Creative Pep Talk: Keep Going Starting something new--a book, a piece of art, a 30-day Yoga challenge--can be discouraging. As Papa Ernest Hemingway said, "The first draft of anything is shit." The key to getting better is, of course, not giving up, but that can be hard to remember when you're … [Read more...]

#FridayFeeling: Encouraged!

My #FridayFeeling is very creatively encouraged, thanks to the efforts of one man trying to shut his monkey. Danny Gregory is an author, artist, and host of Shut Your Monkey, a podcast about silencing the inner critic that tries to stop you from being creative. Whether you're writing or making … [Read more...]

#WednesdayWisdom: #Yoga and Success

Here's the setup: It's about fourteen years ago. I'm in Yoga teacher training. I've had four months of studying Yoga poses, anatomy, philosophy, and more. Now I'm in a staring contest with my final exam: teaching a 90-minute class. Minus five minutes of silence during the deep relaxation portion, … [Read more...]

Stealing Time

Three days, the laundry has been in the dryer, waiting for me to fold it. Three days, I've ignored it. Blatantly. Brazenly. I didn't forget, or if I did, I forgot on purpose. I did this because Anne Lamott told me to.  The suggestion didn't come directly from the beloved author herself, though … [Read more...]

Yoga Tools: Getting into the Zone

You've heard the expressions in the zone and going with the flow, both of which describe that amazing state of being at one with whatever you're doing. It's when you stop thinking and you're in the sweet spot between effort and effortlessness, totally focused, completely absorbed. Professional … [Read more...]