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19
May

How to Find Your Life Purpose after 40 (Or Any Age!)

Recently, I went to Malaysia to learn horseriding. I’ve loved horses since I was a boy, and to learn to ride and eventually flow with one, has been a dream item on my bucket list. So I’m elated to have started.

 

I also scored two firsts: tasting mantis shrimp and… undergoing a root canal! A marvelous combo that was! Finally, I made great strides in my meditating, so it was a really great holiday for me.

 

On the way home, I started reflecting. It’s been a long hard road: from divorce, near-bankruptcy, moving from rent to rent, to where I’m now doing things I want to do, have great relationships, and amazing experiences. And what’s kept everything together for me is what I want to share with you about:

 

Life Purpose, and how to find it.

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20
Apr

Quick Update: My Art Theme Progresses!

Wow time flies! And a quarter has passed!

 

I’ve been busy on a major personal project that I hope can eventually reach more people with the AA35 message, but here’s just an update on where am I for my theme for 2017.

 

Art

My original intent to learn to draw a beautiful face by end April, hands by end August, and a horse by end December is taking a lot longer than expected, primarily because of my major project. So I’ll be off a couple months for each.

 

On the other hand, my colored pencils have been making some progress! First I’m really happy with the Faber Castell Polychromos which for a beginner seems like a splurge, but I’m keen to really get into this, so I prefer to buy quality if I can. The reviews I heard of the Prismacolors were just too serious to ignore, with QC issues, sharpening frustrations, repeated breakages and so on. Not to mention wax blooming.

To ensure follow-through I bought a few of Ann Kullberg’s Jumpstart Beginner series and did these projects.

I thought I was progressing well. Then I took a beginner colored pencil course at La Salle and it was humbling. It was a real struggle and here is I think the main reason.

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19
Jan

Looking to 2017: Artistic Adventures!

Hey guys, once again it’s time for the new year reflection post. While I try to get this out before the 1st of each year, 2017 was a bit different for a number of reasons.

 

New Year 2017

It was a pretty eventful year, with plenty of ups and downs. The ups were great: I accomplished a few things on the bucket list, made a few breakthroughs in personal goals, and set the stage for a major AA35 project. The downs were traumatic and downright chilling at times: personal matters threw me for a loop, and I made some decisions that put a few areas in turmoil that I had to set straight again, most importantly my health.

 

That’s back now. So on to the message.

 

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11
Dec

Love or In Love? Part 2 – The Balance

ladybird loveIn Part 1, we discussed the difference between loving and being in love with someone. We saw that just loving someone had a noble, selfless, almost logical quality to it. Being in love had a more emotional and selfish quality – a person harbours a hope that they too can get – and be the source of – happiness.

 

But loving without falling in love isn’t necessarily ‘superior’ unless you aren’t already in a relationship, and have no intention of getting into one.

 

IF you do wish to pursue, are already in, or wish to save one, then you need to have a BALANCE of both. Here’s why.

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