What Artists Can Learn From the Donner Party

5  Points to Help You Navigate New Creative Territory (So You’re Not Left Dead in Your Tracks)

Have you ever faced an obstacle in your art that sent fear racing through your veins? Maybe you’ve been called to tackle a writing project for which you feel entirely unqualified. Maybe you encountered an insurmountable block–an immovable mountain, that you later learned was a stop sign?…

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Top 5 Resource-Rich Blogs for Introverts

A Concise Guide to the Best Introvert Resources Online

Introverts are aware now more than ever before that the world values an extrovert personality style. Even though the world population is nearly evenly divided  50/50 extrovert/introvert, introverts regularly find themselves feeling forced to fit into an extrovert mold to succeed. Children and adults alike, suffer.…

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Are You Hidden In Plain Sight?

Why You Should Learn to Share Your Private Self With Those Who Care the Most

Three weeks had passed since my father’ funeral. We–my aunts, uncles, cousins, and their children gathered at my cousin’s valley home to celebrate his son’s fourth birthday with ponies and magic. My (favorite) Aunt, Lynda,knew my dad most his life.…

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How to Handle Quiet-to-Chaos Social Gigs Like A Winner

Rebounding When Your Quiet Evening With Friends Is Highjacked

It’s not my proudest moment. I confess that to you right now. Even in the midst of reading all the inspiring research in”Quiet”, (affiliate) I ignored all I’ve learned and fell back into bad habits. All it took was one person to zero in on me like a Kamikaze pilot pelting me–and my sons, with questions and comments so quickly we couldn’t get out of the line of fire.…

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Introverts Ultimate Guide to Surviving Small Talk

6 Steps to Mastering Small Talk for Any Situation

This is another post in a series about communication skills for introverts. The first post in here. (Affiliate links for things I buy and recommend are included.)

What is small talk?

Small talk is “polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially as engaged in social occasions.” Wikipedia describes it this way: ”Small talk is an informal type of discourse that does not cover any functional topics of conversation or any transactions that need to be addressed.[1]
Small talk is a conversation for its own sake.…

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How to Proofread to Avoid Embarrassing Errors

Push The Magic Button

Reading my written work aloud is how I proofread when there’s no one else around to proofread for me. But, recently I discovered something magical. The easiest way to find misspellings, missing words and misplaced commas in your written content is to simply CLICK PUBLISH on your WordPress blog.…

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