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Goals and Growth

December 28, 2017

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi Goals I’ve been setting goals each new year since I can remember. As January gets underway I take them on, tirelessly pouring myself into meeting them by year end. Note the…

Living Creatively: Trust II

December 1, 2017

The subject of trust is an important one when it comes to creative living. Here’s the conclusion to the post I began last week. Last spring, as I entered the final stretch of writing, Building Immunity in Babies and Children, I clearly remember a long string of weekends full of suffering. All the signs of…

Living Creatively: Trust

November 26, 2017

Where do you place your trust when you are working on a creative endeavor? It turns out that question is much more complex than it appears at first glance. In my exploration of Elizabeth Gilbert’s, Big Magic, I found this chapter to be by far the most challenging to grasp and in the end the…

Living Creatively: Persistence

Nov 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
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  Elizabeth Gilbert chooses to dedicate an entire chapter to the topic of persistence in her book, Big Magic. Gilbert defines the persistence necessary in the creative process as what keeps you hammering away at your idea even when the enchantment starts to fade. At the point, when what seemed clear starts to blur, is exactly when the effort must be made to, “seduce the Big Magic and it will always seem to come back to you the same way…

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Living Creatively: Permission II

Nov 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
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“Make absolutely whatever you want to make. It’s nobody’s business but your own.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert In living creative lives even with every good intention, the act of granting permission can be paralyzing. Even with a healthy dose of courage summoned and the magical spell of enchantment you can find yourself engaged with an old continuous soundtrack. This tape may claim any of the following: you are not skilled, prepared, perfect, credentialed, as good as, or even deserving of taking…

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Living Creatively: Permission

Oct 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Now that our week of of goodbyes and well wishes has passed, while far from easy, what I feel most deeply is gratitude for the rich and varied experiences of the past years. If you are just joining me, this past week I bid an expected farewell to my longtime loyal assistant Aaron and an unexpected farewell to our storeroom and shipping assistant Aubrey, whose recent health concerns required her full attention. Here we are, right in the very midst…

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Living Creatively: Enchantment II

Oct 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Living Creatively: Enchantment II Last week I shared with you the concept of enchantment proposed by Elizabeth Gilbert in her book Big Magic. Gilbert shared her belief: Ideas are driven by a single impulse to be made manifest. And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner. It is only through a human’s effort that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of…

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Living Creatively: Enchantment

Oct 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Living Creatively: Enchantment A few weeks back I shared a book review of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear. Her view so aligned with my own belief on creativity that I thought it might be enjoyable to engage with her message on a personal level through writing a blog series. The ingredients that Gilbert shares for creative living include courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, and identity… All fantastic themes to expand upon. Let me just tell you this,…

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