How’s Your Artist?

Feeling a little uninspired?  Not enough creative umph to get you through the day? When’s the last time you took your inner artist on a date? Years ago, I worked through Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. Artist Dates are one of the tools she recommends to help keep your creativity flowing. Simply choose a new [...]

Complicated isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Is it possible that you, like me, are a bit of a complication junkie? Today I am considering the merits of simplification. What would it be like to spend a few months making decisions based on this single criteria: “What’s the simplest way to approach this?” How much easier would your work and your life [...]

How Does Work-Life Balance Work?

Lots of folks aspire to “Work-Life Balance.” But do we really know what it is? Don’t miss hearing the wise perspectives of Nigel Marsh, the author of the fabulously titled books: “Fat, Forty and Fired” and “Overworked and Underlaid.” “How to Make Work-Life Balance Work” The big bonus is that he’s funny, too. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Today’s [...]

Can you train yourself to get good ideas?

Every day, my friend Kurt requires himself to come up with a good idea for a new product or service. He’s not self-employed, and his good idea doesn’t even have to relate to his current job. He’s actually just training himself to have good ideas all the time. It’s kinda like going to the gym [...]

Don’t Take My Advice…

How often do you take the advice of experts? I’ve been asking random people this question and have been greeted with similar reactions — a little giggle, and a glancing away in embarrassment. It seems that many of us are in the business of ignoring the experts and going gung-ho, willy-nilly in the direction we [...]

What Would Rocky Do?

Have you ever wanted to learn to speed walk? Me neither.  I’ve been an avid walker since I was about 11 years old, and always thought I was just fine at my usual snail’s pace. Apparently not, because a few years ago, a friend of mine decides I need to learn to walk faster in [...]

Let it be fun!

Ever get bogged down by something you know you need to do – but you don’t really want to be doing it? I got some great coaching on this topic (thanks Christine Marchetta) and what I realized is that even with the things that are a great big drag, if you’re creative enough, you can [...]

Go Get Your Gummy Worm

Do you use your most productive time of day for your most important work? If it’s true the early bird gets the worm, you might want to look closely at how many worms you’re getting (OK – let’s make them gummy worms. What’s your favorite flavor, by the way?) If your gummy worm stockpile is [...]

"Ooooooo, Jenny….!"

I grew up in the 1960s in a crazily kid-laden neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Whenever we wanted someone to come outside, we would go to the kid’s front door and call, “Ooooo, Vicki! (or Brian, or Beth or…)” and then someone in their family would come to the door and we would ask, “Can Vicki [...]