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I get up everyday and I get to make art. And I don’t take that for granted.
A lot of times, we put expectations on ourselves that are bigger than what other people expect from us.
When we own our dreams, we owe it to ourselves to push through those nerves and that anxiety to get to the other side.
We can never truly eliminate it [fear]. It always shows up, and we always have to figure out how to conquer it at each moment. Every time we do something new, it comes up in a different way.
Take it like a vacuum cleaner.
Stephanie Hickling Beckman
We are never going to please everybody but what we can do is to reveal our art.
Not everybody is your customer.
We have to remember that our job is to make the art—not to tell people how to feel about the art that we made. We make it, and we move on.
It’s hard to ask somebody to like your stuff.
There’s a big difference in stepping out onto a stage as someone else – saying someone else’s words – and stepping out onto that stage as yourself, and every word you say is wrapped around your heart.
So often we want to look for the answer outside of ourselves. We hope that we can buy something or someone will tell us something that is going to be the magic words that we need to hear in order to be self-satisfied. But all of that is going to come from within ourselves and it all starts with the intention to be ourselves.
What I didn't realize is that every human being is dealing with so much emotional distress at all times. Every single one of us is carrying a story that is layered and has wounds that are often gaping open. And yoga, as a practice, allows us to be able to accept those wounds, to be able to see and love the trauma, to be able to sit in a space of compassion within the self so that we can then reflect that compassion to others.
The more we try to make sense of chaos, the more we try to hold on to the things outside of ourselves that we cannot control, the more out of control we become.
What if journalists covered controversial issues differently based on how humans actually behave when they are polarized and suspicious.
My driving question was, "How can I serve my community through journalism?"
These three pillars of wellness, impact and work have been critical to me reclaiming my life, and for me to remain steady when chaos hits.
Maintaining emotional well-being is huge.
You can only avoid pain for so long, you can only numb for so long, until it destroys your life.
The more we try to make sense of chaos—the more we try to hold on to the things outside of ourselves that we cannot control—the more out of control we become.
Technology hijacks the way we perceive our choices and replaces them with new ones...
-Tristan Harris- former Google design ethicist & Founder of Humane Technology
What beliefs are you willing to put to death?
We all share the same need of belonging, approval and knowing that our lives, as individuals, matter.
What roles do you play?
The underlying fear of not being enough makes us desperate, controlling and exhausted.
I created numerous personalities because I was so afraid of being rejected. And, in the process, I forgot who I really was underneath my masks. But deep down, I knew I wasn’t authentic.
Isn't it ironic that the thing that helps us work and connect with people is the thing that distracts us and focus.