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When Someone Tries to Crush your Dream

I became a creativity mentor and writing coach because of a conversation with another writer in my 20’s. I was making inroads in my career as a professional screenwriter but struggling mightily with my confidence when another writer said to me, “Maybe you aren’t really a writer because it’s so hard for you. Writing is […]

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How to Create when You Feel like a Fraud

Have you been feeling unsure of yourself recently? I know my confidence has certainly taken a hit lately. For me, it’s connected to the pandemic — the social isolation has triggered old stories of not belonging and my weird goofiness being too much. How about for you? And yet… create I must. It’s how I […]

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How to Create During a Pandemic

If your creative self is feeling flattened by the pandemic, as is mine, consider this email a treasure chest of creative care and feeding from my creative heart to yours. Light one of the scented candles you got as a gift for the holidays, put on some music, and nourish devotion with your breath and […]

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What’s Your Root Story?

I recently taught a webinar called How to Fail at Business Without Really Trying and I wanted to share a key takeaway from my talk that transcends business and is important for getting out of your way so you can make more of what you want in life. Which is… What’s your root story? The […]

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The 5 biggest mistakes I’ve made in my business

I’ve worked for myself for nearly 30-years. I had a straight-job for only a little over a year after college, working at a famous talent agency, and then I started writing screenplays, then publishing books, speaking and teaching, and in 1999, creating online communities and courses. I’ve had a ton of success and I’ve had […]

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How to Take Action on the BIG issue without Getting Overwhelmed

In my last blog, I talked about ditching climate shame, and how important is it that we become activists for big system changes because while it is important to change our own consumption habits, it can’t alone alleviate the crisis. Greta Thunberg went to Davos in 2019 not to ask the billionaires to stop eating […]

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Ditch the Climate Shame

In my latest book, Why Bother?,  I wrote about how I had been dodging my desire to do more about the climate emergency. As someone who has followed the climate crisis since high school (yep, that long), I had gotten in the habit of throwing up my hands and giving up. But not anymore. I […]

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How Do You Balance the World’s Horror with your Calling?

Anybody else horrified by the events at the U.S Capitol on January 6? The shame of seeing white supremacists in the People’s House brought me to tears of rage and grief, and the leaden grief of not being surprised and not being in denial. It all feels so big, my mind and heart can’t yet […]

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Why New Year Planning Fails

When I close my eyes, I can see the room at the retreat center. My student and I sit opposite each other. Everyone else is napping or hiking or reading. The silence has a physical presence I recognize as a sign of the sacred. “Everybody else gets what they need,” her voice is quiet and […]

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A Bright Pick Up For Your Heart And Mood

Let’s start with a hug, because I miss them. Try this: next time you pretend to air hug someone from afar, hug yourself and have them do the same if they wish. It feels good. It’s grim in our world right now. So I figured the best thing I could offer this week is a […]

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