11.13.2013

How to Follow your Dreams | Fake it Till You Make it!

Jan 2012 (archives of mylifewithmonkeys.com)


Fake it Till You Make it!

That’s basically what I’m doing. I keep putting myself out there, out on a limb and fully exposed. But I keep thinking I’m just a poser, I have no clue what I’m doing and I’m standing here half naked at that. Who am I to call myself an “Artist?” A “Writer?” Struggling, aspiring, wishing, taking baby steps - maybe I’ll concede to that. I’m comfortable with “Dreamer” because I wouldn’t be doing any of this if I weren’t at least a little delusional! But “Positive Thinker?” I've been called out on that one before….but then I asked myself, what have I been putting out to the world through my writing? Do I remember what I've been saying? But I realize that saying and doing are two different things.
Does it count if I keep telling myself it’s true? If I believe in my mind’s eye that I am THAT person, do I eventually become that person? If I walk the streets of Giverny and breathe the air heavy of oil paint and turpentine will it move my hand to paint? If I read a wicked smart news article by Marc Morford, could I churn out something half as witty, poignant and well-read? If I watch TED Talks, and read the Dalai Lama’s daily update on Facebook, will I have a brighter outlook? There must have been a spark somewhere along this path I’ve been walking to cause this kindle of hope that I could one day be THAT person. Maybe something in my cloud of dreams that keeps pushing me to take on the challenge even when I feel like I am still floating around trying to figure it all out. But it’s ok, I’ve got a plan. I’m going to “Fake it till I make it.”
Are you with me? This is only just the beginning. It’s a wild ride that could end up anywhere and I would love to have you with me as the story unfolds. You can follow me on my Facebook Page or follow by email. Don’t hesitate to share the love and share my blog. The larger the audience I have the more pressure I have to come out of the clouds and land on solid ground. To fake it a little less, and make it a little more.

11.07.2013

What happened to mylifewithmonkeys.com? Welcome to the new blog...

I spent seven years working on my blog MYLIFEWITHMONKEYS and one day, without warning, it was snatched from under me because of a technical error on the part of Google. They have done what they could to help, but could not retrieve the domain for me. In the end I have been left to rebuild, from scratch, all my hopes and dreams on this new blog. So welcome...

 This is not the kind of blog that details my daily routine. The one that tells you what my kids have been up to lately. Not going to tell you the details of potty training or how the garden is growing. Or the new haircut or how far I jogged yesterday in sweat and tears. Typically, this is not that blog. 

Somehow from the beginning I have found myself on the track of trying to find the little truths in everyday life.  It’s those moments of clarity; those bits of reality that are evidence I am still thinking for myself. And tell me, please, if we are not all trying to sort through the daily muck to see if we are still in there thinking for ourselves! 

Strip down the titles and duties and shoulds and shouldn’ts….what do you have left of yourself? And how can you give back to the world and all the people you love, if you don’t really know? If you don’t have something left of yourself at the end of the day, how are you going to get up and do it all again tomorrow?
Maybe I hesitate to post my ideas sometimes because I’m not sure if I am saying the right thing at the right time to the right people, but I know deep down I have something to say or I wouldn't have written a hundred blogs in my mind already. 

I have pondered very serious issues and delightful, if not crazy insights. I have thought of stories of my childhood and dreams of my future, and more creative ideas than I have time to do....but the time has come to share again.

Because I believe our humanity is at stake without art, and because I need to refocus my creativity where it counts; I am ready once again to share with you my own personal integrity in the things I do, the words I say and the intentions I put into the world every day. And if all goes according to plan...a whole lot of art and inspiration!

Thank you for stopping by. Please to come again soon!
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