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Finding Your Way

Finding Your Way

Tweet Life begins when you accept who you are Bumps and lumps and all When where you are isn’t where you would have chosen Nor is it where you might expect to be But in that puddle you splash and observe You see WONDER where […]

What is My Purpose In Life? The 3 Stages of Finding Your Purpose

What is My Purpose In Life? The 3 Stages of Finding Your Purpose

Tweet I’ve spent about a decade trying to answer that question. I looked for it in books, from gurus, school counselors, life coaches and even psychics. But it only took revisiting my childhood passion to figure out what I always knew: wish list for a […]

Finding Inspiration During Tough Times

Finding Inspiration During Tough Times

If I were a good liar, even a decent one, I would say that life has never been better. That although I’ve hit some rough patches, I’m seeing the light.

While that’s partially true, the 100% truth is that sometimes life really sucks.

These days it’s a cough drop that helps me get through the toughest parts of my day because it forces me to focus on the present moment. And when that doesn’t work, a hug from my husband does.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t have faith, or hope, or want to live each day being positive and inspiring to others.

What it means is that this moment, this year even, is forcing me be more of who I need to be. And I’m willing to take the journey, even in the dark, bumpy parts.

I’m a visual person so here’s what I mean:

1. Perspective:

This is a shot I took outside of our cottage in Point Reyes. The sun had just set and the gorgeous countryside was beginning to turn dark and gray.

Amazingly. This is the same scene taken with the same camera at the same time. The only difference? A different camera setting. To me, this represents a change in perspective. That we can all have tough moments, days, months, even years, but it is our ability to keep going, to do what we need to do to get through the hard parts, and see the same problem/concern/hardship through different lenses.

2. Blurry to Focus:

This photo looks like a big mess of weeds doesn’t it? Sometimes that mess is your business or your life. You’re doing a whole of something, but in the end it feels like it’s amounting to nothing. I know what you’re going through. I felt that way too. But recently, being sick has made it difficult for me to do more than one thing at a time. And you know what? That’s a blessing.

It’s made it easier for me to focus on the things that really matter. (Forgive me if that sounds trite, but it’s true.) When you have gazillion things on your plate, you lose track of your purpose. Not only that but you become inefficient in the things or people you care about most. When you zoom in on one specific aspect of your life, instead of trying to do a superficial observation from above, you get to see the details. I realized that placing your attention on one thing instead of trying to do all of them is a lot more beneficial to not just your career, but your life.

The bottom line is this. Life will inevitably suck at different moments. We are all living in a world we don’t have much control of. But what we can hold onto is grace. The choice we have to see something small to be grateful for, even when we’re sucking on our cough drops, or crying our eyes out. And then have patience and wait. Because out of that dark, difficult time, there will be a gift. It will be the rainbow you didn’t expect, the joy that you couldn’t have appreciated if you didn’t go through it, or the strength you didn’t have before.

That’s what keeps me hopeful and inspired during the sucky times in life. How about you?

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There’s Nothing Pollyanna about Being Positive

There’s Nothing Pollyanna about Being Positive

Tweet “I say Joyce Meyer’s quote to myself: ‘”You may not be where you need to be, but thank God you’re not where you used to be.’” ~Alanna Castilleja There may be some misconceptions of inspirational writing. On one hand it’s filled with positivity and uplifting […]

Wanna Know How to Write to Inspire? A Professional Answers

Wanna Know How to Write to Inspire? A Professional Answers

Tweet Awhile back I took a course on inspiring writing from Writer’s Digest. Our professor, Gloria Kempton is an expert at what she does, a published author with several books to her name. Just check out her website and see for yourself. That’s why I […]

Getting in Touch With Your Inspiring Side

Getting in Touch With Your Inspiring Side

In my twenties, two things happened to me that put me on a road to publication and shifted me to a career I never thought I deserved or believed to be possible.

1. My poem was accepted by Blue Mountain Arts in 2004. When I was in my early-20’s I had a deeply hidden desire to be a writer. But I didn’t pursue it because a) I adopted my parents’ belief that a writer wasn’t a practical or even a real job that could be pursued b) I didn’t think I had it in me.

Though I denied it, I was moved to write. I used to write poems and little letters with drawings on them and leave them hidden for my mom, dad or grandparents to find. And I was still writing opinion pieces for my local newspaper, but up until then I never got paid for publication in a book. {This was my first real experience as a published writer.}

One day I was deeply touched by the selflessness and wisdom of my mother and all mothers-the way she taught me the little things as a child (brush your teeth, look both ways before you cross the street, etc.) and then the bigger things (how to love, etc.) as I got older. I wrote a quick poem, made a copy of it with our photo on it and framed it for her for Mother’s Day.

On a whim, I also sent it into a card company I admired.

Imagine my surprise when I received a letter saying it would be published in a calendar and a book! (more…)

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4 Ways to Infuse Inspiration in Writing

4 Ways to Infuse Inspiration in Writing

Tweet You may have a blog, sell jewelry or work for a nonprofit. In all cases, writing something that inspire others is important. Inspirational writing is actually quite versatile. Even seemingly non-inspiring pieces inspire others in surprising ways. Think about what makes you bookmark a […]

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