• Inspiration

    Don’t Think Twice Is the Writer’s Journey Too

    Last Saturday, I saw a movie about comedy that inspired me as a writer. It was Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice, a sharply realistic yet sweet portrait of a New York improv group. They’re unknown comedians who make people laugh by night but work by day to stay afloat. And they’re friends, and smart, and loving, and sometimes selfish. They’ve performed in The Commune for years but when the manager of the theater announces the building’s been sold and the theater is…

  • Inspiration

    Tricking Myself Into Productivity

    When I’m pressed for time, I put tasks off until later. So I’ve decided to do what I do when I’m convinced I have no time to garden in my yard. I think, “I can’t weed right now, I’ve got to take make dinner. Besides, the garden is a mess. I need a bigger chunk of time on another day to clean it up.” I trick myself. I promise myself that I’m going to work for a small amount of time:…

  • Books,  Inspiration

    The Inspiring Idea of Being a Linchpin

    Linchpin Book, The Inspiring Idea of Being a Linchpin, Karen Hugg, The Cultivated Life, https://karenhugg.com/2013/01/20/linchpin-book/ #SethGodin #Linchpin #Inspirationalbooks #Business

    A few weeks ago, I came across the perfect book to inspire new behavior. It’s called Linchpin by Seth Godin. Godin is a motivational guru and book writer who writes about living up to one’s potential at a job. But Linchpin is about more than succeeding in business, it’s actually about succeeding as an artist. For Godin, the word “artist” is synonymous with the word “linchpin.” He believes that in our highly competitive, fast-changing world you have to be a creative, problem-solving spirit who…

  • Inspiration

    Moving to Seattle: The Best Decision I Ever Made

    airplane interior, Moving to Seattle: The Best Decision I Ever Made, Karen Hugg, The Cultivated Life, https://karenhugg.com/2013/01/18/moving-to-seattle, Photo by Suhyeon Choi #moving #Seattle #movingtoSeattle

    Today is my 21st anniversary of moving to Seattle. I came here in late January of 1992. I was just out of graduate school, my job had been eliminated, and I had no romantic partner in my life. I’d visited the Northwest the previous October, staying with my aunt and uncle who’d recently moved here themselves. As I explored the area, I fell utterly in love with the giant trees, the beautiful lakes, and spectacular mountain countryside. When I mentioned…