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As we begin to somewhat settle in our new town, I’m beginning to realize that I am exactly where I need to be at this point in my life. We’ve relocated several times before and I always explore within the first couple of days to find out what I could possibly use as inspiration. I wasn’t always as inspired as I thought I’d be in Houston, sad to say, even with the plethora of resources. I think that when you place limits on your resources and set parameters (not always by choice), it forces you to be creative and use what you have more effectively.

Since being here I’ve been inspired to draw (see above-it’s not much, but it’s more than I’ve done in a long time), which I haven’t done in years, to interact on my social media outlets more (twitter, Facebook, & pinterest) to write more. Not just in my journal, but here and here and Honey Speaks Blog where I actually share my personal feelings. I am very much a private person, but I feel that by sharing my story and life situations I can inspire and encourage others to hold on and to continue on their path.

I don’t feel the best here in our new city, yet, but I’ve learned that life isn’t about feeling, but about doing-taking action. Being in my new home will force me to take action and to do the hard things that I’ve been putting off for so long. I can see that the hard and difficult things need to be done in order for me to reach my ultimate goals. Besides, change is never comfortable.

I welcome the challenges that lie ahead of me, not necessarily happily or with open arms, but I hope to get to that point one day soon. The difficult things are what give us character and bring out the best in us. Here’s to being the best I can be and fulfilling my life’s purpose.

I came across a post on the “A Maverick Madness” blog about how everything is a remix. Nothing is original and it’s all been done before by someone else.  I was reminded of a post that I wanted to write about the same thing, only I first came up with the idea after seeing Chase Jarvis’s post on “How to Steal Like an Artist” based on the book “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon. See how inspiration and remixing works?! We see something that inspires us and we in turn take that “idea”, add to it or subtract from it to make it our own. It’s the way of the world.  According to the Bible “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”  See, we have permission to re-create what is already here to create new, better, and brighter ideas!

Here’s a video on the Elements of Creativity when “remixing”! It explains everything!

What are your thoughts on remixing and originality?

“Do the Work” by Stephen Pressfield, Art work: Cover by Vincent Van Gogh

“Do the work!”

How many times have we heard this phrase before? I’m sure more than a dozen, and not just from others, but we’ve probably told ourselves this as we’re trying to focus to get a project completed. Well, I just finished an e-book with this title by Stephen Pressfield. It was just what I needed. The premise of the book was to simply do the work. Don’t over think things, don’t stay get in your head, keep things simple, just simply get something down on paper to being and then go back to add the details.

I know all to well about trying to get every last detail right before feeling like I can begin a project, but my aim this year is to do the opposite and to begin when I have an idea and to work out the details along the way. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still plan, but only enough to get a good starting foundation and to take action. When you allow yourself to get in your head and mull things over or think about all of the how’s and why’s about if something will or will not work, you’ve gone to far, at least in my experience. You’ll eventually find that one reason that frightens you just enough that you won’t take action. Action is required in order to do the work! Clearly!

The book talks about the biggest enemy of action – resistance. Whenever you have a great idea that you want to execute or start a new venture that you’re truly passionate about, you always come up against resistance. This resistance is to prove how badly you want to reach your desired goal. If you hang no long enough and slay the beast of resistance, you’ll reach your goal. It takes passion and a love for what you’re doing in order to keep going when you face resistance. If you don’t truly love what you’re doing and going after, you won’t make it for the long haul.

“The opposite of fear is love- love of the challenge, love of the work, the pure joyous passion to take a shot at your dream and see if you can pull it off.”

Overall, I thought that it was a great book and offered little nuggets of information that can be helpful to those who tend to over-think to the point of no action. If you follow the advice of Stephen Pressfield in his book, I’m sure you’ll get past resistance every time!

What are you working on that requires you to overcome resistance?

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I came across this video and I was just filled with awe.  It’s about an artist named Pete Eckert, maybe you’ve heard of him, maybe you haven’t. This was my first time hearing about him, but he has made me reconsider some things about my life. I found this video to be inspirational and it left me without any excuses. I don’t want to give away the video, but I’m sure that you will find it just as inspiring!

Would you continue to pursue the thing that makes you an artist, even if you had no vision?

 

 

I watched Oprah today & her guest was Goldie Hawn and they were talking about happiness. At one point in the show they mentioned that if you take time during the day to do nothing & be still in quiet time, then you will be happier; even it’s just for one minute a day.

I wanted to see if this was true, so I found a quiet spot, closed my eyes & sat in quietness. I sat for about two minutes and I could already feel that my mind was enjoying the rest.

So I thought, “Hey Deb, what if you had quiet time everyday to increase your creativity?”

“Hmmmm, that may be a very good idea, I thought!”

I’m not sure if it will work, but I’m optimistic that it will! After all, that’s how this post was born! So, I am going to try to have quiet time (or meditate) for the next 30 days to see what becomes of it. This will also help me to reach goal #29 on my 101 in 1,001 list. Besides, if nothing does come of it, at least I’ll have my sanity!

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