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Should You Grab Hold of that One Great Idea?

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Your Purpose as a Writer by on March 2, 2011 0 Comments • views: 515
Should You Grab Hold of that One Great Idea?

In April 1950, Einstein’s article, “On the Generalized Theory of Gravitation” was published in Scientific American. In it, he wrote: “Once a theoretical idea has been acquired, one does well to hold fast to it until it leads to an untenable conclusion.” Ideas can be fleeting things—especially if they arise from the inner voice. What […]

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Not Sure What You Want? Take a Trip to Fantasy Island

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on February 23, 2011 0 Comments • views: 460
Not Sure What You Want? Take a Trip to Fantasy Island

You may remember a television show that was popular in late 70s and early 80s—Fantasy Island. It starred the handsome Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban) as the island’s host, and his sidekick, Tattoo (Hervé Villechaize). It ran for seven successful seasons on ABC, ending in 1984. In case you missed it, characters would pay to come […]

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5 Signs You’re Ready to Follow Your Own Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on February 21, 2011 0 Comments • views: 712
5 Signs You’re Ready to Follow Your Own Voice

Have you noticed some changes in your thinking lately? Are you tired of the same old routine? “If a professional loses the love of work,” wrote artist Ada Bethune, “routine sets in, and that’s the death of work and life.” “It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t,” writes Dr. James Gordon, founder and director […]

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Ladies, Listen to Your Inner Voice and Avoid a Heart Attack

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on February 18, 2011 0 Comments • views: 454
Ladies, Listen to Your Inner Voice and Avoid a Heart Attack

Janine Krolikowski, ultrasound technician, had a heart attack at the age of 46. (She’s featured in February’s issue of Prevention.) Her mother had died of heart disease at 49, and her father at 51, but she never suspected that the disease could hit her so early in life, or that her symptom of dull pain […]

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3 Distractions That Can Drown Out Your Inner Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on February 16, 2011 0 Comments • views: 756
3 Distractions That Can Drown Out Your Inner Voice

We all have them—distractions that keep us from listening to our own inner voices. They include the ones we might suspect—drugs, alcohol, sex, and television. But distractions can come in other forms not so readily noticeable. Sometimes we can really fool ourselves into thinking we’re being productive, when really we’ve just found another way to […]

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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: 614
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: 514
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: 700
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: 464
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: 696
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: 467
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: 472
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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