Category: Words & Wands

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The Real Secret to Moving Past Creative Blocks

Writers often speak of “writer’s block,” as if it’s a real, physical barrier in our way. But one of the best lessons I was ever taught was that writer’s block, artist’s block, and any other type of creative block isn’t always what it appears to be on the surface. That reluctance to create comes from another place. Mostly, it’s our self-doubt, along with a … Read More The Real Secret to Moving Past Creative Blocks

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How to Discover Your True Strengths… and Use Them!

What are your true strengths? I don’t mean your physical strength, like how much you can bench press. Nor do I mean this in the way that job interviewers ask the question. This isn’t about what you do for others, or what you do to qualify for a particular job. Your true strengths are where you excel and feel most authentically like yourself. Think … Read More How to Discover Your True Strengths… and Use Them!

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3 Simple Ways to Brainstorm Amazing Ideas

Last week I delved into the topic of where ideas come from — and also why that’s not the question we should be asking. Instead, it’s more about the three things we need to help our ideas flourish: time, space, and attention. First, let’s assume you have all three: the time to create, the physical and mental space with which to work, and enough … Read More 3 Simple Ways to Brainstorm Amazing Ideas

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Why ‘Where Do Ideas Come From?’ Is the Wrong Question to Ask

Where do ideas come from? Wrong question. Instead: What do ideas need? 3 things: time, space, and attention.

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How to Have Your Most Creative Year Ever

As the year winds down, I’m reflecting on how 2019 shaped up. The verdict? I can safely say that this was my most creative year yet. To name a few things: I painted nearly a dozen pictures, completed an art journal, drew silly comic strips, published an article on LinkedIn, sent colorful postcards to friends and family, added new decorations to my home, rebranded … Read More How to Have Your Most Creative Year Ever

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5 Ways to Set Yearly Goals (and See Results)

For about a decade now, I’ve set goals for myself at the beginning of each year. Ambition has no expiration date, of course, but I’ve found that yearly goals are a good timeframe if I really want to get things done. Getting my master’s degree, following my chosen career path, learning how to read tarot, traveling to retreats on my own, vacationing in Sweden, … Read More 5 Ways to Set Yearly Goals (and See Results)

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Why the Name Words & Wands?

You might be wondering what the phrase Words & Wands means. The name came to me on a chilly October day in the heart of the Catskills.