23rd July 2014

A few years ago, I wrote in my journal, “Your job is to listen to the quiet pull from within. That’s it. Listen to it, trust it, move on it, and all will work itself out.” 

This felt a bit nerve-wracking at first (and still does sometimes), particularly because the quiet pull often doesn’t look logical, and I never quite know where it’s taking me. 

The quiet pull has told me things like “This is not your life” … “Quit this job” … “Move to New York” … “Go to LA for the fall” … “Move in with him” … “Marry him” … “Pause on this project” … “Go to Italy” … “Fuck yes keep doing that” … “This doesn’t feel right” … “This feels REALLY right.”

This voice doesn’t stem from my rational and logical mind, and it’s not rooted in a wave of emotions either. It’s never what I’m propelled to do out of fear, and it’s not what my head says I should or shouldn’t do. 

It stems from a place of quiet, peaceful and deep knowing, and ultimately moves me toward love and enjoyment. When deciding from this place, a strong sense of relaxation and ease waves through my body. The body always knows. 

(Kind of like that time I was fundraising for a project and my body broke out in a massive rash. That was the result of NOT listening for months. Lesson learned.)

Right now, and the past month, as the #alivetribe mastermind comes
to a close, I’ve been nurturing this quiet place. Creating space to simply pause and listen, to enjoy the moment, and hear what she has in store for me next. 

You may be wondering, HOW do I strengthen the relationship with my inner voice? Here are a few experiments to try, that I’ve been playing with:

+ Go on an “intuitive walk and talk,” letting your inner voice guide the way. Notice when you hear “That way!” or “Nope this doesn’t feel right!” 

+ Skip your morning routine and stay in bed until you hear a signal on what to do next, and then next and next. 

+ Go to the market with the intention of cooking dinner, and don’t bring a list. Notice where you feel drawn.

The path for our lives cannot be “figured out.” It’s a mystery that’s always unfolding, and the guidance is within us, waiting for us to listen.  (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) A few years ago, I wrote in my journal, “Your job is to listen to the quiet pull from within. That’s it. Listen to it, trust it, move on it, and all will work itself out.” 

This felt a bit nerve-wracking at first (and still does sometimes), particularly because the quiet pull often doesn’t look logical, and I never quite know where it’s taking me. 

The quiet pull has told me things like “This is not your life” … “Quit this job” … “Move to New York” … “Go to LA for the fall” … “Move in with him” … “Marry him” … “Pause on this project” … “Go to Italy” … “Fuck yes keep doing that” … “This doesn’t feel right” … “This feels REALLY right.”

This voice doesn’t stem from my rational and logical mind, and it’s not rooted in a wave of emotions either. It’s never what I’m propelled to do out of fear, and it’s not what my head says I should or shouldn’t do. 

It stems from a place of quiet, peaceful and deep knowing, and ultimately moves me toward love and enjoyment. When deciding from this place, a strong sense of relaxation and ease waves through my body. The body always knows. 

(Kind of like that time I was fundraising for a project and my body broke out in a massive rash. That was the result of NOT listening for months. Lesson learned.)

Right now, and the past month, as the #alivetribe mastermind comes
to a close, I’ve been nurturing this quiet place. Creating space to simply pause and listen, to enjoy the moment, and hear what she has in store for me next. 

You may be wondering, HOW do I strengthen the relationship with my inner voice? Here are a few experiments to try, that I’ve been playing with:

+ Go on an “intuitive walk and talk,” letting your inner voice guide the way. Notice when you hear “That way!” or “Nope this doesn’t feel right!” 

+ Skip your morning routine and stay in bed until you hear a signal on what to do next, and then next and next. 

+ Go to the market with the intention of cooking dinner, and don’t bring a list. Notice where you feel drawn.

The path for our lives cannot be “figured out.” It’s a mystery that’s always unfolding, and the guidance is within us, waiting for us to listen.  (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

A few years ago, I wrote in my journal, “Your job is to listen to the quiet pull from within. That’s it. Listen to it, trust it, move on it, and all will work itself out.”

This felt a bit nerve-wracking at first (and still does sometimes), particularly because the quiet pull often doesn’t look logical, and I never quite know where it’s taking me.

The quiet pull has told me things like “This is not your life” … “Quit this job” … “Move to New York” … “Go to LA for the fall” … “Move in with him” … “Marry him” … “Pause on this project” … “Go to Italy” … “Fuck yes keep doing that” … “This doesn’t feel right” … “This feels REALLY right.”

This voice doesn’t stem from my rational and logical mind, and it’s not rooted in a wave of emotions either. It’s never what I’m propelled to do out of fear, and it’s not what my head says I should or shouldn’t do.

It stems from a place of quiet, peaceful and deep knowing, and ultimately moves me toward love and enjoyment. When deciding from this place, a strong sense of relaxation and ease waves through my body. The body always knows.

(Kind of like that time I was fundraising for a project and my body broke out in a massive rash. That was the result of NOT listening for months. Lesson learned.)

Right now, and the past month, as the #alivetribe mastermind comes
to a close, I’ve been nurturing this quiet place. Creating space to simply pause and listen, to enjoy the moment, and hear what she has in store for me next.

You may be wondering, HOW do I strengthen the relationship with my inner voice? Here are a few experiments to try, that I’ve been playing with:

+ Go on an “intuitive walk and talk,” letting your inner voice guide the way. Notice when you hear “That way!” or “Nope this doesn’t feel right!”

+ Skip your morning routine and stay in bed until you hear a signal on what to do next, and then next and next.

+ Go to the market with the intention of cooking dinner, and don’t bring a list. Notice where you feel drawn.

The path for our lives cannot be “figured out.” It’s a mystery that’s always unfolding, and the guidance is within us, waiting for us to listen. (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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22nd July 2014

Today I awoke and every inch of my body ached. I smiled, knowing that I gave my body everything she asked for yesterday. My heart smiled too, feeling all the #100daysofmovement love, and the ripple of people who’ve jumped on board to move too.

Yesterday began with reliving my days in hip hop dance class in my morning “living room dance party,” which after forty five minutes of hard core booty shaking, I discovered myself naked, dripping sweat and smiling so hard I couldn’t help but laugh at what just went down on the “dance floor.” A few hours later, I turned catching up with a friend as an opportunity to go on an “intuitive walk and soul talk,” where I let my intuition guide the way. It’s a simple way of turning inward and strengthening my inner cues–all while having a heartstorming sesh. The night ended with a bike ride with @farhadini and dinner at Rucola in Boerum Hill, following by tea with his Momma, brother and sister.

By the end of the night, I was exhausted and fulfilled, and literally asleep within thirty seconds of my head hitting the pillow.

When I awoke this morning, ready to get the same routine on, something didn’t feel quite right. In between the “Oh my I can barely bend over” and “Eeek there is some stiffness in my hip,” I paused, recognizing how easy it could be to fall into the trap of “the movement plan.”

"What do you need right now?" I asked my body. "How can I honor you?"

And with the same house beats playing in the background, my body guided me to a much slower place. Downward dog, heart openers and a lot of soul stretching on the floor led to slow hip circles and my hands lightly tickling the curves of my body as “Love Generation” by Bob Sinclair began to play.

"Thank you for listening," my body said. "This is exactly what I needed."

D111, Q11 | #100daysofmovement #moveyoursoul #wildsoul #wildsoulmovement #20questions20days #the100daybook #movement #body #love #newyork #dumbo (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) Today I awoke and every inch of my body ached. I smiled, knowing that I gave my body everything she asked for yesterday. My heart smiled too, feeling all the #100daysofmovement love, and the ripple of people who’ve jumped on board to move too.

Yesterday began with reliving my days in hip hop dance class in my morning “living room dance party,” which after forty five minutes of hard core booty shaking, I discovered myself naked, dripping sweat and smiling so hard I couldn’t help but laugh at what just went down on the “dance floor.” A few hours later, I turned catching up with a friend as an opportunity to go on an “intuitive walk and soul talk,” where I let my intuition guide the way. It’s a simple way of turning inward and strengthening my inner cues–all while having a heartstorming sesh. The night ended with a bike ride with @farhadini and dinner at Rucola in Boerum Hill, following by tea with his Momma, brother and sister.

By the end of the night, I was exhausted and fulfilled, and literally asleep within thirty seconds of my head hitting the pillow.

When I awoke this morning, ready to get the same routine on, something didn’t feel quite right. In between the “Oh my I can barely bend over” and “Eeek there is some stiffness in my hip,” I paused, recognizing how easy it could be to fall into the trap of “the movement plan.”

"What do you need right now?" I asked my body. "How can I honor you?"

And with the same house beats playing in the background, my body guided me to a much slower place. Downward dog, heart openers and a lot of soul stretching on the floor led to slow hip circles and my hands lightly tickling the curves of my body as “Love Generation” by Bob Sinclair began to play.

"Thank you for listening," my body said. "This is exactly what I needed."

D111, Q11 | #100daysofmovement #moveyoursoul #wildsoul #wildsoulmovement #20questions20days #the100daybook #movement #body #love #newyork #dumbo (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

Today I awoke and every inch of my body ached. I smiled, knowing that I gave my body everything she asked for yesterday. My heart smiled too, feeling all the #100daysofmovement love, and the ripple of people who’ve jumped on board to move too.

Yesterday began with reliving my days in hip hop dance class in my morning “living room dance party,” which after forty five minutes of hard core booty shaking, I discovered myself naked, dripping sweat and smiling so hard I couldn’t help but laugh at what just went down on the “dance floor.” A few hours later, I turned catching up with a friend as an opportunity to go on an “intuitive walk and soul talk,” where I let my intuition guide the way. It’s a simple way of turning inward and strengthening my inner cues–all while having a heartstorming sesh. The night ended with a bike ride with @farhadini and dinner at Rucola in Boerum Hill, following by tea with his Momma, brother and sister.

By the end of the night, I was exhausted and fulfilled, and literally asleep within thirty seconds of my head hitting the pillow.

When I awoke this morning, ready to get the same routine on, something didn’t feel quite right. In between the “Oh my I can barely bend over” and “Eeek there is some stiffness in my hip,” I paused, recognizing how easy it could be to fall into the trap of “the movement plan.”

"What do you need right now?" I asked my body. "How can I honor you?"

And with the same house beats playing in the background, my body guided me to a much slower place. Downward dog, heart openers and a lot of soul stretching on the floor led to slow hip circles and my hands lightly tickling the curves of my body as “Love Generation” by Bob Sinclair began to play.

"Thank you for listening," my body said. "This is exactly what I needed."

D111, Q11 | #100daysofmovement #moveyoursoul #wildsoul #wildsoulmovement #20questions20days #the100daybook #movement #body #love #newyork #dumbo (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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20th July 2014

For the last three years, I’ve had this phrase written in my journal as if it’s something to check off: “Learn to move your body in ways that move your soul.” (Ha!) I’ve hired trainers and coaches, bought gym memberships (that I’ve used no more than twice), “should’ed” my way to yoga, and convinced myself that New York living is a work out in and of itself. (Which, honestly, it is.) I’ve, without question, made positive strides forward, and I feel more connected to my body than ever. Still, it feels like an area of growth and expansion.

Here’s the thing: much of my movement has been rooted in fear – fear of gaining weight, being unattractive, not eating the right thing, blah blah blah. I’ve moved to dispel the negative thinking and get out of my head.

Now, I’m on a mission to shift that. To *truly* move my body in ways that move my soul, and to do it in a consistent way that is rooted in LOVE – not fear.

Enter: 100 Days of Movement.

Doing this, and sharing this now, scares the shit out of me. Beyond the “wake up and dance” party I have planned tomorrow morning in my living room, I don’t yet know what I will do on each of these days and where this is going. But! The idea of putting this out there and making this commitment feels exciting and edgy.

Anyone else feeling me? Can we commit to moving on this together?! The 100 days begins tomorrow, Monday, July 21 and ends October 27, 2014. If get this message after tomorrow, you can join and begin at any time.

So! Who’s in to get moving?

If this challenge moves you, here’s a few ways to get involved:
+ Commit to the 100 days by saying you’re in below
+ Share a movement insight or idea below
+ Tag anyone who you feel would be interested in participating
+ Share bits and pieces of your journey with the #100daysofmovement and #MoveYourSoul hashtags

Along the way (but not daily), I’ll share bits of pieces of my journey – both the epic highs, challenging lows and learnings in between.

Yay to soul movement! 💃👫🚣👯🏃👣 (at The Smile) For the last three years, I’ve had this phrase written in my journal as if it’s something to check off: “Learn to move your body in ways that move your soul.” (Ha!) I’ve hired trainers and coaches, bought gym memberships (that I’ve used no more than twice), “should’ed” my way to yoga, and convinced myself that New York living is a work out in and of itself. (Which, honestly, it is.) I’ve, without question, made positive strides forward, and I feel more connected to my body than ever. Still, it feels like an area of growth and expansion.

Here’s the thing: much of my movement has been rooted in fear – fear of gaining weight, being unattractive, not eating the right thing, blah blah blah. I’ve moved to dispel the negative thinking and get out of my head.

Now, I’m on a mission to shift that. To *truly* move my body in ways that move my soul, and to do it in a consistent way that is rooted in LOVE – not fear.

Enter: 100 Days of Movement.

Doing this, and sharing this now, scares the shit out of me. Beyond the “wake up and dance” party I have planned tomorrow morning in my living room, I don’t yet know what I will do on each of these days and where this is going. But! The idea of putting this out there and making this commitment feels exciting and edgy.

Anyone else feeling me? Can we commit to moving on this together?! The 100 days begins tomorrow, Monday, July 21 and ends October 27, 2014. If get this message after tomorrow, you can join and begin at any time.

So! Who’s in to get moving?

If this challenge moves you, here’s a few ways to get involved:
+ Commit to the 100 days by saying you’re in below
+ Share a movement insight or idea below
+ Tag anyone who you feel would be interested in participating
+ Share bits and pieces of your journey with the #100daysofmovement and #MoveYourSoul hashtags

Along the way (but not daily), I’ll share bits of pieces of my journey – both the epic highs, challenging lows and learnings in between.

Yay to soul movement! 💃👫🚣👯🏃👣 (at The Smile)

For the last three years, I’ve had this phrase written in my journal as if it’s something to check off: “Learn to move your body in ways that move your soul.” (Ha!) I’ve hired trainers and coaches, bought gym memberships (that I’ve used no more than twice), “should’ed” my way to yoga, and convinced myself that New York living is a work out in and of itself. (Which, honestly, it is.) I’ve, without question, made positive strides forward, and I feel more connected to my body than ever. Still, it feels like an area of growth and expansion.

Here’s the thing: much of my movement has been rooted in fear – fear of gaining weight, being unattractive, not eating the right thing, blah blah blah. I’ve moved to dispel the negative thinking and get out of my head.

Now, I’m on a mission to shift that. To *truly* move my body in ways that move my soul, and to do it in a consistent way that is rooted in LOVE – not fear.

Enter: 100 Days of Movement.

Doing this, and sharing this now, scares the shit out of me. Beyond the “wake up and dance” party I have planned tomorrow morning in my living room, I don’t yet know what I will do on each of these days and where this is going. But! The idea of putting this out there and making this commitment feels exciting and edgy.

Anyone else feeling me? Can we commit to moving on this together?! The 100 days begins tomorrow, Monday, July 21 and ends October 27, 2014. If get this message after tomorrow, you can join and begin at any time.

So! Who’s in to get moving?

If this challenge moves you, here’s a few ways to get involved:
+ Commit to the 100 days by saying you’re in below
+ Share a movement insight or idea below
+ Tag anyone who you feel would be interested in participating
+ Share bits and pieces of your journey with the #100daysofmovement and #MoveYourSoul hashtags

Along the way (but not daily), I’ll share bits of pieces of my journey – both the epic highs, challenging lows and learnings in between.

Yay to soul movement! 💃👫🚣👯🏃👣 (at The Smile)

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13th July 2014

In every thought you think, word you speak, and action you take, you’re optimizing for something–whether you realize it or not.

"I’m not ready" may be thought to avoid possible pain and rejection. "I love you" may be spoken to experience connection. That last rep at the gym be may be to feel stronger. The 18 hours of work may be to feel significant. And that trip abroad may be to heal some part of you. It’s different for each of us, and useful to be aware of.

Here’s an example: In everything I do, I’m optimizing for freedom, adventure and impact.

Freedom, as in, financial flexibility, inner healing and creative expression.

Adventure, as in, travel and experiences that push my comfort zone.

Impact, as in, prioritizing values and mission above all, with an emphasis on results.

This awareness is an immensely useful reminder when I’m feeling stuck or in a negative thinking spiral. It also influences what I say ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ to and how I structure my time.

So, I’m curious: what are you optimizing for?

p.s. As I was finishing writing this, the man working here came to tell me that Steven Tyler and Emma Louise wrote their last songs right where I’m sitting. Yay creative expression!

p.p.s. thanks to my FaceTime with @farhadini for inspiring this post. 💓

D110, Q10 | #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #the100daybook #the100dayproject (at Altereno Cafè) In every thought you think, word you speak, and action you take, you’re optimizing for something–whether you realize it or not.

"I’m not ready" may be thought to avoid possible pain and rejection. "I love you" may be spoken to experience connection. That last rep at the gym be may be to feel stronger. The 18 hours of work may be to feel significant. And that trip abroad may be to heal some part of you. It’s different for each of us, and useful to be aware of.

Here’s an example: In everything I do, I’m optimizing for freedom, adventure and impact.

Freedom, as in, financial flexibility, inner healing and creative expression.

Adventure, as in, travel and experiences that push my comfort zone.

Impact, as in, prioritizing values and mission above all, with an emphasis on results.

This awareness is an immensely useful reminder when I’m feeling stuck or in a negative thinking spiral. It also influences what I say ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ to and how I structure my time.

So, I’m curious: what are you optimizing for?

p.s. As I was finishing writing this, the man working here came to tell me that Steven Tyler and Emma Louise wrote their last songs right where I’m sitting. Yay creative expression!

p.p.s. thanks to my FaceTime with @farhadini for inspiring this post. 💓

D110, Q10 | #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #the100daybook #the100dayproject (at Altereno Cafè)

In every thought you think, word you speak, and action you take, you’re optimizing for something–whether you realize it or not.

"I’m not ready" may be thought to avoid possible pain and rejection. "I love you" may be spoken to experience connection. That last rep at the gym be may be to feel stronger. The 18 hours of work may be to feel significant. And that trip abroad may be to heal some part of you. It’s different for each of us, and useful to be aware of.

Here’s an example: In everything I do, I’m optimizing for freedom, adventure and impact.

Freedom, as in, financial flexibility, inner healing and creative expression.

Adventure, as in, travel and experiences that push my comfort zone.

Impact, as in, prioritizing values and mission above all, with an emphasis on results.

This awareness is an immensely useful reminder when I’m feeling stuck or in a negative thinking spiral. It also influences what I say ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ to and how I structure my time.

So, I’m curious: what are you optimizing for?

p.s. As I was finishing writing this, the man working here came to tell me that Steven Tyler and Emma Louise wrote their last songs right where I’m sitting. Yay creative expression!

p.p.s. thanks to my FaceTime with @farhadini for inspiring this post. 💓

D110, Q10 | #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #the100daybook #the100dayproject (at Altereno Cafè)

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11th July 2014

It’s a natural human desire to want to understand and make sense of the circumstances that are unfolding in our lives. To feel like we “get it” and situations are unfolding “as they should.”

I’m supremely familiar with this as I have a tendency to analyze and dig deeper and deeper until I can understand the root of a situation. It’s the psychologist and problem solver in me.

But sometimes, that analysis becomes paralyzing and distracting. The quest for understanding and thinking takes us away from experiencing and feeling.

Recently, a friend reached out and shared, “but something feels missing in dating this woman … what do I do with that? And what does it say about me?”

In lieu of my usual digging, I asked him what might happen if he simply accepted that something feels missing, without needing to add meaning to it or understand why it’s occurring.

I see this often with my strategy clients as well. They’ll ask, “but why did this happen this way? What does it mean about me?”

Which I’ll then suggest:

What if it doesn’t mean anything?

What if you let it be?

D109, Q9 | #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #the100dayproject #the100daybook #playingwithtype #theTistoothick (at MINT cucina fresca) It’s a natural human desire to want to understand and make sense of the circumstances that are unfolding in our lives. To feel like we “get it” and situations are unfolding “as they should.”

I’m supremely familiar with this as I have a tendency to analyze and dig deeper and deeper until I can understand the root of a situation. It’s the psychologist and problem solver in me.

But sometimes, that analysis becomes paralyzing and distracting. The quest for understanding and thinking takes us away from experiencing and feeling.

Recently, a friend reached out and shared, “but something feels missing in dating this woman … what do I do with that? And what does it say about me?”

In lieu of my usual digging, I asked him what might happen if he simply accepted that something feels missing, without needing to add meaning to it or understand why it’s occurring.

I see this often with my strategy clients as well. They’ll ask, “but why did this happen this way? What does it mean about me?”

Which I’ll then suggest:

What if it doesn’t mean anything?

What if you let it be?

D109, Q9 | #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #the100dayproject #the100daybook #playingwithtype #theTistoothick (at MINT cucina fresca)

It’s a natural human desire to want to understand and make sense of the circumstances that are unfolding in our lives. To feel like we “get it” and situations are unfolding “as they should.”

I’m supremely familiar with this as I have a tendency to analyze and dig deeper and deeper until I can understand the root of a situation. It’s the psychologist and problem solver in me.

But sometimes, that analysis becomes paralyzing and distracting. The quest for understanding and thinking takes us away from experiencing and feeling.

Recently, a friend reached out and shared, “but something feels missing in dating this woman … what do I do with that? And what does it say about me?”

In lieu of my usual digging, I asked him what might happen if he simply accepted that something feels missing, without needing to add meaning to it or understand why it’s occurring.

I see this often with my strategy clients as well. They’ll ask, “but why did this happen this way? What does it mean about me?”

Which I’ll then suggest:

What if it doesn’t mean anything?

What if you let it be?

D109, Q9 | #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #the100dayproject #the100daybook #playingwithtype #theTistoothick (at MINT cucina fresca)

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8th July 2014

There’s plenty of wisdom out there that suggests the best way to write, or make anything, is to show up at the desk, the computer, the canvas or the notebook and do it. To create the discipline, focus and willpower to push through and fight the “Resistance,” a la Steven Pressfield, that inevitably comes along with doing your most important work. 

"The most important thing about art is work," Steven Pressfield says. "Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying."

And while I understand and appreciate this perspective–and have spent *many* long days and nights battling my creativity, fighting fear and self-doubt, and making art this dramatic and painful act of “sitting down and trying”–more and more I’m realizing it doesn’t need to be that difficult. That way of working doesn’t work well for me. 

Instead, if I simply inspire myself, the writing, the ideas and the creativity freely pour out of me with such a sense of ease and peace that even my critic goes in hiding for a little while.

Writing has never been the challenge. Words form like my heart beats. The challenge has long been designing the creative process and flow that serves me, and realizing that what works for someone else may not resonate. And that’s okay. 

This trip is teaching me that what inspires my flow is as simple as walking down an enchanting street, as I am now, creating the stage for the words to form. It’s being moved by natural beauty and experiences that make me feel something, so I am moved to put those feelings into stories. It’s going alone into a cafe or wine bar, notebook in hand, which inevitably leads to encounters and conversations that help connect the dots. 

Sure, it isn’t always practical or realistic to explore Italy for several weeks at a time, but wherever you are, I bet there is someone, something or some experience that will move you, open your mind and inspire your best work. That will make you FEEL something so you can translate those feelings into art. 

D108, Q8 | #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #the100dayproject #the100daybook (at Lecce, Italy) There’s plenty of wisdom out there that suggests the best way to write, or make anything, is to show up at the desk, the computer, the canvas or the notebook and do it. To create the discipline, focus and willpower to push through and fight the “Resistance,” a la Steven Pressfield, that inevitably comes along with doing your most important work. 

"The most important thing about art is work," Steven Pressfield says. "Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying."

And while I understand and appreciate this perspective–and have spent *many* long days and nights battling my creativity, fighting fear and self-doubt, and making art this dramatic and painful act of “sitting down and trying”–more and more I’m realizing it doesn’t need to be that difficult. That way of working doesn’t work well for me. 

Instead, if I simply inspire myself, the writing, the ideas and the creativity freely pour out of me with such a sense of ease and peace that even my critic goes in hiding for a little while.

Writing has never been the challenge. Words form like my heart beats. The challenge has long been designing the creative process and flow that serves me, and realizing that what works for someone else may not resonate. And that’s okay. 

This trip is teaching me that what inspires my flow is as simple as walking down an enchanting street, as I am now, creating the stage for the words to form. It’s being moved by natural beauty and experiences that make me feel something, so I am moved to put those feelings into stories. It’s going alone into a cafe or wine bar, notebook in hand, which inevitably leads to encounters and conversations that help connect the dots. 

Sure, it isn’t always practical or realistic to explore Italy for several weeks at a time, but wherever you are, I bet there is someone, something or some experience that will move you, open your mind and inspire your best work. That will make you FEEL something so you can translate those feelings into art. 

D108, Q8 | #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #the100dayproject #the100daybook (at Lecce, Italy)

There’s plenty of wisdom out there that suggests the best way to write, or make anything, is to show up at the desk, the computer, the canvas or the notebook and do it. To create the discipline, focus and willpower to push through and fight the “Resistance,” a la Steven Pressfield, that inevitably comes along with doing your most important work.

"The most important thing about art is work," Steven Pressfield says. "Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying."

And while I understand and appreciate this perspective–and have spent *many* long days and nights battling my creativity, fighting fear and self-doubt, and making art this dramatic and painful act of “sitting down and trying”–more and more I’m realizing it doesn’t need to be that difficult. That way of working doesn’t work well for me.

Instead, if I simply inspire myself, the writing, the ideas and the creativity freely pour out of me with such a sense of ease and peace that even my critic goes in hiding for a little while.

Writing has never been the challenge. Words form like my heart beats. The challenge has long been designing the creative process and flow that serves me, and realizing that what works for someone else may not resonate. And that’s okay.

This trip is teaching me that what inspires my flow is as simple as walking down an enchanting street, as I am now, creating the stage for the words to form. It’s being moved by natural beauty and experiences that make me feel something, so I am moved to put those feelings into stories. It’s going alone into a cafe or wine bar, notebook in hand, which inevitably leads to encounters and conversations that help connect the dots.

Sure, it isn’t always practical or realistic to explore Italy for several weeks at a time, but wherever you are, I bet there is someone, something or some experience that will move you, open your mind and inspire your best work. That will make you FEEL something so you can translate those feelings into art.

D108, Q8 | #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #the100dayproject #the100daybook (at Lecce, Italy)

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6th July 2014

In the land of homemade pasta, buffalo mozzarella and artisanal gelato, with three (or four!) course lunches, and vino and limoncello at every meal, to experience the Italian way of life AND feel vibrant (aka sane), this one question keeps me mindful: Is my hunger gone?

Inspired by Michael Polan’s “Food Rules” and moderation-is-the-way chef @phoebelapine, I’ve discovered it IS possible to taste it ALL and feel great at the same time.

Small portions, switching the question of “Am I full?” for “Is my hunger gone?” and walking/biking/hiking everywhere are my approach to Italian life.

And you know what? I (with much surprise) feel better than my strict raw vegan eats. I’ve discovered it has less to do with what I do and do not eat, and more to do with HOW I eat and my inner dialogue about the eating experience.

And thus far, “I’m eating raw because it’s supposed to make me feel better” pales in compassion to “I’m going to mindfully enjoy and savor this meal, while listening to and honoring my body.”

D107, Q7. #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday  (at Osteria Perricci) In the land of homemade pasta, buffalo mozzarella and artisanal gelato, with three (or four!) course lunches, and vino and limoncello at every meal, to experience the Italian way of life AND feel vibrant (aka sane), this one question keeps me mindful: Is my hunger gone?

Inspired by Michael Polan’s “Food Rules” and moderation-is-the-way chef @phoebelapine, I’ve discovered it IS possible to taste it ALL and feel great at the same time.

Small portions, switching the question of “Am I full?” for “Is my hunger gone?” and walking/biking/hiking everywhere are my approach to Italian life.

And you know what? I (with much surprise) feel better than my strict raw vegan eats. I’ve discovered it has less to do with what I do and do not eat, and more to do with HOW I eat and my inner dialogue about the eating experience.

And thus far, “I’m eating raw because it’s supposed to make me feel better” pales in compassion to “I’m going to mindfully enjoy and savor this meal, while listening to and honoring my body.”

D107, Q7. #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday  (at Osteria Perricci)

In the land of homemade pasta, buffalo mozzarella and artisanal gelato, with three (or four!) course lunches, and vino and limoncello at every meal, to experience the Italian way of life AND feel vibrant (aka sane), this one question keeps me mindful: Is my hunger gone?

Inspired by Michael Polan’s “Food Rules” and moderation-is-the-way chef @phoebelapine, I’ve discovered it IS possible to taste it ALL and feel great at the same time.

Small portions, switching the question of “Am I full?” for “Is my hunger gone?” and walking/biking/hiking everywhere are my approach to Italian life.

And you know what? I (with much surprise) feel better than my strict raw vegan eats. I’ve discovered it has less to do with what I do and do not eat, and more to do with HOW I eat and my inner dialogue about the eating experience.

And thus far, “I’m eating raw because it’s supposed to make me feel better” pales in compassion to “I’m going to mindfully enjoy and savor this meal, while listening to and honoring my body.”

D107, Q7. #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday (at Osteria Perricci)

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4th July 2014

Happy Independence Day, America!

I left Positano this morning and just arrived in Monopoli, Italy where I’ll be playing with new friends, biking the coast and exploring the beauty of the Puglia region.  

In celebration of freedom, today’s #gowithin reflection question is: When do you feel free? 

Freedom for me is… 

Gazing into the eyes and soul of @farhadini. Picking a destination, packing a suitcase and taking flight. Driving a boat through the ocean waves and diving naked into the open sea. 

It’s creating and expressing with every ounce of my heart. Experiencing synchronicity. 

Freedom is watching transformation–both within myself and in others. Seeing dots connect, ideas unfold, breakthroughs emerge. 

It’s tasting divine flavors and the finest wine. Moving boldly on the dance floor. 

Freedom is appreciating this moment, this body, this journey, this lifetime. It’s soaking up everything there is to see, to feel, to experience, to be. 

D106, Q6. #20questions20days #Aquestionaday #freedom #4thofjuly
 (at Porto Monopoli) Happy Independence Day, America!

I left Positano this morning and just arrived in Monopoli, Italy where I’ll be playing with new friends, biking the coast and exploring the beauty of the Puglia region.  

In celebration of freedom, today’s #gowithin reflection question is: When do you feel free? 

Freedom for me is… 

Gazing into the eyes and soul of @farhadini. Picking a destination, packing a suitcase and taking flight. Driving a boat through the ocean waves and diving naked into the open sea. 

It’s creating and expressing with every ounce of my heart. Experiencing synchronicity. 

Freedom is watching transformation–both within myself and in others. Seeing dots connect, ideas unfold, breakthroughs emerge. 

It’s tasting divine flavors and the finest wine. Moving boldly on the dance floor. 

Freedom is appreciating this moment, this body, this journey, this lifetime. It’s soaking up everything there is to see, to feel, to experience, to be. 

D106, Q6. #20questions20days #Aquestionaday #freedom #4thofjuly
 (at Porto Monopoli)

Happy Independence Day, America!

I left Positano this morning and just arrived in Monopoli, Italy where I’ll be playing with new friends, biking the coast and exploring the beauty of the Puglia region.

In celebration of freedom, today’s #gowithin reflection question is: When do you feel free?

Freedom for me is…

Gazing into the eyes and soul of @farhadini. Picking a destination, packing a suitcase and taking flight. Driving a boat through the ocean waves and diving naked into the open sea.

It’s creating and expressing with every ounce of my heart. Experiencing synchronicity.

Freedom is watching transformation–both within myself and in others. Seeing dots connect, ideas unfold, breakthroughs emerge.

It’s tasting divine flavors and the finest wine. Moving boldly on the dance floor.

Freedom is appreciating this moment, this body, this journey, this lifetime. It’s soaking up everything there is to see, to feel, to experience, to be.

D106, Q6. #20questions20days #Aquestionaday #freedom #4thofjuly
(at Porto Monopoli)

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2nd July 2014

What we say ‘No’ to defines us more than what we say ‘Yes’ to, I believe.

This is not to downplay the significance of an open-hearted, aligned and courageous ‘YES’—but it’s those moments of ‘NO’ this is not serving me, ‘NO’ this does not resonate, ‘NO’ this is a distraction and ‘NO’ that’s not what I’m here to do that we take a stand. That we create power and focus around what truly matters most.

Q5, D105: What are you saying ‘NO’ to?

#gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #makeeveryday (at Amalfi Coast - Positano) What we say ‘No’ to defines us more than what we say ‘Yes’ to, I believe.

This is not to downplay the significance of an open-hearted, aligned and courageous ‘YES’—but it’s those moments of ‘NO’ this is not serving me, ‘NO’ this does not resonate, ‘NO’ this is a distraction and ‘NO’ that’s not what I’m here to do that we take a stand. That we create power and focus around what truly matters most.

Q5, D105: What are you saying ‘NO’ to?

#gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #makeeveryday (at Amalfi Coast - Positano)

What we say ‘No’ to defines us more than what we say ‘Yes’ to, I believe.

This is not to downplay the significance of an open-hearted, aligned and courageous ‘YES’—but it’s those moments of ‘NO’ this is not serving me, ‘NO’ this does not resonate, ‘NO’ this is a distraction and ‘NO’ that’s not what I’m here to do that we take a stand. That we create power and focus around what truly matters most.

Q5, D105: What are you saying ‘NO’ to?

#gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #makeeveryday (at Amalfi Coast - Positano)

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1st July 2014

I’m convinced that there are patterns and “clues” that continually show up in our lives, if we create space to notice and listen.

The number 11 is one of those clues for me, especially lately. On any given day, it’s typical to look at the phone at 11:11am and pm, even though I don’t look at my phone much. Seat 11 on a plane? Yep. Table 11 at a restaurant? Happened yesterday. And then, after serendipitously landing an apartment in Positano and having a dance party inside to celebrate, I walked out to grab a bite and about died when I noticed I was staying in apartment 11. I literally couldn’t believe my eyes.

It’s a pattern. A signal. A clue. A indication I’m heading in the right direction.

What’s yours?

Q4, D104. | #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #makeeveryday (at Amalfi Coast - Positano) I’m convinced that there are patterns and “clues” that continually show up in our lives, if we create space to notice and listen.

The number 11 is one of those clues for me, especially lately. On any given day, it’s typical to look at the phone at 11:11am and pm, even though I don’t look at my phone much. Seat 11 on a plane? Yep. Table 11 at a restaurant? Happened yesterday. And then, after serendipitously landing an apartment in Positano and having a dance party inside to celebrate, I walked out to grab a bite and about died when I noticed I was staying in apartment 11. I literally couldn’t believe my eyes.

It’s a pattern. A signal. A clue. A indication I’m heading in the right direction.

What’s yours?

Q4, D104. | #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #makeeveryday (at Amalfi Coast - Positano)

I’m convinced that there are patterns and “clues” that continually show up in our lives, if we create space to notice and listen.

The number 11 is one of those clues for me, especially lately. On any given day, it’s typical to look at the phone at 11:11am and pm, even though I don’t look at my phone much. Seat 11 on a plane? Yep. Table 11 at a restaurant? Happened yesterday. And then, after serendipitously landing an apartment in Positano and having a dance party inside to celebrate, I walked out to grab a bite and about died when I noticed I was staying in apartment 11. I literally couldn’t believe my eyes.

It’s a pattern. A signal. A clue. A indication I’m heading in the right direction.

What’s yours?

Q4, D104. | #gowithin #20questions20days #aquestionaday #makeeveryday (at Amalfi Coast - Positano)

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30th June 2014

The words of Elizabeth Gilbert recently stopped me in my tracks.

She said, “Discipline – it’s important, but sort of over-rated. The more important virtue for a writer, I believe, is self-forgiveness. Because your writing will always disappoint you. Your laziness will always disappoint you. You will make vows: “I’m going to write for an hour every day,” and then you won’t do it. You will think: “I suck, I’m such a failure. I’m washed-up.” Continuing to write after that heartache of disappointment doesn’t take only discipline, but also self-forgiveness.”

Woah. This hit me like a tidal wave. My shoulders and neck relaxed as a sense of ease rushed through my body. Self-forgivess. This applies to *every* area of life. Immediately I scribbled, “Where can I forgive myself?” in my journal, feeling that it’s not more structure that I’m craving in my creative process. It’s compassion.

Q3, D102. | #GoWithin #20Questions20Days #AQuestionADay #MakeEveryDay (at Amalfi Coast - Positano) The words of Elizabeth Gilbert recently stopped me in my tracks.

She said, “Discipline – it’s important, but sort of over-rated. The more important virtue for a writer, I believe, is self-forgiveness. Because your writing will always disappoint you. Your laziness will always disappoint you. You will make vows: “I’m going to write for an hour every day,” and then you won’t do it. You will think: “I suck, I’m such a failure. I’m washed-up.” Continuing to write after that heartache of disappointment doesn’t take only discipline, but also self-forgiveness.”

Woah. This hit me like a tidal wave. My shoulders and neck relaxed as a sense of ease rushed through my body. Self-forgivess. This applies to *every* area of life. Immediately I scribbled, “Where can I forgive myself?” in my journal, feeling that it’s not more structure that I’m craving in my creative process. It’s compassion.

Q3, D102. | #GoWithin #20Questions20Days #AQuestionADay #MakeEveryDay (at Amalfi Coast - Positano)

The words of Elizabeth Gilbert recently stopped me in my tracks.

She said, “Discipline – it’s important, but sort of over-rated. The more important virtue for a writer, I believe, is self-forgiveness. Because your writing will always disappoint you. Your laziness will always disappoint you. You will make vows: “I’m going to write for an hour every day,” and then you won’t do it. You will think: “I suck, I’m such a failure. I’m washed-up.” Continuing to write after that heartache of disappointment doesn’t take only discipline, but also self-forgiveness.”

Woah. This hit me like a tidal wave. My shoulders and neck relaxed as a sense of ease rushed through my body. Self-forgivess. This applies to *every* area of life. Immediately I scribbled, “Where can I forgive myself?” in my journal, feeling that it’s not more structure that I’m craving in my creative process. It’s compassion.

Q3, D102. | #GoWithin #20Questions20Days #AQuestionADay #MakeEveryDay (at Amalfi Coast - Positano)

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29th June 2014

We always have a choice with fear. We can avoid it or embrace it. Push it away or feel it fully. When it’s avoided, it builds and snowballs. It becomes paralyzing and debilitating. When it’s felt, it’s acknowledged and accepted. Channeled and released.

Q2: Where am I afraid? #20Questions20Days

D102 |#GoWithin #AQuestionADay #MakeEveryDay
 (at Casa e Bottega, Positano) We always have a choice with fear. We can avoid it or embrace it. Push it away or feel it fully. When it’s avoided, it builds and snowballs. It becomes paralyzing and debilitating. When it’s felt, it’s acknowledged and accepted. Channeled and released.

Q2: Where am I afraid? #20Questions20Days

D102 |#GoWithin #AQuestionADay #MakeEveryDay
 (at Casa e Bottega, Positano)

We always have a choice with fear. We can avoid it or embrace it. Push it away or feel it fully. When it’s avoided, it builds and snowballs. It becomes paralyzing and debilitating. When it’s felt, it’s acknowledged and accepted. Channeled and released.

Q2: Where am I afraid? #20Questions20Days

D102 |#GoWithin #AQuestionADay #MakeEveryDay
(at Casa e Bottega, Positano)

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28th June 2014

With a notebook, glass of wine and New Moon on my side, last night I had a date with my monthly intentions. These next twenty days I’ll be flying solo around Italy, and “what is the intent of my travels?” is a question that’s been top of mind. 

GO WITHIN is the main theme that came out of last night. With doing, creating and taking action being natural states for me, I’m easing into being these next few weeks. I’m creating space to be quiet, listen and acknowledge blocks so I can clear space for what’s to come. 

Rather than embark on this journey alone, I’m inviting you to reflect with me. So! Every day for the next twenty days, I’ll post one question a day. The intent is guiding inner reflection so we are evermore powerful and aligned in what we create. 

Shall we?

Q1: Where is there tension in your life?

Context: I used to view tension as something being wrong with me or a situation. How wrong I was! Tension is a gift. With awareness, it’s an opportunity to grow and connect more deeply with yourself, others and the world around you. 

I’m already feeling tension about twenty days of going within (a inner voice is asking, “wait, but what are you going to DO?!”) soooo I’m off to dig into that while sipping vino. 

D101 | #GoWithin #20Questions20Days #AQuestionADay #MakeEveryDay (at Ristorante Max - Positano) With a notebook, glass of wine and New Moon on my side, last night I had a date with my monthly intentions. These next twenty days I’ll be flying solo around Italy, and “what is the intent of my travels?” is a question that’s been top of mind. 

GO WITHIN is the main theme that came out of last night. With doing, creating and taking action being natural states for me, I’m easing into being these next few weeks. I’m creating space to be quiet, listen and acknowledge blocks so I can clear space for what’s to come. 

Rather than embark on this journey alone, I’m inviting you to reflect with me. So! Every day for the next twenty days, I’ll post one question a day. The intent is guiding inner reflection so we are evermore powerful and aligned in what we create. 

Shall we?

Q1: Where is there tension in your life?

Context: I used to view tension as something being wrong with me or a situation. How wrong I was! Tension is a gift. With awareness, it’s an opportunity to grow and connect more deeply with yourself, others and the world around you. 

I’m already feeling tension about twenty days of going within (a inner voice is asking, “wait, but what are you going to DO?!”) soooo I’m off to dig into that while sipping vino. 

D101 | #GoWithin #20Questions20Days #AQuestionADay #MakeEveryDay (at Ristorante Max - Positano)

With a notebook, glass of wine and New Moon on my side, last night I had a date with my monthly intentions. These next twenty days I’ll be flying solo around Italy, and “what is the intent of my travels?” is a question that’s been top of mind.

GO WITHIN is the main theme that came out of last night. With doing, creating and taking action being natural states for me, I’m easing into being these next few weeks. I’m creating space to be quiet, listen and acknowledge blocks so I can clear space for what’s to come.

Rather than embark on this journey alone, I’m inviting you to reflect with me. So! Every day for the next twenty days, I’ll post one question a day. The intent is guiding inner reflection so we are evermore powerful and aligned in what we create.

Shall we?

Q1: Where is there tension in your life?

Context: I used to view tension as something being wrong with me or a situation. How wrong I was! Tension is a gift. With awareness, it’s an opportunity to grow and connect more deeply with yourself, others and the world around you.

I’m already feeling tension about twenty days of going within (a inner voice is asking, “wait, but what are you going to DO?!”) soooo I’m off to dig into that while sipping vino.

D101 | #GoWithin #20Questions20Days #AQuestionADay #MakeEveryDay (at Ristorante Max - Positano)

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