How Creative Discipline Rewires Your Brain

In 2007, Harvard Medical School conducted a study around a five-finger piano exercise. Half of the participants were told to play for two hours a day, five days and keep to the metronome’s 60 beats per minute. The other half were asked to simply think about practicing the piano, holding their hands still while playing the music […]

How Tony Robbins Reflects Deeper Problems with the Self-Development Movement

Long before the current kerfuffle around Tony Robbins’ dismissal of the #MeToo movement, I’d been talking to friends about how the self-development movement in its current incarnation is doing us all a disservice. For those who haven’t been following the news, Tony Robbins was at his “Unleash the Power Within” event in San Jose, CA, […]

5 Tips for Staying Centered in Difficult Times

Thursday, September 21, 2017 is International Day of Peace. How do we find and remain centered in an internal place of peace in a world fraught with emergencies and difficulties? These are difficult times. There is no way around it. As a coach, I’ve been working with people all over the world who are having […]

EARTH READING ON EARTH DAY (SEATTLE)

Join us on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd, for a reading of my first novel, Earth, at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, WA (Seattle). We start at 7 p.m. with a reading, followed by a Q&A and a signing, and you can expect a few fun audience surprises along the way. Click for […]

First novel, Earth, to Launch February 19, 2015

My first novel, Earth, is being published by Seattle’s Booktrope, and the official launch is this Thursday, Feb. 19th. Join our mailing list on my website, carolineallen.com, and be entered to win a couple of fun promo prizes. I’m a visual artist and metaphysical coach (besides being a fiction writer) and you could win a […]

The Ecology of Hierarchical Thinking

Watercolor landscape, http://www.carolineallen.com A month ago, a friend gave me a packet of lettuce seeds and I sprinkled them in the garden. I was just admiring the tiny lettuce leaves springing up and for some reason turned to thoughts of hierarchical thinking. In a hierarchy, the seedlings might well be seen as less than the […]

Enter to win an original watercolor!

We’re holding a raffle to attract people to my new Caroline Alllen, Author Facebook fan page. Earth, my first novel will be published in February 2015! Click this link below, and Rafflecopter will guide  you through the process of liking my page, and following me on Twitter, and you’ll be entered to win this 9×12 […]

Telling your story

village, acrylic on canvas, http://www.carolineallen.com I’m trying to get Earth published, my novel, and I’ve joined the ranks of the first-time novelists trying to get noticed in the sea of submissions agents and publishers receive. I had this dream around it: the fact that you are different is what will sell this book. In the […]

Rough Draft

self portrait, acrylic on canvas, http://www.carolineallen.com You want to write, but you’re staring at a blank screen, and you don’t know where to begin. Or, you keep rewriting the first sentence over and over and over again. Stop. Think rough. Think rough draft. It’s impossible to edit something that isn’t yet on the page, and […]

Choosing not to breed — a Mother’s Day blog

Budapest, 2007, http://www.carolineallen.com As Mother’s Day approaches, I’d like raise my glass to all women who are not mothers, all those in their 40s and 50s, and older and younger, who chose not to have children. I am 44 and do not have children. I have many women friends, single and in relationships, who are […]