goals and the meaning of life.

Where’s the time going? Is time flying?

Slow it down, cowgirl. Pull on the reins and take a look around, up and down, and inside yourself.

All the talk of living up to our potential simply means that you are a gifted treasure, so you need to dig in and pull out your shine.

Wouldn’t it be a shame to wake up in 15 years with a whole bunch of SHOULD’OF in your mouth?

Pop the chest and check your jewels. Use your talent, skill, genius, drive, wonder, will, curiosity, and fortitude to pursue a fulfilling life.

Some folks are against ambition. I know why.

Because they think it leads to burnout and a feeling that you’ll always need more to be happy.

I think you need to grow to be happy.

So grow. Be thankful for every inch you expand.

Set some goals. Give meaning to your life. Bypass regret. Live above ordinary.

 

I will, too.

Michelle Bernard

Making every dream come true. That’s my goal.

I met Donna when I was 14 and 15 years old. 

 

11 keys to a magical life

Michelle Bernard 11 keys to a magical life

1.  believe, anyway 

2.  the words thank you matter so frickn much

3.  everyone is you, you are everyone

4.  daily exercise will lighten the load you carry (in your mind)

5.  your journal can collect your wisdom and evict most of your worry

6.  plunge your imagination into a vision for your creations/art/business/family/self

7.  live so fully you don’t fear regret

8.  promise to do what you say 

     and you’ll trust yourself

     more and more

9.  meditation can unbury a treasure. use it to excavate more clarity, confidence, and inspiration

10. prayer is a bridge. use it and cross to safety.

11. instead of being wasteful, take less

live above ordinary

visit my newest creation (at) http://www.michellebernardonline.com
Michelle.

made it to the future.

shakti gawain quote

Shakti Gawain wrote Creative Visualization, a remarkable little book that gave birth to the whole law of attraction child!

I read it when I was about 28.  My Saturn Returns was simply horrible. During that tunnel through darkness, I wrote poetry on the floor of my Los Angeles apartment trying to forgive myself for living a wandering adult life. 

I deeply felt life was punishing me for being an artist,

accusing me for continually desiring new palates,

shaking a finger at my operation to shape and sculpt new experiences because

monotony bored my senses.

With the right college degrees and wherewithal to manage, train, and supervise, why did I voluntarily seek a life path that promised instability, that guaranteed uncertainty?

 

The tone of my journals keep indicating my unresolved obsession with that same question every 10 years.  Now at 47, I face another internal and external rumbling for change.

I’ll have to create a pathway to a land of dreams using my tools:  faith and art.

I must let myself

be.

Let go of ideals and losses.  Be who I am.

In retrospect of the 47 years of fear and curiosity, life is as life does, meanwhile

I have created a me I like and trust.

This year, I have been helped into a better acceptance of knowing myself with support from these pieces of art.

The War of Art, Steven Pressfield – Confronts the courage to create
#Girlboss, Sophia Amorusa   Tells how she created a lucrative business with only a-being-herself business plan.
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert – Reflects on creating: the acknowledgement and acceptance
re-reading The Artist’s Way – Navigates the way the artist unlocks creation
The Motivation Manifesto, Brandon Burhard – Strong call to action: spend deliberate time and energy interacting with living!

 

plus

30 days to write yourself alive  –  an online writing course with Andrea Balt

and

listening to stories from my courageous girlfriends – not naming them, obviously, but insert your people here…

 

So, to the liberated art (artists) – THANK YOU  for showing me myself

by showing yourself

 

rumi bewilderment

Stepping into more, here’s to the wild future – 2016.

 

sophia quote

image
You: the art.

 

thanks for reading today,

michelle bernard

http://www.sculptedbybernard.com

stop

Michelle Bernard’s November Mental Massage from Michelle Bernard on Vimeo.

 

 

while living through 

reaching

pushing

pulling

and hoping

 

stop

 

see how beautiful 

today is

 

what would you let go of

if it would make your life

feel

more beautiful?

 

http://www.sculptedbybernard.com

Nourishing November

Here is my MOvement for November : The Spinal Twist

to re-align the physical and mental energies as we prepare for feasts of food and material.

Movement and breath are gifts worth cherishing every waking day.

They each offer pathways to vibrant health and intuitive expansion.
Dip into this delicious pleasure.

Michelle Bernard

http://www.sculptedbybernard.com

I am in love

I am in love

with

my imagination.

The relationship I have with it now as an adult with a bank account,

mortgage,

and mutual funds

is more challenging than the one I had in my basement when I was 13.
I would lie in my bedroom with wallpaper-flowers, the Prince record blasting up to the kitchen, letting my mind play pictures and fantasies of what I wanted to experience.
Wishes and real-feeling scenes so far unlike the Iowa town where I lived.

It was ritual – to daydream. Daily.

I called it planning.

As a grown-up

I remember

my imagination is still my best partner, my friend

when I stop making it my enemy.

I understand

I must pause

breathe

and dream the same way I did in my bedroom with flowers.

A daydream, a plan, a mental massage that I truly love.