Open with Questions

Well, this was a failure. Not in its entirety, I suppose… While I didn’t write every day this year, I did write some, and the pressure I applied to myself to form better writing habits did prove to be somewhat useful. But the project continues, and I thank you all for coming along for theContinue reading “Open with Questions”

Rigid Needs

I’m learning to be easier on myself for having particular needs during the creative process. I find I write best on Saturday nights, usually after 10pm. I love this quote from President Barack Obama, pulled from a recent New York Times interview. He’s also a fan of late-night writing: “I find that the world narrows,Continue reading “Rigid Needs”

Seeking Questions

One of my intentions with this blog is to look for more questions. I’m learning that curiosity is key. When I find I’m uninspired or generally down in the dumps for whatever reason, continually asking myself “why?” typically unlocks something useful. Sharing that gift of curiosity with others can be revolutionary. I don’t believe theContinue reading “Seeking Questions”

Bold Purpose

Here’s a book recommendation: The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker. I’m sad that my copy is stuck in the city I left a few months ago. It contains so many well-articulated arguments for giving a clearer purpose to any type of gathering we host. The lessons in the book are particularly important now, whenContinue reading “Bold Purpose”

Slow, Slow Start

A lot of what I write here takes the form of permission slips: “Forgive yourself for…” “Allow yourself to be…” (I think it’s pretty clear that I’m often writing these “slips” for myself. Is that self-absorbed? Maybe. But I also believe that what’s true for me can be true for others. For me, making artContinue reading “Slow, Slow Start”

The Work Behind It

I personally don’t believe there’s such thing as “passive consumption,” where you sit and read a book or watch a TV show and not engage with it critically. I think the art we come in contact with lingers and affects our minds in behaviours in at least small, subtle ways. But it does have anContinue reading “The Work Behind It”

The Privilege of Creating

Many people are feeling restless. With so much time spent away from loved ones, work, public centres, etc., being alone with our thoughts gets discouraging. And as I was thinking about what to write today I drew a lot of blanks. My creativity seems tired after so much time without its usual stimulants. Yesterday’s post…Continue reading “The Privilege of Creating”