Taking our goals in stride... Source: Yftaheco via Wikimedia Commons Many of our important projects and goals require extended effort – effort stretched out over long periods of time, from months, to years, or even decades. What keeps us going on these projects, pursuing our long-term goals, even when, in the short-term, the road ahead seems riddled with bumps and potholes, steep hills to climb, or unanticipated setbacks? Imagine you are embarking on an ambitious new creative project – say you want to launch your first solo artist exhibition of paintings or sculptures, or your first interactive video+sound installation, or to publish a substantial written work such as a novel, or an extended theoretical or historical analysis. Should you set highly specific and concrete attainable goals for each day, or for each week? But we have many aspirations and hopes – should you be able to tell yourself just why this project is the one you … [Read more...] about What Keeps Us Going Creatively When the Going Gets Tough?
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Source: pxhere (creative commons) Responding to the climate crisis The global environment is increasingly seen as imperilled, with foreboding statistics on the rate and effects of climate change emerging almost daily. For instance, a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change charts the rapid melting of glaciers and ice sheets, and argues that we may realistically only have until 2030 to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees (the threshold past which runaway climate change is thought likely to occur). This crisis has great existential significance for human beings. As such, the situation, and our response to it, has a considerable psychological dimension, as found in emerging constructs such as eco-anxiety1. As the world struggles with this ever-urgent predicament, various ways of appraising and addressing the situation can be seen across the globe, from scientific analyses and technological innovation to moral persuasion and public activism. … [Read more...] about What is ‘Eco-Connection’, and How Can We Cultivate It?
It happens every year: the turning of the calendar brings with it a certain existential reckoning. Who am I? Am I where I’d like to be in life? What would I like to change or do better? For many of us, this reflection gets shaped into a clear resolution. "I am going to lose weight!" "I will pay off my credit cards!" "I will quit smoking!" And for many of us, the resolution is a fun, energizing diversion for a few days or weeks, until it gets hard and we quit. Personally, my resolution is to stop mindlessly scrolling through Facebook. I do it all the time. I did it several times while writing this post. When I reflect on my day, I often think, “Today I would have been happier and more productive if I hadn’t spent so much time on social media.” As I take on a big writing project this year, it’s becoming more and more apparent that this habit has simply got to change. And I don't want this to be an empty promise. I want to follow through on this one. You … [Read more...] about 5 Steps to Turning Your New Year’s Resolutions into Reality
You’d like to make better use of your talents and your time, but you procrastinate instead. So, what’s going on? Do you doubt yourself? Are you dodging discomfort? Do you fritter your time dreaming rather than doing? If you are in any of these traps, that's no way to live your life. What can you do? Here are three action steps that you can take: 1. Build confidence by doing what you put off. 2. Develop tolerance by showing yourself you can learn more by doing than by stewing. 3. Take a chance by following through on what you dream of doing. I'll show you an easy way to take these three action steps. First, you'll use nature scenes to calm your mind and buffer yourself against anxiety and stress. Then you'll see how to optimize your performances with a four-step ready, relax, set, go method. Serene Scenes for a Serene Mind Peaceful Sea Serene scenes can speed recovery from stress. When serene, you are open to your experiences. You are not fighting against yourself and … [Read more...] about Four Steps to a Calmer, Confident, Creative, Capable You
Home Beauty Women fashion Women Fashion oi-Monika Khajuria By Monika Khajuria on December 16, 2019 Have you ever been tempted to try a glitter eye look? If you have, this is the best time to sate that temptation. Bhumi Pednekar latest photoshoot for Vogue is inspiration enough for the look you might want to go for. Image Credits- Errikos Andreou A neutral, nude or bright make-up look is what seems like Bhumi's go-to look. But, in this photoshoot, she opted for an entirely intense and sparkling avatar. Her base is bronzed well to create a rich deeper tone that looks flattering with the shades used to create the look. The intensely filled eyebrows add definition to the face. Her eyes and lips, however, were the star of the look. Her eyes are splashed with a matte Prussian blue eyeshadow, which is accentuated with same hued glitter that forms an extensive winged liner at the outer corner of the eyes. On the lips, we have a metallic brown lip shade with some gloss placed at … [Read more...] about Bhumi Pednekar’s Make-up Look Will Tempt You To Play With Some Glitter!