A love letter to my practice

Dear Practice,
We have known each other a long time. You have been a difficult mirror for me: all the ways that I couldn’t or wouldn’t show up, all the things I feared from you, my willingness to walk away rather than face you some days.

Over the years, I’ve come to understand that this is [...]

Ordinary joys

Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?

One of the first things I remember learning about happiness is that one of the secrets to it is being able to derive joy from small, ordinary things, so I love this prompt extra. [...]

Food

What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul?

Food is one of my favorite things, and as a result, I eat kind of a lot of mindblowing food. I had an incredibly fantastic meal at Journeyman this year, of which the standout dish [...]

Future

Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead?

Take it easy. Be gentle. I know it all feels urgent, but you don’t really have to do it all at once.

You already know exactly what you need. Trust yourself a little more. [...]

Friendship

How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?

Oh, so many choices here!

One friend has, through her own persistent clarity, shown me how many of my “rational” beliefs come down to fear.

By giving some very difficult feedback with great gentleness, a friend [...]

Wonder

Today’s Reverb10 prompt is about how we create wonder in our lives.

I can think of three big ways that I cultivated wonder in the past year.

The first is cultivating curiousity. Curiousity is one of the best allies in dealing with stuff (where by stuff I mean emotional difficulties of all kinds) because it is [...]

Alive

Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).

I’m dancing in the middle of a field. Miraculously, the field is dry this year: grass and dirt on my toes, but not mud. There’s a hole where the Maypole will go in [...]

Know what's hard? Doing your work.

What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?

If you’re not a writer (or if you are a writer but aren’t quite ready to think of yourself that way — which, trust me, I can understand!), you can substitute a word that describes your own work, [...]

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 [...]