My peaceful place is always near a body of water. The images in this post were taken today. Living in Vegas for over 4 years now, I try to give myself a retreat as often as possible. I’m am thankful that I have a understanding family that supports my needs for time alone.
The ocean has always been my place to seek peace and refuge when I need some time to think and explore creativity, when I lived in Southern California i would seek to be near it, even for a moment or two.
It’s very important to give yourself some time alone. You don’t have to take trips, or travel anywhere. Your solitude can come in the form of reading a good book in your room. Taking a stroll at your favorite park or retreats in a nice warm bath.
It also could be building wood furniture out in your garage, or knitting something for a loved one, watching a movie or taking a class. Your peaceful place can be anything and anywhere, it’s up to you!
When you need some time for yourself, where do you go? Where is at peace place? How has taking time for yourself helped you?
Painting is one of favorite things to do. It relaxes me, helps me focus and allows me to be creative without worrying what people think about my work. It’s my art it’s my expression!
Throw Back Thursday. This painting was done about 2011 and its acrylic on canvas. This was when my husband and I were living in California, I could paint outside and it was nice because we lived not to far from the bay and behind our apartments was a marsh that filled up with the bay water every afternoon. It was a beautiful site to see so many different bird species come out to feed on the fish that washed up.
I’n not sure why I painted tulips that day but it was nice for me. I gave this painting away as I did with most of them before moving to Nevada. These days I don’t paint as much due to job, family. But I do make the time!
What do you love to do that only matters to you? A little bit of happiness will do you allot of good!
So I have been at my current job for about 3 months now and I work with great people, each one has a unique talent and I am continuing learning something from them.
Just in the past 4 weeks I have been working along side a coworker from overseas we’ll call him Jim and he has been our design freelancer long before I cam aboard the company, so he was invited to come on a work Visa in the office and meet with us all.
Jim and I have been talking about life situations and the general stuff most freelance traveling types talk about…life. One day I asked him about living the way he does, works as a design freelancer, travels around to work on projects with various companies and has no general interest in working with the company other than to create great products and work on things that really matter to him
His mentality about how he lives his life made so much sense to me and more natural than what I have been spoon fed about how our society interprets living.
His current idea of success is living basic, not material, not living with an accumulation of stuff and material possessions.
Working to live and enjoy the life during his youth and not waiting to be older and retired to finally live.
Having a passion to explore and meet new people and get out of your comfort zone.
I took some time to look at myself and not try to compare but to try to understand the way I think about the world as I know it.
Jim sent me this inspiring YouTube video yesterday which sums up the way he thinks. You may have seen this one it’s been around a while. If you haven’t seen it either way take a moment to listen to this guy’s experience.
My admiration for out of the box free thinkers like Jim will help me stay focused and motivated. I hope this video inspires you too.
I have lived in Las Vegas for almost 4 years now and there is so much to explore and there is a place I have passed by many times with interest of visiting but never stopping by to check it out. Why? The main reason was procrastination and falling into routine. This is an issue I am getting allot better with. Exploration outside of my comfort zone. Life can be mind numbing, you get up, take a shower, go to work, work, come home, spend time, sleep and repeat.
Why do we fall into the routine, probably familiarity and comfort. Because it is life as we know it, which safely serves us the predictable. We enjoy repetition because it forces our minds not to focus too much on other things that we may need to address.
If your life gets quite routine, shake it up a bit, start off small like these examples that I have tried myself:
Pick one day out of the week to try a new food. (Taco shop girl to Thai food girl)
Go a completely different route to work or going home, playing your favorite music. (I also take the long way home so I can listen to my favorite podcasts)
After work stop by that boutique or shop you’ve been really wanting to check out. (My next mission is to check out this celebrity fashion resale shop)
Look for art communities in your town, you’ll find allot of inspiration. (Las Vegas has the Arts District, a great spot where local artist work and share their galleries)
For my small exploration experience was a chocolate factory right down the street from my job. You can learn more about the chocolate factory at: Ethel M. Chocolates. The delightful chocolates were created in honor of Forrest Mars Sr’s mother Ethel.
Taking the time to stop and explore this place, gave me that good feeling you get by experiencing real live things. Exploring is a great gift for yourself. The little things you do for yourself count and they mean more in the long run.
Ethel M Chocolates Logo
Box of Cherry Cordials
Ethel M Chocolate Bars
So you better believe I got out of my routine and comfort zone to stopped in to check it out. The old version of me would have passed by this place and many others on the fact that I took the safe route in life.
Inspired By tip:
Explore, where ever you go. Try something new. Get out of your comfort zone.
So today at work I was sitting with a co-worker and we were discussing various topics and one of them happened to be an eye-opener for me, when you are confident within your self you don’t need an outside force to hold on to. You have your built in knowledge of what you need to do. The outside forces that are there to help you are just tools you can use to acquire your mission. I have heard this before, but now it made total sense to me! I found myself once again experiencing that spark of the Aha moment everyone seems to talk about when they hear exactly what they needed to hear at that precise moment. That happened to me.
You see I have always struggled with lack of confidence and low self esteem, much like many others out there in the world who know deep down in their souls that they are here on this earth to accomplish something bigger than themselves. Not just waste away on the sofa staring at their mobile phones, waiting for life to slap the phone out of their hands to see that there is a bigger picture in life besides what’s in their devices.
This week I decided to delete the phone apps for social media all except one. That I only use to goof of on and not really post anything important, more of a quick bit if fun. I must say that I don’t really miss social media! I get so much more joy working on important projects that will help build my future than the immediate gratification of what’s happening to someone I used to know.
My goals are now more important to me than ever before, I feel as if I am on a time clock that is skipping ahead to the end point of my existence, Being in my early 40s, I know that time is slipping and according to our society I need to count them as they will soon disappear and then I will be dead,
So my new mission in life is to create a life plan that will allow me to truly express myself and stay confident in not matter what is thrown my way. Yes, it is easier said than done but I know it can be done. I’m more inspired to take action from the knowledge that people offer.
Here’s a TED Talks from Inspirational speaker Peter Sage. The video is called “Stop Waiting for Life to Happen.” It’s a great listen and take what you need from it to help you stay motivated on your path. I know so many people who wait for life to happen and it never does because, life doesn’t wait for anyone, you have to jump aboard and ride the wave. I hope you enjoy this video and my post.
If you would like to share your AHA Moment! Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear your stories about how you started reliving life!