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Because motivation, like showering, does not last and is thus recommended daily:

From The Icarus Deception, by Seth Godin

From The Icarus Deception, by Seth Godin

Happy Friday, everyone!

Writing Me: Tradition

‘Tis the season of hayrides and pumpkin pies, costumes and candy corn, drifting leaves that turn into falling snow and crisp mornings with flannel sheets and chunky sweaters that lend way to days full of tradition. What does the word tradition make you think of? What does it make you feel? Is there a tradition you partake in every year, or one from your childhood that stands out?

Take the word TRADITION and tell us what it means to you.

Go where your words and recollections take you. A few lines, or dozens, in whatever form moves you, write as your heart responds to the prompt.

Starting today {and below!} we will feature our own writers. After that we would love to feature you {yes, YOU!} and your piece here on the Bigger Picture Blog. We would love to encourage and support our community in this writing exercise, and we hope you all will join us!

There are two ways to get involved:

1. You can write your own Tradition piece, grab our Writing Me button {above} and post onto your blog any time. Link up here to join in our community.

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2. Be one of our guest writers and have your post featured on our blog! Complete this form and we will email you with a feature date and information for submissions.


Today’s post comes to us from Corinne...



 Starting in October we have a swell of birthdays in our family. And holidays… it goes something like this: birthday, birthday, Halloween, birthday, Thanksgiving, CHRISTMAS{!!}, New Years, birthday, birthday, birthday, birthday, Valentine’s Day… and then we rest.

These months are filled with traditions. Big ones: homemade birthday cakes, gifts, special breakfasts and carefully chosen birthday dinners, pumpkin picking, costumes, gratitude lists, pumpkin pie, mom’s stuffing, handmade ornaments, holiday baking, handmade gifts, snowflakes taped onto windows, movie nights, Christmas light drives, and on and on and on.

But the traditions I hold deepest in my heart happen on the inbetween days. The days where we exclaim our favorite bright red tree, and hear the crunch of leaves beneath our feet. The days when we make cookies just because the weather has gotten colder and the kitchen needs some extra warmth. The days where snow gently falls and mittens dawn our hands and we shovel for hours, and we come inside with pink noses and cheeks to hot cocoa and a viewing of our favorite winter movies {either The Snowman or The Polar Express}. The first day we pull out hats and scarves for a beach walk, and feel the solace and beauty of being alone in a vast space with waves crashing and breath chilled. The days where glasses fog when you come inside from the cold…

All of these small moments, they are traditions of the seasons. I hold them close, as they make up my days. Tradition can be small… tradition can be beautiful and simplistic. Tradition comes from within and is pulled out by a want to do it again {whatever the it may be} every year. Tradition warms the heart and tugs at us from years past… bringing us full circle and into the now.

Create 30, Finding Time for Creativity



It’s in all of us in some form, in some level.

Like a fire creativity will flame out and eventually die if it’s not stoked and tended to. Do you take the time to tend to your creative soul?

Yes, it’s hard to be intentional about taking the time to be creative. Especially if there are little children in your home. Taking time to create is something that may feel selfish or a waste of time. I assure you it’s not.

One of my new years goals was to spend 30 minutes a day creating. Sometimes that has simply been making pretty labels to organize our entry:

Photo Credit Melissa Haak

Sometimes it means taking the time to set up and edit a shot for my project 365

Photo Credit Melissa Haak

Maybe you don’t have 30 minutes, but I bet you have 5. Five minutes that you spend doing nothing in particular, falling into the black hole of mindless internet clicking? Pinterest? Twitter? Guilty as charged.

Why not make the commitment to take time today and create. Even if it’s only 5 minutes.

There was an old columnist for the Chicago Tribune that used to run the same article every New Years. He stuck by the belief, that he proved to himself, that if you just spent 30 minutes a day doing a task you could master it by the end of the year.


What do you wish you spent more time doing? Writing? Painting? Photography? What unfinished projects are lying around that you need to be inspired to pick up and create?

What’s stopping you?


If you need an extra push:

Monday’s on the Bigger Picture Blogs Facebook page we’re going to introduce some Creative Inspiration. We will post 1-3 words and encourage you to roll those words around in your head and be inspired. Use them to propel you out of the Monday funk and into a creative mood.

Use them as you will.

Take a Photo
Write a Poem
Write a post
Write two sentences
Paint a picture

The point is to use them to infuse your Monday with 5 minutes of creativity.

There is no link up, no need to post by a certain day. Just inspiration and creativity on what could be an uninspiring day.

We encourage you to write on our Facebook wall or leave a link with what you were inspired to do.

Live. Love. Create.