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Our first Sacred Rest Day + A memoir recommendation

Sep 30, 2020

In yesterday's letter I told you about how I schedule my writing based on the moon cycle. In it I mentioned we would be doing Sacred Rest Days before the "Moon" days.

Well, today is the day before the Full Moon, and that means it is our first Sacred Rest Day. On this day I take a digital break. I turn auto-responders on for my email, and I turn off all digital devices and notifications, except for my audiobook apps, which are a must-have on a rest day!

The emails I...

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How to schedule your creative work + the power of the moon cycle

Sep 29, 2020

In yesterday's letter, I announced I'll be writing letters to you everyday moving forward. 

Writing daily blog posts feels so alive and vibrant to me. It's exactly what I want to do, but I also have to admit that this idea brought up a very real concern.

As a creative person, I need to be discerning about the commitments I make, because burn out is a very real risk.

When I was starting out I used to jump into projects, announce them to the world, and then discover a month...

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We're going daily!

Sep 28, 2020

Yesterday I sent you a big, giant email announcing my new offer for women who want to write inspirational blogs, but who get overwhelmed by self-doubt. My new offer is the Confidence Booster Pack, and you can read all about it HERE.

Today, I have another fun announcement for you. My newsletter is now going to be coming to you daily!!!

In yesterday's email I talked to you about why I love writing blogs so much, and I said:

"I love having a daily practice where I turn into a magi...

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Magic is afoot at The School of Wild Authenticity

Sep 26, 2020

{This is a long one. If you just want the bullet points, you can skip to the end!}

Every year in September, I go deep into a cave of pondering, thinking, and assessing.

I feel into who I've been and how I've changed. I look at my business, and I feel deeply into what is wanted now.

I ask: If I could begin today, knowing everything I know now, what would I do?

I reinvent, recreate, and repurpose.

When I'm ready, I come up out of that space to tell you about it, and today is that day!!!

(Before...

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6 Ways to Craft Your Authentic Writing Voice

Jul 24, 2020

Writing with a Wildly Authentic voice is one of the most fun, inspiring, and exciting ways to write. It frees you from all the voices in your head telling you to not create the art you want to create. It helps you both start and finish your passion writing projects, and it teaches you how to love your True Self, the person you were before were told not to be that.

Today I'm sharing the 6 ways you can craft your authentic writing voice, so you can begin this revolutionary...

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What Bear Can Teach Us About Writing

Jul 03, 2020

I recently moved to bear country. I am living in a forested hill area that is covered by an umbrella of cedar trees and Douglas firs. The forest floor is carpeted in moss and the low growth of ferns. This is the type of country black bears love the most.

They evolved during a time when grizzly bears dominated the open spaces, so the smaller black bears stayed in the relative safety of the hills.

Because I have entered their home, I have been learning about this species, about both their...

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Be Yourself In Your Writing

Jun 18, 2020

Being who you really are is an act of undoing just as much as doing. It is undoing what you were taught about who you should be. It is doing the work of claiming who you really are, without apology.

It is undoing the belief that you should be quieter or less in the way. It is doing the work of speaking at your natural volume, owning your presence, and taking up the space you take up.

It undoing the belief that you should be normal. It is doing the work of being your quirky True Self.

It is...

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Be YOU Without Apology

May 22, 2020

I grew up in a family marked by addiction, narcissism, and abandonment. Because of this, and other things, I left my childhood with the firm belief that everything about me was wrong.

My thoughts were wrong. My hobbies were wrong. My frizzy hair was wrong. Everything I said was wrong. Everything I felt was wrong.

I wanted to be a writer, but I couldn’t write because that meant putting all my wrong-ness on a page and that hurt too much. Instead, I spent a decade sitting on a barstool...

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What I Most Wanted to Hide About Myself When I Started Blogging

May 15, 2020

Here’s the truth: I talk to trees. I sit and commune with them, and they commune back. We talk about life, self-expression, authenticity, and what it means to be a wild thing on this earth.

When I started blogging I thought this was the thing I most needed to hide about myself, because I imagined my readers coming after me with pitchforks screaming: “Talking to trees???? You’re insane!! That’s crazy!! You’re an evil witch!!!!!!” So I wrote helpful blog...

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The Art of Unapology

May 01, 2020

 

I was sitting on a green plastic lounge chair.

It was autumn, and I was looking out at a tall meadow of sumac, golden rod, and bee balm.

It was a foggy morning, not quite drizzling. I could hear the birds sing over the low rumble of distant highway noise.

I was especially enchanted by a birch tree at the edge of the meadow. 

I loved her gray-white-papery bark.

I loved her lilting leaves in the breeze.

Though I was seeing the leaves move, it was more like I was hearing...

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