Follow Your Dreams!

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

Henry David Thoreau


I am usually the one in the group that says:

Dare to dream! Believe in your dreams! Visualize what you want!

It’s true, I have been accused of being a Pollyanna more times than I can count (usually by someone who doesn’t really like the aforementioned book nor the movie with Hailey Mills.)

Amy Purdy affirms my beliefs better than anything I could write:

“Our imaginations can be used as tools for breaking through borders, because in our minds we can do anything and we can be anything. It’s believing in those dreams, and facing our fears head on that allows us to live our lives beyond our limits.”

 

Please take the time to watch this inspirational TED talk.  It is well worth ten minutes of your life.

 

 

I hope you take the time to watch this.  Amy Purdy is an inspirational young woman! I’d love to hear about what you are going to use your imagination for today.

And as always thank you for taking the time to visit, I appreciate it.

 

 

Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”

– Margaret Mead


I am humbled and honored to have been nominated by Rev Dani Lynn for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Dany’s Blog “Life is Your Piece of Art” is inspiring and wonderful. I recommend a visit to her site!

http://lifeisyourpieceofart.wordpress.com/

Here are the requirements for this award:

1. Display the award logo somewhere on the blog.

2. Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.

3. State seven things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.

5. Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated and of the award’s requirements.

Seven things about me:

  1. I was born and raised in Northern California and imigrated to New Zealand 20 years ago.
  2. My family is the most important thing in my life and I love my gorgeous sons Lukas and Devin, my husband Jeff, my sister Karin and my neice Chelsea.
  3. I absolutely love my work – facilitating workshops with my dear friend Deb through our business Figjam Workshops. (www.figjamworkshops.co.nz )
  4. I have recently completed my book A Woman’s Guide to Transformation and am currently looking for the perfect agent and publisher.
  5. I totally believe in the 7 Tools of Transformation that I write about in my book and I try to use the tools on a daily basis. (https://patticlark.wordpress.com/7-tools/)
  6. I believe we are all creative beings and are all capable of changing what we want to change (read or listen to any of the recent talks on Neuroplasticity)
  7. I absolutely believe that Happiness is a choice we can all make on a daily basis!

It was hard to narrow down my list to only 15 bloggers to nominate because I enjoy so many of the blogs I have been following.  I have chosen these 15 blogs because they inspire me:

Vinyl Record Face   http://vinylrecordface.wordpress.com/

Smirk Pretty  http://smirkpretty.wordpress.com/

Of Love and Creation  http://ofloveandcreation.wordpress.com/

Paradoxical Wisdom  http://paradoxicalwisdom.wordpress.com/

Quelling the QLC  http://www.quellingtheqlc.com/

Tuesday Morning 10AM  http://tuesdaymorning10am.wordpress.com/

How it Turned Out  http://howitturnedout.wordpress.com/

Known is a drop Unknown is an ocean  http://arganesh3.wordpress.com/

365 to 30  http://365til30.com

Be fearful of  Mediocrity  http://afirmin.com/

Mountain Top Journals  http://mountaintopjournals.com/history-2/

Between Fear and Love  http://betweenfearandlove.com/

You were born to succeed  http://youwerebornthatway.com/

Inside Out Cafe  http://margekatherine.com/

20 Years from Today  http://20yearsfromtoday.wordpress.com/

Thank you again Dani for nominating me.  And may we all keep writing and inspiring, because as Margaret Mead reminds us:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”

Finding Joy

“When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom.”

– Marianne Williamson


Joy is defined as the emotion evoked by well-being, success or good fortune, or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.

I know when I’m centered in joy, as Marianne Williamson puts it, I feel in the flow, time stands still, I feel excited and at peace at the same time.  It’s wonderful, joyous!  But it can be elusive when I’m looking for it – when I am trying to find joy.

Part of the definition of joy: the prospect of possessing what one desires – I believe is vital.  The prospect of possessing – is operative here.

In this fascinating and important TED talk, Michael Norton discusses “buying joy or happiness.”  In it he describes that people believe that the prospect of possessing things will bring them joy – but that in reality, it remains elusive.  And instead, that people find joy instead by giving to others.

 

Please let me know what you think of this TED talk –  (you can leave a comment by clicking on the speech bubble at the top of this post.)

And I’d love to hear about how you find joy.

Miracles around us!

“Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle..”

– Thich Nhat Hanh


Miracles!  They are all around us, constantly.  I have had a few people ask me why I chose the Aurora Borealis for my background.  And my answer, first of all is because I think it’s so gorgeous!  But beyond that – to witness the Northern Lights, in all it’s spectacular majesty is to experience a miracle.

While I was living in Alaska, no matter how many times I saw the Northern Lights, tears would come to my eyes and I would stop speechless and breathless, and just behold the beauty and  – well the miracle of nature.

So I chose the Northern Lights to be the background for this blog to remind myself and hopefully others to stop for a moment and remember – as Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us –  every day we are engaged in a miracle.

As always, thank you for visiting my blog.  I’d love to hear from you.