Tag Archives: fulfillment

Feel bad about your life? Travel to India.

11 Jul

Today is my fourteenth day in India with around seven days to go. I have been journaling on a regular basis yet the internet connection has been so slow I couldn’t post anything!

So far we have visited Bikaner, Jaiselmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur and now we are in Agra for two days.

My observation of India has been mixed. I love some parts of it (it’s people and its’ history and culture) and dislike other parts of it (poverty, segregation, pollution).

On our way from New Delhi to Bikaner (via 8hour train ride) we have passed by some unbelievable slums. And those are not even the worst ones. In India, you will find people living under scorching sun, under bridges, in makeshift houses. These houses are pretty much a piece of cloth that is supported by four bamboo sticks. Some people live on less than one dollar (!) a day.

I have taken some photos of the slums to share with you.

20140711-140058-50458908.jpg

20140711-141654-51414645.jpg

20140711-141717-51437580.jpg</a

20140711-141924-51564787.jpg

I have asked my tour members to remind me to look at these photos anytime I am complaining about United States and how miserable my life is.

I am grateful for so many things that we so often take for granted:
Clean water, electricity, free education, clean air, nice roads and highways, garbage collection, a government that uses our a taxes to fix things and provide a safe, pleasant environment for us to live. Don’t get me wrong, things are not perfect in the U.S. yet when you compare the life style to some people in India, my heart fills with gratitude that I am an American.

Advertisements

Can’t Decide Which Idea to Pursue? Here’s THE key question + 10 More to Help You Choose.

10 May

MAY 7, 2014 AT 6:05 AM
from Positively Positive » Feed by Danielle LaPorte
All the ideas, the seemingly competing goals, the various opportunities, and the compelling projects…What to do, which to choose, where to start?

Right here:

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?

That’s the key. It’s the purity that pays off every time. Never mind that your idea or the work at hand may be daunting and unreasonable. Out of your various intentions, goals, opportunities, or projects, what are you the most enthusiastic about? Without enthusiasm, you’re setting yourself up for struggle and pushing. And that’s no good for anyone’s creativity or prosperity.

Once THAT’S obvious (remember, forget about the practicalities when measuring your excitement about what’s possible), then you can vet your creative choices with the pragmatic considerations. Your decisions should not ride solely on the following questions, but these will help you get clear.

How will this affect other people?
How can I work with people I like and respect to get this done?
Does this help me generate more than one of my core desired feelings?
How would I feel if I never did this?
What will take the least amount of effort to pull off?
What has the highest earning potential?
What will require the largest amount of money?
How could this affect the next five to ten years of my life?
What is the scariest thing to do?
Do I feel I was born to do this?
Enthusiasm + pragmatism = the unstoppable you.

Danielle LaPorte is the outspoken creator of The Desire Map, author of The Fire Starter Sessions (Random House/Crown), and co-creator of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. An inspirational speaker, former think tank exec and business strategist, she writes weekly at DanielleLaPorte.com, where over a million visitors have gone for her straight-up advice — a site that’s been deemed “the best place on-line for kick-ass spirituality”, and was named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes.
Twitter: @daniellelaporte

I have a date with myself….

10 Mar

At the gym. Gonna get in ON! 🙂

20140310-154143.jpg

20140310-154151.jpg

Essential Life Questions from Dr. Biali

18 Jan

During her interview Susan Biali (an author, life coach, flamenco dancer, an an MD) has reviewed the critical life questions. The questions that, if you reflect on and answer them from a very authentic place deep within you, will guide you to your best life imaginable.

1) TIME: What do you really want to do with your time?

Look at your plans for today, this week, this month, this year? Does the way you’re spending your time fit with your longterm goals and dreams in your life? Unless you start tweaking your schedule, bit by bit, to honour those things that REALLY matter, you won’t be able to create the life of your dreams.

2) RELATIONSHIPS: Who do you really want to spend time with, who really adds to your life?

We’re creatures of habit, often we spend time with the same people simply because that’s what we’ve always done. The people around you mold you into what you’re becoming, right now. If you’re spending time with someone, think about it – would you want to become more like them, or not? If not, be conscious of the amount of precious time you spend with that person, and also look for some people to spend time with, who are closer to who you would like to be one day.

3) ACTIVITIES: What do you want to do more of? 4) What do you want to do less of?

Make a list of each of these two categories. Now, look at your schedule for the week or month, and see what you could delete and add, based on your answers to these two questions.

5) HEALTH: What’s the one big health change you could make that would make the most difference to your quality of life?

Once you’ve decided what that is, what is a way that you could start to make this change, in a way that would be enjoyable and realistic for you? Dramatic changes that require a lot of sacrifice or pain generally won’t work.

6) SELF-IMAGE AND CONCEPT: Who do you want to become in the next year? 7) What do you want to change about yourself the most?

Imagine yourself 12 months from now – who would you like to be? More importantly, what steps would you have to take between now and then, to become that new you? Would you need to take a course, take a risk, take a trip…what do you need to do?

8) PURPOSE: If you could choose to get one thing out of this year, what would it be?

How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Are you enthusiastic about your days? I used to have to drag myself out of bed, when I was “off-purpose”, doing things that didn’t fit with my personality, sense of meaning, or best skills and passions. Now that I’ve found my purpose, which is inspiring and helping others to live happier, healthier more fulfilling lives, I love my work so much that I have to force myself to get enough sleep and stop and eat and play!

9) VALUES AND PRIORITIES: If you suddenly found out this was the last year of your life, what would you do?

(Besides racking up your credit card – BTW that is not an appropriate answer!) Who would you spend time with? What would you spend your time doing? Begin to incorporate these very things, into your life now, if you want to live a life without regrets.

10) VALUES & PRIORITIES: What have you been putting off for “Someday” that you could do, instead, this year? Or this week?

The next time you hear yourself saying “yes, we should really do that,” or “I’d love to do that, someday”, find a way NOW to start doing it, even in the smallest of ways. Don’t say to a friend that you must get together more and then forget about it – plan that lunch now, even if it’ll be months from now.

Make it happen, or life will pass you by. And no one likes that feeling! Even if you feel you’ve spent your life letting it pass you by, it’s never too late to make a start. In fact, I’d bet that right now is the perfect time for you.

http://www.susanbiali.com/your-best-life/tired-of-spinning-your-wheels-ten-questions-that-will-change

20140117-193702.jpg

20140117-193725.jpg

Image

4 AM is it

6 Jan

20140106-044515.jpg

Good morning! 4AM wake ups are in order. After “slacking off” and waking up later during my winter break, I need to get back into the swing of things.

Today: up at 4, coffee started brewing, don’t feel tired, go over the agenda, write in my journal, be grateful, spend time with my animals, read WordPress, have my oatmeal.

Next – shower, make the bed, get dressed.

Out the door my 6, ready to take on the world.
Have a great day, everyone!

Thankful on a Tuesday night

27 Nov

Thank you for allowing me to enjoy this day. Thank you for both victories and challenges that were presented to me on this day. Thank you for all the people that crossed my path today. Thank you for the opportunity to touch their lives one way or the other. Thank you for a new book. Thank you for the warm, cozy dinner, a movie, and loving conversation. Thank you for my friends. Thank you for a warm, fast car that gets me to any place I wish to go. Thank you for my cozy winter boots and a scarf that keep me warm. Thank you for the awareness that I experience every day.

I am alive, I am well, I love, and I am loved. It was a great day.

20131126-201232.jpg

20131126-201254.jpg

Grateful Wednesday in October

10 Oct

This week is going amazingly well. Work is busy (both at Seton Hall and Basking Ridge) but so, so fulfilling… Plus I am doing things after work, like lectures, seminars and taking walks.

On Monday I taught at Basking Ridge then drove to SHU for my night session. Got caught in terrible weather but made it on time and had a wonderful class.

On Tuesday I taught at Basking Ridge and then went to the New Beginnings: from Darfur to America presentation. What an inspiring event! Makes you appreciate simple things in life, like having a job and being safe.

Today was a wonderful day as well. After work (around 2:45) I picked up my shoes from the shoe maker, got my brother a birthday card, got a flue shot, and went to the library to pick up a new book to read. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into that!

I am not lying in bed, with cats by my side. I am grateful for the way my life has been unfolding – challenges and all… Thank you, and good night.

20131009-204123.jpg

%d bloggers like this: