All in Communication

Why I write

Since around age 10, I wanted to be a writer. Even so, I thought I had nothing of interest to write about (which, of course, wasn't true). Rather than share my writing, I kept it all in diaries (journals). After returning to the US from a nine-year experience of living in Europe (in a tiny country called The Netherlands), I went to college and then grad school to earn degrees in English and Creative Writing. I still doubted myself as a writer.

Kill your dreams

There's a well-known piece of advice for writers: "Kill your darlings." It might seem harsh, and killing your dreams may sound terrible. But there's a reason for doing it. What it means is that as a writer, you need to get rid of your most precious and self-indulgent passages for the greater good of your literary work.

Behind the curtain

Since the idea of working for myself popped into my mind, oh, almost ten years ago, I imagined doing what I’d seen my heroes doing: maintaining a popular blog to share my insights and advice and also share some of the pitfalls and challenges I experience on my journey to fulfilling my life purpose. Sharing things that others on a similar journey might expect to experience as well. But here was my problem. I had so many doubts about doing this.

All connected

The understanding that we, as human beings, are all connected, is not new. But having this understanding, to me, means everything. I know that because of the connection, I also have a responsibility for how I behave as a human being. 

5 ways to listen better

From TEDTalk {} In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world around you.

Being genuine

Non-violent communication (NVC) is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg that helps people to exchange the information necessary to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully. NVC teaches skills for communicating in a way that respectfully expresses true feelings and the power of requesting wants without demands or force.

Afraid to write

My life's struggle has been to share my writing. Fear of not being good enough, complete insecurity, a high doubt in myself, or that I had anything of significance to say all held me back. Yet, I want to be a writer and as long as I remember have wanted to be one. So I have to do what writers do: share my writing.