Thoughts on Talent…

Talent. What is it? A three second Google search tells me that talent is a noun that means natural aptitude or skill. So for anyone who wants a textbook definition, there you go. Everyone has a talent. Maybe it’s writing or playing a sport or dancing. Maybe your talent is being super crazy organized. If that is your talent, please come organize my life, thanks. Maybe your talent is being a good listener. Everyone has a talent. Many people may have the same, general talent. Example: there are many talented dancers. But how they express their talent is what makes it their own. Michael Jackson and Fred Astaire were both very gifted dancers, but one was not a carbon copy of the other. They had their own styles, their own ways of expressing their talent.

Harnessing your talent can be tricky. You may know that you have some sort of ability but have no idea how to put it into action. What you have to understand about talent, is that it’s a gift that has been woven into your soul by whatever higher power you believe in. When you use your talent, you are reflecting your passions, choices, loyalties and dreams. You are reflecting your soul. It’s apart of your identity. To say that you don’t have a talent is to say that you have no identity.

Reflecting your soul…ok, that’s kind of a scary concept. That’s an intimate thing to put on display. What would make a person want to do that? One word: muse. It’s what gives you inspiration to create, to do. Maybe your muse is your soul mate, or your favorite place on earth, or a concept like peace. Whatever inspires you is your muse. Having a muse makes it easier to reflect your soul. For me, my muse changes from project to project. It’s usually a person. When I’m playing with an idea, I notice that certain memories begin to click with it. As the process continues, I can usually pick out a person that is most associated with these ideas. Something about them resonates with my project. Next thing you know, I have my muse. It’s different for everyone, but whatever you are doing, having a muse helps.

Don’t be scared to display your talents. Find your muse. Do the work. Reflect your soul. Create new beauty in the midst of our crazy existence. Be the best, most unique you that you can be.

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Thoughts on Resolutions…

Welcome to 2017! My New Year’s Eve was a blast, just so everyone knows. My friend threw a party and we played Apples to Apples, drank a lot of sparkling grape juice, watched Star Trek (the original series), and watched the ball drop. And then we watched half of a SNL re-run.

Now, a lot of people make New Year’s resolutions. And I’m usually one of them. Usually my resolution is “lose weight.” That’s a resolution that I probably share with countless other people. And that’s not necessarily a bad resolution. But a bunch of people, myself included, don’t stick with it.

My resolution for 2017 had been to not make a resolution. If that makes sense. And then my favorite blogger, Adam Rose, released a video. Yes, I know I talked about him in my last post. But he’s really great and super inspirational. You should all go check him out. Adam Rose. He was on Supernatural and many other things. He’s cool. Moving on!

Basically, he mentioned that this year he’s not going to be working out in order to get a six pack, he’s working out to feel good and to work towards a healthy lifestyle. And I decided to follow his advice.

This year, I’m going to workout and eat better. It’s not so I can lose weight. It’s so I can feel good in my own skin. I’m a stress eater and I want to replace that. Whenever I’m feeling stressed, I want to do something other than eat. I want blog or draw or drink tea. Maybe drink tea. That sounds good. I also want to start journaling. I guess it’s just a more private form of blogging. We’ll see how that goes. I just want to be a better me.

Anyway, I guess what I’m saying is that your resolutions should be things that will benefit you in the long run. Take more risks. Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. But above all, be the best you you can be. Happy 2017.

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Thoughts on the Past, Present and Future…

“Let’s start the new year right, twelve o’clock tonight…” Best New Year’s Eve song ever. Just sayin’.

Gosh, it’s been a crazy year. For the world and me personally. Let’s remind ourselves of what happened in 2016. Don’t hate me for it.

  1. 2016 was the year where everyone died. At least, that’s how it seemed. Prince, Alan Rickman (balled my eyes out in the middle of band when I heard), David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, Glenn Frey, Florence Henderson, Gwen Ifil, Leonard Cohen, Gene Wilder, Muhammad Ali, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Elie Wiesel, Debbie Reynolds….it’s a really big list and I’m depressing myself just writing about it.
  2. 2016 was the year where everyone lost their minds. The election. That’s all I’m going to say.
  3. 2016 was the year of uncertainty. We all recognized that life is short. I had to face the fact that I don’t have complete control over my own life. My plans went all askew and I had to learn to live with that.

But you know what else 2016 was? It was the year of great experiences. I made some great friends who have proven to be a blessing. The bond I already had with my friends strengthened. They were all there for me when my life went off track and I can never thank them enough for what they did. I went to some incredible concerts. I saw 2Cellos, Mumford and Sons (I was right on the floor for that one), Relient K and Switchfoot (right in front of the stage). My cousin got married and so did one of my best friends. I listened to the Hamilton soundtrack countless times. And most importantly, I realized that this wasn’t the worst year of my life.

So many bad things happened in 2016 that it’s hard to call it anything other than “the worst year ever.” I’m not going to argue that this was the year of Major Global Suck. But if I’m being completely honest, it wasn’t the worst year ever. I spent so much time focusing on the negatives. I had a hard time counting my blessings. And then on Tuesday, one of my favorite YouTubers, Adam Rose put up a vlog entitled ‘2016 WORST YEAR EVER’.

That video flipped my perspective. In short, Adam Rose basically said that 2016 was the best year of his life and it was a choice. We can choose happiness and we can choose to look for the light in the darkness. I had made the choice to let 2016 be the worst year ever. If we all took time to reflect on our year, we all might notice that some pretty great things happened. Does it change the fact that a crap ton of bad things happened this year? No. But it can change our outlook for 2017.

For the new year, let’s keep our minds open and our hearts full of love. Let’s look for the good and spread happiness. Let’s work to end the Major Global Suck. Let’s make the choice to make 2017 the best year ever. Let’s do it.

See you in the new year. End of thought.

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