Achieving and Appreciating


Writing and publishing this post will be an achievement for me. It’s helpful to consciously acknowledge when something would be an achievement, and when something has been achieved. An achievement is something we’re proud that we accomplished.

Appreciation is also something we can consciously acknowledge. By “consciously acknowledge” I mean it requires mental focus, and by focusing on the things we appreciate, we attract more of it into our lives. Appreciating is consciously acknowledging and savoring the beauty, worth, and value of something.

Achieving and appreciating are powerful self-improvement techniques. By using both of these mental skills, we can truly create a more positive experience for ourselves, and by extension, a more positive world.



Closing (and Opening) the Chapter


As I finish up the last page of a journal, I like to think about the closing of one chapter in life, and the opening of another. A chapter of life can sometimes be a few months, or sometimes a few years. This journal started on April of 2015, and now it’s February of 2017.

The adventures I’ve chronicled in these pages represent one of the most heroic periods of my life. I’ve always wanted to have self-confidence and be proud of myself, and I was able to prove that (to myself) these past couple of years.

Of course, the best part now is finding a new journal.



Celebrating 11 Years


WordPress informed me that this is our 11 year anniversary! The mind boggles! I started this blog in my 20’s and now I’m a thirty-something.

Achievement vs Accomplishment

WordPress calls this 11 year anniversary an achievement, and I agree. I think there’s a distinction between an achievement and an accomplishment. An achievement is something you accomplish that gives you a sense of pride (and you enjoyed doing it); an accomplishment is something that may or may not be enjoyable – or necessarily worthy of pride – but hey, you did it.

Intrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic motivation is essentially taking inspired action. I have decided and choose to follow my intrinsic motivation. This blog post is a perfect example of that.



Dreaming Life

A very early good morning to you all. I’m back from my night shift job. As usual, I feel cheerful and proud of myself.

I’m proud that I’m true to myself even though circumstances continually change. Even my understanding of what it means to be true to myself changes. I’ve never been able to limit being who I truly am.

There’s a spiritual way of experiencing life, and it takes an awareness and appreciation of the intangible, which really isn’t that strange. When I create art or write stories, it starts out as intangible thoughts and ideas. What we experience as life can also start out as a dream.


Continuing the Adventure

It’s been a while, and now that the end of April is here, it seems that my life is changing in big ways yet again. For the past several months (almost a year), I’ve lived, worked, and written about life at the shop. While there are things I truly enjoy about what I’ve experienced here, I feel like it’s time for me to move on.

We all have our reasons for doing what we do, and I have mine. I don’t believe in pushing against things. I prefer to go with what my heart tells me.

It takes courage to do what I’m doing, and to do what I’ve done here at the shop. It’s been a while since I’ve felt genuinely proud of myself, which is to say, I feel like myself. My adventures continue.


Making Memories


This time of year can conjure up memories, both pleasant and painful. Like other thoughts, the way it feels is based on focus. I have pleasant memories of this time of year, like being in art school, and it feels good to focus on that.

Of course, it’s also good to make new memories, and we can do that every day. Memories, and the feelings they bring, have a timeless quality. It’s up to us to focus on, and make, good feeling memories.

When I remember being in art school in New Jersey, I feel confident, excited, and proud of myself. There are also so-called mistakes that I made which I remember, but now I can paint those memories in a positive light. I know that I’m making memories now that I’ll fondly recall in the future.