Connect with self, Learning, Mind

Overcoming Blocks

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I am taking an online writing course that includes a module on overcoming blocks. These are the fears or limiting beliefs that hold us back. The instructor suggested writing down all of these beliefs and responding to them as you would respond to a friend. In other words, not with the same nasty voice that created these obstacles to begin with. The idea is that by identifying and shedding light on these fears, they will begin to dissipate.

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What’s Your Story?

 

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Rethinking Your Personal Narrative

Have you ever noticed how two people can come from nearly identical situations, but tell completely different stories about their lives? Maybe they both survived a tragedy, but one is a victim and the other is a survivor. Maybe one is wise and uses her experience to help others, while the other hides away in fear. Same situation, different stories.

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What I Learned from Writing a Book

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In 2017, I wrote the first draft of a novel. This is something I’ve always wanted to do, so I am proud and happy that I finally translated an idea in my head into a story on paper. This little book of mine is not yet ready for prime time. It needs a lot of work before I’d be comfortable sending it out into the world. Still–the fact that it exists and contains (I hope) little morsels of beautiful potential, is enough for now.

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Let the Light In

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Happy New Year, Friends! I was slow to warm up to 2018, but now I’m all in and full of fire. I feel so full of light right now. Some of that is because of the beautiful Aussie summer sunshine, but it’s also more than that. Sometimes it takes some conscious effort to dust away the cobwebs and let the light shine through.

Here are a couple things that work for me:

  • Lose the clutter. Let’s figure out what matters to us and shake off the rest. By clutter, I’m not just talking about the stuff that fills our homes. I’m talking about all the mental and emotional stuff– all the things that clog your spirit and weigh you down. Let it go. Say no when you want to say no. Guard your time like the precious resource it is. Make more room for people and love and life.
  • Get outside. Look up, look down, look all around. Soak in all the beauty of nature. Make time for sunrises, sunsets, stargazing, and picking flowers. And while you’re out there, move your body. Get a little exercise in the fresh air.
  • Pay attention to what makes you happy. Do more of that. Maybe you don’t know right now what makes you happy. So collect data. Pay attention to what you’re doing when you’re feeling good and look for more opportunities to do your feel-good things.
  • Celebrate. Use the good dishes. Drink a pina colada on a Tuesday.  Have some fun.

What works for you? Here’s to a great big, glowing 2018.