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Creative Blocks or Multipotentiality?

Creative Blocks or Multipotentiality?

If you’re new here you may not know this, but my writing has been somewhat sporadic lately. It’s not that I have nothing to say. Quite the contrary, loads of ideas are vying for space in the old right brain. Daily, it seems, a new inspiration knocks at my door. But the urgency to get … Continue reading

Whose Life Could You Improve With A Sabbatical?

Almost without fail, my quest to nest asserts itself at this time of year. The big stock pot emerges from the cupboard, ready for the simmering soups it will host. The oven gets called back to work from its months-long vacation. And out come the warm blankets and fluffy comforters. My sewing machine will probably … Continue reading

Love and Work

Love and Work

During the past ten years I’ve had tons of conversations with clients about work. So it’s sort of surprising that I don’t write much about it. Maybe that’s because I’ve listened to so many stories: the dreams and yearnings, the suffering and sadness. The elation of finally moving towards a calling; the sheer frustration of … Continue reading

Dreaming and Awakening

I’m busy this week. And about a thousand miles away from summer’s dance of laziness. It’s good, though. A different kind of dance. If July and August were a slow, languid waltz, then September is shaping up to be a peppy, energizing quick step. But I’m lucky. I love my work and when fall rolls … Continue reading

Finding Clues to Life Balance In a Time Journal

Time…thou ceaseless lackey to eternity. ~Shakespeare For a long time I was tentative about the idea oflife balance. It conjured up images of hanging scales, suspended in mid-air, perfectly even. Or small, orderly piles of things – I don’t know, maybe rocks or shells – all mounded in equal proportions. Taken together, these images hinted … Continue reading

Meaning Mondays: The Smallest Things

UNTIL A FEW MONTHS AGO, I ALWAYS DROVE TO WORK SKIRTING THE EDGES OF THE PARK. For years I did this without a second thought, because it was the fastest way to get from Point A to Point B. In fact, if you were to Google map the journey from home to office, this is … Continue reading

Meaning Mondays: A Simple Philosophy Emerges

In every adult there lurks a child – an eternal child, something that is always becoming, is never completed and calls for unceasing care, attention and education. That is the part of the human personality which wants to develop and become whole. -Carl Jung Now this took me by surprise. I woke up this morning … Continue reading

The Story of One Day, Just For You

Pondering the sniffles on Monday got me thinking about something else. Something different, but related. I suppose I would call it an evolving awareness that I’ve come to after 10 years as a counselor and coach. Turns out I’m no longer surprised when clients tell me they welcome getting sick. Or even being hospitalized for … Continue reading

Meaning Mondays: The Less is More Edition

Did you ever hear the story about National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg? Back in the fall of 1994, he got tired of the grind. The endless treadmill. The pressure to produce more. So what did he do? He hightailed it back home, to the Boundary Waters area of Northern Minnesota. In that wild and beautiful … Continue reading