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Motivational Monday | Make Good Art

Monday, 06.25.2012

I think this is pretty self-explanatory…

Mr. Gaiman’s commencement speech for University of the clearpores vs Arts c/o 2012 is even more inspirational.

{ Source thanks to Melly }

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posted by Janice | Comments: 4 | Category Books, Films, Inspirations, Love, Movies, Writing

Motivational Monday | You Hate Your Life…

Monday, 06.4.2012

…while some people dream of having your life.

{ Image via Jeremy Lin’s Facebook }

Not going to lie, life is pretty good right now.

Life was good even after extenze when it wasn’t. Life was good even when it was hard. Life was good even when it was (self-declared) unfair.

Good to always have some perspectives on things.

posted by Janice | Comments: 4 | Category Inspirations

Motivational Monday | Be Somebody

Monday, 05.21.2012

{ Pic found on George Takei‘s Facebook page [if I had FB, I would link but I'm on a fast right now] }

I was born with a sincere lack of apathy.

It’s hard not to get me to not care about much in life. In fact, when I took the Meyers Briggs test, my results showed that I was an Idealist Champion. The following description is given for Idealist Champions like myself:

“Champions often speak (or write) in the hope of revealing some truth about human experience, or of motivating others with their powerful convictions. Their strong drive to speak out on issues and events, along with their boundless enthusiasm and natural talent with language, makes them the most vivacious and inspiring of maleedge all the types.” (Hey, their words, not mine..I’m vivacious and inspiring ;) )

So yes, if you do hear me going off on a rant about this or that every now and then, please excuse me, it’s my Meyers Briggs personality coming out.

But in all honesty, I’m glad I “care too much” rather than not much at all. We live in a world where we’re starting to rely on other people to make the changes, make the differences that we forget we have the capacity to do that as well.

Cheers to all you dreamers, all you do-ers, all you cheerleaders, all you servers, and all you helpers. Thanks for being that somebody. (I’m pretty sure I stole that from Shel Silverstein or something.)

posted by Janice | Comments: 1 | Category Inspirations

Motivational Monday | A Ship in the Harbor is Safe…

Monday, 05.14.2012

…but that’s not why ships are built.

 { Framed portrait from Emily‘s home, pic snapped by Sam }

I love this quote.

I love everything it’s saying about everything and everyone everywhere in life.

I’ve always had somewhat of this feeling that in life, when it comes to true freedom and happiness, it’s when you are fulfilling and doing what you were designed or made to do.

Though I never knew how to phrase it so eloquently, it came through in the way I lived my life.

For instance, I always hate not using up everything to its fullest potential. Every single last drop of toothpaste must be squeezed out of the tube before getting tossed. I will wear Electronic Cigarette my jeans until they rip at the butt seams — even if that rip takes place in the middle of a hip hop dance class (true story). I used to practice my handwriting with both hands because I felt bad that my left hand wasn’t getting any action.

I feel this way about people as well. Too many settle for what’s right in front of them, preferring the safety of boundaries and known means. You can do that but you will never feel the full adrenaline rush of pushing yourself to the limit and seeing what the sky can drop on your lap when you are open to receiving it.

Just try to sail a little. See how you like it.

posted by Janice | Comments: 2 | Category Inspirations

Motivational Monday | Cool Words Other People Said

Monday, 05.7.2012

{ Words from other people lamina propecia, photo by me }

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Motivational Monday | If It’s Broke, Fix It

Monday, 04.30.2012

{ Image via Healing World Network }

At church the other day, the speaker dished us a really interesting food for thought.

He reminded us that we have now come to live in a society where when something is broken, it’s cheaper to buy a new one than to get the old one fixed. I marinated on that.

It’s true, who wears their clothes until it’s completely hole-ridden and torn up anymore? I remember sometimes walking past homeless people and observing with wonder how worn out their clothes are. It’s a novelty. Most of our laptops, our phones, and our other electronic devices get tossed out way before they’ve reached the end of their lifeline. We buy so many things in so many shades and colors and styles that we don’t really hold anything dearly anymore.

And that mentality may have crossed over to our relationships.

Best friends come and go in our lives. People toss the shoddy excuse: “Oh sorry, I don’t keep in touch with people very well” once they move away. If you find several things incompatible with your partner, time to pass along — there are other fishes in the sea.

The trouble with this is that there are certain strengths and virtues that you develop if you stick around to fix something.

I can be a pretty flaky person sometimes. I over-commit and then back out when I realize that I don’t always have enough time for everything I say yes to. Most of my friends have let me go on that. “Oh that Janice,” they’d say, “She’s a flake but what can you do where to buy capsiplex?” However, one year, one friend did not. When I missed her birthday dinner, she sat me down the next time we met up and explained to me how my absence affected her. She told me that for her, spending time with someone is very important and she feels appreciated and loved when people make that time for her. She also told me that it’s because she values our friendship so much that she would have this awkward talk with me. Because she doesn’t want me to just be that distant friend who shows up at things on my own whim and fancy. She wants me to be that close friend she can count on.

I was very touched and moved by this grown up way we handled our friendship. We talked through our misunderstandings and worked to improve because we valued each other as people that much. I tried harder to become a more responsible friend and I’m still working on that to this day (sorry to all the people I flaked out on recently :X)

Think of it like playing a video game. You’re playing and playing and you can’t get to the next level. If you give up, you will never see what the next level will bring you. But if you keep trying — even if you die, you play again and again and one day, you just may get to that next level and it might bring you an entire room full of lollipops and cotton candy! Wouldn’t that be nice? (As you can see, I do not play video games at all)

Game on.

posted by Janice | Comments: 6 | Category God, Inspirations

Motivational Monday | Make Everyday An Adventure

Monday, 04.23.2012

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I’ve been here in Hong Kong for a little over a month and, in that time, I have:

*Moved into a new apartment with Sis. Decorated said apartment.
*Accidentally stumbled upon a pretty beach resort while trying to go hiking
*Attempted to force myself into a brothel
*Started working on a novel (Yes, I’m one of those)
*Found some peace in Hong Kong
*Made it through the massive throng of people that frequent Play nightclub every Saturday night. Twice.
*Splattered paint and confetti on a rap star for his new music video
*Took a walk in the rain with Sis
*Hopped on a stranger’s car to attend HGH a swanky launch party with some of society’s elite
*Slept in til 12:30pm (Hey, that’s an adventure for me!)
*Prepared an audition speech talking about pink pants entirely in Cantonese
*Managed to NOT purchase a single piece of clothing yet (This is thanks to Sis and her fabulous closet, though)
*Met one of my favorite Chinese popstars!
*Managed to go swimming at the local pool with the pros in the morning. Did some lazy-man underwater lunges and made it look like I was the one who knew what I was doing.
*Finally started reading the bible on a regular basis! On my own free will!

The adventure has just begun. :D

posted by Janice | Comments: 4 | Category Inspirations

Motivational Monday | “It’s Not Who You Are That Holds You Back…

Sunday, 04.15.2012

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There is someone really close to me in my life that has a trait I highly value. Though this person is nowhere near perfect — overly impatient, lives in their own world, pushy, a big baby, they have this one single-standing trait that means the world to me.

Their unshakable sense of confidence in me.  No matter what it is, they believe I can achieve it. No matter what the odds are, they think I can beat it. Their faith in me often comes across as self-delusion but really, it’s just magical.

It’s really something I wish I had more of in myself. (And that I wish this person would have more of for themselves.)

As these days are passing by, I’m really finding that I think I’m not a lot of things. I think I’m not skinny enough to be a model. I’m no composed enough to be an anchor. I’m not young enough to pursue acting. I’m not smart enough to write a Pulitzer-prize winning novel. I’m not daring enough to start my own business. I’m not creative enough to craft things out of thin air. But really, this is all BS because in actuality there is just one thing I’m not.

Faithful Cialis Online enough. Faithful to myself and to God.

Because really, if I truly believe I am a child of God and that He has the power and ability to do all things, then shouldn’t I rest in that and communicate to him what I know and trust that he will know best to provide?

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”

~Luke 1:37

My sis and I are hardcore fans of The Voice. It’s that singing competition show where four celeb judges pluck contestants solely based on their voices and give them a chance to compete to become a singing sensation. With so many other singing shows out there, we wonder why we are so addicted to this particular one. In part it is because of the judges, Adam Levine, Cee-lo Green, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton’s great chemistry with one another but also because — more so than other singing competition shows — it contains a true vibe of the belief that no matter who you are or where you came from, it’s never too late for you to have that moment to shine. All of these people, to some extent, got over their past to get on that stage and sing.

Time for me to do the same.

posted by Janice | Comments: 3 | Category Inspirations, TV

Motivational Monday | Be Great By Hanging Out With Great People

Monday, 04.9.2012

Thank you to anyone in my life who has ever encouraged me to chase my dreams. Anyone who has ever believed in me. Anyone who has steered me in the right direction, the right way of thinking. Anyone who has ever seen something in myself that I did not.

I learned an amazing new life lesson a couple of months ago. It’s a  lesson I had abstractly known about before but never was concretely put into a sentence that made a “BAM” in my life until one sunny afternoon, at a Women in Power luncheon thrown by my friend, Carrie, one of the guests said that growing up, she took after her grandmother who lived her life helping others around her. Basically, the lesson is this:

“Ask not what others can do for you, but what you can do for others.”

Simple, right?

But seriously, how often — how honestly often — do we actually practice this? How often do we view everyone around us as competitors instead of as partners in crime? How often do we fail to pass on the fruits of our labor, our expertise, our advice, to the next generation? How often do we keep our contacts to ourselves because we’re afraid someone we help might end up becoming better than us?

You prosolution really work are who you hang out with. So if you keep the mentality that you should only be around people who you can use — financially, emotionally, socially — then the people you hang out with most likely think the same way. They will just be using you financially, emotionally, socially. However, if you hold the mentality that you can give generously to those around you regardless of the outcome, most likely you will be surrounding yourself with those that think this same way. Sure, every once in awhile you’ll get conned by someone who only wants to use you but don’t worry, they’ll get their comeuppance (always wanted to use that word).

Currently, one of the books I’m reading is Never Eat Alone (thanks Jono!) by Keith Ferrazzi. Keith shares this nugget of wisdom:

“It’s better to give before you receive. Never keep score. If your interactions are ruled by generosity, your rewards will follow suit.”

If my reward happens to be that I will be able to sleep soundly every night, never having to wonder whether those around me are just using me to get to the top and that they truly love me for me, then that is reward enough.

What do you think? Am I naive in thinking this way? Yay or nay?

posted by Janice | Comments: 4 | Category Inspirations

Motivational Monday: So There is Hope In the Future Generation

Monday, 03.12.2012

People are always saying how fearful they are of how the future generation will turn out to be — lazy, entitled, morally corrupt, lack of motivation, lack of empathy, ADD penis enlargement surgery before after, money/power/fame-driven…


Watch this video and you’ll agree with me that the future will do just fine.

Freakin’ ingenious use of multimedia, politics, propaganda, branding, advertisement, and heart.

posted by Janice | Comments: 3 | Category Inspirations, Love

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