Doing less of anything is not a philosophy I championed until becoming a mother. I certainly didn’t work myself to the bone, but I also didn’t see how pruning projects could help me make even more progress on the ones that mattered.
From bubble baths to flipping through magazines, pedicures or lunch with girlfriends, there are myriad ways for us to slow down. And if you’re the kind of person who prioritizes self-care, what I’m about to say might come as a surprise. These activities—while relaxing—aren’t actually restful, and it’s limiting your creative potential.
I have a whole theory about writing that involves doing it in margins—short windows of time that add up to a whole lot and over the past few months, I’ve tweaked some things in my schedule and discovered ways to carve out time for reading in the margins, too. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.
Writers need tools. From favorite pens and computers to newsletter software and mug warmers, there’s a long list of things that help support us. But what about sleep? Learn more about yoga nidra, a sleep-based style of meditation that can help unleash your creativity.
It’s the beginning of March and I’ve already read nine books, which means if I keep up the cadence I’ll blow past my 2019 reading goal in no time. Here are a few of the titles that I’ve been enjoying this winter.
The other night I decided to abandon a book I recently started reading, but it wasn’t as simple as placing it back on the shelf and walking away. I agonized over it for a couple of days, wondering why I hesitated so much over a seemingly simple decision. Here’s what went through my mind, plus one simple question to ask to help you decide whether or not to place a book back on the shelf.
When my parents came to visit for a week, I managed to get very little writing done aside from my freelance work and scheduling a newsletter. Before they arrived, I realized I’d be entering a brief season of liminal space—that time between what was and what’s to come.