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  • Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home
    Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home
    by Leigh Newman

    Can't wait! 

  • Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit
    Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit
    by Krista Tippett
  • The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone---Especially Ourselves
    The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone---Especially Ourselves
    by Dan Ariely
  • Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up
    Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up
    by Harriet Lerner
  • Rhythm And Repose
    Rhythm And Repose

    Tender and beautiful. 

  • Boys & Girls
    Boys & Girls
    by Alabama Shakes

    Love this album! So happy when I saw BrainPicker post this on her site! 

  • City of Refuge
    City of Refuge
    by Abigail Washburn

    Pure magic!

  • Some Nights
    Some Nights
    by Fun.
  • She Ain't Me
    She Ain't Me
    by Carrie Rodriguez

    I'm such a fan. 

  • I'm Your Man
    I'm Your Man
    by Leonard Cohen

    Take this Waltz is on my top ten list of all songs!

  • Babel
    by Mumford & Sons
  • Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (Original UK Unedited Edition)
    Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (Original UK Unedited Edition)

    So totally addicted to this series! Absolutely amazing!

  • Zen: Vendetta / Cabal / Ratking [Blu-ray]
    Zen: Vendetta / Cabal / Ratking [Blu-ray]
    starring Rufus Sewell

    Based on your recommendations from a recent blog post! It's another wonderful BBC mystery series! 

  • The Good Wife: The First Season
    The Good Wife: The First Season
    starring Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi

    One of the best shows on TV. Juiliana Marguiles is incredible. 

  • Doc Martin: Collection - Series 1-4
    Doc Martin: Collection - Series 1-4
    starring Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Lia Williams, Stephanie Cole, Ian McNeice

kelly rae roberts inspiration + giveaway

I launched my Inspiration Interview series back in April (with the lovely Katherine Center). I've always wanted to interview people who share their work with the world and inspire me to practice courage, be free, and dream big. Kelly Rae Roberts is certainly one of those people.

I met Kelly at the LoveBomb gathering in Oregon. I have to say that I was taken aback by her. Kelly is a woman who defies boxes. She's not someone you see and immediately understand. She's complicated, but very straightforward. She's soft, but unquestionably strong. She's both wise and curious. She's very serious and very playful. The only single thing I can say about her is that she's awe-inspiring authentic and unapologetically hopeFULL.  

Blog readers, meet my friend Kelly!



Image by Denise Andrade

Kelly just published her first book, Taking Flight, and I have to tell you . . . it's amazing. One night, Steve and I plopped down on our bed and went through it, page by page. Reading, laughing, pointing, talking, and simply enjoying. It's art, inspiration, and truth rolled into one book. At one point, Steve looked at me and said, "It's like the artist version of your shame resilience work." I just smiled.

Kelly and I are both social workers. We share a deep belief in the glory of imperfection and the holiness of messy. Kelly's book is receiving amazing reviews and attention because it dares to tell the big secret of the universe: We're all afraid, but we still have to do it - art, love, vulnerability - it doesn't matter. We just have to put a brush in our hand and jump.

I have one signed book for the giveaway. Please leave your name in the comments. The giveaway ends on Wednesday night at 8pm. Someone will be the proud winner of a big ole' bucket of art, love, and possibility!  

Here is my interview with the amazing Kelly Rae Roberts. I came up with this standard format for the Inspiration Series after thinking, "What do I want to know about people?"  I want to know about their humanity, their ordinary-ness, their pjs.


Creativity and Inspiration:

What is your writing process?
Oh man, this is a tough question. The truth is that I’ve always struggled with writing. I remember growing up absolutely despising anything having to do with writing assignments. It wasn't natural for me and I didn't have the passion for it to develop any discipline around it. As I got older, I fell in love with the writings and poetry of my college friends and wondered how they possessed such talent, how they expressed such tender beauty inside their written words.

 As the years passed, I found my creative voice in painting and as that voice grew, I found myself wanting to capture my creative journey through writing. My passion for art, for the creative journey, for the blooming of spirit, came through in my writing about these things on my blog. And all of that led to writing a book about taking flight into a creative life.  So, I suppose that's my writing process: I get inspired. I then write about whatever it is I’m inspired about.  No tricks, or schedule, or heartache. Not yet, anyway!

What are your greatest creative inspirations?
My greatest creative inspiration is finding connections inside everyday conversations. It’s exploring the small moments in life that hold all the deep meaning. It’s finding, then releasing, my very own possibility into the world with the hope that it will do good work out there and maybe come back to me in some other moment or shift. It’s the stories of the women in my life - all the courage and tenderness and strength.

What are your greatest creative barriers?
For me, my greatest creative barrier has been creating balance in my daily life. I struggle with carving out a chuck of time everyday where I can get to my studio table. The business side of my creative business swallows my time and my creativity suffers. So, I suppose time management has been my largest creative barrier. I’m learning, though!
Truth-telling is a vulnerable and sacred process for most of us. How do you stay honest in your writing?
Oh, this is a good question. I believe there is sincere value in telling our stories. It’s how we learn from one another. How we unearth treasures and wisdom inside ourselves. It’s how we connect to the joys and hurts of the human spirit. I try very hard to represent all the pieces of my experience in my writing - the broken pieces and the joyful pieces. It all matters and it all connects us.
How do you manage your life (family, partners, children, friends, etc.) when you are writing?
I remember when I was writing Taking Flight, it seemed to take over my entire life. Luckily, my husband was doing a clinical residency rotation out of town for several weeks, and I don't have any children, so I was able to truly focus without too many other demands to tend to. But I do have clear memories of feeling like I was failing my friendships, as I seemed to drop off the radar during those months. I was stumbling my way through the process of writing my first book while trying desperately to maintain life as normal. It was a huge learning experience. Next time around, I’ll strive for a bit more balance.
Now, for some fun! 

From James Lipton, host of Inside the Actor's Studio

What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What sound or noise do you love?
What sound or noise do you hate?
What is your favorite curse word?
From JL's Uncle Jessie Meme
A song/band/type of music you'd risk wreck & injury to turn off when it comes on the radio? 
Heavy metal. Lord help me. I just can't take it.
Best show on television?
I can't believe I’m saying it, but I’m shamelessly in love with The Hills. It cracks me up. And I love the lingo and drama (omg!).
Favorite movie?
Juno was the last movie I saw that I still think about.
Favorite room in your house?
My bedroom. It's colorful and sunny.
Best concert?
1985. Michael Jackson’s Thriller tour - before he got weird.
Brass or strings?
If you could have anything put on a t-shirt what would it be?
It would be a hope note written my Jen Lemen.
The best part about being your age?
I am 33 and I have loved everything about being in my 30s. The letting go. The deepening of friendships. The rewards of embracing the life I’ve always envisioned for myself.
Favorite Girl Scout cookie?
Thin mints!!!
Poker or gin or bridge?
Gin, baby.
Shower or bath?
Favorite pajamas?
My bff just sent me some brand new pjs from the garnet hill catalog. I’m a lucky girl. They're cotton and cozy.
Nightmare job?
Counting fish at a dam.
A talent you wish you had?
Songwriting and singing.
Dream vacation?
A month in New Zealand with my husband, our dog, and a euro van.

What's on your nightstand?
My book by you (!), The Sound of Paper by Julia Cameron, and an early photo of me and John.

From the famous "Weird Things" blogoshpere meme 
Tell us 3 weird things about you:
1. I have no idea how to cook; therefore, I eat a lot of pasta.
2. I check to make sure nobody is hiding in the shower before I go to bed.
3. I have the world's worst memory.

From Smith Magazine's Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six Word Memoirs from Writers Famous and Obscure

A six-word memoir that captures your life as an artist OR your art life. 
brave in sadness, brave in love :)


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Thank you for posting this series of inspirational interviews. It gives me a look into many forms of inspiration. and, i get to see a little of the real person behind some of these names that float around, even artists i have prints from, and it makes the world feel smaller, or i should say, more intimate. ironically, i bought my first ever art print from kelly rae. and it is beautiful to own.
I would love the copy of her book, if I should be the winner. Count me in on the contest! and keep up the great work on your own blog!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjessica
pick me! pick me! hahahahaa....
did i see this book at J. Jill too? i swear i did, and i thought hey.....i know who that is!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered Commenterkrista
ooo- how fantastic! I was just looking at her gallery this weekend, and completely agree that many of her pieces are in total alignment with your message about shame resiliance.
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterStacey D
Count me in on the contest! Although I'm not sure I can resist ordering the book until Wednesday. :)
09.29.2008 | Unregistered Commentercarlotta
Enjoyed the interview... Would love to read the book! Thanks for hosting a giveaway.
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterBetsy
The book sounds (and looks) wonderful. I'm a new reader to this blog and I am enjoying it very much, it has been inspiring for me. Thanks for sharing yourself with us.
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I love what you said about, " We share a deep belief in the glory of imperfection and the holiness of messy."


I'm thrilled for her success! It validates the absolute importance of living the life you design in your dreams.
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
I know I've already one once, but I'm putting my name in the hat again if that's allowed. Loved the interview. One of these days I'm going to have to put together my own "lovebomb" thing. My heart just sings reading about the connections all of you made and seeing how it has reverberated around this little corner of the web. WOW!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterRenae C
EEKKS - Brain is dead - one, won, whatever....
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterRenae C
Oh! This is one my wish list. I would love it.
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterSandy
She makes me excited to be 30!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Wow, great interview! Am throwing my hat in the rink for a copy of her book. Thanks for doing this giveaway!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered Commenteryoung c-m
recently found my way to your blog, I am enjoying the little peeks into your journey.
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen
Wonderful! I love the image of the hands.
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterStacia
looks sooooo lovely! would love to receive such a treat :)
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
Delurking to comment because I love Kelly Rae's blog and I know her book must be fabulous. Thank you for your willingness to share it with us!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterStar
Really enjoying your blog (and book) as a relatively new reader/lurker here. Thanks so much for your work!

Loved the interview and would enjoy the book completely. Thanks for the opportunity~
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen
"brave in sadness, brave in love :)"--This quote really speaks to me, and puts into words something I have been trying to strive for lately. Thank you for sharing it. How lucky you are to have such a talented, inspirational friend. Her book looks amazing!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered Commentermeagan
Okay, two questions for Kelly Rae:
First, how on EARTH were you old enough to see the Thriller tour? I was in kindergarten when that video came out, and we're not that far apart in age,
After your comment on Brene's last post, I'm wondering, what the heck does it take to get you to see a good movie? Your mom watches it all the time, your friends love it and you STILL haven't seen it?

hugs and kisses you both, Jen

and P.S. Renae C.--there is a community waiting for you to cause it. GO for it!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen Lee
I adore Kelly Rae and only through her blog and those that are in her circle. Reading this interview was fun, thanks for it! I'd love to read her book, even if it doesn't inspire me to pick up a paintbrush, I just know it will sing to my heart. :)
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmilyt
Would love to get a copy of the book! Her artwork is amazing!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered Commenteraida
kelly rae, thanks for being so very
authentic in your art and words.
they let me know that
even in the midst of 'shining' there can
be fear too.

your heart just glows!

i would be honored to read such a book. it sounds magnificent!

09.29.2008 | Unregistered Commentermelanie
i'd like a new book! And I have never heard of "once" either. Dawnfh
09.29.2008 | Unregistered Commenterdawnfh
Oh how I adore Kelly Rae!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen
This book is on my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway.
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterMonica
I would love to win this book. Kelly Rae is just the dose of inspiration I need right now!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterSharon
This book is on my wishlist, too. Would love to win a copy. I love Kelly Rae's story and work -- so inspiring!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristianne
after many years of letting other people in my family be the artist, I have started on my own journey and I am loving it (SCARY) and would love a copy of Kelly Rae's book...
09.29.2008 | Unregistered Commentermarcy
What a great interview! I'm embarking on my own creative journey and it's nice to have this kind of inspiration at my fingertips. Thanks!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered Commentershawna
The book sounds fantastic. Can't wait until my next trip out of the boondocks so I can put my hands on it.
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterIrene
loved the interview!
love her book and her story! INSPIRATION at it's finest!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered Commentercarissa
Inspirig. Thank you both.
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterMagdalena ZT
I read Kelly Rae's blog and enjoy having one of her prints lives in my home. I find her incredibly honest, talented and inspiring, and I would love to own her book. Thanks for doing the giveaway!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette
oooo I so want this book. Kelly Rae is amazing!!!!!!!!!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered Commenterkayla
omg!!!! i would love to win this book.
it looks and sounds absolutely amazing!!!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered Commentergina
please choose me to get this book~ blessings and thank you very much.
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterELK
Hi there,

Kelly Rae's work is awe inspiring and the more I tune into her blog, the lovelier the work becomes to me the viewer as she does truly seem exceptional as a person too. What a great interview thanks....I'll visit again soon to see what else your doing.

Be Well and Happy Creating, Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy
I loved the interview, especially the nightmare job: experience or brilliant sense of humor?!

Would absolutely love the book (or yours) - otherwise I'll be getting them for myself for my birthday!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline
Not to sound desperate or egotistical, but I need this book. I'm wilting.....
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterTiana
I reeeaaaaalllllllly want this book! It looks son wonderful!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
I have put the movie 'Once' on my list to see as it sounds just what I need. Also Kelly Rae's book (and yours for that matter) are in my next Amazon shopping cart :) Would love to win a copy so I may get to be inspired sooner!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterChloe
Add me to the list!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris
I'd love to win this book! It's been on my covet list for a while now!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda
i would love the book by Kelly Rae..i enjoy reading her blog !!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi hyden
I would love to have this book of inspiration, permission and encouragement. Kelly Rae is an ARTist!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterSandi Keene
I love Kelly Rae, her blog, and her artwork! Thanks for posting the interview!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterBethanne Black
optimistically hopeful
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterRock
Yes, please. Sign me up.

Great interview. And have I mentioned that I love your rearview mirror photo!
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterWanda
lovely words, lovely woman, I am excited to read this book.
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterBridge
Ooohh! Thanks for interviewing Kelly Rae! Her work and words are so hopeful, inspiring.
09.29.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

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