Ep066: 3 Tips for Learning New Skills

Have you put your dream on the back burner because you don’t have the time or energy to learn the new skills needed to accomplish it? Have you let your inner naysayer tell you it isn’t worth the effort or that you are too old or too stupid to learn new tricks?

This week, I share 3 tips that will help you learn any new skills you may need to make your dreams come true!



The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.
Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

A Bee in my bonnet…

Have you ever gotten the proverbial bee in your bonnet about something? Mind you… this bee doesn’t have to be an angry biting bee… it could be a gentle, kind, buzzing bee who wants to make sure you know it is there, so you can release it whenever it is convenient to do so.

Oftentimes for me, these types of bees represent something creative. I have a thought, a story, a message that I want to share with others. I express that creative idea in the form of a podcast episode, a video, a blog post, or an e-mail message.

Lately, however, my bonnet bee has been buzzing a different tune.

Lately, it has been encouraging me to express myself visually, thru drawing.

I’m guessing this bee became more vocal as I watched a friend explore creative expression thru acrylic painting.

I will admit this bee took up residence in my bonnet decades ago when my children were toddlers. I wrote stories for them, and illustrated them with photographs of their stuffed animals acting out the stories. This, of course, was extremely limiting for the actions these critters could take. (Although safety pins, tape, and string were amazing helpers!)

If I had been able to draw, I would have illustrated those stories myself. That is one of my (never before shared with anyone) dreams. To go back and illustrate those stories.

Anyway…

I’ve been thinking about learning how to draw.

Perhaps because I put this thought out into the universe, I saw an ad for Udemy course on something not about drawing, but that interested me. I clicked the link and was whisked off into the world of amazing courses. One of the top ones recommended was a drawing course.

Yupper doodle… right there… and on sale!

No, I did not buy it at that moment. I did, however, watch the preview videos and read the reviews.

I made a mental note of the title and decided to sleep on it.

I slept on the idea a second night, too.

And on the third day, I spent $11.99 on a drawing course.

Yesterday, I went to Michaels, the craft store, to buy some pencils and a sketch book. As I walked into the store, there was a rack of books. One book caught my eye: Art for Kids, Drawing: The only drawing book you’ll ever need to be the artist you’ve always wanted to be.

That’s a long title, but I thought two things…

1) If it was for kids, I could probably do it

2) I want to become the artist I always wanted to be

So I bought it…

Now I have my pencils, an eraser, a course, and a book to help me with my artist’s journey.

But guess what… I still haven’t drawn a thing!

To be fair… I only bought this stuff yesterday afternoon…

But we know what happens with best intentions, right?

We need to act quickly. We need to make new intentions part of our daily life.

That is why, I’m going to finish this story, grab my pencils and sketchbook, and go draw some straight lines, curvy lines, circles, and dots. According to artist/author Kathryn Temple, that’s all I need to know to be the artist I always wanted to be. I’ll set my timer for 15 minutes and see how it goes.

Is the today the day you can release that bee that has taken up residence in your bonnet? Are you ready to let it out so you can creatively express who you always wanted to be?

Hugs,

–Donna

The exercise was to look at an object. and trace it with my eyes, while my pencil drew it on paper. Here you can see my version of my lamp, a bear puzzle, and the heater in my office.

Ep065: Do the Trappings of Language Block You?

Has this ever happened to you?

You were pursuing a new interest, learning a new skill, or having what started as a normal conversation with someone and then suddenly…

You hit a wall…

An invisible wall…

Interest withers, learning stops, and conversations become adversarial.

You find yourself wondering, “What the heck happened?”

In this week’s episode, I’m going to invite you to consider whether you were trapped by the meaning you have adopted of a particular word.

It happened to me, and it may have happened to you.

Too often, we don’t realize the problem, and therefore, we can’t resolve it, and move on.



Have you identified words that put a barrier between you and your dreams? You can choose to relabel things to less inflammatory words (you could even just call it Steve) or keep repeating the word until it becomes a non-word to you.

The important thing to remember, is to pay attention when you feel like your forward momentum has stopped. The problem is most likely NOT what you think it is. 🙂


The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.
Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


Ep064: Weaving Self Care into Everyday Chores

If you have trouble fitting self care activities into your daily routine, this episode offers ways to transform dreaded chores into favorite self care moments.



Show notes:

In this episode I mentioned my Healthier Habits Starter Program. This free 10-day program will help you focus on one small action that you will perform for 10 days to help you adopt the behaviors of a healthier lifestyle. Learn more here: ==> Healthier Habits Starter Program


The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.

Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

CWP#1: Outside the Window

365 Creative Writing Prompts

Prompt #1: Outside the Window: What’s the weather outside your window doing right now? If that’s not inspiring, what’s the weather like somewhere you wish you could be?

Yesterday was amazing! Here in Maine we enjoyed the bounty of a Nor’easter storm. For those of you not familiar with New England weather, a Nor’easter is a storm with big winds and high snowfall amounts. Yesterday we got around 15-18 inches of snow.

Luckily, I only have to shovel the short front step path, my tiny back deck, and clear off my car. This was heavy, wet snow.

Except for shoveling (once very early in the morning and then around lunch time) I stayed inside where it was warm and cozy. It was a productive day for me.

As the day wore on, however, I became distracted by thoughts of cross country skiing.

I stared out the window of my multi-purpose second bedroom at the thick layer of snow. I knew the snow wouldn’t last long. March snow never does. With daily temps rising into the 30s and the sun is getting higher (and feeling warmer) in the sky, the snow depth shrinks each day until one day it is just… gone.

Glancing at my schedule for today, I saw that I only had my part-time job as a “must do” activity. My report time is 2:30 p.m. That means getting ready by around 1:30 p.m.

Except for the activities I had “planned” to do today, my morning was clear.

Could I skip my business tasks and go skiing this morning?

Was I the type of person who could blow off my list of To Do items for the mere joy of playing?

I sat with that idea for several minutes.

No. I am NOT the type of person who does that. I am serious, responsible, and I get too much joy from crossing tasks off my list.

But the idea kept niggling my brain. It became an itch that I couldn’t scratch.

I considered the idea once more.

I glanced at my list. I looked out the window.

Did I dare?

Did I, a woman, who lived life by the rules and routines I accepted as my truth, dare to disrupt the norm?

My eyes dropped to the oracle card I had selected that morning. “You are worth it,” it stated.

This snow is worth it, I realized. A big, beautiful March snow storm and it needed to be enjoyed. It needed to be appreciated.

I made the decision then, to play hookie this morning.

Here’s my new plan for this glorious late winter day:

1. Share this awakening with you

2. Record promised oracle card readings

3. Go play in the snow!

I woke up this morning so excited to know I made a choice to play today instead of sticking with my unnecessarily strict normal pattern of behavior. My heart feels light in anticipation of the fun I am going to have out in the woods on the ski trails.

I share this story with you so that you will occasionally give pause to your normal way of doing things and allow yourself the flexibility to go “off script” occasionally to enjoy life’s magical moments or precious, short-lived opportunities.

We all have choices when it comes to how we use our time. Today, I choose to work, then play, then work.

How will you spend today?


Pause, reflect, live your dreams