When it comes to your goals and dreams, think in these terms:
“It’s not only possible, but it’s INEVITABLE.“
This thing called life and how you live it is all up for interpretation.
It always has been…
Accept your metamorphosis.
Embrace the discomfort.
Break the cocoon.
Release the butterfly.
Do life your way.Tweet
There are moments in your life when you have to pay attention to what life is throwing at you and act accordingly.
Sometimes, all can be going smoothly; other times, everything can be going to sh*t. What do you do when its the latter?
As I must often learn, the more you resist the change you are needing to make, the more momentum you give the forces working against you.
This is when you have to (more…)Tweet
“Take your place…show your face to the morning…’cause one of these days you’ll be born and raised and it all comes on without warning.” -John Mayer
The lyrics above are from Born and Raised, a John Mayer song that’s been on my 2013 playlist (repeatedly), a song I enjoyed on my morning walk earlier today, a song I heard Mayer perform live in Dallas this summer.
I would’ve written about my concert experience sooner, but I was feeling (more…)Tweet
I went to Portland last weekend to attend an unconventional conference and being that it was my first visit, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I’d heard my business mentor and cousin, Tony rave about it and now that I’ve been living in Austin for almost two years, I’ve become well aware of the comparison folks make about Portland and Austin, calling them sister cities.
This was a trip in which I went with the flow of each new day (true chillaxin’). What I’ve concluded is that I love my Austin, Tejas. Sorry P-landers.
I’m sure if you stay awhile, you’ll get the similar vibe amongst the locals of my town and P town, but as far as the way the two places look, I got more of a San Francisco (SFO) feel.
I have to say, no city has topped San Francisco for me…well, unless you journey to this colorful town south of the U.S. border or take an 8 hour flight for some fancy-shmancy bike riding in this Italian village.
I ate really well in Portland. A satisfied palate is crucial for any traveling, convivial woman.Tweet
I’ve made it back to home sweet Austin after a convivial weekend in Portland for Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit (WDS 2013).
It was my first time attending and I’m thankful to have shared the experience with my friend and fellow Austinite, Monica Crowe. On our flight home, we sported our new WDS 2013 shirts…
Once you get familiar with going to conferences (or any social event), you begin to understand that it’s not about impressing, it’s about (more…)Tweet
I’m spending my morning reviewing the new format of my book to ensure the print version (long awaited!) is ready to go for the world (read: you!) and while revisiting the material, I’ve decided
Today is a good day to be reminded of this…
“Focusing on a problem, a weakness, what is missing, what you’ve yet to “get” only amplifies the issue, delays progress, and weakens you. I’m not saying don’t acknowledge your problems, but instead place your attention on how to resolve, alleviate, or completely be done with them. Creativity is a form of seeking solutions, especially when they aren’t as evident or in your face.” -excerpted from my book Convivial | A Quest for the Masterpiece Within
What comes to mind when you think of problem-solving? How have you gotten down and dirty to get passed some of life’s roadblocks?Tweet
Some people write down goals while others function perfectly without any need for bucket lists. Then, there are the futurists whose thoughts must take visual form because a convivial life doesn’t happen by accident; it takes conscious effort (and brass ovaries) to create what you want.
Rather than have my desires collect dust within the constricted walls of my brain, I decided to create a new vision board.
Here’s a glimpse at my work and travel section… (more…)Tweet
My dreams have been dancing around untamed in my brain for awhile now and I’m certain not grabbing a hold of them and keeping them front and center is a sure way not to attract what you want in life. To begin reeling my desires and dreams in, I pick up local Austin magazine, Tribeza and begin tearing out images that resonate with me, reading what snags my attention, and flip to this page (more…)Tweet
As it pertains to your desires, dreams & wishes, the language goes like this…
THEY say: You’re crazy.
YOU say (grinning): I know.
The naysayers will always be there.
It’s your choice to be affected or not by their indifference.
I once attended a SXSW talk given by Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Yogurt CEO and his wife, Meg Cadoux Hirshberg and she was discussing her new book, For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families.
As they shared their experience creating and running Stonyfield, what stays with me the most is when Gary said,
“I am a pathological OPTIMIST.” -Gary Hirshberg
Meg had us captivated when she talked about the stress that came with building their business (couples in attendance all nodded their heads) and how there were times when she and Gary didn’t speak to one another (couples elbowing one another and chuckling), when they literally had to stay away from one another to give Gary the space to do what he did well (couples smiling).
There was a time when they got news that their farm had received some sort of citation which required it be shut down that day. This was potentially devastating to their operations and Meg thought it was the end of the world while Gary never saw the risk involved because he had something fundamental to true entrepreneurial thinking…the understanding that there are no impossibilities unless you choose to see them.
When Gary shared his one-liner with the group, it was like a lightning bolt straight to my heart. I clearly understood what he meant because I see opportunity and growth everywhere and seek to find ways to maximize and express it.
It’s easy to go on that “just-be-positive-and-have-faith” spiel when it comes to the aspects of our lives that aren’t so convivial, but you have to meet hope halfway and find ways to think and act in the face of risk and fear.
Have the courage to see your problems for what they are, then take the necessary steps to figure them out. That’s much better than playing the sugarcoating game, or ignoring them altogether.
Where in your life can you choose to be more pathologically optimistic?
(Photo by Julian Dufort, Inc Magazine)Tweet
Confession:When things feel hard and my vision is not clear and important details are not coming together for me, whether professionally or personally, I am easily tempted to throw in the towel on this whole idea of convivial living.
But guess what?
I can’t. I just can’t.
There are just too many dreams and desires that are more powerful than I am and I am forced to keep going.
There is just too much love that I owe to myself.
There are just too many hills, steps, mountains I’ve climbed.
There are just too many people who truly believe in my abilities…more than I probably believe in myself.
There are just too many conversations that I’ve had that require me to walk my talk.
There are just not enough good enough reasons to give up.
There are just too many breaths I still have to take.
The journey is just too long to even think that I’ve come to the end of it.
So I keep on.
And so you must carry on with your own journey, dream, life…don’t give in.
The challenges you face are there to shape and catapult you onward…
so keep doing your thang!
Whenever I’ve read back on the things I’ve written, sometimes I can’t believe it’s me writing and flowing in such ways. Instead of getting cocky, those are the moments when I believe in a force outside of me, beyond me, working through me, for me, to express ME.
Being the kind of person who shies away from the limelight, talking about what I have to offer the world is not the most comfortable feeling, but with courage and consistent practice, it makes that process more bearable, and dare I say it…easy.
Convivial Intention: Stop and consider the greatness in you.
How will you do that this week? Here are some suggestions to get you going…
:: Revisit an old photo album (tangible or digital) and see the convivial life you’ve been busy creating.
:: Dig up something you once created and remind yourself of the talents that reside in you. Then…create something totally new.
::Rummage through some old photo boxes you have stuffed with letters from friends (back in the snail mail days) and hear what others had to say about and to you.
:: Fill in your own blank and drop me a comment on how you plan to recognize the living work of art in you this week.Tweet