• Books,  Inspiration

    Gretchen Rubin on How to Be a Better Person

    Gretchen Rubin, Gretchen Rubin on How to Be a Better Person, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/05/31/changing-habits #changinghabits #habits #personalgrowth #selfhelp

    Gretchen Rubin’sĀ Better Than BeforeĀ fits right in with The Cultivated Life principle: how to grow for the better. This warm, down-to-earth book tackles the subject of personal habits and how to master them. Habits are the architecture of our lives, Rubin says, and changing habits involves knowing your personality. This forces us to examine exactly who we are and how we operate in the world. But once we identify these characteristics, we can begin to improve ourselves. It’s a fresh perspective…

  • Inspiration

    4 Reasons Why I Love My Journal

    Journal with a William Morris print with plants and flowers on cover

    I’ve always thought keeping a journal meant writing long passages of insight about your life and its meaning, a diary a la Anais Nin or The Artist’s Way that someday after you die would reveal who you secretly were. I’ve tried to do this in the past but it never stuck. But after reading Show Your Work, I’ve realized that keeping a journal is the opposite. It can be disjointed, messy, inspired, and mundane. It’s a reflection of the nonlinear…

  • Inspiration

    Share What You Create From a Favorite Place

    Share What You Create From a Favorite Place, Karen Hugg, www.karenhugg.com, #writing, #promotion

    If you are a creator, chances are you want folks to see your work. Creative people know what I’m talking about. (Of course, we’re all creative in some way.) Yes, we paint, we write, we knit, we make stuff because it pleases us, because it sends us into a zone where we lose track of time, but we ultimately want to share our creations with the world. We need to take on that dirty word “self-promotion.” But how do artists…

  • Inspiration

    Saturday Morning, the Most Hopeful Time of the Week

    For many of us, Saturday morning is the first morning of the week where we wake up and have nowhere to go. We may go to the gym, but that’s our choice. We may drive a kid to an activity, but that’s our choice. If we tackle the weeds waiting in our yard, that’s also our choice. Saturday morning is the morning of choices, of possibilities when we’re free of a 9-to-5 day job that traps us in a schedule…