How Do You Harness Your Dreams?

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There is a lot to be said for living in the moment, appreciating the here-and-now. Personally, setting goals and dreaming big make those here-and-now moments more valuable to me. Working your rear off to accomplish a dream and making sacrifices along the way create a sense of pride that is truly irreplaceable.

There is a popular theory called Law of Attraction, which discusses the idea that if you think about and visualize your dreams, creating positive thoughts, your dreams are more likely to come true. More particularly, the idea of Creative Visualization takes those dreams and puts them in a more realistic and tangible form. Creative Visualization is where the popular idea of a vision board comes from.

Creative visualization helps a person connect the dots between their dreams and reality… how can I make this work?! What goals are most important? What order logically makes sense?

So… enough with the textbook talk!

How does this relate to my post? Well, the other…

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How Do You Harness Your Dreams?

There is a lot to be said for living in the moment, appreciating the here-and-now. Personally, setting goals and dreaming big make those here-and-now moments more valuable to me. Working your rear off to accomplish a dream and making sacrifices along the way create a sense of pride that is truly irreplaceable.

There is a popular theory called Law of Attraction, which discusses the idea that if you think about and visualize your dreams, creating positive thoughts, your dreams are more likely to come true. More particularly, the idea of Creative Visualization takes those dreams and puts them in a more realistic and tangible form. Creative Visualization is where the popular idea of a vision board comes from.

Creative visualization helps a person connect the dots between their dreams and reality… how can I make this work?! What goals are most important? What order logically makes sense?

So… enough with the textbook talk!

How does this relate to my post? Well, the other day I came home to this…

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… a wooden cottage sign and a subscription to Cottage Life magazine.

My husband purchased both of them. The mere sight of this completely made my day.

Some would think my husband is a bit of nut and may ask, “Why would you buy that? You don’t own a cottage and won’t for a while.”

Well, it is all about dreaming, setting goals, visualizing your dreams to make them happen. We both dream of having a cottage someday, a goal we are 100% on the same page about. However, my husband took our dream of a cottage to the next level when he bought a subscription to the magazine and purchased the wooden sign. For a moment, I did think he was going a little crazy and getting ahead of himself but then I thought of something from a few years ago. At the beginning of college, my husband was asked to make a timeline of his life. That timeline still exists somewhere in storage, but what is remarkable is the goals he made as a teenager have been accomplished and most at the target age he anticipated.

I married a man who is the most determined and ambitious person I have ever met. Some days I do think he is a little crazy about the whole cottage timeframe but then I remember who I am dealing with and well… stranger things have happened!

Happy dreaming 🙂

marissa7

 

 

There is this thing, it’s called Yoga…

644f9631e53f3c6cf29c2eaa34b04168Sooo remember when I was going to try this thing called yoga??? A few months ago… here.

Well I just finished my 8 week Intro Course and have some breaking news to share with the world today! No, it isn’t about Rob Ford’s latest scandals or how the Raptors blew a huge lead last night to barely win the game!

Newsflash!! I absolutely LOVE yoga!

Truly, I can’t describe it. I never thought I would look forward to going to my classes as much as I have and I can’t wait to learn more. It is mind-blowing to me.

Before starting the Intro course, I was a little apprehensive. I love to run and workout, all of which are pretty high intensity. I couldn’t fathom enjoying something that was soooo slow, with no intense music or buckets of sweat dripping off me. I had heard people around me say how much they loved the practice of yoga and I need to keep an open mind. Allowing myself the opportunity to accept a new activity has provided me different way of thinking and approach to life.

Thank you Queen Street Yoga for making me love the practice, I feel incredible. Your staff and facility are so warm, welcoming and kind!

marissa7

Newly Graduated? Want a Promotion? Think again.

So you have graduated university or college, have your first job and have worked your rear off for over a year. You deserve a raise and promotion, right? Think again.

PWB_LadderAs a member of Generation Y, I must admit I am somewhat ashamed of a portion of my generation. Scrolling through my newsfeed, reading countless articles on job trending, Generation Studies on work habits and my own interactions, Gen Y… why do so many of us want the world but aren’t willing to work for it?

A bold statement? Perhaps. Yet, I can’t tell you how many times I have heard friends and acquaintances either complaining they haven’t received a promotion yet (after only a year or 2 of work) or they are looking for another job because “movement” in their current role isn’t happening fast enough. My first thought… and sometimes response… “Here’s a thought, why don’t you work for it?!”

I have been graduated and officially working in my industry for just over 6 years. I have made one lateral move between companies and had one official promotion. I consider that a lot. Before my promotion, I considered the amount of work I was doing to be significant. My promotion came when our department was downsized and my workload literally doubled. I can assure you however, my pay absolutely did not double. Most people’s first thought may be, “She should have quit and found a new job.” My question to them would be, “But why?”

I am young and need to gain experience. My current employer provides me the absolute best opportunity to gain new skills and the exposure to areas that I wouldn’t necessarily have working somewhere else. That exposure is priceless.

Maintaining the same employer for 4 years with evidence of increased job responsibility strengthens my resume in comparison to those who “job hop”. Job hopping occurs when one takes a position for 1-2 years and changes employers, often looking for a promotion. Forbes published an article (found here) that discusses how job hopping actually works against you, even if the movement is for a better title. Job hopping dominates the Y Generation and is an aspect I am ashamed of.

In the first 6+ years of working, this is what I have learned:

– Just because you work hard doesn’t mean you deserve a promotion, you deserve to keep your job.

– Money isn’t everything, recognize a good opportunity to learn.

– You need to prove yourself, being the young one means you need to put your time in (aka-long hours!).

– If you have an office job, get there early and/or stay late. Your boss will notice.

– Ask for opportunities to expand your skills, not for a promotion. Demonstrate you have the capacity to take on that promotion.

– OH… and did I mention… MONEY AND TITLE ISN’T EVERYTHING! Get comfy and work hard.

marissa7

The Good of this Winter

Winter Image By March, many of us are tired of the cold winter tempatures and the snow that covers the ground. I think it is fair to say much of Canada and North/Mid- United States have faced an unusually long and severe winter. It is often the first topic of conversation and the primary complaint of the general public.

What if I asked you this: What has this winter done for you?

May seem like an odd question, but stay with me…

In the fall, I gave some serious thought about feeling content. Sounds easy enough, right? When I began to think of what that looked like, tangible but meaningful actions, it proved to be a more difficult task than I originally thought.

If I may take a moment to be vulnerable here, I can admit I had never felt completely content in my life. With all that I have accomplished and the wonderful people that surround me, it was incredibly sad to me that I couldn’t say I was content with what I had in my life. I wanted that to change by putting life into perspective, not because I needed to but because I wanted to.

My journey started with reading a few recommended books, many of them found in the self-help section of your local book store. At first, reading a “self-help” book was a weird and uncomfortable concept. I actually felt guilty, like something was wrong with me. After finishing quite a few books, I can tell you I am pretty addicted! Yes, addicted to self-help books. Figure that one out!

Next, I began my love for painting again, along with more family time, quality friend time and general relaxation. With my husband’s career becoming significantly more demanding and my desire to become domestically “talented”, I had more time to dedicate to that learning curve… and believe me, it was a true learning curve! Being able to help out my husband a little more on a daily basis made me happy because I knew how much he appreciated it. I feel fortunate to have a partner that never expects the traditional “Man & Woman” duties around the house to play out, we both contribute. At times that contribution is more from one than the other, but it works for us. As the old saying goes, “it all comes out in the wash”.

Since the weather outside was very cold and there was significant amounts of snow on the ground, I felt a greater sense of justification to stay inside. I guess you could say I was somewhat “forced” to embrace this journey. Funny how life works, right?

So… What did this winter do for me? It gave me an opportunity to become content in my life, appreciate all I have accomplished and the wonderful people that surround me. Being inside more didn’t make me complain or be miserable like many of my friends or collegues, I actually felt happier on a day-to-day basis than I ever have.

Cheers to the extended Winter of 2013/2014… you gave me an opportunity to find true inner happiness.

marissa7