If we stay where we are, where we’re stuck, where we’re comfortable and safe, we die there. We become like mushrooms, living in the dark, with poop up to our chins. If you want to know only what you already know, you’re dying. You’re saying: Leave me alone; I don’t mind this little rathole. It’s warm and dry. Really, it’s fine. When nothing new can get in, that’s death. When oxygen can’t find a way in, you die. But new is scary, and new can be disappointing, and confusing – we had this all figured out, and now we don’t. New is life.” ~ Anne Lamott
A new writer shared her Instagram name. It was nowhere close to her real names . I beckoned to her… smile in tow…”you do make it hard, don’t you? In haste she retorted “it’s so my employer can’t find me”.
Our Lives In Compartments
How many of us are like that? We live our lives in compartments trying to separate our true selves from what those around us see publicly.
To Hide…To Be
It’s a hard choice but sometimes you have to hide in order “to be“. I pray one day that you will be able to just be. To reveal your true identity and just be the you that you want to be.
Take time to do nothing.
Sometimes you need to just relax and do nothing. Then you will be more productive.
And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for a while is just bliss. J. K. Rowling
Am I alone? Am I the only one obsessed with writing? I can’t seem to get enough of it. I eat, sleep, dream, and I write.
Can the doctor help? Noooo…don’t need it. I write because I’m compelled to release, to ease, to let loose what’s inside… what drives my heart to peace.
I care about you. I respect you. But please talk to me when I’m done. For me to be more impacting to you, I must write. The thoughts, stories, insights yearn to be set free.
And so I write…..
Time and tide wait for no man….~Robert Frost
What Advice Would You Give To Someone About Life In Their 30’s? That was the question posed in a social media question. Followers quickly chimed in. Here I share excerpts:
- Prepare to want to be in bed by 9pm on Friday, plus lots more wisdom and wine.
- 30s are awesome because you settle into self-love and you stop caring what everyone else thinks
- Live your best life. Do you!
- Think positive thoughts. Find reasons to smile throughout the day. Travel often.
- 30’s are so good! The happiest decade! Wish I was still there.
- Stay strong. Stay positive. You will be greater than you already are and more important be confident. Know and believe that you are amazing and keep believing in yourself.
- 30 is the age at which you reclaim yourself.
- Inspire. Empower. Spread joy.
- Learn patience and forgiveness
- Put on your dance shoes and shake it all decade. Flats will be calling in your 40s.
- Life is just beginning. The best is yet to come.
- Become your goal. Success is yours for the taking. Go for it even if you’re afraid. Take the first step
- Prepare for an urgent need to change almost everything about your life; how you work; who you work for, what you will and won’t put up with from others.
- Love hard and live hard. But be cautious
- Embrace your authentic self. Pray for wisdom. Be happy and thankful for every opportunity. Know your self-worth. Invest in your future and serve others.Remain humble. Love, laugh and live.
- No is a complete sentence
- Take it one day at a time
- Stay close to your mother and father
- 30s are fantastic; 40s even better; and 50s so far – the best yet. You truly are as old as you believe you are.
- Moisturize and drink a gallon of water everyday
- Always listen to your inner voice and remember you are a champion
There you have it! A few excerpts. Anything missing that you would like to add? Do share. We would love to hear!
I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”
― Khalil Gibran
It’s the season of giving! If you’re like me I just love to give! Thoughtful gifts not only makes the receiver happy, but it also warms my heart.
A colleague from the No Stress Workplace shared a simple list of things to do to be financially aware during the most stressful time of the year … the holidays! Here I share the 8 tips:
1.Make a List and Check it Twice
Have a family planning meeting on what gifts to give where you can cut back and create a budget together
2.It’s the Thought that counts
Be creative and give meaningful gifts such as baked goods, a framed photo or make a gift card for a night of baby or dog sitting.
3.No Gift Rule
Instead of giving gifts save the money towards a family vacation
4.Stick to your list, without exception
Don’t get lured into store super sales
5.Leave Your credit cards at home
Use only cash
6.Stay on Track
Use a notebook or free app like mint.com to keep track of your spending
Stop dining out until after the holidays or bring your own coffee rather than stopping at Starbucks.
8.It’s the Little Things
Find ways to save, clip coupons, compare prices, utilize free shipping and plan ahead.
As we reflect on these 8 gift ideas, I’ll also encourage you to give the gift that lasts a lifetime. Books on Success, personal development and coaching last beyond the holidays. Consider such meaning when you go on the hunt.
So does any of the ideas listed stand out that you could adopt? Any you can add? Do share! We would love to hear!
Don’t Waste Time Trying to Please People. -Stephen King.
Wanting to do their best work, new writers are naturally anxious. They ask questions. They probe. They Gorge. They sweat. It’s hoped they sweat while writing and not about how to start. Stephen King in his memoir titled “On Writing” stressed don’t waste time trying to please people. Indeed this is applicable in many situations as individuals attempt to develop their own Identity.
In a public authors forum, the question was asked “What does it take to be a good writer?” Writers chimed in. Here I share a few of their responses.
- Read a lot. Write, write a lot
- Patience and Perseverance
- Finding the connection between your soul and your writing hand. It will require a number of disciplines like grammar, voice, tense and genre. But the key is opening your spirit to the process…
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For the months I carried you, growing inside of me...
For the months I carried you growing inside of me… Entrepreneurs know the travails of starting and growing a business. The challenges associated with carrying a business from incubation to reality. It’s no easy task.
Career transitions, college students, and goal seekers all know how difficult it is to carry the burden of studies to get to the finish line. It’s no easy task.
Parents know how difficult it is to bear the burden of the change in lifestyle as a newborn is expected. It’s no easy task.
Let’s not forget authors whose stories became known from a dream, to a thought, to a page, to a book. Published! It’s no easy task.
So it is with whatever we put our minds to. Whatever we decide to do from idea, thought, dream, goal… it is not going to be easy until it becomes a reality. Success involves dreaming; it involves planning; it involves hard work; it involves dedication, determination, commitment, and most of all resilience. Many are the athletes whose stories have been told of the journey that they had to embark on and overcome. Not only days, months but for many years, athletes stood the test of time to achieve their goal. They were able to achieve because they stuck to their dream.
Today whatever your dream is … don’t give up. Strive, put in the hard work; put in the dedication, put in what needs to be done, and your success is inevitable… however you define it.
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Life is hard for two reasons: Because you’re leaving your comfort zone; or because you’re staying in it. Lori Harder
So many books. So little time.
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