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Sepia Pilot Mountain overlook with tree. artisticmysticsoul.com-Lisa Beth Wright
Sepia Pilot Mountain overlook with tree. artisticmysticsoul.com-Lisa Beth Wright
Photo by Lisa Beth Wright-artisticmysticsoul.com

Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting my page.

I am a writer, photographer, and graphic artist.

I use my creative gifts to inspire, encourage, and provide a voice for introverts. I created my website and blog artisticmysticsoul.com as a place to share my writing, photography, and artwork.

If you enjoy my photography and writing, please consider buying me a coffee on my Ko-Fi site so I can continue to share content.

Freelance work like this is my only income, so every bit helps!.

I am an INFJ who loves to connect deeply with people and causes. …


I will never forget what he taught me.

An orange and white tabby cat.
An orange and white tabby cat.
D.C. Snuggles — Image by Lisa Beth Wright

An orange and white tabby cat showed up at the front door of my apartment in the fall of 1997. I had never owned a cat before, but this one instantly charmed me. He had such a friendly and easygoing manner. He wasn’t shy either. He walked right into my apartment and my heart.

I figured that he must belong to someone in the apartment complex. He was too friendly to be stray or feral. I let him inside and he started spending the night sleeping beside me in my bed. In the mornings I would let him out to make his rounds. …


At least that’s what they say

A rushing river flowing around stones.
A rushing river flowing around stones.
Photo by kazuend on Unsplash

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. If you are a person of faith, you may wonder where God is this year. Why are these terrible things happening? I have thought about that all year.

Perhaps the better question is, where are we? Why don’t we step up?

I wrote this song with those thoughts in mind.

Long peaceful river at sunset.
Long peaceful river at sunset.
Photo by Jack Anstey on Unsplash

Verse 1
Faith is like a river
At least that’s what they say
Jump into the flow of God
Let Him direct your way
But faith is hard to come by
Living in this world
Seeing all the pain and grief
And wondering where God is

Chorus
But God is in the little things
God’s within His people
He’s in the laughter of a child
In the comfort of a friend
In the mountain’s majesty
And the crash of ocean waves
And if we listen to His voice
We can be faith in this world. …


If you always walk in the light, you never get the chance to shine.

Night sky with star trails and silhouetted figure.
Night sky with star trails and silhouetted figure.
Photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash

Do you feel it?

The loneliness.
The despair.
The frustration.
The anger.

2020 has been a year.

I’ve felt all the above emotions and more.

Why is this happening?
When will it be over?
How much more can I bear?

Honestly? Not much more.

As I gazed into the night sky’s brilliance last night, I realized something.

Walking in the light is easy. There are few challenges, so it is natural to be thankful.

When times are good, we forget to be grateful. We take the little things for granted. But not this year.

This year, we would give anything just to see loved ones and hug them. …


From an unlikely source.

Silhouette of man leaning on a heart shaped tree.
Silhouette of man leaning on a heart shaped tree.
Photo by Rakicevic Nenad from Pexels

You can find inspiration in the most unlikely places. I admire these seven profound statements from Dr. Seuss. If you take them to heart, you will learn to love yourself more. I did.

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

We spend so much time trying to fit in and gain acceptance. Social media amplifies our feelings of inadequacy, causing us to base our worth on the number of “likes” we receive.

You are an original. Be proud of who you are. You don’t have to fit in.

“Be who you are and say what you feel because the ones who mind don’t matter, and the ones who matter don’t mind.” …


It never did.

Woman’s hands cupped together holding flower petals.
Woman’s hands cupped together holding flower petals.
Photo by Ales Me on Unsplash

My word for the year was “Bloom”.

I made a big deal about it, creating an intentional vision board with pictures and theme words. I pulled out all the stops.

Then 2020 became — well — 2020.

Here are some words from my vision board.

  • Community
  • Healthy
  • Prosper
  • Give

They seem like a cruel joke now.

Sorry to tell you this, but The Law of Attraction doesn’t work.

I’m not even sure that positivity attracts positivity. Judging by the hatred spewed on social media, I would say not.

It pays to be grateful. Most of us have much to be thankful for. I know I do. Gratitude makes us happier with the life that we currently have. …


#7 is absolutely critical

Celebrating man smiling with closed fists.
Celebrating man smiling with closed fists.
Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash

I know you are eager to get the scoop on Medium. You want to be successful and make money. Allow me to share what I’ve learned in my short time on Medium so far.

  1. Write about Medium. This is the chief topic that everyone wants to read. Write about stats, how much money you’ve made, and how to get curated. This will garner you the most views and reads. These stories won’t get curated, but who cares? They will get lots of reads and reads equal money.
  2. Give writing tips. This is the second most popular topic on Medium. Teach readers how to become better writers and direct them to other sites where they can also make money writing. …

Why can’t I delete the comment?

Shirtless man with tatoos making fists and wearing skull rings on all fingers.
Shirtless man with tatoos making fists and wearing skull rings on all fingers.
Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

I received my first troll comment this morning on Medium.

People suck. And the internet allows them to suck even more.

The comment was a profanity-laced tirade telling me to get off Medium. What controversial story made someone so angry?

A story about my beloved cat that died.

I reported the comment and blocked the “user”. So, why can’t I delete the comment? I hid it, but it’s still there.

If we don’t have the control to delete comments on our own page, perhaps I need to find another writing platform. This is unacceptable.

It’s bad enough to deal with trolls. I don’t want their trash on my stories.

Medium needs to fix this.


I choose to forgive — for me.

Two young women hugging.
Two young women hugging.
Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels

I spent time with a bitter person yesterday. She complained about everything and everyone. She has a remarkable amount to be grateful for in life, yet she could only say, “I grew up with nothing and I still have nothing.”

Nothing?

She has a home, car, food, health insurance, and money to buy anything within reason that she needs. I would say that she is richer than a significant portion of the world.

But she is still unhappy.

As we talked, she criticized various people that we both know. In her eyes, all of them had slighted her and it was clear she hadn’t moved on. She called them all “low-class people”. …


I finally understand that it’s not my fault.

Mother and daughter decorating Christmas tree.
Mother and daughter decorating Christmas tree.
Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

I grew up hating Christmas.

It was just another way to shame me. Every year, I was told, “You weren’t very good this year.”

It started at Thanksgiving. The month-long shame fest telling me how unworthy I was. I freaking hated the holidays. I never understood how other kids could be so happy. It was the most depressing time of the year for me.

One year I got a “note from Santa” in my stocking, telling me I had barely squeaked by that year. It seems I had just missed out on a stocking full of coal. …

About

Lisa Beth Wright

The Inspirational introvert! 🌟 Writer, Poet, Musician, Photographer, Graphic Artist, artisticmysticsoul.com ☕️ ko-fi.com/lisabethwright

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