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Posts by Amy Isaman

The Power of Doing Nothing to Feed Your Soul (and creativity)

This spring, I started on my newest novel…and have made very little progress. My goal was to WRITE, to get words ON THE PAGE because that’s how progress is measured. Or is it? It’s been so long since I started a new novel project that I’d forgotten a key component. Rather than taking the time…

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Facing Fear Head On & Blasting Through

This happy 4th of July, when we left for a visit to see our son and some dear friends in Colorado, I was looking forward to a little vacation, helping him get settled in his new apartment, maybe taking a fun hike, and focusing on friends and family. And that’s what we did. We spent…

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#truth – You will never complete your to-do list

This whole idea about NEVER totally finishing my to-do list was an epiphany I had this past week. A total ‘DUH’ moment. When have I ever finished my to-do list? Um…never. Have you? I might check all the boxes off of a list I’ve made, but there’s always still laundry to be done, books and…

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Create Your “Ta-Da” list

Let me start this post by saying that a TA DA list is NOT a to-do list. This exercise is not about adding anything else to your already full plate. It’s all about celebrating and shifting your mindset from doing to being and feeling, which is key when you’re trying to get out of overwhelm…

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Are you brave enough to be a beginner?

Starting something new can be terrifying, especially for those of us with, um, some perfectionist tendencies. It’s scary because we might totally suck, it might be hard, it might hurt (I thought I might die after my first Cross-fit class ever), or we might be awkward and terrible.  On the flipside of that super positive…

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Banish the Guilt of “Guilty Pleasures”

I was listening to one of my fav podcasts this week and the host talked about joyfully indulging in a “guilty pleasure” which totally got me thinking…and feeling.  Why? Because…Guilt feels AWFUL. Physically, I get a tight squeezy feeling in my chest, maybe some nausea, and my throat might tighten up.  Emotionally, I run through…

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22 Ideas for going on a Date…with Yourself

Have you ever taken yourself on a date, to enjoy your own company, unwind, and do something JUST for you? Not so you can become more “dateable,” or find love or check the “self-care item” off your to-do list. The reason to go on a date with yourself is to have FUN. Have you ever…

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How do you like to have fun?

Do you even know what you like to do for fun anymore? This has been an interesting question/thought that I’ve been playing with and journaling about because I have had the horrifying realization that… a) I wasn’t sure I knew what I liked to do for fun which made me feel like the stodgiest dullest…

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10 Lessons on Having More Fun from 40 Days of Play

Focusing on playing and having more fun for the past 40 days has been eye-opening. I’ve had fun and also made some discoveries about how to play, who I am when I play, and that I’m a much happier person (who I like a lot more) when I play. #1 – Fun is there all…

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How to use Play & Joy to Stop People Pleasing

This is a BIG one for me and it’s a habit I have that has become SO incredibly obvious during this 40 Days of Play adventure. I am now officially in “people-pleasing” recovery. I thought I’d “recovered” a few years ago and was much further along on my recovery than I actually am. My 40…

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