Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’
Loved writing this piece for GOOD: Make Room for Discovery: Five Simple Steps For Explorers
Magellan, Columbus, Da Gama, Amundsen, Cook, Eriksson, Lewis & Clark, Shackleton—all names synonymous with adventure and exploration. They circumnavigated the world, discovered continents and became the subjects of history books. There was an unknown, and it was meant to be explored.
In the modern age of the Internet, cell phones, and around-the-world air travel, that sense of the unknown has changed, but it certainly hasn’t disappeared. While there may not be entire continents up for grabs, modern day exploring is just as important as it was during the Age of Exploration, if not more so.
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“I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me. ” – Anaïs Nin.
New Year’s certainly shouldn’t be about criticizing oneself, but it does happen to be a good time for reflection on what’s important. That’s what New Year’s resolutions should be: reminders about how to live well and embrace life.
Inspired by this quote for the weekend:
“In order to get from what was to what will be, you must go through what is.” – Anonymous
Which means taking time for stillness and simple pleasures.
elle dare – elle ose – she dares
The French and English combination may have been completely unintentional, but the message rang true regardless.
Only in my early 20s did I learn the global importance of International Women’s Day with streets full of women around the world coming together in solidarity. This day is about empowerment and equal rights.
The 2012 theme is “connecting girls, inspiring futures,” which has gotten me thinking about all of the inspiring connections that surround us every day. In my everyday I come into contact with female colleagues and friends, all that are passionate about what they do. They are writers, filmmakers, doctors, lawyers, humanitarians and vagabonds, and every single thing in between.
What does it mean to be a woman? A lot of things.
Stormy water hits a calm beach.
Nature is about balance; the coming and going, the ebb and flow.
This got me thinking about the ebb and flow of opportunities for risk that come and go every single day.
Every. Single. Day.
We are inundated with opportunities. The question is what we do with them.
It’s this simple: If I never try anything, I never learn anything. If I never take a risk, I stay where I am. If I go ahead and do it, that affects how much I continue wanting to do it. When I hold myself back, I trade appearances for the opportunity to find out what I am like. – Hugh Prather
Good words from director and author of Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi:
Life is too short and we cannot spoil it. I don’t have 300 years in front of me. So I just do the things that I really want to do at the moment because that’s the only way you will do them well. If you don’t believe in yourself, it won’t work.
My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. -Anais Nin
Ideas come when you:
say yes more often.
are open to inspiration.
celebrate the ordinary.
surround yourself with creatives.
[File under: life reminders.]