Instagram Taught Me..It’s About Gifts and Not Talent

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Someone posted a video on instagram the other day. The brief, 15 second clip was so compelling that I reposted it. It was an excerpt from Steve Harvey on his radio show. He simply said, “focus on your gifts and not your talents.” He explained that gifts are things that come easy to you. I realized in that moment something I knew all along- my gift is writing. And so, that day, in that moment I decided, without a doubt, that I would write a book. (I had actually already started 😉 cheat!) So I got on my computer and began pouring words from my notebook into the screen. 48 poems later, I have the makings of my first book. Eek! Exciting 😉

I’ve always wanted to write a book. But I must say my trepidation in doing so came from other non-writers being successful at writing. It is the same reason I gave up my dream of being a music journalist. But just because someone else is successful doesn’t mean you will be less successful. Just because someone else shares your interest doesn’t mean you should become less interested. Right?! But it does suck knowing that you are great at something, passionate about something, and others who could care less are profiting from what makes you, YOU.

Anyways, I’ve settled on a title, If You Wanna Fly. More details to come…

Keeping My Head in the Clouds

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About six months ago I drove down to Southern California and couldn’t keep my eyes on the road. I travel “down South” fairly often and find the drive down I-5 boring. But hitting the road before sunrise, this time, offered a more magical experience than ever before.

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It was as if the clouds were creating pictures in the sky just for me. An entire play, scene by scene was unfolding before. As much as possible, I watched (within reason because OF COURSE I am an excellent driver who is completely focused on safety first!). I listened. I didn’t over think; I took it all in.

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On the trip back, I found myself looking up. And from time to time, I’d pull out my phone and capture the moment. This has turned into an obsession of sorts (I have 100 pictures of sky in my phone, judge me). But therapy in its own way. My looking at the clouds reminds me to be still. It is a reminder that the universe is bigger than me. It reminds me that some things are out of my control. I mediate by watching the clouds.

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After 6 months of cloud capturing, I am proud to say I’ll be keeping my head in the clouds and you should too. Dream big. Look up. Take it all in. Breathe it all out.

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