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Issue 7.2 - May 2004
ISSN 1480-6975

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - by James Grimes, Gian Fiero & Stacey Board
@-- New Artist Spotlight Additions
@-- Songwriting Book Review - by James Linderman
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - Songwriting Web sites that inspire - brought
    to you by singer/songwriter & teacher, Irene Jackson.
@-- Featured Article - Do You Really Nurture Yourself?
                       by Suzanne Falter-Barns
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
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Get yourself some classy merchandise to remind you of your
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LAST MONTH TO ENTER 2004 USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION

Win a grand prize of over US$50,000 in cash, merchandise and
more. Winning songs get radio airplay. Judges include record
labels such as Universal, Warner, Epic and SONY Music. 

LAST MONTH TO ENTER! Hurry! Get entry form now at:
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

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Hi folks!  Got a big issue for you today, but I have a few
announcements first.

Those of you who have been getting this newsletter for a while
might recall the last time I gave away free tickets to the
NewSong Festival.  This year, I'd like to try something
different.  But before I get to that, here's some information on
the festival so that you know more about it:

We're giving away 2 weekend passes to the 2004 Mountain Stage
NewSong Festival.  This year's dates are August 20-22. NewSong
features a performing songwriter's contest (deadline for recorded
submissions June 15; there is also an Open Round at the festival)
great music on multiple stages, workshops on songcraft,
family-friendly events, song circles, jamming into the night and
creative fellowship on an estate once owned by George
Washington's family. NewSong welcomes performing songwriters of
all levels and genres, and devoted fans of live music and fine
festivals. The festival is located at Claymont Court near Charles
Town (not Charleston!) WV, an hour west of DC and Baltimore.
Plenty of camping; limited onsite and lots of nearby offsite
lodging available. For full info, visit
http://newsongfestival.com/.

Now that you know when it is, where it is and what happens at it,
I'd like to give away these weekend passes to two lucky people
who intend to go to the festival.  All you need to do is to write
to me at jodi@musesmuse.com and let me know how you've benefited
from receiving this newsletter or by visiting and/or
participating on The Muse's Muse website.  Think of it as a
'boost Jodi's spirits' type of "gift of words", as it were. :) I
might also use your words as a testimonial on the site (and would
be happy to include a link to your website where I place it), so
please don't write to me about this unless you're ok with that.

Meanwhile, here are the raffle winners this month:

* Sue Cyr from Raymond NH who has won a copy of the book reviewed
this issue, "The Complete Singer-Songwriter" By Jeffrey Pepper
Rodgers. (See below for the review)

* Chris Anderson from Chester, Virginia and Ron Smith from
Boldon, England who have both won a copy of the Galaris Music
Directory (for details, have a look at
http://www.galaris.com/GMD.html?musesmuse)

* Sean Melay from Essex, UK who has won a copy of VSS's
songwriting organization product, Lyricist (for details and
information on a discount offered, see
http://www.musesmuse.com/vss-review.html)

* Ian Davidson from Dundee, Scotland who has won a copy of the
"Musician's Toolkit" 
(for details, see http://www.musicianstoolkit.com/muse/) 

Hope you enjoy all the great stuff we have for you this month.
Enjoy your spring and keep writing!

All the best,

--Jodi

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M u s i c   R e v i e w s :  

by Gian Fiero, James Grimes & Stacey Board

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NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

Reviews by James Grimes:

* Dax
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000656.html
* Seth
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000659.html

Reviews by Gian Fiero:

* David Boyles
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000662.html
* Joanna McMeikan
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000666.html
* Darla Postnikoff
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000660.html
* Elektronika
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000663.html
* Escape From Earth
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000664.html
* Random Rab
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000667.html

Reviews by Stacey Board:

* The Mood
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000668.html
* Hank Quillen
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000669.html
* elaine k
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000670.html
* Hot Socky
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000671.html
* Billy Mitchell
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000672.html
* Sue Jeffers
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000673.html
* Reed Dickinson
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000674.html
* Peter Haines
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000675.html

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For bios on each of the reviewers, see
http://www.musesmuse.com/musicreviews.html . If you're considering
sending in your own CD for review, you can also view that page to
find out which reviewer reviews your genre. Thanks!

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N e w   A r t i s t   S p o t l i g h t   A d d i t i o n s :  

Great music is only a click away!  
Here is the latest addition to the Artist Spotlight section of
The Muse's Muse at http://www.musesmuse.com/artistspotlights.html 

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SOULPOWER ~ Genre: POP

Rapidly building a reputation as one of the premier independent
bands in the world today, Soulpower are made up of a female
vocalist with what some describe as 'the voice of an angel' and a
male instrumentalist/producer. Together they make sweet,
beautiful and uplifting music. 

http://www.soulpowermusic.com/
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LIN CREMORE ~ Genre: POP

An Innovative and rich fusion of jazzy trip hop/pop grooves,
smooth vocals, powerful melodies and lush harmony. This is the
little black cocktail dress of trip pop! Lin was a finalist in
this year's UK Songwriting Contest with the track 'Dancing
Through The Night' taken from the album.

http://www.vulnerabilitycd.com/
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RUTH HAMMOND ~ Genre: POP

UK based singer/songwriter & musician with a funky edge. Ruth 's
songs manage to sound retro and refreshingly modern at the same
time. Her inspiration is drawn from the master songwriters:
Sting, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and James Taylor to name a few.

http://www.ruthhammond.com/
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3 Kisses ~ Genre: ALTERNATIVE

The backbone of Austin-based alternative-pop band 3 Kisses is the
husband-wife team, Tish & Tony Meeks. Tish supplies catchy lyrics
and melodies while Tony surrounds them with unexpected chord
progressions. The essence of "Wings" results in a unique sound,
echoing tunes of the early 70's with an edgy contemporary twist.

http://www.3kisses.com/

*****
Are you interested in an Artist Spotlight on The Muse's Muse?
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S o n g w r i t i n g   B o o k   R e v i e w : by James Linderman

The Complete Singer- Songwriter- By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
               http://tinyurl.com/2rdkr
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For fifteen years of my life it was part of my job to read
Jeffery Pepper Rodgers... Well sort of.

I was the manager of the acoustic guitar department of a
prominent Canadian musical instrument retail chain and so it was
imperative that I read Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers magazine "Acoustic
Guitar", cover-to-cover, every month.

Better than any sales rep. from Yamaha or Ovation, Acoustic
Guitar was my primary source of objective, hype-less information
about acoustic gear, and most of my daily decisions were coloured
by its content. It also made me sound as if I knew what I was
talking about when customers dropped the names of artists like
Pierre Bensusan, Tim O'Brien, Acoustic Alchemy or Patty Larkin.

Despite the fact that I now spend 8 to 10 hours of my working day
with a Fender Telecaster in my hands, I still sense the real
power that a great acoustic song can have and I learned most of
that between the covers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. I still read
it from time to time and even have some favorite stuff from
articles Jeffrey wrote himself.

In an article called, "Waiting for a Miracle" from issue #24
(May/June, 1994) of Acoustic Guitar, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
wrote, "Every song (we write) creates a flare in the sky - some
bathe the ground in brilliant light, others sputter and die." It
was comforting for me to know that it was not just my songs that
seemed to not always illuminate.

Another section that really spoke to me was, "The guitar is where
I go searching, ambling around the fingerboard, turning over
rocks and kicking up leaves." This described my process of
writing songs better than I had ever previously considered.

The real impact of this article, however, came from a section
advising that we put down our guitars and try to write a melody
by singing unaccompanied, completely unrestricted by a
pre-established harmony. This advice pulled me out of a yearlong
case of writer's block and helped me write some strikingly
fresh-sounding songs.

In this new book, The Complete Singer-Songwriter, Jeffrey Pepper
Rodgers continues to inspire with an introduction and first
chapter that jumps right inside the essence of songwriting to the
point where you will possibly wonder how the author knew the
intimate details of your creative process.

The second section deals with getting started when you want to
write a song but the page and the brain are remaining
conspicuously blank.  There's also some introductory/refresher
music theory and song form stuff. There is some talk of editing
and collaboration that I found really helpful since it also
walked me through a great collaboration I was working on with
Janella Landis.  We managed to write a great wedding duet
completely via e-mails and media attachments with me situated
north of Toronto, Canada and she in the U.S.

Chapter three has all the stuff you will need if you are getting
tired of playing your songs in front of the mirror or for your
admiring immediate family. It outlines what you need to know to
perform like great artists do, how to get gigs worth playing and
what you would need to know about bookings that you would want to
know before you even talk to anyone about singing outside the
shower.

Chapter four demystifies the studio experience and will help you
decide if you should use your money for buying your own gear or
for renting studio time.  If you are standing at the crossroads
of the studio and the music store with a fist full of dollars,
there is some good stuff here.

What I loved most about this book is that Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
has archived the most amazing collection of quotes, from
interviewing the "famous" and the "should be famous" from the
world of song.  Insights from Joni Mitchell, James Taylor,
Jonatha Brooke (with whom I am secretly in love with...
professionally speaking of course), Ani DiFranco, Jewel, Paul
Simon, Erin McKeown, Kelly Joe Phelps and many more are sprinkled
liberally through the book. This seems to give this book's
particular kind of wisdom the weight of practicality and also a
bit of the glitter of celebrity.  

There's a kind of indie artist's DIY primer with a really
interesting resources list at the back of the book.  (The
resource guide is also available (and updated) on-line at:
http://jeffreypepperrodgers.com/cssresources.htm!) It gets you
looking beyond the back cover for information and guidance to
take you past it's last insight and of course it lists The Muse's
Muse as "a vast clearinghouse of information, articles and links
for songwriters..."

You really have to admire a book with that kind of insight.

The Complete Singer- Songwriter- By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is
published by Backbeat Books and you can add it to your library by
going to http://tinyurl.com/2rdkr

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ABOUT THE REVIEWER:
James Linderman lives and works at theharmonyhouse, a music lesson,
songwriting and music pre-production facility in Newmarket,
Ontario, Canada. He is the Songwriters Association of Canada
regional coordinator for Newmarket and leads a music workshop
program for Life 100.3 Christian radio. James writes songwriting
articles for The Muse's News web magazine, Canadian Musician
Magazine and Professional Musician Magazine.

Contact James at:  theharmonyhouse@rogers.com

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SongoftheMonth.com is a fun, online song contest supporting and promoting the art of original songwriting by awarding cash and prizes (and lots of website traffic) to three artists every month! Features include low monthly competition, low $10 entry fee, and the Winner's Circle where artist songs, lyrics, website urls, and SOTM exclusive interviews are celebrated! Drop by the Songwriters Lounge for advice and tips from previous winners, and visit the Hall of Fame to hear and learn about all of our past winners. Hope to hear you soon! Enter Online or by Mail: Visit http://www.songofthemonth.com/ for details! ================================================================= M u s i c a l N o t e s : Songwriting Contests & Market Info. In the interest of conserving space, I will only be including changes to this listing in this newsletter. All other contests and market information that have already been listed here, are displayed at http://www.musesmuse.com/contests.html & http://www.musesmuse.com/markets.html . Please check there regularly for updates! ----------------------------------------------------------------- 2004 NEWSONG FESTIVAL SONG CONTEST A performing songwriters festival. Cash prizes; grand-prize winner performs winning song on an international broadcast of the "Mountain Stage" radio and TV program. Mail in song submissions by May 1 for a chance to be among the "First Five" semi-finalists. The final deadline to submit recordings is June 15. All entrants receive free subscription to Performing Songwriter (or another year if you already subscribe). You can also compete in a Live Round at the NewSong festival, Aug. 20 to 22, located in West Virginia, about an hour west of Washington, D.C. Semifinal/final rounds take place at the festival. 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First-Place category winners were: Kaz Mitchell for "Careless Hands" (Pop); Marianne Pillsbury for "Boo Hoo" (Rock); Julie Clark for "Your Wings" (Acoustic/Folk); Ruth Wood for "Broken" (Christian/Gospel); Jeff Moxcey & Max McGee for "Women Are From Venus and Men Are From Mars" (Country); Willie McCulloch for "Leviathan" (Special Category); Giulio Carmassi for Camels" (Instrumental); Chris Commisso for "Coulda Been" (HipHop/R&B) and Dwayne Hummel for "She Won't Let Me Have A Truck" (Lyric Writing). Hear the winning songs at the Great American Song Hall Of Fame: http://www.greatamericansong.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------------- UK SONGWRITING CONTEST 2004 NOW OPEN Prizes include guaranteed publishing deals, songwriting software, Taxi memberships, music organisation subscriptions, books, career development packages and more. All winners and selected runners up and finalists will feature on the "UKSC Best of 2004" CD and every song entered will be considered for inclusion on the new international Music Aid CD release. Every year finalists and winners from around the world are widely featured and interviewed on national and international radio, TV and press leading to many recording, management and publishing opportunities for contestants. More info and entry forms at http://www.songwritingcontest.co.uk/ ----------------------------------------------------------------- DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPYRIGHT KIT Download Indie-Music.com's free and easy Copyright Kit. Print Copyright forms, Copyright submission process, handy tips & tricks, choosing the right form, and more. http://www.indie-music.com/freemuse.php ----------------------------------------------------------------- MOVA ARTS FESTIVAL 2004 SONGWRITERS COMPETITION & CONFERENCE NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES 80 - 100 semi-finalists perform in up to 10 different categories before panels of industry professionals for over $10,000 in cash awards, paid booking opportunities and recording time. Festival is held in the beautiful mountain lake resort area of Lake Guntersville in Northeast Alabama, September 16 - 19. Our 2004 Musicians Conference presented by the Songwriter Guild of America is open to all songwriters and musicians. Early Bird Deadline: May 15, 2004; Final Deadline: June 15, 2004. Go to http://mova.mountainvalleyartscouncil.org/ for more information. ----------------------------------------------------------------- TAKE "SUCCESFUL LYRIC WRITING" WITH SARA LIGHT ONLINE ONLY AT SONGU.COM Join Tony Award nominated lyricist and hit songwriter, Sara Light, for this exciting online course beginning September 25th. Also, as a member of SongU.com, you can take over 30 self-paced courses that are available online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. No airfare, no hotel costs, no time constraints. Right from your own home, you can get quality education and personal attention from a faculty of active hit songwriters and successful independent artists. Back-To-School Special for Musesmuse members. Use redemption code: MMU8303 when you enroll for one year at SongU and get an additional 3 months free! To take the campus tour, go to http://www.songu.com/?sa=3 . ----------------------------------------------------------------- ANNOUNCEMENT OF COUNTRY SONGWRITING CONTEST WINNERS: The winners of the first Country Songwriting Contest at http://www.moneyswirthmusic.com/ are: Don & Mary Dickey (of Texas) and Jeff and Micki Price (of Georgia) with their co-written song "Karaoke Cowboy". Additional information and the winning song will be posted asap at http://www.moneyswirthmusic.com/ It was a great pleasure to listen to the songs that were entered, and we at MoneysWirth Music look forward to holding another contest soon. Thanks to all who participated and to Jodi at Muse's Muse for posting the information. ----------------------------------------------------------------- NOW PLAY YOUR SONGS DIRECTLY TO THE LABELS AT MUSIC GORILLA! GUARANTEED Play your music for the labels while selling your CD's at Music Gorilla, the only place where your music streams directly to the decision makers of the music industry who can sign musicians to record deals, publishing deals, films, and TV shows. Music Gorilla is risk free; it guarantees bands and songwriters with original material that representatives of major labels, indie labels, film studios, or publishers will hear their music or their membership is free. There are tons of free extras and goodies that come with artist memberships as well, including an optional personal store in which to sell your cd's and merchandise on their site. "With the enormous number of artists out there vying for attention, it's great to have Music Gorilla sorting through it all and presenting the cream of the crop. A much valued service." -- Antony Bland, American Recordings. Join by May 31, 2004, enter muse in the promotional code section and receive a 10% discount! http://www.musicgorilla.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------------- TAKE YOUR MUSIC TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH BERKLEEMUSIC.COM Berklee College of Music has launched its Berkleemusic.com web site after nearly two years in development. This ambitious offering provides songwriters opportunities to take online music writing courses and explore new music career directions. Users can create a personal or band web page containing bios, MP3s, images, reviews, news, and links that are useful resources to potential employers, collaborators, and students. For more information visit: http://www.berkleemusic.com/school/?affiliate_promotion_id=338 ----------------------------------------------------------------- GREAT ARTICLES TO CHECK OUT AT GALARIS INDEPENDENT MUSIC: http://www.galaris.com/ * Reach people like you would want to be reached - by Derek Sivers http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=291 * Why most demo recordings are rejected - By Christopher Knab http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=292 * Why Being Popular At Home Is Important - by Tim Sweeney http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=293 Visit http://www.galaris.com/ and Sign up for the Galaris Independent Musicians Newsletter. Twice monthly you will receive FREE, direct to your email box, articles containing: Promotion tips, Career advice, Recording tips, Practicing tips, Legal advice, Musician's health, Radio promotion, Songwriters tips and much more. ----------------------------------------------------------------- INTRODUCING A SPECIAL WEBSITE PROMOTION PACKAGE ESPECIALLY FOR MUSICIANS/SONGWRITERS It's important for your website to be found once it's created. We all know this. But who can afford the promotion a website needs to truly make its mark on the web? Now YOU can. This package is offered exclusively to Muse's Muse visitors only. Do you have a website that no one knows about? Do you want it to stand out from the crowd? Now you can get it promoted for a fraction of the price most search engine optimization packages would cost you. Visit http://www.internet-marketing-mm.com/musicianpackage.html for more details. Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson ©1998-2004 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission ----------------------------------------------------------------- Quite often I will hit upon a website and bookmark it for a future edition of Muse's Clues, and I know that I came across this particular one months ago but somehow I completely forgot about it! It is indeed a very helpful and useful site, created by people at BBC Radio 1 in the UK, and specifically meant for performing artists. However, even if you don't perform, there are many good articles for you to ponder here. It's called BBC One Music, and the "How To..." part of it that I'm talking about is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/onemusic/howto/ There are articles on management and money, performing, songwriting, contracts, getting your music out, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. The site is very easy to surf and the articles are either nice and short or broken up so they're easier to swallow. You'll find advice on recording equipment, vocal training, getting gigs...just about anything you can think of related to music, and although it originates from the UK, most of it applies equally to anyone, anywhere. The website also goes as far as to describe music industry jobs, so if you're looking to be a manager or an A&R person you'll get the lowdown on what it takes to achieve your goal. Even if you aren't looking for that kind of position, understanding how these people work and what they do can be important to you in your musical career. Beyond all of this, the website also gives you a "virtual studio" to explore, with an audio sample bank where you can pick from 1000 drums, bass and effects samples mainly in the genres of house, dance, hip-hop and garage, if that's what you're in to! Or you can get a primer on mixing, and even try your hand at mixing online using their Onestudio Sequencer and samples of your choosing. You'll need Shockwave in order to make use of this part of the website, but is it ever cool! BBC Radio 1 has gone all out to provide you with much of what you need to understand the basics of getting into music as a career and even to give you a head start. It's an excellent website and worth a good long visit. ****** Irene Jackson is a performing songwriter from Victoria, BC in Canada. Aside from writing, recording and performing, she also maintains a website for songwriters that includes tips, articles and more links of interest. Her eagerly anticipated CD "Catnip" is finally here, and her earlier recordings have had attention everywhere from Japan to South America. Songwriting Tips: http://www.irenejackson.com/tips.html Homepage: http://www.irenejackson.com/ Songs on MP3: http://www.mp3.com/artists/20/irene_jackson.html Back to Menu ================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : DO YOU REALLY NURTURE YOURSELF? - by Suzanne Falter-Barns © 2004 http://www.howmuchjoy.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------------- It's all too easy in the mad swirl we live in to forget the obvious - that living, breathing heart that beats within us. (I'm talking about the emotional one, not the one that processes good and bad cholesterol.) If you're a creative type, this is where important things dwell, like your larger purpose in life, your inspiration, and your passion. And it single handedly determines whether you will live with joy or not. Here is a questionnaire that will help you gage whether you're giving that all-critical nerve center, your soul, the space and care it needs. Answer the following as honestly as you can: 1. When throwing a dinner party, I tend to do all the work myself. I insist guests leave the dishes, and do not grumble when my spouse disappears at clean-up time. This happens a) every single time b) some of the time c) occasionally d) never. (I accept all kinds of help quite happily!) 2. My spouse is dependent on me to help him/her manage day-to-day affairs like remembering names, writing business letters, running errands, making wardrobe choices, and figuring out how to handle certain situations. This is true a) all of the time; it occupies much of my day b) some of the time; it happens frequently during the week c) it happens from time to time during the week d) it happens a few times per month, rarely, or never 3. Exercise in my life occurs a) whenever I can squeeze it in … which is rarely or never b) when I make time for it, but somehow that's never quite enough c) pretty frequently. I have less guilt about this than other things d) as often as I need it 4. My children a) Are simply the number one, most important thing in my life (I'll get to my dreams later, when they grow up) b) Are very important to me, but they are also the source of a lot of frustration and angst c) Have prodded me to at least begin my dream - but then they keep distracting me from it d) Make me balance the work of my dreams with home/family time, so we all get what we need 5. The idea of taking a Saturday or a Sunday just for me seems a) wildly selfish b) wonderful, but totally unrealistic c) Great … but where would I begin? There is just so much I need at this time d) Something I actually do for myself and love 6. If I were to take an entire vacation for myself, I would a) not. Period b) Have to talk my spouse or child(ren) into supporting this, which would probably kill it right there c) Have too many responsibilities to take care of in advance - but when I think about it … it's actually sort of/maybe possible d) Know just where I'd go and what I'd do … in fact, it sounds like a plan 7. I make some time for myself a) only when I'm sick. Then I get to lounge around in bed. b) When there is a rare, unexpected hole in my busy schedule c) When I see my therapist twice a month, and the occasional lunch or dinner date with a friend d) Pretty much every day 8. The idea of scheduling in some nurturing time for myself seems a) impossible b) a little unrealistic, given all my responsibilities c) possible - but I'd have to hire help and I'm not sure how or if I could do that d) doable… I'm doing it now! SCORING To determine just how much you do or don't nurture your soul, tally up. (Keep in mind this is a questionnaire for general use; it's obviously unable to account for individual circumstances. So judge your own situation and score accordingly.) Give yourself 4 points for every a); 6 points for every b); 8 points for every c); and 10 points for every d). If your score falls between: 40-60: You need to seriously reevaluate your relationship with yourself. Something's gotta give here or you're looking at a mega burn-out situation and all the nastiness that brings with it. While this quiz is only a rough indicator of how much nurturing you need to create, it seems like you need a lot. Consider making that a priority for the year, and consider working with a therapist or life coach to provide support. 60-80: Your self nurture index is still set pretty low; how about upping it some? 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