As someone who wants to express themselves authentically in the world, I sometimes get caught up in the New Age idea that if a path is really your calling, it should be easy and effortless. But often, work that is meaningful to us has inherent challenges. Writing and submitting work comes with rejections. These can be hard to deal with in themselves. But they can be disheartening at times when I subconsciously latch on to this belief that things are not working because they are not meant to work.
Books are some of my favorite things. This holiday season, as we look back, I would like to share some beautiful books that would also make great gifts. If you are a writer, a sensitive creative, or someone who wants to give the gift of words this holiday season, you might enjoy these picks. […]
This morning, I read something on the lovely Brainpickings website by the fierce and kind Pema Chodron. This is what she says: “The problem is that the desire to change is fundamentally a form of aggression toward yourself. The other problem is that our hangups, unfortunately or fortunately, contain our wealth. Our neurosis and our wisdom are made out of the same material. If you throw out your neurosis, you also throw out your wisdom.” […]
Telling personal stories and confessional writing are part of the INFP writing style. When I started this blog, like every other writer, I wrote about my own experiences. Connecting the personal with something bigger has always felt authentic to me.
But as I have written more and learned more, I have learned something about the limits of confessional writing and the fact that how we understand it as INFP writers can either block us or help us move forward.
This interview is with Queenie Wong, a Canadian artist better known as Coco Bee. Her abstract watercolors combine her love for watercolor painting and her studies in psychology and evoke feelings of freedom and joy. Queenie’s own journey in art began during a personal period of dark sadness when art therapy and painting became the foundation from which she rebuilt her identity. Now, part of her mission is to share her artwork in a hope to heal, inspire, and transform the lives of other people. Queenie also makes short films to raise awareness and to fund-raise for humanitarian organizations, including art therapy programs for paediatric cancer patients like PCA and the Aga Khan Foundation, Canada for awareness of global poverty.
When I was first introduced to Queenie’s work, I felt like I had stumbled upon a kindred spirit. If you are a sensitive creative, you might feel that way as well after watching her organic, free-flowing forms. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview, and I think you will too! […]