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Prolific – an update

I started writing this update on a crowded blue line train, trying to reflect on four months into of prolific living while also attempting not to fall over. It was a balancing act not unlike the beginning of my year. In January, I approached everything with gusto, tempting burn out with each passing week. I drifted …

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Follow the energy

In the midst of my year of prolific living, I’ve discovered a new principle that I hope to carry far beyond 2018: follow the energy. On Mondays I lay out all that needs to be accomplished during the week. Then I complete the tasks as my energy leads me. It sounds kind of woo-woo, but it’s pretty …

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February 28th

I don’t know what to write today. I promised posts on the 15th and the 30th of every month. I’m tempted to use the fact that only February has 28 days as an out, but I won’t. One of my StrengthsFinder strengths is responsibility. I feel a deep sense of obligation to keep my commitments–and …

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I am prolific

I am so achievement-oriented that sometimes I have to intentionally not set goals. My inner work revolves around learning to appreciate the process, to experience the joy of doing something just because it feeds your soul. There’s another piece to my goal-setting aversion. I’m afraid of what would happen if I took up the space …

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What matters

It is a Saturday night, and my eyes are tired. My screen has a yellow tint because the app I use to protect my eyesight is trying to tell me that it’s time to go to bed. I’m writing this post instead. I’ve spent most of the evening curled up on my couch, catching up …

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The End of Preparation

I’ve wanted to write more for two years now. And yet, somehow, I’m still not ready. My process looks something like this: Start reading an inspirational book on creativity. Big Magic, If You Want to Write, and Walking on Water are a few such books. Each paragraph nudges me to craft phrases of my own, …

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