Live beyond limits

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“If your life was a book and you were the author, how would you want your story to go?”

– Amy Purdy –

I stumbled across the most beautiful TED talk this morning thanks to You Tube suggesting it to me after having watched Shaun Anchor’s talk on The Happiness Advantage for the umpteenth time (it’s SO awesome!).

Amy, a keen snowboarder and lover of life and travel, sadly lost both of her legs below the knee at the age of 19. However, her story is not that of sorrow or sadness, but one rather of a celebration of what happened and how it forced her to push through the boundaries and limitations in front of her. And most importantly, her choice of embracing the magic of her imagination to create the kind of life she wanted to live.

She didn’t allow herself to be held back by anything in her quest to get back on her board, and after years of rehabilitation, hard work, effort and sheer perseverance, she became the top ranked adaptive female snowboarder in the world. And rather than be held back by the seeming limits of having lost both of her legs, she used these as a jumping off point to transcend them.

She also now spends a great deal of time helping others, especially those with physical challenges get involved with adventure sports like snowboarding, skateboarding and wakeboarding. And she has set up a Not for Profit organisation called Adaptive Action Sports.

The beauty of this story is that Amy is has not only challenged herself to be able to continue to do what she truly loves, but she has made a wonderfully positive impact on the world at the same time.

So the question for you today is, what boarders do you need to push off of in order to ensure that the story of your life goes the positive way you wish it to go?

Inspiration for today’s post

TEDx talk – Amy Purdy – Living Beyond Limits

 

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Change your mindset, change your life

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“What you think and what you believe is what will come true for you. Your thoughts create your life. It’s that simple.”

– Louise Hay –

I have just watched the most incredible movie that has taken what I already know to be true about The Universe, The Law of Attraction, The Power of Intention and a whole tonne of other stuff and taken it one step further.

The movie of ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ from Louise Hay is absolutely fantastic. And if you do nothing else today, I beg of you to indulge 90 minutes in watching this film, because I am certain it will change the way that you look at life forever.

I don’t even want to paraphrase anything contained in the movie, just watch it and trust that your life will never be the same again after watching it.

I’m so happy to share this.

With big hugs, love and light,

Kat x x x

Inspiration for this post

You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay – The Movie

You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay – The Book

Just Live

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“I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride while you’re on it.”

– Johnny Depp –

I think we can over-complicate life in our heads, when in actual fact the truth of the matter is very simple.

I was talking to Darren (my beautiful boyfriend) the other weekend about the meaning of life, and why we’re all here. It was after I had watched The Secret and I was super excited about adding an important piece to the puzzle in my head, the importance of The Law of Attraction and The Power of Intention.

I was especially excited about the notion that life really can be what we make it, and that all we need to do is decide how we want our life to be and what we want to fill it with.

And this was when he blew all of that out of the water (which he is pretty good at doing) and said something pretty profound.

“I actually think the meaning of life is much simpler than that”, said Darren.

“Go on”, I said.

“Well, I think it’s just about experiences.”

And this completely and utterly dumbfounded me. So simple, yet so true.

All we need to do is focus our energies on just enjoying the experience of living.

Stop thinking about what we should be doing and where we should be going. And rather focus our energies on doing things that we love, being with people that we love in places that we love and life will take care of itself.

And that is my thought for the today. Just live.

Inspiration for this post

My awesome boyfriend

Spread ideas

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“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is the way great spiritual giants are produced.”

– Swami Vivekananda –

As most of your will know by now, I’m a pretty big fan of TED. And I was lucky enough to attend TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House today, which was truly awesome and incredibly inspiring.

Furthermore, being true to the promise that I made to myself when I started writing this blog of writing a post every day, even though I’m ever so slightly tipsy, and it is 11.44pm, I am writing a blog post before the day is out.

I think the thing that was most profound about today, was that throughout the ecletic mix of people that spoke from Tom Thum the human beat boxer from Brisbane, to George Khut who uses heartbeats to create art, from Adam Spencer who spoke about his TED talk in California about Prime Numbers that brought about a standing ovation to Mr Mark Newson being interviewed about his contribution to the world of art and design, everyone had ideas worth spreading.

And so I guess the conclusion for today is, no matter how random a thing it is that you’re interested in, or have an idea about, have the conviction to spread it. Because you can bet there’s at least a few thousand other people out there that care about what you have to say.

Inspiration for this post

TEDx Sydney

Set goals every day

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“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”
– Napoleon Hill –

I just wanted to share a habit that I have got into over the last year, since I set up my business.

I set goals at the beginning of every day.

I know we can all write a to do list, a list of stuff that we feel we should cover off by the end of the day, but I try to set an intention from my heart of 3 big things that I would like to achieve every day, and that, when it gets to the end of the day, I can rest my head on my pillow knowing that I have done 3 awesome things (no matter how big or small). It’s in the similar vein to my JFDI post, and it tips its hat to the concept of Eat that frog.

The important thing is that you feel in your heart that you want to achieve these things, that in doing them you will feel good, and you will be doing good for yourself and ideally others too.

It could be something as simple as committing to read for an hour, baking a cake or going for a nice walk. Or  doing something that you’ve been putting off for ages like calling your Accountant or making a dentist’s appointment. Or it could be reaching out and helping someone who you know could do with a hand.

Once you’ve set your three big goals, then you can continue to empty the contents of your head with all of the others things that you need to do in the day, but you will always remain focussed on the three big things you would like to achieve, that act as your guiding light for the day.

So, the question is, what 3 things would you like to achieve today?

Inspiration for this post

Myself 🙂

Be the change

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“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

– Andy Warhol –

I went on a fantastic road trip today down to a beautiful part of NSW called Kangaroo Valley with a girlfriend to go and do a recce for the festival that we working on at the moment.

We had some amazing chats throughout the trip, all 4 hours of it (it should have been 2 and a half – don’t ask why it took so long, but it involved a sat nav that thought it’d be funny to play around with us and an important pit stop along the way for a bacon and egg roll).

Anyway, the central theme of our chats was about change, and why we as human beings sometimes resist change and what we can do to overcome it.

The main reasons that we came up with was fear, nervousness, anxiety and worry. And it’s funny how paralysing fear can be, especially when you are wanting to do something that you’d really like to do.

The other thing we were chatting about was the fact that we are all reflections of one another, and the fact that if you find something in someone else that annoys you, angers you, bugs you, bothers you, etc. in order to overcome that, all you need to do is resolve whatever that thing is in yourself and you will see it resolved in others.

For example, I have always been bothered by people who are control freaks. It has annoyed me for pretty much my entire life, until I realised recently that it was because, in part, I was a control freak myself! And when I started to let go, relax and go with the flow a little more, I started to see that all the people who had once annoyed me with their controlling ways, had started to chill out too.

Now I’m not saying I’m 100% perfect and that I don’t ever slip up every now and then, but the fact is that I’m conscious of this trait in me, and I do my very best not to try to control people or situations and trust that everything will always be OK and work out.

Which leads me nicely to the conclusion of todays post. If you’re trying to change people in you life to be better versions of themselves, mop up annoying traits or habits, have a good look in the mirror. And when you do this, ask what you can do yourself to be a better example? And then set about making those changes in you and in your own life, and see how things start to transform. Very simply, and as Gandi very eloquently put it:

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Inspiration for this post

Gandi

Just say YES

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“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”

– Dalai Lama –

We watched Yes Man last night, and I had forgotten what an awesome film it is.

I got halfway through Danny Wallace’s book halfway through the 2000’s, but never finished it for some reason. If only I had been able to read my blog post JFDI back then. 🙂

Anyway, it’s a great book and film, mainly because of the sentiment.

The premise is that a guy starts to turn his unhappy life around by starting to say Yes to questions, rather than No, and karmically, good things begin to happen to him. And most importantly, after a few interesting experiences, he realises that he needs to be selective about the things that he says Yes to. He needs to follow his heart and say Yes to the things that really matter to him, when he perhaps once might have said No.

The Universe wants us to be happy. It wants us to live a life full of peace, joy and love and it is constantly giving us opportunities to experience these things. All we need to do is be willing to allow these experiences into our lives, so they can happen.

So, what do you need to say Yes to, that you have been saying No to, for too long? I promise you, you’ll be rewarded as a result.

Inspiration for this post

Yes Man the film

Yes Man the book by Danny Wallace