Work of Art

workofart

Project quote:

“Envision it, embody it, plan it, take action, and go for it.” (Abigail C., February 2018; Integrative MindBody)

My thoughts:

Once we dare to imagine our ideal self, then the next step to becoming this person is identifying the actions required to get there. When I say, “ideal self”, I’m referring to the person we truly want to show to the world. Not someone else, not someone else’s life, not someone else’s idea of the perfect person or situation.

Instead: talents we want to explore, fears we wish to banish, places we want to visit or live in, relationships we want to embrace. For me, it helps to think about the end goal as a finished painting – this is what I want people to see when they think of me.

So, what about the stages in between? Working backwards to now, each one can be a painting in its own right. Each transition is an illustration and requires certain brush strokes to achieve it. Building the foundation is just as important and worth celebrating as the final masterpiece.

Let’s take this example even further: what tools do we need to create this painting? Once we decide which brush and which colors to use, then we can pursue each one with purpose, knowing that it’s part of the process.


Editing projects for weeks ending February 4, 2018
Cover letter and academic proposal, Multiple Academic Research Articles, Mindbody Coaching Website, E-Card website, Real Estate Article
Client countries: US, China, Canada


 

 

 

Target

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Project quote

“While working with people on their career choices, I see many who are moving at warp speed, yet remain uncertain as to whether they are moving in the right direction.”
(Tom Henricksen, 2017)

My thoughts

One thing I have really come to appreciate, in my quest for a successful, fulfilling career, and a healthy body, is that having the right goal(s) to shoot for makes all the difference. In my younger years, I really didn’t have any goals. It was just not on my radar, for whatever reason. I had plenty of dreams!  But dreams alone just come and go if you don’t visualize them on a daily basis. If you don’t work towards them every chance you get. Over time, and due to a few sobering experiences, it started dawning on me that I needed to figure out what I wanted out of life. What did I want to accomplish?

Since then, I’ve started down a few roads career-wise, with a vague idea of what my talents were and what I thought I could do with them. But none of them truly excited me, or led me to fulfillment. Once I started focusing on specific skills that I’d mastered, and learning about my strengths and weaknesses in terms of communication and my optimal working conditions, a picture finally began to form. A picture of what I actually wanted. A goal that I was excited to work towards.

For a while, I was disappointed in myself for having wasted time on goals that didn’t fit my personality, or my potential.  Resilience and determination are both so important, though. Once I stopped dwelling on past mistakes, and focused my energy and efforts on a solid target, my progress grew steadily. We all have the power to focus our thinking on what’s important to us, and ignore the negative and doubting thoughts bombarding us from all sides.


Editing projects for week ending May 7, 2017

College research paper
Fiction book
University research paper
Non-fiction book

Client countries: UK, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, US