June 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
Writing Challenge- Day 30, my final post from 30 wonderful writers (http://ralphwaldoemerson.me/)
Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Imagine your future self, ie, you 10 years from now. If he/she were to send you a tweet or text message, 1) what would it say and 2) how would that transform your life or change something you’re doing, thinking, believing or saying today?
(Author: Tia Singh)
“Trust in yourself and your ideas, do not waste time worrying over things you can not change and move forward confidently with the things in life that make the most sense to you. Things will all come together beautifully, just take time to breath, be in the present with your life and all the people that make it so special. Never give up on going after what makes you happy … enjoy the journey.”
These past 30 days have been a wonderful journey of diving deep and getting to the core of trusting myself and discovering ways to find happiness and fulfillment in my work. Thank you to the Domino Project and the 30 amazing writers for presenting this amazing writing challenge. It has forced me for 30 days straight to dedicate time every single night to this important cause. I have no choice at this point, but to continue to push forward.
Do you have something you want to start? My advice is to start writing about it … amazing things happen when you start putting your ideas on paper.
June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
Writing Challenge- Day 29
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Write down a major life goal you have yet to achieve or even begin to take action on. For each goal, write down three uncertainties (read: fears) you have relating to each goal. Break it down further, and write down three reasons for each uncertainty. When you have three reasons for your fear, you’ll be able to start processing the change because you know where the fear stems from. Now you’ll be able to make a smaller changes that push you towards your larger goal. So begins the process of “trusting yourself.”
(Author: Sean Ogle)
Nothing brings me more peace then when I practice Yoga. Yoga has taught me how to slow down, to breath, and to create space in my mind. The problem is that I have not actively practiced in a few years. When I practiced Yoga I felt balanced, strong and focused. I taught a Yoga class in Washington state at my favorite gym of all time, North End, and I had the most amazing class of dedicated people. All I had to do is turn on the music and start the sun salutations and the energy in the room would led me through. Whenever I think about finding energy for inner and outer strength, I take myself back to this amazing set of people.
Some of my excuses for my gap in getting to the mat include, but are not limited to; moving 3 times in a few months, traveling, having babies, changing careers, taking care of the family, traveling some more, too many errands, too many self-inflicted expectations of my days, and mostly not setting time out for myself. I feel that this aspect of my life, taking care of my body and mind, needs more attention now then ever before. It is a major life goal of mine to find total wellness within myself, that is eating whole-foods as close to their source as possible and taking care of my body and mind through Yoga.
I have spend the past few weeks researching nutrition night and day and as a result I have transformed the way I eat. I have started to eat as many whole-foods as I can and in return, I have felt more balance and energized. I have found better ways to balance work and family and with a little room to breath, I am starting to feel ready to get back to my mat. The only thing left to do now is find a local Yoga studio, then a fabulous instructor and finally, to make it a priority every few ways to find myself back on the mat. Without taking care of myself, I am finding that I am not able to fully attend to everything and everyone that is important to me. So Yoga is the direction, the path is set. Ready, set, go … find Y-O-G-A.
June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
Writing Challenge- Day 28
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. If we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When did you feel most alive recently? Where were you? What did you smell? What sights and sounds did you experience? Capture that moment on paper and recall that feeling. Then, when it’s time to create something, read your own words to reclaim a sense of being to motivate you to complete a task at hand.
(Author: Sam Davidson)
I feel most alive when I am writing. The times I get my best writing done is usually late at night when everyone is in bed and the house is completely quiet. I sit in my office, reflect upon the events of the day, my thoughts and my place. I feel the cool breeze coming through the window, which sits perfectly in front of my desk. The dark swaying trees outside my window keep me focused, as the cool breeze reminds me about the beauty of breath and life. I hesitate for a few seconds and then I simply start typing and this is when I feel the most alive.
June 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
Writing Challenge- Day 27
I do not wish to expiate, but to live. My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and bleeding. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Think about the type of person you’d NEVER want to be 5 years from now. Write out your own personal recipe to prevent this from happening and commit to following it. “Thought is the seed of action.”
(Author: Harley Schreiber)
I do not want to be reliant on someone else to do my work, to not be fulfilled, to not be changing lives, and to not be burnout and too busy for my kids.
My recipe to be self reliant is to continue to work hard towards work that matters, and in doing so (following my inner voice, a.k.a. not being too scared to make those crazy ideas in my head actually happen), I will fill fulfilled and at that point, I better be changing lives. I believe that as I continue to seek out passionate people, that I will find my independence that I am looking for and balance with my work and family life.
I am off to a really good start, I am doing work I love and I am actually getting to enjoy time with my family … life is good.
Whatever it is your looking for, I hope you write your recipe down as well. Here is to getting started … once the universe (and you) knows the intentions, well the stars will start to shine a bit brighter and every step you take on your path with start to feel a little sweeter.
June 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
Writing Challenge- Day 26
The secret of fortune is joy in our hands. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What if today, right now, no jokes at all, you were actually in charge, the boss, the Head Honcho. Write the “call to arms” note you’re sending to everyone (staff, customers, suppliers, Board) charting the path ahead for the next 12 months and the next 5 years. Now take this manifesto, print it out somewhere you can see, preferably in big letters you can read from your chair.
You’re just written your own job description. You know what you have to do. Go!
(bonus: send it to the CEO with the title “The things we absolutely have to get right – nothing else matters.”)
(Author: Sasha Dichter)
This is a Manifesto for one of my newest projects …
To simplify nutrition for people seeking general wellness to people trying to reverse Cancer and everyone else in between. To provide education through a compilation of research on foods that our bodies were meant to digest. To supply consumers with whole food products that align with our philosophy of only using the freshest, nutrient dense ingredients, as close to their source, just as mother nature intended. To create great change in the way people think about the food they put in their bodies. To create healthy living through whole foods.
And yes, I sent it to my boss, this is my job description and I have a lot of work to do.
Now it is time for you to write your Manifesto …
June 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
Writing Challenge- Day 25
Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are our most potent at our most ordinary. And yet most of us discount our “ordinary” because it is, well, ordinary. Or so we believe. But my ordinary is not yours. Three things block us from putting down our clever and picking up our ordinary: false comparisons with others (I’m not as good a writer as _____), false expectations of ourselves (I should be on the NYTimes best seller list or not write at all), and false investments in a story (it’s all been written before, I shouldn’t bother). What are your false comparisons? What are your false expectations? What are your false investments in a story? List them. Each keep you from that internal knowing about which Emerson writes. Each keeps you from making your strong offer to the world. Put down your clever, and pick up your ordinary.
(Author: Patti Digh)
I read so many stories about the most “ordinary” people doing extraordinary things, on ordinary days just like today. The one thing they all had in common is that they had an idea and they were not to afraid to put themselves out their with their “crazy” idea. The funny thing is that their ideas were not so crazy after all, but I can imagine that each of them for a second or two (maybe even longer), had a few hesitations. We all go through this, but some, the ordinary-turned-EXTRAordinary people actually trusted in themselves and believed in the greater good, so much so, that they were willing to take a risk and a big one is some cases. Some of the recent stories I have read include; a young girl (I think she was about 12) creating a rescue program for sea mammals, wonderful bloggers publishing books that change people’s lives, and then there are the kinds of stories such as a mother uncovering some reasons that her kids, as well as many others, are developing food allergies like they never have before, watch the story first hand if you dare.
No matter what “crazy” idea you have, if you feel a strong need to make your idea a reality (a.k.a, your inner voice just will not stop reminding you), then all I have to say is that life is too short, get started today. The only requirement is that your “crazy” idea must fill a need, not imitate, and be genuine in it’s purpose. Remember that you are uniquely you and you have a purpose in this world, no one can tell you what this is, the trick is to discover it and then let others delight in it, because if you do not, no one else is going to do it quite like you.
Go out there and be yourself because what you have to offer is pretty great. Start by un-trapping all those fabulous ideas you have in your head and get them on paper or maybe put a few in my comment box below, I really do not mind.
June 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
Writing Challenge- Day 24
The secret of fortune is joy in our hands. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you could picture your intuition as a person, what would he or she look like? If you sat down together for dinner, what is the first thing he or she would tell you?
(Author: Susan Piver)
My intuition is light as air, loves to fly through the clouds, but grounds herself in a field of lavender as she takes in deep, calming breaths. She whispers, “Everything is going to be okay … trust in yourself, love intensely, do work that matters (that to which creates change), and take time to enjoy all the wonderful things in life, especially those two sweet babies of yours.”
What does your intuition look like, can you she him or her, I hope so …