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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Different Office

Stories from Self-Created, Soul-Satisfying Work Space

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Crafting your story

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Crafting you community

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Crafting your space

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Welcome to Collective Self

I’m the author of three books: 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). I co-created these books with Bas de Baar, Dutch writer/cartoonist of OddballEmpire.com fame. They’re all creative nonfiction: collections of true stories that inspire and sustain us woven into our own stories. The cast of characters across our work includes hundreds of people we’ve met in person and many others we’ve met in our heads. In our world, these characters count as real too.

Recent Writings

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...

What Does a Poet Do?

for Alice Walker Do you know that poets in our hardest moments in quiet attic battlefields sit with you to weep with joy? Do you know that humans at our most afraid carrying hearts so tender act because your actions give us faith in ourselves? Do you know as yet...