Sailing Lessons

For me, life is a dance between persevering and knowing when to quit. My goal is to complete and publish my novel from a place of joy, and on the days when it’s not feeling joyful, it’s hard to know whether to power through or take a step back. But …

The Name Game

Today, I worked on my personal brand. I’ve been reading Danielle LaPorte’s The Fire Starter Sessions, (which I love) and I like her approach to marketing and personal branding. I actually hate the word “branding”. For me, it conjures up images of inauthentic and traveling-salesman-type promotion. But LaPorte makes the point–and I …

Further Thoughts on Happiness

Today, I woke up feeling happy. It was one of those rare mornings when I leapt out of bed when my alarm went off, eager to start the day. I took the bus to the co-working space where I’ve been writing, and the bus was so packed that I was …

Happiness

I have heard that, in order to be truly happy, one must live in the moment. But what does it mean to live in the moment? I hear that phrase everywhere, it seems. Zen masters say it. Friends and family say it. (Even sentimental fleas say it?) Here’s the thing: …

Right and Wrong

Today, I realized that I was wrong about something. I thought I knew all about a certain situation in someone else’s life, and I was more than a little smug about it. In talking with this person, I realized that I had been very wrong. To be honest, it was …

Beginner’s Mind

I have been participating in Danielle Laporte’s ’30 Days To Fire Up Your Creative Genius’ Challenge, which outlines thirty unique questions, one each day, to help you focus in on what matters most to you in your life. Check it out if you have a chance: I think Danielle Laporte really …