I never thought that one ugly cupcake could ignite an explosion of ideas in my brain. If I had known that all it would take to get me excited about writing again was to eat one ugly cupcake, I would have eaten one weeks ago.

What is one thing that you could do to create an explosion in your brain?

You see lately, I have not written a new blog post.  Our adventures at Bottomless Lakes State Park and when we discovered a treasure hidden at University of South Dakota were blog posts that I wrote a few years ago.  I just updated them and created new images.

It was not that I didn’t want to write or that I didn’t have things to write about. I have several ideas written down in my Evernote. Since Katie’s Make A Wish Trip to Disney World I have just been doing one thing after another.  We all enjoyed camping in our bus.  (even though it still is not finished.)  Jeff has been working on growing our business. I have been trying to loose the 6 lbs that I gained while at Disney World. (Who in the world gains weight while quadrupling their steps each day? ME – that’s who!)

Anyway, I have sat down to write several times and I just stared at the computer screen.

No words flow out of my brain through my fingers onto the screen.


Not a single thing.

As I read through my list of things to write and all of them seem boring. I just couldn’t write about them.

I wondered, “What’s wrong with me?”

Writing usually comes so easy and I enjoy it.

Now, nothing!

As the days turned into weeks, I just didn’t open the blog. I found myself working on our business and household tasks.

Driving back from our camping trip, all I could think about was the numerous things that I needed to get done. Usually, driving consists of me turning up the radio to drown out the kid noise and my thoughts are filled with reliving our recent moments with friends, family and fun times. Blog post ideas float around my brain.

This day, the well was dry.  I left a sister friend and a place I love – the beach. I was filled with thoughts of things that I hadn’t done, things that needed to be done this week, and stuff that I had to do as soon as I returned home.

OVERWHELMED! That describes how I was feeling.

I had lost myself. I hadn’t take time to replenish me.

What do you do to relieve stress? Have you ever thought about baking a cupcake to spark creativity?

For me it is baking- So today, I baked!

The girls wanted to bake cupcakes. I was happy to supervise their baking. We laughed and talked. As they stirred the batter, I made the icing for the cupcakes.

Sprinkling the powdered sugar into the bowl, I didn’t think about my life, how much I needed to do, and what I needed to get done for my family. I just enjoyed the mindless sound of the mixer and the pure enjoyment of watching 4 ingredients turn into a delicious chocolate treat.

When the cupcakes were cooled, iced and ugly, I slide my spoon down through the deep luscious chocolate icing into the soft buttery vanilla cupcake.


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As I tasted that chocolate cupcake words came alive again. I began to think of all the different adjectives to describe what I was tasting.

Tasty. Delicious. Yummy. Decadent. Scrumptious.

I savored the chocolate goodness on my tongue for a minute before I swallowed. More descriptive words filled my brain.

This ugly cupcake was a spoonful of mouthwatering indulgent chocolate delight.

Wow! Complete thoughts and exciting ideas were bursting forth as if that chocolate icing had set off an explosion in my brain. I grabbed a pen and a blog post was born.

This post!

With each bite that entered my mouth, I spit out a sentence .  I began to come alive.

Not wanting my creative side to lay down the spoon just yet,  I quickly returned to the kitchen for another cupcake.

Yes! I was going to enjoy TWO cupcakes in one sitting!

With each bite of the cupcake I began to feel full.

Full of creativity. Full of excitement and full of a sweet southern chocolate cupcake.

Baking, eating, and savoring this ugly cupcake filled me in ways I didn’t realize was possible.

Creativity returned and so did the 2 lbs I lost this week!

As I tell our children often,

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Today, I gladly traded 2 lbs for the return of my creativity.

For the return of my excitement to write.

And most of all, for the return of a piece of me that I had lost for a few weeks.

Do you need a cupcake?

How you find your creative side, when you are overwhelmed with life? What can you do to create an explosion that will ignite your fire for creativity? Tell me in the comments below.

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  1. Daniela July 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    I love this post, Missy! It’s often the unexpected things that ignite my creativity, too! Like you, my mom always says everything in life is a trade off, but it sounds like the sweetness of the cupcakes and the deliciousness of your creativity was totally worth the 2 lbs!

    • discoveringus July 2, 2016 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      Daniela, This was the first time since starting my blog that my creativity was nonexistent. It is also the first time that gaining 2lbs made me feel better! Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting.

  2. maggiebird July 4, 2016 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Great post, Missy! Our creative side needs to be fed too, even at the expense of our waistlines. For me, though, believe it or not, cleaning my house feeds my creativity. You can tell when I’m blocked, because the house sparkles; when I’m in the creative zone, the house is a wreck.

    • discoveringus July 4, 2016 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks Maggie for stopping by my blog and commenting. I hope your house is a wreak! 😉

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