The Year of Magical Dreaming

Post Archive:February, 2015

OMG, Do Not Tag Me in That!

I’ve been really digging the new trend: No Makeup Monday’s, Cindy Crawford: un-Photoshopped, Beyonce: undone. I even saw a Perfectly Imperfect vlog recently that struck me as being a really important message. That’s the crazy thing about our digital lives these days, we’re putting a filter on everything. I spoke with a client yesterday, a photographer, who admitted she always... Read More

The Arrogance of Belonging

I was listening to an interview with Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity yesterday. Her new book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear will be out this September. She quoted the poet, David Whyte: There is no way you can live a creative life until you tap into the arrogance of belonging. I loved that. So, I looked him up. Read an interview... Read More

2.3 GPA Talks Brilliance And It’s What’s Up

I recently stumbled upon Mike Smith as I was researching youth speakers. I think his message is on point and powerful. Education is constantly evolving, but rather tortoise-like in comparison to the students being shuffled through its system. I had a 3.6 GPA in high school, mostly because I knew how to give the teachers what they wanted, not because... Read More

Embracing Our Stories

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m reading The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks,¬†1985: a book composed of essays describing select case studies of Sacks’ neurology patients. I’m about half way through, but the idea of narrative as our mind/life has come up in at least a few essays. These patients have amnesia of some kind... Read More

A Meditation on Mortality: How to live

After reading this New York Times, Oliver Sacks, piece, I was prompted to finally read The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat; a book long overdue on my “to read” list. I’m only a few chapters in, yet I can already see why it comes so highly recommended. Sacks, a neurologist and gifted writer (who doesn’t write like... Read More

Tell Your Story (speech)

Took home the blue ribbon tonight! This was round 1 of 6 in the Toastmasters International Speech Contest. Next stop: Area Contest, March 26th. There are no acceptance speeches in a speech contest; I guess that would be a bit redundant … but mine would have sounded like this. If, in the moment, I could only be so brilliant: I... Read More

I’d Like to Thank the Academy

Although I’ve never been a good actor, I play a really great one in real life. Or, I used to, rather. At least my Gma thought so. In response to my pubescent dramatics: “That performance belongs on stage!” she’d say. We didn’t really get along in those days. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had deep respect for... Read More