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July Studio Theme: Don’t Try Hard, Try Easy

Growing up with a mildly Catholic background, the general rule was “If it doesn’t hurt, you’re not doing it right!”

If it doesn’t hurt, you’re not doing it right!

It wasn’t exactly that everyone around me wanted things in life to be difficult. It was simply that for generations my family lived under extreme pressure and it became the new normal. My father descended from the Irish immigrants escaping the potato blight and my mother’s mother grew up as a refugee in World War II Germany. My parents never had the perspective that life was easy, and that’s the story that was passed along to me growing up.

Combine the generations of laborious living with the high-speed, high-performance messaging of today’s world and you have a recipe for burn out and overwork.

Combine the generations of laborious living with the high-speed, high-performance messaging of today’s world and you have a recipe for burn out and overwork.


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Set your drishti, find your keys! Set your drishti, find your ease.

Have you ever been looking for your keys and you finally realize that you have them in your hand?

Or looking for your sunglasses and eventually discover they are ON YOUR HEAD?

This happens to me when I am hurrying. This happens to me when I feel like I have more to do than I can get done in time. Do you know what else happens to me when I feel rushed or overwhelmed? I spill my smoothie. I stub my toe. I accidentally kick the dog. OOPS.

For several years I actually worried that I had some undiscovered disease or possibly a brain tumor. I was often dizzy. I had trouble remembering where I was going and what I was doing. My hands were not cooperating with my brain. I broke a drinking glass about once a week getting ready in the morning.

Spending time worrying over my condition, left me feeling nervous and restless. I thought about it so much, I finally decided to do something about it. Because...“Do the thing and you will have the power.”

First I slowed down my mornings....

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