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In Defense of Ease

Myth: I need to summon strength and courage to make my dreams come true.

Why a myth?  It sounds reasonable.  But recently I had a shift in thought that made that whole notion seem ridiculous. If your dream is born of what you love, why paint it as a giant monster that you must prepare to battle?

No, it is a patch of sunshine, a playground. Do we need strength, sacrifice and determination to hug our loved ones, dance in the ocean, sing at the top of our lungs in the car?

If the quality of our dreams includes joy and fulfillment why not run towards them in delight? The belief that achieving our dreams will require some huge feat of spirit may, in fact, be a self-made obstacle.

Instead of the idea that we have to work really, really hard to get what we want, how about the idea that life will be easier if we stand in a place that we love?  The premise here is that easy is a good thing. Read more

Sunny Disposition

This past week I was vacationing out West and spent several Fantastic days with my Sister and my three nephews in Los Angeles. We grew up in the area and wanted to show the kids Universal Studios and Hollywood and the beach and other fun places we went to when we were their age.

The weather was spectacular for February, even by Southern California standards. My gait became bouncier, my attitude became friendlier, my muscles felt loosey-goosey.

Both my Sister and I left California long ago, but we kept remarking how deeply familiar it felt to be back. Everything looked “so California” to us. The trees, the Freeways , the color of the sky, the light of the sun.

As we drove around, the soundtrack of our youth played on the radio, as if the pre-programmed station on the rental car knew us personally and wanted to reminisce with us.

I know this place to my core.  Oh yeah, I thought, this feels natural. I have a sunny disposition but sometimes it can get buried under the snow and hardiness of the Northeast. Read more

Whispers From the Cocoon

Dear Self,
Yes, yes I get it.  You have a hard time in Winter.  You want to lie on the couch,  yet you don’t WANT to want that and so you struggle.  Yes.  I know.

But remember that January was a time for cocooning.  It has not been entirely wasteful.  Think of all the insights you have had.  None of which actually stirred you into action, but that is the deal with cocooning, right?   We go inside and get quiet.  It takes time to grow wings.

As the light lengthens and the potential for warmth draws closer, I feel the need to remind you of a few things (things in fact, you already know). Read more

Expressions and JournalTalk!

Expressions Remix: A 21 Day Creative Journaling Workshop starts MONDAY 1/12!

The first day of any of my online creative journaling workshops in exciting!  There is a sense of new beginnings in the air.  I picture the participants settling down with their notebook and pen to savor the first page as it welcomes all that they have to say, guided by the framework of that day’s assignment.  I know that they have committed to doing something nourishing for themselves, I know that they have endless creativity and truth to uncover and express and I hope that the experience is enriching for them!

The 21 days has a special aura.  Even if you have never taken a workshop like this, you know what I mean.  Starting something new, carving out time for yourself, embarking on a project, they all have that aura.  It is the glow of moving forward, the warmth of knowing that you are tending to your spirit.

Join us for these 21 days of creative journaling!  For more information and to register click HERE.

My JournalTalk Appearance!

Journaling is a personal practice but there is a community of journalers out there who understand its value and want to share it with the World!  One such person, Nathan Ohren, not only offers his own wonderful workshops but also hosts a weekly podcast called JournalTalk where he discusses various journaling topics with his guests!

I had the privilege of appearing on JournalTalk recently.  Nathan and I had an inspiring conversation on passion, creative expression and the joys and challenges of doing what you love.  We talked about the many ways in which journaling can help one gain clarity on such things and how it has helped each of us personally.

You can hear that podcast right here: