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Ignite (OK, *SPARK*) Your Passion Article and Thoughs


Thursday, July 28, 2011

zenhabits.net/ignite/

Felicia Day posted the link to the article above on her Google+ feed, and after reading it I wanted to make sure I kept the link, and shared it with my SparkFriends! I thought I'd highlight the points and write my own thoughts and ideas for how I can achieve them.

1 Surround yourself with passionate people
Oh my gosh, I feel like I'm doing that every day HERE!!!

2 Create Space
I have a guest room that is usually picked up and it just sits there. The closet is FULL of my craft supplies, but it's disorganized and I never want to get anything out because I'm afraid I'll never be able to get it all put back again. This would be an ideal space that I already have, that I'm not doing anything with. I should organize that closet, and keep a few things OUT!!! Like unfinished projects, the empty canvases and my painting/drawing supplies (um, that are OLD, may need to go through them and consider getting new supplies or ditching that particular creative outlet!). There's no reason not to leave some things out where I can see them!!! It's an empty room that only gets used once every other month IF THAT!!!

3 Help someone in a way only you can
I don't really know how I can help someone in a way only I can. I like to listen. I could visit my grandmother more at her home, the people who she lives around LOVE to see my son, and I know she would like it more if I came to visit and do little things around her home that she can't do anymore. It would be a start...maybe I'll discover or learn something new!

4 Keep a journal of what inspires and excites you
I used to keep a mod-podged journal of anything I saw in a magazine, or catalog that I LOVED. That was about 10 years ago... I haven't really done anyting like that since. I should start a new one, and revisit my old one (it got pretty full!!!)

5 Challenge the norm
Again, I used to do this. ALL THE TIME. :( I became the norm... -I am reminded of the song "The Ascent of Stan" by Ben Folds- *le sigh* I could do more challenging the norm at work!!! :D That would make my boss happy [end sarcasm] This is one I struggle with every day, and will continue to do so.

6 Scare yourself, Live outside your comfort zone
I could post pictures of whatever art project I did for the day. THAT would be scary!!! :D

7 Find the right reasons
I do try to live like this. I believe with all my heart that any situation can be an opportunity for something better. Even if the situation is terrible. I learned this early on playing canasta with my grandmother and her friends in the summertime. :D Cards are SUCH a good learning tool! :D I think it got me though a pretty bad time last year when our house was flooded (and we had no flood insurance, acceptable risk and all, sheesh). This is not to say I don't complain! So every day if I catch myself complaining I need to stop and focus on what the problem is and see if there's a way to reframe the problem. It's not easy to do, but I hate feeling negative too, so it's so much more postitive to do this.

8 Learn something new
I need to finally learn how to bind a quilt. I must finish my son's growth chart, and I only have a month now to do it in! I have the front done, now it's time for some action on putting it together, quilting it and binding it. I CAN DO THIS!!!

9 Start a blog
done and done :D

How do you think you'll ignite your passion today?!
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MINERVASPARKING 7/29/2011 3:49PM

    zenhabits.com is new to me! But I like it a lot! :D When I saw this article I knew I needed to break it down for myself, because it's been a long time since I've been passionate about something (other than my family or our quest to live "off grid", heh!). Hopefully focusing on some of these each day, I'll find it again in my daily life...

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 7/29/2011 10:43AM

    ps, just realized that the link you posted was to zenhabits.net - perhaps my favorite blogger in the whole universe (although this was a guest post) - I recently saw this in my inbox (because I subscribe to the blog) but only skimmed over it because it was a guest post - I really like how you broke down each of them for yourself - I actually read your whole thing and found it inspiring :)


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ARGYLE-RUNNER 7/29/2011 10:40AM

    wow - love this!

and I agree, Ben Folds, *le sigh* :)

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