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Friday, June 24, 2016

What Do I Do?

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Be Sweet

Sometimes, all we need is a little sweetness to remind us of who we are.
#BeSweet #BeKind #BeLOVE

What do I DO?


Recently I have received a number of emails from those of you creative geniuses who have watched the Draw Your Future TEDx talk and afterwards wondered, “What if I don’t know what I want to do?”
Whether you are just starting off your career life or you're switching things up, “What should I do?” is a hard question. It's often loaded with expectations from parents, family or friends. People have lots of “shoulds” when it comes to your life and what you should do with it. Shoulds have a tendency to freeze us in our tracks.
Let’s step back and start by asking a different question, to see if we can open up our options and turn our search into an adventure. Anyone can find a job or a career, but finding something that will fill you up and allow you bring your best self into the world requires a deeper dive into what you desire.
I like to leap over my confusion and anxiety about “how” I do it, to imagine what it could feel like. In the best case scenario, what will I feel like 3 months, 6 months or a year from today.
It's your turn. Start by getting a blank piece of paper and pen or pencil.

Write DESIRED NEW REALITY at the top.
 Then ask yourself:
In this new reality, what are the qualities and characteristics I'm experiencing?
On that piece of paper, write and draw what you want to experience. Scatter everything around the page, until you have a mishmash of the things you want to feel a year from today.
Maybe you want to be more creative, or to feel more love. Perhaps you want to know what you are meant to be doing in the world, or you want more friends.  Write down all of these things in simple words like “Creative”, “loved”, “happy”, “clear”. Then add a few pictures to remind yourself what that might look like. If you don’t think you can draw, do it anyway, drawing, both good and bad, helps juice up your brain.
Now you know what it will feel like. These are the things you want to be experiencing, no matter what you are “doing” in a career or in your life.
Let’s add some booster fuel. On a separate piece of paper, create a list from 1 to 100.  Now, brainstorm and come up with 100 ideas for what you could do, and let yourself really have fun with this. When you have to come up with 100 you are bound to break out of your box. (I know belly dancer wasn’t first on your list, but put it down anyway!)
Now look at the two pages you have created. There are bound to be two or three things on your “do” list that match the things you want to experience in your desired new reality.  Let the adventure begin. Choose one or two of your “do” things and come up with 1-2 actions that you could take right away to work towards that goal. 
Right away today, go do something to help yourself move towards that goal. Keep it super simple to begin with. Maybe it's a phone call, a Facebook post or a Google Search. Start taking those baby steps towards your desired new reality.

Know that you might not experience the feelings you desire right away because getting there takes work. At each step in the journey, pull out that Desired New Reality picture and ask yourself, “Does/will this new thing fill me with more…(creativity, love, friendships…etc)
Finding your “What Should I Do?” is an evolving process.  Know that the more fun you have in the process, the more room you’ll make for #creativegeniusyou. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Love Over Fear


Wow this is a troubling time. Heartbreaking. Difficult. Lots of fear everywhere.
Fear can have a powerful grasp if you let it in. It can choke creativity and freedom and put a big stop to your momentum.

You can freeze in the face of fear, or you can take control, double down and keep moving.
When I was studying as an actor in NYC, late one night after some serious partying, our car broke down in a very scary part of town. I was petrified to even get out of the car.  The woman I was with, turned to me and said, “Well, we can’t stay here.”  She steered us into the closest all night convenience store and brought out 2 big steaming hot cups of coffee and handed one to me.
“Here”, she said, “We probably need this to keep our hands warm and if someone unruly comes by, here’s our response.”  Then she turned and we started quickly walking towards the subway station way across town, both of us talking as loud as we could, at her insistence. She seemed so brave to me. Her instincts just kicked into high gear and the next thing I knew we were home. Safely. 
I learned how important it is to step into and through your fear. Be bold and be smart.  Fear tries to hold you frozen in place. But right here during these times, let’s choose love over fear.  As a country we have come so far in our state of consciousness in some areas, we can’t go back.
This is the month of Pride so let’s celebrate for all those who can’t. Get out and show your love and support for the people around you.  Meet your neighbors, take a box of biscuits to the lady down the street with that barky dog, show compassion to people who are having a hard time and just give as much love as you can. Thank people for being in your life and be thankful for your life.
Love is the antidote to fear and hate. Take the love challenge and see just how much love we can give, to ourselves for who we are and to those around us for being with us on this journey.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hello Curiousity

Let’s beat this drum again.

As a matter of fact I might need to beat it everyday until I remember to practice it.
CURIOSITY.
It’s the judgment diffuser.
It’s the beautiful entry point into truth vs. story. 
It’s the portal into fact vs fiction .

Someone bugging you?  Be curious.
Feel frustrated by something?  Ask “What’s this about?”
Wishing something or someone would change?  Boot up your curiosity gene.
I’m in a session, a participant talks incessantly to his neighbour at the back of the room.  He covers his hand, whispers something, then laughs uproariously.
It’s. Very.  Distracting.
Politely, I ask him to be quiet. As if I am a fly, he swats at the air and then persists. I try an old school technique of separating the two of them. He refuses to move. His neighbour refuses. Next I embarrass him. Fail. Then the ultimate intervention.  Shame. Yes, I did. I stooped that low. UGH.
Driving to the airport, I debrief myself and something hits me: CURIOSITY. That’s what was missing; simple, judgment-free curiosity. Real curiosity. Why was he talking?  What did he need? What was he getting out of that moment with his friend? OK too late to ask him, so I turned to myself. Why wasn’t I curious in that moment in the room?
Was I worried about distracting the other participants?  Yes, but…
That wasn’t the real thing. The truth was I was taking it all personally.
I made up a whole story about why he had to talk and it went something like this: He didn't like me.

Once that story was set, my brain got out an old vinyl and dropped the arm down on “Not good enough.”
Unfortunately the end to a fictional story that judges someone else’s behaviour inevitably ends with you.  

This week get curious about everything. Start asking questions when you aren’t bugged so when you ARE bugged you’ll have programmed yourself to be curious by default.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Tuning the Station to Stillness


Tuning the Station to Stillness

Life is about falling down and getting back up again. Just when you think you have it all together, something happens to derail you. You miss an important client call, or you accidentally forget to pay a bill.  Suddenly in a swirl of activity, your world gets turned upside down.
It’s at that moment that you have a choice: Panic or heightened listening.
I have erred on the side of panic so many times it’s beyond embarrassing. When panic hits we do things we shouldn’t. We overeat or overspend. We call our friends and wear their ears out with the ranting and railing.  Exhausted we finally throw ourselves down and then, in our un-ego filled state, we can actually listen.
The interesting thing is that help generally can come a lot sooner if, when the world turns topsy-turvy, we choose to tune in and calm down. It’s not the first thing that comes to mind when you feel stressed out and overwrought by your phone or your email or your schedule or your life. However, with practice you can make it your default choice and the most awesome option to choose.
This week, try it. When you start to feel your adrenaline rising because of x,y or z, take a deep breath. Close your eyes (unless you are driving) and take another deep breath. Then quietly ask, what is the best thing for me to do right now?
Now here’s the key. You have to keep your inner chatter quiet and let the stillness overtake you. You want to listen, really listen beyond your ego’s rant, beyond the suck of desire for things, beyond the edge of panic. Listen to that deep inner calling, that wave of simple stillness.  And imagine riding in on that wave is the answer to your question, to your dilemma, to your panic.
Let it wash right over you and into you and through you. You don’t need to have “heard” something. You can just let the stillness deepen you, expand into you, soothe you. Stay with that stillness as long as you can. Then open your eyes, keep going on with your day, but add to it the knowingness that this issue you are panicking about it will be and is being handled. Because it is and it will be.
Until next time, big love to you Creative Genius.

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