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Your Story Matters: leading and living your creative best

Welcome—so glad you’re here. Do you, like me, want to work more creatively, lead lightly, be productive, and design the life you want to live? Are you curious about how storytelling can help you can engage others and shape meaning? If so, I hope you enjoy these posts and I look forward to hearing from you!

When you’re feeling the weight of the world

When you’re feeling the weight of the world

Another week, another tragedy. I was up before dawn to drive to a conference when tragic news, from the far side of the globe, jolted me awake. If you ever wonder if we're all connected, notice how fast bad news travels. Remember John Donne's poem, written in 1621...

What are you devoted to?

What are you devoted to?

Remember the Everly Brothers hit "Devoted to You?* Darlin', you can count on me Till the sun dries up the sea Until then I'll always be devoted to you. Although they must have been singing to a girl, we can be devoted to whatever creative endeavor we most care about,...

How to Do More by Juggling Less

XDo you ever feel as if you have too many balls in the air?We all have our limits. Ever watch champion jugglers? As their audience applauds, they add object after object to their juggling mix. The crowd watches in awe and anticipation, knowing that if the jugglers add...

How to rebound from rejection

Got Rejection? One of my writing buddies inspires me with her ability to not let rejection stop her. We're part of an online writing circle, where she regularly shares about disappointing rejections from potential agents and publishers–as well as the occasional...

A midwinter’s night pause

A midwinter’s night pause

 My article for the winter issue of 3rd Act Magazine is out: "A New Leash on Life: Fostering senior dogs" – and it's a topic that is VERY close to my heart. If you want an "all natural," almost sure-fire way to beat depression, I highly recommend fostering or adopting...

Marie Kondo, Will you be my Valentine?

Marie Kondo, Will you be my Valentine?

Dear Marie,I know my invitation may come as a surprise after all the snide comments I made about tidying in this blog. You have every right to be offended.I read your book once, standing up, in the bookstore. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of...

Improve your day a click at a time

What if one click of acknowledgment could reinforce the skill, craft, or project you're working on?Why not reinforce the best of what you do, while letting the rest, well, fade away?The limits of willpowerIn working alone on my book, blog, or podcast, I sometimes need...

Is Your Story Fact or Fiction?

Is Your Story Fact or Fiction?

When the waves of change are high, stories help us navigate.Still, we need to be discerning and recognize bad stories when we hear them.I’m not just thinking of the 1964 film The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies that earned a...

Create a daily oasis with ordinary rituals

Create a daily oasis with ordinary rituals

“We humans remember trauma better than pleasure, it's the way we're built, so ritual helps to inject the significance of this moment into us. “   Lorene CaryEvery year as December fades into January, I celebrate. My rituals, whether a gathering on New Year’s Eve, a...

Cultivate kindness in small doses

Cultivate kindness in small doses

Don’t we all need a little more kindness sprinkled through our lives–both kindness we receive and kindness we give?I don’t mean large-scale, heroic kindness, but more of the small-scale embellishments that can put smiles on faces, give courage to persevere over the...

As the earth rises in 2019, we’re still in this together

As the earth rises in 2019, we’re still in this together

We’ve just closed out 2018. I, for one, wasn’t sad to see it go. During much of the year, the world seemed off balance, with political craziness, environmental disasters, and expressions of cruelty and greed. I also faced a few personal challenges. 1968, fifty years...

Welcome back the light

Welcome back the light

"There is a crack, a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in."Leonard Cohen, "Anthem."We're almost at the Solstice and not a moment too soon in my book.I've been so hungry for light that I pulled out my old lightbox from the attic to begin soaking up some...

Fill with joy and arrest the stress in the holidays

Fill with joy and arrest the stress in the holidays

Does it ever feel to you that someone is tightening the gears on life in order to speed up time, especially during the holidays?Years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Boeing Commercial Aircraft factory in Everett, Washington, where the new 777 jetliner was...

Sweat your way to community

Sweat your way to community

Sometimes you build community by talking, finding common interests, and slowly building trust.Sometimes you find community by...sweating.That's what I did this past weekend in my Zumba (dance-fitness) instructor training. I almost didn't make it. Life's been a bit...

Expanding our thanks

Thanksgiving, that holiday of family, friends, food, and thankfulness in the US, is almost here. T-day is my favorite holiday, even if I need to monitor my consumption and cool it on the mashed potatoes and gravy. What could be better than a day dedicated to giving...

Small talk

Small talk

Red alert: The holidays are coming! Thanksgiving in the U.S. is followed by Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and a ton of holiday parties. Which means you should get ready for small talk.This week, I did a little research for myself and discovered a secret three-step...

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Story Dynamics

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