Turning Faith, Hope, and Love Into Money

I am a lover of quotes. Inspirational, funny, philosophical, anything that just grabs my attention and makes me go hmm. . .I intend to share a quote a week with you here, and whatever my thoughts happen to be at the time. It is love that asks, that seeks, that knocks, that finds, and that is faithful to what it finds. ~St. Augustine Hope I feel that I have finally found “it.” That purpose in life that I have been asking, seeking, knocking on doors for. I wanted to give up the search many times, and often I felt I was seeking for the sake of seeking. Still, something within me gave me the impetus to keep going. Something stirred the restlessness in my soul that kept me from settling. Something gently pushed me along the river of my life until I reached this point. Love That something was love. Love for myself and the Creator that put me here. Love for joy and knowledge  and the ability to help others. I knew it was possible to find work that was mentally, financially and spiritually rewarding. Work that felt like meeting your soulmate. I saw other people experience it and so badly wanted to be counted among them. I have taken the first steps to being part of that group. Starting my own business based on my unique gifts and interests is spiritually and mentally rewarding, if not yet financially. I firmly believe that the monetary rewards will follow my faithfulness, however. Faith This will be the hard part. Staying faithful to what love and hope have shown me:...

You Can’t Do That In Your Condition!

I am a lover of quotes. Inspirational, funny, philosophical, anything that just grabs my attention and makes me go hmm. . .I intend to share a quote a week with you here, and whatever my thoughts happen to be at the time. “Do not let the fact that things are not made for you, that conditions are not as they should be, stop you. Go on anyway. Everything depends on those who go on anyway.” ~Robert Henri I like to wait until conditions are perfect before doing things. Little things, big things, anything. Little Things Going to the gym: there are a bunch of reasons that can try and talk me out of going to the gym, even though I really like to workout. Reasons such as the weather, how much time I have (if I can’t work out for at least 45 minutes, why bother?), how recently I’ve eaten, my favorite workout clothes being dirty. . . If I waited for conditions to be made for me everyday, I would only make it to they gym about once a week. Big Things My website: I have to be in the mood, I need to have everything well-researched, I need to have more time. . . The result is that my website is incomplete, has been for weeks, and so I can’t promote my business. Time to go on anyway. How? By getting some sort of draft of the next necessary pages up (services, contact info.). By realizing that my business and every aspect of it is an organic process, which means conditions will never be perfect. Which means...

I Laugh When Babies Fall Down

I am a lover of quotes. Inspirational, funny, philosophical, anything that just grabs my attention and makes me go hmm. . .I intend to share a quote a week with you here, and whatever my thoughts happen to be at the time. “A brother asked the Master, ‘How often must I fall and rise up?’ The Master replied, ‘until your death.’”~Ignatius Byranchaninon We’re all familiar with the whole baby steps idea, right? Especially the part about how when babies are learning to walk, they don’t give up after the first time they take a spill. Or the thousandth. The lesson being that just because we’re adults who have mastered the walking thing (most of the time, anyway), we shouldn’t give up if it takes us more than one or two tries at something before getting it right. So we know that no matter how many times we fall down, it’s how many times we get back up that matters. Yesterday I learned that it’s not just how many times we get back up, but how we get back up that makes the real difference. I was lucky enough to be babysitting my adorable nephew (yes, I’m one of those doting, annoying aunts—get used to it!) who is 14 months old. He’s been walking pretty successfully for a few months now and is on the verge of running. He just loves to practice this skill. While having the time of his life walk-running back and forth in front of my house, he fell—on the cement! I braced myself for the tears and the outstretched hug-me arms, but instead he just....

Certainly Meaningful

I am a lover of quotes. Inspirational, funny, philosophical, anything that just grabs my attention and makes me go hmm. . .I intend to share a quote a week with you here, and whatever my thoughts happen to be at the time. “The quest for certainty blocks the quest for meaning.” ~Erich Fromm This quote hits home for me because it sums up the conflict I experience all the time that is the source of so much stress and strife. I long for both certainty and meaning in my life, yet trying to have both is impossible. Think about it. What experiences have caused you to grow the most? The ones where you knew exactly what was going to happen or the ones where you had no idea of the outcome? I love to stretch and grow and learn about myself and the world, yet to do this I have to throw myself with abandon into the winds of uncertainty. It’s not always comfortable, but it is more satisfying. Let’s have an example. I am a theatre person, and I have pushed and blown through boundaries of comfort as a result. Doing live theatre means there is always a level of uncertainty, but there is a huge difference between doing scripted theatre and improvisation. Performing a script that has been rehearsed and where the lines are always the same (hopefully), while challenging, is still fairly predictable. Performing an improve piece, where there is a loose structure but no script and no idea of what’s happening next is completely unpredictable. Which style leads to the most meaningful experience? While both...