101 Artist’s Date Ideas.

Originally posted on The Artist's Way:

  1. Visit an artist’s supply shop.
  2. Spend some time outdoors with your journal, sketchbook, craft supplies, etc.
  3. Go for a walk, and take your camera with you to document the experience.
  4. Stop by the library, and check out some CDs.
  5. Set a timer, and spend an hour working on something you’ve been putting off.
  6. Create an artist’s workspace in your home.
  7. See an Oscar-nominated movie or a foreign film.
  8. If you don’t have an artist’s blog, start one.
  9. Visit a “creative” shop that has nothing to do with what you actually do–an art supply store, a fabric shop, a music store.
  10. Grab a stack of magazines, and clip whatever looks interesting or cool to create your own inspiration board.
  11. Support the local arts scene. Go to a local festival, music event, art show, play, museum exhibit, etc.
  12. Plant something. Start your own herb garden. Butterfly garden. Plant a tomato or some…

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Out With The Old, In With The New

You don’t owe people the person you used to be. You don’t have to talk to people who are speaking to the old you. If they want to drag old you out, and you’ve already left that person behind, they don’t get to talk to you. When you’ve gone from weakness to strength, you don’t owe a show of your former self to someone who just can’t wrap their head around your change – Dig Yourself (via BUWA Mosadi)

My Poetry Ain’t Shit

[Inspired by Poetra Asantewa]

My poetry ain’t shit

It will not give me multiple orgasms

It will not pay my bills

It will not hug me to sleep or wake me up with freshly brewed coffee

My poetry will not write this thesis

It will not make me popular or gain me new friends

It will not remove the cellulite from my butt

It will not get me freebies

It will not do my groceries, buy me clothes or cook me dinner

My poetry will not sustain the environment

Or bring world peace

It won’t raise your vibrational energy or alter our collective consciousness

It will not end racism or emancipate us economically

It might make you laugh a bit

But you’ll be long over it when you get to the end

My poetry will leave you hanging

It will disappoint you

Make you yearn for better

Make you wish this bitch would shut her damn mouth and stop complaining

You will compare it to someone else’s

It won’t make you love me, but it will make me feel a bit better

When I write it

© Unathi Nopece

Start now

“Start now.
Start where you are.
Start with fear.
Start with pain.
Start with doubt.
Start with hands shaking.
Start with voice trembling but start.
Start and don’t stop.
Start where you are, with what you have.
Just … start.”

Ijeoma Umebinyuo