Allow me to spoil a subplot for you.
Things get rough for happy-go-lucky Princess Anna this time around. She loses people. She loses hope. She finds herself alone in a dark cave and all she wants to do is lie down there and never get up.
So she has this quiet, dimly-lit scene. We watch her struggle, hear her argue with herself. And we witness her decision, through the hopelessness, to move forward, just one step. And then she does it again. And another. And another. Infinite decisions, time after time, to “do the next right thing.”
I was working with a new editing client and we had gone through a couple of rounds of revisions together when she sent me this note: “How did you develop your eye and skill?” she asked. “Your insights and the way you seem to understand what I want to say are incredible.”
There’s no shortcut here, I’m sorry to tell you. But as I told her, the good news is — it’s totally learnable.
In college, I was delighted to find a class called “Creative Nonfiction Writing” in my course catalog. …
As the owner of a coaching business, you’re constantly tackling a list of Big Urgent Things That Need To Be Handled Right Now.
It can feel like you’re drowning: coaching sessions, prep work, program curricula, client relationship maintenance, networking one-on-ones . . .
You’re constantly underwater, struggling to come up for a gasp of air before another wave pulls you down into the sea of minutiae.
There’s this constant push-and-pull because you know you can make a difference in people’s lives. Your coaching sessions build up your soul and leave you…
As one by one we peek out of our apartments and houses, and head into classrooms and offices and shops, we’re facing a new challenge: being heard and understood behind three layers of cotton.
Although it’s not an issue of “just speaking louder,” volume is part of it.
And if you’re a teacher, a cashier, or anyone who has to speak throughout your day, you might find your voice feeling fatigued pretty early on.
One way to help alleviate the strain, fatigue, and pain we feel is to give our voices a gentle warm-up before starting our day.
Mornings are hectic. Work inboxes are already overflowing, traffic is crawling, and who used your car keys last?
Plus — getting kids, backpacks, and science projects out the door should be an Olympic sport.
Seriously. You deserve a gold medal every. damn. day.
And if you’ve gotta throw some toast on a plate or Cheerios into a cup for the commute, look. I get it. We’ve all been there.
But you also know that eating a healthy breakfast has a big impact on how we all — kids and adults — learn, focus, and create.
So what do we do?
You’re Luke Skywalker. You’ve got raw talent and a stubbornness that will take you places. Not to mention — you’re pretty cute, too.
(You know it.)
And then there’s Yoda. Wise, wrinkly, and a master of his art with 900 years of experience behind him. He knows his stuff, and you’re lucky enough to be learning from him. Follow his lead and you just might become a Jedi master, too.
As it turns out, though, Yoda isn’t just a Jedi master. Oh, no. He’s got so many more tricks up his sleeve.
And if you’re looking to improve your writing…
Imagine you’re President Obama. You’re standing at a podium at McCormick Place in Chicago, and your farewell address is about to be broadcast to over 24 million people around the globe.
Or maybe you’re Stephen Colbert and you’ve been selected to speak at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Or activist Valarie Kaur, as she gives a passionate keynote speech to attendees of the Bioneers Conference.
Imagine the connection these speakers have with their audiences. The crowd leans in. They respond. The speakers weave a story that keeps the listeners following one moment to the next.
If you’re just…
In Utah, New York, and in Michigan, too
All of the people were waiting for blue
Skies and blue water,
Green trees and green grasses,
Picnics and beach days and endings of classes.
But Coronavirus had different ideas.
’Cause COVID liked coughing and aching and wheezes.
“Stay in your houses!”
The Mayors proclaimed.
“You’re safest at home ’til this virus is tamed.”
So as winter ended and springtime emerged
We watched from the windows
And hid from the scourge.
We homeschooled and gardened
And knitted up sweaters
We Zoomed and we baked
And mailed old-fashioned letters.
And when things got…
Maybe you’re visiting The Big City for the first time. Maybe it’s just been a while since you rode a bus. Or maybe you’re just looking to step up your public transportation game.
No matter what, I’ve got you covered.
First off: the Chicago Transit Authority has pretty simple instructions for riding the bus—instructions that are so nonspecific and unhelpful that you can use them to ride any bus, anywhere!
1. Find your bus stop and wait near the sign.
2. Get on the right bus.
Obviously they’ve glazed over some of the finer points of urban travel…
I heard a woman sobbing outside my window, trying to catch her breath.
My apartment building juts right up to the sidewalk. My bedroom overlooks the street. I often hear folks’ music, phone conversations, car noises . . . but my ears pricked up at the sound of her voice.
I turned off my bedroom light and peered through my curtains. I couldn’t see her. Her voice had gotten quieter, but she was still out there.
I grabbed my phone and keys, put on my mask, and raced down the stairs. …