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“How the hell am I going to get up there?” I search around the base of the vertical mountain. Eventually I find a foothold. It’s small, but solid, so there’s my 1st step. From that slightly elevated view, I find another small place to grip and pull myself one inch higher. This is how the journey of every big dream goes: many small bits of progress taken one at a time. The key is to get started right now and not give up.

At 3am my greatest fears surface. “What are you doing?” “That’s a terrible idea!” “You’ll be all alone!” To exercise those little gremlins, I write them down in the notebook I keep next to my bed and then put an “X” through them. Then I lay down and silently say “I'm okay” until I fall asleep again. At night, the good and bad rise up in our minds. All we can do is get it all down, throw out what harms, keep what helps, and get some more sleep. Tomorrow needs us at our best.

Yesterday I was offered the largest consulting contract of my career. I turned it down because it’s not the work I want to do anymore. Was that the right choice? Definitely. Did it hurt to let it go? Absolutely. This is the tough work of commitment, the work no one tells us about. Focus and commitment are not a one and done deal. They requirement constant vigilance; temptation to veer off-course is everywhere. Do your work. Walk your road.

Inspired: They only work we have to do

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Art and business are creative acts. Both require inspiration and perspiration to build something of value. The difference is where each begins. In business, we assess the market early on in the process and we try to mitigate risk. We have to create art before we know if there’s an audience for it. Art is an act of faith. The more we risk, the better. To have impact, business and art need an audience. They just go about finding their audiences is very different (and wonderful) ways.

Inspired: The difference between business and art

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When the reader is ready, the writer will appear.

Inspired: When the reader is ready, the writer will appear

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My beautiful and intensely wise yogi friend, Sara Kleinsmith, sent this to me as I was telling her about my decision to write full-time and.

Inspired: Just go for it

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“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it.” ~Amy Poehler

Inspired: Don't wait until you're ready

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How many times have you caught yourself saying, “I would do X if I were younger, but…” I used to say that a lot, to myself and out loud. That kind of thinking only leads to more wasted time. Forget your age and think about this: you still have time left, time to reinvent who you are and to do what you love. The past is gone. Focus only on the time ahead and make the most of it.

Christa in New York

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Last night I worked out the ending to the novel that I plan to draft in November as part of National Novel Writing Month. While we live and write nonfiction from the beginning, I’m finding that fiction is best started from the end. I tried to write it from the beginning and I kept getting lost. Now that I know the destination, the path to it is easier (and more fun!) to construct. And this makes me wonder: should I take this novel writing approach to living, too?

Christa in New York

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“The credit belongs to the [woman] who is actually in the arena; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if she fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Inspired: How far will you dare to go?

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“We’re all called. If you’re here breathing, you have a contribution to make to our human community. The real work of your life is to figure out your function—your part in the whole—as soon as possible, and then get about the business of fulfilling it as only you can.” ~ Oprah

Inspired: Oprah on the work of finding your calling

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IAll clay needs a kiln to be made useful. Disappointment, fear, anger, sadness. That’s your kiln. Don’t think of them as forces that work against you but forces that polish you, that make you brighter, more resilient, and brilliant. Trial by fire shows us what we’re made of. It makes us empathic and compassionate and kind. Soldier on and let it do its work while you do yours.

Inspired: Difficulty fuels growth

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The magic of sleep and its impact on creativity, clarity, and writing

Compass Yoga closes its doors after 4 years

Inspired: Compass Yoga Closes Its Doors After 4 Years

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Cities—other than New York—that are good for writers

Inspired: Cities—other than New York—that are good for writers

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"You must strive to find your own voice. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!” ~ Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society Robin Williams inspired me to write a poem entitled “Carpe Diem” as a way to encourage myself to keep striving and reaching for exactly the life I want even though my future at that point didn’t seem very bright to me. He showed me that I have a voice, a point-of-view, a verse to contribute that matters.

Inspired: Robin Williams, you were one of the great ones

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The lesson I learned about hunger in New York City - it's something we have to solve.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~ Sir John Lubbock, The Use of Life

Inspired: Enjoy Your Rest This Summer

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Motivational Quotes To Get You Through Your Week

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What I'll tell my daughter EVERY day of her life. Might even make this a sign to hang in her room.

Quote Friday - Paperblog

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Join me for National Novel Writing Month in November - 50K words in 30 days!

Inspired: Join Me for National Novel Writing Month

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My new game highlights the value of compassion, empathy, and cooperation