A Lovely Little World

Adventures in Southern Ontario

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Highlights of 2016: Photo heavy as always

In 2016,

I was free from depression.

I loved music festivals, art crawls, hikes, bonfires, urban exploration, and spending time with “my tribe” (as much as I hate the terminology).

One of my best friends got married. Another walked her first runway (the one in the hat). Her husband started an amazing band (also the one in the hat). I did fun photo sessions with great people.

I visited the ROM Chihuly exhibit, Ripley’s Aquarium, the AGO and the AGH (multiple times).

I planned a photo walk with 500px. It got rained out, but it didn’t matter. I had my first solo Art exhibit.

I stayed at a cabin in Haliburton.

I started a new job in a city I love. I explored and walked that city, a lot.

I bought a new car! I helped amazing people do heartwarming things.

I saw how beautiful the world is at sunrise. I tackled things that scared me and found direction I didn’t have before.

I remembered how much I love music and started learning to play guitar.

2016 was an amazing year for me. The first year I thought I might be close to happy. Maybe you haven’t had your year yet. Maybe peace feels impossible. I know this is cliched, but please hang on.

All it takes is a little bit of light into the darkness – a second to weaken its pull and then you will slowly begin to push it back. You will find the path, the fog will break, the darkness will lift. Please don’t give up hope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress and Inspiration Needed

“Things are dark until they’re not” – Jamie Varon

“My God turns my darkness into light” – Psalm 18:28

We feel this overwhelming need to produce, to make progress, to be creative, to be at a certain place in our lives, to succeed. That’s not bad,but we chide ourselves for not having the motivation or inspiration we need to get the job done, to change who we are.  I’ve always done this, even though I know you can’t rush revelation, but I read an article this week by Jamie Varon that reminded me, I’m not alone and so I thought I would share my thoughts on the subject.

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It is impossible to change anything about yourself without the personal revelation. A million people can tell you to quit smoking and you may know that they are correct, but until that gets inside you, you won’t quit. You need that internal light switch flipped on. It is required to get the task done.

You can’t force revelation. So many times even with my own business and personal life, I struggled to create something and just felt cluttered, overwhelmed and headed in too many directions. This amounted to staying still. I wanted to develop a brand and niche for my photography.  I would read all the books and articles, check off all the checklists, and researched like crazy on pinterest. All while still feeling like it didn’t fit.

So how does it happen?

Randomly, when I wasn’t trying, I would see a photo or read a line and think “there! that’s it!” I was struggling to design a flyer for an event and praying for inspiration, I turned a page in a magazine, and knew exactly what I needed to do. You can’t force creativity.  You need that “Eureka!” moment. There isn’t a way to have it that I know of, just hopefully for your sake, your’s happen quicker than mine. Personal development is the same. You can resolve a million times to find the right man, or lose that extra ten pounds, but until the right moment, the light switch moment, you’re just fighting yourself.

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When you’re so busy trying to accomplish a million tasks, and be the person you think you need to be, it’s hard to have that moment because your mind isn’t relaxed enough. You can’t force revelation, you just have to be open to it. 99% of the time I make a discovery about myself or my work, I’m reading quietly, thinking about what I’m reading, not worrying about branding or personal development. Then it happens. Just like that. EUREKA! INSPIRATION! PROGRESS!

It’s semi frustrating because my revelation process is very slow. Things never happen as quickly as I’d like – but maybe if I breath a little and rest assured that it will come, the anxiety would lessen and I could hear my instincts better. Move forward with the revelation you have, and open your heart to the new. That’s the best advice I can offer. Don’t force it, listen for it. When you’re at peace inside, THEN the revelation will come.

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“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” – James 1:4,5

Also, don’t be so focused on the future, you miss the revelation of right now.