Does the Fear Ever Go Away?

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I’ve struggled all my life with fear and anxiety. When I was younger I felt like I was the only one. I was sure that I suffered alone, but now I know that was never true. I know that other people, even people I admire, people who seem so brave and strong, feel fear sometime. [Read more…]

How to Become a Writer and an Artist

SONY DSCEver since I was very young I thought of myself as a writer. Even when I was going through stages where I wasn’t writing regularly I thought of myself as a writer. Many people who want to write seem to struggle with thinking of themselves as a writer. They say, “I want to be a writer,” or “One day I’ll be a writer.” You are a writer when you decide to be a writer. That is simply a shift in thinking that you must make. Do you write? Okay, then you’re a writer. [Read more…]

What’s Your Story?

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I’ve been thinking a lot about stories recently, not just because one of my primary interests is writing stories, but also because we each have stories that we tell ourselves about our place in the world and the possibilities that lay before us. What do I mean by a story exactly? I don’t mean a book that someone read to you as a child. The Velveteen Rabbit and Green Eggs and Ham have nothing to do with this. Instead I’m talking about the beliefs you have about yourself. I’m talking about the things that you tell yourself again and again. [Read more…]

How to Break Through Limiting Beliefs

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Who is stopping you from living your dreams? It’s easy to put the blame off onto someone else, but if you take an honest look at your situation you’ll find that the answer is you. That’s right, I said it.  You are stopping yourself. You’ve convinced yourself that you can’t do this or that based on preconceived ideas about what is possible.  You might have gotten these ideas from what others in society have told you. You might have gotten them from experiences you’ve had in the past. Wherever they came from you have to understand that they aren’t necessarily true. [Read more…]