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Blog Takeaway Idea (From Story)

Always Be Yourself

In “Hidden Treasures,” there were quite a lot of messages simply because the mother’s letters each had to include a message for Katie to take away. There is one message, though, that is woven throughout every scene of this story. One idea that is so important and something I’ve found to make all the difference in my life as I’ve embraced it more and more, and it’s also at the forefront of every success story I’ve ever read. 

Get to the idea already, DEREK!! 

Ok, ok…the idea is this:  be… yourself.

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Drama Mystery Short Stories

Hidden Treasures

(MYSTERY/DRAMA) – KATIE, upon returning from her mother’s funeral, finds a letter in the mail from her mother. In the letter is a treasure map full of riddles, but the treasure will not end up being what Katie imagines… it’ll be so much more! Enjoy this feel-good story!

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Blog Design Your Life

Habits: The Machine of Life

Bring it back around

Your blueprint is in your hand! Holy cow, batman! Galloping gargoyles! Golly gee… ok, I’ll stop. Seriously though, it’s an incredible feeling when we finish a creation of any kind. And finishing a blueprint for our lives… even more so! But, now what? As the architect, what do we do next? Well… it’s time to build the thing! It’s time to put our plan into action and see our design come to life. Building something, though, is a whole other process that ends up opening up a new round of questioning. Just like how we started in part 1, we need to ask, “Where do we begin?” The answer:  The Foundation.

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Blog Design Your Life

Careers: The Buffet of Life

Let’s Sketch Our Careers!

If you were an architect, at this stage in the process you would have all the information you need. You’d have all the details, the purpose, and the tools you have to work with. Now what? It’s time to start imagining and dreaming and forming buildings in your mind. Then, sketching different structures out before you that incorporate all those pieces we talked about earlier. And you wouldn’t settle on your first idea either. You would try new approaches, new designs, add details, subtract details. How many sketches would be enough? Enough is when you feel it. When the right one hits you… yes, that one… the perfect design sketched out before you. Your heart fluttering with the excitement of it and you stare at it, marvel at it. It’s incredible! Beautiful! Perfect!

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Blog Design Your Life

Interests: The Play of Life

Let’s Imagine

Ok, let’s step back into our imagination. We are an Architect. We’ve outlined the purpose of our design, and all the details we want to include in it. It’s really starting to take shape in our mind, but now we need to start considering how we’re going to put it all together into one design. The first part of that answer is just knowing what tools we have at our disposal to work with. For our life:  What interests us? Notice, I didn’t say, “What are we good at?”