Different Office

Stories from Self-Created, Soul-Satisfying Work Space

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A Travel Guide for Transitions

Because Freaking Out About This by Myself Totally Sucks

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Different Work

Moving from I Should to I Love My Work

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The Transition Within – Our 2015 retreat series on Whidbey Island

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Retreat 1: Crafting Your Story

Tackle scary transition monsters by becoming the creator/author of your story.

Retreat 2: Crafting Community

Prioritizing self + finding new community = rest within transition chaos.

Retreat 3: Crafting Your Space

Stride alongside transition fears by surrounding yourself with magic and beauty of your own making.

Retreat 4: Playing

For alumni of The Transition Within retreats, this retreat is about being, not doing. We’ll play, explore the island, and expand peace within us and our transitions.


Welcome to Collective Self

I’m Lori Kane, author of a 4-book series about surviving and thriving during major life transitions. The first three — Different Office: Stories from Self-Created, Soul-Satisfying Work Space (2014), A Travel Guide for Transitions: Because Freaking Out About This by Myself Totally Sucks (2013), and Different Work: Moving from I Should to I Love My Work (2012) — are non-fiction collections of stories and essays co-created and illustrated by Dutch Writer/Cartoonist Bas de Baar. The fourth book in the series, Year One Poet, is due out November 2014. This illustrated book of poetry celebrates my transition from non-fiction writer to poet and includes insights and tips for people becoming poets and artists.

Close to Whidbey Island? Come join us at the beach in 2015 for our 4-retreat series The Transition Within.

Recent Writings

Girl’s Feet

poet, artist find the space your place outside the race where mind goes empty ego floats to grace go there every day No matter what every day if only for a moment Go there Go there Go There now. Can you feel the earth? Her spinning rhythm? Feel your strong and...

The Advice of Trees

be extra kind to yourself, little human in this interim span while the world remakes herself for you you are little for a reason take solace in walking outside talking to neighbors touching the soil and water with your so-cool hands eating food you made yourself, and...

Pickle Recipe

We could argue all day about what is and isn’t a poem but let’s not. Keep your perspective. I’ll keep mine. Let’s make pickles in lieu of argument. in my notebooks grocery lists and recipes are tucked among poems like lighthouses for coming...