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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:
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.
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?
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:
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, I recommend reading it when you’re ready to create the life of your dreams.
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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.
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.
Lately, all I can think about, talk about and post about is my new business direction and helping others become their dream. In preparation for the launch this fall, I started to collect images and artwork that capture my brand – see more inspiration here on Pinterest.
My self-titled business Meredith Bullock - read more here - helps artist, musicians and creatives get from here (where you are today) to there (where you want to be). I have already started to work with some amazingly talented artists and musicians, helping them uncover their talent and making it their business.
If you want to make your craft, music or art your job and need help making it happen, email me here to learn more [email protected]. To stay updated and to receive free business tips and inspiration, follow me on instgram, pinterest and facebook or subscribe to my blog by entering your email on the right hand side of this blog.
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:
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: meredithc[email protected]
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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!