steps of growth

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Is this not the truest thing? I mean to tell you, I love to repeat one of my favorite mantras… “never stop learning”….but it is a bit more challenging when the learning or “growth” is hard.

I love to learn fun things, or learn about things that I am interested in, but when the things I am learning propel me out of my comfort zone and force me to face the giant named Uncomfortable… I suddenly lose courage and wish someone else was doing the learning for me.

Yet, in the end, growth and learning always lead to the slaying of giants, increased faith, and peace.

So….grow on with your bad selves.

never settle

1c9d6f8d3911d32680844e6892292ce0It always seems like big exciting things come in huge waves for me. Right now there are so many opportunities presenting themselves and it feels heavy, exciting, and overwhelming all at the same time. I feel like I can’t breathe because I am so stinking excited and scared, and I fluctuate between the two constantly.

It is important to remember, in these times, to step back and breathe. Never ever rush into anything, weigh out all of your options, talk with those who know you best {and who will  most likely be affected by your decision}, and make the decision that is going to be the best and the healthiest. The best decision should not add more pressure but rather freedom….and this is where the rubber meets the road. There may be things that you really want to do, but they would not be best, even though they seem so exciting and glamorous….and that is where true courage and wisdom steps in.

Not all open doors are meant to be walked through.

Shake it off

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Isn’t this a wonderful mental picture? I know how fun it was to throw confetti everywhere for my book launch party….and I still find pieces of it every time I move something to sweep…no joke. It just keeps coming and coming….and I think that is what kindness should do to. It should show up over and over and we should never be rid of it.

problems = opportunity

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While I was away at the beach last week I did a lot of reading. One of the books I read was called Thinkertoys and there were many brain exercises and creative thinking techniques……{ I recommend it!} ……but the overall perspective was turning problems into opportunities by changing your perspective, adding or taking away elements, and challenging the norm.  I wrote a few pages of notes, and already referred to them again today….but one of my favorite quotes from the book was this :  “Problems are nothing more than opportunity dressed in work clothes”.

You hear me? Turn those problems into solutions by rejecting passive thinking and use active thinking to generate and organize new ideas!

quotage :: much to be done

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I was just having a conversation with one of my children last night, and it was an amazing conversation. A conversation about life, about that fact that we all lose focus sometimes, get off track, make mistakes, suffer consequences, experience triumph, gain clarity, and find the courage to do hard things.

This quote reminds me that we are never done. We are always growing, and changing…and that is a good thing. Mistakes are going to happen, life is going to get messy…..but if we continue to desire to grow we will always reach toward light and wherever the light is, is where we should want to be.

never stop

e44e5f96f65ff338c7953bfe57241f99I hear myself say this to myself, aspiring creative business owners, my children, my friends…..and it is so true! There are always new things to learn, always new things to challenge our minds with, and being open to learning vs closed minded is the only way to growth.

{P.S. I just found out that this print is available for sale here…..and I really want to buy one! I have loved this print for years!}