When you say you have nowhere to go. . .

 

. . . which direction are you looking?

 

If I had a nickel for each time I have heard someone proclaim “I’m bored,” I would be a rich man. How on earth can anyone get bored, with all there is to do and see, to read and watch, to play and listen to? I just don’t understand it. It would be so easy to slip into a rant right now, but with some self-restraint and calm breathing, let me just say that if you have the time to be bored, then you are not taking the time to enjoy the little things in life.

 

Often when people say they are bored, they blame it on a lack of direction. But what does it mean, exactly, when people say they have no direction? Are they lost? Or admitting that no one has told them where to go recently?

 

I have found on my journey, through listening to others and, of course, soul searching, that direction can be found with a compass (your intuition) and a dream. The compass will point you in the right direction and the dream will help you create the place you would like to be. You should be knowledgeable when it comes to reading a compass, how to find true north and believe in your intuition, and equally, you should be able to tell the difference between a dream and a fantasy. You could dream about being further along in your career and, in the process, solidify the steps you need to take to advance to the next level. This is a direction-driven dream. Conversely, you could fantasize about being the president of the company and firing your boss, but if you don’t actually want to be president and just dislike your boss, this is only a fantasy.

 

My point here is that I dreamed about something different in my life. I wanted to go in a different direction, so I trusted my compass and looked at paths that would take me to different places in my life. The path I chose was that of a writer who publishes books of inspirational quotations and stories about life. As it turns out, I was destined to follow this path.

 

If you find yourself with no direction, lost where you are, then look at a different horizon. See if there are other paths out there for you.  If you look, maybe a door or two will open to show you an unexpected turn. Don’t be afraid to be happy being you. You are the only one responsible for your success in life. Follow your own compass.

 

Take a step towards some place that you would like to go.

You will find before too long that your energy starts to flow.

 

🙂

BawB

 

Because I can talk. . .

 

. . . I learned how to walk.

 

I have chosen to share the inspirational thoughts on life and living that my spirit guide, the Raven, has shared with me. But these thoughts I share on Facebook, in my blog posts, and in my book are not just words—they are words I live by every day.

 

If you have been following my blogs, you will have read about the value of believing in yourself, rewarding yourself, patting your own back after your successes, and learning from your failures. I have written about smiling and staying calm and about finding your inner balance. Every day, I want to inspire everyone who hears my words to enjoy being who they are. Every day, I look in the mirror and am happy being me because I write these things for you. This is who I am.

 

I succeed, I smile, I fail, and I smile because I tried. I don’t just write for the sake of writing; I write because, thanks to technology, I can share my beliefs on the important things in life that we all tend to forget: breathing, believing, balance, and being. Practice these things every day and reward yourself every day for just being you. Give yourself credit—it is due. You’ve earned it.

 

Recently, the creation of BawB’s Raven Feathers Volume II became a reality. It is currently in the final stages of editing, a task that can only be done by someone who understands what I think and how I feel when I write. In order to experience the thrill of publishing a book, I had to learn to let go, to be patient, and to believe in what others can do.

 

I am excited to share volume II. I am growing and breaking down the walls that took so many years to build; I am finding strength inside me I never knew existed. I am what I write because I choose to be. I am living the happiness that I deserve, and I will share my smile on whatever path I choose to walk—I hope that you do too.

 

Before you could think you learned to talk, your words are how you share

the way you feel and what you believe—they bring your soul to bear.

 

J

BawB

 

Why is it called weekend. . .

. . . when we are just beginning?

The concept of a weekend is a perfect example of social conditioning. Most of us  have grown up believing that the week ends on Sunday. When you sit for a moment and empty your mind of generations of conditioning, however, doesn’t this seem like an absurd idea? I know there’s no changing what is cast in stone, but it sure is interesting to consider how programmed we are to respond to corporate needs.

Often as we get older, we start to see things a little more clearly. Our future is not a future anymore: it is a here and now. We no longer have the luxury of planning and the benefits of holding on to “what if” scenarios. Instead, many of us experience fear involving the following question: what will I do when I am no longer told what to do? When I step outside the corporate walls?

Within the corporate walls of existence there are doors, hundreds of them, and these doors swing both ways—you can choose to enter or exit at any time. This should ease the fears in some of you. At some point in your life, you will likely start to question routine, and you don’t have to wait to question this at the corporate-based magic age of sixty-five. When you feel that you are better suited to do something on your own, then believe in yourself and do it. Start your own company, take on the challenges, and weigh the risks and benefits.

We often fear the unknown, but instead of being scared of what’s to come, try welcoming the gift of choice and plan your future. Walk through the door of opportunity and start something for yourself. If it doesn’t work the first time, walk back through the door and pick up where you left off or find something different for yourself. One of the most important things you can do in life is believe in yourself and what you can do. Start your week whenever you want to, not when someone else tells you to.

There is no hard and fast rule that states you must work for someone else for the rest of your life or until you are “too old to benefit the company.” Get out and enjoy your life: it is yours. And don’t worry about going stir crazy and having nothing to do outside of the corporate walls—you might just be amazed at how busy you become when you finally start to enjoy being you.

The time when you finally step away, from being told what you can do

could be your most uplifting time, to start to enjoy just being you.

🙂

BawB

Make sure you know where your center is. . .

 

. . . before you seek the edge.

 

Well, here we are—a new year is upon us, and already I am planning my adventures: which roads to take, which paths to walk. First thing on the agenda is to get smarter about marketing, with the guidance and wisdom of Beth from Author Connections.

Next up, full steam ahead with volume II of BawB’s Raven Feathers, already in the capable and talented hands of Rachel from Faultless Finish Editing. Then off to chat with our newly appointed designer, Fiona Raven, such wonderful energy.

 

I will also make time this year to see as many people as I possibly can, and I mean really see them, physically. I have realized that once we have been swallowed up by the time bubble, it is impossible to recognize how fast time really passes, and before we know it, another year has passed. So this year, I am choosing to make the time to get on my motorcycle or hop in the camper and do what should come naturally—say hello, face to face.

 

I had the pleasure of seeing some folks over the holidays who reminded me of the dangers of “wishing we would have” and “feeling we should have.” One of the unfortunate side effects of growing older is seeing everybody around you grow older too. Things seem happen more quickly, the older we get, and sometimes our actions have more drastic consequences. For example, the “I’ll get around to it” never comes.

 

It is important to determine the center of your life, the place where you can find balance. From this place you can see the edges of your life for 360 degrees and can head out in any direction with the comfort of knowing you can return to the center at any time. If you are grounded in your center, it becomes easier to make time to do the things you need to do without getting lost or overloaded.

 

Stay balanced, stay focused, and for goodness’ sake, stay in touch with people. Remember your energy is fluid—it travels with the wind. Attach a smile to it and share your thoughts. People need to know you are out there; you need to share in the energy of the world. Stay positive, stay active, mentally and physically, and above all, know where the center of your life is and believe in you.

 

You are the one who knows you best, so believe in who you are.

It never hurts to dream sometimes, or wish upon that star.

 

🙂

 

BawB

 

You will find balance living in today. . .

 

. . .between yesterdays memories and tomorrows dreams.

 

As the New Year dawns, do you have expectations, plans, goals, or are you one that lives comfortably day-to-day? There really is no right or wrong way to live, I believe as long as you can look back and smile at your accomplishments, and your failures, then you have lived comfortably for yourself. I have lived a monumental year, I have met wonderful new people, I have had adventures on my motorcycle and in the camper, I have written 55 blogs, 300 status updates, shared laughter and smiles with friends, and yes, I have published my first book.

 

I look back on 2012 with more than just a smile; I look back with appreciation for everything I have experienced. My biggest thrill was seeing what a dream looks like in reality, actually holding on to something that I never imagined could happen, and then having it accepted and supported by others.  I look forward to the New Year and hope I can keep the energy flowing in such a positive way. I am having so much fun sharing with you my experiences, and my feathers of life. I hope to inspire, motivate and impress on as many people as I can, the importance of believing in you.

 

In this last year we have had 366 chances to live for today, how many of those days can you actually remember? Do you have new memories stored away? And have you attached a smile to any of them? Have you learned any lessons, or failed any challenges?  Did you give yourself credit for trying, or pat your own back because you made it through? For the New Year that approaches are you making resolutions, are they obtainable and realistic, are you thinking positively? Will you dream of what might be and reach for a star or two? You will have 365 chances to live for the day this year, and I wish for all of you the best in each and every one of them.

 

With heart felt appreciation I send a shout out to Michelle for being at my side, to Jordy for listening and helping me create, to all of You for reading my words, and to my book family, Rachel, Carrie, Beth, and Greg for encouraging me. It’s going to be a wonderful year as our adventure continues.

 

I have seen the smile from within my heart, it reflects from each of you,

I look forward to the coming year, because each day is new.

 

Thank you to each of my wonderful friends that support me like you do

Thank you all for believing, and for being the best at being you.

 

🙂

 

BawB