Our Mission

1) To help others open up their creative channels, find what they love to do, and inspire them to do it.

I want to give people small ideas that they can do each and every day to help them find their own creative spark; to help them become more aware of what makes them happy while also making the world a better place. Happier individuals make for a happier world.

2) To showcase those who are doing what they love and inspiring others to do the same. No one person is good at everything. We can all learn from each other.

Some people can do anything they try to really well, but it’s not their “thing”. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. We all have things that we are passionate about and things that we don’t love doing. My goal is to help people find that intersection between their strengths and what they love to do.

The Q&A sessions pull inspiring people together, and showcase their strengths, so that it will inspire others, give them new ways to do things, new perspectives, and help them live their life’s purpose. I want to give people plenty of places to go for inspiration.  

(If you know someone that you would like us to do a Q&A session with, or if you would like to be considered for a Q&A session, please email us at lori@thenovelturtle.com)

3) To expand the definition most people have of the word creativity.

When asked what creativity means, most people will say something about some sort of craft, photography, or design. I want to show people that everyone is creative in some way. Creativity shows up in business, in how people solve problems, in parenting, and in many other avenues of life. I want to show people how they can use creativity to find and live their happiest lives.

4) To help people find more joy and laughter in their lives.

I want to make people smile every chance that I get. There is enough stress and chaos in the world. The Novel Turtle is a place of fun.

5) To help people appreciate the small things in their lives.

Sometimes we get so stuck in our heads, so wrapped up in our day to day, that we don’t notice the beautiful little things that are happening around us. A lot of the ideas that I give on The Novel Turtle are meant to get you out of your own head, clear your mind, and help you to appreciate the little details that most people don’t even notice. 

6) To help people become more aware of themselves and their surroundings.

I recently heard Kyle Cease on Lewis Howes YouTube channel describe this perfectly. (To paraphrase) If you are stuck in your own head then you can literally walk past a hundred-dollar bill and not even see it. If you are instead focusing on the things around you, then you see it, you see the blessings, the abundance, the magic, the joy. There are so many benefits to being aware of yourself and your surroundings.

(See that interview by clicking here.)

7) To help people navigate and understand their own inner world.

We all have hopes and dreams, and we all have emotions and feelings connected to those hopes and dreams. Sometimes people feel very alone in their search for their happiest life. Sometimes emotions pop up that people don’t understand, or don’t know how to deal with. I’m here to let people know that they are not alone in how they feel, and to help people understand what is going on inside their heads and their hearts. I’m here to occasionally deliver tough love, but also to encourage people to follow their hearts.

All of the ideas that I present here at The Novel Turtle are things that I (and people around me) have personally tried and found to help me to enjoy life more.

You’ll sometimes see me use “We” or “Us” instead of “Me” or “I”. I am the wizard behind the curtain if you will, but I always have help. So, to me, this website and everything I do with it is a group effort. My husband drew the turtle that is in my logo. He helps me with everything from taking pictures, to answering all sorts of computer related questions, to being there for me as a sounding board. I have friends and family who give me ideas and are always there as a sounding board for things. I am constantly inspired by people all around me; some of whom I’ve never even met. So, you see, “I” is not accurate for most of what goes on here. This is a collective effort, a community, and we invite you to join us.

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If you have questions or comments please email me at lori@thenovelturtle.com. For more inspirations follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.