Be True to Yourself

Watching the Disney live-action movie Mulan, I am struck with the messages contained with in the story. The story is simplistic, as all legends are, but lovely. There are many messages, or themes, in the story. They emblazoned four on the sword, therefore those get focused on the most: Loyal, Brave, True, and Devotion to Family. Many viewers pick up on the additional themes around misogyny and gender equality, honor, and duty. A few even see her search for identity. But what resonates with me is that it’s a story that says to be true to yourself. The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching. Dave Chappelle  She Doesn’t Fit In The story starts with a young Mulan whose antics cause problems for her and her family. An older Mulan’s mother helps her dress, does her hair, and her makeup. Transformed into a “normal” young woman, her mother and younger sister accompany her to the Matchmaker and disaster happens again. Mulan and her family despair that she’ll ever fit in. She Hides Her True Self The emperor calls for a son from each family in the village to join the army. With no […]

Build Your Motivation Toolbox

It’s Monday. You drag yourself out of bed and wish you didn’t have to go anywhere or do anything. And you beat yourself up for it You say, it’s only this part of my work that I hate. If I could afford to hire someone to do this part, I’d be golden. If it weren’t Monday, I’d be fine. I’m not motivated, so I must not have genuine talent. Well, if that were true, your problem isn’t Monday. Heck, it could be any day of the week. Where’s your motivation toolbox? Don’t have one? Start building your motivation toolbox today. Fill it with tools you can and will use may help you through so you can figure out what is holding you back. Creatives like you don’t have an HR department or a supervisor to guide you. Sometimes you don’t even have a paycheck to motivate you. You need to know how to motivate yourself. To know how to motivate yourself, you need to understand the psychology of motivation. Understanding the Types of Motivation The problem with understanding the types of motivation is that there are hundreds of types identified by various gurus on the internet. So let’s boil it down […]

Happiness is an Awesome Reading Vacation

Readers read. That’s what we do–in the in-between moments of our lives that include things like earning wages, partners, children (two-legged and four-legged), homes, vehicles, and so on. I don’t know about you, but I never have enough time to read what I want to read. So I’ve been daydreaming and I’ve decided that happiness is an awesome reading vacation.  What is an Awesome Reading Vacation? A reading vacation is a time (days, weeks) when you devour as many stories as you can. Make sure these are books and stories you want to read. Don’t bring the books you should or kind of want to read. You don’t have to go anywhere. A staycation can be wonderful. It might be fun to stay at a reader friend’s home. Go as rustic (tent) or as pampered (5-star hotel) as you wish and can afford. Take it one step further. Go to a reader’s paradise. A location that would thrill your reader’s heart. Would you walk the paths trod by a beloved author? Maybe you want to trace the steps of a favorite character? You can choose to read in beautiful libraries or impressive bookstores. There’s no wrong answer. Three on My […]