I was so moved by the artist's open letter earlier today about why she fears motherhood as an artist that I write my own open letter in response.
Do you struggle with your answer to the question, "What do you do?" Does the answer make you feel icky inside?
The announcement that Netflix will offer a year of paid leave for new parents is great... for Netflix employees. But what about everyone else?
Find out how my friend Joanna went from being a Goth Jersey girl to an award-winning writer covering the diseases of poverty, and, later, the founder of an organization to help Ugandan children as well as communications director for the TB Alliance.
If there's a small voice inside of you saying "I miss writing/painting/acting/dancing/[fill in the blank]," this post is an invitation to begin again.
The battle to make time for self-care, even when things are topsy-turvy (...especially when things are topsy-turvy)
Do you love your work? If so, how did you find your path -- and what advice would you offer young people trying to find their way to work they love?
I'm lucky enough to be working on a project for TED, and even luckier that it required me to watch (for a second time) Elizabeth Gilbert's talk about elusive creative genius... and this section of the talk just REALLY stood out to me, this time, and I wanted to share it...
I met Ted because my daughter wouldn't stop talking about his son. They went to daycare together at the time (before Ted left us for Los Angeles!!), and she would come home talking about him every day, to the point where I realized, "We need to have this kid over." Ted and his awesome wife Janina came, too, and we ate bagels and drank bloody marys and talked about living meaningful lives and it was, as Ted would later put it, "A great hang." Fast-forward to a month ago when I got to see an amazing work of art that Ted composed as part of BAM's Next Wave festival (which I wrote about the other day). It made me curious to know more about his creative process, how he managed to make a living as a composer and how he balanced art-making with fatherhood. Read on for his characteristically thoughtful answers -- and do yourself a favor and check out his work at tedhearne.com.
Wouldn't it be cool if writers everywhere wore "I Wrote" stickers as a way of acknowledging the hard work of writing, and to remind us that we aren't in it alone?