Books

How to Deal with Daily Irritations

You're running late to work. Again. Some jerk yells at you. Some other jerk swoops in and takes your seat on the subway. Your coworker continues to gossip about everybody. Everybody. And shows no signs of stopping, no matter how many times you politely suggest they do. You have the worst date of all worst dates. You get a surprise bill. That pricey restaurant ends up serving terrible food. Your friend cancels after you arrive...
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Books

The Magic of Memoir

Writing is how we learn about ourselves. It is how we come to understand ourselves. To understand the intricacies and complexities, the nooks and crannies of our minds, our hearts, our spleens. As Joan Didion famously wrote, “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”

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Behind the Book

On Memoir and Making Sense of My Eating Disorder: Q&A with Shani Raviv

"I wrote this book because I have experienced personally what an emotionally, physically and psychologically debilitating disorder anorexia is. Anorexics all too often suffer absolute denial in silence, their bodies and minds screaming in pain. This is my attempt to break that silence, to reach out and let people know that there is a way out of the suffering called anorexia. Whoever you are, whatever you have been through or are going through,...
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Creativity

Why Art is Vital for Our Self-Care

Today, I'm honored to share a guest post by Amy Maricle, an artist, art mentor, and author, who works in Foxboro, Mass., and teaches creative online classes (learn more below). I'm a huge fan of Amy's work and approach to creativity, art and self-care. Which is why I asked her to share her wonderful insights. Hope you enjoy her post, and think about how art might help you feed your soul---or if it doesn't,...
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Creativity Obstacles

Approaching Your Inner Critic with Compassion

The inner critic feels like an enemy. What else do you call someone who says cruel, maybe even vicious, things and sounds exactly like a bully? But while the inner critic might feel like an adversary, they're really a protector. Our inner critics try to protect us from potential rejection, sadness and failure. They try to stop us from looking "stupid," from being humiliated, from being yelled at and laughed at, from being reprimanded, from...
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Creativity

Where to Find Inspiration for Your Writing

Maybe you need inspiration for your next blog post or magazine essay. Maybe you need inspiration for your memoir or mystery novel or short story. You're trying to figure out a topic to tackle. You're trying to add a quirk to your character. You're working through a plot twist. You're trying to make sense of difficult dialogue. You're stuck on a particular scene. You want to write something that will help someone else...
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