Talking to anger.

The coaching topic that I’m working on right now is, “To more skillfully process my anger in the moment so I can capture the core insight it has to offer and bring that clarity into my writing.” This is important to me because I want to feel seen and heard through my creative work and, until I get a handle on my anger, that’s not going to happen.

Writing as self-care.

I can’t hide from myself on the page when I write in this way. I can’t edit out the undesirable and unattractive. I can’t even escape the possibility of filling up line upon line of my cahier with noise that might drown out what is actually asking to be transcribed. Trust me, I have tried.

Budget like a writer.

Why now, a couple of months after turning 30, did I finally feel compelled to have an honest, heart-to-wallet with myself about the numbers in my bank account? Truthfully, entering a new decade had something to do with it. I had been telling myself the story that I’d be debt-free by then — by now — and, by the time I blew out the candles on my non-existent birthday cake, I had to acknowledge that I was actually in more debt than when I’d first set that goal for myself.

On doing more with less.

On the one hand, we’re craving simplicity. We want to be seen and heard and known for doing something memorable. On the other hand, we don’t want to go through the discomfort of letting go of what’s not meant for us. The hard truth about being in this spot is that we have to choose one or the other. Otherwise, we risk selling ourselves short and not reaching our full potential.

Exploring your inner truth.

Before you can speak and live your truth, you need to know your truth. Which means you need to spend some time thinking about what your truth is. Not as an afterthought. Not as something ambiguous or indirect. As the skeleton that makes up the architecture of your life. Until you can tap into your truth within yourself, you’re never going to be able to articulate it to others. Without those words and a deep understanding of your inner world, you’ll continue to struggle to become the human you’re longing to be.