why your Big Creative Dream might be a fluke

A client recently told me that she wants to write a book. To have a place where she could document her journey through severe depression and how awakening her creativity helped her out of it. I love the idea and feel like it could help so many people. BUT here’s the thing I told her to watch out for: The big idea of the “book” could be enough to keep her not actually living the sentiment of what she wants to write in it ...

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if it wasn’t a “problem,” what would it be?

That crap you’re dealing with at work. Deciding whether or not you want to stay in this relationship. The habit of STILL saying yes to things you don’t want to do, even after all the self-helping you’ve put yourself through. Getting ill. Getting tax-audited. Fuuuuuuuuuck. I’m not here to depress you or remind you of all the crap that might be your problem. I’m here to pose a question for you ...

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he said this to me on Bumble.

“Question: what percentage of the time are you in a great mood?” I paused. What does he mean by that? Not something I had ever specifically thought of, so big props to Mr. Bumble for an insightful question. I responded something like this: “It depends on how you define ‘great’ but I’d say 50% (or less) with the other percentage being things other than ‘bad.’ Some bad moods in there, but also a mix of contemplative, ...

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a time to dance and a time to pause.

To my dearest Creative Fridays tribe, As you might have heard, “Dance-A-Day, in the month of May” is in full swing this month. It’s rocking my world. (You can still join us if you haven’t yet!). I’ll be taking a little pause from our regular Friday posts here to focus my energy on completing my book and rocking out the daily dance prompts. (You might hear from me on random occasions, though!). Here are some ways to stay connected ...

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if it feels forced, it doesn’t fit.

The photo you see here of me and Mochi, the 6-month-old puppy, is part of the reason why I didn’t write to you last Friday. Puppy-sitting for a week turns out to be quite the job (along with the million other personal things that seemed to come up in the same week… and I have a sense I’m not alone in that sentiment!). But beyond the puppy - What I had planned to write - the start of a 5-part series on the roadblocks to dancing ...

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why you don’t dance.

pssst… Today and for the rest of this month, I’ll be releasing excerpts from my upcoming book, Dance With This Book, to be officially released on May 12th, 2017. This chapter in particular was written and added last, but I feel in many ways is the most important part of the entire book. (If it resonates, be sure to check out my upcoming Immersion Workshop on June 24th in NYC.) I hope you enjoy it and I can’t wait to share ...

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we need your dance.

Allow me to throw something raw out there this week. Allow me to share without a formulated blog post, without any sort of agenda, without fanfare. Just with words that have been marinating in my belly for years. Words that had the opportunity to resonate in the presence of other humans for the first time a month ago, within the sacred container of a trusted group of women. Here’s what I want to say ...

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"the OA" story: how my Netflix binge became a reality

(While I highly recommend watching this show, even if you don’t watch it, this post will have relevance. And there are no spoilers in case you do want to watch it.) I watched the entire 8-episode series of The OA in one weekend, during a time when I was exhausted and premenstrual. I was tired in the physical sense, and also tired in the sense that I was bored with the way things had been going in my life and work. I was seeking something ...

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what’s the dream you’ve been putting off?

What’s the dream that can really seem too hard to let go of yet too tough to redeem? Where’s the passion that can’t be rationed, stirring your soul to the point of crashin’? Who really knows where your heart goes in the middle of the night when your inner world grows? When do you decide to go for the ride and stop holding back out of fear or your pride? Why not today, why not find a way, to free what’s in you and let your dream play ...

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do you give it all away?

I’m that person you sit next to at the movie theater who screams out loud, sobs audibly, and jumps out of her chair at every slightly surprising moment. (You might want to stay far away from me during La La Land, but luckily this communication is via email so we can laugh about it now without you giving me dirty looks.) I feel things deeply and have a desire to express those feelings. Perhaps you do, too ...

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if you’re anxious or stuck on a decision, remember this…

“When you first told me that we were going to improvise, I got nervous and stuck in my head trying to figure out what kind of dance moves I would do…” [said a new student in my dance class] “...but then once I was in it and dancing, my body knew exactly what to do next. Like, if I was in this position [gesturing both arms out] I had specific choices of how I could move from there, and then from the next place, and the next place, ...

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