Face Your Fears

Today I want you to face your fears. Do you have goals set that you are afraid to tackle?  Let go of the doubts and get after it! You are responsible for how you feel. So tell yourself you can do it!

Here is a TedTalk that I thought was inspiring. Maybe you will take something away from the talk too.

Video by Carrie Green: https://youtu.be/MmfikLimeQ8

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

fear haiku

Today’s Haiku:

thoughts of success
slither through my brain
fluttering heart beats

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What are you doing to face your fears? 

Happy Wednesday!

~Nicole

The Daily Grind

I want to share a podcast I listened to yesterday. The podcast is called Write 2B Read by Ani Alexander, and the specific episode is an interview with author James Altucher called About Life, Idea Muscle and Failure Porn.”

I love Altucher’s message, and Alexander’s for that matter. The podcast discusses how the interviewee, (James Altucher) has a job that he hates, and he literally walks out one day. His basic message is if you lose $20 you can always make that money back, but if you lose 20 minutes of your life,  you can never get that back. Essentially, stop doing what you hate.

There are many days when I feel the same way…

Give yourself a little time on this podcast. It’s about an hour, but it’s inspiring.

Don’t get trapped in the daily grind.

daily grind haiku

Today’s Haiku:

tick tock, tick tock
minutes and hours fade away
breeds monotony

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Have you walked away from a steady paycheck to do what you love? How did it work out for you?

Happy Wednesday! We’re half way through the week gang!

~Nicole

A Rushing River

Once a day, if not more, I try to remind myself that what I am dreaming about will manifest itself when the time is right. I tend to be a little impatient…ok, a lot impatient. But, I’m working to gain patience in all aspects of my life.

I leave you with this reminder…

law-of-attraction-haiku

“All the resources I need are now flowing into my life.”

~Che Garman

 

Today’s Haiku:

a rushing river
after a spring thaw
mist sprinkles her face

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Did you notice any resources that appeared this week?

I hope your Thursday is fantastic!

~Nicole

Dream a Little Dream

We can all use positive influence from time to time. I found this quote from Napoleon Hill today and felt it deserved a spot on my blog. Whatever it is that you are doing, BE GREAT!

napoleonhill great things haiku

Today’s Haiku:

sitting at a desk
dreaming each minute away
a plan in motion

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It believe it takes a dream to set that plan in motion. So go ahead and dream a little dream!

Today, I am going to bring a smile to each person that I meet. Tell me, what small thing are you going to do today?

Have a good one! The weekend is almost here!

~Nicole

See the Beauty

I finished the second book of the Millenium Trilogy last week. For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, it’s the series of books written by Stieg Larrson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I am excited to start the last one! I would have started it earlier, but I’ve had my nose stuck in  a more inspirational book this week, Being in Balance, by Wayne Dyer. Anyway, at some point this weekend, I should have time to start the third and final book. I can’t wait to dive in!

I am also going to try to go snowshoeing in Whitewater State Park on Saturday, hopefully we’ll have enough snow (sorry New Englanders, not trying to rub it in). I do hope the temperatures rise by Saturday. It’s negative four right now as I sit here and type. It’s the kind of cold that burns your nose when you breathe. Ouch!

Have a great Thursday everyone! I leave you with this inspiring quote and today’s haiku. Enjoy!

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead…” ~Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott haiku

Today’s Haiku:

dreams run deep inside—
a powerful beam of light
honors your request

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Do you have any fun winter activities planned this weekend?

~Nicole

Just Dance

When I need inspiration, I free write or look to my favorite author for a tidbit of wisdom. Today, I did both.

Excerpt from Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott:

“You get your confidence and intuition back by trusting yourself, by being militantly on your own side. You need to trust yourself, especially on a first draft, where amid the anxiety and self-doubt, there should be a real sense of your imagination and your memories walking and woolgathering, tramping the hills, romping all over the place. Trust them. Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance,” Anne Lamott.

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Let the Words Dance Haiku

A story to tell—
stop, listen and let go
words dancing along.

Do you free write for inspiration?

~Nicole

Inspiration from “Back Spin”

One of my favorite authors is Harlan Coben. I read his books that feature the protagonist, Myron Bolitar, the sports agent. His prose is consistent and I love the protagonists sarcasm. I can always count on him for a chuckle in the middle of a mystery.

I know many of the books I read are dated, but I try to alternate between paying full price for a newly released book and buying from a local second hand bookstore.

Today, I finished the book, Back Spin which was first published in August of 1997. I wanted to share a few of my favorite lines from the book for inspiration. I love how he paints portraits of characters with his words, and his use of metaphors are simply brilliant.

” A dark alley. Win’s doctored bullets. Brain matter tossed about like parade confetti.” Pg. 21

“The pain on his face was so naked, Myron almost reached out and hugged him.” Pg. 44

“An elephant gun could not quiet Norman Zuckerman.” Pg. 51

“Her tone struck the marrow of his bone.” Pg.69

“Thin. Lanky. Long-limbed. Pale as a Goya portrait, even in the summer.” Pg 76

Note: As an art major in college and lover of the arts, I encourage you to check out Goya’s work courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“Myron trudged forward. Humidity hung in the air in a heavy blanket of beads.” Pg. 84

“Sweat coated him like syrup on a stack of pancakes.” Pg. 86

“There was grass, lots of it, all the blades kept at a consistently ideal length, like a politician’s hair in an election year.” Pg. 93

On page 147, Coben compared a golf course and its seating arrangements to the class system, i.e. serfs, feudal lords. Brilliant, I say.

“Still it was yet another nagging hangnail that needed to be clipped.” Pg. 149

“Their plates were still piled high enough to cause the occasional avalanche.” Pg. 157

“In the ring, Big Cyndi wore makeup like Tammy Faye on Steroids…” Pg. 177

Chapter 20 is a wonderful break from the stressful plot that twists and turns and causes loads of questions. It involves the protagonist, Myron, his best friends and colleagues Win and Esperanza. They chat about episodes of the Odd Couple and the Twighlight Zone, while eating pizza and drinking Yoo-Hoo—well Myron’s drink of choice. It plays out like a real life situation, it’s plausible

“His heart was crumbling like brown leaves caught in a closed fist.” Pg. 193

“She ho-hummed, sounding like a diner waitress reading off the specials in the last hour of a double shift.” Pg. 230

“The woman look blasé and raised it to an art form.” Pg. 231

“Confusion set camp on her face.” Pg. 258

“The garage door came back down, slowly slicing out the sun.” Pg 265

“He slid to the floor like wet sand through a torn bag.” 267

” The power of the blow lifted Esperanza off her feet. She made an oofing noise and folded at the waist like an old wallet.”Pg. 268

“Her voice sounded like old tires on rough pavement.” Pg. 275

“His sanity was probably ripping away like divots on the course.” Pg. 336

Other Harlan Coben books that I recommend are:

  • Promise Me
  • Tell No One
  • Gone for Good
  • Hold Tight
  • Deal Breaker

Are there any authors you recommend?