Once upon a time you and I created with joyful abandon. We drew pictures, made mud pies, and invented songs because doing so made us happy. We got messy, we let our imaginations fly, and we were unashamed to share the results with others.
Unfortunately, somewhere in the intervening years most of us have lost both our joy in the creative process and the generous spirit with which our five-year-old selves shared our creations with others.
We have become stingy with our “art”.
And our world is the poorer for it. Continue reading
The excess noise in your world may be sabotaging your time, energy and priorities.
We live in a busy world. A world full of excess “noise” (audible or otherwise) that constantly bombards us, exhausts our energy levels, and draws our attention away from whatever we are trying to do.
Sounds. Screens. Scents. Food. People. Objects. Technology, …
We need to be very intentional about controlling the “noise”, or else the “noise”will end up controlling us. Continue reading
As a writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about fear.
Specifically, the fears my main character wants to avoid at all costs. Because those fears are what the plot must force her to confront and (hopefully) overcome.
In any great story, the biggest obstacle the main character must overcome is not the bad guy but her own inner demons.
I suspect the same is true in real life. Continue reading
At the beginning of February I decided to try a simple decluttering technique: I would cull one item every day for a month. Now that February is over, I thought you might be interested in the results. Continue reading
Most of us yearn for a life that is less hectic than the one we currently live. A simple life. But what does a simple life look like?
Each of us will have a different answer. Because we are in different stages of life. Because we have different priorities. Because different kinds of things bring us joy or stress us out.
All of which means any blog post, device, or strategy that claims it will help you simplify your life may—or may not—be of any use to you. Continue reading
We all need love.
But we don’t all express it in the same way.
Even people who share the same love language can find themselves misunderstood—because of temperament differences. An introvert’s need for solitude may be mistaken for a lack of caring. And extroverts need for connection may be mistaken as a selfish need for attention.
What causes such misunderstandings? The fact that introverts and extroverts come into the relationship with different needs and expectations. Which leads to problems.
Problems that could be solved with a little mutual understanding. Continue reading
Because we accumulate stuff.
Lots of it. Scarves, hobby supplies, paperclips, empty ice cream tubs, DVDs, holiday decorations…
And if we don’t get rid of some along the way, it will eventually become a problem.
In an ideal world, we would regularly take a day and go through the house culling all the stuff we no longer need. But let’s face it, most of us aren’t willing to face a major declutter project very often.
Shouldn’t there be an easier way to fight the encroaching clutter? Continue reading
Why is it so difficult to change for the better?
If we’re honest, we all have areas in our lives that we’d like to improve: Eat healthier, exercise more, kick a bad habit, keep up with the latest news in our profession …
And yet, despite the mountain of information on setting goals, making better habits, and developing willpower, we struggle to make progress. Because we humans don’t like to change. Continue reading
I recently acquired a book entitled Cat Confessions, which features cat photos along with purported confessions of their naughty deeds: stowing away in luggage, getting fur all over a dark suit, etc.
After chuckling over the book, I was inspired to come up with a few confessions of my own. (Sorry, I don’t have funny photos to go with them; the cat refused to pose.)
So here goes … Continue reading