Why pre-ordering Jeff Goins’ book about not starving as an artist is a good idea

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I don’t write and post very much any more. Because I’ve been stuck in my creativity for quite some time. But then there is Jeff Goins. I really can’t explain why his words always manage to find a way in to my inner core, where the creativity dwells and he re-kindles the flame within that is begging for fuel to light up my being as a whole.

So, since my Tribe Writer days I still get news about what’s going on, and now he is in pre-launch mode of his new book Real Artists don’t Starve. And since I believe in doing good to others I believe I want to share this book and this pre-order opportunity in case there is somebody out there who could benefit from his words and ideas.

This is how Jeff Goins’ team introduce the book (and yes, if you happen to be interested and follow the links below to pre-order and receive all the awesome bonuses, I would actually be helped to add a small amount to the Lisa Congdon on-line course I’m dreaming of attending) here is:

Real Artists don’t Starve

 is not available in stores yet, but thousands of people have already pre-ordered the book.
 And because they acted quickly, they have gotten access to the amazing bonuses that Jeff is offering to everyone who gets the book before the June 6 release date.

Click Here to preorder and get your bonuses:

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Today I wanted to share with you a couple of the lessons from the book.
One of them is:
  • The Starving Artist waits to be noticed. Or: The Thriving Artist cultivates patrons.
This lesson revolves around what Jeff calls the “Rule of the Patron”…which is that before you can build a huge following, you have to learn to please a single reader, follower or patron.
Another awesome lesson is this one:
  • The Starving Artist works alone. Or: The Thriving Artist Collaborates with others.
In this portion of the book Jeff shares the story of the Inklings — the famous group of writers that included literary legends C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, among others.
These are just a few of the amazing lessons Jeff shares in his book to help YOU succeed in your creative pursuits.

CLICK  → Order your copy today of: Real Artists Don’t Starve

Oh yeah, plus the awesome bonuses you’ll get if you pre-order…

Bonus #1:
The Real Artists Don’t Starve Online Course ($100)
In this 12-part video course, Jeff teaches how to make a living off your art, elaborating on the principles in the book and sharing his own knowledge and experience.

Bonus #2:
All the Expert Interview Transcripts
Learn from the hundreds of experts and Thriving Artists Jeff interviewed during the research of this book.

Bonus #3:
Exclusive Community Access

Get special access to a private Facebook group where Jeff will answer your questions regularly and you can connect with others reading the book.

You WANT these bonuses…here’s how to claim them:
  • Go to  https: Don’t Starve
  • Follow the instructions on the page
  • Enter your email and receipt number
  • Collect your bonuses
 Simple as that!
Here’s to not starving!
P.S. These bonuses go away completely on June 6. Click the link below before then to not miss out.
 
With Love!
Lotta

Loving Life – Feel your life!

Should I write about loving life? – YES!

One of the clues to our lives here on earth is to enjoy the fact that we live here! And we shouldn’t just push the hope to live until “later”, we need to enjoy our life right now!

It is so easy to forget to live.

Instead it is easy to punish ourselves, for any reason, mostly from guilt. Many of us do. But recently I have started to consider the consequences of doing that, and the thought is:

While punishing myself, I am not able to really love life!

I don’t need to feed myself with thoughts about my inadequacy or helplessness!

I need to enjoy my life, and be happy about it!

The reason for punishing ourselves might be our urge to be a kind and humble person, believing it is not decent to place ourselves “higher” than others. We live our lives to do good for others, and we should, that’s one of the milestones for the progress of the human race, but in the attempt of lowering ourselves we  diminish ourselves to the level that we are not good enough, for anything. We forget to do good for ourselves.

But I think it is time to remember

Enjoying life is good for us!

I want to live life full! And I will start with myself!

That does not mean we do bad for others.

Let me show you one rewarding method to start loving  life! – Sensing your life.

Using the senses to actually feel your life!

  • Listen! Use some breaths to listen to what is all around you. Embrace the fact that you can hear! Your organs in the ear are working to submit impulses to your brain to make you fathom what is happening around you, and you should feel awe because of that! It is one of the thrills of every day! Sink into the moment when you are absolute present and listening to something  and loving it! You can listen to music you like, the noise around your home, the voice from someone you love or just the beautiful sound of the coffee grinder at your favorite café.

Once you open your ears and connect them to your heart you will find many, many moments in a day when you hear sounds that you cherish and makes you realize you are alive and you feel joy from it!

  • You use your eyes every day. Can you change your habit from watching without seeing, to actually take to your heart what you are looking at, and register the emotion of it? If you have a mug of new fresh coffee beside you, watch the whirls of heat swirling upwards in the air! You are able to register that and appreciate that you are there to see it right now! Imagine if that small token makes you feel happy, how does the sight of a friendly face of a person you love make you feel.

Use your sight all day to be happy about what you see. Use your mind to consider if you should watch things on TV, or somewhere else, that is not making your heart leap with joy!

  • Smelling is a lifesaving sense. It helps us avoid dangerous food or places, that is good. We listen to our mind telling us to avoid it and we are hardly aware of it. Like an instinct could we also be aware of our senses for the good of life? Could we enjoy the night air in a garden full of flowers, or the smell of a soap made from only natural ingredients healthy to ourselves and the environment? Let yourself stay in the moment you smell the skin of your baby. And embrace yourself with the immense love you feel! There could be absolutely nothing wrong in opening your heart to the uttermost joy of being alive and feeling your life in that very moment! I am sure there are other moments you can experience the same joy as well!
  • If you have ever tasted freshly squeezed orange juice and compared it to a packed drink of concentrated fruit mixed with water and added citric acid, various preservatives and even colors, you know your taste buds can help you sort out natural food from chemical. You probably also know the difference in taste of food eaten with people you like in a homely environment or at a time or place where you feel insecure and unhappy. But our ability to taste is also our opportunity to feel life and enjoy living. It doesn’t need to be the luxurious food, the most expensive, it could be the tiniest, cheapest piece and it may still give us the pleasure of thinking: “I am actually alive and enjoying the fact that I can eat this I am holding in my mouth right now”. When you do that, you will also find the taste pleasurable and appreciate it.
  • Touch. The remarkable, intriguing system of nerves surrounding our entire body! In absolutely everything you do during your day you are able to feel it.  Use that possibility to love your life! Enjoy the sense of  wind on your cheek. Consider the differences in material on the various chairs you are sitting on during a day. Feel the water embracing your body while swimming  or taking  a shower. Stay in the moment when you feel the skin of someone you love under your fingertips.

It will not take long for your system to adapt to this way of living. Your entire being is longing for embracing life! Participating in life! And loving Life!

My love to you

Lotta

Comparing snow shoveling to real life

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I simply cannot ever stop thinking.

So while I was doing hard work in the physical world I came to think about the world of creativity, that I must say I prefer. But still I know I need both because they complete each other. This is what I came up with a few days ago.

It is a new thing to me to shovel snow. I have lived on the countryside where the snow falls galore and it is no use shoveling, except when the car is stuck of course, then I need to shovel a lot, to get it free again.

Now I have just moved into a village where walking areas around the houses are supposed to be free of snow, so people may walk by.

And I had also found my house at a corner.

One morning when I looked out the ground was covered in white.  I realized, there is no way I can escape this, I must go out with my shovel and make the pavements walkable.

It was easy in the beginning. The snow was light and I knew how to handle the shovel. – Ah, I’ll fix this in no time. I thought.

But when I came to the corner, the ground was sloping and I was feeling tired and my back hurt. I had to meddle with the snow and the slope. The un shoveled road ahead of me looked so very long. So naturally I thought – Well I could just go back in now, I have been kind of good. I can do the rest later.

But a little tiny voice inside was clever. It knew I wouldn’t go on again later. It told me I must go on NOW. What if people would slip and fall over and maybe hurt themselves.

So I carried on, and it was really heavy.

After a while a person I know came by and she was (she always is) in a very good mood and it was a nice, cheerful talk. The work became easier after that. But I still thought – Will this never end? But I kept at it.

Eventually it suddenly became clear to me, I had reached the end! I was staring at the stone of the neighbor’s fence. And it took a while for the thought to sink in; The labor was over, I was finished.

I had accomplished what I had set out to do!

I stayed in that moment; of feeling joy inside of actually going through all the necessary motions to reach the goal.

It is so much more rewarding than going back to the comfortable life not achieving anything to be proud of.

Can you also see the parallels of what might happen in our creative work?

  • You get an idea; – This could work!
  • You prepare yourself with the proper equipment
  • You start enthusiastically; – I can do this
  • You seem to never reach the goal. You feel tired and want to quit.
  • You convince yourself you must go on.
  • You meet someone who can encourage you to go on.
  • You are persistent. You believe in this idea, even if it feels difficult.
  • You reach your goal. You have accomplished!
  • You can feel very happy about yourself.

Enjoy the moment when you actually finish something you set your mind to do! No matter how small the task might seem to be. It helps your self-confidence! Next time you are not afraid to set a new goal and you find your self growing as a person (and possibly your muscles too)

It is rewarding, believe me.

I wish you a very joyful day!

Love

Lotta

Moving out – or moving in?

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So where do I stress?

Moving out – or moving in? which is most important?

For the moment most our activities are concerned with the “new”. We plan for which rooms to sleep in, closets to contain our clothes, kitchen to be practical….

But the “old”. Fragments of memories. All the bits and pieces of our life together in this home. Old closets being sorted out. Reminders of young children growing up, learning things, learning how to write. All these beautiful, beautiful notes ” I love you mum, and all the family too” The spelling is odd, but it doesn’t matter I cherished that note then and I still do! They have learned how to spell now and they think I should throw away that evidence of them being inadequate, but for me it is worth more than anything.

So what are my lessons in this stage of my life?

1.  I have found out that it is so important for us to

Not avoid our feelings and emotions! Dare to deal with them! And learn from them!

Should I avoid this emotional turmoil by saying “Oh, I can’t move now. It is to many memories in that house. I need to linger there, and keep the memories alive forever”

I believe the memories can be alive in our hearts if we choose them to be. Wherever our house is.

I don’t think we can avoid emotions just by staying.  Sometimes staying make us go stale and “old”. Emotions will catch up on us sooner or later and then it may be with a shock. Like if you sweep too much dirt under a rag, it grows a pile and suddenly you will fall over that pile.

Get on top of your life! Don’t let it pass by without your interference. It is you who are supposed to interfere in your life!

2.  Lesson number two:

Moving out and moving in are equally important. Seeking and finding the balance in life, in this matter as well.

And of course keeping in mind:

Showing respect for other people, possessions and nature involved. Gratitude for having a place to live and a home, and for all the marvelous experiences we acknowledge every day!

Please live your life!And feel your life!

Lotta

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Hey guys! I hope your day has been better than mine … haha
I have seen my mum blog for a time now and I just wanted to say hello to her lovely  readers! hope you enjoy reading my mum’s writing as much as I do.

If you want to read a blog in Swedish (maybe translate it haha) with a lot of pictures then read mine. www.comeandlook.blogg.se
Much love from little Wanner

7.Guest blogger Katina Vaselopulos

Today I am very happy to invite my friend Katina Vaselopulos to post her thoughts here. Following her words is like walking a mysterious path with hidden embellishments revealing during the journey. Never certain what to expect but always astound by the abundance of power and spirit. Watch her blog here

It is an honor to be invited to guest post at this great site!
Lotta, I am grateful to you for opening your heart and online home to me. I am only in the beginning of this blogging journey.
I consider this an opportunity to see it from the reader’s perspective and look forward to constructive criticism.

Fall-ing Inwards

It is late fall.
The sun’s energy has weakened. The beauty and radiance of autumn have faded away as the last leaf is out of breath on its way to the ground. Nature’s powers lie underground.
Now is the time to enjoy the fruit of our labor, literally, as well as symbolically for all of us who are on the “mature” side.
This is the time to live indoors, to enjoy the warmth of our homes.
It is also the time to turn inward to our hearts where wisdom, love, and intuition reside. Persephone already descended to the underworld.
The mind, the thinking part of us, is not capable of taking this inward journey. It does not recognize the heart. It constantly feeds on the outside world.
It returns to the past where memories reside. It jumps to the future where fantasies are conceived.
Always ignoring and evading the present moment.
If we want to take this journey inward, to hear the whispers of our soul, we need to keep our mind quiet and still. Only then, we can be aware of the wisdom that dwells in our hearts; only then, we find answers.
The answers we seek are already within us.
“The kingdom of Heaven is within you,” Jesus promised.
This space inside is in harmony with the universe. We are links in the chain of All.
When we are still and in agreement with the world and ourselves, then we hear our inner voice.
At this time of the year, it’s easier to reconnect to our spirit by trusting the loving and intuitive voice of our heart.
By consciously returning inward, we have access to love and peace.
By attending to our soul, we log on to God…to love, peace, health, creativity, wisdom, and fulfillment.

These are the steps that get me in touch with my soul. See if they work for you:

• Resign to your room for private prayer as often as you can.
• Send your mind away. You don’t need its unconscious stream of thoughts to fill your brain. These thoughts come from the ego, not the soul. Your soul is waiting.
• Send pain, anger, and life’s nuisances away.
• Sit still and quiet. Silence is overflowing with God.
• Listen to your soul’s whispers. It is God whispering to you.
• If your mind tries to interfere, ignore it.
• Pray without asking for favors, rather for God’s love, peace, and wisdom.

Preoccupations

All summer long,
The sun has been shining
Upon the little earth,
Flooding her with life, nourishing her.
Soon, the summer draws to a close.
The sun’s mission done,
His journey will take him to another course.
His light, still inexhaustible,
Consumed by curiosity,
Will flow to earth inquisitively
Spilling and sliding
In the crevices of trees
Between bare branches and fallen leaves
On rocks and cliffs
Through rivers and streams
Creeping into the surface of the endless sea,
Seeking out to unravel the enigma of Being.
Each ray a being, free of the others,
All by her ought to discover
The magic and purpose of LIFE,
Before night comes and she is no more.
Her struggle and her agony: will she the secrets know?
Will she have time to find out what she needs to undergo?
What connects you to your heart and soul?

I am writing a non-fiction book called SAILING TOWARD ITHACA – Nurturing Body and Soul. My intention is not to preach but to learn. To remind myself of steps I need to take, of paths I need to follow.

Written originally with the purpose to heal my life, my journal turned into a book.
It is intended for women and men who want to nurture body and soul by connecting to what is important for a fulfilled spiritual life.
I invite my readers to follow me during this one specific year of my journey.

To explore life with me and all it entails, to witness my struggles, to enjoy my triumphs, to benefit from my discoveries and to learn from the wisdom of great men and women.

I show that by being open to the moment, to life and to all its possibilities, by cultivating virtues and relationships with self, others and God, readers also can turn life’s negatives into positive and fulfilling experiences.

Katina Vaselopulos

organized chaos!

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Today I have organized my blogs!

I used to mix swedish and english notes in one blog, but realized it was not a good idea. So, now there are two

blogs! That’s nice.

But what is not nice is that every time I try to load i picture the safari goes bananas and all my pages closes down! It is a bit annoying. I need to start up everything again and again, and sometimes the pics are stuck in the page but sometimes they are not. Haha.

So you wont see many images for a while, sorry!

If you are curious about the swedish blog you are welcome!