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Creative Conundrums – Hooray!

As a kid , I always loved a creative challenge.  When bored, I would ask my Mom to make-up quizzes for me. My sister and I often made mysteries for each other, creating a scavenger hunt of clues.  I would draw a squiggle on a blank page and then happily turn it into a drawing, delighting in the possibilities that a single line could offer. Oh boy, such fun.

As a grown-up, one of my favorite creative puzzles became songwriting.  An idea would land on me from who knows where and then I would have to flush it out.  To do this I would need the prefect trifecta of  melody, chord changes and lyrics to properly to serve the initial inspiration. This was maddening, but also completely enjoyable.  The reward of a finished song was worth every struggle, and tantrum.   I would lose myself in the process only to find myself in the end. Read more

Why Not Now?

People all around me seem to be taking bold steps.  Somehow the time has ripened for them to claim ownership of their lives and take a leap.   I have watched people:

  • Pack up to move across the country for a simpler life
  • Dare to fall in love
  • Decide to run for office
  • Train for a marathon for the second time, even though they didn’t get to run the first time
  • Let go of the past to step into the future
  • Start a business, realizing their talent could be their career

So, why now?  I suppose the answer would be different for all of them.  Circumstances can precipitate such a leap, of course.  Timing plays its integral part, as well.  But there has to be something more.  All too often, we wait for the timing and circumstance to be JUST RIGHT, standing at the station watching trains go by, certain that the perfect train is yet to come. Read more