Craft a Life You Love: Infusing Creativity, Fun, and Intention into Your Everyday
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You probably cannot feel good about yourself unless you are participating in things that you feel good doing.
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participating in your chosen hobby is an important part of feeling good, building confidence, and infusing happiness into your days.
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Something magical happens when you prioritize your hobbies: You cultivate the feelings of being happy, believing in yourself, and loving yourself. You participate in and become aware of positive behaviors.
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“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” —HOWARD THURMAN
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Your hobbies are important because they feed your soul. Never feel ashamed of them and never feel guilty for carving out time for them. In fact, your hobbies might be the most important part of your day.
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When you stop trying to mimic other people and instead decide to be you, something wonderful happens: A whole world of colors, fabrics, textures, words, emotions, sounds, and flavors present themselves to you. Unconstrained by what everyone else is doing, you become the creator of your own life.
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“I saw that you were perfect, and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect, and I loved you even more.” —ANGELITA LIM
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It is hard to be your best creative self when you do not practice self-acceptance and forgiveness,
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“Many times what we perceive as an error or failure is actually a gift. And eventually we find that lessons learned from that discouraging experience prove to be of great worth.” —RICHELLE E. GOODRICH
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Feed the wolf that believes you are amazing, inspiring, and creative. That wolf needs to be stronger than the wolf that believes you are lazy, jealous, and dull. Self-confidence needs to be stronger than self-doubt; motivation needs to be more powerful than discouragement; and love needs to be more powerful than apathy.
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Remember, you are the creator of your own happiness. It is up to you to know yourself, set goals, and to say yes when opportunities present themselves. Follow the uncertain path. Release the feelings of fear. Allow for growth and potential. You have the power to craft a life of significance, impact, and deep meaning.
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“If a person measures success by looking at the distances she has yet to travel, she will always be disappointed. If, on the other hand, she measures success by the distance she has already traveled, she will see that she has already reached great success.” —CURTIS ESTES
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So if you are going to blame people for everything that has gone wrong, blame them for all the lessons you learned by watching them do whatever it was that you didn’t want them to do.
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In other words, recognize people for who they are, learn from their flaws, and be grateful to them for all of the lessons you learned and the blessings you received because of them.
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saying “I have enough time” feeds the good wolf. It feels optimistic and achievable. It opens the window of opportunity.
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deciding that you have enough time for everything that matters forces you to prioritize and eliminate those things that do not matter.
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One of the lessons I learned during this period was that because my problem was big, I had to find a big solution. That’s the great thing about big problems: You cannot ignore them. You have to make adjustments. They force you to focus on your strengths and the things that are in your control. In fact, in some ways, smaller problems can be a bigger threat because they can be left unattended. But when you find yourself completely lost with a huge problem, then you have no choice: You are in the right place to find a huge solution.
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What I most love about scrapbooking, and crafting in general, is that every time I fill a page with photographs, quotes, and mementos, I am collecting proof of a good life.
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We declare who we are as individuals, and we see—in splashes of color, doodles, and journaling—that our lives do not look like anyone else’s lives. We get to know ourselves deeply, lovingly, and uniquely.
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