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“Everything always works itself out” – Interview with Molly Sydnor

Molly Sydnor is a fine artist who works in multiple mediums including drawing, painting, textiles, jewelry, and performance art. Today she shares about her inspiration, how consistency and discipline leads her to success, and the advice she thinks about all the time.


Molly “dancing on heaven at sunset” at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico – Photo via Instagram (@mollymargaretdesigner), provided by and used with permission from Molly Sydnor

Name and website:
Molly Sydnor

Fun fact about you:
I am an artist with a BFA in fibers

Funner fact:
I am an athlete

Funnest fact:
I have a heart condition requiring a pacemaker

What do you think has been essential to your success so far as an artist?
Continuing to make work even when I do not have the inspiration or desire to do so.

What was something that surprised you about art?
The connections you can make from being inspired by other artists and creatives!

If you had to describe your art in 6 words or less, what would you say?
Color, texture, bright, fun, body, experimental

Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by the body and human experience. I’m also inspired by color and textures. I get inspired everyday by different artists both famous and found on Instagram.

What is your all-time favorite bucket list item (of yours or someone else’s)?
To travel the world!

If you aren’t doing anything related to your art, what are you doing in your free time?
I like to work out in my free time.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My dad always tells me not to worry so much because everything always works itself out. I pretty much think about that advice all the time for both little things and big things.

Readers: Join me in thanking Molly for sharing her time, stories, and advice with us! If you want to learn more about her, check out her blog and Instagram (@mollymargaretdesigner).

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Summer Bucket List 2016

For the last two years, I’ve made a summer bucket list with 25 things on it. Both years, I left many items undone. Last year, I counted the days in summer (95 days) and thought that it would be plenty of time to get 25 things done (average of one every 3-4 days), but I realized I’m not willing to eliminate all other summer activities just to do the things on this list by a certain time (too much pressure!). This year, I’m making a more realistic list of 15 items. Since there are 13 weeks (plus 3 days) this summer, I can do an average of just about one each week.

I tried to focus the majority of list items around free or very affordable activities, because I’m saving up for my road trip at the end of the summer. Same with last year, I’ve picked some items from my existing list and added some new items just for the summer, and I don’t include things I already know I’ll do. I’m also using the same key as the full list: bold = completed; linked = link to the post about it; * = in progress; (hidden) = well, you get it.

Summer Bucket List 2016

  1. Volunteer for a non-profit organization
  2. Go geocaching
  3. Look out the window of a room in the top floor of a downtown skyscraper
  4. Release a floating lantern (update – I probably won’t be able to do it, it’s illegal in most states)
  5. (hidden)
  6. Eat rabbit
  7. Participate in a flash mob
  8. Enter a recipe contest
  9. Help a local small business with a project
  10. (hidden)*
  11. Learn to do a magic trick
  12. Have someone buy a piece of artwork of mine
  13. (hidden)
  14. Write a letter to a stranger
  15. Write an article for publication

What’s on your summer bucket list?
Comment and let me know. Let’s do this together!

7 Ways to spend the day in Olympia, WA

A visit to Washington State’s capital city makes a great day trip. Full of history, it is the home of many “firsts” for Washington State, including the first post office, first public school, and the first fire department (all in the 1800s). Typically a 1-2 hour drive from Seattle (depending on traffic), it is also accessible by public transportation, Greyhound, and Amtrak.

Here’s just a few of the many things you can do in this city.

Take a tour of the Washington State Capitol buildings and grounds

The main building (Washington State Legislative Building) took 6 years to build. Since then, it’s been renovated to include 144 solar panels on roof (the largest amount of solar panels on a US state capitol!). It’s fifth-tallest masonry dome in the world and the tallest in North America. There are free, hour-long guided tours of the Legislative Building and free 45-60 minute guided tours of the Governor’s Mansion. There’s also a free shuttle that runs between the Capitol and downtown Olympia.

Watch a movie at the historic Capitol Theater
This Olympia landmark was built in 1924 and has been in continual use as a theater since then. They feature independent, international, and under-represented films, music, and art shows, and also host the Annual Olympia Film Festival which just finished its 32nd year. You can also take a look at the colorful art on the side of the building where they have a free wall for graffiti artists.

Hang out at Percival Landing Park and vote on your favorite sculpture
This waterfront park features a boardwalk and large grassy area that is good for picnics, sports, and hanging out with friends. There’s also a sculpture display featuring local and regional artists. The display changes yearly, and you can vote for your favorite piece. The sculpture with the most votes gets purchased by the city to put on permanent display somewhere else in Olympia after the year is over.


Washington State Capitol Museum and Outreach Center at the Lord Mansion – Photo credit: Mark Goebel via Flickr – Used unmodified under CC BY 2.0 license

Visit the State Capitol Museum
This museum is located in the Lord Mansion, one of the few true mansions in the city. Although it’s currently closed for renovations, this museum still offers public events and programs like walking tours and lectures.

Take a self-guided walking tour
If you want to learn more about the history of Olympia, you can download guides for self-guided walking tours around the city.

Explore the Olympia Farmers Market
This year-round farmers market has been open for 40 years and features local food and plants, live music, hand-made craft items, and seven restaurants. Due to the growing seasons, the number of days the market is open varies throughout the year (Thursday through Sunday in April through October, Saturday and Sunday in November and December, and Saturday only in January through March).

Eat at McMenamins Spar Café
Many of the McMenamins locations are in historic buildings, and this Olympia location is no different. Throughout its existence, the building housed several different businesses, including saloons, smoking rooms, a variety theater, a billiard room, a store, and a restaurant with a bar that served famous people like Joan Crawford, Marlon Brando, and Joe Lewis.

Have you been to Olympia? How did you spend your time there?

This post was inspired by Wanderu, who asked me to write a post on my ideas for a day trip from Seattle. You can read about other bloggers’ trips on the Wanderu blog.