Message from Paradise

I'm seated on the balcony of a cafe overlooking a rice field. It's a soft blue day in Canggu, Bali, an easy-going beach town filled with open-air bars and trendy hotels. Since hitting the road six weeks ago, I've been on a journey that's taken me around the world. My first stop was New York City, a place I called home for 13 years. Two weeks in the city left me feeling turned inside out in all the right ways.

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Reflections on The Artist's Way — Week 3: Recovering a Sense of Power

By the third week of doing The Artist’s Way, I had found a rhythm and was already starting to see some changes in the way I approached my creativity and expression. The book and process require a good amount of personal reflection and introspection. Writing the morning pages each day meant I was tapping into the feelings and thoughts of each day, and the weekly exercises meant a bit of digging around in the past to understand the present.

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City Flea, Manhattan

I’m heading to New York City next month. I’m so excited to catch up with friends and see how things have changed over the past three years since I was there last.

I lived in NYC for 13 years, from 1995 to 2008. I moved there to study architecture at The Cooper Union. Whenever I had a chance, I took elective courses in the art program. Photography was one of my favourite classes.

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Adopting a Training Mindset to Engage Creativity

After years of going back and forth between corporate jobs that didn’t suit me and windows of time making art, I realised that it was time for a shift. I wanted to make my own creativity a more significant part of my life.

It’s been very challenging at times, but I’ve found a few strategies to keep myself in motion. One of these is to adopt a training mindset and an understanding that I will need to keep myself slowly moving in a way that is aligned with my goals.

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Finding Authenticity in My Daily Routine

I recently wrote about how I transformed my creative process through the power of a flexible daily routine.

For a few weeks, I experimented by trying out different habits to support my creative exploration, purpose, and well-being.

Through a process of experimentation, I discovered activities that shifted my mindset, helped me feel in alignment, and generally built up my creative confidence. These included journaling, keeping a sketchbook, and hypnotherapy. I started to weave these habits into my every day, and they naturally became things I loved to do.

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