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    Monday
    Aug272012

    Do What Most Experts Tell You NOT To Do.

    Do you find yourself getting overwhelmed by all of the things you want to do? You may love baking, sewing, running, playing an instrument, teaching, singing, and every other thing you are good at. But, you may not know which, of the many things you love, to pursue. Well I’m going to tell you to do what most experts tell you NOT to do.

    Vivian asked me this question on my Facebook page:

    I am an elementary school teacher, but I am also passionate about writing and baking. How do I know which one of my passions is the right one to pursue?

    Well let’s just say I know a little bit about being multi-passionate. I am a songwriter, blogger, retired makeup artist, speaker, and mentor. I would call that multi-passionate---wouldn’t you? So... I am going to give you an answer that you never saw coming! Pursue. Them. All. That’s right. Pursue them all.

    Before you begin your pursuit, be clear on your intention. Are you pursuing that passion as a career or a hobby? Will your passion add value to others? Will pursing your passion fill a void in your life?

    I shared this video and this article, in its entirety, in my FREE Newsletter this week. I also shared exclusive updates and a personal note from me to the subscribers. If you want a copy of my FREE Newsletter you can subscribe right here.

    If you are multi-passionate, I want to hear from you. Join the discussion below. Are you overwhelmed by everything you love? How will you implement this approach?

    If you like this video as well as the others do me a favor and subscribe to Nakeia TV here. Also, share this approach with someone that you know could use it.

    Until next time Loves…when in doubt, simply do what makes sense!

    Friday
    Aug242012

    How a Note To Self Can Change Your Life

    Last night was Curriculum Night at my daughter's school.  Waiting for us, at her desk, was a note addressed to the family.

     

    I love getting notes from her.  She has definately developed my habit of writing EVERYTHING down. Yes we live in the same house, but getting a hand written note from time to time is just special.

    In addition to the many notes, letters, and post-its addressed to others you may find around my house, you will also see notes that I write to myself. I write notes that say Kai wants to wear a dress tomorrow and get to post office before 12pm.  I also write notes that say you have 3 days to meet your deadline and accomplish your goal and remember to do what matters most.

    Notes to myself have become a staple for me.  Thanks to technology, when I don't have a pen and paper handy, I can use my phone to create notes and reminders. 

    Life can be overwhelming sometimes.  From deadlines to distractions--- from being busy to being lazy, sometimes a note to self is exactly what you need to stay focused.

    If you have been dealing with overwhelm and find yourself getting off track, here is your approach:

    Create a note to self. You may be thinking how is writing myself a note going to change my life. Well writing the note alone wont change a thing, but being accountable will.  If used startegically, your note to self can serve as an excellent accounatability partner.

    Post it. Posting your notes in places you will be sure to see them is a must. Place them on a bathroom mirror, coffee machine, front door, or steering wheel. You can't ignore what is staring you right in the face.

    Act on it. You can have 100 notes posted in your house from corner to corner, but if you don't act on them you will remain the same. Don't just think about it, talk about it, and write a note about it, ACT ON IT.

    Let's talk! Join the discussion in the comments below. In fact, if you are bold enough, write your Note To Self below. What do you need to be reminded of? Where will you post your note?

     

    Until Next time Loves...when in doubt, simply do what makes sense

    Wednesday
    Aug222012

    3 Things You Should Do While You're Waiting

    It may sound crazy, but most of my big ideas come to me while I am sitting in the car rider’s lane at my daughter’s school. For reasons that have yet to be revealed to me, the wait time in the afternoon is just about 30 minutes (on a good day.)  I have tried, and tried to cut down the wait time, and I have failed, and failed every time.  If I get there early, there is a long wait. If I get there late, there is a long wait.  Instead of complaining about my wait time, I have learned to use it to my advantage.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson asked the question---how much of human life is lost in waiting.

    Most of the time when I use that I quote, I am referring to the time people waste waiting for the perfect opportunity or the perfect time to pursue their dreams.  I believe that is what Mr. Emerson was expressing through that statement.

    Then---there are instances when I use that quote to refer to the time that is unused or wasted while we are put in situations where waiting is the only option.

    Here is what I mean.  I must pick my daughter up from school, so waiting for her to come out is my only option. As I sit for 30 minutes or more in the car rider’s lane at my daughter’s school, I use the time to read a chapter from a good book, create lyrics for a new song, create a list of blog ideas, catch up with my little sister from New Jersey, or meditate on the things that matter to me the most.  I don’t allow that wait time go lost or unused.

    Let me ask you a question, have you ever complained about not having enough time to read or catch up with family or friends? In the past week, have you complained about not having enough time to create an action plan or spend time in gratitude?

    If you have been struggling with time management and are tire of wasting time, here is your approach:

    Find the lost time. There is time during your day that you know for sure is wasted or lost. You don’t even need to think about it because every time it happens, you complain of wasted time. Replace that waste with action. Identify a specific action that you can do with that time.  It should be action that doesn’t take a lot of time; and an action that is measurable immediately after it is taken.

    Assign your time.  This is the biggest success strategy that you can implement. Time is your biggest asset.  You must invest it in the things that will add value to your life. Assign your actions to a specific time during the day.

    Make every moment count. Creating a life you love and deserve is not always easy.  It will require a lot of time and energy.  Even your down time or time of rest should be active rest. When waiting is your only option, make those moments count. Read a book, create a plan, catch up with a friend, or meditate on what matters to you the most.

    Do me a favor and join the discussion.  I want to know if you are losing or using your time? Do you use your wait time strategically? How will you use my approach?

     

    Until next time Loves...when in doubt, simply do what makes sense!