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What to Do When You Are Irrevocably Stuck Creating Something

I love creating. But sometimes I get stuck. And not the calm “oh, I’m stuck so I just need a break” kind of stuck. I’m talking about its violent sister “I’m REALLY tired of this project and I wish I had never started it and I want to kill something right now” kind of stuck. Relate? You’re in the right place. About 3 years ago I started designing book covers for aspiring authors. Nothing official, my purpose was just to

A Reflection on My Month of Writing Every Day

This is it. My last day of blogging every day for 30 days. It’s bittersweet. I wrote for 30 days, starting the 2nd of January and finishing with this post. I skipped one day towards the beginning, but I still hit the ‘publish’ button every day for 26 days in a row with a new piece of content. This is the visualization of my writing since I started this blog at the beginning of December. I have to admit, that’s

The Next 30 Days: Whole30

This is it. I’m committing in writing. For the next 30 days starting tomorrow, I’m going to be eating a lot of meat, and rabbit food. Okay, maybe not exactly rabbit food, but lots of vegetables. I’ll be doing the Whole30 challenge. To sum it up, I won’t be eating sugar, dairy, grains, or legumes. Why? I want to see what it does for my energy levels and performance. My body might not react well to dairy. I wouldn’t know

There’s Beauty in Everything. You Just Have to Look.

Rain drips softly down the window pane, echoing against the hard concrete below. It falls into oblivion as easily as every other rain drop that has ever existed, joining the slick surface and becoming one with thousands of others. Lost in an instant. In a second it is no longer a drop but a whole. What if you were to stop it a milisecond away from the earth? Stop it there, hovering, quivering, an inch above the ground. If you

How to Tell a Good Story: BE INTERESTING

Ever heard a story that pulled you to the edge of your seat, riveted until the end? What about one that was so powerful that it changed the way you think or even your life? In yesterday’s post, I went over how stories are important to communication effectively. But in order to truly be effective, you have to tell stories that draw people’s attention. You have to tell good stories. Let me show you. I had a great conversation today

Want To Be An Effective Communicator? Tell Stories.

Today, I judged at a speech tournament for the first time since graduating from 6 years of the activity. The two rounds that I judged consisted of seven different ten-minute speeches on topics of the student’s choosing. Besides having some serious nostalgia, I noticed the effect of something that I learned while in speech. The best speakers told stories. I’ve done an infographic on this subject here, but it’s always interesting to see the science play out in the way

Just Jump: Doing Uncomfortable Creative Things is Good For You

Today, I fell into a pretty scary hole. I started going through a folder of some of my old writing. I was having a serious cringe attack. I’m talking like a full blown I can’t believe I actually did that cringe attack. I do this quite a lot when I look at my old work, whether it’s writing or a video that I made, or design work. It was good work at the time. But now… Not so much. It’s just

Want More Good Ideas? Read More Books

We’ve all heard that we should read more books. It’s true. Books are good for critical thinking and logic. They are good for your concentration. And they are essential for producing ideas. I tend to read in cycles. I’ll read a lot of books for a month or two. Then, for the next several months I’ll barely read any. I don’t know why this is, but it has made me notice something interesting about the production of ideas. I have

Why Sleep is Important: An Accidental Personal Experiment

I have always been one of those people who need more than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. It takes about nine and a half to ten hours for me to feel the best. Much more or less than that is a tried and true recipe with results of tiredness (bet you didn’t see that one coming), moodiness, cloudy thinking, and missing things right in front of my face. Right now, I am struggling to stay awake. And