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It’s almost here!

You guys, my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome: A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your  Playful, Imaginative, & Colorful self, comes out next month. Next month! I’m very excited. In fact, this illustration (from the book) looks just like me right now. The book is divided into 30 days. Each day, I suggest a self-loving theme, and a way to bring that theme to life.… Read more

How we move on…

For weeks, I’ve been struggling with this question of how do we move on after the election. Nothing got posted here because nothing got written. So many people I love and respect felt marginalized, invalidated, and even threatened by this race; I couldn’t think of what to say to them, couldn’t quite figure out how everyone moves on. As it turns out, it’s a good thing I didn’t post before the election. … Read more

My voice in your head

So, over the course of a few nights, I drew this doodly cat portrait in my sketchbook. Each day, I posted the previous night’s progress on Facebook. When I finished, someone commented that before this, they’d thought I simply doodled, and the shape of things magically came into being. She was a little disappointed to see that I penciled in guidelines first.… Read more

Art for the fun of it (getting intentional)

I came away from Oprah and Deepak’s latest 21-day meditation experience with three really important ideas. I’ve written about two of them already: the importance of cultivating awe in our lives,  and the notion that nearly everything we do either adds to or diminishes our personal power. The third big idea? Setting intentions. Yes, I know that setting intentions isn’t a new or surprising idea, but the reason every personal development guru tells us to do it is because it works.… Read more

Hello from Chicago!

Well, actually, I’m back from Chicago now, but here are some highlights from the trip! First, Book Expo America, the reason I was there. I’ve never attended BEA before. I was told it’s not as big as it used to be. I’ll have to take everyone’s word for that because the event seemed enormous to me, a giant warehouse-sized space filled with all the people who make books happen, from the writers to the publishers, and all the agents, editors, publicists, reviewers, sellers, librarians and readers in between.… Read more

Power struggles

In my last post, I talked about one of three powerful ideas that I took away from Deepak and Oprah’s most recent 21-day meditation experience: the value of letting yourself be awed. It’s so easy to look around at all the meanness, intolerance, and cruelty in the world and feel hopeless and sad. But the truth is this world is just as full of love, compassion, and beauty.… Read more

Everyday wonder

I  just finished Oprah and Deepak’s latest 21-day meditation series, and I came away with three really powerful ideas that I want to share. I’m going to talk about the first one today, and the others over the next two posts. The first one is a very simple, utterly lovely suggestion:

Let yourself be awed.

As children, we were constantly amazed by a world that presented us with new experiences every day, but as we grow older two things happen.… Read more

Shaking off the cobwebs

  So after three months of crazy work hours, I’ve come up for air and – holy cow! – it’s 2016! I know this is a little late, but I wanted to share my annual practice of saying goodbye to the year that has passed and launching myself into the new one with some well chosen make-my-heart-sing goals. Every year, I approach this process a little differently.… Read more

That thing where you can win a coloring book…

When I finally got the proof for my coming-soon coloring book Art Out Loud, we took some cheesy photos … My favorite j-has-a-mustache photo … then I went through the painstaking process of proofreading the coloring book (which took two and a half minutes… because coloring book)… … unfortunately, I had to make two changes, and it was Friday, and the art director was already gone, so I didn’t get a new e-proof until the following week… … which I approved right away to start the 7-10 day clock ticking.… Read more

Taking potshots at sage advice. Sorta.

In my online world, which is vast, mostly wonderful, and frequently edifying, I am connected to a lot of people who are either in the midst of major personal evolutions, or they make a living helping other people navigate theirs. And since these two things are not mutually exclusive, I’d venture a guess that many – maybe all – of these amazing people are doing both at the same time – evolving and assisting in the evolution of others.… Read more

Kale chips, my cell phone battery, and what will I do without Jon Stewart?

For the past few years, I’ve been trying really hard to sustain a meditation practice, but nothing I’ve tried has stuck. I don’t do well with stillness, which is what meditation is all about – accessing the stillness within. At my best, I’m able to sit quietly and listen to a guided meditation, but even with the help of a reassuring voice, I struggle.… Read more
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