Courage is My Safe Word

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It’s not about scaring yourself, or searching for a fear so that you can conquer it. It’s not about waking up every day looking for, or creating, something to overcome. Those are great approaches if you do have something that you’ve been avoiding — by all means, face that fear. Be brave. Do the thing you’re wanting to do but are afraid to try.

Insane courage and bravery is also about the gentle, steady approach to an intentional life.

Do something every day that stretches you. Awakens you. Lights you up. Keeps it fresh for you. Expands you.

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A Great Reply for “So…What’s New with You?”

 

It’s easy to undervalue our interests. We think we have to master a skill, have actual talent, in order to own it. That if we’re dabbling, playing with something — for fun! — our interest is not yet ready to be declared.
 
So​ ​here’s​ ​another​ ​creativity​ ​exercise​ ​for​ ​us​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​the​ ​plasticity​ ​in​ ​our​ ​brains​ ​and​ ​the 
endorphins​ ​flooding​ ​our​ ​systems.​ ​And​ ​to​ ​help​ ​us​ ​step​ ​more​ ​fully​ ​into​ ​ourselves.​ ​It​ ​comes​ ​from  Pam​ ​Grout’s​ ​​Art​ ​&​ ​Soul,​ ​Reloaded. 
 
Design​ ​an​ ​elevator​ ​pitch​ ​for​ ​a​ ​creative​ ​project. 
 
You​ ​might​ ​recall​ ​that​ ​an​ ​elevator​ ​pitch​ ​is​ ​a​ ​brief​ ​description​ ​that​ ​is​ ​meant​ ​to​ ​capture​ ​interest.  It’s​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​a,​ ​“Hey,​ ​this​ ​is​ ​what​ ​I’ve​ ​got​ ​going​ ​on​ ​and​ ​I’m​ ​really​ ​excited​ ​by​ ​that.”  
 
Personally,​ ​I​ ​get​ ​challenged​ ​by​ ​“brief.”​ ​That’s​ ​okay​ ​–​ ​this​ ​is​ ​about​ ​the​ ​creative​ ​exercise,​ ​not points​ ​for​ ​finishing​ ​properly.​ ​Just​ ​have​ ​fun​ ​with​ ​it,​ ​and​ ​see​ ​where​ ​it​ ​leads​ ​you. 
 
Let’s​ ​begin:​ ​Think​ ​of​ ​a​ ​creative​ ​project​ ​you’re​ ​currently​ ​playing​ ​with,​ ​or​ ​one​ ​that​ ​you​ ​might want​ ​to​ ​play​ ​with​ ​one​ ​day.  
 

Time​ ​Out. 

 
Think​ ​you’re​ ​not​ ​creative?​ ​You​ ​are.​ ​If​ ​it​ ​helps,​ ​go​ ​ahead​ ​and​ ​take​ ​this​ ​short​ ​​creativity​ ​test​.
 

You​ ​are​ ​a​ ​creative​ ​person​ ​by​ ​default.​ ​Honestly. It comes with being human. You​ ​just​ ​might​ ​need​ ​a​ ​little​ ​guidance​ ​to​ ​see​ ​it​ ​that​ ​way, so​ ​here’s​ ​some​ ​help:​ ​

Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​pile​ ​of​ ​recipes​ ​you​ ​haven’t​ ​yet​ ​tried?​ ​How​ ​about​ ​a Pinterest​ ​board​ ​of​ ​any​ ​kind?​ ​Are​ ​you​ ​considering​ ​repainting​ ​your​ ​living​ ​room?​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a pet​ ​or​ ​other​ ​living​ ​being​ ​that​ ​you​ ​physically​ ​care​ ​for?​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​notice​ ​holiday​ ​decorations?​ ​​ ​Are you downsizing (or upsizing) your home? Have you​ ever ​forwarded​ ​emails​ ​with​ ​cartoons,​ ​memes,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​Ahas​ ​to​ ​your​ ​friends​ ​and​ ​family?​ ​Do​ ​you like​ ​music?​ ​Movies?​ ​Clothing? What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​collect​ ​and/or​ ​gather?​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​like​ ​photographs?​ ​What​ ​do​ ​you have​ ​on​ ​your​ ​walls?​ ​What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​do​ ​for​ ​exercise​ ​and/or​ ​movement?​ ​For​ ​prayer​ ​and/or meditation? 

 
Creativity​ ​is​ ​not​ ​only​ ​your​ ​output;​ ​it’s​ ​also​ ​where​ ​you​ ​go​ ​for​ ​input. 
 

Okay,​ ​Time​ ​In. 

 
With​ ​your​ ​creative​ ​project​ ​in​ ​mind,​ ​now​ ​play​ ​with​ ​that​ ​elevator​ ​pitch.​ ​Just​ ​think​ ​of​ ​how​ ​much fun​ ​you’ll​ ​have​ ​when​ ​someone​ ​asks​ ​you,​ ​“So…what’s​ ​new?” 
 
Here’s​ ​some​ ​of​ ​my​ ​creative​ ​play​ ​with​ ​this: 
 

I’m​ ​preparing​ ​for​ ​our​ ​bathroom​ ​remodel,​ ​and​ ​am​ ​learning​ ​about​ ​the​ ​pros​ ​and​ ​cons​ ​of 

different​ ​shower​ door ​styles. 
 
I​ ​found​ ​a​ ​starter​ ​kit​ ​on​ ​Amazon,​ ​and​ ​am ​teaching ​myself​ ​to​ ​play​ ​the​ ​violin as a Christmas present.
 
I​ ​brew​ ​kombucha,​ ​and​ ​have​ ​recently​ ​started​ ​coconut​ ​milk​ ​kefir.
 
I​ ​make​ ​homemade​ ​dog​ ​food​ ​for​ ​my​ ​German​ ​Shepherd. 
 
I​ ​made​ ​venison​ ​jerky​ ​in​ ​the​ ​oven for the first time.
I write weekly about transforming ourselves through ease and joy.
 
Now​ ​over​ ​to​ ​you:​ ​what’s​ ​something​ ​you’ve​ ​been​ ​up​ ​to,​ ​or​ ​thinking​ ​about​ ​being​ ​up​ ​to?  I’m already excited to read these in the comments, below!
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Wallow in Your Wonderful

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Tomorrow is the US holiday of Thanksgiving. An annual immersion of appreciation is a beautiful thing to experience.

Thanksgiving is also a state of being. An attitude. A way to navigate our days, and thus, our lives.

If you want to list your blessings first, by all means do so. Or if you prefer, you can jump straight to the feeling and see what surfaces from there. No matter how you get there, the magic and the manifestation is in really feeling it.

So go ahead and get your gratitude groove on. Let it wash over you. Through you. As you.

It becomes you.

Then see what you become.

Every day of your life.

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What are you thankful for, both large and small? In what ways can you acknowledge this feeling daily? How would doing so change your life?

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It costs zero dollars to be grateful for what you already have.

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What Are You Shouldering?

A chickadee sitting on the author's shoulder, it landed there as she was walking at home.

A walking landing pad for a chickadee.

Open your eyes to the beauty around you.

What you hope to one day see is already there — simply look, and it reveals itself.

Do you want more love? Ease? Peace? They’re here.

Do you desire freedom? Joy? Independence? Partnership? Yep, just waiting to be recognized.

Look close to home for what you desire,

And it will land on you.

Just watch what happens when you begin to see.

Now to you: what do you currently see sitting on your shoulder? Would you like to see more of it, or something else instead? Share in the comments below. Recognition is the first step toward seeing our lives transform.

 

Fortunately for You…

Open fortune cookie with the message, "To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid."

I love fortune cookies. Dinner divination, all wrapped up in crunchy vanilla magic.

Sometimes they sit stale in my mouth and heart. Other times they dissolve with crisp clarity. Maybe that happens to you, too.

But did you know that as much as we look outside ourselves for wisdom, it really comes from inside? Looking within, from that space where we hang out with God?

That’s why it’s called insight.

Like any oracle, the guidance is all about my receptivity and understanding. What I bring to it, from my experience and interpretation.  My lens of life. The message from the Tarot cards, the tea leaves, the Magic 8 Ball isn’t the answer, it’s simply the catalyst.

Open fortune cookie with the message, "Today, you will meet the love of your life. Or maybe not. I'm just a cookie."

We are the ones that give a message meaning. (Or not.) Therein lies the wisdom.

How about today we play with this? In the spirit of Pam Grout’s book, Art & Soul, Reloaded, let’s be our own oracles.

If you could write your own fortune cookie, what might it be?

Here’s a few of mine:

 

  • Do it anyway.
  • Increasing movement will bring you what you seek.
  • Release “achieve;” embrace “allow.”
  • You already are that which you hope to become.
  • The forever journey takes as long as it takes — but what a gorgeous way to spend a life. (Words by Rochelle Schieck)

 

Now over to you: come up with 5 fortunes you would want to find, cookie! Please share at least one of them in the comments, so that others can benefit right along with you.

Open fortune cookie with the message, "Your Message Here."

 

 

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