• Tim Ferriss’s Jar of Awesome:
    Celebrating the Small Wins

    Ijust adore Tim Ferriss’s Jar of Awesome concept! I have adopted it for my kids.
    The idea is simple: every day celebrate ‘the small wins’ by writing down the awesome things that happened on small pieces of paper. Fold them up and put them in a jar. When you are feeling down, or lacking inspiration, they are there to uplift you.

    If you don’t celebrate the small things, you’re not actually going to be very good at celebrating the big things either.

    Tim Ferriss


    We use strips of origami paper to write our awesome things on to make it more appealing. The kids love it and it is fascinating what they come out with – it’s not always what I’d expect!


    For my art hit this week I have recoloured a pattern I created some time ago, this time experimenting with the recolour artwork tool in Illustrator CC. I hope you like the results.
    These patterns are available for licensing – please contact me for details.



    Have a great, gratitude-filled week!
    Bren

  • Steve Pavlina’s Answer to Scarcity – How to Turn Things Around Financially

    When I heard Steve Pavlina’s podcast ‘Overcoming Scarity’ I knew I had to share it here. I’ll make a summary of the critical points below, but you’ll get so much more from listening to the actual podcast episode – you’ll hear evidence of how a counter-intuitive approach to scarcity absolutely turned Steve’s life around.

    This week I had so much fun trying out some photography. I combined a photo I took of a philodendron leaf with some of my printmaking textures. I worked on it in the Procreate app on the iPad and completed it in Photoshop.


    When you are broke or struggling financially, the natural temptation is to focus on your own needs, thinking that you have to get something going for yourself before you can contribute. Instead, Steve says, the answer is to focus on enjoying life more and especially to contributing more.

    Neediness and lack are very uninspiring to people. People won’t naturally want to help you or to make a contribution to your life, but when you reach outside of that and contribute to other people’s lives it makes a huge difference.

    Steve believes it’s much better, mindset-wise, to focus on making a contribution for/to other people and the reason it works is that it invites all sorts of help into your life. He goes on to explain that neediness and lack are very uninspiring to people. People won’t naturally want to help you or to make a contribution to your life, but when you reach outside of that and contribute to other people’s lives it makes a huge difference.
    A massive positive flow came into Steve’s life when he adopted a contributor mindset, and from that came abundance. His advice: “If you are in that mindset right now – that mindset of neediness and focusing too much on trying to get for yourself because you think you’ve got to crawl your way out of this pit – realise that mindset is what’s keeping you in the pit. Realise that is the trap itself, and if you stay in that trap it’s not going to get any better. Maybe it’s time to branch out and find some small way to help other people.”

    Steve Pavlina Podcast Episode 19 Overcoming Scarcity on iTunes
    Or listen to it via video on his site.
    www.stevepavlina.com