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May
22

Eight Ways to Build Your Creative Courage

People often comment on how brave I was to travel alone to Afghanistan twice with the Afghan Women’s Project to photograph and interview women. For many, that might be a brave thing to do, but I have a history of solo travel in the developing world. It felt like an adventure to me.   Where […]

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May
08

One Big Lie Creative People Tell Themselves That Prevents Growth

While I’m not sure that the one big lie we tell ourselves is much different from anyone else, I know my fellow creative class are making up similar excuses to mine. I tell myself these little “untruths” which are all aspects of the same lie: that I have to be in the mood to produce […]

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Apr
24

3 Ways to Diminish Your Creative Fear

Cue the Procrastination Everything  starts with an idea. Many times… a big, shiny, bright, new idea. I often become lost in vivid daydreams of a new idea, viewing it from different angles, seeing my expanded vision in Technicolor and imagining crowds of people admiring and loving my creation. I’m so excited about my idea. I’m […]

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Apr
10

How to Manage Productivity Goals

Defining Productivity When people think about productivity, they assume that if they can check a large number of things off their to-do list then they’re being productive. That can be a part of it, (a fun part in my book) but it’s not the most important part.     Productivity is about how we spend […]

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Mar
27

Creating Your Own Accountability

How I Stayed Motivated While Writing My Book Writing a book (or dissertation) is very different from writing a blog or articles. I was recently asked how I stayed motivated while writing my book, Gathering Strength: Conversations with Afghan Women. The simple answer is that I had something to say and was driven to say […]

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Mar
14

Focusing When You Have ADD

Focusing can be a challenge for any of us, but when you have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), keeping your mind on your task can become a monumental effort. Not only does no technique work for everyone, even those that do work for you can sometimes lose their effectiveness over time or will only work in […]

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Mar
01

If I knew then what I know now…

Did a project you started end up being much harder than you anticipated when you began? I have had this happen because I often dive into a project without having a clear understanding of everything involved until I face it—which has worked well for me because several times, had I known all that would be involved, […]

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Feb
14

Counting Down to Launch

Launching a new product is such an exciting time! Visions of extravagant success dance in my head. I love working closely with my team to get everything in order, making sure that nothing is left out or forgotten. Seeing our progress toward the launch and imagining my grateful customers is inspiring. Approaching this last part […]

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