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Poison Apples & The 3 Keys To Success

March 20, 2017

Happy First Day Of Spring!

Well, at least here in New Hampshire, USA. 😊

Good time to think about the 3 keys to success:blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

1. You’ve gotta have the right materials

2. You’ve gotta put in the time

3. You’ve gotta be passionate about what you do

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cartoon wicked witch watering apple tree with poison

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Thoughts? I’d appreciate your feedback.

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About Mark: I’m an illustrator specializing in humor, branding, social media, and content marketing. I create images that get content seen and shared.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2017 4:16 PM

    4 actually and 4th being: Bow religiously in gratitude each and every day for the creative fruits of Mark Armstrong [taking hat off is also required!] 🎩 Happy Spring Equinox, my dear friend! 🌸🌺🌻🌷🌼🌹🌸🌺🌻🌷🌹🌸🌼🌺


    • April 17, 2017 8:35 AM

      Swooning, swooning, swaying, levitating, wafting off into the ether on a cloud of happiness– that’s what I’m doing with a beatific smile on my face, and a haunting, beautiful MK-O song in my heart!!!!😇☁️❤️🔊🎼🎶🌖👽

      Thank you, thank you, thank you 1,000x, my dearest Marina, and do, do, please do forgive this terrible, embarrassing, and inexcusably late reply. Alas, I contracted some kind of flu bug, and was sick most of March and on into April. I even went to bed with chills just a few nights ago– and I hadn’t even been looking at your beautiful calendar, which always gives me thrills and chills!! I’m trying to battle my way back to good health by getting plenty of sleep, and eating only healthy foods… 😴😴😴💤👙😳😴😴🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨😊

      Thank you for your beautiful comment! Hope you are well! Happy Spring! Happy Easter! And may blessings rain down upon you, and drench you with love and happiness!!! 👸🏻⛅️☁️💧💦💦💦🛀🏼🏊🚣🏄🎩👒🍨🌷🌸🌺🌻🌼❤️❤️❤️💥🚑😊


  2. March 20, 2017 10:18 PM

    I live in NH too!


    • April 17, 2017 8:44 AM

      You’re a New Hampshuh person?? I thought I was picking up a very cool vibe there!!

      Please do forgive this abysmally late reply, I’m blushing with shame => 😳🔫

      I’m afraid I got sick back in March, and am woefully behind on answering comments and just about everything else– my apologies! Many thanks for stopping by, nice to meet you, and I really appreciate your support!! 😊

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  3. April 2, 2017 10:53 AM

    I’m trying to figure out the poison apple part. Isn’t more like medicine apples rather than poison?


    • April 17, 2017 8:54 AM

      Ha! “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”– unless it’s a poison apple served up by an evil queen or a wicked witch!! (ask Snow White— she knows!!)

      Hi, Jean! Please excuse this terribly late reply. I’m afraid I got sick back in March, and it’s taken me a long time to recover– it must have been that Poison Apple Pie I bought at a bake sale… : )

      Hope you’re well. I think spring has finally come to New Hampshire– time to put some air in my bicycle tires!! : )

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      • April 17, 2017 11:49 AM

        Glad you’re back on your feet..and later on bike, Mark. May spring be gentle and lovely where you are now.


  4. RKLikesReeses permalink
    April 14, 2017 2:10 PM

    LOVE the expression on that face! And your list of the 3 keys to success is perfect. Bravo!!!


    • April 18, 2017 2:36 PM

      That’s a very typical New Hampshire expression. You see it on men, women, dogs, chickadees, chipmunks. Very typical. OK, OK, I cleaned it up a little for publication, but it’s very close… : )

      I wish I hadn’t used the word passionate, however. Be passionate about what you do. Yawn! That’s become such a cliche. Kids running lemonade stands are probably using it: “We’re passionate about selling this slop…” Right– and they only use locally-sourced organic hand-squeezed concentrate from the Sam’s Club Co-op!!

      Thanks, RK– you’re already a big success because you’re you!! : )

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