2012

This year has been longest I can recall in the decades since they started flying by. It has challenged me in ways I could not have predicted even twelve months ago, when I foolishly thought I’d mapped the full landscape of challenges. Much of what I’ve experienced I have not been able to share, partly […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones,The Silly Ones

I was supposed to be married now. I was supposed to live in some sort of expensive housing with my husband—that we owned outright, if you’d have asked my more optimistic and/or financially prudent forbears. In Chicago, most likely. Or the suburbs, for the schools. (I was supposed to get over my Thing about the […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones

Aug 16, 2012 5

A friend in deed

Ten years ago next month—close enough to my birthday to call it the world’s worst present—I was diagnosed with an acute onset of Crohn’s disease. Thanks to great care, a little luck, and the world’s most amazing diet, I was able to avoid both surgery and aggressive, costly immunosuppressive therapy; still, my 11-day stay at the […]

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A mostly monthly but certainly occasional round-up of what I’ve been up to and what’s in the hopper. For full credits and details, see this entry. Colleen of the future (stuff I’ll be doing) For the first time in the three years that I’ve been doing these updates, I have zero plans. (Well, that I can […]

Posted in: The Quotidian Ones

By the time Brooks Palmer’s first book fell in my lap, I didn’t need anyone to tell me that my problem with clutter wasn’t the stuff itself. I knew full well that the crap I couldn’t seem to keep myself from accumulating was connected to circuitry gone awry—that I was collecting things to fill emotional […]

Posted in: The Useful Ones

For the past year, I’ve been traveling around the country, telling people about Chris Guillebeau. (Seriously. You can see it here, starting at 2:48 in.) One reason is that his story—of building a platform from zero to massive, of pursuing “impossible” goals like visiting every country in the world by age 35—never fails to inspire […]

Posted in: The Useful Ones

A mostly monthly but certainly occasional round-up of what I’ve been up to and what’s in the hopper. For full credits and details, see this entry. Colleen of the future (stuff I’ll be doing) “Making People Love You Madly” tour for ASMP [May 3: Tucson, AZ; June 7, Seattle, WA] The last two of my “marketing in […]

Posted in: The Quotidian Ones

It seems like every 10 or 20 years, there’s one breakthrough book in the personal development category. The chronological first of the How-Do-I-Get-There-From-Here? books to help me find my way was Barbara Sher’s Wishcraft. It’s gentle and playful in tone, yet still filled with the kind of useful tools and practical exercises that make a […]

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There are all kinds of myths surrounding the arts, especially where they intersect with commerce. Myths about working when the muse strikes, as opposed to working to increase the odds that she will. Myths about success (“It’s a mysterious mystery come by mysteriously…plus Twitter!”). Enough myths about money to keep the stick-shaking brigade busy for a […]

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I began this series because I was having trouble beginning. (If that ain’t the sound of one hand clapping, I don’t know what is.) I thought that if I kept things small, I could keep things going—I could keep beginning, every day. And damned if it didn’t work, until about two-thirds of the way through, […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones