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
Many of us are programmed to feel good when we have produced something. I often hear from academics that they don’t feel productive when they are writing and so they don’t feel good about it. It feels like there is always more that could be done - a sentence tweaked or a word changed here … Continue reading How to Feel More Productive While Writing
If you are starting to exhaust from trying not ex/implode or you are lashing out at those around you and would like to take a more purposeful approach to managing what’s coming up for you, I would like to share a universal process built on many mentors, coaching and my own experience, that will support … Continue reading Are you Burning Out or Lashing Out?
This week I have pulled together 5 of my top resources that I see as being most supportive of you during this time. Without thinking about it too much, let your eyes be drawn to the one that feels correct for you. Then open it - just one and only one. Practise trusting that what's … Continue reading My Top Resources Chosen for You Right Now
As we are all adjusting to working from home, there are all sorts of interruptions and a need to set boundaries and negotiate with others around our time. My favourite way of approaching boundaries is to get clear for yourself first around what's ok and what's not ok and also what the consequence is --that … Continue reading How to Stop Interruptions When Writing From Home
https://youtu.be/wVwkgO4u1y8 A Time to Write, And Differently Transcript of 9 minute YouTube Broadcast By now, you have probably done all of the immediate, emergency required work that was needed to close your offices and research. You are beginning to adjust to working from home, having virtual meetings and connecting with colleagues.And, suddenly, for academics, it’s … Continue reading It’s Time to Write, and Differently