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Hello! This is my personal blog, wherein I discuss all sorts of random things and share my ideas and creations. You might want to learn more about me, or just browse the newest posts below. Say hello if you'd like. ~ Emma

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Courting the Moon: Allowing Yourself Downtime

The Moon from Tarot of Trees © Dana Driscoll When I do Tarot, the Moon card shows up a lot. It’s a card about our unconscious, and the subtle, rich integration process that accompanies the long slow journey into ourselves. Inevitably I resist it.read more…

Denying the Battle: Retraining Your Brain Away from Habitual Anger and Depression

Some emotional pathways get hardened and ingrained in us, until they have enough power that they can’t be resisted once they start. The only way to stop them is to give them up completely–to learn to recognize the signposts and map entire new pathways around them.read more…

Newer Ideas on Motivation (Intrinsic vs Extrinsic)

This post on Study Hacks takes a look at the classic theories of extrinsic motivation vs. intrinsic, and updates in the field, and it got me thinking. If you’re not familiar with this terminology, roughly, intrinsic motivation is doing something for the sake of it, and extrinsic is doing it for what it will give […]read more…

Walking Into Fire workshop notes

I did a writing workshop last weekend with Jen Louden and friends called Walking Into Fire. It was subtly transformative–no dramatic processing like some workshops I’ve taken, but I’ve noticed my thoughts and actions shifting. Something is freed up in me around my work and purpose–that my thing is really just to be creative.read more…

Curating Yourself: When Old Blog Posts Weigh You Down

Certain problems with blogging have become apparent to me lately: 1) The casual format encourages random dumping of stuff rather than sifting and curating and development of ideas into cohesive, finished pieces. Like books. The more I read and learn, the less patience I have to sort through people’s process. Or my own for that […]read more…

Book: E-myth Mastery

I just read a bit of E-Myth Mastery, which is not at all about what I thought it would be about. The original E-Myth was about systems and processes and automation, but this one is about mindfulness and waking up and understanding who you really are and leadership. (Turns out the first one didn’t really […]read more…

On Not Saving the World (and 2012)

It’s not about saving the world. Duh. It’s about being in the world. According to my psychic friend, the 2012 thing is like this: we are all being pulled like a magnet toward awakening and being more conscious/happy. IE letting go of negative energy states and being pulled into higher ones. It’s happening to us, […]read more…

Maximizers vs Satisficers: Can You Be Happy With Good Enough?

Maximizers are always looking for the best of each thing. Satisficers decide on a good thing and are happy with it. They don’t go for “the perfect thing”, they go for “good enough for me”. A maximizer is like a perfectionist, someone who needs to be assured that their every purchase or decision was the […]read more…

Ink on My Hands

My dad’s hands were often stained with grease from working on the car. My mom’s hands were usually stained from her dye vats. Lately my hands are often stained with ink and paint from making art. I find it an oddly comforting reminder of my lineage. I am leaving shortly to visit my grandmother, who […]read more…

learning to paint faces

Two weeks ago in my art group we got a wild hair to try painting faces. As in not abstract at all. As in make it look like a real thing. Whole new territory for me. Scary, treacherous territory. Except it’s not, it turns out. It rocks. Our lovely mistress of facilitation Serena set us […]read more…