Not everyone will like your work and why that’s awesome.

As a creative person, you will eventually come across a point where you find someone that doesn’t like your work. They might even hate it with all of their being. This is even true in other professions. When it comes to presenting ideas or a product/service to someone, you…

Learning to Embrace.

When we are in a good season, we can take it for granted. When we are in dark times, we can actually do the same thing. As much as I love the great times in my life, I firmly believe that I don’t take them in for what they…

You don’t have to know everything to start something.

Time and time again I run across old friends or meet new ones and it’s the same story. This is even a story that I seem to live now and then. We’ll chat for a while, talk about aspirations and really dive into what we wish we could do…

Stop procrastinating. Get it done.

You might be reading this because you have been one lazy bum lately and you need that little reminder to get you back in action and kick some serious butt. So if you are that person that has been procrastinating a lot lately, let’s go over a few reasons…

Friday night portraits : Eric Coppersmith

This is my great friend Eric Coppersmith aka The Pizza Destroyer. I honestly don’t get to see him enough and I hope that changes this year. I think one of the greatest parts of his character is his passion for compassion. He also enjoys a good passion fruit while…

When I was a kid, I was an avenger. Consider this a childhood confession.

I grew up in a pretty small town. It had a  dying mall, a few franchise restaurants and businesses and the high school football team was pretty full of themselves since they were quite good. I never liked football and I probably never will. I don’t hate it, it’s…

Embrace creative seasons in your life for great progress.

It has been an incredible year for me from a creative aspect. I cannot stress how much I have been getting done in comparison to any other time of my life. I thought I accomplished a lot last year, but I have been kicking some serious butt this year….

Creativity is not a race. It’s an adventure.

When I was in school I wanted to be smart about what projects I worked on. I didn’t want to “just do the homework”. I wanted to work on projects that had meaning to me. Something I actually cared about. That’s when I started to develop my own personal…

How sharing old posts can help your blog grow.

As a blogger, you tend to naturally build a library of posts over time. Some of them are time sensitive like news or events, but many of them can hold great value that are timeless. The best term for that is evergreen content. Evergreen content is something that is…

There must be so much more than we can see.

I’m a huge fan of Thrice. They have been a staple in my playlists of music for quite some time. I’ve purchased and preordered many of their CDs because I truly love the music they make. It is not just the musicianship they possess, but the lyrical messages they tell…

Just because you can’t go far doesn’t mean life isn’t an adventure.

I’ve only flown on a plane for one trip in my life. When I was 17 years old I was offered an opportunity to fly to the Bahamas for an educational week of studying marine biology. It was honestly one of the greatest experiences of my life. I wish…

Your thoughts can renew the world you live in.

Our actions are the brushes and our thoughts are the colors. The world is a canvas. Perception is a powerful thing. History and things that have happened to us have shaped how we react to things. We know that if “A” happens, then if we do “B” then “C”…

How I published 48 posts in January 2014 and tripled my blog traffic.

I haven’t really publicly announced this yet, but I have a personal goal this year to publish at least 500 blog posts to my personal blog, here at kineticbear.com. If you average that out, that’s about 10 per week. So that means I have to post at least one…

The fight or flight response. How to define yourself.

I think many of us can agree that life is much like a roller coaster, a ship constantly at sea or whatever adventurous metaphor you would like to use to describe your life.  It has it’s ups, downs, calm days and vicious storms. No matter what stage of life we…

How to create and do good work without inspiration.

I ran across this post on twitter today from a teacher I had and it totally flashed me back. I can recall spending over 8 hours in that exact room on some days. I actually had a whole semester where I had two, 3-4 hour classes in a row…

When the sun goes down, it’s reminds us to slow down.

Every once in a whole we burn out. Just like daylight. Every once in a while we need to slow down and find rest. That’s me right now. I’m tired as hell lately. I’m starting to sense my boundaries as I reach new goals. Sometimes you just need to…

Traffic jams, accidents and patience.

I think that if there is a good test of patience out there, traffic jams is in the top ten. It’s a situation you have no control over. You are wedged between two cars and most of the time you are probably already running late for something. Maybe you…

Reaching windows of opportunity.

There are times when we feel like we just want to have great change in our life. We can see the window, but we might not know where it goes, what it sees or the fresh air it can bring. Maybe it’s not a matter of reaching, but a…

Tangible mail and it’s impact on us personally.

I just got home from a long day and I got two things in the mail. My new bike that I ordered online and an Easter card from my parents. The bike was completely devalued as soon as I saw the card. It reminded me how much they love…

Travel, movements and seeking a greater self.

It can feel overwhelming to think about your own future. How to save for retirement. What your next career move will be. Financial decisions. Life has so many variables. At the same time it can be just the thing we need. Maybe we do need a big change in…

When a door closes, sometimes it never opens again.

It’s interesting to look back at times in my life and the moments where my life could have taken a different route. Opportunities come and go so often, especially when we create them ourselves. If I would have just went to college far away from home I probably would…

I’ll always be a hopeless romantic.

I love sunsets, sunrises and most of the beautiful things that nature presents us. Sometimes I’ll sacrifice sleep or drive 3-4 hours in the night to pick up my friends to see the sun pierce the horizon on Lake Michigan. I’m not ashamed to say that I like falling…

Spring. Wash away the winter.

It’s been so refreshing to finally be able to enjoy my time outside again. The fact that I can roll the windows down on my car makes me feel like I’m top of the world at times. Spring and autumn are my favorite times of year. They signify both…