Comfort Zones: Potential Danger for Artists, Writers, Performers, and Everyone in Between

Comfort zones are those nice, cozy, warm, fuzzy parts in our mind that convince us to stay put. They have a purpose: respite. But like any spa, too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing (and, frankly, become…

Writing From Your Past

A frequent source of inspiration is our past. You may feel inspired when you think about your high school prom, your first kiss, or the first memory you hold about your life. Taking inspiration from your own history helps create your unique…

Journalling for almost 30 Years and Counting: Now What?

A stack of personal journals, two deep.

I’ve been journalling for almost three decades and have just as many journals (30 of them). I travel down memory lane once in awhile, but other than that, they sit in my closet, waiting to be discovered by my kids when they’re…

The Role of Positive Thinking in Creativity

Positive thinking pops up once in awhile in my social media feeds. It seems a new trend is criticizing its usefulness, though I’ve also read other critics who say it’s empty, even harmful. (The New Yorker has a well-rounded article on the research of positive thinking.)…

Minimalism and Creativity: Is There a Connection?

Dedication to one’s craft requires sacrifices, and you have to know how much you’re willing to give up to achieve what you define as success (assuming you can achieve it). I recently interviewed Jeff Hyslop, a Canadian stage and television icon. (You…