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essay, fitness

How to Stay Motivated

Staying motivated is a lifelong problem. It applies to everyone. If you lose your motivation, you stop caring. If you stop caring, you lose your sense of purpose. Without a sense of purpose, you lose your center and start drifting. This could lead to a feeling of emptiness that can be associated with depression. I… Continue reading How to Stay Motivated

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Art, essay, Music

Magic Can Come From Routine

Creativity is mysterious, but there is one constant in a creative life: You have to make space for it. Making space requires carving out time. The amount of time is up to you. It could be 10 min. a day, or an hour a week, for example. If you establish a routine and stick to… Continue reading Magic Can Come From Routine

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Art, essay

Ambition: Make It Work for You, Not Against You

I've been thinking a lot about ambition lately, for a few reasons. I've just turned 40. Twenty-twenty has come to a close, and we're at the start of a new year. It's a time to think about new mountains to climb, starting with clear intentions. I've been ambitious since I was a kid. When you're… Continue reading Ambition: Make It Work for You, Not Against You

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Art, essay, garden

Garden Buddha

We bought a Buddha statue from a local chain store called Rups Big Bear (fun and useful finds at great prices!) about a year ago, and it's been a wonderful edition to our yard. I used to display it in a corner of our pool, imagining that it watches benevolently over our surroundings. I've since… Continue reading Garden Buddha

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Art, essay

The View at 40

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett I turn 40 this month. The official start of middle age. Wow. It's a milestone. A good time to take stock, as I typically do on my birthday. I give the last year a thumb's up. I aim to make progress on at least one thing every year, and in my… Continue reading The View at 40