You might not be used to depositing checks earned by the sweat of your pen or paintbrush (yet). That doesn’t mean you can’t start becoming financially savvy with your art. One of the top tips for becoming financially empowered is to pay yourself first. How can you do that without incoming cash? Set your intention, […]
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This week I featured Elizabeth Briel , an artist who also travels a lot. I asked her how travel affects her art, and after she answered, I thought about how traveling as an artist is different than traveling for work or tourism. Whatever your purpose for travel, you can borrow from artists to enhance your […]
If you’re like me, you use notebooks as a way to order your to-do list, process your inner world, and develop your creative projects. You may be missing an opportunity to use your journal to help you deal with challenges at work. An illustrated journal can be just the ally you need to help cope […]
Gigia Kolouch, my housemate, hired me in 1994 at Alfalfa’s Market. There she trained me to teach cooking classes and I went on to teach hundreds of vegetarian cooking classes over ten years. Gigia is a creative pioneer who works to bring gardening and cooking programs to Denver’s schools. A librarian, a gastronome, a teacher […]
In the writing workshops I lead, students rave about the power of the free writing method. I use free writing for everything I write, including my novel, all my e-books and every blog post you read here. How can such a simple method revolutionize your writing? In a free write, all you do is put […]
As a child, you may have yearned to play the piano at Carnegie Hall, to perform on Broadway, or to write a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Perhaps you mentioned your aspirations to someone and were met with mocking laughter or the assurance that there was no money in it. You swallowed your creative dreams and […]
Writers and other creative types are often notoriously hard on ourselves. Yes, I got published, but they didn’t pay much, you’ll hear. Or, sure I got a show, but it isn’t a solo show. Dissatisfaction is the bane of the creative’s existence. It could be said that dissatisfaction drives the creative type to keep creating. […]
You’ve heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In a nutshell, as humans, our basic needs are: Physiological, Safety, Love/Belonging, Esteem and Self-Actualization. Parisian pastries aren’t on the list, but we like them anyway, especially on Valentine’s Day. Creative people, those who are making things – books, businesses, design, art – have additional needs. Recognizing these […]
The end of the year provides us with the perfect opportunity to assess our progress over the past months. Why not do this with a focus on your creativity? Take some time to look at where you have been. This will help you to acknowledge the progress you have made. Taking this step is incredibly […]
One final post about how to deal with the fear of creating. Fear looms large in our minds as a block to our writing. Countless clients and students have come to me, clutching their fear baggage, hoping that I have strategies to overturn the fear and release them to create easily. While I do help […]