The Artist's Way ~ Let's Give it a Go

If you're into spirituality or are a creative of some sort, you've most definitely heard of the Julia Cameron classic, The Artist's Way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.

The book, a self-proclaimed, "Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Soul," was released over twenty-years ago and is still talked about regularly! I know I've owned my copy for years, but have not yet picked it up and fully worked through it.

It feels like a good time to give it a go though, doesn't it?

For those of you who have considered picking up a copy, have a copy you've never read, or need a creative/spiritual refresher - let's do this thing.

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Having Many Passions - Blessing or Curse?

I have been blessed/cursed - depending on how you look at it - with many passions. From stepping on a stage and performing in a play, to playing different instruments and singing, to  writing short stories and blogging - the list of my passions could go on for hours. And I'm not even exaggerating, there are ALL PASSIONS.

For a long time I felt like I was alone, but now I know that I'm just one of the many multi-passionate individuals out there.

But is it, as I suggested above, a blessing or a curse?

I assure you, it can get pretty frustrating feeling a tug in so many directions. But at the same time, I love exploring the different directions.

To read my thoughts, continue reading here.

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Blogging about Leadership at Thin Difference

Over the past few years I had been following the insights of Jon Mertz, Founder of the company Thin Difference. Thin Difference is a space that is meant to "guide, inspire, and challenge Millennials in their leadership and life skills." And what drew me to TD, is that Jon understands that mindfulness and spirituality play a big role in being a great leader.

This summer Jon put a call out for some Millennial voices to contribute to the TD blog, and I was honoured to be selected as one of them. This month, my article, Learning How to Handle Failure discusses the pressure that so many young people today face to accomplish great things early on in life. I also share some tips on how to transform our perceived failures into growth opportunities. Here is an excerpt:

                                                                             Photo via Thin Difference

                                                                             Photo via Thin Difference

When I was in my twenties I experienced what I’ve heard numerous twenty-somethings lament over: The pressure to accomplish! A quick Google search of 20-Something Lists will provide you with an unlimited array of “25 Things You MUST DO Before 30,” or “50 Books You Must Read by 25,” or “30 Countries You Must Visit By 30!” (I may have exaggerated on the last one, but you get the picture.)

It’s no secret that Millennials have been highly pressured since childhood. Yes, we did receive trophy’s just for showing up, but perhaps that helped to offset the incredible stress that striving-to-be-the-best-in-everything caused. But what happens to children who face that stress during their formative years? I think the abundance of lists floating around the internet remind us of what we must accomplish. So we continue to strive.

 

 

You can continue reading the full article here. (And be sure to check out my previous two articles by clicking here.)

 

 

 

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New Sam Harris Book Hits the Shelves - "Waking Up"

Have you ever heard of Sam Harris? I was introduced to him about a year ago via my brother-in-law, Eric. He brought up a copy of Free Will, one of Harris' books, so that I could check out his work. We had been chatting about science, religion, atheism, etc... and Harris has been writing about the subject for years.

I ended up watching a debate between Harris and Deepak Chopra before I read the book. That was a mistake because his personality turned me off right away and I couldn't bring myself to finish the book. I found him a little arrogant - especially in contrast to Deepak, who I find genuine. (Though I do have issues with the exorbitant fees Deepak charges for his retreats and courses!)

But I've also read Harris' blog off and on because I appreciate his perspective, and I think it's safe to say he's grown on me.

A few days ago my friend Michelle emailed and mentioned that Harris had a new book coming out this week. I checked out his site and learned that the book is called, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion.

I just listened to the audio sample of Chapter 1, and I like where it's headed.

I know many of you would be interested in this book, so here is a link to his site where you can check out the sample for yourself. If you read/listen, share your thoughts! I'll do the same when I am done.

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New Blog is Up!

Thanks to everyone who reached out with your support after my post Monday.

Today I'm excited to share my new blog, Notes from the Farmhouse.

Here is a link if you're interested in checking it out.

Will be back here soon with a TCP post!

xo

Heidi

 

 

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Hello, Dear Friends

Two months ago, when I declared my blogging break, I wasn't really sure what the future of this blog would look like. Would it exist at all? Was it time to move on? I had no idea what the answer would be to these questions. I just knew I needed some time to step back, breathe, and maybe reassess.

I'm glad I took the time, because when I let go completely, the answers revealed themselves. (No surprise there, huh?)

I don't have all of the finer details yet, but here is a teaser. There are THREE big changes that I'm excited to share:

1. I'm going to be blogging elsewhere. I started another blog where I will write about things other than personal growth and spirituality. I have a lot of passions, and I am working on a book that has nothing to do with this genre, so I'd like a place to explore all of that. This blog will be more personal - I'll probably write about the changes happening on the farm, the research process of writing this book, etc... I'll be sharing that link soon!

2. This blog will look different soon. It's going to look different and have a new name. It's going to be a part of something bigger. It's going to feature more articles and news on personal growth, spirituality, and more. Stay tuned for more on that.

3. The book is coming! I've been talking about the book for a long time. I'm happy to report that it's happening as we speak, and like everything else, it's going to be something different than I expected. I'm co-writing it with an amazing individual, and the marriage of our ideas is better than I ever could have imagined. Release will be mid-2015 - plenty more to come on this as well.

I'll be back soon with some links!

I hope you had a fabulous summer, and I hope to remain friends on this journey.

With Gratitude,

Heidi

 

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A Blogging Break

I know I've been silent lately around the blog, and I wanted to share a bit about that. A couple of weeks ago, on June 21st, my Nonno passed away. In his 87 years, he and my Nonna built an incredible life for themselves and for those of us that followed.

They raised five amazing children, who, along with their spouses, are some of the most compassionate and loving individuals I've ever met. There are 12 grandchildren, but for most of my younger years, there were just 6 of us, and we spent Sunday's at Nonna and Nonno's creating memories that we all cherish. Today there are 38 of us, including great-grandchildren, and to say we're a close family would be an understatement.

We will all miss hearing the tales of growing up in Rome in the 1930's and the mischief he would get into. We will never forget the sound of his flawless voice which rivaled Pavarotti's. And I think I speak for everyone in my family when I say that we all feel much heavier in the heart knowing that won't be able to sit down with him one more time - Nonno at the head of the table, keeping us all in line -  to enjoy a delicious meal cooked by my Nonna, and a couple glasses of wine.

I've certainly tackled the topic of death here on this blog: talking to children about it, facing our fear of it - but there is nothing more jarring then when you lose someone you love, no matter their age. Death is a reminder of how delicate and brief our time here truly is. It's a red flag, waving high, telling you to cherish every moment and use them wisely.


With all that in mind, I've decided to take a blogging break for the summer. I will be doing some writing for other blogs where I contribute, but on TCP there will be mostly radio silence.

For the months of July and August I'll be spending time with my boys and extended family, enjoying the summer sun. I'll also be working on creating and completing projects I have on the go. I will be writing the early mornings away, and I hope to have a completed book in my hands well before the leaves hit the ground.

I hope you have a great summer! Enjoy every moment friends!  If you want to keep in touch, shoot me an email or follow me on IG, Twitter. I'll follow you back!

xo

Heidi

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The Role of Acceptance in Your Life + How to Implement it

Acceptance is powerful. So powerful, in fact, that I consider it one of the top five elements of a conscious perspective.

The more we hold on to something, whether it be a belief, a dream, an idea of how something should be, or a person  - the more power it holds over us and our own sense of well-being. It's only when we accept that it holds the power, that it can return to us. It's also a critical element in the search for inner peace: how can we have true peace without fully embracing all of the imperfections in life? If we don't we're still fighting.

The concept of acceptance is pretty straight forward, right? Like so many other things it's the implementation that is a challenge.

Just recently I had my own difficulty with implementing the concept. There was a situation that has been extremely frustrating to me for years, and as hard as I'd worked to accept it, it had always been this thorn in my side.

Then it hit me (and also broke my brain...): I needed to accept that I couldn't accept it.

Much like the first step in overcoming fear is calling it out by name - we need to treat acceptance the same.

It was really that simple. Admitting to myself that I couldn't accept the situation allowed me to lay the groundwork for healing to begin.  All of those years I was resisting this truth and I missed this critical first step of the process. (It's all a process isn't it?)

 

I've made it my mission this year to work on taking life less seriously, and I know a lot of you are trying too.  We're at this interesting point in our busy, over-scheduled, over-worked society that we actually need to consciously work toward living a less serious, more enjoyable life.

While all of this personal growth work is HARD work, it's also necessary to get to that less serious place. So onward we go. Dealing with each situation as it arises.

 

Is there any situation/dream/person/reality that you're having a hard time accepting?

 

 

 

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