May 25, 2018
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Courtney Martin examines the "tragic gaps" in the creative life — between our hard realities and what we dream is possible.
May 9, 2018
Remember This the Next Time You Are Rejected
Rejection is hard. When it happens, it’s important to not let it stifle your creativity, your work, your vision for what you want the world to be.
February 15, 2018
The Case for Self-Promotion
It's easy to see self-promotion as an exercise in narcissism. But when exercised with the right intentions and oriented toward societal good, it can be a powerful way to connect with and contribute to the world.
January 18, 2018
All the Lives We’ll Never Lead
An opportunity to embrace not just life as it is, but also life as it could be — if not in this life, then in the next.
Your 40s can be messy and spiritually challenging. But with medieval mystics Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich as her guides, Kaya Oakes uncovers a new truth: middle age is the singular time for creative rebellion.
December 11, 2017
The Problem with Midlife Is That We Think Life Is Over
We’re told what success and fulfillment look like at every stage of life. But do external standards set us up for a feeling of failure? On the transformation of turning 40 — and middle age as a singular threshold of becoming.
December 8, 2017
Solitude and Leadership
If you want to lead others, learn to be alone with your thoughts. A penetrating contemplation of what great leadership requires: a steady independence of mind that only comes with solitude.
November 2, 2017
A Couple of Truths About Adulthood That No One Tells You
We equate adulthood with “having our shit together" — but there’s just as much clutter and confusion behind every successful grown-up we admire.
September 25, 2017
For Human Wholeness at Work, We Need To Think Beyond Perks
What would it look like if we optimized our workplaces not for happiness, but for human wholeness?
August 31, 2017
Beyond the Myths We Tell Ourselves, Big Love Is Waiting
Our daily lives are narratives we wrap ourselves in. But sometimes the grind keeps us from truly connecting with the world around us.
In the quest to have it all, a daughter of Asian immigrants discovers that "the breaking takes time." Might we, she asks, build narrower lawns and wider minds?
July 13, 2017
What Am I For?
Can being lost be productive? Our columnist on lingering in the mystery of our purpose — and surrendering to the paths that choose us.
April 14, 2017
What If We Could Be Our Whole Selves at Work?
Creating a false division between life and work has its own pitfalls.
February 1, 2017
Let Go and Let Be
Our dreams can be great motivators. But what if what we aspire to is already within our grasp? A poem on letting go of the stress of ambition and embracing our innate potential.
January 6, 2017
When Our Instincts Are Smarter Than Our Certainty
A lesson on trusting on trusting our gut about the lives we’re called to lead, and the unexpected ways that might manifest.
The desire to write and to read isn't always handed down, but a single encounter may be all it takes to propel one forward. Sarah Smarsh on meeting Anne Rice with her mother in a Kansas bookstore.
A mentor-mentee relationship, like any good one, requires commitment, openness, and honesty. Courtney Martin gives counsel on building relationships of mutual joy and learning with those in our lives whom we admire.
November 20, 2015
Surrendering Authorship of Your Own Story
What are the mysteries that remain once our well-crafted lives take a detour down uncharted narratives? A reflection on the messiness of a life less authored and more lived.
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