#memoiraholic

From time to time I blog about reading, writing, and loving memoirs...
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We Are The Owners of Our Stories

Go ahead and tell it  – just the way you like. You own your story. I own mine. As authors of our lives, and the tales that our actions, feelings and choices produce, we are the owners … we have all the rights of ownership and that means that we each, every single one of…

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Kindness to Myself In The Pages of My Memoir

Confession time. I have a problem. I’m a #Memoiraholic. Yup. Mr. Webster and his logophiles (word-loving compadres) would define me thusly: one who loves narrative composed of personal experience to excess. Guilty. As. Charged. One of the reasons I love the memoir genre, is that memoirs are an unself-conscious dive down the proverbial rabbit hole…

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Branches Fall on the Well-Chosen Paths Too

I want to share something really personal with you. It’s the image I conjure every single time I (try to) meditate. I’m in a forest. There are trees on either side of me, I brush them with my hands, like they are the shoulders of old friends. I feel the canopy overhead, making the air…

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Sometimes the Kindest Thing to Do is Start Over

I tried a hundred ways to say it. Word junkies do that—we have thesaurus pages on the insides of our eyelids. I’m no different. I pressed the word restart and its myriad synonyms into my personal, lexical gap. I’m reassembling it. “It’s a rebuild.” I’m putting it back together. “I’m renovating it!” Still, there was…

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Self Kindness Meant Getting Out of My Own Way

We get all up in our own grills, don’t we? The nasty self-talk, the limiting beliefs and the overly cautious choices that are motivated by fear rather than hope. These are all hallmarks of the perpetually Unkind-to-Selfers. I’m guilty on all counts. Are you? We have only ourselves to blame and that isn’t always easy…

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Are you willing to be wrong about writing?

Are you willing to be wrong about writing? Good! I’m here to tell you—YOU’RE WRONG. (and give you some TIPS to prove it to yourself) Writing is one of those creative, expressive tasks that provokes a lot of emotions. Wherever you are, whatever you’re feeling about writing, I’ve got you. Whatever you are telling yourself…

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Writing Made Easy: Write The Places

Write what you see. Write what you feel. Write where you go. In celebration of places that inspire and the moments that we write. Places are my inspiration. Places imbue my life with meaning. And so, I write of them, in them and with them. Write where you go today. Write where you went on…

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Declare your Writing is Important

A client emailed me last week and said, “I have no time. It’s the same problem as always — no time.” When you start writing about your life, it feels like a luxury. It is that self-indulgent, time to yourself activity that you talk about the same way as winning the lottery or sailing around…

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What if the words aren’t coming easily?

For makers and creatives, our work is deeply interwoven with our lives. It is not a job that we can leave at the end of the day. Our art is who we are, and reflects the emotional place we are in at every given moment. What happens when your life makes it impossible for you…

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