Creative Friction Is The Gift You Never Knew You Wanted

  Yes, you are reading this correctly - creative friction is the gift you never knew you wanted.   I could give a speech about how every great writer, artist, and entrepreneur faces challenges or obstacles they need to overcome, but we’ve heard that one a million times. I can also share insights on the hero’s journey and the essential role it holds in making us the fully baked humans we are meant to be, but tons of other folks have already done it.   I want to hig … [Read more...]

Ways to Establish Inner Balance During Creative Crunch Time

  Stress is part of life, but often much more noticeable during creative crunch time.   Sensations related to the bubbling up of stress are easy to ignore. We have TV and social media to help distract us, while a few drinks or a good meal also does the trick. These habits help take our mind off of focusing on all the little to-do’s and help us recharge for a bit. Yet, ultimately, they don’t address the most important element - how we cope with stress in the day to day … [Read more...]

Taking External Action is Only One Part of the Creative Equation

  It’s easy to focus on taking external action as the most important part of creative expression. Our culture puts a lot of emphasis on getting moving, crossing things off the list, clearing, building, growing and having something to show for our time and efforts.   The actions we take also give us a feeling of purpose and worthiness, especially when we share details in conversation with others or on social media.   So when we are in a creative action lull, or more “ … [Read more...]

Fine Tune Observation Skills to Fire Up Creativity

  There’s something to be said for amping up quiet observation skills. To actively listen to what’s just beneath the surface, or feel into the vibe of the room or situation before even one word is spoken.   Call it “spidey sense”, intuition, or gut feeling, all of these factors tie into how you observe, what you “hear”, how you relate, and subsequently, create.   The way you listen also changes with each experience. What you learned, how you may or may not have got … [Read more...]

Grieve and Make Peace Before Creating a Fresh Path

  There’s something to be said for going all in on creating a fresh path. It feels good to leave the old behind and forget how much it sucked or hurt us. To leave things we know won’t work on the side of the road for the trash collector, or to burn in a ring of fire, as Johnny Cash would croon.   A catharsis point like the need to begin again can feel like it’s going to make everything better and stronger. And it can. It can also be a distraction from seeing, grieving, and heal … [Read more...]

Why Practicing Creative Discernment is Essential for Everyone

  There is an art to practicing creative discernment, or in other words, your personal ability to sense if something is in alignment with you and the deepest expression of your creative truth.   And right now you might be asking yourself, why is creative discernment important if I already create from my heart and go for what I want? You might also say, does this matter if I don’t really see myself as “creative”?   My answer is yes, it matters, and here’s the core rea … [Read more...]

Using Resistance as a Creative Navigation Tool

  It’s easy to notice resistance energy.   Resistance energy is uncomfortable. Sticky. Unpleasant. Cumbersome. Like you are pushing against the tide and giving it all you’ve got.   It can also show up as a sense of not knowing what to do next once creative efforts or “money moves” aren’t catching fire as expected.   What’s NOT so easy to notice is a path to understanding and dismantling resistance into its core parts, so you can leverage it as a navigation … [Read more...]

Courage to Create Anew

  There are times when no matter how much we try to piece things together as they are and "make it work", the time has come to create anew. To ask deeper questions. To actively honor intuitive hits and the way we really feel deep in our heart, while coming to peace with what no longer resonates and let go. Sometimes all at once.    These elements are no small things for the heart and soul to consider. Attention to honoring them fully requires radical honesty with … [Read more...]

Working Through Impatience and Confusion Along the Creative Journey

  Working through impatience and confusion along the creative journey is by no means a unique experience. We’ve all been there, feeling the weight of indecision about our next creative step, or the intense sensation of restlessness as we wait. Distract ourselves. Then wait some more - for things to click; to show up in a way that says, YES, you are on track and thriving.   Feeling successful and in the flow is something we all crave, especially when we are creatively and e … [Read more...]

Happy Summer Solstice

  Hello there and happy summer solstice!    I've just returned from a week long trip to Portland, OR grabbing a dose of fresh creativity, fun, and great food. Spending some quality time at the beach was such a treat - especially as a land-locked Coloradoan. While the energy of the mountains has it's own brand of peace, I truly appreciate watching the flow of the waves as they build, crest and crash, sharing a rhythmic healing unique to the ocean. I have not been to a … [Read more...]