Who Inspires YOU? Comment Below • Win a Book!
Who has inspired YOU to DREAM BIG? Nominate him or her below in the comments section for a chance to win an ORIGINAL PIECE OF ART FOR THAT PERSON and a FREE copy of Desire to Inspire!
Read on for the details….comment below.
There are a lot of inspiring people in the world (and we know that you know several of them) and we want the power of their example to reach far and wide. That’s why we—those of us at CreateMixedMedia.com and Christine Mason Miller—are so excited to announce a way to spread the word . . .
In her book, Desire to Inspire, Christine Mason Miller spotlights a wide range of creative individuals, all with a common desire to make a positive impact. Now it’s your turn. This is your opportunity to acknowledge your mentors, friends, family members, colleagues or acquaintances who have inspired you to dream big, scale an impossible mountain, make a difference or simply become a force of good in the world.
Now through March 8, each Thursday I will share with you details about the chapters in the book that inspired our four awards:
- The DREAM BIG Award (boldly making one’s dream a reality)
- The MOUNTAIN CLIMBER Award (overcoming great challenge with a positive perspective)
- The MAKE-A-DIFFERENCE Award (inspiring us to be of service to others)
- The LIVING IT FULLY Award (offering a beautiful example of being present in every moment)
At the end of each week’s post, you are free to nominate your special someone, by leaving a comment explaining who you wish to nominate and why. We would love it if you included a link to this person’s blog or website if they have one.
Each week, everyone who comments will be entered to win a copy of Desire to Inspire, and then on March 15, the winners of the four awards—who will be selected by a specially appointed panel from CreateMixedMedia—will be announced right here.
So let’s get to it! First up: The DREAM BIG Award. Be sure to stop back by each Thursday for more on the other awards and more inspiration!
The DREAM BIG Award stems from chapter three in the book, “Walking Hand in Hand: The Partnership Between You and Your Dream.”
This chapter speaks repeatedly about the importance of remaining open to the unexpected when setting intentions and journeying toward what it is you really want from your life. To put it another way, we should not assume that there is only one clear-cut path to achieving our goals. In fact, chances are good that the best road is one we would never have even envisioned, so we can do ourselves a favor by not insisting we should be able to have the entire story written in our heads ahead of time.
When mentioning a time during her writing of the book, Christine says that there was a Tuesday morning when dishes were piled high in the sink and she had an appointment in an hour, yet an inner force nudged her to sit at her kitchen table and write this chapter, right then in that moment. She says that at one time, she may have had romanticized ideas about writing only after a certain candle was lit and she was given a clear slot of uninterrupted time, but that, as she put it, “My dreams are not always especially interested in accommodating these fuzzy-edged imaginings (and neither is my editor). In fact, dreams tend to infiltrate all kinds of unexpected situations in order to garner attention.”
This non-attachment to seeing how the story is going to play out before it actually does can seem frustrating if we’ve never tried it before. It can also be a bit scary to release our tight grip on everything we wish to control and to put our trust in some unseen force. I like the way contributor Marianne Elliott puts this in the book: “I’ve come to understand that while my intention matters very much, my goals and plans matter very little.”
All this is not to say that achieving our dreams results from inaction on our part; rather we just need to remain open to the timeframe and little nuances along the way that may come as surprises. And for those times when we get restless to start moving quantitatively in the direction of our dreams, but we are daunted by the vastness of it all and uncertain what we can do today, Christine has an excellent exercise in the book—called The Perfect Time is Now— that you’ll find incredibly helpful (and insightful!) in aiding you to act immediately.
So tell us, who do you know who has boldly stepped into their life and is now living what was at one time only a dream? Who do you remind yourself to think about when you get discouraged because thinking about them is a testament that great things do come to those who dare to dream big?
Leave a comment here, telling us all about the person you’d like to nominate for the DREAM BIG award (or one of the three other awards). If you write a post about your nomination on your own blog, you can include a link for that as well. On March 15, 2012, our Force-of-Good Panel will reveal the four Inspired By! winners, and if your nominee is chosen, they’ll receive a signed copy of Desire to Inspire, along with an original collage creation by Christine Mason Miller. But that’s not all; just by leaving a comment that nominates someone, you’ll be eligible each week for a randomly selected winner of a copy of the book! So tell us who you are inspired by!
MORE RESOURCES FOR MIXED MEDIA ARTISTS