5 Sneaky Ways to Bypass the Blancmange of Creative Resistance

5 Sneaky Ways to Bypass the Blancmange of Creative Resistance

The blancmange of creative resistance cannot be beaten in hand-to-hand combat, it cannot be reasoned with, and its powers cannot be underestimated.  However, it CAN be faked out if you are willing to get a little devious and sneaky.  Here are five ways to get around the malevolent pudding that's guarding the gates of your creative joy.

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Entering your Creating Space with Grace: Lessons from Mr. Rogers

Entering your Creating Space with Grace:  Lessons from Mr. Rogers

Mr. Rogers knew what children needed:  ritual, structure, a safe place to play and learn, and the experience of being seen and loved.  Turns out, that's what your creative self needs too! Here's what Fred Rogers has to teach us grown up creators about ways to transition into our creating times and spaces.  

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Why Aren't You Using the Good Stuff?

Why Aren't You Using the Good Stuff?

Are you waiting until you are more prepared to use your best ideas, your best paints, the stuff you love the most?  Yeah, that's not going to work.  Here's why postponing the use of the good stuff is part of a perfectionist mindset that is preventing you from growing as a creator and keeping you at arm's length from joy.

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Three Ways to Get Chummy with the Void

Three Ways to Get Chummy with the Void

If the void is a feature and not a bug in the creative process, that means we can either learn to befriend it or continue to spend our time in futile efforts to avoid it.  What say we go with the first option?  (You know, the one without the word 'futile' in it...)  Here are three ways you can forge a better relationship with the void (and, not-incidentally, with your creativity and with life itself...)  Also, find out why we should all be doing more moodling!  

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It's Time to Talk About the Void

It's Time to Talk About the Void

Happy New Year everyone!  It's time to talk about everyone's favorite topic, "The Void!" No, I don't mean that place in your refrigerator where the fudge used to be, I mean that passage between past and future when you are no longer here, but not exactly there yet either.  Find out what The Void has to do with creativity, and learn what the ancient Romans knew that we've forgotten.

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Thank You for Your Fearlessness

Thank You for Your Fearlessness

As creators, we are always facing a headwind of fear and, to keep going, we have to find our way back to love again and again and again.  However practiced we are at this, let's admit that 2017 brought all of us particularly powerful temptations to succumb to fear.  This is my love letter to all of you who chose love.

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