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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