The Power of Self Acceptance

The Power of Self Acceptance

Lately, I keep running into the same advice: “You need to engage in self-acceptance.” Now, I have to be honest with you. This feels pretty counter-intuitive and so the advice has been driving me crazy. “I’m trying to change here!” I keep thinking. “How am I supposed...
The Blind Man Who Bowled

The Blind Man Who Bowled

My grandpa loved to bowl, so much so that he kept doing it even after he was legally blind. When my grandpa was in his 80s, he developed macular degeneration. Basically, the center of his field of vision was burnt out. With characteristic understatement, he used to...
The Byron Katie Experience

The Byron Katie Experience

In October, I had the life-transforming experience of going to Byron Katie’s School for the Work. I’ve been wanting to write about it ever since but I’ve been struggling with how to approach the topic. Katie (as everyone calls her) is pretty hard to describe, probably...
5 Strategies to Find the Flow

5 Strategies to Find the Flow

Flow is that blissful experience that you have when you are so engaged in what you are doing that time slips away. You are one with the task, completely absorbed and utterly content. I’m pretty sure you know what I’m talking about. Studies show that 87% have...
7 Steps to Developing a Reliable Writing Habit

7 Steps to Developing a Reliable Writing Habit

Perhaps you fancy yourself a writer, but as much as the activity calls to you, you’re not fulfilling the first dictum of being a writer: writers write. What’s up with that? We could dig deep into analyzing the causes of your avoidance, perhaps uncovering some limiting...
Why You Write and Why You Don’t

Why You Write and Why You Don’t

Fall is the season when many writers I know take on a crazy little challenge called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This is the contest that asks writers to pen a 50,000-word work in the month of November. This October, I’m providing a prep series to help...
Why Every Entrepreneur Should Write a Book

Why Every Entrepreneur Should Write a Book

Have you ever had the thought maybe I should write a book? I think it’s a great impulse, especially if you are an entrepreneur. Writing a book is no small feat, but there are a lot of wonderful reasons for you to take up the challenge. Here are six of them: 1) To...
Inspiration and Desperation at a Writer’s Conference

Inspiration and Desperation at a Writer’s Conference

Warning: Harsh realities and cruel myths ahead. I recently attended the Willamette Writer’s Conference. I find these conferences to be an odd mix of inspiration and desperation. Inspiration in that they can get you focused on the possibilities, get you swept up in the...