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Hiding Out In Plain Sight – Again!

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I know, this is not the first time I’ve disappeared from my blog.

This time I’ve fallen off the blog wagon because my life has been scrambled upside down in an Alice-in-Wonderland now I’m small/now I’m tall sort of way.

The story is as old as the hills: met my Prince Charming, got engaged, had full replacement right knee surgery (and for those who aren’t up to speed on this lovely medical wonder – it takes at least 3 to 4 months to ramp up to semi-normal!), moving out of my home of decades (now rented to grad students and musicians) and into one of my youngest daughter’s home until my fiancé’s renovations on his place are finished, after which there will be a wedding and I will move again!

Right this minute I’m sitting my in “old” home office surrounded by half-packed bags and boxes (and I have to be out of here in 2 more days!) thinking – yikes, my lovely artists have no idea where I’ve gone to.

My creative career coaching practice is still breathing, only quietly, in the background while I integrate all of these changes.

Over the years, I’ve worked with and talked to artists who have had to move and figure out how to become part of their new community.

And now, here I am, doing the very same thing.

In the meantime, for those of you who want to stay on this journey with me, I’ll be re-posting some evergreen blog posts that will enliven your creative career while I figure out how to get through this darn door…oh, yes, I see that bottle that says “Drink Me” on the table.

Let’s see what happens next….

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Success Is A Slippery Slope

ariane of smartist_Success Is A Slippery Slope

Right now, success for me is very simple. How many steps can I take on my new knee before I’m ready to call it quits?

I’m told that, once this healing stage is complete, I’ll be happy, happy, happy that I did this. Right now, I’d trade in one of those happys for a completely pain-free step.

That’s my measure of success today.

Tomorrow, I may surprise myself and success will become a whole other event. Because the one thing I’ve learned is that success is a slippery slope fraught with cultural expectations, personal striving, and an ever-changing mythical landscape dotted with alternating boulders of desire and promise, of hope and despair.

Over and over again, the gold ring of success comes spinning toward us—if only our arms were a bit longer, our aim more accurate, or the damn merry-go-round would just slow down a bit!

Thousands of books, workshops, courses and

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To Be Or Not To Be Successful

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I confess to being seriously delighted with Tony Robbins, the self-help guru. I remember decades ago, when he first hit the speaking circuit, I couldn’t stand him.

Then he, and I, grew up. He also became psychologically savvy – not just a self-help wannabe, and I found his 21st century paradigms of human relationships compelling and spot on.

So I was a little bit

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The Zen of Habits

The Zen of Habits

Habits are very Zen in nature, as they arise from an activity that is practiced until it flows through our lives without a hitch. And without distracting us from whatever comes next. In that sense, Zen and habits are well aligned.

And like Zen, habits are also rituals—rituals of persistence. They offer you a practice in small doses until the persistence of the practice itself becomes a habit.

The caution is that habits turn into meaningless rituals when the original need has shifted, or is gone, but we just keep dialing the same “out of order” number anyway.

Or, a habit can be a smokescreen seducing us with the comfort of familiarity when something

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