Hear that? That’s the sound of your heart and mind thanking you for taking a breather. You would think that during a pandemic I would feel fine with spending days doing absolutely nothing. I definitely do not. I tend to get antsy and a bit hard on myself, thinking I should be using this timeContinue reading “Quiet”
Think big, friends. Use this time. How can we reimagine the world? How can we grow from here? Complete the sentence with ideas so large they seem impossible. There are journeys not yet taken. Sights yet to be seen. Problems to be solved. Imagine the big picture… then proceed.
In clown training, a general rule of thumb is to “embrace the flop”, which in a nutshell means accept the inevitable failure. I’m reminding myself to his strategy lately, trying to let a certain darkness find its proper place. When your mind is consumed by a inescapable cloud of worry or sadness it can beContinue reading “Embrace the Flop”
For as long as I can remember I’ve turned my nose up at anything that involves losing authenticity. “Fake it till you make it,” to me, has meant “don’t be yourself.” I would hear that and defy it as much as possible, turning up the volume on my opinions and fighting the status quo. AndContinue reading “Fake It”
Progress can’t happen without vulnerability. I believe that we have to get messy with hard conversations in order to affect positive change and improve our relationships. Hard conversations require vulnerability, and vulnerability comes with discomfort. Figuring ourselves out and talking to others with different perspectives from our own can get really awkward. But the rewardContinue reading “Lean Into Awkwardness”
I think it’s safe to look at my last couple of weeks as a failure. These “daily doses” are meant to be written every day, of course, and I definitely dropped the ball. I know life happens and I can’t do everything, but there were definitely mornings when I knew I had the time. AllContinue reading “Discipline”
One of my major, ongoing goals with this project is to help folks navigate the intersection of creative practice and queerness. “Queerness” to me means the experience of living outside of sexual and gender identity norms. When we live outside of a norm, our mere existence is often approached with question marks. People who areContinue reading “How Scapegoating Can Stunt Creativity: A Rant”
A note to self: Some pretty wild things are happening out there right now. It’s OK to take your time and recuperate. Reflect on your necessary anger and channel it in a way that can serve. Creators are innovators, but we can’t innovate when we’re overwhelmed with unfocused energy. Breathe.