"Attraction": What We Attract With Our Creative Choices
I used to be a jazz singer. I was inexplicably drawn to
the drama and the heartache; I was drawn to those songs
for a reason.
10 Ways to Take Back Your Time
5 ways to manage your time and 5 ways to take back your
time, including daily or regular practices to try out in
your life right now.
10 Ways to Thrive as a Creative Artist
This article features ten nourishing daily practices
that will help you connect with your creative self like
you've never done before. Whether you try one, two, or
all ten, you'll be closer to your creative dream the
moment you start!
7 Things Sapping Your Creativity Right Now
This article will help you gain awareness into things
you might be doing (or not doing) to hinder your
After the Clutter: 5 Steps to a New Daily Routine
If my day-to-day routines are continuing to create
clutter, then Iíll always be one step behind it.
Breathing out Stage Fright
Breathing exercises from the Yoga tradition, to help
performers deal with stage fright.
Build your Social Support Network
Social support can improve the functioning of your
immune system, protecting you from disease, and it can
increase your vitality, decrease your stress and improve
your self-esteem. This article discuss what makes a
strong social support network and provides concrete tips
for keeping yours that way.
Clutter & Creativity
This article explores the different kinds of clutter in
our lives, and how that clutter stifles our creative
expression. It includes questions to help you see which
types of clutter might be a problem for you, and also
provides concrete tips for dealing with your clutter.
Creative Dreams - What Winter Driving Taught Me
What does protecting yourself in a winter storm have to
do with protecting your creative dreams? Here's what I
came up with...
Fear & Creativity
This article shines a spotlight on fear; what is its job
and where does it come from? What's the connection
between fear and creativity?
Though some days I can still get caught up in what I
DONíT have yet, what I HAVENíT done yet and what Iíll
probably NEVER have or NEVER do, all it takes is a few
moments reflection about what I have to be grateful for
and my thoughts are completely turned around.
Guilt: Is it Getting in the Way of Your Self-Care?
Saying yes to ourselves and our self-care often means
saying no to people, events and situations in our life
and that can bring guilt. The more time we spend feeling
guilty, the less self-care we're giving to ourselves. If
we're letting someone else's words, actions or
non-verbal messages make us feel guilty, we're letting
THEM take away our self-care.
Hooray, You Failed!
Don't lose your confidence if you slip, be grateful for
a pleasant trip. And pick yourself up, dust yourself off
and start all over again. Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields
Jealous Again - Jealousy Among Musicians
Jealousy Ė do you feel it? Do you sense it in others?
Does it hinder your relationships with other musicians?
Does it sap your confidence? Does it block your
creativity? Here are some questions to help you get
clearer about the jealousy in your life.
Just Say YES to Self-Care
We say we want to change things, we set New Year's
resolutions in place and we create lists of self-care
goals. We make promises to ourselves, and sometimes to
other people in our lives. And, in every moment, we have
a choice between what we'll say yes to and what we'll
say no to.
Managing Your Time, when Music isn't Your "Day Job"
You CAN do everything. What you cannot do, however, is
do everything at the same time, or create a day thatís
longer than 24 hours.
Meditation, Self-Acceptance & the Muse
Artists sometimes have the experience of music, words,
or other ideas, coming to them from ďout of nowhereĒ.
Where is this ďnowhereĒ and how can we go in there after
all of those great ideas??
Meditation: Time to Stop & Listen
Meditation is a process to empty and calm the mind,
which results in a sense of peace, serenity and calmness
and eventually opening yourself to new insights and a
sense of overall well-being.
Musicians Injuries: OUCH, It Hurts When I Play (But
Please Don't Tell Me To Stop!)
This article takes a look at musicians' injuries. For an
expert perspective, I interviewed Dr. Sarah Mickeler,
B.Mus., D.C. Dr. Mickeler is a former professional
musician and a chiropractor who concentrates on
musicians' injuries in her practice.
Performing, What's the Big Deal?
Symptoms of performance anxiety (stage fright) include
"butterflies" in the stomach, quickened heart rate or
more severe symptoms such as hyperventilation, dizziness
or intense fear. This article looks at the five main
reasons for performance anxiety.
Procrastination - Understanding & Overcoming it
This article will help you figure out some of the
reasons for your procrastination, and offers some simple
strategies for getting things done!
Self-Care for Creative Artists: 10 Reasons To Care About
There's a lot of popular opinion about the "suffering
artist". Here's ten reasons to choose self-care instead
Self-Care for Creative Artists: 5 Ways to Start Today
[Self-Improvement:Creativity] 5 nourishing self-care
practices that will improve your physical, mental,
emotional AND creative health. You can apply these
straightforward tips to your life right now.
Self-Sabotage: The Opposite of Self-Care
dictionary definition of sabotage is "an act or process
tending to hamper or hurt" or "deliberate subversion".
Hmmm. Why on earth would we sabotage ourselves? That's a
complicated answer. And a simple one. We choose to.
Sing & Be Well
Singing is our birthright! Singing is a natural and pure
expression of how glad we feel to be alive, and the way
we show our love of music. This article features my top
5 reasons to sing.
Sleep and Creativity
[Self-Improvement:Creativity] In my life, sleep is
the number one way that I can either enhance my
self-care and nourish myself or defeat my self-care and
deplete my energy, peace of mind & productivity all in
one shot. When Iím rested Iím more resilient to stress.
My body is more flexible and willing to work, my head is
more clear and focused, I feel happier and more at peace
and Iím nicer to myself AND to everyone else.
Sleep: 10 Ways to Get a Good Night's Sleep
The simplest way to tell if you're getting enough is by
noticing every morning - do you feel rested? Do you wake
up without an alarm clock and feel ready to get right
out of bed and start your day?
Stress: Daily Self-Care Habits to Manage Stress
[Self-Improvement:Stress-Management] Ten simple
strategies to keep stress at bay.
Structures for Self-Care Success
Using structures for reminders, inspiration and tracking
can help you to develop healthier habits in your life.
Experts agree that it takes 21 days to form a new habit.
Until something becomes a habit, itís necessary to
create a structure or routine around it.
Telling the Hard Truth
Why do we keep the truth from people? Usually itís for
one of the following reasons (or a combination): we
donít want to hurt someoneís feelings, weíre afraid the
other person will be angry with us or we donít want to
Try a Slow-Carb Habit
Carbohydrates - found in grains, breads, pasta, and
sugar, as well as vegetables, fruit, tofu, beans, and
dairy - provide the body with the most efficient fuel
for energy production and brain activity. They're
nutritionally essential, a principle currently
downplayed by the "low-carb craze".
Trying to Create From Distorted Perceptions?
We've all met people who are "negative" Ė negative
thinkers who consistently see the glass as half empty.
In certain situations, particularly stressful ones, even
the most positive person can fall victim to this
distorted thinking. As a creative artist, this kind of
thinking can keep us away from our art and can keep us
from enjoying it even when we manage to keep at it.
I hear a lot
of people commenting that they wish they hadn't
indulged so much on their holiday or that they
need a vacation after their vacation. When you
have time off, it's even more important to keep
up with your self-care.
time I have the desire to do something,
to create something, thatís Spirit
seeking expression through me. ANY time
we connect with something or someone,
we're also connected with Spirit (also
known as God, the Universe, Higher
Power, the Source). While our personal
definition of Spirit is unique, when we
connect with that Spirit it immediately
connects us with something outside of
Is There a Science To Success?
I've been studying science
lately, in the form of a book called
"The Science of Getting Rich",
written by Wallace Wattles in 1910.
I've discovered that this book holds
many powerful ideas to enrich our
lives, work and success as creative
Connect with Your Strengths
be just as afraid of our strengths
as we are of our weaknesses, and
just as afraid to succeed as we are
to fail. Connecting with your
strengths is about learning how to
acknowledge your own gifts, accept
compliments graciously and to
present yourself confidently as the
extraordinarily unique artist that
you are. Link to article:
Curiousity, da Vinci Style