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5 Clues You May Be Living Someone Else’s Life

Filed in Your Purpose as a Writer by on February 11, 2011 0 Comments • views: 388
5 Clues You May Be Living Someone Else’s Life

Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple Computer) said in his commencement address at Stanford University on June 12, 2005: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” This is what listening to your own inner voice is all about—living your own life. But how do you know if that’s what you’re doing, […]

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Where is Your Time Going?

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on February 9, 2011 0 Comments • views: 338
Where is Your Time Going?

In the throes of an Idaho winter, on Superbowl weekend, I learned that I was expected to watch the game. I was asked by friends, family, and co-workers what my plans were for “Superbowl” weekend. While grocery shopping I was surrounded by families picking up goodies for the great event, from hot dogs to chips […]

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When Dating, Listen to Your Inner Voice

Filed in Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on February 4, 2011 0 Comments • views: 484
When Dating, Listen to Your Inner Voice

Why do so many of us get into relationships that are bad for us? It all comes down to whether or not we’re listening—to ourselves. If you’re still single and dating, you may wonder how best to tune into that wise person inside. The following tips may help you out. Above all, no matter how […]

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Fighting Families to Find Our Own Voices

Filed in Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on February 2, 2011 0 Comments • views: 338
Fighting Families to Find Our Own Voices

“One minute you’re standing strong,” writes Adam Appleson, founder of ZenTactics, “and the next minute a cutting remark or something they do just rips you apart emotionally. “You’re trying your best to break new ground in your life, and all of a sudden someone is saying ‘you can’t do it’ or some other negative remark.” […]

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Not Listening to Your Inner Voice? There Will be Consequences!

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on January 29, 2011 0 Comments • views: 556
Not Listening to Your Inner Voice? There Will be Consequences!

I was recently reminded of the serious consequences of not listening to my own inner voice. That reminder was painful. My exercise of choice is running. In sixth grade, I joined the cross country team, and couldn’t believe it when I crossed the finish line of my first race in eleventh place. I continued through […]

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Lesson from a Witch’s Son: Doing Nothing will Get You Nowhere

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 21, 2011 0 Comments • views: 366
Lesson from a Witch’s Son: Doing Nothing will Get You Nowhere

I’m currently reading a story that illustrates the difficulty in hearing and following one’s own inner voice. My older brother introduced me to the Gregory Maguire books—titles like Wicked (the novel upon which the musical was based) and the more recent A Lion Among Men. Right now I’m in the middle of Son of a […]

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Goals that Suit Your Inner Voice

Filed in The Writing Life by on January 13, 2011 0 Comments • views: 337
Goals that Suit Your Inner Voice

Science has proven that setting goals helps us achieve what we want to achieve, from weight loss to financial success to surgical recovery to academic honors. Why, then, do so many people find the process ineffective? I’ve always been a committed goal-setter. Every year I create a Word document that lists my goals, and every […]

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Retirement: Are You Listening to Your Own Voice?

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 11, 2011 0 Comments • views: 315
Retirement: Are You Listening to Your Own Voice?

In our culture, we’re told that at the age of 65, we should retire. Just who came up with this number? Who are we listening to, if we decide to comply? German Chancellor Otto von Bismark was the first to declare 65 the official retirement age back in the late 1800s when he introduced the […]

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Even a King Can Struggle to Find His Own Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on January 5, 2011 0 Comments • views: 374
Even a King Can Struggle to Find His Own Voice

Back in the late 1930s and early ’40s, King George the VI of England had to be the voice of the nation through the dark days of World War II, and he had to do it via various speeches delivered over the new “wireless”—what radio was called in those days. The whole idea of a […]

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Little Voices Can Have a Big Influence

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 4, 2011 0 Comments • views: 343
Little Voices Can Have a Big Influence

Over the holidays, I spent a week babysitting my two nephews, ages four and two-and-a-half. They’re still learning and experimenting with language, and their special ways of saying things are inventive and original—though they may not seem so after the hundredth time hearing them! An example: We played a counting game at lunchtime to encourage […]

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Our Voices May Be Quiet, but Never Silent

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Your Purpose as a Writer by on December 18, 2010 0 Comments • views: 367
Our Voices May Be Quiet, but Never Silent

I learned something today at my haircut appointment: the stylists who are successful may or not be good at cutting your hair. What they are good at is making people feel good. And that’s no accident. It’s a calling. Take my stylist, Melissa. Her initial education was in the medical field. Raised in California, she […]

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Voice of Violence?

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on December 16, 2010 0 Comments • views: 314
Voice of Violence?

I was just as shocked as anyone to see the news story on the shooting at the Panama City, Florida school board meeting yesterday, December 14th. If you didn’t catch the story, a disgruntled ex-convict named Clay Duke attended the meeting where the board was discussing typical school-board business. He listened for awhile, then walked […]

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