i believe we were born to create.
we create family’s, friends, music, joy, and art of all kinds.

we feel inspired, satisfied, and fulfilled when we create something.

ignore that voice that says “im not — enough”
do it anyways;
embrace your inspiration.

what have you created, and how did it make you feel?



Right now I’m in the middle of reading Angela Duckworth, PhD’s book titled Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. The book is worth the read, and the work that Duckworth has accomplished is truly inspired. In a very limited summation of what the book is about, I’ll quote one simple equation:

talent x effort = skill
skill x effort = achievement

Achievement is cultivated.

It doesn’t matter how slow you go, just don’t stop.

Stuck in rut? Not sure where forward is? The book not only talks about what the “secret to success/achievement” is, what it is not, but also offers the reader the tools to create a dedicated path for themselves. I’m only half way through and I can’t wait to re-read it.

(ps. this post isn’t sponsored in any way, it’s just my opinion)




When I used to hear the word meditation, I would think of a long drawn out OM sesh with Gurus’ and incense and wonderfully inspiring tapestries on the wall. Building the idea up to this level, I felt I was innately incapable of meditation. That it wouldn’t work for me, I didn’t have the proper tools.

Over the last few years, having done some spiritual research of my own, I’ve come to realize this isn’t true. At least not wholly.

The best explanation I’ve found so far is from Thich Nhat Hanh, and is as follows “To meditate means to pay full attention to something. It doesn’t mean to run away from life. Instead it’s an opportunity to look deeply into ourselves and into the situation we’re in.”

No Gurus’, incense, or tapestries needed. Just me, where I’m at, being willing.

Stop. Pay Full Attention.



We human  beings have lost confidence in the body just knowing what to do. If we have time alone with ourselves, we panic and try to do many different things. Mindful breathing helps us to relearn the art of resting. Mindful breathing is like a loving parent cradling a baby, saying, “Don’t worry, I’ll take good care of you; just rest.”

Thich Nhat Hanh



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Remembering to be where my feet are planted isn’t always easy.
Quiet or, frankly, ignore my thoughts, look at my feet, be there.
Start there, then move forward purposefully.

Say hello to the sky.
What’s real? What’s important? What matters?
Work hard, smile, laugh, play.

Resolution: Live simply, uncomplicate my home, heart, and mind.

other people’s opinions of me are none of my business

happiness is a personal venture, and has nothing to do with anyone else

a moment of reflection


The world provides us with continual opportunities for practice. When we find ourselves in an emotional reaction, the Universe is giving us a wonderful opportunity to simply pause and feel. For a moment, practice letting go of the story and become aware of the sensations of your body.

Can you rest in that space of just being you?

~ Rachel Scott, Wit & Wisdom from the Yoga Mat