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Scoutie Girl Contributions - May to September, 2014

This July marked two years writing for Scoutie Girl. I started out with bi-weekly submissions and at one point brought it down to monthly contributions. Most times, selfishly I suppose, I write exactly what I need to hear.

Here are my five most recent posts:

How to Survive the Cubicle When You'd Rather Be in the Studio Making Stuff  Sometimes, as creatives, our day jobs leave us feeling like we lead a double life: office vs. studio, left vs. right, gray vs. color. These seven tips have helped me counter my cubicle woes and make my time at the office a little more palatable when really, I'd much rather be in the studio. Because, well, who wouldn't rather be in the studio?

Six Practices to Help Quiet the Mind  There are many paths to stillness of the mind and with every practice I learn more about what works for me and what doesn’t. Should you feel a need to slow down and create quiet in your heart and mind, one of these practices may be a good place to start.

Fill Your Spaces With the Right Content By Learning to Sit With the Unresolved  Sometimes sitting with empty or unresolved spaces - both literally and figuratively - is the best way to make sure we fill them with the right things.

5 Ways You're Creative Even When You Think You're Not  Maybe you think you're not creative because you "couldn't draw a stick figure even if you tried", but I'd counter that you are. Creativity comes in many forms that don't involve using a pencil!

Three Practices to Help Navigate Transition  It’s not always easy to navigate that space between where you’ve let go of something old, but aren’t quite sure what form the new will take yet. These three practices have helped me move through transition periods in the past and still do today.

Scoutie Girl Contributions - January to April, 2014

Well, it seems I've been slacking off a little. I've contributed not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Scoutie Girl posts since I've last told you about them here. Oopsy! And they're good ones too!

In case you haven't seen them, voici:

Five Tips to Help You Build a Creative Practice If you’ve been thinking of implementing a regular creative practice, this post offers five great tips to help you get started. They worked for me - twice. In fact, these tips could be used to build any kind of regular practice or routine, not just the creative kind.

Five Ways to Work With Your Muse How do you build and maintain a solid partnership with your muse? I have a few ideas, but really, I'd love to know, how do YOU do it?

What could you choose to reset today? There's always a chance to press the reset button, whether it's on a particular project, a relationship, or even on our own perspective. Once you get a hang of it (not saying this is an easy task), it can be very freeing.

The Gift of Rest (A Love Letter to the Tired, the Frustrated and the Disenchanted) Sometimes we just feel plain ol' tired and all we need is to give ourselves permission to rest. If you're in that camp you are not alone. I think I wrote this post as much for myself as I did for anyone else.