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Are You Living The Dream?

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Are You Living The Dream?

In my world, it’s the little things that remind me that I am, in fact, living the dream. It is the movie marathons and late night Scrabble games with my wife, making vegan pesto with basil from our humble garden, and editing a few thousand images of my children’s soccer season.

Professionally, it is that divine moment when my heart is open and the actions I choose are aligned with my purpose and passions. That’s when my fears about not doing enough, or having enough — whatever the hell “enough” is — wash away. It leaves me hopeful, confident, and stunningly productive.

I only recently recognized how much time I spend cycling between two opposing states — in the flow and out of it. While both are very powerful, the latter is wildly unhelpful, except perhaps for learning what it feels like to be in or out of the flow… and I’ve spent more than enough time out of it. My need for recognition has been met.

Out of the flow — or out of alignment, as I usually say — feels like sickness, exhaustion, powerlessness, isolation, and poverty. Out leaves us creatively paralyzed, spiritually uncertain, and usually spiraling downward. Out feels like fear and it leaves us feeling stuck.

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Christy Diane Farr

Christy Diane Farr is a catalyst. If that sounds like something you want more of in your life, visit 'The Greenhouse' at SeedsAndWeedsCoaching.com and join the Wildflower Evolution on Facebook.

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4:57AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

great article

10:11PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

1st - determine what your dream is ... this step alone can push you further and faster towards what is going to make you happier.

2nd - Limit your To Do list ... only put ONE item that "must be done" on it ... then add a few items that you'd "like to do". Congratulate yourself every day on doing the one thing that had to be done and whatever you managed to do of the remaining items. Anything you didn't do is allowed to roll over until tomorrow - so there's less pressure to achieve and fewer regrets about things undone.

I found that doing both of these has helped me find a degree of peace of mind that I never thought existed and in 8 weeks I leave paid emplyment to become the Artist and Textile Designer that I've always called myself but never truly been ... that's my dream and I am going to live it!

10:11PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

1st - determine what your dream is ... this step alone can push you further and faster towards what is going to make you happier.

2nd - Limit your To Do list ... only put ONE item that "must be done" on it ... then add a few items that you'd "like to do". Congratulate yourself every day on doing the one thing that had to be done and whatever you managed to do of the remaining items. Anything you didn't do is allowed to roll over until tomorrow - so there's less pressure to achieve and fewer regrets about things undone.

I found that doing both of these has helped me find a degree of peace of mind that I never thought existed and in 8 weeks I leave paid emplyment to become the Artist and Textile Designer that I've always called myself but never truly been ... that's my dream and I am going to live it!

11:01PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

not living the "dream" but thankful for what I have

12:49PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Thank you

12:10PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

what I learned in life is to do one step a time....if I feel I am overwhelm I tell myself tomorrow will be better ..I give myself time to slow down relax enjoy the sunrise and sunset....I make myself happy first....good thing my boys are older now..FREEDOM AT LAST!

9:37AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Wonderful and inspiring article I really needed this!!

4:52AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Great piece. It really pays to take the time to feel the feelings which come with the accomplishment of a task. It also makes it so much easier to face the next one.

I'm still feeling good at the progress we made in the basement last weekend, and right now almost hopping around in my seat at having finished my second novel about half an hour ago. Makes it much easier to face finishing unpacking the groceries and doing the dishes! ;)

11:54PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Very nice, thank you. I agree that it is important to celebrate accomplishments.

11:46PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Great article - I just checked out your Etsy shop, I love it! Thank you for sharing!

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