Bite-sized Wisdom: Vogel

This week’s tidbit comes from woman whose playwriting captures the intense, the heart-breaking, the conflicting and the beautiful subtleties of life. It is evident that she has found a way to relinquish the need to always plan and manage when it comes to creativity. Let go, and watch what happens.

“Art is the writer not having control, but the subject having control of the writer.”

― Paula Vogel

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I’m out and about this week guys, exploring and wandering around strange and wild lands. Until I’m back and can tell you all about it, enjoy the petit posts.

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Shift your Perception, Change your Life

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

– Anais Nin

Ah, the start of a new year. Everyone seems to be a flutter with resolutions and promises they swear they to keep this year “…no really! I mean it this time”

How do you ensure that the new year is all that you want it to be?

If you want this year to be different, envision a different future for yourself. You are the only person that can hold you to the past.

So put on a pair of shades that you will be happy to look through this year. No better time than now.

And happy January all! Here’s to finding 2012 new reasons to enjoy the year ahead of you.

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How to Deal When Life Throws You Curveballs

Life has a funny little way of throwing obstacles your way…just to keep things interesting. Whether personally, professionally, or otherwise, there will be days that are harder than the rest. Instead of letting these events all pile up into a roadblock, take the following steps to neutralize the problem and overcome.

1. Acknowledge that things aren’t the best

Take a look at the situation and admit that it bums you out. There’s no use in wasting energy in trying to slap on a smile when presented with a big ol’ pile of suck. Talk to a friend, write a 3 page long rant, get it up and off your chest. It’s the first step to lifting the weight of stress off of you.

2. Make a plan

No matter what tornado of terrible is swirling around you, take a solace in the fact that you can change it. So your Plan A didn’t work out? Start brainstorming for Plan B, C, all the way down to Z. There is rarely one correct way to do something. Put that creative cap on and face the problem with an open mind.

3. Choose the High Road

If the situation has made you feel lost, angry, disconnected, take a step back and remember that our perception of life is 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we react to it. You want it to get better? Good! Use that emotion to set the path upwards ablaze.

4. Hone in on the One Thing Causing You the Most Trouble

Pick the one thing stressing you out the most, and fix it. Put everything else to the side for a moment and resolve to focus your energy on the one problem that is glaring you in the face. If you let every other minor stressor fall away for a moment, you will be able to see why you’ve been afraid to address this problem, and realize that it isn’t so scary after all.

5. Reclaim What You Love

Rediscover the things that make your heart beat faster. Guilty-pleasure music? Play it. Getting back into a hobby you haven’t touched for years? No better time than now. Nurture the unique fascinations that are all your own.  Love the things that you love, and do it shamelessly.

6. Take Yourself a Little Less Seriously

None of us are perfect human beings. If you messed up? It’s okay, you’re not your mistake. Learn from it and find a way to laugh at yourself. And at life. And if you need a smile, turn to YouTube and type in “puppies.” Amid all the bad, there will always be adorable videos only seconds away.

7. Breathe

It’s amazing how we forget to something so essential to our well-being. Slow your thoughts, close your eyes, take a breath. And another. And another. And if you feel yourself start to tense up again, start over. You’ve been doing this since day 1, and it’s something you’re dang good at by now. So show off a little.

8. Say Thanks

To a friend, to yourself, to a complete stranger. Look around and take stock of what you have. It can be the tiniest thing:  “I found a lucky penny.”  Flaunt an attitude of gratitude for an instantly rewarding way to live life.

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