"Stories are medicine. I have been taken with stories since I heard my first. They have such power; they do not require that we do, be, act anything - we need only listen."
-Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.
-Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.
366 Days of Building Creativity Week 35 in Review: August 26th-September 1st
"I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash
I've gotten a new journal and it's changing my life because it's having me make goals in all categories of my life and get really clear on things.
And you don't just make a goal and leave it. You are doing a daily review, a weekly review, and a 90 day review. Basically I'm reflecting a lot on how my days go and where I am headed and what needs to change to get me there.
In doing that process, you expose your negative beliefs and fears and take action to change them.
And you get rainbows.
Those moments when everything is just clear and right and refreshing.
I think when we reflect often on our lives and what we are thinking and doing everyday, we can't help but make changes to live the lives we want and create new paths, even if there is still rain and dark clouds.
I literally made a decision that starting this week I was going to work at least twice a week on some creative courses I have in the works, but haven't been working on seriously, and what quote do I pull on Monday except one about turning pro by Steven Pressfield.
It felt like confirmation telling me I am on the right path and to keep going.
I truly hope that by creating my courses I will help others to live lives full of color and creativity and playfulness.
What are you dreaming big about?
It's time to make some rainbows.
Get to work.
Get clear on what those dark clouds are that are keeping you from taking action.
See the obstacles and make a plan to go around them.
Might I suggest you take a rainbow up and over them.
Do something new and different that gets you out of that old path and keeps you stuck and feeling bad.
Maybe now when you see a rainbow you will think about this post and smile and take action toward your own goals, whatever they might be.
I would like to thank for this post:
-All the rain that we've had here lately
-Bob Proctor in his book The Art of Living for suggesting I listen to I Can See Clearly Now or other happy songs daily
-Steven Pressfield and his book The War on Art
-Dailygreatness journals and my yoga studio as got the journal in anticipation of my training
-Wikipedia for telling me during a detour while writing this post that Rainbow Brite in Japan was called Magical Girl Rainbow Brite (hello Magic, my word of the year)
-Netflix for their free trial and having Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer, which is now in my DVD que
-You my readers for going on this rainbow ride with me
"And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
"Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there."
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
"The amateur plays for fun. The professional plays for keeps. The amateur does not love the game enough. If he did he would not pursue it as a sideline, distinct from his 'real' vocation. Resistance hates it when you turn pro."
"The mistakes and the missteps often lead to some great happy accident."
“May you be peaceful, happy, and light in body and spirit. May you live in safety. May you be free from anxiety and worry. May you learn to look at yourself with the eyes of understanding and love. May you be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and happiness in yourself. May you know how to nourish the seeds of joy in yourself everyday. May you be able to live fresh, solid, and free. May you be free from aversion, but not indifferent.”
"So this week, as you think about what to do with the burst of inspiration for change that most of us feel at the end of the year, I urge you to embrace 'not okay, yet.' Instead of aiming to eradicate discomfort, use it as fuel. The fuel to do something that would change everything, in a way that 'catching up' never could."