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“The problem with winning the rat race is you’re still a rat,” Lily Tomlin.

Often during many moments of the day, we feel as if we are in a rat race. We can experience this stressful state going to work, or taking our kids to school and all of their activities. But what if we saw our daily life as an opportunity to live out our passions and purpose? We’re no longer rats in a maze, but stars of our shows.

So take a moment and journal about how you’d like your days to flow. Add and subtract elements to this newly directed life and make it a happier and more balanced one. Now list 5 ways that you can add more purpose and passion into your life each day! Begin the steps of change today!

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“I stumble forward in a dim light, finding my way to the vitality that is passion one step at a time,” Dawna Markova.

What passions are you afraid to try because they might sound silly, too hard, or too frightening to entertain? I want you to consider a BIG one that is really scary and juicy at the same time. I have a passion for writing a book or two. For a while, I thought that this sounded like a frivolous way to spend time. Wow!! Did I let my inner saboteur get a hold of me or what?

My next reaction was to turn this idea around. I explored in my journal writing my need for approval from those individuals who thought that the chances of ever publishing a book was nearly zero. For now, they just weren’t in the mode to understand taking this risk. No problem, I wouldn’t go bungee jumping if asked.  But writing about something that inspired ME seemed to make more and more sense.  And seeking approval made less and less.

I wrote about moving past my conundrum and enumerated the steps to move forward in a straighter line. I’ve been writing  my book for a few months and making some progress page by page. And this effort has bolstered my courage in myself and my passions.

So let go of your inhibitions today! Write about what makes you get up and go in life. No one will grade the paper. You have full permission to go all out on your nuggets of gold and take a step into this passionate nature of yours!

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“Because gratitude is the key to happiness, anything that undermines gratitude must undermine happiness,”Dennis Prager.

One of the most important concepts that many of the psychologists are bringing to the discussion about happiness is how to keep connected to our inner resources of gratitude. Happiness is not about amassing more possessions and accomplishments. Though having more clothes, nicer homes, and better jobs can play a big part of our cultural norms for happiness; they are not the answers to our inner joy. Happiness can be as easy to find as enjoying an evening with your girlfriends cooking a pot of spaghetti.

So turn your focus on one source of happiness, your sense of appreciation for what makes you shine from within. Highlight something that is a bedrock in your life that gives you a true sense of purpose and passion–without which your life would be less fulfilled. For me, this is about supporting others as they find their innate sense of creativity and joy. So, now it’s your turn. Write about what really fires you up and ignites your inner sense of gratitude for life!

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“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you,” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Emerson wrote about many important values in life. And this quote hits at the heart of living fully! In his opinion, self-expression is not an option!

So my challenge for you, dear journaler, is to look at your life right now and be honest about what you really want to accomplish using your talents. What gifts from the heart do you want to share that you haven’t? Write down a list of at least five of them. Afterward, journal about one desire for ten minutes. Highlight any small steps you may have uncovered to move you forward to manifest your passionate dreams!

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