No matter what I was able to accomplish professionally, my "Happy Place" in Hawaii has remained the same. The core of who I was as a child and teenager and who I am as an adult hasn't drifted so far apart that I don't recognize myself any longer.
Is there something you've been talking about, thinking about or even dreaming about, yet you never seem to actually do it?! I promise there's nothing wrong with you; however, there's no reason for you to stay stuck. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you finally make "it" happen.
Mindfulness improves your capacity to be reflective and receptive. Being reflective gives you access to information in your unconscious that's hidden from your conscious mind. It lets you receive subtle communications to help you live with more happiness, energy and grace.
Are you hoping for something to organically happen or fall into place? Are you still waiting for a sign? Seriously, stop and take the reins of your life instead. Nothing will change unless you do!
I've been a closet writer for years. My love of the written word began with Dr. Seuss, but I have been so insecure about my writing abilities that I didn't pursue any form of writing as a career path. And now, here I am... I've gotten rid of this fear, and it feels good.
Life is not fair. Fear is cheap. Our dreams are what keep us going through the cruelty, darkness and soft bigotry of lowered expectations that is, unfortunately, all too much a part of our daily lives.
Love is where you search for it. It has to be nurtured, cared for, as you would with a plant or a pet and extra care never hurts, no matter how many crazy things your heart might say.
The most important thing to remember in helping to make dreams come true, is that the journey towards our dreams is even more enjoyable than actually achieving them -- because once we've achieved our dreams, others quickly surface anyway.
More attention needs to be given to alternatives to the societal assumption that the definition of "having it all" is full-time career and children. Let each of us define what choice and path makes us happy and feeling successful. Let each of us applaud, not denigrate, another's life choice.
It's important to "live in the moment," but perhaps more rewarding at times to create the moment! Without clarification and direction, dreams simply become mind meanderings often doomed to be unfulfilled.
I've always heard it takes seven compliments to undo one bad comment. But I actually think it's more than that. Waaaaay more.
So if we stay calm and focus on our passions, they will transform in what we truly want to be and do, because we are human beings willing to make a meaningful difference in the world, at least for the amount of time we are on earth.
Oneira was organized by Peggy Nichols, an artist who has transformed her working space at the Santa Fe Art Colony in Los Angeles into an open-by-appointment gallery and also a space for artist's workshops. Her creation is dedicated to exhibiting and emphasizing the work of women artists as a vehicle in bringing attention to the feminine characteristics and trademarks of art making.
So if we all have big, wild dreams, why are so few people actively working towards those dreams Why, you might ask? Because we are all given some pretty crappy advice.
While I don't yet have the freedom to spend several months a year writing in Belize or exploring the hill towns of Sicily, my goal is to make it happen within the next six to eight years.
We are shaming a whole generation into thinking there is something wrong with wanting a steady job, a good marriage, and perhaps some children, as if doing all those things and only making a modest living doing it somehow constitutes being a failure.