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 […]

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 […]

“Who Do You Think You Are?” The Top 5 Blocks For Writers

The book coaching process, especially at the beginning, can be a very safe space. The coach is there to nurture the new writer, to allow experimentation, offer inspiration, provide support, and pass on constructive advice. We aim to OPEN the writer, and that only happens with unconditional love for the person and the creative process. […]

Top 5 Tips for Doing a Painting a Day for a Year

In January, I began Outside the Lines, a painting a day for a year. I sometimes, like today, use a stream of consciousness approach, dabbing blobs of paint, and studying it to see what image emerges. In this, I saw two people hugging. I actually like the stream of consciousness almost as much as I […]