When we are well-rested and writing we are our most energetic, enthusiastic, creative and resourceful selves. If we are not writing, we are resting from writing. In the extremes of rest we can either be exhausted and feel like “we deserve” a break or we are procrastinating and avoiding doing the work that we know will create … Continue reading How do you give yourself permission to rest?
In a heated after school discussion, my 5 year old Maggie was upset with me for saying “no” to a request and she told me I was a "bad" mother. My heart sunk as my thoughts were: How could she say something like that? Then, I paused before speaking. In that pause, I realized that … Continue reading How to Receive Feedback with More Ease
The “writing shift” happens for my clients when they start to consistently journal about the thoughts and feelings that are coming up for them. However, some of you have shared that you just don’t want to write down your thoughts or feelings in a journal for a variety of reasons. This step can have it’s own … Continue reading Have You Had Your Writing Shift?
My clients have some reason that they find writing hard. Maybe it’s hard because you would rather be crunching data or running experiments... Maybe it’s hard because of what you are making it mean... Maybe it’s hard because of the questions that come up for you when you write...As a result of writing feeling hard, you … Continue reading Is your Writing Block a Hidden Treasure?
There’s a part of you that wants to change. It’s brought you to this post. And, there’s a part of you that doesn’t want to change. These parts of us feel like they are battling against each other sometimes. We know inherently that where we place our attention is what grows. Like the sun and … Continue reading Growing our Capacity for Change
Many of my clients feel anxious about writing that is caused by thoughts like: How am I ever going to get this done? What if my ideas aren’t good enough? How will I know when to share these ideas? Feeling anxious about writing often leads to distraction, resistance, procrastination and ultimately less writing. And, with … Continue reading Do you have an Anxiety Negative Feedback Loop?
My yoga teacher asked us to notice what comes up in our minds when you enter a pose and take it to the point of discomfort without hurting yourself. She shared that what comes up for us in this state of discomfort can be a pattern that we see for ourselves elsewhere as we interact … Continue reading How Do You Cope with the Discomfort of Writing?
Before one of my workshops, I had this feeling that I needed pens. I created time to go and get them and ensure that I would be ready to provide a pen if anyone asked. On one hand, of course it’s important to be prepared. However, I sort of questioned how important this really was … Continue reading An Unopened Gift of Pens
Perched on a lattice is a tiny bird. It’s familiar but there’s something missing that I can’t quite place, until I do. It’s the hum. For some reason it’s strange watching this symbol of high energy pause for a few moments. I don’t remember ever seeing a hummingbird that was not in motion before. It makes … Continue reading Even the hummingbird rests
It seems that part of the struggle that we can have with writing is a subtle, almost undetectable fear of permanence when writing. Questions can come up like: what if this changes? what if this isn't quite right and I want to change it later? What is it's not quite perfect? When our thoughts and ideas … Continue reading Four Steps to Break Through Your Need for Your Writing to be Perfect