Why Can’t I Just Start a New Book

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Since I’ve been out of work my anxiety has been in overload and my motivation has been stuck in park. Usually I write poetry or blog posts, or take pics to motivate me. My dream is to be a travel photographer and blogger. Even though I have turned my life upside down and went all out to make my dreams come true, nothing has materialized.

One of the things that helps take my mind off the world is reading. In the last two months, I’ve read over 30 books. I usually average about 3 to 5 books a week. One thing I’ve noticed is my taste in books have changed. I usually go for romance novels but that hasn’t been satisfying me, so I switched to fantasy and mystery. Mostly books on angels and demons or assassins. When I tell you this has opened up a whole new way of enjoying books for me, man…let me tell ya. Now, I watch a lot of movies and tv shows on the subjects that’s why I gravitate to romance with books. But, reading the books allow me to immerse myself in the world and get more enjoyment out of it.

I know you are wondering where I am going with this and I’m about to tell you. I asked myself, why can’t I treat my life like a book? Why can’t I treat my interests like the books I read? Maybe I’m too focused on the things I’ve always liked and gravitated towards. Maybe it’s time to pick a new interest (book) and see where it takes me. Or just, look at a different genre, like romance with assassins…lol. Yea, I know it may sound crazy, but you know what I’m getting at. Photography will always be my number one love, but maybe I need to explore something else besides nature photography. Maybe it’s time to try a new book. OR, just maybe I’ll start writing the fantasy book I’ve been reading in my head.

Is it time for you to start a new book? Tell me about it.

 

Reclaim Your Voice

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It’s great to have friends, mentors, and people you can depend on.  It’s good to have someone to talk to, bounce ideas back and forth, or just converse with from time to time. That is the beauty of have wonderful people in your life.

One of the draw backs is you may start to lose your voice.  You start taking their advice so much that you no longer trust your instincts – your inner voice.  You start to repeat the things they say, act the same as them, and, in some cases, start to look like them. All of your ideas are what others told you they should be, and you no longer question what they say.  Even when having conversations with others, outside your circle, you find yourself repeating their ideas instead of your own.

It’s time to reclaim your voice.  Time to trust your intuition and ideas.  Time to be you.  This may take distancing yourself from these people, retreating into your safe place, and taking a deep look at what or who you have become and who you want to be.  Yes, I know it’s hard. I have been there before and it’s easy to let someone else make decisions for your life instead of voicing your opinion and following your instincts. But, it is so much more freeing and exciting to follow your inner voice and make your own decisions. It feels wonderful to know that you can make the right choices or wrong choice and still be you.  You don’t have to be a clone of your friends and mentors. Everything you need is inside you and once your realize it a whole new world awaits you. Own your life, own your decisions, and reclaim your voice.

Follow the Leader

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Stop it!  Stop letting others lead you to a place where you don’t want to be.  Whether it is a lover, family, friend, or boss.   Stop letting people make decisions for your life.  If you don’t want to do something, DON’T DO IT.  If you would rather spend the weekend at home, in your pajamas, eating tacos in bed, instead of going out with friends or family, DO IT.   If you want to simply work 9-5 and not strive to be a manager, then DO IT.

You are the only person who knows your needs, heart, and goals.  You are the only person who has to answer for the choices you make in your life.  You are the person who has to live with your decisions.  Stop playing follow the leader and become the leader.  Take control of your life.

 

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Wrong Turn, Right Path

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Just because you take a wrong turn doesn’t mean you’re not on the right path.  There are many side roads that take us to beautiful and scary places.  What you may feel is a wrong choice, in your path to growth, may just be what you need to understand your path more.

Nothing is always black and white or straight forward.  Side roads, mountains, oceans, and black holes are some of the “wrong turns” we encounter in life. Yes, they can be obstacles, but they are also lessons.  We encounter these things to make us stronger.  Take what you need, learn, process, and apply it to what you need to grow.  Leave what is not needed- you know the extra baggage.  Look for the beauty in these wrong turns and overcome your fears of the unknown.  The next part of your journey awaits you.

Is Your Community Serving Your Highest Good?

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On your journey to growth, success, and peace, you must surround yourself with a community, of people, who will support you and your vision.  Often times, when people set out on a journey or to complete a goal, they are not surrounded by a community who support them.   They may say it can’t be done, question your motives, or just turn their backs on you.  They may even spread their negativity to others causing even more negative energy to come your way.  Remember you can’t share your dream with everyone because everyone is not going to understand or see your path.

Don’t be afraid to walk away, from the people or things, that don’t serve your highest good.  The community, with whom you surround yourself, should be supportive, encouraging, loving, and nonjudgmental.  This does not mean they will agree with you on everything, but it does mean they will find supportive ways to help guide you.  They will be willing to communicate with you and not talk about you.   They will also call you out on your BS.  Remember, a supportive group helps you grow and growth involves facing some painful truths, letting go of safety nets, and stepping outside your comfort zone.

As you continue on your journey, take inventory of the people you have in your circle.  Are they supportive, loving, and encouraging?  Can you talk to them about what is going on in your life without fear of judgement?  Are they helping you identify the crutches holding you back or are they helping you make excuses as to why you can’t take that next step?  If your community is not serving your highest good, it’s time to find a new one.

When Your Well Runs Dry

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Has your well run dry?  Does it seem as if  you are out of ideas, inspiration, or motivation? Does it seem like everything you do yields no results? Have you lost your flow?

Sometimes, in life, we push ourselves too hard until we have used up all our resources.  Creative and highly motivated people have a tendency to push themselves to the limit.  We get so excite about a new project or endeavor, and we pour everything we have into it until we have nothing left to give.  The flow of creativity has stopped and all is left is dust.

Fear not, for this may not be a bad thing.  This is could be the Universe’s way of saying it’s time to stop and take a break.  Forcing the issue will not get your more reward, recognition, or growth but only make you more frustrated. Often times, we are more focused on the dreams we haven’t reached,  that we forget to appreciate what we  have accomplished.   Now is the time to sit back, take stock, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.   When it is time, to put in work again, you will know and inspiration will start to flow. Until then, enjoy the resting phase and take pride and joy in what you have already created.

A Week in Pics

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