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Multi-tasking is robbing you

Multi-tasking screws me up. It does you, too. If you feel like you’ve lost the ability to focus, that you simply can’t settle down and get absorbed in your creative work or even a conversation with a dear friend, it’s not you, it’s multi-tasking. Multitasking lowers your IQ and there is some indication from several […]

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Do this now please thank you

Any time hustle and bustle, memories or grief, the suffering you read about in the news or know is happening next door, or even a sheet pan of overcooked cookies winds you up, do this: Breathe in… pause… sip in a little more. Pause. Sigh LOUDLY. Simple but it works. Try it now. Breathe in…. […]

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Celebrating Conditions of Enoughness for the Holidays

December is a month that invites us to delight in its magic and connection while bringing with it ambivalence, perhaps stress, and often, grief. I miss my parents. I miss living near my kids. I miss my sister. When things are hectic or hard, our brains are habituated to noticing what we don’t have. We […]

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The Holidays Self-Care Checklist

We all get the message each year that the holidays are supposed to be a joyful, celebratory, most wonderful time of the year. We see the ads, the holiday movie snippets, the happy posts on social. My wish for you is that this is true. That the holidays are wonderful in all ways. And if […]

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Why Hating What You Are Creating Means Nothing

Not liking your creative work is as common as being hungry and as fixable as getting a snack. But us creatives forget this when we’re in the middle of an “I suck” marathon. We can grind to a halt for weeks, months, or years.  But it need not be that way. Here’s what I’ve learned […]

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Make it Safe to Create

I just taught in-person for the first time in 2 years (yay!) and I made calming the body a centerpiece of each writing day. Mid-week, one writer said, “I had been stuck for months on my book, going in circles, and I had no idea I was in fight and flight. I always knew when […]

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Fostering a Creative Community | Part 4

I’m doing a series on creative burnout. Read Part 1, Part Two and Part 3 if you wish. We do not create in a vacuum. We stand on the shoulders of those that have come before us. We draw on inspiration and influences from a multitude of sources. We rely on other creators to cheer […]

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What’s Fresh for you Now? | Part 3

I’m doing a series on creative burnout. Part 1 is here and Part Two is here. Once upon a time, I spent four years working on a memoir that never jelled, and then, right on the heels of letting that project go, I quickly wrote a non-fiction book proposal that my agent turned down – […]

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Creative Burnout: what is it and how to turn it around | Part 1

(This is a multi-part series on creative burnout. This is part 1) Creative burnout is “the feeling that you’ve drained all of your creativity, and that there is nothing left. If you’re dreading to start work, feel tired and stressed all the time, and suspect you’ll never be able to create something good ever again, […]

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