Begin Again

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Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) is a Grammy-nominated composer/performer and mentor to harpists around the world. This article is part of our year-long series by Deborah that will explore the process, art, and craft of invention and reinventing yourself. Share your questions and comments about this article with her at powerharp.com.

Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) is a Grammy-nominated composer/performer and mentor to harpists around the world. This article is part of our year-long series by Deborah that will explore the process, art, and craft of invention and reinventing yourself. Share your questions and comments about this article with her at powerharp.com.

How to get unstuck and start moving toward the finish line.

Reinvention is the process of getting closer and closer to the truth of who we are so we can express our true selves. Expressing ourselves—especially in an art form and an instrument we were drawn to for its expressive qualities—should be the easiest thing in the world, right? Yet often it feels like the hardest. Sometimes we feel like we can’t even get started.

If we’re motivated by the expectation that “this has to be really good” or “this has to be perfect” or “this has to be even better than the last one” or any other “has to,” then it can become impossible to begin.

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Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) is a Grammy-nominated composer/performer and mentor to harpists around the world. Her signature harp, the DHC-Light, was designed and named for her by Camac Harps. She composes works for solo harp, ensembles, and concerto settings, and she coaches harpists in creativity and business in her online courses.

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