How To Thrive, Right Where You Are

cover image: Sasha Freemind
Article by Tia

Everything used to move really fast. Fast food, fast cars, and a fast roller coaster kind of life. Then Covid came. Now there’s uncertainty, anxiety, depression and overall health dysfunction. As creators, we have a passion for art and stories we wish to share with the world. How can we stay positively driven in a time of uncertainty?
My mother once told me, “Dream big, because as you age, that dream will become smaller.”  I’ve kept this saying close to my heart. Many things have changed over the years but my childhood dream remains the same and I’m glad to say that I am more driven to live it than ever before! Today, here’s

5 Ways To Thrive, Right Where You Are

    1. Renew Your Mind, Body, Spirit & Heart
      Keeping your thoughts clear and the temple of God clean is an excellent way to start a positively driven plan. We can do this by meditating, praying and reading the Word of God first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. When we start practicing this, our hearts will change automatically towards being more pure and focused.
      Jot down everything that you have in mind and take notes as you grow in your faith and your craft. Remember, everything starts from the mind, body, spirit, and heart.
    2. Listen More Than You Talk
      We’ve all heard this one before but perhaps we’ve underrated it’s worth in our lives. Listen and only take in what is right and beneficial, even the advice given by family and friends; the rest is just all noise. Keep focused every day by listening to people who share great testimonies and learn from their mistakes and successes. Follow great examples by applying the blueprints to your daily routine.
    3. Hone Your Craft
      As busy as this fast-paced world is, never stop practicing your art, even if it takes five minutes of your time in a day. This particular tip applies especially to artists: whether it’s vocalizing, learning an instrument, memorizing or acting, make time in a day to review and practice your craft. Take small baby steps, making one positive choice after another. Before you know it, you’ll be amazed at your progress and love what you’re doing even more!
    4. Rest and Don’t Stress
      This one is easier said than done. Stress is poison to everything. No matter how busy in a day, try to make time to rest, even if it’s just for five minutes. Close your eyes, and fall into tranquility. This can be done anywhere, in your car during lunch break, at home while doing chores, or airport rest stops while traveling. I have also learned to try to stop stressing on the things I have no control over. Pray the Serenity Prayer as an everyday reminder: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.
    5.  Just Do It
      There will always be voices telling you that you will never be able to do it. Even so, whatever it is that you have in mind to accomplish, get busy with it. This was a big lesson in my personal life. As a single mom to a teenager, publishing a book or releasing an album wasn’t an easy task for me, but just doing it was the only way to make my dreams into realities. Everything starts with a thought or a dream, so once you have that thought or dream, get busy with making it happen. Even if you are scared to take the first step, take it anyway; it’ll be the only way to accomplish your desire. It doesn’t matter if it is big or small; after the execution, celebrate your achievement as a reminder to yourself that you are a winner! And, by doing so, you’ll be empowered to help others reach their dreams as well.
Article by Tia
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