How to find your path in life?

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“You can fail in what you don’t want. So you might as well do what you love.” – Jim Carrey

Finding your purpose, knowing what life is all about? Isn’t that what we all look for. This morning I watched an excellent movie from a speech Jim Carrey gave to some graduates. In a very inspiring way, he tells them how he found his way in life. And about his father’s part in finding that. His purpose was to free people from concern. That was what became his mission. We all can give the world something: what will they need what your talent can provide? We are so much more than our personalities, our masks and the roles we play in our lives. Who are we beyond that? Mind for the risk just to go for success. Because the ego will tempt us with the promise of something we already possess. We all have to take the risk of being seen in all our glory. Relax and dream up a good life. Watch Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address and feel inspired as I was…

What did it do to you? How does it make you feel about your purpose? My one is to allow people to grow in their lives. I found my purpose in blogging and building my own online business. It all started by watching the Free On-Demand Video Series from Stewart, my mentor. Key in this is dreaming up a good life like Jim Carrey already said. So why not go for it yourself and Watch the Free Video Series.

5 secrets of sleep you may not be aware of

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We all sleep, but yet we don’t care for it and take it for granted. In an eight hour performance, Max Richter uncovers the hidden gems of it: the intimacy, the underlying emotions and the vulnerability that makes us human. This weekend at the International Documentary Festival I saw the film Max Richter’s Sleep about this undertaking. It made make think: do I care about my sleep enough? And do we all in general? These are 5 reasons why you should sleep more:

1) Your memory is improved. While you sleep you digest what you learned during the day. So if you learn a language in the morning you know it better than the day before.

2) Creativity is stimulated. While you sleep your brain directs more to the unconscious. This is the source of creativity. So it makes sense to sleep more.

3) Sleep lowers stress. Relaxation and sleep are very interrelated. It is said that sleeping lowers blood pressure. Even cholesterol levels are effected which plays an important role in heart diseases.

4) Sleep helps to reduce depressive feelings. When you sleep little depression can due to feelings of anxiety become present. That’s why a good night’s sleep is important for an overall feeling of wellbeing.

5) Sleep is important when you want to lose weight. Metabolism and sleep are situated in the same part of the brain. And when you are sleeping you tend to be more hungry.

I think I gave reasons enough to sleep more often. At least I am aware now that if I care more my life can be more peaceful. So whether it’s morning or evening I wish you a good night’s sleep.

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This is how to make your wish come true

The Spiral of Creation

Did you know there is a proven way to make your wish a reality? In a by a small circle of influencers well-recognized book “De Creatiespiraal” (Spiral of Creation), Marinus Knoope describes 12 steps to make your wish come true. These are the steps to follow.

1) The first step is to cherish the silence and relax. Get in the flow and let the ideas come to you.

2) If you have a clear idea you can write your wish on paper. That is the first act of creation.

3) What helps to get your wish into your system is to visualize what you want. Attach feelings to it, make it something you long for.

4) If you believe in something you can make it happen. You can use affirmations to make your belief stronger: I make big money whatever it takes for example.

5) Now it’s time to express your idea, share it with the world. Other people can help to make your wish come true.

6) To go in more detail it is good to do research, this gives you a clearer idea of the dos and don’ts.

7) No idea without a plan. To know which steps you have to make is an essential part of wish-creation. Every step brings you closer to your wish come true.

8) To start is to decide that you want to make your wish reality.

9) Now you can start to act, that is the real work, you can make it happen.

10) No-one ever said it’s gonna be easy, that’s why you have to persevere, only then you will bring it to the end.

11) You have brought your wish into the world, now you can pick the fruits of it and receive the reward.

12) The last but not least step is the appreciation of the work you’ve done. It is an often neglected but necessary step. Think about the Champaign sports winners open after winning a sports game, it keeps them running for the next game.

So now you know the secrets of making your wishes reality. One of my wishes was to create an officeless business. That’s how I found the FREE Video Series. They helped me getting clear which steps to take making my wish come true. In the training and business set-up, they facilitate they make the above steps tangible. Here’s how to apply for free training.

Why writing makes you happier

“Research by Laura King shows that writing about achieving future goals and dreams can make people happier and healthier. Similarly, there’s plenty of evidence that keeping, there’s plenty of evidence that keeping a gratitude journal can increase happiness and health by making the good things more salient.”

Writing is key to me. Although it was not before I gave up that I wanted to be a writer that it gave me pleasure. Maybe there was a kind of have to be in it that made it more a striving to success than being in the moment. These are the three things that a get from writing:

1) It brings me clarity, if I write it down I can see things in perspective, I see what is what and how it can work out for me.

2) It gives me purpose and direction, writing is an act of magic, when you write down you can predict the future, I almost always make these things reality. The act of writing alone gives me purpose.

3) It gives a boost to my creativity, my brain starts to work when I’m writing, it unfolds what was hidden before and creates new perspectives.

The book that inspired me the most to get my writing rolling was The Artist Way from Julia Cameron. The book is set up as a 12-week course to uncover your creativity. After that, I started writing in my journal every day. I write whatever comes up to me. Afterward, I feel lighter and more at peace. And in my case: does writing make me happier? Hell yeah!

Being in Bali: 3 life lessons I learned

Ganesh in Ubud

This year in September I went on a three week holiday to Bali. One of the questions I took with me was: how I could create a better life for myself? I was looking for a life of fulfillment and purpose. These are the three answers I got during the trip:

1) Work where you feel best

The first place I visited was Canggu, a place near the beautiful Bali beaches. Canggu breathes creativity. Everywhere the eye can see are nice coffee places, vegan food, yoga, and art-related places to go. Here I realized this is how I want to craft my life. The Canggu community comes from all over the world, which makes it very inspiring. I realized this is how I want to craft my life: Create beautiful ideas and feel free to work wherever I want.

2) Spirituality is in everyday life

When you get up early in the morning you see women with their offerings going to the home temples. You smell the scent of incense. It’s something you not will easily forget. They perform this act with gratitude and graciousness. When Balinese greet each other they often use the phrase: Om Swastiastu. Wich means: Oh God, I hope all goodness (safety, happiness, and prosperity) comes from all directions. That holiness I could feel in my contact with the people. So I promised myself not to take daily life for granted: every day is holy.

3.) Taking risks is a good thing

Before my holiday I was scared as hell to go on a motorbike. The traffic in Bali is so busy and chaotic that I even got panicked when I thought about it. But I decided to just do it. And I was rewarded. I traveled through mountains, along with the see, and to beautiful temples. I made a trip a thought I wasn’t able to. It gave me confirmation that I am on the right track: taking risks will be rewarded.

So these are a few things I learned in Bali. Traveling made me see my life with clear eyes. There are two things I want to share with you. One is a link to my friend Natalie Dissel who lives on Bali: she, a jewelry designer, is a pure example of someone who lives the Bali life of freedom. The other is a course I did while I was on my way. This free training helped me to see that it’s possible to live the life that I want.