As many of you know, I took a sabbatical from teaching and coaching during the last six months of 2021.

I needed time to grieve for my father, to rethink the book I’ve been writing, and to get clear about where I want to go as a teacher and guide, what we might build together moving forward.

Something you may not know about me: I adore all of the arts and the humans who create them. You make the world richer and more meaningful.

When I was in college, my roommate found and saved a dollar bill for me, stamped with the phrase, “Art Saves Lives.” Art and literature have saved my life over and over again. I’ve tried to return the favor.

From the time I began working in the art world as a curator and critic, and later as a writing teacher and coach, it has been a deep calling to help artists get their work into the world.

That calling led me to ask these questions during my sabbatical:

What do you, my peeps, actually need to move your work forward?

What specifically do I offer that might lead you to the outcome you desire?

Years of teaching have shown me that you have the answers regarding your own work inside of you. But tuning in takes time, space, and cultivation. It helps to have a strong container of support and a process. Ideally, you also have a community devoted to getting everyone’s work into the world.

All of my programs for 2022 will focus on creating sanctuary, sacred space to go deep within, to ask again and again what’s holding you back, and to find the courage to say the hard and beautiful things you were put on this earth to express.

More information on those programs in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, consider what would it feel like to create an inner sanctuary and how you might cultivate that. January is the perfect month to go within.

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