52 Redo

The BEST of 52 PickUp

Make 2018 YOUR year


Get motivated
Stay on track
Stay inspired
Stay focused
Stay accountable
to your dreams 

Join Lesley Riley for a full year of the 52 BEST PickUps
from the past three years (+ a few NEW) of
inspiration & motivation
delivered weekly to your inbox.

Due to popular demand,
52 PickUp is back again…with a twist.

Actually, it’s a


And the best news of all – it’s only $10. Yes, $10 for the whole year!

Judy MacNaughton – Lesley, your email was right on target for me this week. I was just telling myself the other day that I need to let go of the expectation that all my first attempts at something have to be great.
Marjorie Patterson – Thank you so much for the pep talk….and I wish you could just come round for a visit…The kettle is always on! It’s hard to say why , and lots of things have happened, but I would like you to know that your course is part of the change for me. Sharing in the group has been helpful and fun too. I am certainly more motivated to get creating, and have also been finishing off long-discarded pieces of work. So, 52 Pick Up is doing it for me! I think that many people will be feeling the benefits.
Chris HarrisOMG Lesley…your message gave me chest pains. I have soooo much to do. Important stuff that I NEED to do, not just want to do. And all of it is to satisfy “outside of me” obligations to others. To realize I have truly done NOTHING just for me this past year is so very sad. So I have 18 weeks left to make the time to accomplish something on the “me” list although I haven’t even made a “me” list this year. Why set it up so that when you look back over the year all it shows is what I didn’t do for me. Have I actually decided that while everyone else is worth my time and effort, I am not? Hmmmm….Thanks for the heads up. I still have 1/3 of this year to get my poop in a group.
Susan Darbyshire – Hi all! I started 52 pickup in 2013. I have followed Lesley’s email posts for a few years now and decided I needed to go beyond just sticking my toe in the water.



I also know how hard it is to stay focused on your creative practice. Obstacles are inevitable. As an expert in overcoming creative obstacles, I will connect with you regularly to help you have the kind of art and creativity infused life you desire – a weekly creativity nudge, so to speak.

This is the traditional time of year when you start to think about all the art-related things you haven’t yet accomplished or created. This is the time of year for do-overs. Call them new year resolutions, call them dreams, call them goals.

Call them whatever you want but you know you have things you want to get done. You want to be more productive art-wise and follow your dreams.

I know you start out with good intentions and then, whoops! you get sidetracked. Life gets in the way. A little time goes by and it get harder and harder to get back on track.

  • Feel overwhelmed at the thought of going into your studio?
  • Don’t have an inch of space to create in?
  • Have others whose needs come first? 
  • Don’t know where to start?
  • Lack confidence?
  • Lack talent?
  • No time?
  • No energy?
  • No point in trying?
  • Feel you don’t deserve art time?
  • Don’t know how to make it all work?
  • Do you feel that no one understands your creative needs?
  • Believe that taking time for your art is a someday dream?

This is what I have come to recognize as the CREATIVITY GAP – that space between dreaming and doing that you often find yourself stuck in.


You see, I know that in order to stay on track with your creative dreams and desire you need someone who understands, some accountability, a nudge or kick in the pants, or some good old fashioned Mom Talk (“I only want what’s best for you, honey.”)

That’s exactly why I created 52 PickUp and why I am bringing it back for another year as a REDO while I focus my time and attention on something that will even serve you more – my book, Closing the Creativity Gap.

Unlike the card game, this is no prank. Each week you will receive an email from me that, if I get it spot-on, will knock your socks off. These PickUps will knock a reminder into your heart, some motivation into your soul and most of all, some motion into your feet and hands to take action on those dreams. 

It won’t be a long email. Just long enough to deliver the message of the week. I know the last thing you need is another email to read, so I make it worth your time. This one will be so full of:



that you will feel more ALIVE each day and ready to blow away the obstacles to your creative practice.


52 PickUp will:

Help you PickUp where you left off

Pick you UP out of the Creativity Gap

Pick you Up when you are feeling down or off-track

Guarantee you Pick Up new art ideas & inspiration

Pick Up your ears with inspiring music and interviews

Pick Up your heartbeat when it goes all aflutter over gorgeous imagery


Each PickUp will include inspiration and motivation in a variety of ways, like:

  • quotes
  • photographs
  • prompts
  • artwork 
  • videos
  • links
  • creative ideas 
  • stumbling block busters
  • things that make you go, Ahhh 
  • and a hefty dose of my wisdom and support.

PLUS! 52 PickUp has a online Facebook community for you to connect and chat with others who want to stay inspired and motivated throughout the year. And I’ll be there, too. For questios, comments, thoughts, ideas and sharing. There is strength in numbers. Getting and giving support from others will help you stay focused even more.

My coaching clients pay me thousands for a year’s worth of weekly calls. They do it because they know that accountability and the connection to their dreams makes things happen.

I want everyone to have that experience. 

Will you spend a year with me and with other creatives like you, working on your challenges, and untangling your stumbling blocks and procrastination? You know what’s stopping you. Isn’t it time to stop it! 

The secret to developing a regular practice of creativity is staying on track. It is the connection between your desire and intention and my weekly tap on the shoulder to take action that will inspire and motivate you to do the very thing you want to be doing…your art.

Click HERE to see a sampling of prior year PickUps.

Check out what past and present 52ers are saying about the PickUps and the changes they have made in their lives… 

Stacey MerrillFinding Time was a perfect prompt – it often seems that creative time does come in last after family, work and other responsibilities. I have been truly inspired by Lesley’s insights. Since the 52 pickup emails started, I’ve been creating more, finishing more (a big hurdle for me), submitting to art shows books and magazines. Making “the doing” the goal instead of the end result is making a big difference in carving out time each day. I’m also returning to some of my other neglected loves like gardening, photography & blogging. So – many thanks!  

Sabrina ArmstrongHello Lesley! I am an art teacher 1-8 in a private school in NC. I decided to go back to school at 48 to get a degree in elementary education so that I would be certified. I am now 53. My real love is making art . Saw you on the Internet one day and loved the fact that you made me feel it is never too late to do art. That’s why I subscribed to 52 pick up… [Y]ou are right about how making art feeds the soul. I also believe I do not have to wait until a break to do my own art. Little steps everyday is possible. I am trying really hard to make the doing of the art a priority. I loved the video you made[above] and I was laughing out loud because you described all the excuses I use not to do art.

Cindy Holland – Wow, that was so moving, it brought tears to my eyes…  Love your pick me ups. weeeee.

Judy Murrah – Thank you for this week’s motivation. I hadn’t worked in my studio for weeks and started on some larger “treasure boxes” Wednesday evening. I did as you suggested in one of your other lists of “how to get motivated” and I left the next step for Thursday morning. All day I had so much more energy than I have had in weeks. I had no idea why this burst until I read Week 4 this morning. I’ll re-read this installment many times to get me out of my slump. Thank you so much.

Maeve Binder – Thanks so much for your email. Guess what? I have started sketching again! I told myself I would just begin with 15 minutes a day – I can do this – and I have already begun! Yay! It feels so good, it is so relaxing, it just flows. That word – PUSH – is already making a difference in my life. I have done some other things that have simplified my surroundings, making it seem “lighter” or just a more relaxing environment in which to live and play. Thanks for all the inspiration!  YOU are making a difference! 

Fran McNameeThese quotes are lovely, and so true! And I did stitch this week, finally, after having another priority take up my time for almost a week. However, I did make hot cross buns twice during that time and they were the best ones so far. I keep modifying the recipe, and grated orange peel instead of candied citron is a big winner! Thanks for your series, it is really helping me get back into my creative groove.

What are you waiting for?
 Take that first step into your future and decide now. You either want it or you don’t.
But I’m guessing if you’re read this far that you do, right? So say, “”Yes” to yourself. Gift yourself. You do deserve it. 

Restart your commitment to art-making.

And you can start right now! and receive you first PickUp on January 1, 2018 and every week thereafter, 52 in all.
This is an excellent day to start moving towards your dreams, for just

$10 FOR THE WHOLE YEAR – that’s less than 20¢ a week!!! 


“Thanks so much for the “kick start” you gave me.
At least now I know I’m actually doing something to move toward my goals.”
JoAnn Camp


“Wait a minute!” you may be saying, “Who is this Lesley Riley person? What are her qualifications? Why should I pay attention to her?” Fair questions if we haven’t crossed paths yet. Hop on over HERE to find out more.

I hope to see you back here with a big “YES!” to 52 PickUp: Your Year of Inspiration & Motivation.

If you have any doubts or hesitation, please email me with your questions.