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Did that get your attention?  Rather than go on and on about a new year and failed resolutions (already have one) I want to talk about what I’ve decided to delve into this year and it is all about DESIRE.

I stumbled upon this little video interview by Marie Forleo (love her) with Danielle LaPorte, oh say, about a month ago.  In this interview Danielle describes one New Year’s eve that took goal setting to a whole new level.  As she puts it, Goals with Soul.  It was so inspiring I moved into action and signed up, bought the book and can barely put it down.

As of yesterday, Danielle LaPorte launched the “Biggest book club ever” by allowing for participants, such as myself, host their own book club with these principles from her book The Desire Map .  The idea was fabulous!  My book club is small.  But what we are going to do is some real work.  The Desire Map really helps you to explore what your core desired feelings are by asking,  How do you want to feel everyday?  It is the thing we can control.  But it is also a way to know when something isn’t right for us.   Whether it’s a situation, a job, a house, a lover, or a friend; everyday our feelings let us know if its good for us or if we are where we desire to truly be.  In the world today we are often taught to ignore these feelings or stuff them down.  But Danielle suggests what if you could change all that?

Since I’ve begun reading this book I consider my feelings more and more every moment of every day.  When I begin a rage about a situation [i.e., why is this house so dirty?!] or something not going my way I ask, Is this how I want to feel?    It gets my brain working and looking at what is going on with me.  I’m really getting to the root of this stuff and even resolved a recent issue with new-found perspective.  It was unbelievably freeing to finally “see the light” and how my filtered views on things can really morph things into something that doesn’t actually exist that was causing suffering.  It’s truly not how I want to feel any more.  I prefer to take a walk on the wild side and live my life according to my desires.


Don’t give up

We’ve all had these moments where giving up seems like the only answer.  Living in a foreign country can make this seem like an ongoing struggle.  I would often think that I would never understand the language, the people, or the culture.  It’s normal to feel like this because it’s so far out of your comfort zone.  Anything worthwhile in life will always bring a point of extreme frustration.   That moment when you feel stuck and nothing that you put a great amount effort towards is going anywhere.  This is when you need to say to yourself, “Don’t give up!  Keep on trucking, Susan!!”  Well you wouldn’t say that unless you have the same name, of course.  😉

Whatever it is you are working towards, a new career, a baby, getting a driver’s license, a new house, getting a novel published, learning a new language,  a new business venture, making new friends….oh the list could go on and on.  Just don’t give up on yourself.  I think of the words that this lady, Marie Forleo says “Stay on your game and keep going for your dreams.  Because the world needs that special gift that only you have”.  If you aren’t familiar with her, check her out.  She helps inspire people to move forward on their businesses but her advice also can apply to life.  She is also super hysterical.  I just love her style.  Her tagline is perfect for days when you think you’ve had it.  Remember you don’t know what might come next;  the right friend, the perfect job opportunity, the right publisher, or the house of your dreams.  Just don’t give up!

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