Archive for August, 2010

Awaken that creative spark!

When you feel creatively paralyzed (maybe you haven’t written for awhile, or are struggling with difficult emotions, or you are just doubting your abilities), you can start within the privacy of your journal.  Instead of jumping into a full-blown project, begin with a photograph that resonates with you, and start writing your thoughts and feelings about it.  Or just write what is on your mind.  Your topic might be about you or someone else.  It might be emotional or intellectual.  But no matter the topic, as you relax into the process, it will awaken a creative spark that will evolve naturally into your next page.

Today in your writing be mindful about what you are feeling.  What thoughts seem to be on the forefront of your emotions?  Write about what you are observing about your thoughts.

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A Shift…

I love that as you start “doing” something, your feelings begin to shift.  You will feel more productive.  Memoir writing is the great impetus to “do” something.  In the act of creating a page by adding photographs and your words you grow.  When a page is finished it is a visible sign not only of the moment you documented, but also of the energy and the love you gave to creating.

Do you need a shift in your life?  Begin with a simple sentence in your journal or make that phone call or send that note.  Watch and see what happens!

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Overcoming apathy…

Sometimes our sadness is not something we can attribute to a specific cause, but is more a feeling of emptiness.  There are times we may just seem to lose our motivation or inspiration.  The best advice I’ve ever heard about overcoming this feeling is “do something.”  Do something for yourself or for another person-even for the houseplants!  It doesn’t really matter what it is, the act of doing will help!

Today in your writing examine the times when you have not been writing.  What can you attribute it to?  If you are presently feeling this way try my advice…do something for someone else…sometimes just shifting your focal point helps tremendously!

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Women Inspiring Women…

I tend to do my best thinking when I am on my bike.  Last week I started thinking about putting together a small group of women to meet every other week to encourage and support each other.  Immediately a few women came into my consciousness.  When I talked with one of friends about the prospect of this group she enthusiastically agreed and said she has been looking for her “tribe.”  I loved that!  As I thought of the different “tribes” in my life I realized that I have been supported through the years by many women that have come beside me, behind me and before me.  It is great that we are not alone on this journey called life.  Women really do inspire other women and that is why I am happy to announce my very first Women Inspiring Women Conference which will be held at the Miramonte Hotel in Indian Wells January 28-30, 2011.  This will be an event you won’t want to miss as you will be inspired to live, to be and to become all that you are.  I am in the early planning stages of this conference, but if you or someone you know is truly inspirational and you would like to apply to be one of my speakers at this weekend event please contact me at and I will email you an application.  I will be posting this event on my website very shortly.  And if you really want to be inspired think about traveling with us as our first stop in Maui on September 8-16, 2010  or get inspired at Rio Caliente Spa in Mexico with us  March 15-22, 2011.  Come with us as we explore beautiful Maui and Mexico as we write, reflect and get inspired by each other and the beauty of our world!

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Growth means…

Growth means embracing every moment, not just the fantastically exciting or stimulating ones.  It also means accepting sadness and disappointment as part of life, and embracing the gifts that struggle and time will bring.  I doubt the day will come when I welcome difficult times with the same joy I welcome celebrations.  When sadness creeps into my life, my first instinct is to squash it.  Find more happiness.  Look on the bright side.  But the longer I live, the more I see that sadness is as much a part of life as happiness is.  Life-a full life-is about both.

Today in your writing explore the times when the difficulties have come.  What have you learned?  Where have you gotten your strength from?  Look and examine when in your life have you grown the most.

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