Artists Who Did The Unexpected...And Flourished


When it comes to art of all kinds, creators must think outside the box — after all, that’s what art is all about, right?

But there are certain artists in a variety of fields who do more than just color outside of the lines (pun intended, of course). They go above and beyond to do unexpected things, setting themselves apart from creators in their same mediums. The risks they’ve taken have allowed them to flourish in unexpected, powerful ways.

Read on to learn about six innovative artists who took a major leap and landed up on top.

Image via Beth Cath

Practical Advice for Winning at Your Side Hustle

We’ve previously discussed the idea of pursuing our passions outside of the workplace here on the blog, expounding upon the life-giving benefits of finding time in the margins to do the things we love.

Today we want to take this concept one step further by sharing some practical ways that we can monetize our interests, turning them into real side hustles that can bring in additional funding, ignite our passions and even turn into a full-time job.

Image via Sarah Dorweiler

Print Issue No. 20: Extro Nerds


When conducting initial research for this piece, I turned to the internet to see if it was just me who had repeatedly heard the opinion that introverts are smarter than extroverts or if that was a belief common held by the masses. In less than one second, Google produced more than 900,000 results presenting the stereotypes about both introverts and extroverts, specifically the ones associating their personalities with certain trains. Extroverts, who are assumed to be fun-loving, adventurous soul, are assumed to not always except in school or in the workplace. While they have lots of friends and plenty of social interactions, they aren't leaders in academic settings. Introverts, on the other hand, are viewed to be bookish and smart but lacking in community. They are often assumed to be awkward in social gatherings and inept at carrying on witty banter and casual conversations. So it's not just be, I mused. It got me wondering, where did this belief come from, and what do we do to combat it?

How to Handle a Friend Who Wants Too Much of You

There are times in our lives when we find ourselves in friendships that feel one-sided, where it seems that we are giving more than we are receiving in the relationship. While all of us at Darling believe in giving selflessly of our time, emotions and advice, there may come a point when we need to establish healthy boundaries with a friend who appears to be emotionally dependent on us, using the bond we share as a means of validating her identity and self-worth.

So how do we handle a situation like this with love, clarity and grace? Read on to hear our thoughts and chime in with your own advice in the comments section.

Image via Tess Comrie

Austin in a Weekend

Personally, I adore Austin; it’s a quick three-hour drive from Dallas, where I live with my husband, our daughter and our hilariously large English mastiff. Though neither my husband nor I are from Austin, we actually got married in a sweet town called Buda just outside of the city limits. All of our wedding weekend festivities took place at wonderful restaurants, hotels, coffee shops and bars around the city, cementing Austin as a forever special place in our hearts.

Here are some of our favorite places to visit when we’re in town, as well as some spots we’ve been wanting to check out.