The Artist's Creed

The Artist’s Creed “I believe I am worth the time it takes to create whatever I feel called to create. I believe that my work is worthy of its own space, which is worthy of the name Sacred. I believe that, when I enter this space, I have the right to work in silence, uninterrupted, for as long as I choose. I believe that the moment I open myself to the gifts of the Muse, I open myself to the Source of All Creation and become One with the Mother of Life Itself. I believe that my work is joyful, useful, and constantly changing, flowing through me like a river with no beginning and no end. I believe that what it is I am called to do will make itself known when I have made myself ready. I believe that the time I spend creating my art is as precious as the time I ... [Continue Reading]

What I Really Want

“We don’t always know what makes us happy. We know, instead, what we think should. We are baffled and confused when our attempts at happiness fail…we are mute when it comes to naming accurately our own preferences, delights, gifts, talents. The voice of our original self is often muted, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations. The tongue of the original self is the language of the heart.” --Julia Cameron

What I really want, even if it’s hard to admit.

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A Risk I Took to Save Myself

In Wild, the author recounts her months-long hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, a journey that she took entirely alone after life as she'd known it had fallen apart.

"It was a world I'd never been to and yet had known was there all along…one I'd staggered to in sorrow and confusion and fear and hope. A world I thought would both make me into the woman I knew I could become and turn me back into the girl I'd once been." --Cheryl Strayed, Wild

Write about a time when you embarked upon something new and challenging, frightening, or even dangerous—as a way to find an answer, to rediscover something essential about yourself. Tell us about what you did—the adventure, the journey, the risks you took—what drove you there, and who you were when you emerged ... [Continue Reading]