There are certain random activities that seem to stimulate creative thinking. Several people have told me that they come up with their best ideas in the shower, or when driving. Walking, particularly in the woods, is one of those activities for me. There is nothing more inspiring -- and nothing that inspires more contemplation -- than being in nature. I've … Continue reading Wandering and Wondering
Writing can be easy. Writing WELL is hard. While many people are creative, and even excellent storytellers, writing WELL demands even more than this.
Each of us is the hero in our own individual life stories. If we’ve allowed that focus to shift – if we’re allowing others to make decisions for us, or we’re looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places, instead of within ourselves – it’s time to do some recasting in the productions of our lives.
One of my favorite things about hiking is the solitude. But sometimes, unexpected social encounters on the trail are welcome and interesting. I was surprised yesterday morning to have two such encounters.
I learned a lot of important lessons from my experience of burning out at work. Though following these lessons is easier said than done, your happiness -- and mine -- depends on putting them into practice.
It's vitally important that parents and teachers encourage, and try to understand, the special gifts of their introverted children -- not try to mold them into something they're not, or make them feel like they are weird or "less than."
For good or ill, I've never been a slave to routine. But since leaving my 9 to 5 job nearly two years ago, my life has become downright random ... in the best way! I've discovered that when you make space and time in your life for "the random," some pretty amazing things happen. Take … Continue reading Making Time for ‘the Random’
Being in therapy can be "the best of times," and "the worst of times"; it can bring "wisdom" or be the epitome of "foolishness" (i.e., a waste of time). My first two adventures in therapy are good examples of each type of possible experience. As I've mentioned previously, I've likely suffered from some form of … Continue reading A Tale of Two Therapists
Last week, my husband and I spent four days of camping and hiking in Wisconsin's Interstate State Park. The 1,330-acre park is located in Polk County in northwestern Wisconsin -- just across the St. Croix River from Minnesota. It is the oldest state park in Wisconsin, and though I'm no expert in my state's park … Continue reading Beauty, Basalt and Bugs at Interstate State Park
As I recounted in my last post, I recently got caught on the trail in severe weather. Though there was lightning/thunder, the damaging winds threatened my safety the most. The experience left me wondering what I could have done better in this circumstance, and how I can avoid situations like this in the future. Hindsight … Continue reading Weathering the Storm on the Trail, Part Two
On Thursday, I had the scariest experience I ever have had on a hike. Truth be told, it was one of the most mortally scary experiences of my life. I got caught on the trail during a powerful windstorm. Though I don't claim to be an expert hiker, I'm not stupid either. So how did I allow myself to get in such a bad situation?