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9 01, 2017

Uprooting Creativity

Creativity has always been a loaded word for me. Being creative was something that I aspired to, but it somehow felt like it was only the purview of the naturally talented.

I made bad grades in art. I was too uncoordinated and rotund for dance. I was lauded as a good writer and even won some awards for short-story writing as a kid. I loved retreating to my room and letting the pen fly and the words flow. I read and wrote poetry daily in middle and high school.

When I went to college, I took my first poetry-writing course and […]

28 10, 2013

Letting Yourself Off the Hook

One of the universal aspects of the human psyche is the internal voice known as the Inner Critic, the Saboteur, or the Gremlin.
This voice feels at times like it is speaking the Whole Truth about us, but actually it is one very narrow, critical perspective that is usually born out of our childhood experiences (thanks, Mom and Dad), even the happy ones.

The Inner Critic’s role is to keep us safe, and it takes this role seriously. 

It operates from a place of fear, is overly careful, and is often downright cruel.  It says things like:

“You sound so stupid/You’re an […]

28 10, 2013

Daylight Savings Ends: Making Peace with the Darkness

The sun-starved days of November and December are mentally and emotionally draining for many of us. After the short-lived initial elation of gaining an hour of sleep wears off, you may feel lethargic, grouchy, sad, or unmotivated. If you are a nine-to-fiver, you commute to work in the dark and emerge from your energy-saving-flourescent, often windowless office into the icy twilight. Here are some tips to stave off the winter blues and celebrate this time:

1) Eat Right, Feel Light: As tempting as it is to attempt to boost serotonin and other neurochemicals by gorging on chocolate, bread, french fries, […]