Written in the Stars

Hi Friends!

Today’s bloganuary (daily writing) challenge prompt is:

“How do you feel when you look at the starts?”

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been terrified of space. There’s a chance I watched Independence Day and Apollo 13 at too young of an age. I’ve still never been convinced we need to mess with theoretical aliens or real oxygen-free environments, but other people can choose for themselves.

As I grew older, though, this sharp fear wore into a deep, unsettled feeling. I couldn’t avoid wondering my own place in the face of such dark unknown when peering into the skies. I just couldn’t see how star gazing could be relaxing fun when it draws our attention from the warmth of terra firma and into all that we may never know.

Only very recently have I begun to make peace with the skies. The most helpful perspective I’ve found about our place in the universe comes from G.K. Chesterton, who offers (in chapter four of Orthodoxy) that size does not correspond to importance, especially when contemplating the universe. This author makes a very specific religious argument in his book, and you are certainly allowed to believe what you want.

However, for me, it has been a very settling idea that just because we are small beings on a small planet, physical smallness does not mean that we and every beautiful object and inspiring concept found on earth are not as important or even more important than whatever else can be found in the expansive cosmos. How reassuring not to feel meaninglessly adrift in the universe.

A much more well known book opens, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Even if you do not believe the religious aspect, the timeless richness of the story stands on its own.

When existence is divided in two, the heavens and the earth are opposite and perhaps equal, if not in size then in literary parallel.

Space is the only thing vast enough to be a foil to earth, to human desires and fears and everything bursting with life and meaning. Space the place where our imagination is reflected back to us and amplified.

Sometimes, boogymen emerge from the darkness, but we may also peer upwards and find a grounding sense of place.

Two months ago, I visited the Frosty Drew stellar observatory with my family. For the very first time, I was guided through many famous constellations. A noted astronomer enthusiastically explained the ancient names along with the twenty first century understanding of certain formations. I could easily imagine ancient ancestors staring at the same stars, explaining their own understanding to their communities

Now, when I stare up at the stars, I’m equipped with names; Venus twinkles close to the horizon, and I can follow an invisible line to Saturn and Jupiter.

Instead of a vast unknown, I’m beginning to look up at the sky and find a stellar road map to my own place in the galaxy and in human history.

Striving to Be a Positive Change

Hi Friends!

Today’s bloganuary (daily writing) challenge prompt is:

“How are you changing the world?”

Since it seems we don’t ever really know what impact we’ve made until we can review in hindsight, I’ll keep this short and hopefully have a lot more to share at the end of the year.

This year, I am working to make as many positive changes in myself as possible. Hopefully, this will set a strong foundation for pursuing my dreams and reaching for my best potential.

I believe when we make the most positive changes in our own lives as we can and reach for our potential, we can’t help but change the world for the better…and our own best amplifies the best in others.

This year, I’m excited to look back with each accomplishment and see a positive impact on the world around me.

I hope you too are challenging yourself to live your own adventure by growing in ways that point to your dreams. I believe striving for our dreams will change the world for the better.

So Much to Love

Hi Friends!

The bloganuary (daily writing) challenge prompt of the day is:

What is your favorite part about yourself?

Obviously, there’s a straightforward response since physical characteristics come to mind pretty quickly…for instance, I like my smile. Yep, everyone has one, but I like that I can share a smile whenever I choose. That’s cheesy (get it smiles, cheese lol) but legitimately pretty cool!

I also considered this prompt in a similar way to yesterday’s…I decided to choose a character trait I like about myself.

Honestly, I’m proud that I’m always willing to try new things.

I may not always like what I try (I’m the first to admit I’m a picky eater), but if the activity is safe and my moral compass isn’t pointing in the opposite direction, I’m excited to try!

I’m always glad when I answer, “Yes, I can!” when presented with trying something new!

…even if I may never try exactly that thing again (I’m looking at you, beet and walnut burger) because I’ve discovered something new about myself or the world around me, which is always an adventure!

I encourage you to take a moment to think of a few of your favorite things about yourself!

The most joyful thing about this prompt is that it doesn’t ask us to name one thing we like about ourselves…

It asks us to contemplate our favorite thing!

I completely agree with this idea! We shouldn’t be challenged to find one thing we like about ourselves. We should love so many things the challenge is to determine our favorite!

Even if you are looking to make changes in your life, the trite message is always true: that you must love yourself first.

I also believe there’s a lot to love for all of us; we sometimes just have to take a minute to discover that!

* This month’s theme for the blog is, “Yes, I can!” I am also participating in the bloganuary daily writing challenge.

Finding My Own Strength in the New Year

Hi Friends!

Today’s bloganuary (daily writing) challenge prompt is:

“Write about something that makes you feel strong.”

Each time I see this, I read with special emphasis on the word, “you.”

This makes the prompt even more exciting to contemplate because everyone has such unique strengths!

I mean, sure, lifting weights would increase any of our muscle mass, but I’ve been enjoying considering how I personally like to increase my physical strength and how I’ve let certain circumstances shape my outlook.

For instance, if I had to go to a gym every day and lift weights to become fit and healthy…I’d actually probably become a great big couch potato (who eats mostly fried potatoes).

But I’ve discovered that I really like barre classes, especially through Pure Barre and Peloton, and I feel alive when taking brisk walks through my neighborhood with family or friends.

Character wise, I feel strong enough to face anything that comes my way when I reflect on all of the challenging moments I’ve already come through. For instance, as a young adult, I felt confident I could graduate college because I knew that I had already prepared by graduating high school and by studying throughout my higher education.

Even when I don’t have an exact model in the past, I can apply other strengths I’ve learned. If I had never paid off a loan before I paid for my car, I still knew I could reach that goal because I’ve already worked har to become an organized, dedicated person, so even if it took a little while, I knew I had what it takes not to be in debt for ever…and sooner than I expected, I wasn’t.

My challenge for you is to reflect on what makes you uniquely strong because these are the things that will help you say “yes, I can accomplish that goal”…and then discover that you actually can!

If you want to be physically strong, find what exercise and healthy food you enjoy on the way to getting stronger.

If you need strength of character, I’m sure you have your own unique experiences to draw from!

Living the Dream

Hi Friends!

Today’s bloganuary (daily writing) challenge is:

“Write about a dream you remember.”

I have decided to take this prompt a little loosely and write about a daydream I can’t seem to forget.

You know, one of those dreams that you keep coming back to and imagine experiencing no matter where you are, what job you have, and whatever else you achieve?

Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted a place to graciously welcome guests and share ideas. More than just a home, I want a warmly sophisticated space for celebrating life through big and small events.

That dream has become a career goal and vision for how I want my life to be.

I write more about this “Venue Vision” in the About section of this blog.

I’ve also determined to make this dream and many others a reality…starting now!

Recently, I took Tonya Leigh’s Live Like an Editor workshop through the School of Self Image, which challenged participants to create a magazine cover depicting elements from their future dream life… then begin showing up in your life right now like the person you want to be!

I’ve shared mine below!

It’s so inspiring to see some of my dreams as a compelling cover.

I highly recommend tapping into Tonya’s advice through her podcasts or workshops!

I also love the free features of Canva, which enabled me to create this beautiful magazine cover.

Whatever motivates you, I hope you too begin living the dream life you can’t seem to forget!

I’ll keep you updated as my dreams take shape, and I can’t wait to hear from you as you live the adventure of following your dreams!!

A Daring Adventure

Hi Friends!

Today’s bloguary (daily writing challenge) prompt is:

“What is your favorite quote and why?”

The title of this blog actually draws from my favorite quote, which is,

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

Helen Keller

This quote may call some to explore far away lands. It can also serve as a reminder to find adventure where you are.

It’s inspiring to me that adventure can be many things and that you get to decide what your adventure is.

This quote also motivates me to take action on my dreams because it’s in getting up and following our dreams (even if it’s just baby steps at first) rather than just imagining an exciting, purposeful life that we can live our very own adventures!

This quote is also mentioned in the About section of the blog, and I’ll explore this theme more as the blog grows.