Toolmarks of a Creative Mind

For everyone who is a creative person


Welcome to my blog. As the days and weeks pass, I will be filling this space with my experiences and trials in all aspects of my life. I welcome your thoughts throughout the process.

'You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind' - Irish Proverb and my motto. I incorporated it into my life in 2012. It reminds me that I can do anything I set my mind to as long as I get up and make it happen.

I am a constant watcher of the world around me and find joy in the little events that happen, for this reason I have a number of categories that organize my many interests. Find the one that interests you and check back often because I post to each randomly or become a member to receive updates to your favorites.

This is my life and I'm living it one bucket list item at a time!

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Practicing or Non-Practicing - It's Lent

Posted by toolmarks on February 18, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you decided?

I enjoyed my pancakes for supper last night.  The reality of today has lingered, weighing heavy on my mind.

I may not go to church every week, but I still think about giving something up for lent.  I think this is true of many people - especially having watched social media today.

Often we choose to give up something tangible.  How many of us give up chocolate?  Or some other vice?


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Finding a Progress Buddy

Posted by toolmarks on January 24, 2015 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I don't claim to have all the answers but I think I have discovered a crucial step in the plan for progress.

Everyone needs a buddy.

That's what I have discovered.  

If you are not held accountable to someone then the work doesn't get done.  The truth of the matter is we work really hard when there is a deadline, money on the line, or people expecting something from us.

Without some key factor, we simply don't w...

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Downsizing our Possessions

Posted by toolmarks on January 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1)

By nature many of us are hoarders.

There is nothing wrong with keeping possessions.  It's when these possessions take over your life that you need to reevaluate the limits.

I grew up in a family without much.  My parents by nature were frugal because their childhood had been difficult too.  They grew up when times were said to be tougher.  So when my parents finally had extra money what did they do with it?

They bought ...

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Changed Thinking and Coping with Ups and Downs

Posted by toolmarks on January 18, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I've noticed that helping others requires them to want to help themselves.

Changes is not easy.

Trust me I know.

Many of the people I've met over the last two years find it hard to believe where I've come from.  They don't believe I was 50+ pounds heavier than I am today.  They don't believe that I had to beg to get the job I have today.  They don't believe that I had to bring myself back from the brink and acknowledge that ...

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A Week of New Medicine

Posted by toolmarks on January 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

So the hard part is done, right?


I made a decision.  Yup, it's true - me.  It may not be the popular decision and soome might even say it's down right cruel.  But I weighed all the pros and cons, and my decision is the one I'm going to live with.

I decided: Knowing Isis has Cancer, I am still not going to have her undergo surgery.  

I can't bring myself to do that to her.  And some of you m...

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