My Creative Life

Official Announcement! Relaunch of Jody Write Now

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I promised myself that when I relaunched jodywritenow.com I would be more honest with my readers, and with myself, than I ever had been in any of my previous blogs. It is a promise I have to consciously remind myself to keep. Therefore, to stay true to this commitment, I want to share something. The launch date I targeted for this website has been pushed back about six times now. For something that I’m so excited about, and worked so many hours on, it is still hard for me to…

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Tales Of Tails

Alton, Our “Secret” Service Dog

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He looks up at you with those big brown soulful eyes and the feathery golden ears. And just when he cocks his head in response to your question, you can’t help but wonder what he is thinking. If only our dogs could talk. I’ve been wondering this about our 4-year-old golden retriever, Alton, from the day I first held him at four weeks of age. Even though he can’t speak in words, the blessing of our bond has been learning to understand what he is thinking and feeling in the…

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Organized Living

How To Organize Your Music Library

I am not a collector of many things, but one collection that is very important to me is my music library. It is important to organize your music library so you can find what you want to listen to quickly and with ease. So how do you sort and organize a music library in a way that makes that quick search a reality? It can seem confusing and overwhelming when you sit down to alphabetize albums. Some performers have a full name, some only one name, and what do you…

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My Creative Life

Creative Advice: Stop Listening to Others and Follow Your Own Voice

listen to your own creative voice

As a creative this is the hardest thing to do: stop listening to others. Sometimes that includes yourself. I know for myself, I struggle with this a lot. I’d love to say that I have a protective shield of creative confidence. And that my magic shield protects me from the doubts, insecurities and thoughts of inadequacies about what I am putting out into the world. Is this good enough? Will people like it? Do I really have talent? Will people understand it? What if I am just wasting my time?…

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Organized Living

5 Simple and Quick Steps to Organize Mail

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Organize mail coming into your home or office and take a huge first step toward getting a handle on the paperwork clutter in your life. Six days a week you have to deal with it. The mail. Sometimes it is a trickle. Most times it is a stack. And it is almost always JUNK! Mail is the engine that keeps the paperwork motor in every home churning. The unfortunate truth is mail can get out of control very quickly. Here are 5 simple steps you can take to get some…

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What's Cookin'

Swedish Cucumber Dill Salad

Swedish Cucumber Dill Salad is a dish that always reminds me of my Swedish heritage. There are few dishes that make me feel as nostalgic for family dinners enjoyed when I was younger, and my ancestral roots. My mom was mostly the person to make it, but when I say it was my mom’s, it was only hers because she is the one who actually prepared it. The recipe itself is a family recipe handed down from Swedish relatives on my father’s side. Swedish Cucumber Dill Salad is a cultural…

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