Change is hard

Actually, that’s not quite true. Some changes are easy and fun, delightful little journeys of discovery. But a lot of changes can feel hard and scary. It’s easy to get why we’re afraid when these are big changes that cause a lot of stress in obvious ways, like moving to a new [...]

Yes we can, the inside edition

We’ve talked a lot about different ways to listen, to try to pick your own wise voice out of the crowd of other things clamoring for our attention.

If the world were a perfectly lovely place, being able to hear that voice would be enough to enable us to move towards it. But [...]


What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it?

I’m going to start at the end: one thing I wanted to try this year is living further from the city than I ever have before. I’m doing [...]

Five minutes of memories

Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.

Knowing that things were finally over in my relationship, for real, for good, and the onrush of creative energy that came in the midst of the grief

Asking [...]

Push and pull

This post owes its existence to the super-smart Jen Hoffman from Inspired Home Office, who asked on Twitter about negative self-talk and alternative ways to inspire action, which got me thinking. Thanks, Jen!

One of the things my middle school history class studied was immigration. And pretty much the only thing from that class [...]

What's your motivation?

Here’s a fear I think most of us share: that we only change because we feel bad. Maybe even that the only things powerful enough to motivate us through the challenges of change are pain, fear, and suffering.

This puts us in quite a bind. Our desire to change is about wanting to be [...]