Special Celebratory Message I am so excited to share with you that I am celebrating 2 years of consistently writing my weekly blog and email communications to you! After many stops and starts from 2010- 2018, I moved through my resistance with a renewed commitment in July of 2018 and consistently wrote a blog post … Continue reading How to Consciously Choose your Summer
As an academic, you inherently have a relationship with writing. It’s the main mechanism of sharing your contributions with the world. When you ask yourself: why am I writing, do you answer any of the following? "I am writing because I am supposed to write.""I am writing because I am being asked to by my … Continue reading How to Stop Feeling Like Writing is a Burden
With all that is going on around us, there has been a burst in activity and interest in the well-being for each of us, including within the academic community. Feeling stressed, overworked, and out of time is clearly a part of academic culture. Many academics will share when asked that they have uncertainties about their future and … Continue reading How Has COVID19 Tipped Your Need For Balance?
When I heard about it, I did not watch the video of George Floyd being killed by a white police officer. I avoided entering this arena under the veil of “I care too much, it is too hard for me to see, watch, feel.” I chose not to participate in learning about it or feeling … Continue reading Change Starts From Within
It's time to check in. How are you feeling about your relationship with writing? When you sit down to write, do you feel overwhelmed? Confused? Uncertain? Content? Focussed? Determined? How do you feel? Feelings are fuel. They will be the energy for whatever action that you are taking (or not taking). Are these feelings supporting you … Continue reading What is Your Relationship with Writing Uncovering for You?
One of the definitions of resistance is “the impeding slowing or stopping effect by one thing on another.” It is derived from the latin words for “hold back”. According to author Steven Pressfield when we are writing resistance is experienced as fear and the degree of fear equates to the strength of resistance. The more … Continue reading Writing is a High Resistance Activity
In my backyard, I have a garden. I am so grateful for this garden, especially right now, and yet, I have neglected it. Each year, my garden has become more full of weeds than the plants that I would like to grow. Every time I go out and look at it, I just stare at … Continue reading How to Gently Move Through Overwhelm
This time has simplified our lives and brought us back to basics. It’s almost like this time is providing a blank slate to all of us - a new beginning. We are globally experiencing this change in our lives and each of us gets to decide how we live in it and how we emerge … Continue reading How Will You Activate the Power of this Time?
One of the most common challenges that I hear with writing is that it’s hard to get started. It's hard to overcome the initial inertia that surrounds your paper, grant, or proposal. We know intellectually that to accomplish anything we must begin, of course. And yet, so many of us struggle with doing just that: … Continue reading Are you Tired of Forcing Yourself to Write?
We are being asked to stay inside. What I'd like to offer you is to use this time to go inside yourself and ask: what have I realized that’s most important to me as a result of experiencing this global pandemic? It will be different for all of us as some are being asked to … Continue reading Explore Going Inside to See What’s Most Important