Ep032: My Secret Life as a Creative

Do you consider yourself creative? Do you actively pursue your creative interests? If you do… YAY!!

If you do… do you share your creative projects with others or do you create in secret like I do… er… did. 🙂

If you don’t, why don’t you? Are you concerned with what others might think or say? Have you been convinced that creative pursuits are a frivolous waste of time or money?

In this week’s episode I break free of a few of my self-imposed restraints so that I can freely share and celebrate my creativity.

I never really appreciated how much courage it can take to be a creative.



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Ep026: Books Contain the Answers You Need

Anyone who has known me for long, knows I enjoy reading. I enjoy fiction for relaxation and non-fiction for self and business development.

Books were a key part of my relationship with my kids when they were little. They became more important as my children grew into teenagers. I loved seeing my children read and would frequently ask if I could read their books when they were finished.

This accomplished a few things:

  1. It showed them that I was interested in what they were interested in. We’d have great discussions after I finished reading their books.
  2. It taught them both the importance of not spoiling books (or movies) for someone who hasn’t read/seen them yet. 🙂
  3. It opened my eyes to genres and authors that I probably would not have explored on my own.

BOOKS. ARE. AMAZING!



I’d love to know what you are reading these days. Please share your titles and authors in the comments below.
 

Ep022: Words Used to Describe Yourself

Quick. Give me three words to describe yourself.

No, don’t think about it too much. Just tell me what words pop into your head.

Got them? Three words? Good.

Now take a little time to think about them. Think about why they are your first thoughts. Then dig a little deeper to come up with a dozen or more other words to describe you.

In this week’s episode, I share some thoughts on the words we use to describe ourselves and how limiting they can be. I also offer a few tips on how to expand our vocabulary when it comes to choosing those adjectives and nouns that convey to the ourselves (and the world) who we are and what we have to offer.



Show Notes:

The 5-Day “Reclaim Your Time” Challenge – a free audio challenge to help you identify the routines and patterns in your day that are taking up precious time and keeping you from achieving your dreams. Fill in the boxes below to get started.


You might also benefit from my Start Today and Continue Tomorrow Facebook group. It’s a place for goal-getters to receive support and encouragement when life gets in the way of achieving our greatest dreams. I’d love to have you join us!


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I would love to know what three words you’d use to describe yourself. Share them in the comments below. What other words did you come up with?

Ep020: Quitting is Not an Option (or is it?)

Sometimes I get tired of hearing people say, “Quitting is not an option!”

I get tired of hearing and reading the motivational quotations that urge me to continue traveling on whatever path I’ve taken to whatever destination I thought I wanted to reach.

Sometimes I believe that quitting IS an option. Sometimes I think quitting is the BEST option.

And that’s the topic of this week’s episode of Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling.



If you’d like to have support for a goal or a project you’ve started and stopped in the past, please join my Facebook group Start Today and Continue Tomorrow. We are all about cutting ourselves some slack, staying true to our own agendas, and returning to past goals as we can. I’d love to have you join us.

Ep010: The Jar of Life

How do you manage your time and energy each day? Do you have enough of each to be sure the important things in your life are taken care of? Do you know how to identify the important things from the less important and the insignificant?

Today, I share the story of The Jar of Life and challenge you to make sure you are fitting the most important things into your life.



I start the episode by sharing my own version of the Jar of Life, with a tale of fitting everything I need for winter camping into my suddenly-it-seems-so-small backpack.

Donna with a pile of camping gear that MUST fit in that tiny pack!

How do you fit a tent, a cold weather sleeping bag, winter snow clothes, food, first aid supplies and more into a pack?

Loaded backpack

You start with the biggest items first. Then pack the rest in and around the big stuff.


If you need help figuring out how to stuff everything you want to do into a 24-hour period, please join my Facebook group Start Today and Continue Tomorrow. We are a group of like-minded people who are sharing our goals, struggles, and successes to ensure that we accomplish all we’d like to do.