Sheila Doherty

A wife to one and mother to four who often feels life is going dozens of different directions at once. Often can be found with a book in her hands. Loves to sing regardless of whether there is somewhere there to listen and loves to create, from writing, to sewing, to scrapbooking and on.

 

What Would You Do If You Couldn't Fail?

Brene Brown's Daring Greatly made me think a lot about failure. When we make ourselves vulnerable we open ourselves to a lot of things, some good and some positive. One of the things that we make possible when we do this is something many people, myself included, fear -- failure. When we make ourselves vulnerable we risk failure and that is a heady, wonderful, terrifying thing. ...more
I'd pursue a singing career. My excuse is the competitiveness of the industry, I just don't have ...more

Plan B Parenting

In no other area of my life have I found myself as deeply vulnerable than as a parent. And that's why -- when my daughter was very young -- if you judged my parenting, I would jump down your throat. Then I would go home and cry and Google parenting websites and hold myself accountable for my daughter's milestone progress, her sleep habits, my mood, her nutrition and the state of foreign wars....more
Being vulnerable with my kids means not pretending to know it all or to have all the answers and ...more

Vulnerability and Shame in the Workplace

As we've discussed, feeling vulnerable is hard and frequently scary. The vulnerability hangover? It sucks. When I was reading Daring Greatly I was very wary of what Brene Brown was going to say about vulnerability in the workplace. It's a mixed bag for me. There are workplace environments where I've felt pretty darned comfortable with vulnerability and others where I avoided it like the plague. To my surprise, I found myself nodding right along with a lot of what Brown had to say about being vulnerable at work. ...more
It's tricky being vulnerable at work... it's often seen as weakness. I think there is a fine ...more

The Vulnerability Hangover

In Brene Brown's Daring Greatly, she talks about what happens after you allow yourself to be vulnerable. She says, with a little help from Leonard Cohen, "often the result of daring greatly isn't a victory march as much as it is a quiet sense of freedom mixed with a little battle fatigue." She sometimes refers to this as the vulnerability hangover. ...more
I have most definitely suffered a "vulnerability hangover." Mostly I just try to forget about it ...more

Lessons Learned from Weekly Writing Exercises

Weekly writing exercises aren't quite as difficult for me as daily morning pages, but I'll admit that I still struggle with them. Yet I still find myself thinking about the writing prompts in Julia Cameron's My Artist's Way Toolkit, even if I don't put a pen to paper. I'm not always good at putting my thoughts down but these exercises are still teaching me some important lessons....more
Consistency. Working on my art each day keeps the creative juices flowing, like inertia. It's ...more

Where Do You Find Inspiration?

One of the things that I appreciate about Julia Cameron's new My Artist's Way Toolkit is how she's forcing me to pay attention. Yes, my morning pages may be a to do list most days (and yes, I still suck at them) but maybe one out of five days I'll find myself writing out a really good idea. I may not write down a single word after an Artist's Date but during it I'll be observing the things around me. Inspiration can happen anywhere. ...more
Everywhere! Movies, books, long hikes, quiet moments by myself, music, museums... life is ...more

Do You Ever Go On Dates - By Yourself?

While it's true that I suck at morning pages, it's equally true that I love ...more
I do go on "Artists Dates" and have for years apparently, although I would never have called ...more

I Suck at Daily Morning Writing Exercises

When I mention Julia Cameron or The Artist's Way, chances are one of the first things you will think of is morning pages. When I signed up for the My Artist's Way Toolkit, I was a bit hesitant. I knew that morning pages were part of the bargain, and I've never been good at them. After a few weeks of using the service I can tell you that I still suck at morning pages. ...more
I cannot do "morning pages." I'm more productive in the late morning or afternoon myself. ...more

What Wouldn't You Do For A Friend?

Graciela "Ace" Jones is a powerful force. She's loud and tough. She's sassy. I'm pretty sure that Tyra Banks would say that Ace is "fierce." Ace is a lot to handle but one thing is clear in Stephanie McAfee's Diary of a Mad Fat Girl -- Ace is one heck of a friend. ...more
I could definitely see myself and my gal pals in Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. While all of my ...more

Do You Make Lists?

I always find it funny how I see bits of myself in characters that I would probably say that I have very little in common with. Lilly Lane, the best friend in Stephanie McAfee's Diary of a Mad Fat Girl is one of those characters. I've already talked about how we both dislike talking on the phone but Lilly and I have something else in common -- we love lists. ...more
Grocery lists. And a list of books I've read this year. That's about it. I don't make lists of ...more