Why You Should Celebrate Your Journey 5 Years Ago to Now

I think a huge part of learning to trust yourself is celebrating where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. You cannot change where you’ve been, but you can use it to steer you where you’re going. For instance, yesterday I had the immense privilege of attending an afternoon masterclass and evening lecture led by world-renowned composer Eric…

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Learn How To Listen To Your Inner Voice

I am wildly excited to kick off my monthly challenges with April’s theme, “Trust Yourself”. This is a HUGE challenge area for me, which means it’s exactly what I need to dig into here on calming creative. I’m going to start with this key question: Why is it so difficult to trust ourselves and learn to…

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Unlearning Lessons: Letting Go

Hey–do you struggle with being unable to let go of old patterns, holding onto the past and feeling afraid of the future? ME TOO! #anxietystruggles Someone dear to me is dealing with a life-threatening illness, and I desperately wish I could take away her fear, just ball it up and throw it into the street where it…

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An Artist’s Pledge to Live in the Glow

I want to live in that feeling you get when the universe feels perfectly aligned and your heart feels larger than life and your soul feels completely at peace. I like to call it the glow. When you’re in it, you can’t imagine not being in it. And as an anxious artist, when the glow starts to…

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Getting Internet Shamed and Learning to Love Myself Again (Part 2)

Missed Part 1? Catch up here! Oof! Here’s to learning how to blog while also music directing and performing in a show at the saaaame tiiime. Miss me? If you’re in Chicago, come out and see Surging Films & Theatrics production of Green Day’s American Idiot–it IS a good reason for me not to have…

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Getting Internet Shamed and Learning to Love Myself Again (Part 1)

Ahhhhh. I’m afraid to be vulnerable. Raise your hand if you feel the same? For real, this blog is a giant pile of all my life dreams and I don’t want to share something and have everyone reading go, “ohhhhhh jeez, that’s enough of that kbyeeeeeee.” But we need to get real, you guys. Some…

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My Best Strategies for Creative Self Care in Times of Stress

Talk about an intense couple of weeks. I’m betting many of you are experiencing intense feelings over overwhelm, burnout, helplessness, hopelessness, or exhaustion. You might be surprised (or maybe not surprised) to hear that I’m very used to those feelings lingering in the background of my every day. As an artist and creative who has lived with…

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A View From Behind the Audition Table

A little over a week ago, the film and theater company I help run, Surging Films & Theatrics, held auditions for our upcoming production of Green Day’s American Idiot. It’s the 5th time I’ve sat behind the audition table for a Surging audition, and after every session I feel frustrated that I can’t share more of…

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The No-Steps List for Practicing the Art of You

Maybe it’s just me, but do you ever feel like you see a million lists pop up on your news feeds with “15 Surefire Ways to Find the Most Happiness in Love” and “34 MUST HAVE Beauty Routines to Look Your Best in 2017”? One glance and you feel exhausted / ready to crawl into a blanket cocoon…

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When Overwhelm Strikes

As creative human with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, sheer panic is not unfamiliar to me. A few days into this venture I’m already putting extreme pressure on myself to make this the BEST BLOG EVER instead of letting it exist and come into being organically. I have so many ideas and brainstorms flowing through me right now,…

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