Find your inspiration and increase your creativity! Creativity is a huge part of life; some would argue creativity IS life. You do not have to be a professional fine artist or “fuzzy” type to develop your creative capacity. Creative thought and action in daily life brings color, joy and increase capability to any aspect of your life. I am hugely indebted to Julia Cameron and her book The Artists Way for setting me on the path to fulling living my creative life. From her work, my quest has gone far and wide to bring you articles, gadgets, books, films, videos, projects and exercises that can expand your creative arsenal. Here is an arsenal of my most favorite inspiration and creativity boosting goodies; I get excited just thinking about all this cool stuff to do!

gorgeous flowers

The feng shui of the day is all about jumping into the deep end with your passions that are languishing in your life in a frustrating and even stifling haze because you can’t quite hit the “go” button and start living them.

The principle here is one of harnessing your energy- or life force, your brilliance, your chi- rather than scattering it around in a zillion directions. Its a bit deeper than that though, because when you fully commit to something, all in, 100%, there’s a sense of necessity level that you can’t avoid.   Continue Reading…

Do you keep getting the same things you don’t want… or feel like the same things are out of reach, no matter how hard you try to get them?

While I encourage you to follow your instincts, where things aren’t moving forward you may need to start changing things up. Continue Reading…


When something is magical, I tend to love it (!) so it’s no wonder that I fell into a spell of magical thinking.

Do you think people— and the universe at large– should be able to read your mind and respond to your wishes? 

Magical thinking here isn’t ” The Law Of Attraction” or “Think And Grow Rich” or “The Secret” but, that is a part of it! There’s definitely power in your thoughts, your intentions and your desires. If you can focus on amazing outcomes, you will likely have much more of them… and this has been tested and proven to be true more times than not.

But… you actually have to do and say things, too, to create your world in your own way… not just think!  Continue Reading…

do it with all your heart


(molly jacques)

The true test of whether or not you are doing the right things is how invested you are in what you are doing.

Don’t get me wrong, some jobs are a means to an end. And as such… you can find a way to fully appreciate them- and likely prosper in them- with a great focus on your purpose. That’s another way of being fully invested in everything you do.

I have had many many bizarre jobs.  I was actually one of the the first girls in the box at the Standard Hotel (one box girl  that came log after me wrote a book about it… here) , sitting like a piece of performance art  (this was what I coined and I’m glad the sentiment of performance art has carried on!) and reading books while guests watched… and then they watched me sleep!  And… I loved it so much I always found new things to do in the box- a sleep mask to wear, sparkly leg warmers to compliment my little white shorts and tank top, journals, new braids for my hair… and I was interviewed for press quite a bit as a result of my totally embracing this job that I never expected to have as an award-winning academic from Stanford who was new to Los Angeles… And that’s sort of the way life works, isn’t it?

So, embrace what you are doing with all you’ve got. If you just can’t find it in you, or you know you should be putting your energy in a new place, make that move.  Being engaged all day in your life is a gift we can all give to ourselves!  xoxo Dana

create your world

(this & more gorgeous watercolor at striped cat studios on Etsy) 

My wish for you is that you aren’t haphazardly throwing around your energy to see what and who sticks.  My wish for you is to have really clear vision as to what you want and see yourself creating.  Basically… I wish for you to know all that you love and live with it.

You’ll never know the exact right steps.  You won’t even often know the right opportunities until they present themselves.  There may be a total question mark for a long time as to what you’ll be when you grow up, even if you are ostensibly a grown up.  None of the specifics really matter. It’s super high level confusion to think you need to know exactly what will happen…and to think you can prepare for it… yet more confusion.

So, why not have amazing vision? ! Sit with your vision for your life.  See it every day.  Fill in the blanks as you go. Edit when you need to edit.  And enjoy it fully.  It’s quite possible you are ahead of your time and no one will understand you at first… but keep filling in the blanks anyway.  Everyone’s time comes.  xoxo Dana

white room

(design milk)

You’ve definitely had the day where you are feeling fabulous, you run around expressing your exuberance to a few people in your neighborhood or your office or the phone rings and then… suddenly… you feel less than great.

The negativity of a conversation can suck the life out of you if you are not aware.

Whether it is the well-meaning friend filled with fear or parents who don’t really understand your career (increasingly common these days!) or just someone struggling with their own demons who can’t help projecting upon you…

None of these things are inherently bad. We’ve all been in a bad place. What is bad… is letting this energy pull on you and drag you down.

Here’s a great symbolic exercise that can help you envision yourself in a peaceful and strong place where you can be happy no matter what energy comes at you!  Continue Reading…

deer crossing road

There is majesty at every turn in the world.

It is hard to see it when you are stuck in your head. I know. I once lived in my head, isolated in my imagination, feeling the flashes of the past and the visions I had for the future bounce around in my brain, not knowing how to make that beautiful fantasy stack up to reality.

Unlocking the very big doors I created between the real and the imagined was a process of learning to trust life after so much seemed to go wrong. I went from wildly optimistic to barely optimistic to faking optimism over the course of a few years, and my faking wasn’t effective. My life looked colorless, I felt deprived and if you met me you couldn’t see me under the haze of my thoughts and my fear that if I failed that I would have nothing.

Sound remotely familiar?

Today, remembering this dear gracefully leaping across the roads in Griffith Park yesterday, I’m vibrantly reminded of the best lesson I ever learned from a famous acting teacher, Milton Katselas.   Living moment-to-moment.   Continue Reading…

gordon puppy

Gordon sure is a heartbreaker with those big brown saucer eyes and a smile on his face.

Waking up to see something you love or someone you love – or both, in the best cases- is my first lifestyle bit of greatness of the day. If you don’t have a Gordon to stare you down and wake you up in the morning, there’s likely some art, a view… even a great piece of music… that can get you out of bed smiling…!

And that’s the first of this week’s magical lifestyle ideas… Continue Reading…