What Was I So Worried About?

We hear the cliché, "it's all about the journey," often. But it forgets to tells us that we can't see the journey we're on while we're on it. It's only while looking back that we can make sense of it all.…


Swim with the Right Swimmers

It’s important to take the time to understand what your values are — to know what is important to you. Then surround yourself with people who are going to lift you up and help you grow. 

And the others?…


You’ll Get There When You Get There

We often create our stress. Our internal dialogue can either keep stress at bay or elevate it into full panic. I've encountered many similar situations when I stayed calm and didn't go into blame mode but what was absent that morning was perspective.…


Nobody Else But You Can Be You

Own your thoughts. Believe in your opinions. Trust your ideas.

And more importantly, ignore the trolls. Tune out the negativity.

Don't allow your worries about others' opinions keep you from doing, from sharing, from making, from creating.…

Imperfectionist Songs

If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out

Cat Stevens composed and performed the music for the black drama comedy, Harold and Maude, which includs one of my favorite Cat Stevens songs, "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out."

The song is featured most prominently in the last scene of the film,…


Rebuilding Endurance

Whether due to a vacation, hard times, or a lack of motivation, there will be times when you lose your endurance. Your shoes will collect dust, your manuscript will go untouched, and you won't meet your goals.

During these moments, don't try to run a…


You Can Do Anything, but Not Everything

Time is finite, but we treat it like it's infinite. Opportunities are infinite, yet we approach them like they're finite.

In our world of infinite opportunities, it's difficult to say no. We fear no because we're afraid of missing out. We fear no because we worry…


Some Doors Are Meant to Stay Closed

"Each time a door closes, the rest of the world opens up. All we need to do is stop pounding on the door that just closed, turn around...and welcome the largeness of life that now lies open to our souls. The door that closed…

Imperfectionist Songs

It’s Only Fear

Alexi Murdoch is a songwriter and musician with a captivating yet calming voice, but to me, he is first a poet. I would say that he reminds me of Nick Drake, but that was only true when I first discovered his music. Now he…


You Can’t Stop the Waves

When you avoid feeling your emotions, when you compartmentalize, when you tuck away something to feel another day, when you numb, when you use alcohol as a coping mechanism, when you avoid by working too much, when you blame others, or when you blame…