“Move Your Eyeballs Away From Your Brain”

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“What? Did he say what I think he said?

“What does that even mean?

“How am I supposed to even do that?

“It’s not possible… well, crap…

“Okay, I ask people to . . . → keep reading

Good | Bad | Rad #39 – Ideas, Ease and Mystery

Bright beautiful gifts for May Day.

A look back at some of the best, hardest and most surprising parts of my week.

The Good

Overwhelmed by Suggestions. I had this idea that I would celebrate the two year anniversary of Explore & Play by letting you suggest, and then choose the topic for the anniversary call. I somehow forgot how creative . . . → keep reading

Good | Bad | Rad #38 – Seeing Far & Total Darkness

Mt. Hood and the Burlington Rail Bridge are perfectly framed from the St. Johns Bridge, Portland, Oregon

A look back at some of the best, hardest and most surprising parts of my week.

The Good

Open Windows. And furnace off! Right now I have the windows open and I’m listening to the birds singing. There’s a little breeze, and it just smells so fresh! Plus, love, love, love that I haven’t had . . . → keep reading

Change Artist: Maryann Devine

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It’s time to introduce you to the next fabulous Change Artist in this series, Maryann Devine.

Maryann spent the last chunk of her life being a pretty amazing writer and creativity teacher, and a marketing & publicity strategist. And an artist. Except that at some point, she found it difficult to even call herself an . . . → keep reading

Hey Shannon #4 – What do I do with these feelings?

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I get questions. I give answers. I used to keep it just between me and the asker, but I get a lot of similar questions, which of course have similar answers. Plus it seems that there are plenty of people with a similar question who haven’t been brave enough to ask. So, now you get . . . → keep reading

Good | Bad | Rad #37

Cathedral Park, St. Johns Bridge, Portland, Oregon by Shannon Wilkinson

A look back at some of the best, hardest and most surprising parts of my week.

The Good

Yoga. I joined a gym this week, and boy was it perfect timing. Turns out yoga was the perfect antidote to the events of Monday — I went three times during the week. It felt a little . . . → keep reading

What can you say?

After the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon, I’m having a hard time thinking about anything else.

It’s shocking and sad. At least two people have died, and more than 100 were injured.

There are many questions yet to be answered. I don’t know what to say to any of . . . → keep reading

Good | Bad | Rad #36 – Reclamation

St. Johns Bridge in my car mirror, by Shannon Wilkinson Portland, Oregon

A look back at some of the best, hardest and most surprising parts of my week.

The Good

Long trail run. I’m starting to get into longer weekly runs for my marathon training, and this past week I was able to disappear into the woods on a long run for a couple hours. I love . . . → keep reading

Ease Doesn’t Always Mean Easy

Trilliums Blooming on the Ridge Trail in Forest Park, Portland, Oregon by Shannon Wilkinson

It isn’t necessarily easy to let yourself have ease.

And, having ease doesn’t necessarily mean something will be easy.

I was raised to be a scrappy bootstrapper. If it doesn’t require tenacity, elbow grease and baling twine, it doesn’t really count. (I know, I know, I’ve also shared with you how I’m reluctant to do . . . → keep reading

Good | Bad | Rad #35 – Springtime and a Melancholy Rad

Trees blooming at Cathedral Park, with the St. John's Bridge in the background, in Portland Oregon

A look back at some of the best, hardest and most surprising parts of my week.

The Good

Springtime. There was definitely evidence of springtime in Washington, DC while I was there, but I was too early for the real cherry blossom show. (Peak blossom time is predicted to be in the next week or . . . → keep reading