What Do You Want – and How Badly?

January 9, 2016 at 12:34 pm (Interesting stories, Magical Places) (, , , )

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This is a fascinating article by author Mark Manson, which is definitely worth a read…

If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” and you say something like, “I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I like,” it’s so ubiquitous that it doesn’t even mean anything.

A more interesting question, a question that perhaps you’ve never considered before, is what pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for? Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives turn out.

Read the full article here.

It’s so true… I often get told I’m lucky that I’m motivated enough to write a book, or work out every day, or travel, or whatever… But it’s not luck. It’s just wanting it enough to sacrifice other things in order to achieve it.

Writing a book involves endless hours/days/months of hard work – and sacrificing time with friends, giving up reading for pleasure, limiting time spent chilling out watching Arrow with Juz, definitely sacrificing sleep – but to me it’s worth it…

Working out every day definitely requires sleep sacrifice too, and it’s hard, and it hurts, and it involves a lot of effort and stubbornness and dedication and commitment, but it’s worth it to me to feel stronger (mentally as well as physically), to be fitter and healthier and (hopefully) avoid some illnesses…

Even travelling requires sacrifice – buying fewer clothes, going out less, taking your lunch to work etc, to save up. A friend was jealous I was going travelling for three months – but spent all her money on very expensive shoes and equally expensive wine. She didn’t want it enough to give those things up. Which is fine. It’s your choice, so own that choice.

You just have to decide what matters to you. Because it doesn’t matter if you don’t want to write a book or get fit or go travelling or be a rock star or whatever it is you think you want. Realising that a dream is not actually a dream is very liberating – you can stop struggling and stressing and beating yourself up about not doing it, and enjoy your life.

So, what do you want? And more importantly, is it worth struggling for? If it is, DO IT! Live your dream. Work hard at it. Sacrifice something for it. Make it happen… xx

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Seven Sacred Sites review

August 14, 2011 at 4:00 am (Book reviews) (, , , , )

Just came across this review of Seven Sacred Sites: Magical Journeys That Will Change Your Life on Amazon UK…

The encouragement I needed… June 15, 2011
I first picked up my copy of Seven Sacred Sites at a Mind Body Spirit festival a couple of years ago, and to say that it was one of the best purchases I’ve made at a festival is an understatement.The book is chock full of anecdotes, tips and interviews with others who have journeyed to the sites Serene writes about, including spiritual authors Cassandra Eason, Doreen Virtue and Paolo Coehlo. There are beautiful…Read More

I first picked up my copy of Seven Sacred Sites at a Mind Body Spirit festival a couple of years ago, and to say that it was one of the best purchases I’ve made at a festival is an understatement.

The book is chock full of anecdotes, tips and interviews with others who have journeyed to the sites Serene writes about, including spiritual authors Cassandra Eason, Doreen Virtue and Paolo Coehlo. There are beautiful photos to dream away with and at the end of each chapter there is a short piece on how to experience the energies of these areas as an “armchair traveller”.

It is quite a volume at 400 pages, but I found that every time I began to read a chapter, something was going on in my life that related to the energy in it. There aren’t many books that speak on such a subconscious level.

Reading Seven Sacred Sites encouraged me to drop everything and venture out into my own personal sacred journey to the UK to find myself and feel alive again. Her words inspire and are so beautifully crafted that when I finally reached Glastonbury and Stonehenge for the first time ever, I felt I had already been there. She captured the essence of each place, and while they are not the definitive set list of sacred sites, they are those that she has experienced as sacred and the passion translates to the reader effortlessly.

I’d recommend it to anyone thinking of traveling to rediscover their spirit, and to those who want to experience the energies of each site while sitting comfortably at home 🙂

 

Seven Sacred Sites is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK and Blessed Bee Australia.

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