Day 30 :: How can I let thanks land fully?

How can I let thanks land fully?

30 days, 30 questions, day 30: How can I let thanks land fully? When someone thanks you or expresses gratitude for something you’ve done, do you shy away? Deflect with humour? Downplay it? Outright reject it? Is it because you feel it’s self-serving? Undeserved? Or that you’re not worthy? Does cynicism creep in? Giving and receiving thanks and gratitude is a two-way street. The giver gets just as much out of it as the receiver. Rejecting it is like rejecting a gift chosen from the heart, tossed aside and treated as unnecessary. Even if you don’t feel worthy, let it … Read More

Day 29 :: How did I stretch myself further today?

30 days, 30 questions, day 29: How did I stretch myself further today? Expansion, contraction. Ebb and flow. Our experiences are a series of movements, be it the body, mind or spirit. Growth requires an awareness of these movements, to flow and sway with them, experiencing fully the lessons they have to offer. Stretching implies movement beyond the status quo or current state. This can mean having a breakthrough, or being with emotion a bit longer to further connection and communication. It might mean learning something new or being in a new way that once proved difficult. Movements, no matter … Read More

Day 28 :: How am I getting in my own way?

How am I getting in my own way? Is it a matter of perspective?

30 days, 30 questions, day 28: How am I getting in my own way? Have you ever thought that sometimes you are your own worst enemy? Or that no one is standing in your way, except you? Call it personality, perspective, or way of being – we are all subject to our own unique lens. How we are isn’t a problem. In fact, it’s probably brought a lot of success. It’s just that aspects of how we are can be problematic when applied to certain situations. For example, you’re super great at generating new ideas and have a gift for … Read More

fiftytwocreatives :: Week 18 :: Tulips

Oh boy, did I ever fall off the creative train. Inspiration evaporated and I took a break. But then it came, slowly and quietly, the soft whispers calling me back. To create. So I took to my sketch book with a pencil and a few markers, setting aside expectations and criticism, letting my hand and eye, taking me to where it wanted. Once I was done I showed my boyfriend. He paid me a compliment and I instantly discounted it. He said, “Why did you say that? Don’t ever say that about your art, appreciate it!” That’s why I love … Read More

Day 27 :: What am I resisting?

Resistance

30 days, 30 questions, day 27: What am I resisting? “Resistance is futile” – the Borg In coaching, resistance shows up in all its glory. But of course it would, as it is the faithful companion to change. Instead of avoiding or suppressing, we consider it healthy signpost, something to be acknowledged and embraced. Resistance appears in ways as unique as each of us are. When facing resistance, Joanne Hunt, the founder of Integral coaching, suggests we ask ourselves, “What judgements come with the resistance?” “What am I most trying to keep intact?” “What is required to let go of this … Read More

Day 26 :: What have I improved or contributed today?

What have I improved or contributed today?

30 days, 30 questions, day 26: What have I improved or contributed today? “Leave this world a little better than you found it.” – Robert Baden-Powell A simple litmus test to reflect your day against. It can be anything, big or small. Reading an article to improve your mind. Contributing a few dollars to a local charity. Taking a walk or yoga class to care for your body. Today was a day of improvement and care for my space. I finally painted the bathroom, something I’ve been putting off for five months. Ever since I injected beauty into my condo … Read More

Day 25 :: What awaits me tomorrow?

What awaits me tomorrow? Possibility?

30 days, 30 questions, day 25: What awaits me tomorrow? A little something to ponder before bed. Forget the reflection and the preparation. What’s waiting just around the corner, ready for discovery? What will show up, if only given the chance to be stumbled upon? How can faith in possibility serve differently than dictating in certainty? Tomorrow is Sunday, a perfect day (though any day is), to invite in possibility, to be guided by what fills the soul, to recharge and replenish, and to heed any soft whispers that come my way. It may not be riveting or miraculous, but it … Read More

Day 24 :: What do I feel called to do today?

What do I feel called to do today?

30 days, 30 questions, day 24: What do I feel called to do today? Not should, or ought to, but called to. My friend Amber likes to call them whispers. Notions, thoughts, and ideas swirling about just waiting for us to eavesdrop on. Whispers that come more often, more frequent, and more loudly as they get heard, evoking connection and genius if we listen. I have my to-do list. Things I’d like to get to. Things I want to get to. But today, all I hear are whispers to go draw. To sketch and colour the beautiful tulips I got … Read More

Day 23 :: How do I want to celebrate today?

How do I want to celebrate today?

30 days, 30 questions, day 23: How do I want to celebrate today? Are you asking yourself, what do I have to celebrate about? Celebration isn’t only for big and special occasions. It’s the simple act of marking something with pleasure, acknowledgement of gratitude for what comes your way. I’m not a good celebrator. I tend to think of it as frivolous and unnecessary. But that’s a bit like getting a gift and then tossing it aside because it’s excessive to enjoy it, right? Thinking of celebration as a returning act of gratitude has helped me shift my perspective, opening … Read More

Day 22 :: What can I do today that will put me closer to living with purpose?

What can I do today to put me closer to living with purpose?

30 days, 30 questions, day 22: What can I do today that will put me closer to living with purpose? When I say purpose, I don’t just mean the big, “what’s the point of life?” kind of purpose. Sure, it can be that, but living purposefully can also mean being conscious and intentional about what you’re trying to live out and achieve every day. This can mean many different things to many different people. There is no wrong answer. The most important thing is, are your actions aligned to what truly matters to you? Honouring and deepening the connection between my … Read More