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Step back for a better look

Updated: May 29, 2022

Do you sometimes feel stuck in a situation? I often find myself in the middle of chaos and I can't seem to find a way out. But, thanks to a recent hobby I am starting to be able to take a better look.

Last year I started following some painting tutorials through Social Art and Michelle the Painter and I really started to enjoy painting. But I also learned an important lesson while painting, you need to step back to get a better look. Paintings are meant to be hung on a wall and admired from a distance. But when you are painting it you are focusing on fine details and close-up work. At the time, it might not look right, it might not even look very good. But, when you step back from it you can see it all come together and look like a beautiful painting.

I think this philosophy can also be applied to life. When things don't seem to be going as planned, when you are in the middle of that chaos and can't find a way out, step back and look at it from a distance. It could help you see the big picture, it could help you find another option and it could help you recognize what you have, which might not be so bad after all.


Another interesting development happened while I was doing paintings - I was inspired to make a creative writing book for kids.

It was a concept by artist Michelle the Painter. She posted the painting tutorial on YouTube for people to follow along at home and paint Flight of the Imagination.

That painting gave me the idea for this book, Let Your Imagination Soar (and that painting is on the cover!). I continued to follow more of Michelle’s painting tutorials and continued to be inspired.

So, thanks to Michelle, this book is filled with wonderful ideas to inspire stories. Ideas that I have used to create paintings and prompts to encourage kids to create stories, and even paintings, of their own!

Let Your Imagination Soar is now available in hardcover!


"Learn to see the big picture. Often times we get tunnel vision and lose sight of the big picture and what we're really trying to accomplish."

Robert Cheeke


Taking a step back can help you problem-solve and can help you enjoy the moments more. Check out the Enjoying the Moment blog for more ideas of stepping back and slowing down.

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