#Tishspiration is defined as the Art of Surprising Yourself. I am currently working on my YouTube channel, #Tishspiration Station to help spread the word of this concept and upcoming book. As I reflect on what to include in the book, I also plan to share hints in the YouTube videos, and the posts here on Tuesdays right here, in my blog.
You might be wondering where this all started for me. I would have to rewind a few years back to explain. Here comes the tricky part. I want to tell my story, but not spoil everything I plan to write about in my book. I will absolutely be more forthcoming in my upcoming book. For now, I can share some details with you about what you need to do to start finding #Tishspiration in your life.
Open your heart
The first step is to open yourself up to the possibility of change. Find something which speaks directly to your heart, and incorporate it into your daily life. It could be something you see, hear or read for example. For me, an inspirational video was watched on a whim, at a low point in my life. It made me think about what I really wanted to do. The truth is, there has been a glimmer of #Tishspiration in me for my whole life. It just didn’t have a name or a definition for most of that time.
When you open your heart, you can take the first step. You can allow yourself to dream. We all have dreams for what we want out of life. Dreams can be the fuel to your reality. If you really believe, they can turn into jet fuel. Happiness is possible for everyone. Sparking joy does not only happen with items you decide not to purge from your life. It can also be about taking action on your dreams.
Next, you need to open your mind.
Once your heart is dreaming of what will make you happy, you need to then make a plan of how to achieve it. Spend some time thinking about the how, after you discover the what with your heart. Then find your reason, your why. It can only work if you believe, and it may not even be possible the first time you try. But you have to think until you have a plan.
To avoid being overwhelmed, write your thoughts down. Make a solid plan for what you want to do. Commit to breaking down the steps you will need to take to move forward. When you need help, ask. If you can afford to pay for what you need, do whatever it takes to prepare. If you are like me, and want to do as much as you can yourself, find support groups and peers who can guide you in the right direction.
Then, take action.
This might be the scariest part of all. It is okay to have apprehension when you try something new. Stick to your plan, and start acting on it. One step at a time, you can manage adding small changes up until they become a larger change. The only thing that can ever hold you back is yourself. It requires determination, and a desire to reach your goal. If you have these feelings rooted deeply in your heart, you will find the way to make things happen.
Celebrate every win. Contemplate every loss. The only way you lose it all is if you focus on the negativity, and negate the progress by doing so. We all want to succeed at our dreams, but it is not guaranteed to be easy, or done quickly. Give yourself time to learn what doesn’t work, and after that you try from a different angle. Reach out to your peers in both the good times, and the frustrating times. They can help you find a different perspective, and might be able to help you find the answers you need.
Finally, celebrate big wins and keep evaluating your plan.
When you invest your very essence into what your heart dreams of doing, you will have success. Changing your plans does not mean you have to admit defeat, rather it means you can evolve as your dreams do. For example, I have been dabbling in jewellery design for about sixteen years. When I started, I would follow the patterns in magazines exactly. Then I would play with the bead colours and sizes.
In order for me to infuse new life into my jewellery designing business, I changed the name. Tish’s Treasures became Tish MacWebber Always Blinging…and I brought my own designs to this website. The store is not flawless, but it is new. My designs are completely my own, though. Once I was comfortable trying different materials and drawing out my concepts, the joy I have from what I am creating is so much more intense than it was when I followed a pattern.
You see, it is more than just pride in my work. Which is important when you are creating original art. Whether it is the written words of an author, lyricist, or poet, the words are from the dreams. If your medium is paint, fabric, yarn or thread, the beauty of what you create is visually representing the dreams of your heart. If you create jewellery, and design it as I do, your dreams become tangible and visual. All of these forms of creativity are capable of bringing your dreams to life, and most importantly, the inspirations you have will certainly be able to inspire others to chase their own dreams.
When you find the sparkle in your eye, people respond.
I have been asked in the last few years about my motivations, and the resolution I have had to push my own boundaries. The fuel I talked about earlier is igniting progress, but it also lends itself to your energy in your heart. I can tell you that when it starts, it is a little spark inside, and people see the twinkle turn into a bubbly glow and they realize they are seeing something happen right before their own eyes. It is contagious, and other people want to know how to find this in their own lives.
In summary, this is a taste of what you can expect to read, in more detail, in my #Tishspiration book. I can’t wait to share it to help more people to find that little spark in their own lives. Once you get a feel for it, you want to keep it going, and it will change your life. As a result of reading my next book, you will gain the knowledge you need to start carving your own path to claiming your dreams.
Did you find this post helpful? What stage of your life are you in right now? Surviving or living to your greatest potential, out loud and in full colour? Are you lost in one of the steps outlined above? Please leave your comments below. I love to brainstorm, and if you are stuck, maybe I can help you find your way.Who knows, you just might surprise yourself!
When someone comes to visit me, I will offer them a cup of tea or coffee, as a host. I chose this picture in particular because it has vibrant colours.
As a Blogger, you generally love to read and write. A part of the craft is to continually learn and challenge yourself to become a better author. In doing so, one often subscribes and follows numerous blogs within the community.
I have been fortunate enough to start on this path with a lot of help and guidance from my friends, and peers. I have enrolled in free online workshops and found some that I think are worth saving up to participate in. Through one of these challenges, I launched a free Guest Blogging invitation to the world.
While I haven’t been overwhelmed by people looking to share in this opportunity with me, a few people have approached me, and today I have the pleasure of sharing a story that another blogger wrote. I do think as we are reading each other’s words and having online conversations about each other’s work, that we are well on the way to becoming friends.
I am a member of several different writing and blogging groups and communities online. I am loving the support that I get from each one, and how they are all unique in their own ways. I met my next Guest Blog Writer in one of these groups.
Syl DiNada was interested in Guest Blogging when I put out the invitation. We started chatting, and Syl was more interested in sharing than hosting. As it is an open invitation, I decided that I would see what came out of our discussions, and reading my new friend’s blog.
Let me tell you, the artwork that is prominently featured in Syl DiNada’s Blog is phenomenal. I can visit just to look at the pictures. Truly inspirational and magnificent. Well worth checking out. The writing, well, we definitely have different outlooks on life, and that is absolutely wonderful. I love reading different things, and Syl puts a lot of thought behind the artwork, and consequently the writing for the blog. I rather enjoy the visits, you should take a peek, and find something to read there.
Here is the Guest Blog share from Syl DiNada.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 Sharing the Self
Z: “Syl, I like your avatar but seriously, what do you look like? Why are you standing behind a mask and yet trying to convey true words?”
Y: “Z, I would just like to say we live in a world where we sometimes put too much importance on how others look. An Avatar can be a way of allowing a much larger audience to pay attention and really hear what is being said.
Personally, not for myself, as I honestly don’t care how someone looks, but I care what is in their heart and how they convey that.”
Syl: Yes, Y has it pretty much. Although I really do make the majority of my posts with just me in mind.
But really, at the time I signed up for FaceBook I did not own any pictures of myself. I don’t use a phone either and had no digital camera. I just don’t have much interest in personal pics, never have. (Yes, I know it’s hard to believe in this day and age, but some of us have never taken a selfie.) So I used this avatar pic of mine. And ofc…”There is More…”
Pictures of faces have a very particular effect on cognition. They instantly convey an impression of someone. Pictures of faces are limited in what they can convey, particularly when someone is outside of the typical cognition pattern. I feel pretty confident that I am very much Not what a picture of my face looks like. I mean you will see a fairly regular face. But I think I can say without any ego that I am not very regular at all. Not better or worse, just quite different. This is something I know for sure from an objective standpoint.
So any picture I put up of me will actually be *Inaccurate.* It won’t, and can’t, tell the whole story. Lol, I struggle to tell my story when I make an effort to do so.
For instance, a friend whom I chat with regularly, asked and made some specific comments about how it all started for me. And well, they completely miss-assumed how it all began. So I had to explain. Lol, a few hundred thousand words, or half a dozen books later, I am still not done telling that story.
Haha, nothing for me is simple anymore, and that was just a straight-up chronological story, telling about my early days as a philosopher, as a boy. (Yes, I was a philosopher as a boy.) So really, I can’t put up a picture, it would be a falsehood.
And besides, I am not sure why folks assume some other profile pic means hiding, That avatar pic actually says a lot, but that is a whole other post by itself. I would say my posts reveal more about me than most pages I have seen.
I am sharing my very essence. That is about as intimate as one can go. To share what one’s favorite colour and food is, means nothing at all really. In order to truly know someone, we need to know what matters to them, what is important, what resonates with their Inner Being, with their Core.
It is knowing what they *Aspire* to. Not even ambitions really tell us about someone, those are typically relatively superficial, and often artificial. But what someone’s Heart and Soul truly *Aspires* to, that is *them.* Knowing someone, one could say, is getting to know their Soul and Heart, not their temporary and arbitrary likes and dislikes. We have to go past the surface superficialities to really get to know someone.
Besides, I don’t feel what I Share for the most part “belongs” to me. Concepts, thoughts, ideas, Perspectives and all the More I Share, belong to everyone. In this way I feel I am Sharing what is Us. I truly make every effort to live in Attunement to everything around me, to everyone and everything in my life. I try with everything I have to live in Attunement with the World and the Universe. Perhaps I need a picture of a community, a large community, that would be more accurate. <3 <3 ***
And well, there is another reason also… I am way too handsome to post my picture. I would get err….unwanted attention if I did. 😀 😀 😀 However, in amongst all the art in my posts, somewhere, there is a picture that does resemble me. <3
Syl DiNada is a Philosopher-Writer focusing on the Application of a comprehensive Practical-Personal-Philosophy.
Creator of: The Philosophy of Appropriateness and: An A+ Philosophy.
Thanks for letting me share your story from January, Syl DiNada. I look forward to reading more of your writing, and further conversations. If you are reading this and want to get in touch with me for Guest Blogging opportunities, here is the invitation.