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How the Right Criticism Can Make You Grow

As a kid I hated getting criticism—it would fill me with shame because I wanted to be perfect and I usually knew exactly what I had done to deserve that criticism. I hated sending thank-yous to my grandma and aunt in France (I’m half French on my mom’s side) after Christmas because I felt that [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Creativity|0 Comments

Why I Don’t Like to Garden or Cook

When I moved away from home after living with my parents for four years my mom gave me a variety of cacti and succulents as parting gifts. Mom figured I couldn’t kill a cactus, but I killed all of them by overwatering them or leaving them out in too much shade. Even as our relationship [...]

By | February 4th, 2017|Creativity|2 Comments

My 2016 Year-End Wrap Up

Yes, 2016 will go down as a crazy-ass year that had some major, major lows (bye Carrie Fisher!), but I’d like to declare 2016 as my year of getting more selective. This year I became more selective with how I acquired clients and I became more selective with where I spent my free time so [...]

By | December 31st, 2016|Creativity|7 Comments

How the Right Criticism Can Help You Grow

I love teachers who kick my butt—means they care, right? That’s how you grow. I have teachers who are invested in my learning and aren’t lazy—it takes effort to give constructive criticism. Now that the Olympics have ended, I’m sure all the gold medal athletes had caring coaches who didn’t hold back when their charge [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|Creativity|2 Comments

6 Ways to Value Yourself As a Writer

You feel like an imposter. You hear voices telling you, “What makes you think you’re a writer? What makes you think you’re any good?” How do you combat these voices and be the rock star author millions will read? How do you value yourself so others value you? Read on!   I haven’t been hearing [...]

By | July 25th, 2016|Creativity|4 Comments

Get Skills Like Napoleon Dynamite

You remember the famous Napoleon Dynamite from 2014 cult movie: “I don’t even have any good skills. You know like nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills. Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills!”—Napoleon. Turns out Napoleon had a LOT of skills like milk tasting, drawing ligers (a cross between a tiger and [...]

By | June 21st, 2016|Branding, Creativity|0 Comments

What Inspires Good Poetry?

National Poetry Month is finally here! I had the pleasure of Michele Tracy Berger of Pittsboro, NC, interview me about my poetry practice. Michele is a creativity coach, writer, professor and yoga teacher. In 2004, she launched The Creative Tickle™, a coaching practice that focuses on innovation and resourcefulness development, helping individuals and organizations to understand and harness the [...]

By | April 4th, 2016|Creativity|2 Comments

Are You Addicted To Being Busy?

This topic makes me very uncomfortable because I am addicted to being busy. I feel weird and disjointed if I’m not working at all hours, if don’t have 10 projects stacked up, if I’m not stressed out. And when I’ve got downtime, I volunteer so I have something to do—crazy! But this is wrong. I [...]

By | March 15th, 2016|Creativity|4 Comments

Why Is Poetry Important to Our World Today?

Poetry is so important because it helps us understand and appreciate the world around us. Poetry's strength lies in its ability to shed a "sideways" light on the world, so the truth sneaks up on you. No question about it. Poetry teaches us how to live. Poetry is like the Windex on a grubby car [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|Book Launch, Creativity|10 Comments

Is Balance Even Possible?

Some weeks you just can't achieve any balance—I’m right in the middle of that right now, but you can set a priority of three things you need to accomplish each day. For me, that's editing paid client work, practicing my music (guitar/violin) or dance, and getting my marketing emails/newsletter out (since that's income generating stuff) [...]

By | March 1st, 2016|Creativity|6 Comments