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.
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.
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?
Assistants for Everyone - Fancy Hands As a member of Fancy Hands, you're always supported by a team of assistants, but with our Personal Touch feature, you can give the whole team one name. You can set up a custom email address so it appears you're always working with one assistant. This allows you to say in an email, for example, "I've cc'ed my assistant, George, who will schedule this meeting for us." This is less confusing for everyone instead of you saying, "I've cc'ed my awesome team of assistants at Fancy Hands." Once you set the Personal Touch feature up, all of our assistants will use that specific email address and name whenever reaching out to third parties on your behalf.
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.
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.
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.
A Tasty Recipe: Stuffed French Toast Since Ree is somewhere in D.C. right now with her gushing armpits (sorry for that visual on a cooking blog), we’ve invited a very special guest to host the Tasty Recipe post this week. Quite coincidentally, this lovely lady was also our very first member featured here in the Tasty Kitchen blog. She’s fabulous in so many ways, and we’re so glad to have her here. And boy, has she picked a great recipe to share with us today. Take it away, Alice! French toast is one of my most favorite foods to eat any time of the day. Here’s a list of everything you need: a loaf of French or Italian bread, eggs, milk, butter, cream cheese, cinnamon, and jam or fresh fruit (if you’re like me, you’ll use both). Before you can invite me over for breakfast, you’ll need to know how to make this. I decided to go with strawberries for the filling. Wash the strawberries, remove the stems, and cut slices in each one. Next, macerate the strawberries, which is fancy way of saying add a little sugar and mix it in.
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