Eye Candy

29 Sep

It’s Tuesday morning. You’re knee deep into a busy week, and the weekend lies far in the distance…

You need a break. You need some eye candy.

Profile Snake LeavesThe Denim Jungle on Instagram

Are you on Instagram? I’ve started an account for @thedenimjungle with pictures about seeing the world from a kids’ perspective. Come on, aren’t you curious what I could possibly be posting over there? Take or look… or better yet post your own kids’ fun (and funny) insights. Don’t forget to use #denimjungle. Continue reading

Falling Forward

22 Sep

Green Lake Autumn Walk Shadows

Hey, remember me? It’s been awhile. Things have been a little crazy town over here. Book progress is moving full steam ahead (for release this November!) while I juggle client jobs to fund it. Plus, summer has morphed into autumn, my youngest is in preschool, and my eldest has officially entered the wild world of kindergarten.

And yet, even as I find myself falling forward into new routines, challenges, and goals, Continue reading

A Song in Your Sails

24 Aug

Seattle Lake Union Song

Here’s to starting the week with something beautiful.

Here’s to being inspired and having the guts to do the inspiring.

Here’s to being our best selves—flawed, ever-evolving, and committed to following the path that’s calling, even if it’s not the easy one.

May this song put wind in your sails and resolution in your heart. Continue reading

Hey Parents: Be More Selfish

4 Aug

Vashon ViewParents have a conundrum. For every moment we spend doing our own thing, it feels inversely connected to our family’s care. We are the nurtures, the caregivers. If we’re caring for ourselves, isn’t that less time (and money) spent caring for our kids?

We’re programmed to think it comes down to selfishness or selflessness. And have you read any Mother’s Day cards lately? A vast majority of them worship at the pedestal of the almighty selfless.

But we can (and should) rewrite that script. Because it’s simply not true.

As the American Psychological Association’s site states, Continue reading

Follow Your Bliss

28 Jul

Compass Poem Directions“Follow your bliss.”

It’s a saying coined by one of the most intuitive minds of the twentieth century, Joseph Campbell.

If you haven’t heard of my friend Joseph, you need to go watch The Power of Myth. Right. Now.

Okay, fine. Maybe you don’t have time (cough cough MAKE TIME), so let me provide you with a much too simplified summary:

Joseph CampbellJoseph was a literary anthropologist, so to speak, who spent his life researching myths throughout human history. After decades of research of countless religions and cultures, he found a common thread of what it means to be human throughout every story, every age, every religion, everywhere. Continue reading

How Do You Know When Your Manuscript Is Complete?

21 Jul

Editing Red Ink PenAs anyone who’s ever undertaken a creative endeavor knows—from drawing a picture or writing a poem to writing a corporate creed or even painting a room—the idea of being finished is highly subjective.

Technically, you could tinker with it forever. However, at some point it’s up to you to stop and say, “Yes, this is it. It’s done.”

In today’s digital world, that’s less of an issue. You can always edit a site, tweak your status, or repost a picture.

But with some things, like printed books, the result is a physical object that will be out there in the world, unchangeable.

That terrifying fact recently prompted me to ask some writer friends:

How do you know when your manuscript is complete?

Here are some of the answers I received:  Continue reading

You Can Do More Than You Think You Can

14 Jul
Clouds Jump Rainbow

© Horia Varlan, Flickr Creative Commons

Since I’ve traveled with kids a decent amount, people often ask me for tips.

My most frequent advice is:

You can do more than you think you can.

The same holds true with many things in life actually. Continue reading


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