Posts in contemplation
rediscovering the joys of childhood

What if our path to joy as adults involves remembering what we really truly loved as children? 

Martha Beck, in her book Finding Your Way in a Wild New World : reclaim your true nature to create the life you want, encourages readers to consider what they loved as children as a way to determine their paths to living a life of meaning.

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seeking failure

Last fall, when asked to talk about my creative business failures in a women’s business group I’m part of, I realized that I didn’t have any. Not because I’m so super-fabulous and amazing, but because I couldn’t recall a time recently when I’ve put myself out there in any way that would allow for me to fail. This wasn’t a terribly surprising realization. I’ve written before on this blog about how I stopped writing as a young adult after having a few poems rejected by literary journals. So, I already knew I was risk-averse. But I’d never stopped to consider how this was impacting my desire to share my work with the world and do big things.

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notes on inspiration and the creative process

Last week, I was working on a new piece that I’m calling Behold the Tulip Queen.The idea for the piece seemed to pop into my head fully formed, which made me curious about where my ideas come from (and more generally, where Ideas comes from.) Being trained in hypnotherapy last year made me think a lot about the creative unconscious— how this part of our mind works behind the scenes and is especially involved in problem-solving and the creative process.

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January is new beginnings

2018 is off to a beautiful beginning. After a few weeks of very cold temperatures here in Iowa, I feel like I’m harmonizing with the slow rhythms of winter. I’ve got hot tea and cozy socks, my journal and sketchbook, and I’m two-thirds of the way through Women Who Run with the Wolves.

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December and the fallow field

One of the things I’ve been learning over the past few years is how to be in harmony with the seasons.As my awareness of self has increased through meditation and journaling and introspective observations, I’ve noticed that my energy levels ebb and flow dramatically with the seasons. Spring and summer are ripe with creative energy. Seeds are planted, and then tended. Things grow and blossom. These rhythms were particularly distinct this year. 

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