The year of following what’s true for me.

I’m naming my 2017 the year of following what’s true for me. (I would call it the year of listening to my inner voice, but the sound of…

Don’t believe it.

Just because someone thinks something about you – good or bad – doesn’t make it true. And just because we think something about ourselves, doesn’t make it true…

How am I doing?

Am I talented? Do I have what it takes to win at life? We want to know, right? So logically, we compare with each other. Just like we…

Big-picture plus now

Big-picture plus now.

Not planning makes me anxious. So does planning and hoping. Sounds like a catch-22, but there is a way to do neither – or both. Pair a long-term…

Getting Better

Growing pains.

If a project is hard, it doesn’t mean we’re no good. It means we’re getting better.

Be great or prove it.

I feel anxious about my projects, personal and professional alike, when I focus on proving myself. I worry about every decision, and my inner critic nags at me,…

Giving up permanence.

Clinging to permanence is heartbreaking. Change and decay and loss are inevitable. Trying to avoid the certain by holding tight to the things we have and the way…

Calling on our genius.

To make extraordinary creative work, we must call on our genius for help. But it won’t clock in on demand. Our genius is skeptical, and resents squandering efforts on…

Perfection is boring.

Striving for perfection in everything we do sounds like a noble pursuit, but it’s our flaws that make us great. Sure mastery is important, but it’s an artist’s…

Want not. Create a lot.

When we want – or need – to put spending on hold, could a creative project help? I love shopping. It’s inspiration overload for a designer. A cornucopia of graphic,…

Approach with optimistic anticipation.

If I was a little less of a martyr in my everyday tasks, maybe I’d have the energy to do something truly heroic. I’ve noticed I choose to…

More memories, less lonely.

If we have trouble relating, a lack of memories could be the issue. When empathizing, we piece together memories of our own experiences to create a rough reproduction…

Wise Maki – life lesson #1

Start the day fresh as often as you like. A nap is the ultimate reset button.

Creative like a cactus.

Acting on the creative impulse takes guts – soft sensitive guts and tough skin. And the daring to express ourselves fully. Just like a cactus.

Tomorrow never arrives.

I’m working on letting go of the future. I love planning, scheduling, setting goals and everything that has to do with making tomorrow better than today. No matter…

Hello. I’m a forgetful reader.

In pursuit of becoming wiser and happier, I fill my head with thoughts from brilliant minds everyday. The problem is, I don’t remember them for long. I’ll get…