How to Identify Your Passions Passion is the fuel that can power you toward the realization of your dreams. To live a truly satisfying and purposeful life you need to know what your passions are so you can fill your day with them. Have you found your passions in life or are you still searching? It has become increasingly common for people to feel like they can’t really identify their passions or that they don’t know how to incorporate their passions into their daily life. Could that be true for you? If you want to discover your passions, the following questions will get you started. Many people wonder, “How do I know what my passions are?” 1) Does it make you feel good about yourself? 2) Would you do it for free? 3) Do you lose all track of time when you do it? 4) Do you talk about it to anyone who will listen? 5) Are you delighted to teach it to others? 6) Would you like to spend more of your time doing it? 7) Does it make you want to get out of bed in the morning? Your passions are waiting! We all have passions.
Why Too Much Information Makes Decision Making Harder This is why I love being picky. If you have a set of very specific criteria up front, you can't be swayed. This usually comes with experience, but it's nice to have standards and expectations before you start shopping. Personal examples: 1. 2. Most consumer products are not this nice. We opted not to put Christmas lights on the house this year.
50 Lessons I wish I had learned earlierFamily on Bikes Welcome to our blog! Here you'll find bits and pieces of wisdom learned from cycling 17,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina together as a family. Hope it inspires you to live your dream! My book about our journey, Changing Gears, is now released! Read a preview here Now that I’m old and gray (but not quite in my rocker yet!) You’re stronger than you think you are.Mistakes teach you important lessons. What lies before us and behind us are tiny matters when compared to what lies within us.Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.It’s not about getting a chance, it’s about taking a chance.If it were easy everyone would do it.Be vulnerable.A problem is a chance for you to learn.Regardless of the situation, life goes on. If you enjoyed these inspirational quotes and feel they would be beneficial for others, we would appreciate it if you would take a moment to share it with your friends via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or email. Interested in our journey?
The Most Successful Techniques for Rising Early ‘The proper response to life is applause.’ ~William Carlos Williams By Leo Babauta Waking early is one of my favorite things in the world. Waking early can give you an hour or three of extra time for focus and creativity. I haven’t written about waking early for awhile, mostly because my waking time is in constant flux. I’ve learned a thing or two about how to change your wake-up time with joy, and today I’ll share the most successful techniques in my many experimentations. The Gradual Method The best method for changing the time you wake up is to do it gradually — 10-15 minutes earlier for 2-4 days, until you feel used to it, and then repeat. That might seem too slow to most people, and you’re free to disregard this advice. Sudden changes of an hour earlier or more in your waking time are difficult, and not likely to last. Sleeping patterns are difficult to change, and so the gradual method works much better. 3 Steps to Actually Get Up Here’s how to beat that in 3 steps: Get excited.
6 signs that you're seriously stressed out Did your holiday baking binge cause your hair to start falling out? It could've if you had a particularly hectic month preparing for winter festivities. Baking, shopping, wrapping, balancing bank accounts — these things can really stress us out. Take a few moments to check in with your body to make sure you're not sacrificing your health and mental well-being at the expense of a picture-perfect holiday. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Related stress management stories on MNN: Story by Emily Main. » Letting Go of Attachment, from A to Zen “Most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities.” ~Dalai Lama Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha. If there’s one thing we all have in common it’s that we want to feel happy; and on the other side of that coin, we want to avoid hurting. We pin our happiness to people, circumstances, and things and hold onto them for dear life. We attach to feelings as if they define us, and ironically, not just positive ones. In trying to hold on to what’s familiar, we limit our ability to experience joy in the present. When you stop trying to grasp, own, and control the world around you, you give it the freedom to fulfill you without the power to destroy you. It’s no simple undertaking to let go of attachment—not a one-time decision, like pulling off a band-aid. The best approach is to start simple, at the beginning, and work your way to Zen. Experiencing Without Attachment Call yourself out.
50 of the Best Websites for Writers - StumbleUpon There are tons of reference sites on the web that can help you find a job or write a poem, essay or story. Here is a list of the best 50 websites for writers. Reference Websites Merriam-Webster Online - Merriam Webster is the perfect place to look up words and find information. General Writing Websites Writer's Digest - Probably one of the best all-around websites for writers, Writer's Digest offers information on writing better and getting published. Fiction Writing Websites About.com - About.com publishes a Guide to Fiction Writing with general information about fiction writing and a number of community forums for both current and aspiring writers. Nonfiction Writing Websites Bella Online - This site offers a large collection of resources for nonfiction writers. Websites for Freelance Writers and Authors Media Bistro - This site is a good place to find freelance jobs online.
Live an Exceptional Life - Robin Sharma How do you craft an exceptional life? Ultimately, life goes by in a blink. And too many people live the same year 80 times. To avoid getting to the end and feeling flooded with regret over a live half-lived, read (and then apply) these tips: Exercise daily.Get serious about gratitude.See your work as a craft.Expect the best and prepare for the worst.Keep a journal.Read The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
You’re Not That Talented, and Other Advice Lately, I’ve been asked to share a lot of career advice. I was interviewed at aetutsplus.com and on MotionWorks Unplugged, where I shared a few of my thoughts on getting work and being successful. But a few nights ago I was asked by my friend Jay Ignaszewski to sit down with a group of students at the School of Visual Arts, to talk about “the Business of Being an Artist.” It forced me to think about, and catalog, a lot of the important things I’ve learned working as an animator, creative director, producer, director of marketing, software designer and most importantly, as a husband and father who has a life outside his job. Since I’ve already done the work, I might as well share it with you. Bettering yourselfBettering your professional imageFinding work and getting paidBeing happy with life and work So here’s my 20 pieces of advice, but what the heck do I know? Bettering Yourself: 1. I hate to break it to you, but you’re not that talented. 2. 3. Good point. 4. Well… Suck it up. 5. 6. 7.
15 Killer Offices by Tech Companies The Architecture. The construction. The systems. 15. Somehow they managed to make their office as 'cute' as their website. Images by Dustin Diaz via Officesnapshots.com 14. The most killer office in Cal ? via Blizzard.com 13. In 2008 the Freshview team, makers of Campaign Monitor, set out to create the ultimate office for startup developers. via Campaign Monitor 12. Yada yada yada, Groupon is hugely successful - ok now checkout Micheal's room! Images via Businessinsider.com 11. Dropbox has grown to become one of the top companies to come out of YCombinator. via Dropbox and TechCrunch 10. 37Signals Chicago, Illinois The 37Signals team went with an 'inwardly focused' office layout for their new office; freshly built in summer 2010. via 37Signals 9. A company that makes architectural software should have a pretty damn good office. Taken by Jeff Goldberg at Esto Photography 8. Unlimited vacation time. via HackingNetflix 7. The Skype London office is a comfortable, classy place. 6. 5. 4. via Ty Cole