Healthy Patterns

Artists continually look for balance in shape, patterns, color, and contrast. We are drawn in by exactly similar and paralleling objects. Our brain gravitates toward symmetry because the pattern is easily recognized and understood. The brain is primed to recognize signs of order in the "accidental" chaos, and to follow a pattern to make sense of the world. Really, that’s all we are trying to do every day, right - make sense of the world?

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Heart VS Talent

Developing our skills, whether athletic or creative, is really important to our personal growth. Sometimes we have a desire to do something and it’s matched with humility yet lacking in skill…. “It’s just not good,” I’ve had that said to me by a critic. I’ve also heard, “you’re off pitch,” and “you’re not what we’re looking for.” Those words sting, but, man, I’m so grateful for the honesty…

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Ashlee Wright
When It's Wrong TO Make Up Stories

Have you ever caught yourself stressing out about a future situation? You’ve convinced yourself that you already know how things are going to turn out, so you’re anticipating the worst. Or you are confident someone didn’t like you, only to find out later they have no problem with you at all and actually think you’re great!? We have to consciously determine whether if what we feel is based on fact or on a story that we made up..

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Ashlee Wright
Our Worst Critic

The hard truth about being an artist is that there will always be people who don’t like or appreciate our work. But as artists, we are often the harshest critics. Artists have developed a keen eye for detail because we understand the artistic process. We know how difficult it can be to innovate all the way through concept to completion. This morphs practically everything - from pieces of art to events and culinary experiences to body language - into something we appraise…

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Ashlee Wright
Does Prayer Affect Creativity?

Prayer is like mental weight lifting for the brain. Prayer increases activity in the frontal lobe - the area of the brain that controls our conscious decision making. Theoretically, it isn’t far fetched to assume that prayer is also beneficial to the creative process. If the brain is better activated by prayer, it’s primed to innovate and think creatively.


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Ashlee Wright
Three Ways You're Wrong About Sabbath

Immediately, when you hear the word ‘sabbath’ the word ‘rest’ pops into your head, right? That’s great... kinda. These errors in defining and applying Sabbath have mental, physical, and spiritual repercussions. There is depth to understanding what Sabbath truly is and how it applies to our daily living. Here are three common misconceptions about Sabbath we have believed for far too long.

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Ashlee Wright
Sleepless Nights

What even is common decency? What is this code that we live by, the unspoken rules to a functioning and respectful society? The code that even the most remote and bitter human applies to. Is it written in our soul, to respect others, even if in the smallest way, like abiding by the laws and ordinances of the land? Or is it something deeper?

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Kelli Wright
Using Emotion as Creative Expression

A huge mistake I believe Creatives make is trying to force themselves to feel something because they know their emotions are a great source of inspiration. Too often I hear artists say they only create well when they are suffering, then they purposefully sabotage themselves to get to a place where they can create out of their turmoil. In the opposite sense, there are many Creatives who avoid confrontation or their own grief because they don’t want to feel ‘depressed’ and have their emotions become a stumbling block. It’s all BALONEY.

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Ashlee Wright
Readjusting the Path...

I want to encourage you, even though it may *seem* impossible, it’s not! We just need to read the daily/moment by moment goals, so that we can reach the desired destination. Anything is possible when the path is created to combat our current busy, noisy, cultural realities. We need to redefine what rest truly looks like, and find moments of peace and calm, moments of deep breathing, moments of space within our days to recharge to take a step in the desired direction.

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Kelli Wright
Resting Well

I had a dream not too long ago, where the visual artistry of my imagination made me want to sleep forever… Visualization is a powerful tool used by psychologists and pain management doctors. Even neuroscientists can validate the power of visualization. It doesn’t surprise me that picturing my peaceful dream helps me feel secure

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Ashlee Wright
Walk in Wonder

There is something about the feeling we get when we experience something for the first time… when our dreams literally come true… when we are in awe! So why do we just let that go? Why do we just settle into this unexciting pace, of tasks and regimented days, and forget to stop and search for more?

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Kelli Wright
Mental Health Pt. 3

If someone jumps out from behind a door and scares you, you have very little control over your response. However, our thoughts and emotional responses can be managed.

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Ashlee Wright
Mental Health Pt. 2

“Perceiving events negatively is linked to a 43% decrease in health over the next twelve months.” In other words, when we recognize stress drawing near and think this is going to be bad, I better brace myself, our overall physical health is affected. The body is intelligently designed to cope with stress, but when we try to take control of stress by bull-heading our way through, the body’s natural response hinders us rather than helps us.  

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Ashlee Wright
Mental Health Pt. 1

Taking a physical look at the changes that occur in the brain during times of stress, transition, and even during prayer reveals how absolutely marvelous our Creator is and, also, how fragile our human bodies are. Neuroplasticity is “the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.” If the brain is capable of forming new neural connections, that means our thought life can change our physical selves.

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Ashlee Wright
Mental Health Intro

How often have you thought, “I’m not enough” or “I’m not good enough” while trying to find ways to cope with anxiety or depression? Grace offers us a way to shut-out those thoughts. There is a natural, physical response to stress. It’s actually a divine response because we were designed by the Almighty.

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Ashlee Wright
Whimsy and Refuge

I can’t help but smile when I think about times when I feel a kiss from heaven. It just really helps to put my tiny world into perspective. It helps to make my problems small, and my hope big.

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Kelli Wright
Retreat as a Stance

When we operate out of a place of retreat, we operate out of a place of peace, endurance, strength and conviction. We have this sense of purpose and belonging. And we are moved by it.

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Kelli Wright
What is Refuge, Anyway?

If we stop at just operating out of rest, we sometimes forget to take the help we may need to stay in that posture when times of trouble or weariness come. This is why I believe when we take a moment in our day to focus and center ourselves around rest, we must also engage in taking refuge.

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Kelli Wright
The Posture of Rest

In my spirit I heard “Wait… wait for me… with anticipation… as a Hunter waits for his prey… then you will not miss me.” and it changed my life, forever.

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Kelli Wright