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You Only Have One Life Path – Surprise! You’re Already On it

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You Only Have One Life Path – Surprise! You're Already On it

There was this thing I wanted. And I wanted it bad.

Have you ever wanted something really bad? Like, you just keep thinking about how great life will be when you achieve it. And you imagine what you will wear, how you will act, and basically plan your entire future around this thing you really, really want? Anyway, that’s how bad I wanted it. So bad, I quit working towards it about seven years ago. (more…)

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To All the Cynics – A Film by Casey Gates

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To All The Cynics

How often does a friend come along who, not only inspires you, but fuels your creativity? How often do you find a friend who speaks your same language, a friend who gets it before you explain it? How many of your friends push you (with an ever-so-gentle shove) into action? (A shove you are grateful for!) Sadly, not many. I am blessed to have found such a friend.

I would like to introduce you to (more…)

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Listen to This: Magic Lessons

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Listen to This

I realize I just wrote a post about taking a break from podcasts, but this is just too good not to share. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, recently released a podcast designed to help creatives focus and do the thing they were meant to do, mainly create.

The podcast is called Magic Lessons. And it really is just that, magic.

In each episode Gilbert dives into a creative individual’s current situation to figure out what makes them feel stuck and how to get them unstuck. The beauty is that most of us can relate since it is very likely that we’ve felt the same at some point in our lives.

So far, the episodes are relatively short – under 30 minutes. They’re just little bits of inspiration you can put in your pocket and take out when you need a supportive nudge.

You can find the podcast on iTunes or here. Enjoy!

 

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Rescue Yourself from Writer’s Block – Three Practical Tools

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Writer's Block

 

You want to say something. There’s a fistful of glimmer sitting in your belly just dying to get out. You sit down to write and all that comes out is a spattering of words. You try again and they just plop out of you like half formed spitballs. Splat! Splot! It’s a mess.

There’s something that you need to say and you just don’t know how to say it. You try but all kinds of goo comes out. You don’t know what to do with all the writing goo. It sticks to everything. No matter what you do, it sounds sappy and nothing makes sense. GOOOO!

Well, I can help. Here are three tools I’ve used in the past to turn my pen into lightening that killed my writer’s block. (Or at least kept it at arms distance for a while.) (more…)

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How to Go From Artist to Working Artist

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Working Artist

What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “working artist?”

Maybe you think of a musky Bukowski hunched over a typewriter with a cigarette burning to a nub an overflowing ashtray to his right.

Maybe you think about Picasso in his famous striped shirt, leisurely taking brush to canvas, stopping every now and then to take a long drag and contemplate life. (I don’t know if Picasso smoked; I imagine all artists in the 20th century as smokers.)

Whatever you think of, you probably don’t picture someone who (more…)

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Sucking Just a Little – How to Do Less & Create More

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Freeze Time

 

If I could have one superpower I wouldn’t wish for the ability to fly (as helpful as it would be in a city like Los Angeles). I wouldn’t wish for invisibility, although my inner creeper would probably take that one out for a test drive if given the opportunity. I would wish for the power to stop time.

Imagine it! Imagine living your average day getting as much done as you could in the short 24 hours you are given. Then right at the point when you think you can’t get any more done (more…)

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