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Walking the crooked path

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Putting it all together

As I approached my 40th birthday (nearly a decade ago), I decided that a few major life changes were in order. I was a freelance writer and editor with a busy consulting partnership, but my "personal" writing projects were too often neglected. I was fed up with my intermittent creativity: the half-finished novel, the sporadic writing sessions, the delayed dedication.

As a business owner and the mother of five, there were always 34,817 things on my to-do list that outranked being creative. I was extremely capable and productive, but I had trouble applying those skills to my personal creative goals. I knew there had to be a better way.

I also knew there were women out there who were succeeding in their creative work while holding down the fort. What were they doing that I wasn’t? I decided to interview mother artists in a range of media and life situations.

In a series of interviews with dozens of women — from a successful potter in The Hague to an aspiring poet in Houston — I discovered a fascinating paradigm: there were a few simple things that creatively satisfied women were doing that the less satisfied women were not doing.

I started writing a book about what I discovered. In the meantime, I launched a group blog, Studio Mothers, to explore those discoveries and support others through the challenges of creative motherhood. During the years that followed, I learned an enormous amount about creativity, developed a strong network, and began to follow my bliss.

In 2010, I decided to add a more formal foundation to my research and group coaching. I enrolled with the Creativity Coaching Association (CCA), a national organization of creativity coaches. I completed my certification in December 2011. Becoming a certified creativity coach was the natural next step in following my deepest passion: helping others to live their fullest, most creative lives.

In 2012 I co-founded Open Studio, a community gathering and teaching space in Groton, Massachusetts, offering a unique roster of events, workshops, and individual coaching in creativity and life design with an array of inspiring teachers.

On the creative front, I have many loves. I am a writer and editor with two decades of professional experience. My work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston Globe Magazine, Wild Apples, Sun Magazine, Bay Area Parent, the Parent Review, and Exceptional Parent, among other publications. My short story “Learning to Cook" was shortlisted for the 2004 Raymond Carver Short Fiction Award. My work can also be read online at the Foundation for Art and Healing, Creative Every Day, Bliss Habits, and Creativity Calling, the newsletter of the CCA.

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In addition to writing, I enjoy other creative passions. My photography was featured in a juried art show. I was a commercial actress in Paris and Boston, appearing in the first French TV mini-series. I’ve worked in community theatre productions, on the stage and behind the scenes. I studied voice, piano, cello, ballet, jazz dance, and hip-hop. I took classes at the Museum School at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, a writing workshop with Julia Thacker of Tufts University, and acting classes at Collinge Pickman in Cambridge, Mass. Today, I enjoy rolling up my sleeves for mixed-media projects, painting, and making things out of nothing — with and without my children.

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