Embrace Your Story: The Path of Authentic Expression

What is the story you want to tell with your life?This week a couple dozen people are asking this question with me, in my annual 7-day Story Challenge. Whether you not you’ve ever gone through the challenge process, it’s a question worth exploring at different points in life. The trick is to explore the question with grace and curiosity rather than expectation and judgment.The word story comes to us from the Latin word historia. And it is our stories with...

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How You Perceive: 6 Practices to Consciously Shape Your View of the World

How to Perceive in a Complex World

“All our knowledge is the offspring of our perceptions.” – Leonardo da VinciIn an age where our senses are bombarded with information, discerning the essence of reality becomes an art form. The way we perceive the world—people, events, and even ourselves—is tinted by the lenses we choose to wear. But what if we could take charge of those lenses? What if we could consciously adjust our perceptions to foster understanding, compassion, and innovation?In the realm of...

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Cultivating Creativity with Love: Rituals to Nurture Your Creative Process

Romancing your creativity: Love Rituals for a More Creative Life

It’s Valentine’s Day!Yes, it's the day we celebrate love. But whoa! What a lot of baggage poor St. Valentine must carry these days: the anxiety, resistance and desperation felt by all those who aren’t currently “spoken for”, stirred up by marketers with products to sell. What have we lost in this disconnected definition of love?Even as we find ourselves flooded with the hues of love and passion, February is the perfect moment to cast a wider net on what love means,...

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Your 2024 Creative Restart: The Year to Reawaken Dormant Dreams

Butterfly, symbol of dormant dreams reawakened

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." — SenecaJanuary is a month for new beginnings. As we stand at the threshold of a new year, I'm reminded of Janus, the ancient Roman god of beginnings, gates, and transitions. He's a symbol of the paradox that every beginning is tethered to an ending, and every ending paves the way for a fresh start. To move forward in life costs something.This week I turned my attention to an abandoned lover. After months...

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Express Yourself: Six Strategies for Authentic Creating

authentic creativity - woman against stars

Last week, Merriam-Webster announced its Word of the Year for 2023. The word they chose is Authentic. In an interview with the Associated Press, the dictionary’s editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski reflected on why. “We see in 2023 a kind of crisis of authenticity. What we realize is that when we question authenticity, we value it even more.”From fake news to artificial reality, what is real is constantly being manipulated and redefined. So 2023 has  been a year of...

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Radical Gratitude: A Place for The World at Your Thanksgiving Table

Place setting at Thanksgiving table

“Live in the space of radical gratitude.” —Oprah WinfreyNovember ushers in a season of reflection, a time in the year when the idea of gratitude takes center stage. It's easy to appreciate the good things in life, the moments that bring joy and fulfillment. Yet, true transformation often emerges from the challenges we face, the setbacks that test our resilience. This year, at this season of Thanksgiving, we are called to do more. We are called to be radical with our...

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