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Goal-Setting | How to Make Dreams into Goals

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Many of us have dreams or ideas of accomplishing big things, creating amazing art, speaking or performing in front of thousands of people, making loads of money, traveling across the world – better yet changing the world – but we have no idea how to make it happen. “A goal is a dream with a deadline” Napoleon Hill once said  - meaning until we put our dreams onto paper, well, they’re just dreams.

So let’s talk about dreams for a moment. When I say dream, I mean a daydream – “a short-term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, during which a person’s contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake” as Wikipedia defines it.

Here are a few goal-setting tips that have dramatically helped me:

  1. Write it down - Before you begin your day write down your daily goals. I like to break mine up into home and work goals (shown below)
  2. Estimate - Take a guess as to how long each goal will take, then jot it down. Bonus: Once I do this, then I total my home goals and my work goals together, that way I know how long I’ll be working and what time I will be done with work.
  3. Prioritize - After each goal os written down with the duration of how long it will take, I then prioritize each one with the ABCDE Method.
  4. Accomplish – One by one, I cross off each goal as I accomplish it. This is so satisfying that I make sure to write down everything I have to accomplish just so I can have that satisfaction of crossing it off. My ideal day is when I accomplish everything on my list and have time to spare – which I’m working on goal by goal, day by day.

The ABCDE Method: Check out the picture of one of my goal sheets filled in (below). You will notice each goal is prioritized with a letter and a small number beside it. This method is called the ABCDE Method, an amazing and helpful method I learned from the book Focal Point by Brian Tracy. This method prioritizes your goals with letters than numbers.

Example Goal Sheet Goal Setting | How to Make Dreams into Goals

  • An “A” task is something that is important and you must do no matter what. The number after the letter signifies which important task you must complete first. For example, when I wake up the very first thing I do is eat breakfast. Therefore this is my first priority or “A1″.
  • A “B” task is something you should do. There are consequences if you do not get this task done, but they are not as important as “A” tasks.
  • A “C” task is something you would like to do, but there are no consequences if you can’t get to it today.

Whether you’re looking to organize your thoughts and goals, launch a new business or grow your current business, it all starts with a dream. So enjoy the daydreaming process – it’s a beautiful thing, but once you’re done write those dreams and ideas down, prioritize them, estimate the duration then accomplish them. Click here to download this free goal-sheet to help you organize your dreams and make them into goals.

My latest big goal is to launch my new business next week, what goals have you been reaching for lately?

Dream-Catching Meditation

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The power of meditation is no joke, it’s fact it’s proven that meditation can prevent heart disease, reduce stress, significantly lessen ADHD symptoms, and in many cases, beats medication*. Meditation has allowed me to become a better person, reach my dreams, accomplish goals, start new businesses, come up with incredible ideas, fuel my creative mind, maintain a healthy body and mind, and find inner peace.

I remember the first time I attempted to meditate, I had no idea what I was doing, all I knew was I was supposed to quiet my thoughts and find peace. Whaaa? Quiet my thoughts?

When I first attempted to meditate several years ago, my thoughts did not go away. It actually felt like my thoughts increased – I was thinking “I am I doing this right, go away thoughts I am supposed be meditating, where am I going, what am I doing, stop thinking…”.  So what was I doing wrong?

I asked my Father-in-Law Craig Bullock, a spiritual guru, Kriya Yoga teacher, writer, teacher, lecturer, and psychotherapist, how to meditate. After several years of practice, his advice, and many spiritual books* later, I think I’ve got it.

The best meditation I have experienced is when I do it every morning after I wake and consecutively – that’s right, everyday. My technique has evolved to a sweet spot -a place where I actually feel like the person sitting in space (like the artwork above). I feel powerful, full of light, capable, connected to my inner-self, happy, balanced – basically every good feeling I could have, I feel it during and after meditation.

Here is my daily meditation routine:

  1. I wake, find a quiet place to sit, then start my timer for 15 minutes.
  2. I close my eyes and imagine my entire body full of light – the brightest and most beautiful light I can imagine – like the sun.
  3. As I breath in, the light flows upward from my toes and fingertips to my belly, to my heart then finally to my head.
  4. Then I exhale and my inner-light flows back down from my head, to my heart, to my belly, to my fingers and toes.
  5. As thoughts come, I calmly listen and then let it go. Some thoughts may linger and that’s ok. Give them attention if they deserve it. If they do not, let them go.
  6. I imagine myself fulfilling my dream, my purpose and it’s beautiful. Throughout the 15 minutes I let thoughts come and go, giving them my positive energy and love.
  7. When the 15 minutes are up, I write down any ideas or thoughts that come to me that are worth saving.
  8. Then I go forth with my day feeling balanced, more creative and full of light and power.

So, that’s my routine, what’s yours? How has it helped you?

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*Facts gathered from here.

**I have found amazing help and direction with the book The Magical Path: Creating the Life of Your Dreams and a World That Works for All Dream Catching Meditation, I recommend reading it when you’re ready to create the life of your dreams.

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Identifying Your Role Models

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Blake Mycoskie | Founder & Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS

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Kathleen Shannon | Dreamer, Thinker and Life & Business Blogger

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Seth Godin | Marketing Guru + Best Selling Author

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Deanne Cheuk | Art Director & Illustrator

“If you can find a good business leader, and model some of your business activities after that person’s methods, you’ll be less likely to fail” – an excerpt from the book Launch written by Michael A. Stelzner – got me thinking of who my role models are. So… I did what I always do when I am looking to collect inspirational images – I created a pinterest board.

Role models are those individuals that people can’t stop talking about. Can you think of a few off the top of your head? When you identify them, go read their blog, sign up for their newsletters, watch them present, examine the content they create, track how they sell and grow and apply some of their best ideas to your business.

I receive several different newsletters, one of my favorites is from Kathleen Shannon of Braid Creative, called Letters for Creative Entrepreneurs. Sign up for it here.

Above are just a few of my role models, go to my pinterest board to see more.

 

11 Ideas for My New Home Studio

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As I settle into my new home, I begin to piece together the most important room in my house (at least to me it’s the most important – my husband probably may disagree). I have found an immense amount of inspiration from pinterest here on a board called Studio / Spaces. I have picked out top 11 and picked out several decor items that I am scouring ebay, garage and estate sales for. If my mom was here, she would have all of these at my front door by Sunday – she attends auctions and estate sales like it’s nobodies business.

  • fig. 1) I love everything about this studio. The brick walls, the red hair, the orange skirt, the rug, the everything. Someday I will have exposed brick walls. Sigh.
  • fig. 2) I need more book shelves. I have officially filled my first book shelf and need more shelving for my growing book collection.
  • fig. 3) I need a dresser. Not for clothes, but for art tools , supplies and materials. I love the look of an old, vintage style dresser without handles and low legs. I found this one etsy and of course it’s sold. I imagine I couldn’t afford the shipping alone on this anyway.
  • fig. 4) I need a reading nook. I try to read at least 30″ a day, if not more. I can’t do it at my desk, because then I feel like I am working. So for now, I’ve been retiring to my coach when I find time to read. Perhaps my garden (when it cools down – it’s been in the 80′s and 90′s here in Nashville) would be a good place to read? Thoughts?
  • fig. 5) I need chairs. One for me and one for my client for those moments when we’re brainstorming ideas of how to make their art, music or craft their job so they can start living their dreams. Yeah, those moments need chairs, and comfortable ones.
  • fig. 6) I need your artwork. Yes, I have my own artwork, but I need your artwork. I need artwork that moves me, inspired me and takes me to a place I have never imagined before. Any ideas for artwork?  This artwork is Debbie Carlos and her work is amazzzing.
  • fig. 7) I love this idea of clipboards. I suppose I don’t need this, but I love to be organized and perhaps this would be a great addition to the decor and my need to stay clean.
  • fig. 8) I need vases & jars for utensils. I have a crazy amount of pens, paintbrushes, calligraphy pens, pencils, markers…. And like I said, staying organized equals a happy life. I found this one on etsy.
  • fig. 9) I love this window, all of the old wood and chipped walls. I don’t think I could actually work it this space due to the darkness, but it seems romantic and edgy, like a place I could write my first book.
  • fig. 10) I need lamps, a lot of them. I am lucky enough to have a sun-drenched room during the day. But in reality, I am here when it’s dark too and there are zero lights/fixtures in this room except for my lonely desk lamp (that my mom gave me). I found this lamp at Ikea, but really I need this lamp times 2 plus 2 floor lamps.
  • fig. 11) I need more plants. I already have a large array of plants that made it safe all the way down south, but My mother-in-law says that having bamboo plants in your home is good feng shui. So I need to find some bamboo plants.

I would’ve posted at least 15 more images of studios and ideas I loved, but I had to post this blog at some point today. As I set off on my search for old vintage furniture, lamps, vases, plants and artwork, do you have any suggestions on where to look and what gives your home studio the perfect balance of inspiration and peace?

 

Home Sweet Home | God’s Garden

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“God made a beauteous garden
With lovely flowers strown,
But one straight, narrow pathway
That was not overgrown.
And to this beauteous garden
He brought mankind to live,
And said “To you, my children,
These lovely flowers I give.
Prune ye my vines and fig trees,
With care my flowers tend,
But keep the pathway open
Your home is at the end.”
- Robert Frost

Nashville, TN and this garden are now our home and we can’t wait to share more pictures and reflections as soon as we’re settled. For now see daily pictures of our new home and adventures on instagram.

Moving to Nashville | Almost There

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It’s been over a month since I have slept in my own bed, since I have called a place home, since I cooked in my own kitchen. Being a gypsy – aka homeless – is not glamorous or easy – it’s challenging. I am longing for time alone, time to create and time to resume exciting new collaborations with artists & musicians – because that reminds me why I am here and on this earth.

While in transit, I have loved and cherished moments with family and friends more fully than I remember, I have found inspiration where I have forgotten it exists,  and I have daydreamed further than I ever imagined.

I am grateful for all of this time we’ve spent with our friends and family but couldn’t be more ready for our new beginning. I keep reminding myself we’re almost there.

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To all of my creatives out there – I will be returning to work full-time on September 4th, 2013.

I Hired Braid Creative

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I just finished my creative consulting process with the ladies from Braid Creative & Consulting and now have a Brand & Vision Guide drenched in amazing content that sounds, feels and speaks my vision and services that I provide for artists and musicians – this picture is just one of many excerpts/examples from the Guide.

Braid Creative is a Brand + Vision Consulting team that helped me discover what I wanted to do, who I want to work with and how to say it. I hired them to help me brand and visualize my new business ideas so I can then offer them to creatives like you. If you can’t afford to hire them and need some help with your business, I recommend their very affordable and helpful E-Courses:

  1. Personal Branding
  2. Shape up Your Content and
  3. Dream Customer Catching

2 out of 3 of them I took and loved every little morsel I learned and still use the pdf’s! These courses are typically priced at $75, but as an affiliate member I can offer the classes to you for $50 with this coupon code here: BRAIDECOURSE50. To learn more about these classes and how they work, go here.

Now, I know what you’re thinking…isn’t this what you do for creatives? Actually, no. You see, what I do is help artists and musicians treat their art, their music or their craft like a job so they can treat their life’s dream into life’s work. I do this by offering services like goal-setting and visual styling and products like E-Courses and E-Books. Now, I haven’t created the E-Courses or Books yet, however I do offer visual direction, branding and a method that will help make your craft your work. Learn more about what I offer by emailing me here: [email protected]

To stay tuned with my transition, subscribe to blog by entering your email in above the box that says “SUBSCRIBE” on the right hand side of this blog. I also post a lot of my current inspiration and what I am up to on intagramfacebook or pinterest

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2 Years Today

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2 years today I married this man.

We met almost 4 years ago. Back them Nick was in a very successful, touring-frequently band and I was exhibiting my artwork and proudly calling myself an artist. We shared the passion to express ourselves and to inspire others with our creations. At that time Nick was teaching music and in a trio called Revision. I was in my 10th year of hair styling and exhibiting art at local restaurants and cafe’s.

Within the first year of dating, Nick and I both started new businesses. Nick created an amazing business plan and launched the Nick Bullock Rock School. I opened The Brides Hairstylist, a business that provided on-site hair styling for weddings.

One year later we got married and I opened my second business Hazel Wonderland. In June 2012 I retired from doing hair and officially became self-employed! It was one of the biggest accomplishments of our lives – I say our lives, because I couldn’t have done it without the daily support and faith from my husband Nick. This spring of 2013 I finished my last wedding for The Brides Hairstylist and stepped into full-time artist land.

Ever since the day Nick and I met, we both dreamed about moving out-of-state and becoming artists. At first we thought Colorado, then maybe New York City. Finally we arrived at the idea of Nashville – read more about us moving to Nashville here.

Now, almost 2 years later our dreams are coming true. Nick has built up such an amazing business with Nick Bullock Rock School that he was able to sell it to Hickey’s Music. He also has grown so much as a musician and song-writer (seriously, he is so talented, you need to click here to listen to his work) that he has had his music featured in ads and television shows, like the Ringer. He started his own band called The Sound Awake. Released his first solo album (email me for a free download) and is about to release 2 more brand new albums (that I will be doing all of the artwork and design for!).

My business Hazel Wonderland has been so successful and life-changing for me. I have met  and created for so many wonderful people from all over the world! Hazel Wonderland has helped me learn so much about myself as an individual and entrepreneur that I am about to launch my 3rd, self-titled business Meredith Bullock. This business will be business and brand consulting and visioning for creative entrepreneurs, artists and musicians. I believe this is what I was put on this earth to do, to help others become their dream. To help them discover, learn and grow. I am so elated about this big change and can’t wait to tell you more. Stay tuned by subscribing to my blog by entering your email into the box just above the “SUBSCRIBE” button (on the right column of this blog), then press “SUBSCRIBE”. You will receive updates directly in your inbox and you may unsubscribe at any time. You may also follow me on instagram, pinterest, twitter or facebook to stay tuned.

2 years today, I married the man of my dreams. Someone who loves me passionately and unconditionally, someone who inspires me, someone who makes me laugh uncontrollably, someone who supports and believes in me (even when I am about to quit my gravy train day job to pursue my art career), someone who encourages me to grow and become a better person and someone who takes care of me when I can’t take care of myself.

Happy Anniversary darling!

Pictures (from top to bottom): 1) Our first photograph taken together at one of my art exhibits. 2) Our engagement photo taken by my talented sister. 3) My favorite photo from our wedding day, taken by Anna. 4) A picture of Nick playing, me listening on our honeymoon in Jamaica – taken by me. This photo montage reminds me that we new, updated photos of us!