Posts Tagged "passion"

Is fulfilling your purpose and passion selfish?

I got this question in my inbox the other day. The timing seemed to perfectly match the convos that have been floating around my circles the past couple weeks. Could you guide me a little [in regards to] selfishness, and fulfilling a purpose. Is this a balance, or full out selfishness, or a little of balancing both. They say you can’t be half pregnant, so how does one live this life, with these two aspects drawing you into different areas? I had to actually chew on your question a little bit. At first I wasn’t quite sure I understood it. I think that’s because I don’t relate to fulfilling one’s purpose as being something capable of being selfish. I think the selfish thing comes into play when a) we’re confronted by people who are scared when others upset “the way it should be” according to their limited perspective or conditioning,…

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3 Ways to Ruin Your Family Dinner

I love family dinners. They are a time to come together, to nourish ourselves and each other, to share and release our tensions and reconnect. We actually like ruining our dinner with dessert. Just Google “family dinner statistics” and you can read how regular family dinners lead to fewer eating disorders, less likelihood of abusive substances, and better development and learning? You’ll also read how most parents spend about 30 minutes a week in meaningful conversations with their kids. Or they do the opposite: They see family dinner as the means to ensure a perfect child and they ruin the whole experience and all the benefits of eating together (for the whole family). No, dessert or snacks are not going to ruin your family dinner (your appetite, sure…but family dinner isn’t about their appetite). But these things will: 3 Ways to Ruin the Magic of a Family Dinner Insist on…

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Organic Wisdom :: “It’s Just Not A Good Time For Me To…”

Every Friday I try to share some of the quotes I post on Twitter and Facebook, with some of my expanded thoughts and feelings on it here. “Organic Wisdom” is what I have found speaking to me in those quiet moments, that guides me and that echoes Truth in my life. Please feel free to download, or share this image in any way you’d like. Busy and “bad timing” are going to be the excuses we use for our entire life until one day we realize that “busy” is something we create to avoid the Big Dreams telling us it actually IS time. “It’s not a good time to start eating healthier. I’m too busy to get myself feeling well.” “It’s not a good time to follow my dreams. The market is crap right now.” “It’s not a good time to talk about this. I have too much going on.”…

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Officially Introducing :: The Organic (Blog to) Business Mastermind…Summer Sessions!

Do you :: Work or want to work for yourself doing something you love that also makes a difference in the lives of others? Have a current blog, business or Big Idea but have no idea where to go with it (or even where to start)? Want the wisdom of 10+ personal years and 3 generations of entrepreneurial experience, coupled with powerful intuition and guidance, to help you strategize, design, and recreate your business into something successful? Are you :: A spiritual pragmatic, ready to lean into step-by-step actions, as well as the inner Wisdom found through meditation, EFT or your own inner work? Wanting to keep your family and your values as your first priority, working in a way that is powerful, productive and authentic? Ready to be accountable for your own dreams and commit to your other Mastermind Sisters? Would you :: Like to make $2,000-$10,000 a month…

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Answering The Fear of “Who The Hell Am I To Think I Can…?” (Video)

I made this video a couple months ago (back when I still had hair), in answer to a client. She was working on overcoming fear and self-doubt and building a sustainable online business (because those two go hand-in-hand, in case you’re wondering) and she was asking herself, “Who am I?” “Who am I to think I can do this? To think I have anything of value to offer the world? To think that I can make a difference in this? To think I even have the ability?” It’s a pretty pervasive fear, one I got to move through myself. What I talk about in this video was the realizations that I came to, and that I hope you’ll come to also. Because the question isn’t “Who do I think I am to…” It’s “Who do I think I am to NOT?” P.S. If you’re coming here via the newsletter, be…

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Being Practical Isn’t All That Great

I hate that title. What I really want to say is “Being Practical” sucks. Or at least the common understanding of that phrase. I recently did something incredibly impractical. It’s something that could take years to fix, will most certainly cost thousands of dollars, will create unforeseeable stress and frustrating amounts of work, has already caused physical pain and was against medical advice. It’s wasn’t necessary. It isn’t easy. There was really nothing practical about it. And I couldn’t be happier. What crazy, expensive, painful, ill-advised thing did I do? I got braces. Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. – Brendan Gill Did you know I’ve agonized over this decision for over 10 years? The idea of spending thousands of dollars and seeing one orthodontist all in the name of vanity rubbed badly against my practical side. Spending thousands of dollars…

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Stress, Happiness and Our Social Structure

I recently watched a National Geographic documentary called, Stress: The Portrait of a Killer. (You can find it on Netflix.) The entire documentary discussed the physiology and effects of social stress on our bodies and the sources of this epidemic of chronic stress in our modern lives. Did you know the American Psychological Association reports about 75% of the population attests to feeling stressed regularly, and a third of all Americans report extreme stress? Yeah, I think it’s about time we start analyzing what we’re doing here. (Photo Source) The Physiology of Stress If you’re not familiar with stress, I’m going to give you an oversimplified idea of what exactly it is: Stress is the physiological state our bodies take on when we perceive danger or are in any situation which requires an increased reaction. Our adrenaline pumps, our heart races and we end up with more blood to our…

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How To Make Being A Practical Creative Not Suck So Bad

Today I’m hosting a guest post from the always inspiring, always hilarious words of Michelle Ward, the When I Grow Up Coach. I asked her to write a bit about doing what you love, moving toward your ideal work and overcoming some of the blocks along the way. She never disappoints. Enjoy her words on being a “practical creative”! As the When I Grow Up Coach, I’ve worked with a ton of practical creatives. I’m one, my husband’s one, and, oh, 99% of my clients are one. By “practical creative” I mean someone who yearns to have a passionate career (aka something that doesn’t feel like work!), gives them freedom (whether it has them working for themselves or someone else), lets them use their talents in a way that feeds their bank account, and allows them to have the stability they want as a grown-up without living their life for…

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Our 4th Unschooling Anniversary (And Growth)

I love unschooling. I know that probably goes without saying, but it’s good for me to be reminded sometimes. Yesterday was our fourth unschooling anniversary. Four years ago we made one choice that changed our world. And today I’m reminded just how phenomenal and empowering a choice it was. See, I don’t love unschooling because of its “results.” I love unschooling because of what it gives us: freedom, space to heal and the courage to live passionately. Four years ago, I stood before a child that was angry and sad. I stood before him with questions about how to help him and how to ignite the interests he once had. I was worried that he no longer loved to read or wanted to play with numbers or patterns. Our life was anxious and nervous and uncertain. In school he felt a lot of pressure to perform, took to heart anything…

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Unjobbing: What It Is and What It Isn’t

I’ve thrown the word “unjobbing” around here a few times. Like unschooling, it’s a word we use that, at first glance, does little to really describe the idea. Just as unschooling doesn’t mean uneducated (nor is it against school or always done outside of school), unjobbing does not mean unemployed. Nor is it really against jobs or always done outside the presence of a job. Instead, unjobbing is more about how you do what you do than what you actually do. Unjobbing is about making a life instead of just a living. Instead of living for work, we work to live (and to learn and grow and experience). We love what we do; it brings us fulfillment and it enables us to do some pretty wonderful things. But it’s not all we do. It’s not the only focus of our life. Unjobbing is often used synonymously with entrepreneurship, working for…

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