A Guided Meditation for Creative Block

A Guided Meditation for Creative Block

*Trigger Warning* I’m about to get super “woo woo.” new-agey. Actually, meditation isn’t “new age,”–it’s ancient but timeless, and its great for restless creative-types. Self-help is kind of my thing (aka obsession), and I’ve recently stumbled on what I believe to be the holy grail of self-helpery: Acceptance through mindfulness-based meditation. I struggled trying to put a name to this...

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I’ve Been Taking Life Too Seriously

I’ve Been Taking Life Too Seriously

I got up early this morning to study for a job interview. I have a routine when it comes to interviews: I make sure to do my research, review the job description and relate my skills to the job duties. Somehow, I still manage to feel under-prepared. What if they ask a question I didn’t prepare for? What if I forget about a crucial skill I have and never get another chance to let them know about it? I cling so much to the idea of getting...

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Advice from a Serial Avoider

Advice from a Serial Avoider

Have you ever felt like you have so much you want to accomplish– such a massive inner agenda, and you don’t really know where to start, so you freeze and avoid doing anything at all? That’s me. My creative “cycle” looks something like this: I have several ideas I think are brilliant, I start brainstorming them, then I start doubting whether it was in fact a good idea or if it’s total crap, so I drag my feet...

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When You’re Feeling Down, Savor Your Struggle

When You’re Feeling Down, Savor Your Struggle

It’s All Hallow’s Eve, and we left our apartment this evening seeking tricks and treats. With a 2-year-old Batman and a 4-year-old Optimus Prime in tow, my husband and I scrambled out the door and into the night. Our apartment is far from luxurious, but the nearby neighborhood houses are nothing to scoff at. We trotted down beautiful brick paths, scoping out spacious, spookily adorned porches and crackling fire pits made of smooth...

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The Fine Line Between Self-Acceptance and Avoidance

The Fine Line Between Self-Acceptance and Avoidance

My entire life up until about 6 months ago, I avoided my calling. I procrastinated and made excuses. I knew I was doing this, and constantly beat myself up for it, without ever changing my behavior. It was a constant cycle of avoiding using my talent (for fear of failure) and then criticizing myself for the avoidance, which would lead to more pain, which lead to even more avoidance.  Yikes. When I finally came to terms with the fact that these...

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The Trap of Compulsively Learning (But Never Doing)

The Trap of Compulsively Learning (But Never Doing)

I realized something today. I talk a lot about writing, but I don’t actually do a lot of it. This needs to change. When I think about it, i’m all about the idea of writing. I call myself a writer (though I often don’t believe I am one). I read a lot about writing and blogging–study it all the time, but I’ve had a blog for a couple of years now and can still count my published posts on my fingers and toes. Really? I...

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Its Your Duty to Make Money

Its Your Duty to Make Money

I’ve been reading a book that encourages readers to examine the beliefs they have about money, and trace them back to their roots. The idea behind the exercise is that the deeply ingrained beliefs we hold about money may be subconsciously blocking us from making any. I’m trying to remember my first impressions of money. My parents were never rich, but I always had what I needed, and a lot of what I wanted. I always imagined myself being...

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