The Greatest Act of Fulfillment

Sharing.

One of the greatest things that happens when you connect with your calling and do personally fulfilling work, is being able to share it with others. Think about it. What is the first thing we do when we have a great idea, receive good news, or create something new? We tell somebody and we share it with the world.

This goes for whether you have a gift or an idea worthy of sharing or even when you experience a bad day. Something happens when you share with others. You open yourself up, you form a connection, and you shift from ‘me’ to ‘we’. There is tremendous power in sharing what we know and what we can do that shapes the world in a transformative way.  You, as a result also experience deep transformation as you realize the power you have to impact positive change through who you are and the work you do.

We are no good to anybody or to ourselves when we hold it in and hold ourselves back.  Suppose Thomas Edison never told the world about the light bulb and kept it to himself.  What if Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl shot by the Taliban, kept her experience to herself and never decided to speak out about her campaign for girls education in Pakistan? Or how about the guy pictured below who travels around the world with his piano simply to share his message to do something remarkable with your life.

 

Think about something in your life that you love to share.  Vegan Baking recipes, your knowledge of food nutrition, business consulting for eco-friendly companies. How can you bring your gifts to more people? How can you begin sharing your work with others that helps them improve their lives? This marks the beginning of connecting with your calling and doing fulfilling work that can shape your career in a meaningful way. Spend some time this week reflecting on what you’d like to share more of in the world.

Keep me posted on how it goes ariane@arianehunter.com.

You Are Creative. Yes YOU!

Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought the following:

  • I don’t consider myself creative.
  • I really don’t know how to be creative.
  • Being creative comes easy for others, not me.

Meet Faye*. Faye is a social worker and loves her job very much. She’s even gotten her Master’s degree in social work and hopes to really make a difference giving help and support to families from broken homes. Faye considers herself to be very organized and great at following the rules. In fact, she prides herself on thinking inside the box.  She says that the box was created for a reason and serves a purpose. Faye believes that working within the confines of the box keeps orderliness and control of the situation. 

According to Faye, she is not a creative person. She believes being creative is ‘thinking outside of the box and is the ability to see the grey area out of a black and white world”.

One day on the job Faye had the task of working on a particularly difficult case. Her challenge was to gather five siblings ranging in ages 8 to 16 to interview and get them to open up to her about their feelings about what was bothering them while living at home.  No small feat, as the last thing children at that age want to do is open up and talk about their feelings to an adult. Faye had to get creative; she knew that confronting the kids with her traditional interview style of questions like, ‘tell me how you feel?’ would not work this time.  Their guards would go up, they would become defensive, and completely shut down. Faye found herself trapped in the box.

What we don’t know about Faye is that Faye is an amazing cook. She finds joy in experimenting and creating new meals (according to step-by-step recipe directions of course) for herself and her family.  Their full bellies and look of satisfaction from her loved ones whenever she serves a meal simply makes her feel happy.

So returning back to Faye’s problem of getting the five kids to open up about their feelings at home. Faye decided that she would bring her love of the kitchen into her job as a social worker and asked the five kids if they had ever had apple pie before. They excitedly replied yes thinking Faye had brought them a lovely pie to eat. Faye then asked the kids, “you love apple pie, but have you ever made one before”? The kids looked at her in disbelief telling her they’ve only had store bought pie and couldn’t even conceive of an apple pie being made at home.  Faye returned to the kid’s home with a bag full of ingredients for apple pie; fresh apples, flour, cinnamon, the works! The kids looked on with excitement eager to get started in baking their apple pie. Faye helped them put together the recipe for the apple pie and in doing so; she created a perfect opportunity to engage each child casually with her interview questions that would allow them to open up and share their feelings.  And open up they did! Faye solved her problem and got out of her box by bringing her love of cooking to the job. She brought the kids a new experience, got them to open up and got answers to the questions she needed in order to do her job.

Sounds like a Faye is a pretty creative person after all, huh?

I share this story about Faye because I know there are many of us out there like Faye. We feel this sense of disconnectedness from our creativity even rejecting it all together calling ourselves ‘not creative’. We’ve created this imaginary box for ourselves that leaves little to no room for imagination and creative expansion.  It’s commonly believed that creativity is one of those things that is reserved for the select few who can wield a paint brush, sing a tune, or compose a sonnet in the blink of an eye. If those things do not come naturally for us, it creates the idea that we must not be creative.  In that context, we make creativity completely out of reach for ourselves.

Joe Mangrum of www.joemangrum.com

Let’s start over by redefining how we think about Creativity.

  • Thinking outside the box starts with knowing that there is no box to begin with.
  • We are all naturally creative beings and express ourselves in unique ways.
  • Our individuality is our creativity.
  • Creativity is an expression of who we are, how we see ourselves, and the world around us.
  • Our creativity is like a wandering hungry dog, the more you feed it, the more it keeps coming back.
  • Being creative has less to do with ‘what’ you do and more about the person doing it.

What new beliefs can you adopt to open up to your creativity? Post in the comments below!

We will be continuing this discussion on Wednesday this week during our FREE weekly series In Spirit tele-circle. Join us for I’m Not Creative and other lies we tell ourselves on Wednesday, July 10th @ 8pm Eastern to learn about the stories we tell ourselves about being creative and how connecting with your creativity can align you with your career purpose. Sign up for the Free tele-circle!

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*real client, name changed

 

 

 

 

The Journey by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice --

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

"Mend my life!"

each voice cried.

But you didn't stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

detemined to do

the only thing you could do --

determined to save

the only life you could save.

~ Mary Oliver

 

 

Our Sense of Calling

Every year, round the scalp of the planet, the caribou run the same path of migration along the edge of the Artic Circle. They are born with some innate sense that calls them to this path. And every year, along the way, packs of coyote wait to feed on the caribou. And every year, despite the danger, the caribou return and make their way.

 

Often nature makes difficult things very clear. What feels like confusion is frequently our human refusal to see things for what they are. What lesson do the caribou shout to us with the thunder of their hooves as they deepen the crown of the planet? They are evidence, even as we speak, of the fact that in every living thing there is an inner necessity that outweighs all consequence. For the caribou it is clear what it is.

For spirits carried in human form, it is a blessing and a curse that we don't always know our calling. Part of our migration is the finding out. What is it we are called to, beneath all formal ambition? The caribou tell us that, though there are risks and dangers that wait in the world, we truly have no choice but to live out what we are born with, to find and work our path.

These elegant animals bespeak a force deeper than courage, and, though some would call the caribou stupid, the mystery of their migration reveals to us the quiet, irrepressive emergence of living over hiding, of being over  thinking, of participating over observing, of thriving over surviving.

In regions near the Arctic, the caribou are not just seen as animals living out an instinct at all cost. Rather, it is believed that their endless run, no matter what stands in their way, is what keeps the Earth turning. And somewhere, beneath all hesitation and despair, it is our endless call to being, in each of us and all of us together, that keeps the fire at the center of the Earth burning.

Excerpt from "The Book of Awakening" by Mark Nepo.

 

If you are at a crossroads in your life and are looking to explore your calling and do work that is meaningful and personally satisfying, you can schedule some one-on-one coaching time with me here.

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With Love & Light,

Ariane

Miracle Questions, News, & Sweet Deals; October's Newsletter is Out!

The below post is an excerpt from the October newsletter. What's that you say? You're not receiving my newsletter? Let's fix that! Take a moment to SIGN UP to my monthly newsletter for more Insight & Inspiration to fuel your spirit!

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Are You Where You Thought You'd Be?

Five years ago I asked myself this question and what I found not only made me uncomfortable but prepared me for a journey of personal growth that I would not trade for the world.

In this video, I describe the moment of clarity I had at a desk job I didn't like and the one thing that led me to reconnect with my calling.

I also describe how asking yourself this question can help you get clear on what you want and embrace possibilities for change.

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Your Call To Action

You know that voice deep down that whispers to you in your quiet moments? Sometimes you notice it while driving home after a long day at work or in the shower as you mentally prepare for the day ahead.  Or perhaps you may hear this small voice call out to you in the last moments before you fall asleep at night.

Today is the day for you to listen to that voice.

As a coach, I’ve had the joy of working with passionate purpose-driven souls like yourself helping them connect with their inner callings and boldly step away from fear and into action.

As an introductory special to new coaching clients, I’d like to offer 4 one-on-one coaching sessions for just $150. The first 10 people to sign up will get this special pricing.

Click on over to read more!


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Passion Project - The Miracle Question

For a moment, let's step into a world of imagination and possibility. With pen and paper, journal your answer to the below question:

  1. Imagine that for a moment when you went to bed tonight and throughout the course of the night a miracle has happened and everything fell perfectly into place; your world is exactly as you would want it to be. Write down what is different. Who would you be? What would you be doing?  What are the particular things that changed?
If you're inspired to share your insights or revelations from this exercise, I'd love to hear from you!

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So In Closing...

I will leave you with this quote from Neale Donald Walsch from my favorite book I'm reading right now, Conversations With God. It so beautifully sums up how we can begin living with purpose and passion.

"Be OPEN. Don't close off the possibility of new truth because you have been comfortable with an old one. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."

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Breeding Ground of the Heart

There is beauty and there is love in every moment that we are given. That beauty and love can powerfully transcend your heart from a place where you can see not just the world in front of us, but a world that is meant to be, because you are in it.

With the calling of our hearts we journey along a path of fearlessness, compassion, and inspired creativity.


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Your Life on Purpose

Imagine that your purpose right now is to be reading these words. Two hours ago your purpose may have been grabbing those last few minutes of sleep as you pressed the snooze button on your alarm clock. And a few hours from now, your purpose may be picking up the phone to talk to a loved one because they will need to hear your voice. 

Your purpose changes all the time throughout the course of a day and your entire lifetime.  It all boils down to what you are doing in the moment; this very moment. Your life purpose consists of tiny moments that come together to create something Great.  Anything you do, do it with care, do it with love and attention, and do it with full Presence.

So after you click off of this post, what will your purpose be…?

See Beauty…

Ariane