The (DIY) Depression Scale

“I’m usually not depressed.” I smile. “Most of the time, I’m fine.” That feels like a good place to start the conversation. Manage expectations. Set the stage. Depression is painfully common, but it’s still so mystified. We’re embarrassed to say we feel depressed (at least to each other’s faces), and do not even speak ofContinue reading “The (DIY) Depression Scale”

Day 21: Early Results + Writing Dates (Sugar Challenge)

Early Results I don’t want to celebrate too early, but I’ve been going out to dinner three nights in a row, and I’ve actually been having fun, which is a really big deal for me. For context: I’ve always hated going out to dinner, and it’s one of my most consistent anxiety triggers. Even whenContinue reading “Day 21: Early Results + Writing Dates (Sugar Challenge)”

The Artist’s Way – Week 6: Recovering a sense of abundance

Halfway through! 6 weeks done, 6 weeks to go. I got a set of charcoal pencils, realized I really really like chocolate, and felt all the feelings this week. I like the idea of introducing a new kind of luxury: allowing yourself to be a beginner. Like Coach Bennett tells me on my runs: “youContinue reading “The Artist’s Way – Week 6: Recovering a sense of abundance”

The Artist’s Way – Week 4: Recovering a sense of integrity

What do you mean I can’t read all week? This was the infamous week of the Reading Deprivation, and I’d love to say that I continued my “good student streak” and did a great job at it, but I really didn’t. I did, however, learn a lot about why I read. I just started writingContinue reading “The Artist’s Way – Week 4: Recovering a sense of integrity”

The Artist’s Way – Week 3: Recovering a sense of power

“This is the most confident I have ever seen you.” The morning pages are changing my life. It’s been three weeks, and I have a sense of clarity that I’ve never really had before. Suddenly, I can see the road opening up before me, revealing more and more steps. I can see what has beenContinue reading “The Artist’s Way – Week 3: Recovering a sense of power”

The Artist’s Way – Week 2: Recovering a sense of identity

“I really really really really really want to be on stage again.” That’s how I ended last week’s reflection. The following Monday, I got a phone call. Four days later, I was back on stage, as a choir member in a big production on Dutch national television. Thank you, Universe. This week was pretty magical.Continue reading “The Artist’s Way – Week 2: Recovering a sense of identity”

The Artist’s Way – Week 1: Recovering a sense of safety

1. Morning Pages I’ve done the morning pages every day since I started reading the book. It’s been surprisingly nice and grounding. I started out trying to make sense. Then I realized I don’t have to, and I just started following my thoughts, wherever they went. You don’t have to make sense to anybody. ThisContinue reading “The Artist’s Way – Week 1: Recovering a sense of safety”

The Artist’s Way – Week 0: The Basic Tools

Morning Pages and Artist Dates, the two major tools of The Artist’s Way. If you’re anything like me, you’ve heard these terms thrown around here and there, you may have been intrigued, but you’ve never actually committed to them. In the coming twelve weeks, I want to change that, and I’m going to share myContinue reading “The Artist’s Way – Week 0: The Basic Tools”

The Artist’s Way: Home Base

It’s been barely two weeks, and the synchronicities are gently floating around me, like golden specks of magic dust. I took the medicine, and it’s working. But what does it do? And what are the side effects? This book has been on my radar for a long time, and I finally marked it as “to-read”Continue reading “The Artist’s Way: Home Base”

The Thermostat Method: Fuel Your Fire (Consistently)

♪ Note: this article is also available as a podcast episode. (Scroll down to find the podcast or click here for this week’s episode.) During Leo Season, we talked about the importance of passion in finding your voice, and how to do it. (Go here for Part 1 and Part 2 if you’re interested and youContinue reading “The Thermostat Method: Fuel Your Fire (Consistently)”