Fanning the fire midweek, we are tossing you a spontaneous quote, question, or conundrum related to Monday’s post. We invite you to riff on this prompt or share a story—heartbreaking or hilarious—to spark further conversation about the path of motherhood.

So I love Ellis. I find her honest, funny, radiant, and full of light.  She sang at Folk Fest, and Niki and I were inspired to give her a copy of the deck cause she is just the kind of mama we want to be connected to.

When she was signing CDs after the show, i was able to ask her a quick question about the connection between motherhood and creativity.
She said, “Watching my two-year-old daughter paint, play, dance, and sing is to witness complete purity. All she is doing is being herself. At the heart of creativity is connecting to our true self—children are such natural reminders of that.”

Here is one of my favorite Ellis songs. It speaks to me because I am always worried about being late, left behind, missing the boat…I think in that fear, and accompanying rush, I am missing the creativity of being in my—and my children’s—flow.

On her website she describes “Right On Time” as a wish for her newborn daughter to trust she is on her own timeline in a culture where we are encouraged to go faster and faster.


Bonus feature: And here are a few pics on my budding artists at work.

What inspires your creativity? For me it wasn’t obvious that rushing around all the time actually squelches my juju.  I would love to hear how you get your–and your kids–creative juices flowing.