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25 days to GOal! Break out of the box day!

Posted 04-17-2010 at 08:18 AM by Sandra Bostwick
Updated 04-17-2010 at 08:27 AM by Sandra Bostwick

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There are some thoughts and feelings that members choose to share in a private message or email instead of posting in the comments here. I think that, because this is a public forum, it is wise to edit personal details as much as possible for privacy and good common sense.

On the other hand, there are trends that I think can be general, and that really would benefit from group discussion and problem solving.

I went back over a collection of the messages, and I think I see a pattern.

I see a few share-able themes in the sharing that you don't want to share:

*being stuck in a rut
*not being able to make a decision
*saying you will do something, then not doing it
*feeling that you don't have enough (time, money, resources,faith, hope, energy, patience)
*general feeling not good enough
*being shy in groups-even virtual groups
*fear of being judged on writing skills

I wonder if members who are working on these very important issues might be able to post in GENERAL enough terms so they don't disclose all their private business, BUT others can share and problem solve as a group.

Also, I am certain that no one here is going to judge someone on spelling, grammar, or sentence structure. (OK, let me rephrase that...any mean comments about someone's writing will be deleted!)

Reflecting on this has inspired me on this rainy, dark Saturday, to REALLY focus on breaking out of the boxes that keep me from reaching out comfortably.

I have several challenging events over the next few weeks, including several presentations that need to be done.

I've been to a few courses where I walked out thinking "Now there's a few hours that I'll never get back!"

Because of this, I've really been trying to make my own lectures or courses as good as possible, or at least adhering to the abstract and course goals.

Now, here is what is SO interesting! First, let me say that I wrote up the summary of private message issues a few days ago. Well, last night when I thought about what keeps me from creating fearlessly and effortlessly with my courses or writing...you know what the issues are?


*being stuck in a rut
*not being able to make a decision
*saying you will do something, then not doing it
*feeling that you don't have enough (time, money, resources,faith, hope, energy, patience)
*general feeling not good enough
*being shy in groups-even virtual groups
*fear of being judged on writing skills

Maybe these beliefs are just part of being human unless something good comes along that teaches you different beliefs. I'm sure even the most confident person felt SOME of these feelings at SOME point.

Today is dedicated to overcoming those limiting beliefs that create a small box around our big dreams and goals. Can anyone work with me on this?

And THAT is today's blog entry!
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    Posting on this, or any blog does take a certain amount of strength. You are putting your good, bad and ugly out for anyone to see. Private messaging, on the other hand, shows that the person just requires one single comfirmation on what they want to post... then maybe it can go onto the blog. Like confess a secret or fear to one single person in your life just to hear "I feel like that too" then the discussion opens up and people can move on and grow.
    I used to private message, didn't think I had much to say, or worth saying... then found that people, in any way of life, go through what I go through.
    The one comforting thing more than anything, more than comfirmation, more than opening up, more than getting feedback... is that I realized NO ONE can actually see me through the computer! Wether I am submitting artwork, asking companies questions, or just posting what I am up to... on one is watching me do it, no one personally sitting beside me saying "Don't do it! It's stupid!"
    And I have never, ever, had a negative response on here... everyone is so positive... and no one knows who I am.
    I can post that I am a stay at home mom, my daughter is 4 and has Aspergers, my hubby makes the money, I just got my very own vehicle... I quit smoking 1.5 years ago, I've had 2 breakdowns which is why I love Disney so much... and I sometimes feel lonely in this small town, trying to be an artist, be a good healthy mom, and try to contribute to the family income when I can... there!!!
    I dream of having my art in The Art of Disney and working for them in one way or another and own my own home in Orlando... I can guess there may be quite a few people out there feeling similar to me that wouldn't want to post... the only way to get to talk to people is to share!
    So thank you Sandy, this blog has only HELPED no matter what the topic...
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    Angie said:
    I dream of having my art in The Art of Disney and working for them in one way or another and own my own home in Orlando...

    (Here's me)
    Well, I don't know if you'll ever own the home in Orlando, BUT I do believe with ALL MY HEART AND SOUL that one day you'll have your art in The Art of Disney. Over the past few months that we've been doing this blog project, I've learned quite a few things about quite a few people.

    What I've learned about you, Angie, is that you will keep at it until you find a way. You really seem to have gotten more confident and driven with putting your work out there and taking the rejection in stride.

    As far as the talent, that is a gift that you already have.

    It would be so wonderful if you could cross the moat into the castle with your artwork before our blog ending time, but I know that is unrealistic.

    We will just have to keep checking up on you until Disney clears a space on a wall for your art. It WILL happen, though!
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    I lurked on Passporter for atleast a year and a half before I started posting. Then I started posting slowly and started getting positive feedback on questions I had about Disney. Then I started posting on the family forums and again, got positive feedback, not by everyone but some and the some is what I concentrated on. I know it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there but it can be very worthwhile. I will share something here that I haven't before. I have a brother who commited suicide in 1985, he was 27 years old. I miss my brother, partially b/c he was a good person and also because he and I never got close and I think, had he lived we would have. I guess he couldn't take it anymore and I am very lucky b/c I have the strength to go on every day, no matter what. I wish he could have taken that chance though. I wish he reached out to more people and got the help I imagine he thought he wouldn't. He would have been a great uncle. He didn't know this but he would have been the Godfather to each of my children but he can't now. I wish he was here. Try to find the strength within yourself. I would bet big bucks that NO ONE on this blog would ever judge, look down on or berate you. If you are reading this blog, you are a good person, I'm certain of it.
    I am becoming a nurse because I want to help people. I want my life to matter and I honestly want to make a difference and I honestly am here to hear any of you out and try to help.
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    Posted 04-17-2010 at 11:38 AM by Christine43 Christine43 is offline
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    I want to mention something else too. I am constantly reaching out to people and feeling like I've overstepped my bounds, said too much, opened up too much etc and feeling vulnerable and awful afterward. I have to put it in perspective afterward. All I tried to do was make someone else happy or help with something. Wow, what a crime. So, now, when I get that feeling I remember that I did exactly what I am supposed to do on earth (in my belief system anyway) and if the other person feels strange about it, that's sad but it's not about me.
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    Posted 04-17-2010 at 11:47 AM by Christine43 Christine43 is offline
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    One more....b/c I sent this to Sandy and she wanted me to post it and it seems like it belongs here....
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    Posted 04-17-2010 at 11:49 AM by Christine43 Christine43 is offline
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    I LOVE superhero cat! Thanks for posting the photo AND for those great thoughts.
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    Posted 04-17-2010 at 01:13 PM by Sandra Bostwick Sandra Bostwick is offline

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