101 Things To Be Grateful For

Being grateful is a hot topic these days. If you are familiar with Brené Brown, then you know she never interviewed a single joyful person in twelve years of research that didn’t actively practice gratitude. Since we all want to experience more joy, it’s about time we roll up our gratitude sleeves and get to work!

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If you’re like me and are out of practice in the gratitude department, this list of 101 things to be grateful for can help get you get started. Some of things on the list may resonate with you. If they do, feel free to use them. If they don’t feel right, make up a couple of your own.

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Building A New Blog About Art And Life

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Pardon The Mess While I Build A New Blog

If you’re looking for BreakupU, it’s still here but the posts will be archived as I start posting for my new blog. Yes, that means I’m “breaking up” with my old blog but fear not – I’ll be weaving together themes of creativity and life moving forward.

I hope you’ll join me as I work on my art and share all of the ups and downs along the way. Turns out creating a piece of art is very similar to living life. It’s messy, frustrating, challenging, fun and rewarding. Check back for new posts coming soon!

Blaming others keeps you stuck

Are you a person who can come up with a thousand reasons why you can’t do something because someone or something is standing in your way? If so you may have unwittingly cast yourself as the victim in the storyline of your own life.

The Part(s) You Are Playing

If you can imagine your life as a movie and you as the director, ask yourself what roles you have been casting yourself in. You may have automatically taken roles of being a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a worker, a friend etc., without thinking much about it. It’s what everybody does. But try looking at your current roles as an actor would. (more…)

Educating the heart is as important as educating the mind

The wisdom of the heart easily get dismissed in our society due to rampant emotional immaturity. It makes sense that a focus on reason would help to correct the errors of the heart to create more certainty in life.

But the problem with a lot of certainty is that it is boring — and it’s an illusion.

Nothing in life is certain and the heart knows that. If reason and logic don’t seem to be working to make sense out of your life, it may be time for an inward look and tend to the education of your heart. It has more potential than your mind could ever conceive.

 

Happiness is your own property and you always keeps something that belongs to you

So many of us look outside ourselves to find happiness, but the truth is that the search needs to begin within. Learning to accept ourselves as we are and broadening our definition of happiness is critical to experiencing more happiness in our lives.

Definition of Happiness:

A mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

Are You Putting Off Feeling Good?

Why wait for happiness to show up when you can experience it now? If you find yourself starting off sentences with “I’ll be happy when…” or “I’ll be happy if _______ does this”, then you, my friend, have put too many rules around being happy. (more…)

When The Rules Don’t Apply

How my morning commute almost ruined my day

Have you ever been driving to work and noticed in the rearview mirror someone speeding up behind you driving like a maniac? Sure, we’re all in a hurry in the morning, but get a grip people!

Well, this was no ordinary person. It was a police officer. OK — he must have been pursuing someone. That’s his job, right? Wrong. He wasn’t pursuing anyone. He was just driving like an ass. After he passed me, he cut over into another lane without signaling. All stuff I would get a ticket for if I’d been in front of him. (I may have participated in a small amount of verbal road rage at that point.)

Anyway, so what? Rules don’t apply to cops. I get it. They have to deal with nasty lawbreakers everyday and I don’t. Maybe driving like a maniac is their form of stress release or just their way to feel significant and show that they can do whatever they want. Could I have gotten the plate number and called in his unruly behavior? Sure, but why? It would be for nothing.

I know the worls isn't unfair but why can't it ever be unfair in my favor?

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Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task ~ William James

Life provides us with an endless amount of things to do. Sometimes we want to do it all. Sometimes we just want to lay on the couch and veg.

Having something to do can give us a lot of opportunities to feel good about ourselves. It can even provide us with a certain amount of meaning and purpose. But having too much to do can freak us out. It can cause anxiety and many times it unfortunately causes us to procrastinate. (more…)