All posts filed under: creativity

Leaving Goggles

I’m leaving my job. That’s right folks; after over a year and a half of working full time in my kooky little call center, I am leaving to travel and follow my dreams of being paid to write. It’s exciting, it’s terrifying and there is a very real chance I will end up extremely poor and never be able to move out of my parents flat. It’s even more of a daunting prospect because this is the only thing I have done since graduating. I literally left university on the last day of June two years ago and started working here on the first day of July. I didn’t take a break or a summer off, this is literally all I know of the adult world. I always planned to leave; in fact I had no idea I would be here this long. The plan was to save enough money to go traveling before settling down into ‘adult’ life. Initially I naively thought that would take about six months. I kept postponing leaving partly because I didn’t have enough money to …

Listen, when the silence speaks.

Originally posted on A Monologue of the Heart.:
  Listen, when the silence speaks It’s not in words that which you seek It lives in the quiet of the dawn And in the sunset once it’s gone It comes uncovered in the night When darkness sets, embracing light Listen, when the silence speaks It’s not in words that which you seek

Blurred Vision

Originally posted on vinnylanni:
Spearmint gum masks Vodka-stained breath at 3 a.m. Red and blue light encircle: fragmented memories, blurred vision, a poison-ridden mindset, and desire to outdrive the past. Pain is temporary, so is the night. Wheels spin forward; car lights flicker behind, mistakes last forever   ?

Kalihawlk.com | Kali Hawlk

My name’s Kali Hawlk, and I’m passionate about using my skills and abilities to help others achieve their goals and dreams. And I know what it takes! I built my own website up from scratch, going from absentmindedly blogging to an audience of two (thanks, Mom and Dad) to being named one of US News’ and World Report’s 37 Personal Finance Experts to Follow on Twitter. I achieved my dream of becoming a professional writer and I’ve learned that there’s nothing I can’t accomplish when it comes to creating and making the life I want. Now, I help creatives like you learn how to live mindfully and with intention so you can make more — of your money, your work, and your life.

Gift Guide for Art Lovers

Gift buying should be easy, but sometimes it can be tricky to find the right thing, especially for artists and art lovers.  We’re kind of known to be picky. I hope this helps! Canvases (gallery wrapped are the best, start with sizes 12×12 – 18×24)  Inspire them to create! Oil Paint (Williamsburg oils, Old Holland, and Gamblin are my favorite).  Even if you just buy 1-2 tubes, color inspires amazing things in creative minds. Print Sets!  I am offering 4 different collections of curated artwork; boxed, wrapped, lovely, and ready for the Christmas tree! Paint brushes.  A good paint brush is like a magic wand in the right hands!  Rosemary and Winsor & Newton are two of my favorites. Brushstroke Ornaments.  Special handpainted ceramic globe (fit for the tree and for the home all year long!) iPhone Case.  Artist-y-ness for your phone! Handpainted Handbag.  Fashion statement perfect for the art lover in your life!  Completely original and unique. Art classes at a local arts center or studio. and… if all else fails, a gift card…

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Care Packages

Originally posted on for the love of nike :
I have to admit, that navigating through the whole wedding game, I’ve felt very out of place. I’m a corny person by nature, but so much of the expected behavior felt beyond corny to me. My fiancé and I did our best to pick and choose what things made sense for us, and what we wanted to avoid. We definitely wanted to make sure that family and friends played key roles in the process. So obviously, the folks in our wedding party were a vital part of everything. I wanted to do something special for my bridesmaids before the wedding, so I put together this care package for them. Being the Nike weirdo that I am, I was first inspired by a pair of sneakers (in particular the ones on the top left). Bring on the blues.  I painted a card that I would go into each girls’ gift, asking them if they’d be my bridesmaid. This is acrylic and ink on paper. Try your hand at it! But if you’re…

What is Your Art? (Commentary on Seth Godin’s Thought-Provoking Words)

Originally posted on A Millennial Type Seth Godin, a powerhouse in the publishing and blogging world, recently wrote this short but thought-provoking piece: What is your Art? I define art as having nothing at all to do with painting. Art is a human act, a generous contribution, something that might not work, and it is intended to change the recipient for the better, often causing a connection to happen. Five elements that are difficult to find and worth seeking out. Human, generous, risky, change and connection. You can be perfect or you can make art. You can keep track of what you get in return, or you can make art. You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art. The most difficult part might be in choosing whether you want to make art at all, and committing to what it requires of you. My turn, what is my art? Sometimes I hesitate to call myself an artist, but I know I’m one. I make things that aren’t perfect (like this old rambling blog …

Mr. Men Characters Reimagined for Millennials

I used to love Mr. Men books and videos. In November of 2014 Max Knoblauch was kind enough to create an updated version for the millennials who loved the books as a kid, and they are great! My favorite one is… Because this one’s true for most of us…even non-millennials. Check out the rest here. Have some of your own? Comment below or send them to gumblogging@gmail.com. G.U.M Team

GUM Shop: New Additions

After opening, revamping, and reopening the shop I am happy to say we are back in business! Last week a few items were posted. So far we’ve only added fun plant pots…                 and pastel chalk jars! Check out the shop today around 4:00p for more items. We’re adding dyed jars and more! All items can be customized. If you have any questions feel free to email us at gumblogging@gmail.com. G.U.M Team