This is a "first thought = best thought" exercise, and so there's no right or wrong way to do it so just stay loose and let the answers to the questions bubble up from the bottom of your belly.
I know some people have a hard time "visualizing," and if...
If so, you are not alone. I've done it a hundred times. Just when the piece is almost done, I put it away.
I've got a lovely handcrafted present sitting right here for my dearest darling sister that only needs some trim -- about 25 minutes worth of work after...
You do have time to work on your projects. You're just spending it on something else, which is fine.
Be aware that you are making the choice and be clear about your decision. No one is victimizing you. No one else is in charge of your time.
"But I have...
It's a cold, empty feeling, that not-having-faith-in-yourself feeling.
Especially in this bright-eyed American culture of mandatory optimism.
But some days, it's just not there. You don't feel worthy, you don't feel special, you don't feel like your projects are even worth your while, much less anyone else's while.
Wow, as of last week I have discovered The Organized Artist Company and am so grateful for your work! I find you so filled with encouragement and grace. THANK YOU!
I am a freelance designer/animator based in NYC, creating on-air branding for television networks. As of...
"Oh, I HATE change!" she said.
And she shook her head and she closed her eyes and shuddered again. "Hate it!"
"Really?" I said, "Because change sure loves you."
Change loves you. Look at how change is always present in your life, swirling around you and taking you in new...
Here's my new mental discipline: for each idea or project, I'm asking myself, "What's the EASIEST possible way to do this?"
As a natural-born over-complicator, this does not come easily to me. But I have noticed that I sometimes don't move forward on projects because I have larded on too...
I use my grandmother's wedding silver every single day.
I wore my brand-new "good" blouse to go teach a workshop last night.
I made seven-hour slow-cooked, vinegar-basted North Carolina pulled pork yesterday because it was... Wednesday.
I put on my yummy bright red lipstick to walk down to the convenience...
We hear this story all the time:
"I tried everything! And then finally..."
Finally, the solution is found.
Finally, the right diet and exercise plan kicks in.
Finally, your perfect partner arrives in your life.
Finally, the gate that seemed locked is opened.
And maybe part of us thinks,
It's so exciting at The Beginning, isn't it?
You're learning, you're launching, you're out there on the far edge of your experience and it's a real thrill.
Then comes The Middle.
The Middle is where it gets kinda boring. It's when the to-do list becomes an exercise in tedium....
We all have our family of origin, and then we have our family of friends.
It's one of the great perks of adulthood -- you get to pick a second family of friends who love you.
While it 's likely that both these families love you and care about you...
People are saying nice things to you all the time.
But I'm guessing you let most of them slide right past you. And some of you even deflect them ("Oh, no, it's not that great...") or immediately turn them around ("No, no, YOU are the genius...")
I'd like you to...
Recently a client asked me how to tell the difference between the natural anxiety a person has when they're moving forward into something new and the gut instinct that something is truly wrong for them. Good question, right?
And the answer is: I don't think you can tell the difference....
"I'm worried that someone will steal my idea."
Sometimes that thought will:
Consider the art of "selective neglect."
We know we're not going to get everything done today that we would like to get done.
We know that we're probably not going to get it done tomorrow, either.
So rather than walking around feeling bad about all the stuff we know we're...