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Wednesday Wisdom: Rest, but don’t quit!

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Not if you get tired, but when. Right? We all get weary and tired, so walking away to rest your mind and body is so important to maintain the strength it takes to keep going–especially during the messy middle.

For a long time I did not understand the role weariness has on one’s journey. It makes you quit before the process is complete. I did not (and still don’t at times) realize that the process prepares you for the destination. If you quit or short cut the process, you won’t have the stamina to maintain your success if you ever reach the destination. Remember it’s important to keep a long-term or marathon mentality rather than rushing to sprint to the end.

Pacing myself with some rest,

A.G.

 

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

 

No this is not our table.

No we haven’t really started cooking yet.

No I have not started any sort of Christmas shopping or planning.

Yes, I forgot  it was Wednesday and I needed to post.

Yes, I am behind on my National Novel Writing Month words.

Yes, I feel both books  I am writing suck at this point.

Yes, I blew my diet a few days early (Just on thanksgiving I told myself)

Yes, I checked work emails and got annoyed.

Sound like anyone’s internal dialogue? (Well not you happy all-the-time optimists, but the rest of us.)

 

But reality is what I perceive it to be, and I can change it at any moment:

 

I woke up this morning.

I have enough creativity and courage to write books.

I can revise my first drafts, they are supposed to suck.

I have food to eat.

I have a healthy family surrounding me.

I am warm and safe and loved.

I have a steady income.

Try to take just a few moments to look around and say thanks. These times of year can be challenging for everyone for various reasons. But keep it simple and enjoy the little things, not everyone has the basics this year.

 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

A.G.

 

 

 

 

 


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Wednesday Wisdom: Don’t wait until 2018…

Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, flinging themselves from tree branches, jumping around, and chattering nonstop. He meant that our minds are in constant motion,  “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable.”

Um… yes, that’s me! As a creative person in particular, I can have quite the monkey mind. In addition to day to day of life, I also have ideas constantly flowing in and out of my head. And then on top of that,  I try to grab on to those ideas in the moment so I don’t forget them. How do you gather up and then execute umping/flinging ideas? Not a good recipe for success.

So… in addition to meditation, I decided to get a planner. Not just any planner, (because I’ve used planners before when I was suuuper type A) but this time I bought a super trendy (and expensive) customizable planner from Erin Condren, some of you may have seen it on my Instagram, if not here it is:

 

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The version I selected has three vertical sections. While some people divide the sections into morning, afternoon, and evening,  I decided to divide my sections into Home, Dance (which includes teaching), and Writing/creative entrepreneurship. (I am pretty pleased my planner has nothing has to do with work 🙂 My day job has its own lengthy and never ending to-do list, but those tasks stay on their own notepad.)

After playing around with this planner for a little, I realized it was causing me to think about and plan for 2018, which is a great thing. It is very exciting and sexy to start thinking of new goals in January, but why don’t we start planning now? Think about the things you want for next year like health or business-related goals, and start to plan for them now. Start to put things in place now so come January 2018 you are continuing on what you started rather than getting started on something new with everyone else. I am already planning for and researching things I plan to do in 2019.

Getting started now,

A.G.


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Wednesday Wisdom: Selectively Engage


This is for my creatives: 
As artists, we must be diligent in protecting our ears and eyes! Pay close attention to what you consume– what you allow to pour into your spirit on a daily basis. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by the never ending news cycle. Following the news cycle and the internet nonsense on an hour to hour and second to second will drain your energy.

This is not about being naïve or oblivious to the things around you, but as a creative person, as a person who wants to uplift and change the world, my heart must be full of love and my mind must be clear in order to create.  We don’t have to completely disengage, believe me, I use my negative feelings in my creations, but I make sure to selectively engage in the world (news, people’s issues, pop culture).


I spend a lot of time reading and listening to podcasts from experts and fellow creatives doing what I’d like to do.  I would encourage you to do the same. Here’s some of what’s on my nightstand and on my podcast:

Non fiction:
In the company of women: inspiration and advice from over 100 makers, artist, and entrepreneurs. Author Grace Bonney

Space Atlas: Mapping the Universe and Beyond (when I get upset, looking at the pictures and understanding the physics behind the universe puts things in perspective.)

 



Podcasts:  
The Creative Penn by Joanna Penn. (She’s gotten me to understand creative entrepreneur ship. I call her my English girl and she’s been instrumental in my writing journey)

The 21st-century creative by Mark McGuinness (I feel like this man has cracked open my head– he totally gets me! He articulates the good and the bad of being a creative and his discussion of being productive as a creative is totally what I need to hear)
Ted Radio Hour (good stuff!)
Joel Osteen (loong time listener)

Trying to create more than I consume,

A.G.

 

 

 


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Wednesday Wisdom: Keep Dancing!

A few weekends ago,  I was asked to teach a dance class for a birthday party. I got a play list, worked on the choreography for a few weeks, and then got to teach it to almost 20 kids (and some moms) for 90 minutes.

This WW (really Thursday, I know) is short. Keep doing what you love. It’s never too late. Keep dancing, keep creating, and keep going. Eventually, your vision will come into focus.

still dancing,

A.G.

 

 

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Wisdom: Our similarities are bigger than our differences

We are more alike, my friends,than we are unalike.

This quote  from Dr. Angelou represents the way I see life and what I come back to in times of hurt and pain. In light of all of the divisiveness in the country and really the world, lets try to remember we are more alike than we are unalike. Let us start from where we agree,  and work to solve the tough problems.  We all want the best for our children and families although we may prioritize our preferences differently.   Remember love conquers all.

 

best,

A.G.

 

 


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Wednesday Wisdom: Moooove, get out the way!

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Remember the Ludacris song? I’ll pause as you sing it in your head… I know I am.
So back on topic. The longer I live and observe my behavior (and others’ behavior) the more I believe that we are the only ones in our own way. No one or thing holds us back from the vision we have of our life more than we do. The irony is, the thing we say we want the most are the things that we fear the most. So we put of hurdles up or keep moving the bar of success so we’ll never achieve it.
I’ve seen this in my life and I see this and others lives. As I write my children’s mystery book, I’ll tell myself that the book has to be a best seller so that means I am stressed as I write and creativity goes out the window. I’ll tell myself that I need a state of the art dance studio (in my basement!!) in order to teach which means I’ll pass on great learning experiences because I am looking for the perfect situation/opportunity.
Making your goals too big or creating an undue pressure through unrealistic expectations will frustrate you to the point where you’ll give up.
So take baby steps. Take on experiences that you think are silly or scary, but keep moving towards the thing you fear. I believe we intuitively know what we are sent here to do and the longer we aren’t doing what we were put here to do, the more miserable we will be.
So…. Get out of your own way!
A.G.