Hey my doves, I’m sorry for the intermittent transmissions of late. The holidays effed my chi and I’m having some trouble getting back into the swing of things. I promise, it won’t be long now before I start swinging again.

That came out wrong.

In the meantime, check out this blog from Kristen Lamb–she as some excellent advice on not being a slave to the approval of others. It’s something that I still struggle with, and I hope to overcome.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

This is the first month of a new year and we all have our resolutions in place. But in order to succeed, we need to understand the terrain, the challenges we face. That’s what this series is going to address—Enemies of the Art. And yes, I am blogging five days a week now. My goal for this year is to master brevity.

Today’s enemy is Approval Addiction.

We all want approval. We long for admiration, a pat on the back, a nudge or a wink that tells us we have done something right. Yet, the dark side of this is that approval can be a drug. It lures us in with a rush that is fleeting. We start chasing the rush and can lose our art and ourselves if we aren’t careful.

My grandfather started out life on a cotton farm, reading books as he walked behind a plow, his…

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