and stationery, but hey, it’s what I do. For the last several years, I’ve been Bullet Journaling. I know that may be new to some of you, but it’s been around for years. Bullet Journaling is another way for me to express myself with color, design, and creativity. Every week, I design a new layout. I carry my Bujo with me everywhere I go. I keep a list of movies I want to watch, gift ideas, and my word count, and my appointment.

 

 

 

I guess no one is any one thing. We are a lot of things. That’s what makes us all so interesting. We have more than one way of expressing ourselves and fitting into this world. What’s yours?

August 11, 2021

As I get older, the more I stay focused on the acceptance of myself and others, and choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear.

 

Tracee Ellis Ross

July 19, 2021

Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.

Jack Canfield