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What Are Your Dreams Telling You?

9 Jun
DreamShips

Kristy Mitchell’s jawdropping Wonderland photographs come to her in dreams.

Someone once told me that writers have especially intuitive dreams. I’ve had some soul-shaking ones, and last week’s was a doozy. But more on that later.

So I consulted the Internet. Turns out there are whole books on the subject of writers and dreams.

Did you know that without dreams we wouldn’t have Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Catch-22, Misery, or even TwilightAll of these stories came to authors by way of dreams.

Think this all sounds like a bunch of hippie-dippie nonsense? Scientific American says otherwise.  Continue reading

What Are Your Three?

6 Mar
© Ping Foo, Flickr Creative Commons

© Ping Foo, Creative Commons

Did you happen to catch Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar speech?

Sure, it had your typical Hollywood elements of narcissism, divine shout-outs, and a complete disregard for larger matters that his own character brought to light.

None of that impressed me.

What did impress me, however, were the questions he posed regarding the three things a person should consider each day: Continue reading

Rejection: A Love Story

9 Jan

Jia JiangAt age 30, with a great education, a decent job, a loving wife, and a first child on the way, Jia Jiang realized he never chased his dreams because he always chose security over rejection.

He saw himself dying with regrets and told his wife so. Despite being pregnant (when most people would choose security over personal pursuits), his wife encouraged him to take six months to do his own thing.

Four days before his baby was born, he quit his job and put all of his energy into starting his own business. He received many rejections, which he took with a grain of salt. Then a big potential large investment fell through two months before his deadline, which made him question everything. Continue reading

Story

6 May

Once upon a time, there was a hero.

Source: Shanta Rohse "Der Frieder und das Katherlieschen"

Source: Shanta Rohse “Der Frieder und das Katherlieschen”

(S)he lived in a world where things weren’t perfect, but they were livable. Then something happened to change all that. At first (s)he denied it. Then someone convinced the hero otherwise. (S)he set off to do something. Things challenged the hero along the way. Eventually, (s)he got to the destination and faced the big ordeal, which was of utmost psychological significance to the hero. (S)he got something in return and went on with life, but it was never the same.

Sound familiar?

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Start With Why

5 Oct

In case it wasn’t obvious through my posts like the one on happiness and many of my Tweets, I’m a huge fan of TED Talks.

I came across a new one in a book workshop I’m currently taking (shout to Debbie Reber), and it was so inspiring I had to share.

Start With Why (Video) by Simon Sinek

If you don’t have 20 minutes to watch, I’ve included some cliff notes below.

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Wallet Exercise

25 Sep

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As Dr. Shelley Carson points out her book Your Creative Brain, creativity is not limited to artists or writers.

“We are all creative,” she insists. “Creativity is the hallmark human capacity that has allowed us to survive thus far.”

And she’s not just talking about surviving external events. She’s talking about surviving the internal ups and downs of life. (Yes, we all have them.)

Here’s one of her simple exercises, and her book has many more.

It only takes 10 minutes. Why not try it? You might be surprised at what it reveals.

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