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14 Lessons on Devotional Writing and Creativity
Here are 14 Lessons from my "6-Month Writing Devotional" aka “Dredging my psyche for bodies" aka "Worst 6 months of my life." I do NOT recommend it. But if you are mad enough to proceed, you will be so freeeeeed. Apply these lessons to re/creating an identity, business, book, revolution, or life worth living. You have been warned. 😉
That's the goal, to survive your gift • A Writing Devotional
If it took 10 years to cultivate the seeds of your masterpiece, would you? If it took another 10 years before reaping the harvest, would you? It’s been 8 years and 3 months of space clawing, shards treading, fire palming and tear tagging. Why?!?
The Tao of Creativity • From Inspiration to Actualization
Creativity follows a tao [Chinese: 道], which means path, from chakra to chakra. Any blockage along the way can abort creativity. What are these blockages? Watch this wisdom video to stop living with foot on the gas pedal, but handbrake on.
The 5 Freedom Factors • Discerning Between Passion, Calling, Mission, Vocation and Profession
There is an exquisite freedom at the intersection of: Passion, Calling, Mission, Vocation and Profession. Meet the 3 archetypes who have not quite arrived and why.
The 4 Stages of Adult Learning • What is Branding in Two Words
From unconscious incompetence, to conscious incompetence, to conscious competence, then to unconscious competence, navigating the 4 Stages of Adult Learning is uncomfortable. Yet, there's no way around it...
My 16 Careers • Reinventing Identities as a Web Design Agency (Part 11/16)
This career identity took twice as long to let go than to build. I resented the Universe for calling me onto a new path, which I didn't even ask for it, and for making something I adored feel like such a drag.
My 16 Careers • Reinventing Identities as a Global E-Strategist (Part 9/16)
I lined up 5 interviews in 5 days in New York City, got on a plane, got a job offer and apartment on Day 6, flew home on Day 7 to pack and moved my entire life to NYC on Day 8. That is what "all in" looked like.
My 16 Careers • Reinventing Identities as an Energy Researcher (Part 6/16)
I felt mad making a career 180 and starting over from scratch at this point. Who walks away from job offers and amazing female mentors?!? It'd be another 9 years before I discerned: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
My 16 Careers • Reinventing Identities as an Industrial Machinist (Part 3/16)
I had never touched any kind of industrial machinery before, but my aluminum coupling turned out better than my mentor's. But that career would have been an over-compensation for the career that my dad loss.
My 16 Careers • Reinventing Identities as a Web Developer (Part 2/16)
I made websites just because, out of pure joy, pure curiosity, pure creativity. Then people started paying me for it. Who knew that would happen?!? But with every gain, there is great loss...
My 16 Careers • Reinventing Identities as a Computer Teacher (Part 1/16)
Navigating identity crisis, non-conformity and freedom requires a soul with stamina. "The price is high, the reward is great." May these stories of my 16 career identity re-inventions inspire you to make brave leaps of faith, examine your choices with awe, and surrender to the unfolding of your unique path.
The Artist • Branding with Sacred Archetypes
Are you The Artist, dreamer, inventor, and designer? Do you believe that we can create anything we can imagine? Read on and take the quiz to find out!
The Lover • Branding with Sacred Archetypes
Are you The Lover, goddess, hedonist, and seductress? Do you believe in following your bliss and making others feel special? Read on and take the quiz to find out!
Rest and Recharge • How to Source from a Wiser Fuel
It's official: Cuba is the best place to unplug... because there is no plug. Internet is scarcely available at a teeny tiny handful of locations. If you can't make it to Cuba to fully unplug, I've gathered my favourite quotes and wisdom gems here to remind us all to rest and recharge.
Power of Iterations • How I Built my Signature Program Organically
Whether it's a workshop, a virtual training or something in between, your masterclass, your life's masterpiece, can be created the hard way or the graceful way
Reverse Bucket List • How to Use Awe to Fuel Motivation and Drive
The Reverse Bucket List (RBL) is a celebration and a remembering of truth. Just as awakened humans have turned from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy, awakened entrepreneurs are using the RBL to turn from fear / scarcity / shame toward awe as fuel.
Vipassana Practice • How the Tortoise Always Wins the Race
Though I have chosen intense moments of "hare," I am the endurance tortoise, where slow and steady wins the race. Every time. Like Angela Duckworth says, "Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare."
Book Dedication • Define your Why by Focusing on your Who
Writing for years has helped me see that I can only go as fast as the slowest part of me. My book will take as long as it takes. I cannot rush the alchemy of "pain juice" into gold.
Brené Brown's No. 1 Raving Fan
From the day I stumbled upon Brené Brown's TED talk back in 2012, where she was the first person to make me feel like I was enough, I've read every word in every book she's written, watched every video she's ever appeared in, enrolled in every certification she's offered and followed her like her #1 Raving Fan!
How School Kills Creativity • My First Short Story
I was watching a TED Talk on Why Schools Kill Creativity. A couple of days later, I met up with a high school friend for brunch. We reminisced and somehow ended up on the topic of floss. She exclaimed, "Oh my god, do you remember your floss story, the one you wrote in high school?" My first reaction was of trembling...