wow, it’s just hitting me that it’s really december 31st. this year literally swept by in a haze. i remember clearly when it started and so much has changed for me since then. i moved…again. being back in new york has been really great for me. so much about myself and about life in general has been revealed–and is being revealed–to me. the clarity i have now is life-changing, yet i’m assured of greater comfort knowing that my vision will only begin to crystallize over time. as that vision begins to crystallize, i see a change in my being and my doing. it’s a really beautiful and exciting time for me.
the best part of this year, though, is when i looked up and realized that i am what i’ve been trying to be, but the lens through which i was looking at myself was so blurry that i couldn’t see clearly. i’ve been so hard on myself so for long, so unnecessarily. themes of acceptance, forgiveness, and love were really punctuated this year. since then, i’ve made adjustments to my thinking and behavioral patterns that have started creating an inner peace i’ve wished for for years.
The magic is the process of creation. We may live and we may work, but oftentimes, even as creators we forget to create. To produce. To finish our starts.
Here’s a little reminder for all of us.
If you read this and think, “Oh, well, I’m not an artist. This doesn’t apply to me.” It does.
Yesterday’s #notetoself: your life is your message and you are your masterpiece.
Image source: Samantha Margalit
‘now’ is always the time to design and build your dreams.
that’s what makes the journey so sweet.
Right now is such an exciting time. Really, ‘now’ is the only time there ever is. Everything else is a construct, but ‘now’ will never cease to be. I’m moving confidently in the direction of my dreams. I’ve had some nudges along the way, but recently there’s been this sense of urgency. I can’t wait to make my dreams real. To manifest a grander version of myself. To live the life I want. No mas!
The point of power is always in the present. It’s in the now. Appreciate the journey by appreciating the present. The highs, lows, challenges, gains and losses are all a part of the bigger picture. To change your future, change your ‘now’. Do something differently. Move in the direction you want to be. This life is a process. There is no destination, only direction.
I’m writing and growing, being totally absorbed by the power, possibility, and responsibility of this moment, which is all about becoming the best version of myself possible. I’m on Cloud 9. You can be too. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
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it’s a beautiful day for starting anew and creating new patterns.
Almost two months ago, I made a pretty big investment into a bike and quickly converted to a commuter cyclist. Emphasis on the quickly part, I was immediately a biking enthusiast and now tout its virtues at every given opportunity. It’s seriously amazing, transforming a pedestrian/mass transit commuter’s relationship to the city instantly. You begin to experience the city in a much more intimate and dynamic way. You begin to know the streets and its buildings in a way you hadn’t before being shuttled in a capsule beneath the ground. You know the city how a driver knows the city better than a nondriver, yet this relationship is closer. There isn’t a ton of metal, glass, plastic, and rubber separating you from the city with the exception of a few holes from open windows. You can touch the ground, see and feel even the slightest bump, curve, and incline. All the wind hits your face and the principles of aerodyanics have a much more relevant and potent impact on your commute.
I know it sounds poetic. Really, it is.
After leaving work Friday night, happy to go home because I had a new Amazon Kindle I was excited to play with, I learned a great lesson: be humble or be humbled.
I’m shocked that it’s November 2nd. Only because it feels like so much of the year happened in a blur. Where did the time go? What happened? What changed? I’m in a new city, new apartment, new job (not so “new” really). I’ve had some great— and startling—discoveries about myself and now I have some newfound sense of confidence and direction that wasn’t there a year ago. Still, I don’t think there’s enough difference. More than anything, I find myself aggravated by my own inertia. A bunch of shoulds come to mind.
I should be here
I should have this done
Then I’m reminded that the past is the past. Done. Over. Finito. I can only focus on forward movement to ensure future progress. However, it would probably be beneficial to reflect and see what roadblocks prevented me making the growth I apparently expected of myself, yet didn’t hold myself accountable for.
Are you where you planned to be now? Have you made the progress you anticipated? What will you do to get on track (your track)?
Cheers to Gotye’s new single! New album coming out next year. After hearing “Hearts A Mess” from his 2006 Like Drawing Blood, I sought out the album, wasn’t disappointed and became a fan. I hope you enjoy.
Gotye – Eyes Wide Open
It’s important to have aspirations in life. Goals that stretch you to do more, be more, have more provide you with both challenges and opportunities. The challenges make you stronger and smarter and amongst the many opportunities that pop up, most important are the opportunities to manifest your dreams and to discover more about yourself in the process.
When creating a curriculum, the education field uses something called a guiding question. According to Educational Leadership, “A guiding question is the fundamental query that directs the search for understanding. Everything in the curriculum is studied for the purpose of answering it.”
In striving to be the best version of myself possible, I’ve decided on the following:
Asking myself this throughout the day should keep me focused on being who I want to be and not who I’ve reflexively been. It’s time for a change.
Do you have a guiding question? Do you think there’s value in creating one? If so, can you challenge yourself to create one? What’s yours?