Blab-o-Denise

Out on a Limb Creatively

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Out on a Limb Creatively

Without vulnerability, you cannot create. – Brené Brown I took that picture through the screen of a window in my meditation room, just after finishing Day 9 of the 21-Day “Manifesting True Success” Meditation Experience. Deepak Chopra had just been talking about what it means to stretch beyond where you can reach, then we meditated and when I opened my eyes, there was the squirrel! I couldn’t imagine a better representation of my meditation than this squirrel out on a limb, stretching, risking to get to what she...

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Glorious Gratitude

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 6 comments

Glorious Gratitude

The picture in my featured image is one I took earlier this week on a run/jog on the High Line Canal Trail that runs through a few counties and has some awesome views, as you can see. It feels like my days have been non-stop action so it was wonderful to take time on a beautiful sunny day—it reached 80 degrees that afternoon!—and just be. When I started my warm up walk, I automatically put my earbuds in and started flipping through some of my running podcasts… when I heard birds chirping. I paused. Tilted my head. And then I...

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Working Through a Negative Emotion

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Working Through a Negative Emotion

“Let everything happen to you – Beauty and terror – Just keep going. No feeling is final.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke I can’t get over this quote. How often have I been stuck in a negative emotion, unable to see past it; believing I would always feel that way. But no feeling is final. It will pass into another feeling. That is incredibly powerful, both personally and professionally. Last week my agent checked in with all of the publishers who were considering my rhyming board book. Not long after, four had responded with a pass....

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Enjoy the Writing Process

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Enjoy the Writing Process

I know I’ve said this before over the years, but for some reason I’m really aware of the steps these days. For example, the other day I took time to get my writing space clear the night before I planned to write. As I looked around the space and thought about where I would be the next day, I felt really good. I was excited about what I would create and my mind was already turning over possibilities for Fade Away.   What I Used to Do In the past, I would enjoy the moment of creating, but then my mind would jump to: Will my...

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Telling the Inner Critic to SHUT UP

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Telling the Inner Critic to SHUT UP

Recently I was reading three financial tips from Tony Robbins and they really resonated in all areas of my life. I reworded the first one so it fit my writing and career a little better: What do you tend to focus on more— what you’ve accomplished or what you haven’t accomplished? Here’s what my mean ol’ inner critic was saying on Monday: You didn’t work on FADE AWAY at all last week. You’re never going to finish! Remember the surprise on some people’s faces at your critique meeting when you...

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