Every year, for the past 10 years, I have created a vision board. For those of you that don’t know what a vision board is, check out the following helpful articles:
I really enjoy Les Brown’s messages. Here are five provocative quotes plus a video to motivate you to believe you can live your best life!
- Give your dream a chance to live!! Nurture it daily with the seeds of determination, inspiration, drive, and creativity. Feed it with passion, faith, patience, and positive expectation. Allow it to blossom by surrounding yourself with people who are doing things with their lives, and who believe in working hard to make things happen.
- Be willing to go all out, in pursuit of your dream. Ultimately it will pay off. You are more powerful than you think you are. Go for it.
- Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
- Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.
- Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.
Now check out this little flick by Les and ask yourself if you are hungry enough. If you are, then you are READY to be a GOAL DIGGER!
I’m not the kind of person that waits for a certain time of year to identify or assess my dreams, goals or aspirations. Not because, I’m stuck on being indie or counter-culture but because time is always a factor in determining when I can do these fun AND productive things.
For anyone who caught my 2011 Board, I am happy to report that I LIVED that one. (Including the feeling of comfort in my own skin, the move into a beautiful new home, awesome time with my hilarious and healthy kids and the purchase of my amazing new hybrid!)
My 2012 Dreamboard, is a continuation of 2011 and includes some additions like travel and a return to film. I am so excited to live life and see how everything comes together. This year’s board was created on the Oprah platform. It’s a little more restricted than last year’s tool but it was fast and still fun. Anyone can make one. http://www.oprah.com/dreamboard If you do, share it with me!
As always peace.
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Most of us have had a time in our life, professionally, romantically or physically where we thought “Nothing here seems to be working. I want to quit…” We started that great project but now progress is slow, passion evaporates, and everywhere we look the signs seem to be saying “give up.” Do we quit? How do we get up enough desire to keep going? The writer summarizes the top line points to finding inspiration, even when the world is telling you to give up.
The first point is, reconnecting with “why.”
Often called “THE why” or “YOUR why”, it’s really just a way to identify your purpose and get more out of life. The “why”, is why we do what we do, or, why we want to do, what we want to do…
I reflected on this question a bit and I will share with you what I came up with. Years ago, my daughter’s school sponsored an event. It was an awesome opportunity for the kids and parents to physically serve some members of the community. While there, I met a beautiful young lady. She was 16 years old, her mom had two jobs and she was responsible for her five younger siblings (including a set of autistic twins). While this situation would’ve completely overwhelmed many adults, this girl was not bitter, frazzled or jaded. She was extremely alert but with our kids around to entertain her siblings, she began to loosen up and actually enjoy herself. She confessed to being a huge Mi Vida Loca fan and wanted to know all about my experiences as an actress. I shared my stories about, auditions, combating stage fright and traveling around the world. At the end of the evening, she approached me and said “thank you for spending so much time with me,” then she asked, “would be okay for me to dream of doing something like that?”
I was stunned. No one had ever asked me for permission to dream. Until that moment, it had never occurred to me that anyone needed permission to dream. I’ve since discovered that many of us wander the planet looking, waiting, wanting permission not only to dream but to live. Permission based living. This seems to be at the core of my why. I’m a woman who grew up in an odd household and who’s made some odd choices in life. On my journey, I so desperately wanted to be “normal” that I made changes that began to suffocate me. I’m just not ever going to be that iconic 50’s woman I imagined was supposed to be in order to feel “normal.”
When I let my twisted idea of the ’50’s mom’ go, without judgment or blame, I gave myself permission to take all that I learned from my quest to be her and apply it to who I actually am. My nauseating optimism, my love of cooking, my bedtime story routines with my kids, don’t clash with my desire to embrace my sexuality, travel, write, speak or dance, they enhance it. I gave myself permission to be dynamic, bold and perfectly imperfect. I gave myself permission to turn I forgive you into THANK YOU; to turn I couldn’t into ‘why not?’ and to turn belief into POSSIBILITY.
I am humbled and amazed by the loyalty of Mi Vida Loca fans. The fact that the movie is 20 years old and still so popular is, in my opinion, a testimony to how many people can be touched and inspired when a brave few are willing to be true to their WHY. My “why” is about sharing my experience, strength and hope with others. It’s about finding the good of what is and teaching people to give themselves permission to live in it.
They LIKE me… They REALLY like me…
Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Soundcloud and Flickr are not only great communities to share whats on your mind and in your heart but they are also AWESOME tools to use in creating your dreams. Whether it’s starting a business, connecting with old friends, getting healthier or learning something completely new, these are some awesome platforms, if you use them wisely.
Who are the businesses, artists and people that have made it to your LIKE bin? Do they reflect the life you want to attract or are they just random likes because you were invited? How active are you on those walls? Do you post or share content? Social media, is definitely a two-way street. So much to learn and share. No matter where you are in life, you not only have access to tons of inspiration but also what it takes to BE an inspiration. I’ve had the great fortune of working with some incredible coaches. I’ve found them ALL online. Today, I LOVE working with people and helping them tap into the resources that will help them BE what they truly dream of being.
This graphic advertises my life coaching page on Facebook. If you are on Facebook, please
‘like’ that page. I post many elements to that page that you’ll miss here. I’ve also just added a Facebook “like” button to this blog. So, if you like the blog… please ‘like’ it!
SOCIAL MEDIA TIP: If you have a Facebook Business Page and like this graphic, you can easily have one custom made HERE. Download and save your sign, which you can print out for your place of business or post to your social networks! You can thank Maria Reyes-McDavis for this one. 🙂