Brené Brown on Owning Your Story & the Power of Vulnerability

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will […]

Share

Joseph Conrad on Fiction, Art and the Power of the Written Word

Fiction — if it at all aspires to be art — appeals to temperament. And in truth it must be, like painting, like music, like all art, the appeal of one temperament to all the other innumerable temperaments whose subtle and resistless power endows passing events with their true meaning, and creates the moral, the […]

Share

Music | Be Fair With Me Baby By Billie Holiday

“Don’t threaten me with love, baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain.” ― Billie Holiday In honour of Jazz diva, Billy Holiday’s 100th birthday this week, instead of sharing poetry, here’s a little music to brighten your day. Click the Spotify player to have a listen or click here, and scroll down for the […]

Share

Rainer Maria Rilke on Writing Being Your Purpose and Judging Art

Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: […]

Share

Pema Chödrön on the Moment, Not Taking Things Personally and Liberation

How to taste the quality of the moment by Pema Chödrön It could be the main koan of your life. How to taste the quality of the moment, of the week, without the labels of good and bad, or succeeding and failing. But really just get used to tasting or knowing or experiencing the quality […]

Share

Anne Lamott on Perfectionism, People-Pleasing and Shooting for the Moon

“…Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so […]

Share

Henry Miller’s 11 Tips to Writing Well

Writing Advice by Henry Miller These writing tips were originally written by Anaïs Nin’s not-so-secret lover in Henry Miller’s book, On Writing. 1. Work on one thing at a time until finished. 2. Start no more new books, add no more new material to “Black Spring.” 3. Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in […]

Share