Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Independence Rules!

July 4th - our national holiday dedicated to Independence! How great is that!?! In addition to raising the flag and honoring country maybe take a minute to ponder your personal independence. Not just freedom, as awesome as that is, but independence.

It may sound self-centered, but go ahead, you've got congress behind you. More or less.

This independence-thing has to do with knowing and doing what's best for you - as in being your best self ...not selfish. So it's also about caring for others and being the best parent-partner-person possible. But you can't be yourself if you lose yourself always going-with-the-flow or pleasing anyone-but-yourself. It's far easier said than done.

Take a chance and break out of some anti-independence habits this July 4th:
  • forget about what's "trending" - connect with what inspires you 
  • leave negativity behind - embrace those of generous spirit
  • move beyond your comfort zone - push the limits to see what you can actually do
  • believe in yourself like your life depends on YOU - because, honestly... it does
Independent thinking is an important element of creativity. It's been a pretty creative year for me and I just want to wish everyone all the joy that comes from being yourself and reaching toward your dreams and goals.  

Be your own most creative self!
Happy Independence Day!

For the patriotic July 4th, I'm posting my only red, white and blue painting. Coincidentally, it was sold at my very first, independent, solo, art exhibit - something that used to be way outside my comfort zone.

Chubby Pepper ©2012 Dorothy Lorenze

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