Setting An Intention

Start with this, and you'll find your path to positive change.

The beginning of any journey, endeavor, or change is setting an intention. Very rarely do people just blindly change their lives--any revolution, no matter how small or large, usually starts with some sort of declarative statement. I'm doing this. We say it to ourselves, we tell family, friends, we … [Read more...]

Destroying My Yoga Practice

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Still inspired by Danny Gregory's epiphany in his "Why I sucked" blog, I've been reviewing my own common practices. First was a look at this blog. I started it when my book Cherries in Winter was published in 2009. Back then blogging-as-marketing tool was the Big New Thing. Authors were expected to … [Read more...]

Assembling Team Awesomeness

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I don't know about you, but I need help. I need help getting past the voices in my head that are telling me not to bother writing this because nobody's reading this blog. (That may be true, but the plus side is that if I say something stupid, no one will know.) I need help getting past the voices … [Read more...]

Keeping It (Creatively) Real

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Recently, artist/author/inspirer Danny Gregory wrote a blogifesto entitled "Why I started to suck & how I plan to stop." In the annals of compelling headlines, that wins the donut. I couldn't imagine how Danny, who dedicates his life to helping people be more creative and therefore live fuller … [Read more...]

Creative Cannibalism

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  This week's pop culture inbox brought two big announcements: Hollywood is remaking fantasy/action movie Big Trouble in Little China, and E.L. James's new book, Grey, is a retelling of 50 Shades of Grey from Christian's point of view.  Everything old is new again--even when it's not that … [Read more...]

(Spring) Time to Renew Your Commitment

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Spring has finally sprung around here! Sun, temperatures above freezing, even a green shoot or two. I can't help but be inspired by nature's creativity, and hopefully you'll forgive me for using a common metaphor of spring renewal and renewed commitment to your creative project. (Hey, the metaphor … [Read more...]

Creative Handstands

Even though I've been doing yoga for almost 25 years, I've always been afraid of handstand. I'm not alone in this; most people are afraid of inverted poses--in much the same way they're afraid of turning their lives upside down by taking creative risks. Writing the book, getting paints and a … [Read more...]

Are You Ready?

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I set Valentine's Day for the start of the Creativity Commitment - the promise to be more creative, even to just be open to ways of being creative. My preferred ways are to keep drawing and get back to writing; my projects are a sketchbook diary, no specific subject, and the proposal for my next … [Read more...]

The Creativity Commitment: The What, the Why, and Most Important, the How

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Recently, I introduced the idea of the Creativity Commitment—taking up a long-put-off desire to write, draw, or do any other creative endeavor. And what better time to start: Valentine’s Day, right smack in the middle of the winter doldrums, but with spring’s sense of renewal not far … [Read more...]

Snow Day

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                        So, the Blizzard of 2015 turned out to be the Blizzzzzznnnn... Not the predicted Snowmageddon, but normal-for-winter, pretty snowfall. Still, with transit systems shut down and a … [Read more...]