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Month: July 2011

Ten Ways to Find Your Creative Passion

Ten Ways to Find Your Creative Passion

Tweet I’ve been reading The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard) by Jill Badonsky. It’s the kind of book that’s enjoyable on a Sunday afternoon when you have lots of time to pour into every word and whimsical activity. Well, I came across one […]

Struggling to Do What’s Right

Struggling to Do What’s Right

Tweet {pinterest} We all laughed when in Eat, Pray, Love Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert, sits down in lotus position and attempts to meditate. Not a second after she closes her eyes, her monkey mind begins. “What am I going to do when this year is […]

Loving Life via Eat, Pray, Love

Loving Life via Eat, Pray, Love

Using an old writer friend’s favorite word…This old post seemed apropos based on my last movie post and a commentor’s comment. So here you go! This movie is old now, but the meaning is still-I’m going to use it again-apropos.

{Don’t worry there’s no secrets or plots revealed here. Just my 2 cents on how the movie can inspire you to live a conscious, happy and meaningful life.} [photo credit]

When the poop hits the fan, we might not be able to take off on a year long trip to three different countries. Heck you may not even able to get away from the job, relationship or the worries at all. That’s why we envy Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert. Because she gets to do what we always wanted to do, flee when times get tough.

But the reason why I fell in love with the movie, maybe a tad-bit more than the book, is that I could genuinely experience the difficulty that taking huge risks like that bring. On the surface, it seems easy to do what Liz played by Julia Roberts did. But in reality, it’s impossible to run away from your problems. Even thousands of miles away in India, her problems followed her wherever she went. It’s like Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book Wherever You Go, There You Are. It’s only when she stopped running and turned to face them that her life seemed to shift for the better. (more…)

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Day #1: Inspiring Myself

Day #1: Inspiring Myself

Tweet {photo} Do you remember Bridget Jones’s Diary? “Alcohol Units 6, Cigarettes 45, Husbands 0.” This current attempt was inspired by the movie. But instead of dropping the alcohol, smokes and poundage, I’m on a path to inspire myself. How? By living a healthier, simpler, more meaningful […]

How Do You Know It’s Time?

How Do You Know It’s Time?

Tweet Do you remember the scene in Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love when Felipe takes Liz by the hand and says, “Darling, it’s time.” {photo} Don’t you wish someone would tell you that too?  When you’re teetering back and forth on a decision to leave […]

Asking Sherry Petersik from Young House Love

Asking Sherry Petersik from Young House Love

A few years ago, I emailed my role model bloggers John and Sherry Petersik of YoungHouseLove never expected I would get a response. And certainly not expecting the response that I got. I was blown away by Sherry’s kindness, sincerity and generosity. She was just SO cool and just like I’d imagined her to be-full of energy and passion for what she does-a true inspiration to me.

Below is her email, which I broke up into helpful themes categorizing their phenomenal success. Although I’ve posted this before, I’m reposting this here as part of my new “life is easy” mentality so you too can be inspired in various ways all in one easy and convenient place. Have fun reading!

Luck & Gratitude

 “We have definitely had a series of lucky breaks to end up where we are today in the blog world, and for that we’re eternally thankful. We never solicited these mentions, people found us and liked what they saw- which is truly amazing and we still pinch ourselves when we think about it!”

Opportunity

“It might not have been the job that we always wanted, but once we started to grow and get such a great response it quickly became clear that it was what we loved doing, and we’d do anything we could to keep it going and help it grow even more!”

Talent & Hard Work

 “I also think a lot of our success has to do with the fact that we’re actually writers (I used to be a copywriter and John’s still in advertising to this day) and we truly love to write (we ENJOY it and it’s never a chore) and we try very hard to come up with creative and unexpected approaches to decorating that won’t break the bank (which is really something that people can relate to these days). I’m not gonna lie- it’s the hardest job we’ve ever had. We work weekends and nights and we’re never really “off” because the internet is 24/7 and someone always has a question or places an order that we have to fill. Our to-do list is always eons long- and of course we still have to find time to write posts and complete house projects to keep people coming back! In short, it’s definitely a lot of work but it’s also rewarding and creative and challenging too. And we love a challenge!”

Passion

“I have no idea what I would be doing if I didn’t have the blog to keep me busy. Probably still writing copy for advertising (which I also enjoyed, I even wrote some celebrity stuff for the Got Milk campaign when we were in NYC). But the blog brings a different sort of independent satisfaction. We do it all and we’re the boss and we decide everything that happens with it and that’s very satisfying and empowering. Plus I’m just crazy about design and decorating and online shopping and color and art so it’s a great combination of a ton of things that really float my boat!”

Dreams

“I think our dream was to create a place that we’d love to drop in on (a site with tutorials and info and nice people who actually answer questions and emails), so we created the thing that we hadn’t found yet and people really seem to be happy that we did.”

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Why Does Life Have to Be So Hard?!

Why Does Life Have to Be So Hard?!

Tweet {flickr photo} Ever ask yourself that question? Recently, I about hit my head on the table when I realized why life is so hard… I’ve been saying it to myself since I was a kid. Really? Really. I said it to myself when I […]

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