19 June 2009

There Are No Limits....Cast Your Wish!

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” ~ Bruce Lee

So many amazingly heartfelt sentiments were posted in the comments here in response to the very loaded question: What would attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Here are some of the highlights:

illustrate children's books * run for political office * hike the Pacific Crest trail * teach paper crafting classes * grow massage business* live off the land * start a shopping business/party planning business/cake decorating business * form a philanthropic foundation * climb Mt. Kilimanjaro * study glass art * become an artist/writer/singer/movie star * reach out to more people * open a daycare/start a home for teens in foster care * start a craft club for children to foster creativity * go back to school * become a doctor to help others * have more kids * skydive * create an artist's coop * open a bead shop * become a jewelry artist

The most popular response seemed to be getting published as an author. (Now go and do it!)

And my very favorite...helping others to achieve their goals.

One respondent thanked me for allowing her to "voice her dreams"...but really I had nothing to do with it. These dreams are alive in you all the time. The only way to make them a reality is to first voice it and put it out there in the world. You will be surprised at the doors of opportunity that will open when you let it be known where you want to go. Now that you have voiced that dream, what are you going to do to make that happen? How can you cast that wish and reel it in?
Pattie from all the way down in Mazatlan, Mexico (beautiful place, that...) who writes a blog called The Joy of Nesting had this to say, "It has taken me many years to really believe and practice one of my Mentor's mantras. Whenever I would say 'I wish I could' she would look over the top of her glasses and say to me, "Failure is the not trying." Now instead of saying 'I wish I could' I ask myself 'what would it take?' "

Very sage advice indeed.

So...What would I attempt to do if I knew I could not fail?

I would quit my day job and invest in the tools and materials and supplies that I would need to be successful at creating art...all kinds of art...full time. I would go back to college and study art history and in particular the role that jewelry has played in the art world over time and how it continues to evolve. I would set up an artist's studio with classroom space and a place to sell my work as well as the work of other artist's that I admire (or I would become an artist-in-residence at my favorite place to make art). I would create artist's retreats that would attract participants from all over the place to come and be free to be inspired and get in touch with their God-given abilities to be creative people. I would teach classes (not sure in what!) at venues all over. I would travel the world and be inspired by the richness of our many cultures. And one completely frivolous dream....I would land a role on Broadway in a hit revival musical with the lead role ;-) I would live a creative life. I would live without regrets.

There. I've said it. I have cast that wish before all of you. And now I need to make steps to make it real. I might not make all of these dreams voiced come true, but I can certainly take it out of a plateau and on to the next level. I have cast my wish.

Thank you to all who so graciously played along in my celebration of two years for Tesori Trovati. There were many new names and I do hope that you will be intrigued enough to come back and be inspired. There were 47 unique comments, and I read them all. We didn't quite make it to the magic number of 50 but this was an overwhelming response, the most comments ever. So....I will give away the Grand Prize (Moonstruck truffles and a custom "Seeds of Inspiration" necklace), and I have one additional prize of a pair of custom made earrings.

I used the Random.org number generator to help me select the winners of my 2nd anniversary giveaway...And the Grand Prize winner is..... Sharon of Livewire Jewelry {joyous round of applause}

And the 2nd place winner of the custom earrings is.......
Carrie M. {can I get a woot-woot?}

I will be in touch with you to ask you a few quick questions so that I might tailor your prize package to your tastes and style. Because that is what I do.

Cast your wish each Wednesday at Starshyne Productions!
Enjoy the day!


Mellisa said...

Congratulations to both of you! I am positively lime with envy :)

sharon said...

Erin...it has become a joy to read your blog, you are the epitome of inspiration and motivation! Thank you soooo much!! I am very grateful!!

rosebud101 said...

Congratulations to the winners! This was both fun and inspiring!

stregata said...

Congratulations again, Erin, I believe you touched many by asking them to speak their dream. And congratulations to the very lucky winners!!

Pretty Things said...

What a wonderful post. It made me think and I am going to give serious thought to it.

Jenners said...

I guess I missed the first post somewhere!!! Arghhh!! Congrats on the anniversary. And I love the idea of putting a wish out there and then taking setps to make it come true.

I think I would have the same wish: To be a writer that is published. As well as someone who travels the entire world.

Now I'll start working on it.

Your blog is truly inspiring.

Lance said...

Hi Erin,

I love you stating your dreams and ambitions here, and so boldly! I think that's awesome! What I've found, in working toward my dreams - is that what you're saying is exactly true. I have stated my dreams on more than one occasion, and it has led to some amazing things happening in my life. Currently I'm working with a life coach, and we're really focusing on what is possible. In fact, we recently went through an exercise where we wrote down our big goals (but still goals that are achievable) for the next 10 years - with dates. And then passed that along to her. She's become more than a coach, really a good friend too, in the process. And I know she'll stick with me, and follow up to see where I'm at. And that's not to say that just because we state our goals, we can't change them along the way. It has really made it all much more concrete and real.

Erin, you are doing some very amazing and beautiful work. And I just really feel that you put your heart and soul into what you're doing. That's what truly is art - no matter what we're doing - when we're connecting with our soul in the process - it's a beautiful masterpiece being produced. You are just that...

Congratulations to the winners!

lisaoram said...

Interesting that being published is among the most wished for. . . I am in fact a published writer going way back: poetry, essays, and various feature articles in magazines - and yet it is no longer my dream. I keep feeling that I've been creating in black and white for years, and now it is time for me to create in color.

Thanks for the inspiration. You are on the way for sure toward your dream, and maybe so am I . . .


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