How I got my dream job using the Dreambook Planner

A little goal setting can go a long way.

I’m not exaggerating at all with the title on this one. I got my dream job last December, and I have the Rituals for Living Dreambook Planner to thank, at least partially. Here’s how it happened. At the beginning of each year, I meet my bestie, the poet Stephanie Lenox, for a “Board Meeting.” A […]

Come to my talk: Entrance Strategy for Writers Building Platform

I make the mistakes so you don't have to, and then I talk about them.

I’m talking writer websites this Thursday to a great group, the Washington County Writers Forum. As with all my talks, my goal is to give people in the audience actionable steps for making their big projects happen. Writer websites are a problem. Most are just placeholders, somebody out there standing in place, waiting to be […]

Meet me in McMinnville for World Tessellation Day

I'm doing this thing, I hope you'll join me.

June 17 is #WorldTessellationDay! I am throwing a party for the holiday I created tomorrow at the public library in McMinnville, Ore. When: 1:30 p.m. Where: Carnegie room What?: Something old, something new, something crunchy! This is the second World Tessellation Day celebration. If you were at the first, I’m switching things up a bit. […]

Ready to Start a World Holiday? Identify how people can engage with the thing.

How to build a community around donuts, patterns, walking plants to work and other nonsense.

Starting a global holiday is really not that difficult. It only requires a bit of understanding about subcultures and what drives strangers to connect around an idea on social media. This is the second in a series I’m writing about starting your own world holiday. These posts are based on the ideas and approaches I’ve […]

Move your desk, change your life

A jedi mind-hack for the work-at-home professional

Where your desk is located in your home office, what it faces, what sits behind you as you create, where your office is located: All of these things affect your creative work. I have moved my desk three times after becoming a work-at-home creative professional. The first time, I had just met feng shui and […]

I made a gift for you: 10 Game-changing Takeaways for Professional Creative Life

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It’s here! I made a 10-page quick guide for you featuring some of the seminal lessons I’ve learned in 10 years working as a professional creative. What’s in the guide: Personal stories of creative problems overcome Inspiration for the creative journey Short activities to make sure you’re on the right path Advice for dealing with […]

5 great takeaways for the creative life from Greg McKeown’s Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

What a management consultant can teach creatives about setting priorities.

For years a discussion has been brewing about what makes a person an adult. I’ve figured it out. It’s not having kids, buying a house, ironing your shirt, or being in a career-track job. It is having defined priorities: Knowing what yours area and aligning your life in pursuit of those priorities. Greg McKeown gets […]

On grief nesting

A strawberry to get you through tough times.

I have been grief nesting. Anger cleaning and sorrow cheese-making. Despair canning. Trying to enter the circle of passing on gifts, heartbreak jam, because the stories coming out of Portland about three men and the young women they were compelled to protect from hatred have shaken me at my core. Here’s the thing about stories. You […]

Want to start a world holiday? PART 1

Start with why people should care.

In just a few weeks I will celebrate the world holiday I created, World Tessellation Day. Actually, that’s wrong. I had the crazy idea to start a world holiday around interlocking tiled mosaic patterns, but it was a couple hundred people, many of them fantastically creative math play advocates, who made it happen and who […]

Kim Cooper Findling knows all the places

Bend before the greatness of Central Oregon's loveliest travel writer

You’ve been to Bend, yadda yadda, you’ve done the things. Well, sort of. Maybe you keep going back to Lava Lands every year (I know I do), or your annual pilgrimage to Todd Lake feels like a homecoming you’ve been there so much. That’s all fine and good, but you haven’t tapped out of the […]