monthly round up: october was…gripping, generous + golden

: spiritual salve for worrywarts. There’s pain all around us. It’s tempting to fret, pace, yank your hair…and worry yourself into the ground. But it’s not pro-active. So refuse to do it. TRANSFORM ANXIETY INTO ACTION, and be helpful, instead of harrowed.

: transparency as a teaching tool. As Malcolm Gladwell says, “Authenticity is the new cool.” So give details. Name names. Spell it out. And share your Big Emotion Moments. Dig into my TRIED AND TRUE transparency techniques to rock your blog, your biz, and your authenticity barometer.

: self-flagellation, posing as purity. Minimalism is the go-to trend across the blogosphere. I’m all for white space, clarity and concision — but there’s a dark side to the de-cluttering movement. Fear, loathing and self-denial can masquerade as “right action.” And that ain’t right. AFFIRM YOUR GOODNESS, not your lack.

: deeply influential literary gems. I love books. Understatement of the eon. So I offered up a three-part catalogue of books you oughta absorb: 9 books that could deeply influence how you live, 9 books for deepening how you create + work, and 5 books for navigating the complexities of love. Your winter reading list = sorted. And you’re welcome.

interviews

: talkin’ aesthetics + functionality with Snoack Studios. Shannon of Snoack Studios interviewed me this month. And she got me to admit that I’m a “creative control freak.” Deal with it. READ THE FULL INTERVIEW.

: juggling + philosophizing with Wicked Whimsy. Michelle of Wicked Whimsy peppered me with questions about corporate ladders, spirituality and cashflow. Also — she has sapphire hair, like a peacock. Worth a peek, for that fact alone. READ THE FULL INTERVIEW.

Into November, onward + upward + forward, forever…

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Do you think being called “Too emotional” is an act of oppression? Maybe you should think about it.

Stop thinking and start feeling — a lot more. And start talking about how you feel — a lot more. And you know what will happen? You will start to be more aware of how you feel, more of the time — the tenderness, the rage, the genius, the sorrow, the Love. You will feel your power, and you will direct it into the world.

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How to not give a shit (even though you really do) and be kind about it all.

Love from the inside outward. Some people will take offense to your healthy priorities. Others will take your loving example and love themselves even more.

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Perpetually cleansing? That’s about right. The 80/20 rule of living your life and cleaning it up.

Deep living is dirty, sweaty, gorgeous work. We will accumulate things. But your Soul wants to be mobile, unencumbered — in touch with all the parts of your life.

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All the things that softly kill me.

The hate. All the hate. It makes me fume and spin. The light. Oh the light! The light that is powerful enough to transmute hate into Love. “T’was blind, but now I see.” That kind of light.

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A slight twist on reviewing your year (or life) that could be very, very…illuminating

We’re cozied in the corner booth of the pub with tacos and no one else around. It’s been a doozer of a business week and I have some Very Big Decisions to make. Wait. In case you’re not the story-type, I’ll give you the quick take-away: A short how-to on doing a yearly retrospective.

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a sentiment for blazing

close your calendars
of regret
smash clocks and barriers
with your better knowing
throw soft light on

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Self Love and why we’re all effed up about it.

Celebrate yourself no matter what — even if they think you’re tacky, terrible, too much of this, too little of that. Make how you move through the world an homage to your beautiful, luminous, powerful, magnificent, righteous, sacred…self.

That same self who may fuck up tomorrow, but will still be made of LOVE. THAT Self. Love.

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Thoroughness (a poem for devotion)

I have expressed from my longing and obstacles
the balm of thoroughness,
rare as rose oil,
nothing cures like devotion.
I stroke it on wounds and desires

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Easing someone’s suffering…without suffering. Is it possible?

Do I have to feel your pain in order to help ease your pain?

And, if I guard myself against your suffering, am I less useful? If I want to detach from your pain, am I less loving? If I think, “I’m glad I’m not going through that”, am I cold hearted? If I’m grateful for my strength or good fortune in comparison to your so-called weakness or misfortune, does that make me…just secretly horrible?

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D Digest: How to be generous, loving your tribe, Online etiquette and calling bullshit when you need to. My November Roundup is in.

Why we relive the painful times over again. (For a good reason.)  You’re not a loser for feeling it again, you’re…soulfully thorough. Find your tribe. Love them hard. (And, is your tribe a healthy one?)  Our people do typically look like us, and quack like us, but magic happens when we stay open to the […]

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