I'm pretty excited, building out the Indie Kindred website with supporting resources for indie makers. For now that means a new article department that will have writing across three themes: inspiration, creativity and connection.
The first article is live--with an excerpt below. If you're reading this via RSS, you will really want to subscribe on the Indie Kindred site to receive new articles or video shorts as soon as they are posted, straight in your inbox. I can't wait to get more posted soon--I have some seriously good reads in the works.
And I want you to have the best of the best--to not miss a thing. (So subscribe, if you haven't already!)
Chasing the Success Carrot
One thing that comes up again and again in my conversations with friends and colleagues is the way it is so easy to project a feeling of success onto other people. We see their outward accomplishments and imagine them: pleased, satisfied, and finally without a care in the world. We think, Here is someone who has had the Big Success Moment. Surely feeling Finally Okay Now and Peace at Last must follow.
Here's where it breaks down.
So many exciting things happening over here--I wanted to tell you all about them and also let you know if there's something you need to do (there might be) to keep reading all the good things I have to share. Read on!
Instead of an intermittent blogging format, I'm going to start sharing writing pieces in clusters, as curated series that will rotate every 4-6 weeks. You may notice when visiting my website that the Journal tab is gone and the Writing tab will take its place. Some of this writing will be new, some will be encore pieces from my journey, as with the new series, Pioneers. (Go read it!)
Other writing has been going out to the inboxes of those who are subscribed to receive updates from me, including stories and resources for the off-map journey. If you haven't been receiving my latest series on Voice (featuring the Finding Your Voice course), then you'll want to subscribe below so you don't miss a thing.
Next week I'll have one more update about where I'm writing, but for now I want to say if you're reading via RSS you may want to click through to the site and subscribe to the inbox delivery so you don't miss out. This page will no longer be used for my writing main page.
I hope you enjoy the seasonal writing series, and in other news:
In the softest stretch of skin across his forehead.
Under layers of soft cotton, flannel and down.
In a hotel lobby that looks like the future.
In the invisible wilderness Miles Davis maps out with his horn.
Around thick wooden tables in pubs with my friends.
In every trace of emotion that plays across their faces when they tell me a story.
In the missing, and the miles between us.
In the way she smiles when she tells me she's feeling sunny these days.
On the subway stairs when my feet slip, and on the handrail that steadies me.
In the kitchen after dark.
In black or blue or maroon ink as it grazes across the page.
In the sweet relief of sleep, and whatever dreams may find me.
Read more January 2014 writings here.
Pull your chair up close, prop your feet up on the sill and lean back. Start with what is close by, just on the other side of the glass, then slowly raise your gaze up to the middle ground. Notice the movement--snow falling, wind blowing. Take in the stillness of all that does not bend or dance. Watch as living things run or fly through the scene.
Let the focus of your eyes soften. Sit with the interior gusts, the metal patio furniture that resists rearranging in your mind. Your job now is not to change the scene, but to watch and wait--as if nothing is wrong here. As if seeing is easy when we slow down enough to look.
Move your eyes up to sky, wide like possibility and deep like mystery. When clouds meander and planes draw a steady line overhead, note how the world keeps moving even when you are sitting still. Remember that you do not spin this planet, with your toil or all your activity or angst. Listen as if the answers will someday find you. As if the silence itself can heal.
Read more January 2014 writings here.