Saturday, December 15, 2007

I loved this post as soon as I read it. With all the drama in digi community, its very easy to get caught up in negativity and lose your is a wonderful article (not mine but borrowed) I left original links intact, if someone would like to go and leave comments.

Creativity and the Choke Factor

  • Dec. 14th, 2007 at 6:07 AM
Creativity and the Choke Factor

Have you ever been faced with a stressful situation where it is crucial how you perform, only to choke just when you need to be at your best? We all have! An article, by Scientific American journal, studied this experience and found some interesting insights.

The researchers found that negatively stereotyped social groups are some are at the greatest risk of choking under pressure. For example, if women are told that they are not as good as men at math, right before a math test, then they tend to do poorer on that test then if they were not told this statement.

One reason for the may be that the women are having to fight off the negative thoughts as they are trying to also person a complext task like solve math problems. This is what the researchers called increased Cognitive Load. Others studies suggest that a negative stereotype increases feelings of anxiety and stress which affect performance.

As an artist, I feel the pressure of creating a painting when someone asks me to do one or wants to commission a specific image or scene. I can do great art, when I follow my muse and don't worry about the outcome. That is because I am not worrying about whether someone will like it or question myself about my artistic abilities.

There is also the element of our identity. How we "see" ourselves or thing that other see us can affect our perfomances. Another researcher studied how positive stereotypes affect complex activities and found that this actually boosts ability to perform. Why don't positive intrusive thoughts cause people to choke like negative ones? Because positive thoughts don't focus on our feelings of worth as a member of a particular social group. As an artist, positive thoughts about my artistic skills increase my worth in this group of people. If I don't think I am as "good as" other artists, that negative thought will cause me choke my creativity energies.

Should we just pump ourselves up before a difficult task or pay others to tell us nice things about we are? Maybe so. As a psychotherapist, I tell my clients to explore their audiences of appreciation. Who values them? Who will be able to notice their efforts to change and will accept them unconditionally? A lot of emotional sufferers just don't have enough awareness of their audiences of appreciation. Maybe my role as psychotherapist is to be one of those audience members.

Find out who appreciates you and can build up your creative energy with positive encouragements today.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

News You Can Use

Ding Ding the freebie train rides sure to stop by the Grand Opening of Do It Digi....along with the grand reopening of this great shop, you can pick up AWESOME freebies during the 12 days of Christmas giveaway. Each day goodies will be given away. Here is link

Be sure to check in!

I created a new set of templates for 4X6 Brag Book themed especially for Christmas....lots of presents, mini fir trees and other Christmas images. Here is a link to layout I did for my cousin and her son

Those papers are from my Christmas Around The World Freebie so feel free to grab those while you are here visiting.

Friday, December 7, 2007

CATW freebie news

The day is almost upon us...tomorrow is the grand unveiling of the Christmas Around the World freebie kit.

Here is a preview of my part! I had such fun making this and everything in the kit is NOT in the preview. This freebie will be available from 12/10-12/16. The link is not live until 12:01 EST.

Please leave me a comment here or on 4shared if you snag!

I also got my new blinkie! Once again I can not say how much I LOVE Amanda's work. Here are both of my new to show off my designs and one to say how full my hands AND my heart is with nine kids.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Still feeling blah

I feel so stagnated. I know a lot of it has to do with missing family members who have passed away as well as those who have moved away. I can remember Christmas Holidays from long ago with the grandkids (me included) and my cousins from out of town came. We would play Monopoly with my aunts & uncles (My Uncle Rick always cheated) while Grandma cooked the best sweet potato pie (and I got my OWN pie)....My dad would be singing off key while we all laughed at him.

Twenty or more years later, those days are gone. My Aunts Tammy & Cristy as well as my cousin Tahnee have gone on to heaven. And they live in on my heart. My grandma has cataracts so bad she hasnt baked in years. And she lives all way in Cincinnati. I haven't seen her in two years almost.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Waiting for my blinkies

I am having Blinkies custom made for me....The talented gal, Amanda, who is making them does a GREAT job. I have seen her work and its marvelous. Plus like me, she collects frogs! Of course thats a big plus in my book!

I am JUST about done with my CATW freebie. I (as usual) kinda got paper happy so expect lots of papers. Textures, patterns, grunge....some have texture, grunge AND pattern!! Don't worry there are other elements as well. Right now I have about 20 pieces....who knows what else I will come up with between now and when I actually make my preview and upload my file. After all who would complain cause they got a freebie with MORE stuff than was listed or shown on the preview.

I think I am going to go blog visiting and pick up some of the great freebies listed at DST...

Sarah Grimwood got a C U U U T E December desktop here
ScrappyCats has a gorgeous pin & ribbon and a journaling tag here
Flergs has an AWESOME GLITTERY goodies...PLEASE go check out her blog for details and goodies

Saturday, December 1, 2007

My heart is heavy and eyes are full of tears

I had followed this story praying desperately that Latasha would be found unharmed and returned to her family. Well that was not to be. I know the deep hurt that her family is going through as it has only been two years since my 29 year old cousin was found murdered in a wooded area. No one who has not experienced a tragedy of this magnitude can understand how this devastating this is.

Why do men feel they OWN women. Not just in this case or in my cousin's (her ex is a person of interest) but Scott Peterson, OJ Simpson (he got off on a technicality) , Drew Peterson, Rae Carruth, all murdered women they SUPPOSEDLY loved. Where do they get the idea that its is ok for them to murder these women. That these women are not entitled to breath air? What gives the the RIGHT to take away these mothers, daughters, sister, cousins, friends out of their family member's lives? Domestic violence makes me SO angry. I don't understand how you say you love someone and then hurt them in the worse way possible.

Please pray not only for her family but for me and mine.

Ex-boyfriend charged in JSU student’s killing

Brian Albert Broom/The Clarion-Ledger

Jackson Police investigate the scene on Brown Street where a body has been discovered.

The ex-boyfriend of a JSU student missing since Nov. 13 has been charged with killing her, officials say.

Stanley Cole, 24, is suspected in the slaying of Latasha Norman.

A body found this afternoon off Brown Street in north Jackson is that of Norman, Jackson Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jeffery Scott confirmed late today.

The remains were found around 2 p.m. in a wooded area on Brown Street near County Line Road.

Cole, a criminal justice major at JSU, was in a Pearl court early Thursday for a hearing into charges he struck Norman Oct. 9 at a restaurant in Pearl. He was later taken into custody for further questioning in Norman’s disappearance.

Cole, whom Scott had termed “a person of Interest” a few hours earlier, was formally charged with murder after Norman’s body was found.

Cole apparently led police to the body.

The university, which spearheaded vigils and other events to keep Norman’s disappearance in the news, has cancelled classes Friday in her honor.

“I want to extend my deepest and most profound sympathy to the Norman/Bolden family, Latasha’s friends and others who loved her,” JSU President Ronald Mason Jr. said. “There are simply no words that can take away the anguish felt in the face of such a heinous and senseless act.”

The Jackson State Department of Public Safety has been investigating Norman’s disappearance along with the FBI, Hinds County Sheriff’s Department and the Jackson Police Department.

“We all worked around the clock, hoping that we could bring Latasha back safely,” said Chief Rebecca Coleman, director of the Jackson State Department of Public Safety. “Now, our efforts must shift to seeking justice. We mourn with Latasha’s family and friends.”

A memorial service in memory of the junior accounting major is set for noon Monday in the Rose Embly McCoy Auditorium on the main campus.

Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart said more testing would be needed for a positive identification of the body. It was badly decomposed, police said.

An autopsy is planned for tonight.

Norman, an accounting major from Greenville, had been the subject of a nationwide search.

Her story had been featured on CNN. Digital billboards leased by JSU for advertising purposes had for days flashed Norman’s picture and listed law enforcement contact numbers.

Producers of the popular TV show, America’s Most Wanted, were in Jackson on Wednesday, filming a segment on Norman.

Norman, 20, was described as a serious student who kept to herself.

Friday, November 30, 2007

All Sobe'd Out

I think I have come to a crucial point in my life.....Sobe No Fear is no longer working as a pick me up.........WAAAAAAAAAH! What am I going to do on the long B O R I N G nights at work to stay awake. I can not abide the taste of any of the other energy drinks so whats a working mom/wife/student/designer supposed to do????

I am more than halfway through Eldest...its only taken me almost a year to read. Its a great story especially considering how young Christopher Paolini was when he started writing. The only thing that saddens me is that this year I seem to be finishing up all my favorite series with no new books in site. JD Robb's Eve Dallas series, Diana Mott Davidson's Goldy Bear series, Kim Harrison's the Hollows, and now this...what will I do...anyone have any good fantasy series?? Or crime series? Or even a cooking mystery series (I love the recipes in Mott-Davidson's books).

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Oh no I've lost my....

mojo!! has anyone seen it? I seem to have no creative spark whatsoever. I open up PSP and NOTHING......I have several swatches to choose from...but I don't feel inspired to create anything. I need to get cracking on my CATW items. As excited as I am to be participating, I cant muster up any playing spirit....maybe I will try scrapping. I have some pictures of my extended family that I would like to scrap and send to them as presents......I hate the winter blahs

I love holiday music and movies but this time of year is also very hard for me. Its been two years since Tahnee was murdered and no justice. I look at her daughters growing into beautiful young women and it breaks my heart that she is not here to see it. Here is an old layout I did of when she first died.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

4Shared is DRIVING me INSANE

For some reason 4 shared does not like me today. I can not access my account information. Its putting a password on my files and I can not remove the file OR the password. ARRRGH.

Anyone have any suggestions over a better file hosting place?

In happier news my Black friday deal (400GB HD) came and is installed in its external case. Now I have room for more STUFF!!!I still haven't decided if I really want the divx dvd player....decisions decisions.....

I will be participating in the Christmas Around The World Freebie Challenge...what is it you say? A bunch of great designers (and ME) will be giving out coordinating goodies so that lucky scrappers can end up with a HUGE mega Christmas kit just in time for all those Christmas pictures. Here is a link to FishinMom's blog where you can find out more about it.

Tropicana is now in the store!

Be sure to check it out! For everyone who purchases it and post a layout in the DoIiDigi gallery, I will give ya a special gift! Be sure to pm so that I see your post!

Tagged from (Amy) ScrapHappy

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night.

My coworker sent me this link

2.What were you doing at 0800?

reading my mail

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?

wrassling with

4. What happened to you in 2006?

i enjoyed being preggo for the LAST time& welcoming Ziyah to the world

5. What was the last thing you said out loud?

be quiet(to DH)

6. How many beverages did you have today?


7. What color is your hairbrush?


8. What was the last thing you paid for?


9. Where were you last night?

same place i am right now

10 What color is your front door?


11. Where do you keep your change?


12.What’s the weather like today?

chilly but sunny

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor?

Butter Pecan

14. What excites you?

visiting family, having company, actually finishing a LO

15. Do you want to cut your hair?


16. Are you over the age of 25?


17. Do you talk a lot?

sometimes if i'm really excited

19. Do you know anyone named Steven?


20. Do you make up your own words?


21. Are you a jealous person?

not so much

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’.


23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’.


24. Who’s the first person on your received call list?

my mom

25. What does the last text message you received say?

we lost the game. from my cheerleader daughter

26. Do you chew on your straw?


27. Do you have curly hair?


28. Where’s the next place you’re going?


29. Who’s the rudest person in your life?


30. What was the last thing you ate?

double cheeseburger

31. Will you get married in the future?

since i am already married...I dont think my dh would be interested in a female Big Love situation

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks?

P2 is the only movie I have seen in three months

33. Is there anyone you like right now?
hmmm Chris Brown...he is such a cutie patootie!

34. Did you cry today? nope.

35. Why did you answer and post this? why not? i responded because i enjoy sharing and enjoy reading about others (and hope someone out there will do the same!) :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Stay Tuned

Big things coming soon.....

First here is my first new kit that will be exclusive to the DID store

I just love the colors! Especially now that everything is all winter blah. This kit is perfect for scrapping all types of pictures and events, vacations, summer, just hanging out. Lots of grungy textures.

Also I will be putting up another freebie link is a preview....

Its a 4X8 Christmas Card. It has the verse Isaiah 6:9 on it and its to remind us exactly what the Christmas season is about.
edited to add link

In other news I will be participating in the Christmas Around The World Mega FREEBIE Kit (maybe it should be a Massively Multiple Mega kit!!!). I got the swatch today and I am EXCITED!!! Very inspired expect mucho goodies starting December 10!

Monday, November 26, 2007


Soon my designs will be found in a new place: Do It Digi
Please check out all the great designers there and it shouldn't be too long before my designs are listed.

in other news I had two days off in a row for the first time in 2 months! It was beautiful! Me, my two baby girls and dh slept all morning! We didnt wake up until my 3 yr old son's preschool bus was blowing the horn!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Who I resemble?

First post and a FREEBIE

I'm back after a hiatus....real life took over...but I am ready to jump back in to designing and scrapping. I am about to start at a new store and will be offering all new products. I decided to leave my old blog @ and start here.

Just to give everyone a taste of my new and improving design skills here is a freebie to snag. Sweet Coco is the name of this sampler cause it reminded me of the cocoa I drink a lot of this time of year.

freebie link