Tuesday, November 15, 2016

On Meaning

"It did not really matter what we expected from life, 
but rather what life expected from us." 

~Viktor Frankl~

If you know anything about Frankl, you know he's a Holocaust survivor. In his book, Man's Search for Meaning, he discusses life inside concentration camps and how sometimes surviving came down to the "will to meaning." 

Nietzsche and I don't agree on everything, but I like the idea that: 

"He who has a why can endure any how." 

Frankl learned this inside those camp walls. So did thousands of others.

The odds aren't stacked quite so against us today. 

I know I've spoken of this on the blog before, but one of the best ways to find meaning in life (to find our "why" or "will to meaning") is to use our creative gifts and talents in service to others. 

Every so often it would do us good to step back and ask:

What have I accomplished in life so far? 

What do I have left to accomplish? 

This is the gap that needs closing: 

who we are today vs. who we have the potential to become.

What is life expecting from us, and what will it take from us to make it happen?

Be Brilliant!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

On "The Silence"

I'm *so* sorry for the radio silence, you guys! 

It's honestly been a crazy few months (see previous post).

In addition to moving from country house to city apartment, we had a lovely jack@ss living above that required an additional move (to another building, higher floor, which turned out to be very cool, actually), and getting settled again.

(not my city, but a beautiful metaphor)

There was also the teaching and the family unit and the day to day juggling of life of which I'm certain you're familiar.

Then there was this election nonsense, and, to be honest, on some days it felt good not logging on to the computer and checking FB/Twitter.

I was also editing a project, so even though I wasn't posting, I was hard at work. :D

But I did want to check back in and let you know I'm still alive and kickin'.

Hopefully I've reached a place in this project where I can start posting more consistently. 

*fingers crossed*


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

On Moving

My family and I just relocated (about an hour and a half from our former digs). We went from house to apartment, from country to city, so it's been an adventure for sure.

I'm still working on getting unpacked and settled, so not much writing is going on.

I'm definitely practicing my minimalist/essentialist beliefs right now, since we lost over half of our space, but we're already appreciating some of the things our new location has to offer.

So . . . I hope you'll forgive the sparse updates as I slowly work my way back to "normal" (whatever that is). ;)  

a bientot!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Keeping Stories Close

Years ago, a friend of mine wanted to write a book. She was inspired, and she thought about this story all the time. She had dreams about it, and the idea came up in conversation with her again and again. She told me all about the setting and the characters and what would happen. . . .

But there was some kind of disconnect.

Because in telling me all about her story (for months and months), she told the story. I'm not sure she ever wrote a word of it onto paper, even though it consumed her at this particular time in her life.


The story inside my friend just wanted out. It didn't care how it got out, or in what form. In this case, it was told through conversation. The excitement never carried over onto paper, because part of the thrill is in the first telling.

I feel like she wasted that first telling--that thrill--on me

This is why I think keeping our stories close to us, at least in the beginning, is crucial. I believe in accountability and brainstorming with others, but I find that the more I talk about what I'm working on, the less magic it seems to have.

The takeaway: Pour your energy into getting the words down. There will be plenty of opportunities to share them later. :D

(And always) Be Brilliant!


Friday, July 15, 2016

On Starting Now

You are the oldest today that you've ever been, and the youngest you will ever be again.

There is no "perfect" time or moment. (Parker and Jaden taught me that.) ;)

If you're not living your values or pursuing your dreams, are you even living? Really?

I'm a huge advocate of small first steps. Stop thinking about what could go wrong, and start thinking about what could go right. 

Be Brilliant!


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

On Mistakes

(This year, for the most part, my blog posts have been advice/motivation-related. I write them because I need to hear them. If they help someone else, that's just a bonus.) :D    


Your past mistakes have nothing to do with your future. Mistakes are part of the growth process. Don't fixate on failures or the things you got "wrong." Look to them as learning experiences. 

Invest your energy in the now and know that the misstep you took yesterday doesn't have to hold you back today.

Be Brilliant!


Friday, July 8, 2016

On Failure

I love this idea from Brene Brown (which Liz Gilbert echoes) about trying and failing creatively. 

The old adage is:

What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?

The question that should be asked is:

What's worth doing, even if you fail?

"The only unique contribution we will make 
in this world will be born of creativity."

~Brene Brown~

Be Brilliant!