A Guided Meditation for Creative Block

A Guided Meditation for Creative Block

*Trigger Warning* I’m about to get super “woo woo.” new-agey. Actually, meditation isn’t “new age,”–it’s ancient but timeless, and its great for restless creative-types. Self-help is kind of my thing (aka obsession), and I’ve recently stumbled on what I believe to be the holy grail of self-helpery: Acceptance through mindfulness-based meditation. I struggled trying to put a name to this...

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I’ve Been Taking Life Too Seriously

I’ve Been Taking Life Too Seriously

I got up early this morning to study for a job interview. I have a routine when it comes to interviews: I make sure to do my research, review the job description and relate my skills to the job duties. Somehow, I still manage to feel under-prepared. What if they ask a question I didn’t prepare for? What if I forget about a crucial skill I have and never get another chance to let them know about it? I cling so much to the idea of getting...

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Advice from a Serial Avoider

Advice from a Serial Avoider

Have you ever felt like you have so much you want to accomplish– such a massive inner agenda, and you don’t really know where to start, so you freeze and avoid doing anything at all? That’s me. My creative “cycle” looks something like this: I have several ideas I think are brilliant, I start brainstorming them, then I start doubting whether it was in fact a good idea or if it’s total crap, so I drag my feet...

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Savor Your Struggle

Savor Your Struggle

It’s All Hallow’s Eve, and we left our apartment this evening seeking tricks and treats. With a 2-year-old Batman and a 4-year-old Optimus Prime in tow, my husband and I scrambled out the door and into the night. Our apartment is far from luxurious, but the nearby neighborhood houses are nothing to scoff at. We trotted down beautiful brick paths, scoping out spacious, spookily adorned porches and crackling fire pits made of smooth...

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The Trap of Avid Learning (But Never Doing)

The Trap of Avid Learning (But Never Doing)

I realized something today. I talk a lot about writing, but I don’t actually do a lot of it. This needs to change. When I think about it, i’m all about the idea of writing. I call myself a writer (though I often don’t believe I am one). I read a lot about writing and blogging–study it all the time, but I’ve had a blog for a couple of years now and can still count my published posts on my fingers and toes. Really? I...

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Is Your Work Driven by Love or Fear?

Is Your Work Driven by Love or Fear?

Today while I was meditating on my yoga mat in the back yard, staring at dew drops at 6am, I started thinking about one of my strongest, most persistent fears. It’s the constant feeling that time is running out, and my life is slipping away without my having achieved my goals. It’s like a mental hourglass, and in the back of my mind I can see that thin little stream of sand falling, and the top getting emptier every day that passes. Every day...

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Your Fears are Weak, but Your Strength is Limitless

Your Fears are Weak, but Your Strength is Limitless

Here in the USA, people usually celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a couple of cold cervezas or a pitcher of margaritas. This year, I spent mine in an MRI with a giant needle in my left breast. While laying on that cold, plastic slab with my boob squished in a vice, I started thinking about everything I’ve been afraid of lately. Sending an email response to a job ad for a blog I’ll kill to work for. Reading it a hundred times before hitting send,...

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