Day Two: Favourite Piece of Furniture

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My mother made an escape from the world, where Tennyson, Browning, Keats and Longfellow made sense. I would arrive home from school, discard my bag and books and disappear into the world of poetry and novelists she gave me, sinking into one of those pink velvet Edwardian chairs.

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Day One: Changing Seasons

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I think this is how we live and die; in equal, perfect measure. Balance. But it is not the seasons that change to keep the earth in balance in cycles of decay and rebirth. The earth moves herself to stay in balance with her life-giving and her dying. The seasons do not happen to her but Earth steps into them, breath by breath, back towards the moon and on towards the sun.

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Project: 30 Days of Thoughtful

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I was looking for something that I could read for 2 minutes in the morning or in a coffee break that would help me continue to keep growing but that was gritty and deep enough to be meaningful. So here’s my offering – a short journey for 30 days into Thoughtful, from September 1 – September 30th, 2017. I’ll send you an email with a reflection from my private journals, this blog and lessons I’ve learned from wise advisors and mentors on the way.

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The Depths of the Ocean

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Sometimes I am a witness, sometimes I am the mess. But I am in it all wholeheartedly. We hide our true selves so often behind our fear of being seen for our messy selves. In our hiding we hurt each other, in our hiding we resist the pain of vulnerability and miss the gift of intimacy that comes from it. 

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Life By Design: Rhythms of Grace

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I am producing a life. I am designing a life of rich experiences, adventure, meaning and relationships. That is the key to productivity – how do I live in a rhythm that sustains these things? If the rhythm of your life feels heavy or burdensome, if you don’t feel light on your feet then you’ve found a great place to start your life by design. 

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Life by Design: Writing Your Story

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What’s the outcome you are living towards? I first knew I wanted to be a writer the moment I defined my life purpose; to help people think differently by communicating and sharing different ideas about how to live. Moving towards the outcomes you desire requires a proactive writing of your story, or what I call life by design. Adapting to the context, circumstances and characters that exist outside of my control.

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Life By Design: Moving Through Fear

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Fear is most dangerous when it threatens to stop our onward movement, the organic growth that is already going on within us. The navigation we’ve set for ourselves. Here’s a strategy for moving through fear when it threatens to stop you in your tracks. Here’s a list of all the things I wish I could write about and the one thing I have to write about, because I didn’t want fear to stop me today.

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Design begins with Story.

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From the moment we hear a story, we begin designing. We design possible outcomes and applications of story, we being to envisage the future described by the story. We imagine new ways of being and doing in order to meet the story or change the story. Storytelling is the original design practice.

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In My Opinion, With Love

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For most of my teens and twenties, I made a reputation for myself as opinionated. The world has a way of disqualifying the young from being able to lead thought revolution. We craft the skills to communicate well long before we have anything to say. But now I think I have something to say, at last.

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