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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Creating Space: How Receptivity Transforms You and Your Creative Projects

Two hands giving and receiving

I’ve just started singing lessons again after decade-long intermission. Once again, singing is teaching me more about living than any book ever could. Each breath makes a space in me for my authentic sound to come through. Using the instrument of my body to shape that sound has mostly to do with not doing something. There is a great and subtle work required to perfect that skill. This week’s lesson is to be the glove rather than the fist. And I am, once again, a...

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What Defines You? A Time to Choose.

What Defines You

At our house, one of our favorite holiday films is Love Actually. We watch it every year. It starts and ends at the Arrivals lounge of Heathrow Terminal 5. The opening scene sparkles with smiles, tears of joy and welcoming embraces as the Narrator soothes our souls as he interprets the scene:"Whenever I get gloomy... with the state of the world, l think about the Arrivals gate… at Heathrow airport. General opinion makes that we live in a world of hatred and greed......

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Your Sacred Sovereignty: Claiming Your Personal Power

woman with crown

What would it take for you to fully step into your power? What would it change?For the past couple of months, I’ve been reflecting on what it means to be sovereign, especially as a woman, to stand in my power in my relationships, my work and my life. This concept of ‘sovereignty’ has been front of mind for me for a couple of reasons:   A Queen’s Passing, of which you are no doubt awareA Queens’ Council, which I’d like to share with you nowPlease read on to reflect...

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All This Rage: What’s the Creative Response to Anger?

house on fire creative

Why are we all so angry? Thirty years ago I spent a day in Cook County Jail in Chicago. I was there to shoot a segment for a documentary program I was producing about prisons. That day I met 25 teenage boys (most awaiting trial on murder charges) locked in a classroom with their teacher. I felt privileged to spend the day with them, and to interview a few about their experiences. Through their program with led by their teacher Charles Rankin (based on the work of Les...

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