Posts tagged ‘goals’

February 15, 2012

Wednesday Wellness::Granting yourself permission

by heatherkp

Do you really give yourself permission to do, be, feel who you are?  As I’ve been traversing the path of the Mondo Beyondo Big Dreams course I wrote myself the following permission slips…personal get out of jail free cards.  It’s liberating and maybe you would like to try it to?

I give myself permission to make mistakes.
I give myself permission to take it slow, take my time.
I give myself permission to be compassionate towards myself so I can do the same for others.
I give myself permission to accept my faults and be imperfect.
I give myself permission to be an explorer and try new things especially if I’m afraid.
I give myself permission to be sad and grieve.
I give myself permission to be self confident.
I give myself permission to be happy and silly and fun!
I give myself permission to love and be loved.
I give myself permission to listen to my intuition.
I give myself permission to follow my dreams even if they are not always clear.

“The gift of honor unwraps the gift of permission and together these two establish a place for you to stand in confidence in regards to the future unfolding before you.”- Andrea Scher and Jen Lemen (Mondo Beyondo)

January 31, 2012

Making room for Dreams!

by heatherkp

Wow, January went by fast!   Instead of setting a bunch of goals and resolutions for myself I decided to take a different approach to preparing myself for the year to come.  A big reason for our move to SC is to live the life we have DREAMED of living!  So, I’ve spent the better part of the month digging deeper, visioning, exploring the possibilities and really allowing myself to dream of what my life can be if I get out of my own way!

I love what Kahlil Gibran writes about dreams in The Garden of the Prophet; “You grow in sleep, and live your fuller life in your dreaming.”

I am exercising my ability to open to my dreams is by taking the online Mondo Beyondo Dream Big in the New Year course.  So far we are about half way through and the daily exercises have invited me to explore my hidden dreams.  What I’ve come to realize is that sometime after graduation from college I kind of forgot how to dream!   This may sound crazy but when I left school I had dreams of becoming a well known designer, designing my own line of products (or license designs) and traveling to exciting and inspiring locations.  Part of this dream came true but I also let insecurity creep in and listened to the naysayers until I eventually buried my own dreams in the daily grind.  It’s taken some coaxing but I’m slowly un burying those dreams, bringing them back to the surface, inviting the possibility of new dreams into my life and casting off the ones that I’ve decided I no longer need to hold onto.

Creating a vision board is one powerful way I’m expressing what I dream for my life.  In the past I’ve done vision boards with images but this time I decided to stick with words, which were easier to find and I added my own where I could not find them in magazines etc.  Words are very powerful and now I’ve got this vision board in a place where I can be reminded every day what I’m attracting into my life.

I am learning that allowing myself to dream involves faith and casting aside my worries.  I took this literally and wrote each worry on a shell and cast them into the ocean.  Now, each time a worry automatically creeps in and threatens those tender sprout’s of my dreams I remember that I’m no longer going to feed my worries, they are gone, out of my hands and cast to the sea.

As I’ve been exploring the possibilities of my dreams I’ve met some fantastic people including Business Coach, Mary Anna Lewis.  During a Dreams and Visions strategy session with her I wrote out “my perfect day” which was a truly powerful exercise!  I invite you go give it a try.  You can use any format you like, I used a letter as if I was writing to a dear friend who I hadn’t spoken to in awhile, telling them all about my life in general and explaining in more detail about how I spend a typical day.  I was asked to share this letter with the other participants that day and voicing it out loud gave it even more power Eveyone in that room said they could see me living it! 

Texture Tuesday-Kim Klassen “Confidence” texture (one of several layers)

Allowing yourself to really dream can be a scary proposition for some people.  If you haven’t actively allowed yourself to dream for awhile it might take some practice to get back into that place where you can let go of your own limitations, worries and rules.  When was the last time you sat down and wrote down some dreams?  Isn’t it time you do so?  Don’t let your life go by without really living the life you’ve dreamed of!

September 22, 2010

4 Simple Goals

by heatherkp

I want to accomplish by the end of 2010.   This comes to you by way of the A Beautiful Mess blog and there are lots of participants.  The idea here is to pick goals that are not results oriented and that are simple and will bring you more joy by doing them.

1.   Update my software skill set (increase my Photoshop knowledge and start to learn Illustrator).

2.   Start sewing and knitting again.  I haven’t really done either over the past few months.

3.  Organize and start a new collaborative project with artist and designer friends.

4.  Finish organizing and setting up a new office space (to share with hubby) and storage space.

Bonus:  Continue to increase my physical strength.  I recently started lifting weights again and it feels great so I want to continue this.

August 11, 2010


by heatherkp

I’ve got goals on the mind lately.  Do you set goals for yourself?  I find myself floundering without them.  So, lately I’ve been on a mission to more clearly define what my goals are and make them achievable.  I’m doing this by breaking the larger goals down in to smaller chunks and mini bites.  Without breaking it down further the whole can become so overwhelming you don’t know where to begin.  I’ve begun by setting goals on a daily, weekly and monthly basis (and further ahead for larger goals).  Do you set goals to keep yourself on track?  What tricks keep you motivated?  How do you get back on track if you “missed” a goal?

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August 6, 2010


by heatherkp

metamorphosis= transformation or rebirth

I started this blog back in January after many years of fantasizing of starting my own studio. I put blogging aside and even though I have thought over the last 6-7 months about posting here I remained hesitant as I’ve undergone many changes in my life over this period.

At the end of January I lost my job of over 7 years as a senior designer working on custom rug and carpet design. I was shocked, devastated, afraid, excited, angry, hopeful, relieved, worried just to name some of the emotions I have experienced over the last 6 months. It is pretty ironic reading back to my early January 1st entry here. I will still be exploring this process here but will no longer be doing so anonymously.

I realized pretty quickly that this loss was also a wonderful opportunity to make my own dreams a reality. Dreams are funny though because sometimes when you come face to face with them you flounder and don’t know where to begin. I began my metamorphosis by doing a lot of introspection, reading, researching, talking with supportive friends and family and giving myself time to revel in this chance to enjoy my life and recreate it.

As much as I loved moments of my corporate career it had become terribly unsatisfying over the last 2 years as I became bored, unchallenged and lost creative enthusiasm. In hindsight perhaps these were the exact reasons that I lost my job but I also worked very hard and was a loyal employee; something that is becoming more of a novelty in today’s corporate environment.

I decided pretty early on after my job loss that I didn’t want to pursue the same type of career path. I contemplated going into Non-Profit arts, beginning a Non-Profit (which I still aim to do one day), working in a Museum environment or working on a farm. After these ideas of radical change subsided I slowly realized the value in the many years I’ve invested in the world of textile and carpet design. I love so many aspects of design, I love working with clients to create something that evolves from a collaborative vision into a reality.

The process of collaboration is one that I love and am fascinated by. It is something I have explored over the past years as I’ve participated in and organized many collaborative art projects with fellow artist friends. I will be launching a design studio (virtual) with the dream of providing designs that come from a diverse group of designers and artists. These designs will not be trend driven, they will be created by individuals for the sheer joy of the process of creating. There will be designs that stand alone, photography, design collections, designs that are by anonymous individuals and designs that are collaborations between more than one designer. This is an aspect that I am so excited to explore. Please join me here until I launch my website ( For news, sneak peaks, inspiration and bits of knowledge I will share about this process of launching my dream business.

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January 5, 2010

New Beginnings

by heatherkp

So I had a revelation that I just need to start blogging here to make this someday studio become a reality that much sooner. I am not going to say who I am but I’ll give you some info along the way about what I do now and what i want to be doing someday. Yup, it’s 2010 and I’ve got a goal to leave my daytime job and “retire” to self employment by the time I’m 40 (which gives me 3 years). I set this goal for myself about 2 years ago and since then have been trying to figure out what it is exactly that I want to do and what do I need to be doing today to get there.

Well…starting here feels like a first step. Albeit an anonymous step but and I hope that’s okay for now. I’ve been struggling with the idea of walking away from a successful career that I went to college to initiate and have spent the last 10 years building upon. Okay, but the thing is, it’s no longer satisfying. I’m really sad about this but I just got some inspiration from Kim Werker who came to the revelation that she was not a “finisher”. She sold a successful web based business and walked away from editing a magazine publication once she realized that she was no longer happy. She was no longer challenged, no longer learning and she had essentially turned something she loved (a hobby) into something she could no longer enjoy. She didn’t want to become resentful so she took a leap in a new direction.

I wish I could take that kind of leap but I’m afraid, need I say more? So I am going to explore my thoughts and ideas about venturing out of corporate America and into my own “Someday Studio” here, anonymously. I hope you will join me in this adventure to learn more about myself and eventually take my own leap of faith that will led me to a more happy and fulfilling life of my own making.

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