How to rock

Do you ever get the feeling that you are spinning your wheels?

You know you are doing your best, but still, it feels as though you are only going through the motions.

Perhaps what you actually feel is you are not doing what you were meant to do.

The Yellow Brick Road

For whatever reason it seems like you’re not making any progress, you’ve reached a plateau and that’s it.

It’s a letdown, because you know deep down that you could be doing so much better.

You were meant for more.

You were meant for greatness.

You have a special feeling inside of you.

It’s a feeling that compels you to continue even when you believe all is lost, that your moment has passed and there’s no reason to continue striving.

But you do. You continue.

You do not continue because anyone tells you to, although some have.

No – you continue because you can’t help it.

No matter how many times you quit, no matter how many times you give up, something makes you get back up and try again.

It’s true. You know it is.

Indeed, you have a very special feeling inside of you.

But if you’re honest, that special feeling scares you a little.

It tugs, it pulls, it beckons, and it scares you, because it indicates you are not living to your potential and each day that goes by is another day you didn’t reach your destiny.

For many, destiny is considered a dangerous belief because it’s a mythical destination far, far away and there is no roadmap to get there.

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Maybe it doesn’t exist at all.

What if I told you there is a yellow brick road?

There is. But the first thing you’ve got to do is stop being so hard on yourself. I don’t mean hard on yourself in the sense you shouldn’t strive to improve or not to stretch further than you ever have before.

No. I am talking about that other hard-on-yourself.

Think about it.

Yes. That one.

As humans we have the terrible habit of putting ourselves down and chastising ourselves for not achieving or accomplishing this or that, even if we don’t know exactly what it is we should be doing.

We beat ourselves up day in and day out, instead of realizing that we are on a wonderful journey, a journey we are privileged to be traveling.

Tomorrow is another day.

Think about tomorrow.

Think about all the things you can do tomorrow, such as start a new book or prep a new canvas or maybe just go for a walk and enjoy the word’s natural art all around you.

What if you didn’t have tomorrow to look forward to?

Just for a day, just one, try not to be so hard on yourself and give yourself credit for the work you already do.

Practice gratefulness simply for being here, for the ability to still wield a pen or a brush.

Your destiny awaits you, follow your passion and you will get there.

The way to follow your passion is to listen to the special feeling you have inside of you, it’s there and if you remove your fears for only a moment you will hear it loud and clear.

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Listen. Listen closely. Don’t block it, ignore it or tell yourself you’re not good enough, because you are.

It will help if you realize how precious the journey is.

No matter how hard things have been, no matter the obstacles, the doubts or the fears, open yourself up to realizing that each and every day is a gift.

What if there were no tomorrows?

Live today to its fullest, do the best you can and be kind to yourself. 

The special feeling inside that I mentioned, it’s special because it lets you know that you are meant for greatness. Not for riches or fame, although those may come.

Rock your email designs with this simple approach

You don’t need to do anything drastic to get results. It can be as simple as using images and colors in a smart way to refresh the feel of your emails.

Remember:

  • Keep the essence of your brand at all times
  • It’s okay to change things up, but not too frequently
  • Think in terms of themes, images, and colors
  • Update to a mobile-responsive email design if you haven’t already

Take a look at some of these email designs for inspiration. Here are 14 Templates to Spark New Interest in Your Email Design.

Rocks & Minerals Science Lesson

Each rock is different – some are smooth and round, some are sharp and dangerous. They come in all colors: pink, green, orange, white, red. Rocks can be found everywhere – from the backyard and driveway to high peaks or underground tunnels. Sometimes those shiny rocks we find aren’t really rocks at all, but minerals like quartz.

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Minerals are naturally-occurring, solid substances composed of chemical elements. This means that minerals, ranging from salt to rubies, are made up from the elements that appear on a periodic table. They are inorganic, not living or made up of living things.

Rocks are mixtures, or aggregates, of one or more minerals, and may also contain sediments such as soil, sand, or pebbles. Rocks are divided into three categories based on how they are formed: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.

  • Igneous rocks are formed when hot magma from volcanoes is rapidly cooled, either by hitting underground air pockets or by flowing from the mouth of a volcano as lava. Granite, obsidian, and pumice are all common examples of igneous rocks.
  • Sedimentary rocks are formed by layers of earth being mixed and compressed together for extended periods of time. Common examples of these rocks are limestone, sandstone, and shale.
  • Metamorphic rocks are a combination of rock types, usually compressed together by high pressure, which tends to give them a more hard, grainy texture than the other two types. Schist, slate, and gneiss (pronounced like ‘nice’) are metamorphic rocks.
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