BIG MAGIC Giveaway!

Here's the Deal

I love reading this book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, to kickstart a new year with extra doses of bravery, curiosity, & creativity! I love it so much that I want to share a copy so it can hopefully offer the same to you as you embark on your new year...


This is so simple. Just subscribe to my email newsletter list before January 28th here:

Subscribe to my email newsletter. #BigMagicBigYear


I've recently made some adjustments that have opened up a whole lot more time for creative work. It'll be a big year ahead, and I've got lots I want to share with you. To that end I'm reviving this monthly newsletter, which I've been away from for about 2 years. I can't wait to reconnect with those of you already on the list and to welcome new folks into the  fold. Writing these used to be one of my favorite things to do, and I'm stoked about getting back to it!


As a part of my list: You'll be among the first folks to hear about new projects and have access to perks like free resources, new music, early pre-orders, discounts, and exclusive material sent just for you. And best of all, you get priority access to my inbox...I look forward to the conversations we all might have this year.

You'll hear from me once monthly at minimum (the last Monday of each month) and occasionally about special happenings in between. I promise I won't waste your time...I know everybody gets too many emails these days, so I'll only send you what I think might be most valuable for you.


  1. If you're already on my newsletter list, you're automatically entered into the drawing!
  2. I'll announce the winner on Monday Jan. 29 via that day's email.
  3. BONUS CHANCES: If you really want the book (or you just really want to help connect me with folks who might be interested in my work...which I greatly appreciate, by the way) can get your name put in up to 3 times! Here's how. After subscribing...
    1. LIKE my new business page on Facebook at: (It's under construction but will be fully up & running later this month.)
    2. SHARE a photo on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook talking about the giveaway with the hashtag #BigMagicBigYear in the caption. (Feel free to copy the one at the top of this post or download one here or here.) 
    3. **#'s 1 & 2 each get your name put in the drawing 1 more time, up to 3 total.

Thanks for playing! Here's to a curious, brave, & creative 2018...



The 29 books of 2017


Year-in-review: Books

The 29 books of 2017

I read 29 books cover to cover in 2017...which is 1 for each year I've been alive & 5 more than my goal of 24 for the year. This tally doesn't include books referenced, books started but not finished, audio books, articles, etc. It may not seem impressive at all to some of you, but as much as I read, finishing books has been a challenge in recent years. I'm really excited about having gotten back into a steady reading habit and look forward to sharing an even longer list in 2018!

Titles, authors, & links are listed below if you're curious or want to check out any for yourselves!

  1. Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron
  2. Einstein on Cosmic Religion and Other Opinions and Aphorisms by Albert Einstein
  3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
  4. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation by Richard Rohr
  5. Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West by Benjamin Riggs
  6. Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life by Makoto Fujimura
  7. Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire
  8. There’s No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love by Emily McDowell & Dr. Kelsey Crowe
  9. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  10. The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings by John Phillip Newell
  11. What is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell
  12. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu translated by Stephen Mitchell
  13. How To Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living by Rob Bell
  14. Facing the Music: My Story by Jennifer Knapp
  15. What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell
  16. The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
  17. Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman
  18. Chalked Up: My Life in Elite Gymnastics by Jennifer Sey
  19. Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church by The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe
  20. Sacred Energies: When the World’s Religions Sit Down to Talk About the Future of Human Life and the Plight of This Planet by Daniel C. Maguire
  21. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown
  22. The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves by Curt Thompson
  23. Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor by Joseph Campbell
  24. How to Make it in the New Music Business by Ari Herstand
  25. No Booker, No Bouncer, No Bartender by Shannon Curtis 
  26. Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything by Aly Raisman
  27. Triangle by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Jon Klassen
  28. Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
  29. Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts by Ryan Holiday

Influences: The Bookshelf (Part 2)

I appreciate when other artists give us glimpses into the influences that undergird the work they're making, so I've decided to periodically offer you those glimpses of the things that comprise my creative process. Hope it's interesting or helpful to you in some way! Read the Influences series in full here.

This is part 2 of a mini-series within my Influences series here on the blog. Series could be my middle name...clearly. 

In compiling the list of books that make up the core of my bookshelf and highly influence how I work/who I am, I've realized that we're working with a pretty large I'm breaking this up into a few posts divided by category. (Click each cover image to learn more &/or add each book to your own library...)

Previous categories:

Upcoming categories: 


Today's category: 


Influences: The Bookshelf (Part 1)

I appreciate when other artists give us glimpses into the influences that undergird the work they're making, so I've decided to periodically offer you those glimpses of the things that comprise my creative process. Hope it's interesting or helpful to you in some way!


There's no way around it. What I read highly influences the way I'm thinking and whatever work I'm making. Whether the content is directly related to art and the creative process or it seems like it's from somewhere out in left some way or another I'd say just about all of it makes it into the work I'm doing (or will eventually). Because nothing is actually out in left field when we're talking about art and creativity. Everything is fair game for material, and some people even land on a definition for creativity as something like: making connections between things previously unrelated to create something new...

Of course, the reading material doesn't only affect my tangible work, but it also & just as much influences my conversations & relationships. I had a couple of friends ask for book recommendations last week, and I realized that those are some of my absolute favorite questions to answer! So I thought hey, why not "answer" those questions for anybody who might be curious?! If you're one of the curious, AWESOME! I hope getting a glimpse of my bookshelf might point you to some valuable reading of your own. 

In compiling the list, I've realized that we're working with a pretty large I'll break this up into a few posts divided by category. Today's: Art & Creativity. Upcoming categories will be: 



Hope this points you in the direction of some good information and inspiration to undergird your work and relationships! Next in cue for part 2 of this mini-series, Influences: The Bookshelf, will be a list of books roughly centered on Social-Psychology, Personality, & Connection...

Until next time,