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Truly Kristi

Creative Alchemy by Kristi Casey

My mission: Help people be their best selves, do their best work, and live their best lives. I’m a creative alchemist, transmuting pain into the power to change.

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How you show up matters

Hey Reader! How we show up matters. And how we show up consistently reflects to the world who we are. Sometimes, when we let ourselves run down, we forget who we are and how we want to show up in the world. Our resistance is low when we're tired, hungry, or scared. In that state, it's easy to become overwhelmed by stress or anxiety. In a moment of frustration, we may lash out at someone or give in to the impulse to rage. When we recover our cool, we may say: "That wasn't like me; I don't know...

5 days ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! What are the two most powerful words you can say to someone? Tell me . . . Then what is the most powerful thing you can do? Listen. Without interrupting. Without talking over. Without guessing where the story is going. Without sharing how it relates to something you experienced once. Just listening. Your challenge this week is to understand when someone needs to share something and to say to them, “Tell me.” Then simply be still and hear. Let me know how it goes! Share your...

12 days ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! Life has a way of piling on. It’s not that you just get a flat tire and that’s it. Oh no. You’ll miss an important business meeting, get grease on your outfit, the spare will be flat, the phone will die before you can call for help, and then you’ll remember you forgot to eat breakfast. And you’ll have to pee. Life can be absurd like that. Just when you think you can’t handle another thing, life smacks you in the face with a dead fish. It’s super easy to maintain balance and be...

19 days ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! It’s a popular trope that to be an artist, you have to suffer. Centuries of books, movies and songs about tragic, creative people reinforce this myth that to be a creative artist, you must endure poverty, addiction, and/or mental illness in order to create great art. That kind of redemption arc certainly is dramatic, but it’s not the only way to live creatively. Being miserable doesn’t make you better at art, music, poetry or performing arts. It just makes you miserable. Which is...

26 days ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! There are people who mean so much to me that I tear up thinking about how much I love them. Yet I don’t talk to them regularly. Some I may not have spoken to for years. I think I need to change that pattern of behavior. A friend’s brother passed away last night. He was way too young. He was way too healthy to go so soon. There’s no reason he didn’t wake up this morning. We don’t get to choose when we say our goodbyes to people. That’s one of the reasons I always tell my friends I...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! Life is about growth. And growth is about cycles. You can’t have abundance without times of scarcity. You can’t appreciate health without knowing what it means to be sick. We rise and fall. We have know what it feels like to lose before we understand why we want to win. Life is a wheel. As soon as you crest, you fall. The good news is you never fall for long. Life has a way of balancing us out. It also has a way of showing us where we need to be when we’re ready to understand it....

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! I’ve always loved learning about how other cultures approach things we take for granted. Take, for example, school. In America, we often get siloed into tracks of learning and a mindset that focuses on what we can’t do. Oh, I’m bad at math. I can’t spell. I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket . . . Imagine my surprise, then, when I learned about an educational approach in Japan that emphasized the opposite. If you were strong in verbal skills and weaker in math, they might put you...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! At dinner tonight, a friend asked us what we wanted to be when we were little. I thought I'd be the only one who could say I still do now what I wanted when I was seven: make art, write books, sing, and act. But I was wrong. "I wanted to do disaster relief," my friend said. "And in a way, I still do." No, she doesn't work for FEMA, she's an events team leader. We all laughed but had to agree there were similarities. Anyone who's worked a show knows there's plenty of...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! As I prepare the table for Passover Seder, my mind mulls over the story we will tell later tonight: Once upon a time, there was a pharaoh who enslaved and tried to eradicate the Jewish people. Eventually, his tyranny was overthrown. We escaped from Egypt and were sustained by miraculous means until we found our way home. My family likes to joke that Jewish celebrations often go like this: Someone tried to kill us. We survived. Let’s eat! But beneath the joke, there’s a deeper...

2 months ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! It's never easy to feel like you're on the outside looking in. They say there's strength in numbers, but what happens when members of your community turn against you? I don't remember the first time a girl chose to attack me rather than support me, but it was a common enough occurrence that by high school I preferred hanging out with boys. It was years before I realized what was happening. And even longer before I realized how much I valued being in the company of other women. But...

2 months ago • 2 min read
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