If you’re like most people, you are thinking, “I am not an artist.” But yet, here you are, reading my blog, curious about whether you might be an artist. Hurray for you! You’re not alone in thinking that you’re not an artist. Many people struggle with seeing themselves as an artist or as creative at all. For many years, I did not see myself as an artist by any means, and in fact, I am still working (and sometimes struggling!) on my identity as an artist. How can you know if y
There is so much to be said about the inner critic that I do believe it could be a whole book rather than a blog post, but I’ll give it my best shot. For one thing, it is a BEAST. It tells us so many negative and horrible things about ourselves. It expects more from us than is realistically human and then puts us down for not living up to those expectations. But why? Why does it exist? Why does it do this? Why does it torture us? How to we get rid of it?! It all starts with o
Feeling overwhelmed, is a common experience that can make us feel like we’re carrying 10 boulders all while trying to dodge the 10 more that are coming straight for us. It’s typically when we feel like we can’t handle one more thing and like we might blow! Many of my clients are looking for answers on how to not feel overwhelmed, which I often say can and can’t be accomplished. Let me explain. When you feel overwhelmed, it’s simply your body responding to too much stimulus.
It seems that for some, the pandemic has become an opportunity to self-evaluate, to prioritize, to think about what’s important. Perhaps there’s a surge in energy around something you have always dreamed of doing, changes you'’ve wanted to make. For some, that can lead to frustration as these common thoughts begin to surface: “I don’t know what to do or where to start.” “I’m in a rut.” “I feel stuck!” “What is wrong with me?!” Why does this happen? How can we have a surge of
“I am unraveling!” she said. The tone in her voice was tense and laced with angst. It was as if she feared that the unraveling would destroy her. That maybe unraveling was something she could never come back from. “What if unraveling is exactly what you need?” I asked. She looked at me with confusion as tears welled up in her eyes. “How?” she asked. “Well,” I said, “what if unraveling is the path to letting your true self emerge? To ridding yourself of old stories and all thi