Category: Creativity

20 Days of Photography (aka I Came Up 10 Days Short)

When I started this blog and series of 30-day challenges three years ago, I had a couple of objectives. First, to build better habits - because the right habits mean you don't have to fight so hard to make good decisions. And second, to explore my many and varied curiosities....

The Photography Challenge (and Where Have I Been?)

You may have noticed my absence these past few months. I haven't posted an article or taken on a challenge since June and I apologize for this long stretch of silence. I took a break to focus on a few other (and all consuming) challenges. First, a monumentally stressful...

750 Words a Day Keeps the Negativity Away (aka My Favorite Daily Ritual

I've taken on a number of challenges over the past three years that have remained untouched. Sewing, running, Italian and 15 minute planks, to name a few. But most of them, I'm happy to report, I either revisit regularly (guitar, YouTube videos, clutter, gluten free eating, no complaining) or have become part...

Another Year of 30 Day Challenges in the Books

Happy 2017 everyone! I'm excited about new year and have big plans, but before I launch into my January challenge, I thought I'd take a look back at the 30 day challenges of 2016. It's always good to take stock of the the previous year so that we can understand where we...

Deep work: how to find focus in a distracted world

Italian is not going well. That's my challenge for the month - learning Italian before my trip to Tuscany. I'm practicing every day and I'm even taking lessons, but I'm struggling. Yes, language learning is difficult (very difficult), but the bigger problem is that I'm not giving it the...

Get Out of Your Head and Write Something

"There are two paths in life: should & must. We arrive at this crossroads over and over again, and every day we get to choose." - Elle Luna I've thought about those words a lot over the years. How do we make sense of the things that we should do...

Just Write the Damn Book Already!

A very curious thing happened last week, something that I haven't quite figured out how to explain. I sat down, opened up Lila's Wand, a document that I had created over a year earlier, and started typing. I wrote for an hour. I wrote again the next day, and the day...