Where The Wild Things Bar

A mashup of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” and Cassius Marcellus Coolidge “Dog’s Playing Poker”. Initially started out with some kind of play on Where the Wild Things Are like Where the Mild Things Are, potentially just showing the characters wearing suits in a portrait.

A testament to wildness, even in the midst adulthood and attempting to function in a well-adjusted manner in society.

Bob Dylan Creativity Quote, “Things had become too familiar and I might have to disorient myself.”

“And it dawned on me that I might have to change my inner thought patterns…that I would have to start believing in possibilities that I wouldn’t have allowed before, that I had been closing my creativity down to a very narrow, controllable scale…that things had become too familiar and I might have to disorient myself.” // Bob Dylan

I know I’m not the only one to find inspiration from the _nitch account. Go ahead and give them follow. Especially liked this Bob Dylan quote this evening and made a thing.

YARN | a story coaching series

I’m unleashing a story coaching series in 5 parts. I’m calling this series YARN.

What is story coaching?

We all tell ourselves a story. In this story, ideas ebb and flow and reinforce themes like why we are the kind of person we think we are, what kinds of roles those closest to us inhabit, and why we are met with success or failure. By becoming more aware of what themes are repeating in your story and by developing an understanding of a few basic story structures, you can gain new influence over your narrative.

To Make Sense Of

At their simplest, stories are tools we use to make sense of our experience. We often do this subconsciously. Individual experiences can be meaningful, but by stringing them together in a particular order, they can provide new meaning we previously couldn’t see. By intentionally ordering our experiences, we can tell ourselves powerful, truthful stories instead of ones that feed a false narrative.


It’s a part of our nature to view ourselves as the hero of our own story. But there are many other characters that can contribute themes and meaning to a story. A guide can give the hero a vision for the future or tools for success. A villain often shares similar motivations as a hero, but sets different objectives and exhibits different behaviors (the “shadowside” of the hero).

Status Quo

Status quo is called the Thesis in a story. This includes your current ideas about who you are, what the world is like, your relationships, and what makes you valuable. Some of us can begin to feel stuck in the status quo. One day, you see a small thread sticking out from under the wall. You’re tempted to give it a little tug… will it just break off, or will something unravel? It’s a way of testing your assumptions to see how solid they really are.


Rhythm is one of the most powerful forces in nature. Think of the way a stone can be carved with a simple drip of water repeating slowly over time. Our lives take on natural rhythms. The more these rhythms repeat, the more we recognize themes surfacing. We aren’t powerless to resist these habits, nor do we have to wrestle them into submission. There are ways to embrace the flow of its movement that lead to enjoyment and freedom.

The full YARN package is valued at $300, but because I’m still completing my coaching certification through Lark’s Song supervisions, I’m offering it to the first 3 people that sign up for $200. Sign up below if you’d like to get started, or email me at wm.smith.3@gmail.com if you have any questions.

The 5 parts of the series include:

– a discovery session where I’ll learn about you and we’ll design an alliance together. (1 hour)

– 3 sessions of story coaching (45 minutes each)

– a finale session (1 hour)

Through this series we’ll work together to help your stories achieve their highest calling, which is transformation.

If you’re not sure what coaching is or whether or not you would benefit, let me know. We can set up a free 15 minute sample session.

One Kind of Criticism is Adjacent to Another with Jeff Goldblum

I love me some Jeff Goldblum. I love this.

And please some of this. I can’t find the Cooking with Jeff that features Jonathan Gold for some reason, but that one’s my absolute favorite.

Anyway. I’ve been listening to some of his jazz stuff on Spotify lately

I’ve also recently came across some Palette Gear, so I needed something to practice my set up with. In honor of Jeff and Jazz.