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I started reading a phenomenal book called the Artists Way by Julia Cameron. It has become somewhat my bible for the past 6 weeks. If you find that you are feeling blocked as an artist or you need to reconnect with yourself, I highly recommend reading this book. It will change your life, one chapter at a time.

With that said, I wanted to share with you a small activity that I've incorporated in my life just recently from reading that book. The other night, on my way home from work, I decided to pick up some sushi for dinner and a bottle of red wine. Mmm mmm, I just love wine. But anyway, I decided that during dinner I would flip through some travel magazines that I had and cut out the images of locations that I would someday want to visit or perhaps even live.

I've always had travel aspirations of going to far off exotic locations to experience new surroundings and different cultures. I've even created a top 7 list of places I would like to go before I die. Thailand, Australia, Brazil, Japan, etc. The list goes on and on. Visiting these places, seemed somewhat far-fetched for me but through the help of reading the Artists Way and looking at things differently, I realized that if my heart is telling me to travel, I need to listen.

So for now, I am keeping my aspirations of traveling alive by constanly surrounding myself with images of places that I am destined to go. As of right now, I have magazine clippings of beautiful destinations hung up in my kitchen, on my bedroom mirror, and the wall next to my workstation at home. This can be done with not only places but with images of things and people. Things that you hope to obtain some day like that 5 bedroom beachhouse in San Francisco or a picture of Michelle Obama; who doesn't want to exude confidence and strength just like her?

I encourage you to try this activity for at least a week and watch as your perceptions and behavior start to change.