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.
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.
At a writing conference in Raleigh, I loved the response from a poet who was asked how she stays positive in the face of all the rejection letters that come in.
In the weeks leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the New York Times ran a series of profiles on under-appreciated sports like speed skating and cross-country skiing. I’m no elite athlete, but I appreciated learning the nuances that go into both training and competing, and discovered that creative lessons abounded.
Last fall I walked into a little shop in downtown St. Helena that sold all sorts of kitchen trinkets and housewares. On a side table there was a stack of literary-minded things like mugs with quotes, notepads, and a coaster with this wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”