The Art of the Handwritten Letter: Part Four — A letter to Yourself

Please do this for yourself.  Pick out some stationery that you love.  Put your phone down, shut down your computer, turn the TV off and get to your quiet place.   You are going to write a letter to yourself.  It is called “A Year From Now”.   It is my belief that one of the most important and impactful letters that you may ever write, is one to yourself.  Now, grab your favorite pen, sit down and start writing.  Think about your life a year from now.  How do you want it to look, feel, be?

I am suggesting that you consider nine domains of your life.  In your letter, describe how you want these areas of your life to be in one year.

Family:  Regardless of the makeup of your family, what is your best vision of how it takes shape over the next twelve months?  It may be as simple as having a healthy family that communicates well and appreciates one another.  Or, maybe there are some ‘fences that need mending’ and you are going to play a positive and active role to help your family achieve that outcome.

Friends and Affiliations:   Jim Morrison, the American singer, and songwriter once said, “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.”  This is so true.  I urge you to surround yourself with supportive and inspiring friends who admire your authenticity.  I have come to know that friendship is like gardening.  Both require nurturing, devotion and persistence.  

By |2017-10-30T10:14:50+00:00April 27th, 2017|Categories: Creativity, Lines In The Sand, Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments

The Do Something New Challenge

I have a quote hanging in my home office that reads:

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Excellent question, mostly because contemplating what that quote means (i.e., being dynamic, not static) keeps me on my toes. It challenges me to step out of my routine and explore roads less traveled. I find that each time I do something new I always learn something. For example, in my work and personal life, when I meet and interact with someone I’ve never met before — which I often do —I am rewarded with a sense of renewal and restored vitality for life. As an added bonus, these new experiences inevitably lead to even more adventures.

In the past year I began

By |2017-03-07T15:30:22+00:00November 11th, 2016|Categories: Creativity|Tags: , |0 Comments

We Are 40 Days Into The New Year

By now, 36% of you who made New Year’s resolutions have given up on your goal(s) and by July 1st 55% of you will have thrown in the towel on your resolutions.

For several years running now, losing weight is the number 1 resolution. In 2016 it is still ranked as number 1 followed by:

  1. Getting Organized.
  2. Spend Less, Save More.
  3. Enjoy life to the fullest.
  4. Staying fit and healthy.
  5. Learn something exciting.
  6. Quit Smoking.
  7. Help others.
  8. Fall in Love.

And finally…

By |2017-03-07T15:31:16+00:00February 9th, 2016|Categories: Creativity, Thoughts from the Barn, Time Management|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Daring is an Art

If you walk into a room full of 5 year old’s and ask, “who is an artist?” every single child jumps up and down and declares that they can draw anything and they gladly grab their crayons and create masterpieces.  If you walk into a room of adults 25 years of age and older and ask them the same question you see panic in their eyes.  Some duck under the table, some make a beeline for the door, some break out into a full on  sweat and a few shyly admit that they may have a little artistic talent.  What happens to us?  One day we are the next Picasso and before you know it we can’t even manage to muster up a half way decent stick figure on a napkin.

By |2017-03-07T15:31:16+00:00December 17th, 2015|Categories: Creativity, Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments