Can’t solve that pesky problem? Need some inspiration for your next art project? Or maybe you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and don’t know what to do next with your life. Here are some unique ways to brainstorm some good ideas.


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why-1352167_1280I’ll have the freedom to work whenever I want. I can be with my daughter and give her the quality time that she needs. I can fire clients and I can hire out all those tasks that I really don’t want to do. I can do what I love, and get up every morning motivated and looking forward to the day to come!

Well… Yeah. No.

Right now, I’m having equal moments of frustration and joy in deciding whether to start a business. I am having doubts and feeling confident, often at the exact same time, even. Right now, I am in the trenches, and I don’t know if it will be worth it in the end. 

But this is my experience so far. It might help you decide, too.
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I’d gotten it into my head that waking up at 5:00 AM was a good idea. I set my alarm, settled into bed, and thought about all I would accomplish the next morning. Sure enough, I got a lot done! I tidied the house, started the slow cooker, relaxed with my morning coffee, and caught up on the news. Waking up at 5:00AM was amazing.

At least, that’s what the personal development gurus told me.

I lasted about two weeks. I began collapsing into bed no later than 8:30PM. Sleep felt like nothing more than closing my eyes and immediately opening them to the sound of my alarm. Where I’d spent the first few mornings on productive activities, I was now spending most of my time surfing the internet. Getting up at 5:00 AM was terrible.

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Election season is fun, isn’t it?

I spend a lot of time (maybe too much) perusing social media. In my defense I am a writer, so keeping up with not only what is going on in the world, but also what people are saying about it, is important to me. Even if it is within the microcosm that is the social media world.

Even as a Canadian the discourse has obviously been inundated with US election information, commentary and rhetoric. Somehow this election seems to be more raucous and contentious than most. Which started me wondering why that is.

It would be easy to look to the rise of Trump as the impetus behind it. But given the infighting in even the Democratic race, I think it is more than that. I actually noticed the same trend last year, during the most recent Canadian election season.

I don’t delude myself into believing I am getting the whole picture.  My contacts on social media consist of predominantly privileged, educated liberals.  So as Amy so eloquently explained last week, that liberal, progressive viewpoint is what is presented to me day after day.

One might think that the liberal perspective would come through as a willingness to be open to opposing viewpoints. We expect that liberals would seek to understand people’s differences, not reject them. But what I am actually experiencing appears to be a closing off, digging in, and shutting down.

It appears that liberal political discourse has been stripped of every last vestige of empathy for dissenting opinions. More and more I am seeing contrary political viewpoints being discounted as ignorance or stupidity, and demonized as moral failings. [click to continue…]



In my articles on the Law of Attraction, I rarely mention visualization. I do this because visualization is such a misunderstood topic, and people generally do it in a way that actually increases their resistance, not decreases it.

Myself, I rarely use visualization. I just don’t find a great need for it.

However, it can be useful. So, in this article, I want to discuss the true reason we would ever use visualization to manifest our desires, and how best to use it for that purpose.

Is visualization right for you? 

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