Creativity IS the Long Game Where Endurance Equals Inspiration

I’m sometimes asked, “Where do you get your writing inspo these days?” And my honest reply is: “I reach down and peel off the story stuck to my shoe.” It’s a little Dickensian, maybe. And not the complete answer, of course. (The longer answer is: I’ve committed to treating my social media like a workshop […]

I Don’t Use Brand Archetypes in My Work — Here’s Why

Have I ever told you that I don’t know my birth time? My mom has a ballpark guess — but I’m a third kid, so no one really remembers. And no, it’s not on my birth certificate. I could track it down, I guess? But I haven’t. And I joke sometimes that “that’s what keeps […]

Making the Right Choice at the Crossroads of Major Change

At the crossroads of basically every major change in my business or life, the strangest thing happens. First, I commit. “OK, enough. I have to stop saying yes to this type of project/client/pattern. Even if it’s scary, I know I need to move on, and make space for something new.” I stand at the fork […]

Don’t Be Shy — Here’s How to Take Those Compliments You’ve Earned

“Frankly, it’s confusing,” my now-husband, then-boyfriend Z deadpanned. We were squabbling about the strange contradiction of my perceived self-image. More specifically: my absolute inability to comfortably accept compliments of any kind — even (or especially) about things I’d worked my butt off to create or cultivate. “You exude all this confidence, but then then aggressively resist […]

A Handful of Practical Tips to Shake Off Creative Cobwebs

If you’re feeling all-over-the-place from a creative energy standpoint, there’s one key question to start with: “When was the last time I took a break?” While not all of us are in a season where extended rest is possible, my creative blocks are always most aggressive when my self care is in the trash can. First […]