Category: Creativity

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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 of everyday life (cold showers, meditation, writing, inbox zero). But there’s the one...

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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 attention and energy that it deserves. This seems to be the...

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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 versus the things that we must do? In a perfect world,...

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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 after that too. All of a sudden I had all of...

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Why Creative Side Projects are Good For You

I wrote a kids book. It’s about my infant son who is unrelenting in his quest to get me to feed him. It’s really cute, although I must confess, it’s not an original story. I ripped off Mo Willems’ style from his popular series of children’s books about a smart-mouthed pigeon: From “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” It’s also Shutterfly-printed photo...

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Why We Should Tell Ourselves “I Can If” and the Beauty of Positive Constraints

My plan was a good one. In theory at least. After the baby came, I wouldn’t pursue a monthly challenge (obviously). I’d continue to publish an article every Thursday, but the topics would be varied. No restrictions, no guidelines, just the opportunity to pursue some of the many dozens of ideas I had floating in my head. Easy peasy. Well, if you’ve been...