Let's talk about breakfast

January 29, 2013



I've been feeling like a pentecostal preacher lately when it comes to the subject of breakfast. Hallelujah!
Seriously, though. Eating breakfast (which I did do, but not always, and often not until I was super hungry and felt horrible) has made me feel so much better.

Important background information: I come from a long line of ladies with comically unstable blood sugar. I write 'comically unstable', because if you put me in a Target when my blood sugar is at a precarious place, you will find me wandering the aisles looking confused and panicked hours later. You'd think I'd go to the food aisle. Nope. I am incapable of making such a decision in my time of hunger and confusion.

So, I was thinking that maybe I should find a more effective way of not having that whole wander/panic/spacey thing become a part of my regular routine. And my smarty pants sister told me to read Potatoes Not Prozac. It's written for people who are sugar sensitive (she has a list of qualifiers in the book). And, I think a lot of creative people are. A lot creative people I know have depressive and addictive tendencies-- be they to sugar, alcohol, or cigarettes-- and the author describes them as having a sugar sensitive brain chemistry. And, the book walks you towards the steps of avoiding the potential pitfalls of this. The first steps? Eating breakfast. Specifically, eating breakfast each day within an half hour of waking up-- a breakfast with a good chunk of protein (not cereal, not a muffin).

Apparently this is really hard for highly sugar sensitive people (the eating breakfast thing). They tend either want nothing to eat at all, or maybe coffee, or maybe a coffee and pastry, or cereal. Which of course sets up a whole host of problems for the day.

Enter breakfast and a much happier me. I don't think too much about what I'm going to eat, I just always have options on hand.

The main deal: eggs (almost every day I eat eggs), turkey bacon (I love it), Greek yogurt (I like it because there's more protein).
Accompaniments + other options: apples, brussel sprouts, arugula, almonds, root vegetable hash (for days where I have the time).



The joy of yogurt is that it's quick. Add almonds and grab an apple and you are set to go.

But I prefer a basted egg. It turns out that it's easier than over-easy. Crack the egg into a pan. When the white is about 1/3 cooked (a minute?), add some water and cover. The yolk will pink up. It's damn delicious.


about-to-be-basted: downright studly.

Or, this scramble if I have more time. Actually, we make this scramble several times a week in brussel sprout season (if you like brussels, which happen to be Ben's favorite vegetable):

Brussel Sprout Scramble (serves 2)

4 eggs- cracked and beaten in a bowl
4-6 brussel sprouts- finely sliced
diced onion to taste (about 1/4 of a med. sized onion is what we use)
diced garlic to taste (optional, but I love it)
3 slices already cooked and crisp turkey bacon, diced (optional)
cheese (I like just a little parmesan)

Sauté onions and brussels together in some oil until they brown a bit. Then add the garlic and stir a bit more. Add the eggs and turkey bacon and bit of cheese, and cook as you would scrambled eggs.

Another thought: I have (mostly) successfully limited myself to a cup of coffee a day, or I substitute green tea (Genmaicha-- which has toasted rice in it-- is the best tasting green tea I've tried). I find that caffeine on an empty stomach is a recipe for major anxiety for me and double blood sugar woes.

I can't say how nice it is to have low anxiety, steady energy, and a stable mood. It sounds stupidly simple that it comes down to consistent eating, but I'll take it.



Books + Performance To Make Winter Fly By

January 25, 2013

Happy Weekend!

My tactic for enjoying winter is staying busy. Also: huddling up with soup and serial television; spending as much time as possible in the sauna at the gym; reading.

This weekend I'm excited to see part of the Outlet Performance Festival-- taking place in a huge underground space in Minneapolis. Two of my Twin Cities dance favorites (HIJACK and Chris Yon) are performing. I love that there's a lot of local performance happening in creative spaces. Also showing in the Twin Cities: the 3rd weekend of the Walker's Out There series.

If you're staying in your house huddled in a blanket, I highly suggest listening to this interview of Seth Godin by Krista Tippett of NPR's On Being. It's great. Krista also interviewed Brené Brown in December, which I hope to listen to soon. Brené wrote The Gifts of Imperfection, which I just finished reading. I found it to be full of the profound. Especially good stuff for artists, who aren't strangers to vulnerable situations. Especially actors: I don't know how you do it.

And, the future reading list, which I'm taking on Winter Cabin Retreat 2013:

Seth Godin's The Icarus Deception
Brené Brown's Daring Greatly
Tara Gentile's The Art of Earning
Danielle LaPorte's The Desire Map

{Thanks to my Dad and his awesome wife for sending me a couple of these goodies.}

...I think after these I'll be ready to read something like Charles Dickens. Or another chef memoir (my preferred book genre).

Another winter tactic: Vitamin D.

Stay warm.


Working With Your Spouse

January 24, 2013

Forks!- our first collaboration
Ben and I are over on the Braid Creative blog today, sharing our thoughts on making a business while staying married. You can hear all about the good parts and the challenges!

Our first collaboration was back in 2007 for a Fringe show when we were still co-workers at the Birchwood Cafe. I will say  that while the show ended up being one of my favorites I've ever made, the collaboration part was challenging. You get better at these things, right? It has certainly taken practice-- and that goes for most of my creative collaborations, not just the ones that have involved Ben. The advice I give in the post has been nearly as relevant for my collaborations with directors and other performers (except maybe not the 'make time for other people' part).

I'm always curious to hear: What has made your collaborations successful, and what has made them dismally fail? Do you collaborate with your romantic partner? 

Thanks to Kathleen and Tara at Braid for having us, and for making our branding look gorgeous. I'm such a fan of the work they do. You can read the interview over here.


I love your instagrams.

January 23, 2013

I'm a fan of using the social media I love and leaving the rest behind. Mostly meaning: I'll never truly fall into the category of being a pinner. And, facebook necessitates breaks.

But I love your 140-character quips and news. And your instagrams; I really love instagram.

I dig that a single picture can tell a story so effectively. And, looking at the lens (no pun intended) different people use to see the world.

I love Quinton Skinner (@QSkinner)'s crane photos. And the pictures of the cameras that Emma Freeman (@EmmaFreeman) is playing with. And the restaurant tours and kitchen experiments that many share. And that my husband (@BenMcGinley) is searching for more people to follow who avoid pretty photos- he wants bland objects. Do you know any instagram users who take photos of plain objects without adorable frills?

I've written before about how I love that artists are using instagram to tell the story of their work-- micro-share style.

Then there are the little stories I like to look back and remember from my own photos: the emergency trip to the acupuncturist; perfecting squash soup; our janky little Christmas tree; the colors I get fixated on every time I see them; that rehearsal where things clicked.

Yep. I like instagram.










Do you instagram?

[Photos from my instagram feed- @laurabalaurah.]


Methodology: your business suitcase

January 22, 2013

I'm sharing the Story Mapping methodology that I'm using in my consulting sessions with artists and creative business owners. In my last methodology post I wrote about business trees. In a nutshell: the goal is to grow your creative endeavor out rather than up to increase stability. And, to do this you grow your content, your product, and your collaborators + relationships. 

But, to grow wide effectively, you first have to get really specific about your content: your message. It's your message that sets you apart from other individuals in a similar endeavor. 

Imagine that you're carrying a suitcase. The suitcase contains all of the different elements you're bringing into your creative endeavor-- the different pieces of you. It contains your

  • Training.
  • Past experiences.
  • Interests.
  • Personality.


This information holds the seeds for shaping your message and talking about what you do and who it's for. 

Take my client and friend Jesse Haas: She's a massage therapist and nutritionist. Her 'suitcase contents' hold what sets her apart from other nutritionists. 



Training: 
Jesse's training is diverse. She has a certificate in Holistic Health Coaching, a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, and is a Certified Massage Therapist. She's constantly taking classes and researching new therapeutic modalities. Jesse has a diverse toolkit for working with clients, depending on their needs. She doesn't practice the one-size-fits-all approach. This shapes how she talks (and writes) about her client philosophy.

Past Experiences: 
Massage and nutrition helped Jess heal her disordered relationship with food. Her healing journey lead her to recognizing that the changes she made in her lifestyle had to be sustainable to effective.  Meaning, rather than permanently eliminating foods that she loved, she realized that moderation is key. She's a nutritionist that won't shame you for eating the occasional french fries, or drinking a beer. Her past experiences helped her realize that food should be about joy. Because, food is good!

Interests
Jesse is passionate about the local foods movement, yoga, cooking, and growing her own food. She's always taking in new information and connecting with potential resources.

All of these 'suitcase contents' shape the type of client that Jesse should be trying to connect her message to. 

Jesse's ideal client is someone looking for an individually-tailored approach to helping them reach their health goals. Maybe they've tried radical dietary and lifestyle changes without success. Instead, they're looking for tools to help them listen to their body and integrate sustainable food and lifestyle choices. 

Finding Your Suitcase Contents:
Sit down with a pen and paper and ask yourself some questions about you and your creative endeavor (inseparable, if you ask me).

What training do I bring with me? Think about experiences with mentors, books you've read, and workshops you've taken-- anything that influences what you do and how you do it.

What past life experiences have shaped what I do? How?

Who and what am I interested in, obsessed with, and drawn to?

How do I connect with clients/audience members the best? Are you a writer? Do you get nervous in face-to-face interactions with people? Do you take amazing photos? Take note.

-- and finally--

What contents feel like they're missing? Looking at weaknesses and insecurities can be enlightening. Do you wish you had more effective business skills? That you were better at collaborating? Is there an area of your business that you wish you felt more savvy about? 

The goal is to put it all on paper. And then, to figure out how to effectively use it in your creative endeavor {another post}.

What's in your suitcase and how do you use it in your business?

[Photos by the talented and fabulous Emma of Emma Freeman Photography.]

Beer-ish things for the gluten-free

January 18, 2013




I like beer.

Preferably a super hoppy Surly Furious. Straight out of the can is fine.

When I was a kid, my pediatrician pronounced me wheat and dairy allergic. Today most of the world is either wheat or dairy allergic, but at the time I was just a strange hippie child with a pint-sized soy milk for lunch, and a sandwich made on spelt bread. It was so not cool.

Needless to say, when I was in college and could decide what I was going to eat for myself, I ate everything. My vegan days were behind me (yes, I tried that too), and I threw myself into typical college fair- ice cream, pizza, bagels, and eventually beer. You can eat most things when you're in your 20's, and it takes a while to catch up to you.

It caught up to me. As a restaurant server, I'm annoyed by my own gluten intolerance. I serve people who won't eat gluten for their entree, but then want it for dessert. The hype behind gluten is amazing- much as I realize the truth that many people just don't digest it well. As a 30-year-old, I recognize that I only get one body, and should commit to taking better care of it. Who wants to be tired and bloated and congested most of the time?

Since Hashimoto's thyroiditis runs in my family- and affects my Mom and both sisters- they also avoid  gluten. They are much better about sticking to a gluten-free diet than I am because they truly get the health implications. My older sister Lisa avoids grains all together and is raising my niece Paleo. But, she's never been as attached to a good micro-brew as I am. My little sister Katie (hardly little, as the other four Holway siblings are actually very tall) is another story. She's engaged to a man who loves to brew beer.

Enter Widmer's Omission. It's the only gluten-free beer I've had that tastes like beer. They make an pale ale and a lager (I've only had the pale ale- my preferred kind of beer), and it's delicious. More and more restaurants around town are serving it. No, it's not Surly. But, it tastes like a darn good beer, and that's something to celebrate.

Sister Katie's 22nd birthday is next week, and I think I know what I'm mailing to Michigan's Upper Peninsula...

{Another good beer substitute for the gluten-free is Crispin's Browns Lane English dry cider. It's one of the few ciders that doesn't taste super syrupy.}

Look how far you've come!

January 17, 2013

February 2010- newly smoke free
the much celebrated replacement table.

3 years ago today Ben quit smoking. Remembering this today gave us an excuse to think back to that long, grey month of January, 2010.  I remember how nice our community was. Friends wrote Ben notes telling him to hang in when the quitting process made him miserable. They also reminded me that I wouldn’t have a chronically crabby partner forever. 

I also remember other things about January, 2010. Like the fact that we had a 2-legged kitchen table that we balanced on a stack of bricks. It cost $8. Everything we served on the table slid a little, but we were very proud of it. At the time Ben had just started getting paid to do videography, but he paid most of his bills on coffee shop tips. I was teaching in most of the local suburbs and bartending, and my health was less than steller (probably from the stress of juggling a million things).

Fast forward three years and there has been growth! Life still has question marks (won’t it always?), but i feel like I have the scent of where we're headed. While we’ve been growing in these past few years, it’s been a joy to watch others do the same. People have made theatre companies, gone back to school, had babies, moved away, started businesses, found their calling, and then changed their minds and found a different one. 

I would call this growth ‘success’. But, rather than seeing people relish in it -- myself included-- there seems to be this push to see what’s next, this insistence that hopefully there is something even better and clearer and more meaningful ahead.

Mo Perry put it really well in the news roundup she wrote for Minnesota Playlist: How, in this business, do we manage to stay in the moment and feel secure long enough to celebrate success? I don't know, but I think it's worth thinking about and striving for.

I hope you find some time to celebrate your growth, in whatever form in comes. That thing you wrote, the show you put on by yourself, the baby you birthed, the certificate you graduated with. Heck, the meal you made, and the patience you showed your child at bedtime! If we don’t find little moments to celebrate our successes now, I fear we never will. Look how far you’ve come! 

Creative Process: Getting Started

January 15, 2013




This year Ben and I both have the goal of making more time and space for our personal artistic projects. Although I’ve been tossing a few ideas back and forth in my head, it’s been a while since I stopped and gave energy to thinking through the specifics. 

In many ways I have an easier time when I’m approached to collaborate on a project. With Meronymy, playwright Rachel Jendrezejewski had already written the script, and director Steve Busa had ideas about where to begin with movement exploration. For the dance film I made with Ben for Dances Made To Order we were given themes that needed to be included in the final project. We were also given specific parameters: made a dance film that’s under 6 minutes in two weeks. Parameters are really helpful.

Last week I set aside a chunk of time to begin working on my first small dance. And then I realized that beginning is really hard. I had to think back to beginning methods I've used in the past.

1. The buddy method. Usually creative folks either excel at initial big ideas, or the details needed to complete the idea. I’m an initial big ideas person. Ben, on the other hand, is really good at thinking through all of the steps and details once he has the big idea. Finding your creative counterpoint can be helpful for working through logistics-- or if you're trying to come up with a framework for getting started.

2. Make a list: What do I know? I start by listing ideas, people, or objects I think might be a part of the piece (obviously, a lot of these end up getting tossed out).  I also make a list of questions that I have. On my list: a couple of poems, observations from people watching, patterns, and business casual wear.

3. Parameters. I made some rules so that the blank canvas didn’t feel quite so blank. In my case, my dance needs to be portable, and performed in a space smaller than 9 feet by 22 feet. I’m trying to avoid big props-- or maybe props at all. I want the movement to be a combination of specific, repeatable  patterns and improvised moments.

4. Music. I made a playlist of music that gets my wheels turning. Usually this music doesn’t end up in the final product.

5. Moving. Sometimes my best creative work happens when I turn off my brain and tune into my body smarts. Going into a studio and thinking 'Laura, make a dance' never works. But, inspiration often strikes when I'm walking, riding my bike, or in a dance class that someone else is teaching. I'm a big fan of Gaga movement classes, because they get me moving in ways that I probably wouldn't try on my own. Generally, though, repetitive exercise is the best.

I'm interested in hearing about your starting rituals. Do you wait until inspiration strikes, or do you brainstorm? What are your creative habits? 

Of Vulnerability and Websites

January 10, 2013







Our Mcginley Motion website is up and running, complete with a first blog post of introductions! Thanks to all who made it happen-- especially Liz Maddy, who patiently designed, and Kathleen Shannon and Tara Street at Braid Creative, who created our branding.

The best decisions in my life have been the ones that made me a little sick to my stomach with excitement that's generously underlined with some fear. Whether writing on the internet, meeting with a client for the first time, or putting a dance in front of an audience, the sense of vulnerability is overwhelming.

But, so is the sense of calling.

I've rarely felt so in my element as when I'm seated across the table from an artist or a business owner, listening to them talk about what they do: their fears, their hopes, their obstacles. It's invigorating. The world is certainly a richer place because creative people exercise vulnerability. I'm reminded of this every time I sit down to a performance, watch a movie, or eat a meal at a new restaurant. Someone had an idea, and decided it was worth sharing with the world. Risks are what make humanness great. So, I'm grateful for the opportunity to risk, and for the many loved ones that support these risks.

Method: Growing Your Business Tree

January 9, 2013

I'm writing weekly posts about the consulting method I'm using with clients. I call it Story Mapping. The goal is to help creative people discover and isolate what sets their work apart, and use this information to build a plan towards stability and growth in their endeavor.

This week I want to write about the end goal: a healthy business tree (because sometimes its easier to begin at the end). I wrote a little about this idea months ago here. The idea is that trees are more stable than ladders. Meaning, although its tempting to think about success in terms of a ladder of bigger and bigger opportunities (for artists, larger grants and bigger audiences), this is faulty thinking. You can get to the top and find very little foundation underneath you. With a business tree, your creative endeavor expands out, rather than up. It grows roots!

Growing your business tree comes down to growing its three main branches: Content, Product, and Collaborators + Relationships.





The goal is to have many offshoots from these three main branches. 

Before growing out, though, the task is to get specific about your content: your message. That starts with looking at what you're carrying in your business suitcase, which I'll write about next week.

How are your growing your business tree? What are your goals for the new year?

Find Your Foundation

January 7, 2013


Last year, through moves and artistic projects and business plans, I became increasingly aware of the basic elements that make it possible for me to feel good and work well. My foundation. Sometimes this foundation was sorely lacking. It caused me a lot of anxiety, made me work poorly, and amplified the little stressors that otherwise would have merely been cause for a shoulder shrug. 

For me, it comes down to a handful of things that make all the difference: eating well (and meal planning ahead of time so that this is possible); moving my body; looking at my finances weekly; practicing the ‘on or off’ approach to work.

The first three on the list are self-explanatory: when my body is well fed, my brain is well exercised, and I have a good barometer of my financial health, I rest easy. 

The ‘on or off’ approach means that I don’t think about work or projects unless I’m actually working on them. Either I sit down and decide on an amount of time I can give to a project and avoid getting distracted by an unrelated activity, or I stop working and do something else. It’s hard, but why ruin your relax time with work, or dilute your work time with twitter?

Maybe your foundation elements are different. Maybe it comes down to 9 hours of sleep for you, or your Tuesday yoga class, or a Wednesday date night. What makes you breathe easier even when the work is hard? What keeps your body and mind in check?

Everyone I know is bounding into the new year with determination and lists and big ideas (myself included). I suspect that our ability to do what we set our minds to will have a lot to do with the basic foundation elements- the structure that we can count on in the stressful times.

Speaking of eating well: I plan on eating a lot of this soup. It was our contribution to Christmas dinner, and then we made it again this week because it was so damn good. 
We adapted it from The Silver Palate Cook Book by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins, substituting coconut milk for apple juice, and upping the spices. It's more delicious than the janky iphone photos suggest.





Curried Butternut Squash Soup (serves 4)

2 T. coconut oil
1 C. finely chopped yellow onions
2- 2 1/2 t. curry powder
1 medium-size butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 apple, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 C. chicken stock
1/2 C. coconut milk (I prefer the full fat kind)
a pinch of cayenne
cinnamon to taste
ginger to taste
salt and pepper to taste

1. Put the oil, onions, and spices in a large heavy pot over low heat. Cook until the onions are tender (about 25 minutes).

2. Peel the squash and apple and chop.

3. When the onions are tender, pour in the stock and add the squash and apples. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the squash is tender (about 25 minutes).

4. Strain off the liquid and save, leaving the squash, onions, and apples. Food process these until smooth (or I used an immersion blender). 

5. Return this mixture to the pot. Gradually add the coconut milk and about 2 cups of the liquid you strained off, until it's at a consistency that you like. Season with salt + pepper to taste.

Scene and Heard: Beautiful Things I Found Around

January 4, 2013

It's always a treat to take in helpful, heartfelt, inspiring internet-dom. This week I saw and heard the following:

Ten Artists To Watch from the Walker Art blog.

Tips for setting up routines for your self-employed or freelance-heavy life, from the ladies at Braid Creative.

This banana bread with chocolate and ginger was the perfect accompaniment to my morning eggs.

Penelope Trunk's insights on how to be a creative success.

Minnesota Playlist started my year off just right with this article by Gemma Irish on finding strength in the vulnerability of creative process.

If you already watched this illustrated video featuring Maurice Sendak's interview with Terry Gross, you probably want to watch it again.

I have been walking. Every day around my neighborhood. So, I got psyched about Michael Moore's facebook status: I am now in Week 42 of my walks. Each day, 30 minutes, that's it. Thousands of you have joined me since that Sunday night on March 18 when, as a joke, I said I was going for a walk. I had read that morning in the paper that there were now more people in the U.S. on anti-depressants than those who go to the movies. I tweeted out that maybe that's the problem -- perhaps if people got out and went to the movies more they might feel better. This unleashed a lively conversation about mood-altering drugs, the lousy movies these days in theaters, the rip-off prices for 3D films, etc. Finally, someone wrote: "Sometimes I think what I need is just a brisk walk." I tweeted, "Hey, there's an idea! I'm putting my shoes on right now." I went out and came back home after 30 minutes -- and a few hundred of you had amazingly joined me where you live. 

Sometimes all I need is a brisk walk. Have a beautiful weekend.

Reframing: the new and the old

January 2, 2013




Happy 2013!

I spent New Years day recovering from a serving shift that ended at 2:30am. But, recovering in the best way: hanging out with Ben in pajamas on the couch, reading, going on a walk, making slow cooker magic, and closing out the 4th season of The Wire. And, although I’m very concerned about the way that drugs are affecting children on the Baltimore streets, 9 hrs of sleep have brought me to a very content and calm place.

Reflecting:
I followed suit with many and pondered 2012 a lot this week. Like years passed, I used my friend Betsy and her sister Molly’s tradition and came up with 3 words for the past year, and 3 for the year to come. My temptation was to think of the year in terms of its challenges. It’s the hard thing about being an ambitious, perfectionistic person: its easier to see the shortcomings than the successes. So I was reminded about this: the gift of reframing. 

You see, I was sitting down for a beer with a wise friend in October, recounting the summer of unexpected challenges and chaos that Ben and I had been experiencing, when she (in wise friend fashion) said something amazing: My biggest mentors- and some of the most successful people I know- aren’t people who haven’t encountered major life hurdles, but they are people who are able to take these hurdles and frame them as positives. They are people who are able see how challenges work towards making them stronger, teaching them valuable life lessons, and contributing to the larger trajectory of their lives.

Bam. Thanks, Maggie.

So, it would be a major disservice to 2012 (and to what the past 12 months have helped me grow towards) to remember it merely in terms of the challenging and sticky. 

2012 was the year I invited in more of the things that I want in the long-term of my life, and let go of a lot of the things that weren’t serving me. I met some new and incredible people. Ben and I decided that many of our favorite moments in life are spent exploring and eating food in new places, and so made time to visit Los Angeles, Denver, NYC, Chicago, Columbus, the Cayman Islands, and Marquette. We decided that financial stability is not just for squares-- and neither are gym memberships. I faced a fear of being under water (literally) and became SCUBA certified. I decreased my teaching and limited projects to those in alignment with my future goals-- and those that made me inspired and excited. 

2012 was a year of brave stuff. In January I knew I wanted to work with artists and creative business owners on building their businesses and sharing their message, but I didn’t know how or if this fit in with the videography business that Ben was already busy growing. I read every book I could get my hands on about creativity and entrepreneurship, I took classes, and I wrote plans. We got branded by the folks at Braid Creative. I developed a method and tested it out on my first five clients, refining my process as I went. We decided that our business ideas were going to need more space, and moved to the duplex that Ben owns with his brother and Dad. Small Art was started as a way of implementing the ideas for art making & viewing that Ben and I believe most in. We made our dance film (and I worked on Meronymy) to keep our own artistic process moving, something we want to make more of a priority this year.

Ahead:
I found my words for 2013: release, curate, choose.

‘Release’ because time and time again I've seen that I can do more with less. By releasing the temptation to juggle all of the things at once, I can focus my energy more effectively. ‘Release’ means avoiding the temptation to do everything on my own. And, ‘release’ insists on letting go of fear and diving in.

‘Curate’ because I’m feeling drawn towards a life of minimalism and selection. I used to make dances where I would put all of the things on stage: food, tables, filing cabinets, chairs, wagons. Now I want one thing to stand on its own. Now I want a wardrobe with only the clothes I actively wear, and to own just 3 coffee mugs. I want to get rid of all the things, and only hang on to what I truly love and what’s truly beautiful and functional.

‘Choose’ because much of life is a choice, buddies. It goes back to the reframing: we get to choose how we see things, and how we proceed. We’re in the drivers seat. I choose how stressed I want to get about something. I choose what gets my energy. I choose to be an active participant.

This space:
I’ll continue to write in this space as a more personal accompaniment to the writing I’ll be doing for our McGinley Motion blog (more later this week on that). The Artist Series will continue in a more abbreviated way (shorter, more shaped interviews), and I’ll be sharing the results from the client work I’ve done over the past six months. I’m committed to sharing our business-growing journey, and capturing the artistic projects we’re making. 

I want this space to primarily serve as a resource. I started it to work through my own creative dilemmas. I’ll be posting exercises and tips that aim at helping creative folks expand their business trees- getting clear about and sharing the message of their creative endeavors. 

Here’s to the gifts of creativity! There’s a lot to be excited about.
 

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