Wednesday, January 14, 2009


About a year ago I bought this PAUSE mug, to remind myself to do just that. On most days, my work and family life are so busy that I don't have time to pause for coffee with a friend or beading a necklace or even to engage in my passion—creative writing.

Oh I write—every day. But most of my writing falls into the professional, have-to-do-it-for-work category. Don't get me wrong: I love every minute of it. I also love the work I do with clients. And I love connecting with people from all over the world online—it rocks. But still, I long to work on my memoir and to finish my novel. 

As a coach, I know that the person who needs to be most committed to getting to this work is ME. So this year, I decided to make it happen. Today I mailed in my application for an artists' residency program. If accepted, I'll get to put my work and family life on PAUSE for two weeks and finish writing my memoir. And I'll be able to connect with other writers, visual artists, and musicians who are doing the same.

But that's just the beginning. I'll be applying for other residencies this year, as well. The list is made, and the deadlines are on my to do list. 

What if I don't get in? Then I go to PLAN B. I'll rent a friend's vacation home. Or do a Priceline bid at a hotel. However or wherever it happens, I'm taking the time to finish my book.  As with many writers, I write because I need to. It's how I figure out life. 

Last night, my daughter was singing with joy. She said to me, "Mom, singing gives me so much energy!" That's how it is with passions. They energize us.

Now it's your turn: what is your passion? How will you PAUSE and pursue your passion in 2009. Make a plan! And then leave a comment. I'd love to hear how you are making your dreams come true.


  1. All I want to know, Rochelle, is what kind of cookie that is and can I have one?

  2. It's a MaryAnne cookie--molasses and spice! Yum. Yeah, come on over!