Boundaries are so important when coming into collaboration. I think it's important to preemptively identify where we see a need for growth in ourselves so that when the situation arises where you have an opportunity to learn, you can ask yourself if it is the right time and the right place for that to happen. And if not, you are prepared to the brakes and protect your space.
Confidence is believing in ourselves -- believing in our message enough to explore and refine it, creating a level of excellence within ourselves and our craft -- and that is the magic behind the artist.
When it comes to project success just remember that sitting down to do it is usually more difficult than the actual task before you!
We’ve all been there, teetering the dizzying edge of something potentially incredible. Each of us have peered down from such great heights and felt our muscles lock, our mind pleading with us to come away from the dangerous unknown. These are the moments that define us.
Your intuition is an inseparable part of who you are as a human, and can be a powerful tool.
Taking the time to create an environment that promotes creativity is never a waste. When you feel comfortable, creativity comes unhindered. Often times we don't realize her affected we are by the aesthetic of a room. For myself I've concluded that if my space is disorganized I will, often unawares, prioritize anything and everything aside from what needs to be done to avoid being in the mess. That is to say, find what energizes you and build that into your space.
We create because we must. Because if we don't we die. We create to awaken; to evoke change, to shed light on the things that matter to us. But how often do we find ourselves longing for that faceless crowd of appeal, where it's warm; where everyone stands close, reproducing lifeless shells of something that once lived and breathed? We blissfully set aside the truth of the wild: The long distance one must trek. How cold our hands become as we whittle away at the hard exterior of passion. We forget how dark the nights are; the nights that give way to the bright and breathtaking mornings.
We are bridge makers, and so long as we keep the vicious voice of judgement muzzled it's a simple process. Feel. Make. Repeat.
Because I know i'm not the only one scouring the interwebs last minute to find the best, slickest, most perfect holiday gifts.
In the moments of "WHAT THE FUCK", and "I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND", I've found a few things are immensely helpful in reminding me that my circumstances do not dictate or alter my destiny.
Some of the most successful people out there were shut down and told they would never make it -- well look at them now. If they can do it, so can we.
I started writing this post July 29 and tonight while in a state of near panic concerning my future, my abilities, my passions and my seeming inability to see it all come together (seriously, I have to stop IMDB'ing directors) I thought to myself, "Dang. Taren, you're being crazy." immediately followed by, "I should write a post about the importance of milestones." It was then that I found the draft titled, "The importance of mile-markers." Apparently this cycle isn't anything new for me.
Friday Feels: Honesty is the gateway through which truth enters in.
I have never understood the concept of "problem staring". I don't know if that is actually a thing, but for the remainder of this post we are going to pretend it is. Problem staring is when someone is confronted with a problem and instead of acknowledging it and then looking for a solution, they get their feathers ruffled, pace, foam at the mouth and then like an idiot try and beat the problem up.
I love you guys enough to tell you now, that you won't get your lunch money back by focusing on the problem. There are a million similar ideas out there, business or otherwise. You wanna make a fool of that beast? Focus on finding the solution to the problem- and furthermore, a solution where everybody wins! That's where the foundation for change begins.
There is a quote by story people that I've always loved, "I like change, she said, as long as I remember I like change." That's the truth of the matter. As long as we remember that structure in essence is something to use - to build off of, jump off of, take flight from - it doesn't seem all that intimidating! In fact, It's quite the opposite. The more we build and trust our structure, and the stronger it is, the higher we can go!
We are creative beings. Ones whose power rides the currents of our words. Asking is a creative act that draws from the inexhaustible storehouse of time and space and builds a doorway of new opportunity. It's an invitation; beautiful and powerful. And power has the ability to both empower, heal-- and wound.
In a world of self, where perceived growth is often at the expense of another, I encourage you to live in an awareness of your motives. Are you asking with the intention of gaining to give (and give back)? Because it's there, and only there, that you complete the cycle.
I once convinced myself I had mad cow disease. I was legitly puking with cold sweats for three days because I had read about it online and at the time I had a complex about thinking there was something perpetually, medically, wrong with me. But I believed it and my body and mind responded to that power of that in me.
Reality is: either way you WILL believe something about yourself whether that is, "I can't (or not me, or but, or later)" or "Hell yea I can! Here we go, baby!".
If you hear nothing else, hear this: belief is your true superpower. If you think you can, you certainly can.
The Fantasy genre is built around the hero archetype. We find Heroes with their destinies thrust upon them and heroes who choose to pursue something greater than themselves, but the message, regardless, is clear: One becomes a Hero when they shoulder ownership of their lives, embrace the nature of the unknown and declare war on whatever it is that bids them give up. It's not pretty and it's not easy-- but it is worth it.