What If Everyone Believed They Were Creative

Now that would change lives, wouldn’t it?
I have a secret for you….
You know exactly how to be creative because everyone is born that way.

Think back to when you were young and all of the stories you made up, the action figures that you anointed with superpowers and charm. You did finger painting with wild abandon, and your mama hung it on the refrigerator door for everyone to see. You dressed up your cats and dogs and pretended they could talk to you. You built forts out of blankets and created costumes for Halloween. You wrote poems in your diary and drew pictures of flowers and hearts… I’ll let you go on with the memories because by now you have a vision of yourself when you were young.

Do you feel a yearning…. that whisper… that calling to be creative again? You might feel it now and then, but you just keep waiting for something or someone to tell you… it’s time.

And it is your time… 

… to re-visit a talent, or...

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My Favorite Writing Method: Talking with a Friend

When people tell me they want to write, but don’t know what to write about, I share my “talking with a friend” method. Think about that… when you meet a friend for coffee… Every word out of your mouth is a creative selection, forming sentences drawing from creative thoughts, pairing with emotion, telling a story.
 
It’s so simple because we do it every day!
You don’t have to be with a friend to do it…
you can pretend!


 
Here's how it begins:
Grab a cup of coffee, a notebook, and a pen... then identify a simple thought. It can be something from your past, something you've read, something you're working on, a conversation on the phone… anything that triggers a thought.
Then, you have a conversation as though you're talking to a friend.
 
"You know, Sara, I was just thinking about how tough it was when I was suddenly thrown into the role of sole parent and providing income and comfort for my children. I felt like I'd lost...

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My Greatest Tragedy Helped Me Find Something I Didn't Expect

When my book was first released, I was terrified.
I didn’t stop to celebrate; instead, I panicked... every word of that book came from my greatest tragedy.

Even though it was my 4th book, writing it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. This was my own true story, and its release made me feel naked, having bared the emotions and the trauma of the most difficult time in my life.

Years before, my oldest son, Garrett, woke up with a fever. The doctor said it was the flu, but he was wrong. Drinking fluids and taking Ibuprofen didn’t help what was really going on. The next morning, I found him in his bed, lifeless.

My beautiful 16-year-old son slipped into a coma and died sometime in the middle of the night from a deadly form of bacterial meningitis… and I didn’t know because I was sleeping peacefully.

Let me tell you, it annihilates any confidence you have in being a mother. How could I NOT have known? Why did I trust the doctor? How could my...

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The Power Of Reframing My Story

There’s a reason why some people will tell you they became better people after something like a life-changing incident or surviving a loss.

It’s because they learned to honor that valuable gem of truth that makes you see life in a new way.
 
I was once stuck in my story. I’d told it so many times it was on autopilot. I attached the same words, the same emotion, and the same meaning every time I’d tell it to a new friend.

There were chapters of my life I had decided to view one way and one way only. My thoughts were set in stone, and those beliefs rumbled around for years as the whole story… the complete accounting of my life.

Until I challenged it.

This quote blew my story wide open:

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” 
— Eckhart...

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Create Success by Doing What You Love To Do

linkedin musings Dec 15, 2021

There was no doubt that exhaustion had robbed me of joy more times than I could count. Funny thing is, I had no way of knowing until the world stopped in 2020 and the way I approached my daily life was forced to change. But something else happened...

...something I was about to learn from this chance meeting...

Last year I met Marc Allen who has written numerous books on fulfilling your potential in your personal and professional life.

He invited me to be one of his 4 guest speakers at his Summer Academy of Writing and Publishing. I was in heaven/awe! Me? Really?

He's a brilliant author who has published some of the finest authors on the subject, including Eckhart Tolle's first book, The Power of Now, Deepak Chopra's Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, and Shakti Gawain's Creative Visualization.

I didn't know that a speaking event for me would turn into one of the greatest lessons of my life. Marc lives what he writes about and what he publishes. He lives by and shares approaching life in ...

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I Can See Clearly Now

linkedin musings Dec 08, 2021

Recently I took a bold step... I had no idea the overwhelming reaction I would get! Yet, I had resisted it for the longest time.

...asking my social media connections and email list for guidance. I'm developing an idea for next year to help my writing students feel more confident, creative, and supportive. 

But I was terrified to ask what they wanted! I was afraid they'd unsubscribe from my list, or I'd hear something that might hurt! I'm one of those people who always wants to please and be the giver... not the one who needs.  

Well, here are the results! I sent out a request to my email list, clients, and FB connections saying... "this time, I need your inspiration...". 

I couldn't believe the response! I have so many Zoom calls, phone calls, and coffee dates set up, I can't believe it! And for the ones I've already interviewed.. a wealth of guidance and validation that I'm headed in the right direction. 

Ask your people... they will guide...

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There’s a Reason Why People Will Tell You They Became Better People

Many people struggle with past trauma, but why do some say it changed the course of their life?

There’s a reason why some people will tell you they became better people after something terrible happens.

Sometimes people dwell too long on “when bad things to good people.” They don’t know there’s a mysterious transformation that happens simply because the human is designed to survive.

There were chapters of my life I’d decided to view one way, and those beliefs rumbled around for years, stealing my joy. I was stuck in believing I’d been shortchanged from the miraculous life I thought everyone else had.

Until I challenged it.

This quote buried on page 41 of Eckhart Tolle's book, A New Earth changed my life and all that has followed since:

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you...
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Fire the Imposter and Celebrate!

linkedin musings Nov 24, 2021

It was time to finally fire the imposter and celebrate!
For a long time, I knew there was something negative lurking around me. I started researching that uneasy feeling.   

I came upon a 1978 study of high achieving women, clinical psychologists Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes concluded that the women in the study believed they were not intelligent and were “over evaluated” by others. They couldn’t appreciate their accomplishments because they felt like frauds.

Although this was a study of women, I think men feel it, too.
Sound familiar? We all feel like imposters at times. Centuries of writers, artists, musicians, and other creatives have dismissed their accomplishments and brilliance by claiming success was “luck,” “timing,” or “deception.”

And it’s not restricted to the arts, think about the number of times someone has complimented you on an achievement, and you’ve brushed it...

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I Am an Admiral's Daughter

linkedin musings Nov 17, 2021

I am an Admiral's daughter. When I was young, it was just Dad's job. It wasn't until later in life, I realized the magnitude of my father's accomplishments. He always dreamed big and set his sights on a goal. It never occurred to him that he couldn't accomplish it!

He infused me to believe that we are our thoughts and beliefs. As I was growing up, he made me feel I could become anything I wanted to be!

He was my champion. He held my heart throughout the toughest times of my life. When my son died suddenly at just 16, he would call me every day and sit on the phone with me, even if it was just to cry. He was my biggest cheerleader when I was suddenly a single mom and had to find a new career. If I struggled financially, he would always offer to help, but miraculously his encouragement and business expertise guided me to not need to...

He always believed I was his shining star. Dad died just a few years ago at 90. To this day I can still hear his voice in my head. "Sandy, you got...

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An Open Mind Gives You the Greatest Gifts in Life

linkedin musings Nov 10, 2021

There’s a reason I’m telling this silly story… and it's not the outfit I'm wearing. I didn’t know when I got dressed that day, I’d blend in with the desert landscape that surrounds our home in Tucson! I wonder if when I’m at my home in California, I look like my backyard? Why do I have two homes? Because I married a man a few years ago who already had a place of his own on 3 ½ acres and…. his business is located in Tucson. People questioned whether a marriage could work that spanned two states. I’d say it does with the right kind of planning in our personal lives and businesses… plus, a little spontaneity thrown in (like the time I drove 6 ½ hours at night because I couldn’t stand another day apart… didn’t Celine Dion write a song about that?).

The reason I am sharing this story is that people often have preconceived ideas about what love is, and how it works. Well, we just had our 10th...

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