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Happy Half a New Year

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A fellow blogger who I’ve come to really enjoy posted a blog that really got me thinking on the weekend.  She called July 1st the threshold of the second half of the year.  What a great way to mark Canada Day.  I celebrate how much I love my country AND I take a minute or two and re-evaluate, re-think and re-group…sort of a mini New Year’s Eve.  That same day, I hit the half-way point for my Blog goal and hit 5,000 views since I started in January (2013 goal is 10,000).

Check out the inspiring post here.  http://joiworks.com/2013/06/30/crossing-the-threshold-to-the-second-half-of-2013/

I’ve learned a lot about BLOGGING and life in the last six months.  Here’s what’s come up when I think about it:

It works when I work it.  I know this seems self-evident, but when I take time to post regularly and make real connections with other bloggers I get stronger, better and more tangible results.  When I take time off my views drop to one or two a day.  Go figure.

On the subject of making good connections, I have to admit that I started looking at other blogs and leaving comments as a way to let people know about my own blog.  I specifically did this with bloggers on subjects like personal growth, my area.  The more I connected however, the more I found I loved reading other people’s thoughts on the subject.  My own personal journey has been greatly blessed by the people I read…now I still read and make comments because I truly find value in the writing I find in this community.  Leaving a comment is just a small way of showing my gratitude.  Oddly enough, (or maybe not) the more sincere I get, the more people I find connecting with my own blog.  Funny how this works.  Honesty and sincerity actually work…and you can’t fake it, people know.

I want to say thank you to everyone who stops by, everyone who follows and everyone who posts.  You inspire me, make me laugh, make me think and open my vision wider.

Helen Wilkie – one of my favourite speakers – has a great story she tells about moving forward that ties in beautifully.  Here’s a link to it…check her out, she’s awesome. http://www.mhwcom.com/HelenOnYouTube.html

Strong Weakness – Lessons from Mulan

Happy Anniversary – www.animatingyourlife.com started a month ago today.  When I started posting, I hoped to get a couple of hundred hits…this afternoon, I topped 1,000 views and am now at 1,043 with visits from 25 countries…I’m floored and overwhelmed.  Thanks for all the comments and views, I’ve been smiling all day, it’s nice to surpass a goal.

Soooo enough of that nonsense, what shall I post about today?  I was thinking about Mulan today, I love the scene where she needs to climb a huge pole with two large weights.  The pole would be difficult enough without the weights, with them, it seems impossible.  Then she gets creative – – – and uses the weights as the tool to climb.  The metaphor is pretty clear to me, but I love it anyway.  We’ve all got problems, everyone has something they’ve been criticized, knocked down or judged about.  Can we turn the problems into our solutions?  Can we find our strengths in our weaknesses?

Let me use an example that’s very close to home…ME!  Yes, I know, how totally full of myself, but I’m what I’ve got so I’m going to use it…him…me.  I was that kid who was always in trouble for talking in class.  Now I speak for a living…and LOVE it.  I’m interested in WAY too many things, I used to call this a lack of focus, now I call it eclectic and multi-faceted.  So far, my eclectic little blog seems to be gathering some steam.

A few weeks ago I asked a room full of animation students if they could relate to this – finding strengths in the areas where we used to be in trouble.  Almost every one of them had been in trouble, at least once, for drawing in class…now they were pursuing art full time.

Where are your strengths?  What’s the thing you’ve been called out on, gotten in trouble for?  Get creative, and be honest, hidden inside your “weakness” may be your great genius.

PS I’m up another 14 views to 1,057.  Thanks. . . I think I need to set higher goals.

PPS Special thanks to elflamingo2 on Redit – who posted a link and sent me a HUGE pile of new friends.

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