Illustrated Breath
Contents in a desk drawer.

Get Out Of Your Own Way

Ahh, the beginning of a new year and we face the pressure of the New Year’s resolutions that are quickly discarded by January 5th. This year I gave in by 10:00 am on January 1st, by making pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast. I could hear the Little Debbie brownie whispering in my head, “You’re …

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Change your Someday’s to Thisday.

Stack of Art books

9 Books To Help Live A Creative Life

Deciding to live the life you want is a leap of faith. There is no guarantee that everything will be hunky-dory sunshine and rainbows, but you will discover a multitude of things about yourself. Here are 9 books that helped me take that leap.


The Thing About Hair

Finding a bag of non-carcinogenic pixie dust is proving to be a problem.

header photo of Melissa Whitaker biting into a wrapped cosmic brownie

HEY! Little Debbie……Bite Me!

How To Find The Person Buried Within   Here it is. That one post where I reveal the truths about myself that NO woman ever wants to reveal, my age, weight, and height.  As an artist, I am used to exposing my soul to a gallery wall.  I’ve even exposed my nude self on a …

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Photograph of clouds in Arizona with mountains on the distant horizon.  Taken by Melissa Whitaker

Under the Influence

Inspiration is great, it’s what keeps the soul alive, but it’s the influences that encourage action to be taken.


Finding Inspiration

In search of inspiration.


I Did WHAT?!!

I can’t believe I quit my job.


Reflections from an Inktober Survivor

There is no challenge more challenging than the challenge to improve yourself.



“Don’t try to recreate something you’ve done before. Challenge yourself constantly.” (Suzanne Partridge)