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.
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.
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 believe that everyone has a primary innate gift, and that with enough cultivation, that innate gift -- writing, singing, playing soccer, healing people, designing buildings, etcetera -- can turn into a superpower.
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?
When I was in my 20s and feeling lost (as opposed to when I was in my 30s and feeling lost, or, earlier, when I was in my teens and feeling lost), I had the good fortune of taking a yoga class at Tranquil Space in Washington, DC, where, in the changing room, I saw a flyer for a book group that would save my life.
I was thrilled to chat with my friend Kimberly Wilson on the latest episode of her podcast, Tranquility du Jour. We talked about my book and about motherhood, yoga, creativity and more. I apparently talk very, very fast.