Don’t tip the water

“When it comes to self-worth, laughter is not just about fresh perspective; it is also about liberation. When we laugh at ourselves, we do more than just see those burdens of expectation that have often weighed us down for years. In a moment of hilarity, we can also free ourselves from those burdens.” ~John Niland

One of my favorite Sunday morning routines is meeting a dear friend for yoga, then having coffee or lunch together afterwards.

Lately, I have not been as fully awake to situations around me as I normally would. I have been deep in a creative flow, immersed in my new book. Sometimes chapter titles or sentences pop into my head in the wee hours of the morning, then I rush to jot them down on sticky notes by my bedside table.

As tired as I am the next morning, I feel more alive than ever, living on purpose, honoring a calling, and following many intuitive nudges.

Yet, I get a little spacey sometimes from functioning on so little sleep, like I did on a recent Sunday when I met my friend at a local restaurant.

Walking through the line to order food, I stopped to get a cup of water. I noticed a sign on the top of the water jug that said, “Don’t tip the water.”

Umm, I wondered, “Why would I give a tip to water?” It’s self-serve at this station.

Then, walking back to the table I realized my misperception of that sign which was asking patrons not to tilt the water jug. I started laughing at myself, sharing what just happened with my friend.

A week later after another one of those almost all-nighters writing in my head, I mistakenly sent someone my wrong address to mail me something, dropping one of the digits of my street number.

In these moments when I feel a tad off-center, I jokingly remind myself of what Julia Cameron, well-known for her book, The Artist’s Way, says is one of the ten basic principles of creativity:

“It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.”

Maybe it’s even safer after you get a good night’s sleep, I would add.


To deepen and expand the insights included in my next book, I am hoping you, my readers, may know some teens or young adults who would be willing to be interviewed. I’ll share specific details privately via email (as book titles cannot be copyrighted so I’d like to keep my idea close to me for now until the book reaches a publisher). Those interviewed have been given an extensive overview beforehand. To learn more, email me at (and I do have a consent form, required to be signed by a parent or legal guardian, for those under 18 who agree to be interviewed).

Those who respond can be quoted in my book with their first names only or choose to stay anonymous. They also have the choice of responding via an email questionnaire, or by a phone or Zoom interview with me if they prefer.

Those teens and young adults who participated so far said they found the process rewarding, as they reflected on the questions I sent them. They also said they are excited to see some of their responses potentially included in my next book. Ideally, I’d love to portray thoughts from a diversity of young people across the country.

To the joys (and maybe a few more “mistakes”) in the next steps of this creative journey.

With love and blessings,



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