motivation

4 words that will change your life

"Y.O.L.O." my twin flame smiles at me.

confused, i looked dumbfounded back at her. ok - thank you?

i know she likes making up her own words, and i'm learning to understand them but it's taking some time.

You. Only. Live. Once.

i really connected to it. it's loaded with meaning. it's fun to say. it's liberating to live.

Derek Russell jumping with Kara

each week on tuesday's i'll share a new Y.O.L.O. moment

what's yours this week?

i matter

i'm out of paper. i typically handwrite all my morning freewrites. so this is a test. an internal test to teach my mind. i am releasing my mental patterns while writing directly onto the computer. i close my eyes and type. the energy will flow magically through me. 

if it doesn't work, it doesn't work, i'll go downstairs and get more paper. right now, it's just too comfy and warm snuggling into this leather couch. 

i am open for the expression.

with my eyes closed, i stop worrying about the grammar, the direction, the technical jargon associated with how i was taught to write. finally i don't need to worry about the words. it's more about the release of emotion for me now. i can go back later and edit it. that's if i can read it. but by not attaching myself to the physical body typing on the physical computer, i rise above my body. i enter into a state of what i like to call mindfulness. a place where i feel like i am out of my body. a place where i am present. a place that gives me a direct channel to communicate with my soul.

i am a medium. i love the experience of bringing my soul into the game. my soul has wisdom beyond my wildest imagination.

 
prints are now available  here

prints are now available here

 

i choose to free this imagination. no longer am i to limit myself. no longer am i to live in rigidity.

i am flexible and flowing. i easily move in new directions, new experiences and new changes.

these are the new mental thought patterns i am applying.

it's time to channel, i hear, so i write it down. (wait, did i just hear the spirit? this is so cool. thank you. i offer a silent blessing)

what is it that you are trying to tell me this morning i ask?

you matter. you make a difference. you have a direct impact for millions of souls from around the world. your words, your actions, your paintings give others what they are looking for. you offer inspiration. you give hope. you share excitement. 

life can be whatever you make it. sometimes you need to change the mental patterns that have brought you to where you are presently. are you happy with your life? your job? your health? your relationships? your contribution?

YES! absolutely! i love my life


i choose to learn

a pivotal decision came to me about a month ago when i decided, again, that i was finally going to immerse myself in learning.

i love learning. i've loved it for the longest time, however i never liked the approach taught in schools. i hated to memorize. i hated to be forced to learn certain material in a certain way. and all so that a teacher could "test" you on your understanding of the material. heck it's only the material that someone else wanted you to know.

wouldn't it be great if you had the choice to learn what interested you?

i'm here to tell you, you do.

pick up that book you have been wanting to read. order that audio program you have been thinking about. you deserve it. you deserve to grow. it is your birthright.

i am committed to learning.

                                                   soaring high atop Mount Chocorua

                                                   soaring high atop Mount Chocorua

when i was younger, i had "friends" that would tease me about learning. and because i was not confident in myself at this time in my development, i listened to them.

i only learned what i needed to learn based on what the teachers wanted me to know. i learned for the sake of grades alone. not because i was interested in the material.

and that's an important consideration to make. what excites you? 

now I'm learning because i want to. i have linked an incredible amount of pleasure to learning. and this creation of pleasure feels good to me. and guess what else it does for me? it make me want to learn even more.

when i was younger i dabbled into personal development, mindfulness, the metaphysical and alternative healing modalities. it intrigued me. it excited me. somewhere along the lines, i told myself i could never make anything of it, so i stopped learning what i wanted and only focused on what others wanted me to learn.

i am thankful for this opportunity right now. it's time to stop feeling sorry for myself. it's time to stop worrying what others will think. it's time to do what feels right to me.

if i can understand human behavior, the emotions associated with that particular behavior and how to change that developed pattern, i could greatly change my life. i could create the life of my dreams. and this is what i did.

learning is giving me the ability to create the physical body i choose, to feel better, to experience happiness, to inspire and connect with the people i care about, to marry my twin flame, to live in my dream home + more.

learning is a gift i can share with you. and I'm committed to it. 

i'm on a transformational journey. i love the emotions that are running through me as i write.

empowerment. excitement. joy. love

i am blessed to share my life with my wife. 

and it all came back to applying the strategies around making a difference in peoples lives. there are tools and strategies that when applied correctly can massively affect positive change in your life. i am living, breathing testament to it.

life supports me

i woke up with a pounding headache. one of those pains that reverberates from your forehead encapsulating your eyes and shoots to the back of your head. back and forth the energy quickens and speeds up - hunger. hunger pains hit me hard. 

relax and allow those feelings to pass my soul is with me now.

 
Derek Russell
 

feed your body, give your body nourishment. your body is a wonder land of opportunity. always there for you whenever you call upon him. support your body with proper nutrition, rest, exercise, and love.  

if you want to go somewhere, go there + know that life supports you. life loves you.

calling to my soul this morning, are you there? i'd like to channel you through me. are there other spirits there with you? they are free to come through as well. i'm beginning to recognize the incredible power i have when i ask for guidance.

and the creative juice flows.

love the gifts you share. you are becoming attuned to your higher life's purpose.

this is a very special moment. one that will never come again. feel each ounce of excitement. 

smile bigger + brighter than ever before. know that your gifts are within you. discover them, open up to them, and breathe in that deep place of knowing. you are well on your way.

we're proud of you derek. last night, you made a grand leap of faith. you activated the energy from within. instead of empathizing with someone else's worries and fears and bringing them into your life. instead of taking them on as your own, you stood firm. you stood from the castle of awareness. you kept the moat all around you. you were the giant that could not be taken down. you were the giver of love. your passion to help came through loud and clear. did you sense it? 

this gentle offering of service to another awakened the desire within you to create major breakthroughs in other peoples life - this is your calling. do you feel it? you are the next tony robbins and wayne dyer. your words flow with ease out of the depths of your soul.

continue to apply your wisdom. continue to read and write and implement. take action. take risks.

on saying goodbye to my perfectionism

i imagine what it feels like to live in complete abundance, joy and love all day every day.

free from pain and suffering. free from the chains holding me back. free from the beliefs i have held onto for so many years. 

today, i meditate again - before the sun shines her bright light upon me. 

 
the beauty of life inspires me and my paintings reflect this magnificence

the beauty of life inspires me and my paintings reflect this magnificence

 

thoughts swarm in. coming from all directions. thoughts about work. thoughts about people. thoughts about email. thoughts about stress. 

i become aware of the frustration brewing inside me as these thoughts come and take over my quiet time. but i remember to be easy on myself. i asked for a lesson. i asked for guidance. and my teachers have answered.

just because i grew up a perfectionist and that is what i know, does not mean that is how i need to respond in this moment. i choose to silently and as calmly as i can release all thought. to not let the thought create an emotion inside me that i do not want to experience. i can choose the thoughts which control my emotions. 

i can let go. i can open up to my life. i can change in this moment. i no longer need to be restrained with guilt for not being right. 

it's okay for me to be me. it's okay for me to make mistakes.

i reach deep within my heart for guidance - deeper than i have ever gone before. emotions surface, quickly my heart starts racing, beating faster and faster, fearful to let go. afraid of the backlash that i assume will rear it's ugly head, i wallow in my fears. 

i push back, and my spirit answers...

yes, you were a perfectionist but this choice for perfection does not need to stay with you. it does not need to be you.

if you continue to demand perfection from others, you will continue to demand perfection from yourself, and you will be miserable the rest of your life. 

your loneliness will grow and spread giving you more of what you don't want.

instead of going down this path any longer, choose to accept what is that is here for you now in this moment. learn from your mistakes, learn from the blessings that unfold as you allow yourself to be. be not afraid. there are no rules or laws that state you must keep all of your childhood beliefs. 

now do not begin to hate yourself for feeling this way. do not criticize yourself for living with this emotion pain for so long. simply say thank you to your soul for helping you understand who you are. embrace the beauty that is within you and let all those other feelings melt away.

i know this is hard for you. and more emotions will surface as you begin this process. this is normal and to be expected.

coming back to, but i'm afraid of what others will think. I'm scared of what will happen if things are not perfect. it is this unknown that lurks deep behind the walls i've built so high.

soothing guidance is sent back to me, answering me. trust the process and adopt this new thought pattern, the past has no power over me because i am willing to learn and to change. i see the past as necessary to bring me to where i am today. i am willing to release my resistance to change. i accept who i am. i love and approve of myself. and i choose to have fun doing this. all is well.

what freedom i feel when i say these words. i repeat them over and over. and calmness lightens my being.

wow, i am filled with joy and love. thank you

now, i'd love to hear from you, does your past have any power over you? or if you've overcome your limiting beliefs, what worked for you?

remember, thousands of amazing souls come here for inspiration, strategies, and insight, and your words may be exactly what someone else needs to hear right now to inspire them to overcome their fears.  

thank you, as always for reading and sharing your experience and insights with all of us. you are in an inspiration in my life.

i am love 

Derek Rusell
 

P.S. if you know anyone who is struggling with their own limiting beliefs, please share my story. hearing my story could really, really help them. 

on reconnecting to my soul

i had a calling to wake up today. it's saturday, i can sleep in. the alarm doesn't need to sound. but my body wakes up at 5am.

maybe it's because I asked myself before i closed my eyes last night to awaken me in the morning when my soul was ready to speak.

this is a completely new strategy for me. and sweet, it seemed to work.

i'm wanting more of my soul connection. i'm wanting to experience that divine connection to my all powerful source of being in every moment. i don't need to listen to my ego any longer.

my body turns over, my eyes not wanting to open just quite yet. i'm awake but why aren't i still asleep? and then i remembered. a sensation tells me to stop laying down, to stop looking over at the time wishing for it to be later. why does it need to be any later than it is right now? why can i not get up? my mind begins to analyze, critique, judge. 

i recognize i'm the only one telling myself whether or not to get up. 

so i stretch long, extend my arms and legs, pointing my toes - yes pointing my toes, love it! - and roll to the right swinging myself out of bed and onto the floor in one swift motion. that's how i remember it. i stand up. i look up. i want to hear what my soul has to say.

i meditate or rather i attempt to calm my mind from constant wandering and thinking. and for the most part, i'm successful.

it's weird how i am judging myself on how i meditate. it's my choice to meditate. it's something i'm learning to do. and it can be what i want. i don't need to judge myself on how i am failing to meditate while i attempt to meditate. my ego is screaming for attention. this is no game, there are no competitors, you are free to just be. 

i let my mind wander.

when i notice it drifting off again into another world of thought, i silently and graciously return my attention to my breathing. i focus on my nose. the freshness of life that enters and flows throughout my entire body. love fills me up.

 
derek russell meditate
 

immediately, calmness takes over.

and my message comes to me, i am moving beyond my ego in my day to day world. i'm letting my heart guide me.

i've only ever really been able to experience this freedom when i create art.

painting is my expression that brings me immediately to this place. this place where all fear inside me subsides, the chatter in my head disappears, and my soul communicates to me.

my soul talks to me, sending me messages.

i even get messages from spiritual beings outside of my own soul.

i let them come to me. i let them guide my paint brush. i let them choose the colors.

this message resonates within me, and i am brought back to my place in this amazing world we live in.

i love who i am. i'm growing. i'm learning. i'm accepting.

and i'd love to hear what you feel. have you ever tried asking for divine guidance to give you what you need?

your words are music to my eyes and inspiration for thousands of souls from around the world. may you be filled with joyous energy as you share your experiences with us. 

sending a soulful hug,

derek russell
 

The Journey of an Artist

18 years ago, I decided to create the life I want. On my own terms. My way. And I knew the power was within me.

I was 12 at the time. 

And I hated how I looked. I was fat, or as some referred to me as "plump". But either way, I was not happy with the way I looked. I was ashamed of myself. I dreaded having to change in the locker room before and after hockey practice. I'd turn away hoping nobody would see me with my shirt off.

I was afraid. I was scared of what the other guys would say.

I was jealous of their slender bodies and boy, they always seemed to have so much energy.

It hurt me deep down. It hurt me to know this is what I've got. And that I'm stuck with it.

Why me? I saw no escape. No way to hide my belly. I wished for a different body.

I didn't want to be associated with it. I hated it.

Until that one day when I decided it was time to change. I decided I needed to love my body. I needed to love who I was. And I knew I had the power within me to create the body I desired. 

I adopted a new way of thinking - a new way to view food. I really took the time to notice what I was putting into my body and whether it would help me or hurt me. I began eating food with the intention to heal myself, to grow stronger, to grow lean muscle.

But this too wasn't easy.

Now everyone was criticizing what I was eating. Will they ever stop?

I ignored them - this was my life, not theirs.

I was committed. I had a vision. I saw myself with the body I loved.

And I completely changed my physical appearance.

I lost 28 pounds in 10.5 weeks. My energy skyrocketed and my joy revealed itself for the first time in years. 

From that moment on, I knew I could create anything I desired. Anything!

Over the last 4 years, I began sharing my artwork with you.

Art allows me to express myself. It gives me an outlet of freedom where I connect to my highest source of being. 

It is my expression of love. It is natural. It is not forced.

I create art to give you a chance to give your soul what it needs most. 

And thousands of you answered. And you answered with such love. 

So I invite you on my healing journey, one of self acceptance, self discovery, and manifestation. And this video captures this moment in my life. 

I'm releasing my need to be perfect and am accepting who I am in this moment. I'm not trying to be someone I'm not. For years, I haven't wanted to share my story because I wanted to be accepted by all. And I was afraid if I didn't have everything perfect, I would not be putting my best foot forward. I would be showing you a side of me that I was ashamed of.

I know the quality of the video is poor, it's shaky - it wobbles all around. But I'm okay with that. For me, it's my way to continue to grow. 

I'm leaping into the unknown depths of my soul. I'm awakening that place where I am most vulnerable, that place where I do not have all the answers. It's so new to me. It's both exciting and scary. 

I'm been making excuses for years. So it's time for me to say goodbye to those old ways and to welcome in a whole new way of living. 

I know my art will reflect this shift.

I offer you love and inspiration as you look within yourself to find your strength.

There's power in recognizing this strength for yourself, so jump on into the comments below and leave as much detail as you can.

Your voice may be the inspiration and guidance that someone else needs to make that huge discovery.

As always, thank you so much for sharing your story. You inspire me

I AM,

Derek Russell
 

Celebrating the Visionary Wisdom of MLK

each and everyday, i allow my mind, body and spirit to be guided.

i train myself to let go of past limiting beliefs that no longer serve me.

i train my mind to release all my emotions giving me abundance in all that i do.

i train my mind to be free and open to all possibilities.

and by taking this time daily to go within, i create my world!

and today, i want to share the intentions i set forth through the wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr.

Prints  available here .

we all have a gift to share with the world. what is yours?

with love

derek russell
 

go after what you want

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
— Elinor Smith

i was reading an article the other day, i know i should have written down the website but i forgot, but i came across this quote by elinor smith and needed to share it. 

there is so much power in her words! 

so much so i want to repeat them so i remember to apply them in my life!

...people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. they went out and happened to things!

so so powerful

it's a great tuesday, it's the start of a new year, and i'm pumped

i'm ready to make things happen

opportunities are behind every door

it's my turn to start knocking

& unlocking the door to infinite possibilities.

i'm applying her wisdom right now as i write this blog

after i'm done, i'll be searching, researching and contacting interior designers, galleries, art advisors, & more to get onto their radar. i'm going to ask them questions. i'm going to rack their brains. they are the experts. it's time to start working smarter not harder. it's time to get more exposure. i can feel my art ready to explode out of me, and i want the world to hear it.

 
hanging loose with my wifey in hawaii!

hanging loose with my wifey in hawaii!

 

i'm making it big - it feels good to say that. hey i deserve it 

i'm building relationships with the right people 

i'm creating a business for myself that affords me the lifestyle i want

because i'm all about lifestyle design.

everything i do, i do because i am looking to spend more time with my family and friends doing the things i want to be doing. i want to be exploring. i want to be climbing mountains. i want to be making people laugh. i want to inspire. i want to heal.

if you resonate with my passion in this blog, please leave me a comment below. i'd love for you to share what tickles your funny bone, what inspired action do you want to take today that could change your life forever.

now go ahead and leave me a comment, you could even just say, hey derek, i'm here and i'm supporting you.

thank you for your wonderful insights

with magnificence

derek russell love
 

training + dedication + desire

If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.
— Lao Tzu

this is a daily practice for me. i know how important it is to focus my mind on what i'm wanting.

so with each and every day, i train my mind

i train my mind

to be open,

to be loving,

to be carefree,

to just be.

 
climbing a bamboo tree, just because

climbing a bamboo tree, just because

 

+ i'm expanding, my life is growing

i may be stressed at times

i may get defensive

i may get fired up

but i know

life is too short to worry

because

all that really matters is love.

 
wizzie! our love bubble, happy happy happy

wizzie! our love bubble, happy happy happy

 

in the comments below, tell us how you plan to implement this strategy that Lao Tzu offers us in your life starting today.

with love

derek russell
 

Top 10 Paintings of 2014

as i reflect on the past year, i realize that i grew -

i grew a lot!

it must have been my biggest growth year ever in terms of all areas of my life. & i'm so thankful.

& i'm even more pumped for my plans for 2015 - because it's going to be my BIGGEST year ever!

but before we head into 2015, i wanted to share my top paintings of 2014.

in no particular order...

 
"Boston Red Sox Celebrate", 20"x24", 2014, oil on canvas

"Boston Red Sox Celebrate", 20"x24", 2014, oil on canvas

 

let's see if the red sox can win the world series again in 2015! i know i'll be cheering them on.

this painting was created specifically for a boston red sox fan. she wanted something special she could give to her husband. it was energizing to recreate this celebration. a feeling came over me as i felt like i was on the field with them. a rainbow of colors surfaced giving this painting a vivid quality. her husband almost fell over with excitement when i unveiled it for him. he proudly displays it in their home in gloucester, ma

 
"Ayla & Dave Wedding Painting", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Ayla & Dave Wedding Painting", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

if there's one word i could use to describe this original wedding painting, it would be passionate!

 
"Governor Jeb Bush", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Governor Jeb Bush", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

i'm honored to be partners with gsv capital & brandlift as they have brought my art to many new levels this year. they asked me to depict in vibrant color some of the leaders in education as they wanted to show their support and generosity by gifting them their paintings. and what you see above & below are a series of portraits that were exhibited at the phoenician in scotsdale, az during the 2014 asu+gsv summit and then given to these influential people. governor jeb bush received his portrait and commented how good he looked. that's the beauty you can do with the brush

 
"Laurene Powell Jobs", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Laurene Powell Jobs", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

laurene powell jobs graciously accepted her painting from gsv capital

 
"Coach Lou Holtz", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Coach Lou Holtz", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

coach lou holtz smiled bright when he was given his portrait

 
"Magic Johnson", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Magic Johnson", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

magic johnson loved his!

 
"Secretary Penny Pritzker", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Secretary Penny Pritzker", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

secretary penny pritzker appreciated the gift and contacted me to put in on public display at the u.s. department of commerce.

 
"Reed Hastings", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Reed Hastings", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

reed hastings was very thankful for the kind gesture by gsv capital

 
"Samantha & Steve Wedding Painting", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Samantha & Steve Wedding Painting", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

another wedding painting depicting this couple's first dance to a live reggae band. the name of the song - love you more. both were blown away by how accurately this painting recreated their special moment at their wedding. tears even flowed - it was monumental!

 
"Bob Marley", 12"x16", 2012, oil on board

"Bob Marley", 12"x16", 2012, oil on board

 

a favorite by so many fans from around the world. many fine art prints have been sent all over the world. i'm excited to also announce this painting is being sold on musical products worldwide. swenk, a signapore based company, expects an explosion of sales in 2015.

what is your favorite painting i've created?

let us know in the comments below and tell us how art heals your mind, body & soul.

i'm so excited to hear what you share

with love & passion

Derek Russell
 

manifesting dreams into reality in 2014

a plan is nothing but a way for me to take inspired action. i find the process of planning is what truly opens up doors of opportunity for me. and right now at the end of 2014, i want to set myself up for success for the coming year by setting new goals. so join me as i share with you my success from 2014 and what worked and what i'd do differently over the coming year.

2014 started out with a bang and never let up.

hundreds of artists from Brazil, Philippines, United Kingdom, Kyrgyzstan, Australia, Turkey & Central Asia reached out to me thanking me personally for inspiring them to lead artistic lives. they all wanted to interview me - a truly inspiring time for me to know i'm helping others. but it's hard to find & balance the time. i'm in the works of writing a book so i can reach more creative souls.

Global Silicon Valley Capital commissioned me to create a series of portraits of iconic figures. some were to be licensed for use on their website, while others would be displayed at their office in Woodside, California. my goal is to build this relationship and over deliver every time.

 
Above: Custom crate with original paintings headed to Global Silicon Valley Capital  Below: Screen captures of GSV Capital's website

Above: Custom crate with original paintings headed to Global Silicon Valley Capital

Below: Screen captures of GSV Capital's website

 

meanwhile, i'd been trying to find a ring for kara, my twin flame, because i wanted to ask her to marry me. it took over 8 months & hundreds of jewelers until i discovered it. finally, i found the stone - a paraiba tourmaline from brazil. i had the stone set into a custom platinum band i designed to represent two waves crashing together. it was created by E.B. Horn in Boston, MA. thank you john!

needless to say i could hardly wait any longer. i needed to express my feelings for her. i popped the question on the top of her favorite mountain in the middle of winter during a blizzard. thankfully, she said yes.

man, i've been dreaming and visualizing this day since i was a freshman in high school. it feels so good to know i found the girl for me. i feel blessed knowing i can spend my life with her experiencing all the wonders of the world. dreams do come true with patience, dedication, and inspired action.

 
yup - we hiked the piper trail to the summit of Mount Chocorua for the proposal

yup - we hiked the piper trail to the summit of Mount Chocorua for the proposal

 

my mind was constantly racing with ideas as i was also trying to figure out a better way to market my art. how can i earn more passive income? i don't know about you but i'd rather be exploring the outdoors than working a 7-4 job. i know people do it - i've read books, i've heard stories, i've talked to people. my goal is to take a course in sales and marketing.

i teamed up with the vice president of Northern Composites out of Hampton, NH to bring motivation to their work place through words and art. it's a great start, and i'm super happy for this new relationship. now the question, how do i market to a larger audience? my goal is for my inspirational art prints to be in hundreds of hotels, businesses, schools + more this coming year

 
                                                   prints  available here

                                                   prints available here

 

i reached and passed 10K facebook friends! many thanks for my worldwide team of supporters - apparently i have a huge following in Korea. my goal is to triple that this year to 30K.

i collaborated with Prita Chhabra, a South Asian Recording Artist, Songwriter, & Activist to create a powerful image of her for the cover of her new CD. it was important for me to learn to take the necessary steps to make these connections. building lasting relationships is huge.

i signed many licensing contracts with schools and investment firms. my goal is to have 5 new major licensing contracts in 2015.

and then another dream came true. my art was gifted to leaders in education: Lou Holtz, Governor Jeb Bush, Reed Hastings, Magic Johnson, Donald Graham, Laurene Powell Jobs, & Secretary Penny Pritzker. check out the press release. my goal is be the artist the stars and leaders look to for art. oh and i plan to meet + greet all of them to show my appreciation for their support

 
5 of my paintings on display at the GSV + ASU Education Innovation Summit in Scotsdale, AZ

5 of my paintings on display at the GSV + ASU Education Innovation Summit in Scotsdale, AZ

 

and when the plane's soaring i know to stay in the cockpit. i was contacted by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding my portrait of Secretary Pritzker as she wished to put it on public display at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. happy dance!

i moved in with my fiance! wow this really happened? my goal for 2015 is to buy our dream home. expansive views + natural light + nature + artist studio

 
Silly time with Kara as the sun fades

Silly time with Kara as the sun fades

 

every year i like to give back to my community. this year I created an original Tom Brady painting and donated it to Do it for Donna - a registered 501c non profit charity raising funds to assist in cancer research, assist individual families affected by the disease and assist other 501c non profits helping families affected by cancer. i want to raise the awareness through the power of art

 
tom brady prints  available here  - all proceeds go to Do it for Donna

tom brady prints available here - all proceeds go to Do it for Donna

 

galleries from one of the art capitals of world, NYC, are reaching out to me, wanting to exhibit my work. cheers to believing anything is possible. i'm making the goal to be represented by 5 new galleries this year

and the good times keep rolling. SWENK, a Signapore based company, connected with me to create violin cases with my artwork. they have huge plans and are anticipating to explode in 2015. my goal is to establish myself and my art on the global scale for healing and inspiration

 
here's a pic from the 2014 Musikmesse Shanghai Music Tradeshow

here's a pic from the 2014 Musikmesse Shanghai Music Tradeshow

 

i was given a very exciting opportunity to paint lake winnipesaukee - delivery of the painting and unveiling party to be in early 2015. my goal is to build this relationship with these collectors in 2015 & bring more artwork into their luxury estate homes.

happy happy day. i married kara on a true fall day. it was sunny, brisk and windy with the foliage in full bloom - just our style. we celebrated with our family and friends. when i finally got clear in what i wanted by taking inspired action, my dream girl, my best friend and lifelong adventure buddy came out of nowhere. cheers to making 2015 even more magical

 
Two thumbs up -  now let me turn around already

Two thumbs up - now let me turn around already

 

and then we took a once in a lifetime hawaiian adventure. it was spectacular. so much love, inspiration, & joy.

i'm proud to say at 29 i'm in the best shape of my life. thank you. my goal is to continue living a healthy lifestyle, cooking ayurvedic foods, & exercising daily so i can help others reach their goals.

 
Livin' it up in the warm tropical waters of Hawaii!!

Livin' it up in the warm tropical waters of Hawaii!!

 

my art success soared as i was featured on the front cover of the French Magazine, Pote à Pote. i plan to continue to build my fan base with my inspiring stories, art, & healing opportunities

art advisors from Boston, MA are reaching out to me for paintings to meet their clients needs. my goal is to be represented by 5 new art advisors in 2015

over the past year i have manifested so much abundance into my life. all of my dreams that i've been focusing on for years are appearing in my life with effortless ease. i am very thankful and count my blessings daily.

what goals are you setting for yourself in 2015?

let us know in the comments below and share as much detail as you can. we’re stronger together and your insight may be just the thing that someone else needs to find their strength to set goals & manifest their desires.

thank you for reading and contributing to our community. 

i’m deeply grateful to you and can’t wait to see what goals you share.

with joy & excitement

derek russell
 

it's a no, until you ask!

for a long time, i lived in fear. i was afraid. i was afraid to be wrong.

i was scared to hear someone say no to me.

i know, such a simple 2 letter word.

but honestly, it ate away at me.

& not knowing what to do, i let it get to me.

i let hearing that one syllable word control me.

my mind would race with confusion. my head would pound.

it was awful.

but one day after hearing the word no, i understood

i could use that two letter word as motivation + inspiration 

the word didn't need to stop me

& it wouldn't.

 
here i am appreciating the beauty of the napali coast of kauai in her fullest wonder because i stopped being afraid of hearing no 

here i am appreciating the beauty of the napali coast of kauai in her fullest wonder because i stopped being afraid of hearing no 

 

why put life on hold?

why wait?

why live the same way day after day?

and if i didn't ask, the answer is pretty simple, no.

so if the answer is a no if you don't do anything, i realized if i did something there was the possibility that it might be a yes.

why wait any longer delaying my potential?

a no is only a no until i turn it into a yes

ask and be surprised

got feedback? i'd love to know...how, specifically, have you handled being told no? how did you respond to turn that no into a yes? what worked and what didn't? 

share your ideas and stories below

with love

Derek Russell
 

activating my inner power

what is inside my head? who is there? what are these thoughts?

pounding + loud voices + yelling

this isn't me, this isn't who i am. yet i'm sensing these awful demons in my head. why are they flooding my mind? there is no use for them - they are just there.

i'm confused & i don't like it. i don't like it at all!

i meditate. well, i attempt to meditate. i attempt to quiet my mind down because i know of the importance.

finally...i silence these thoughts.

and i feel i must surrender to the truth. i must accept life.

because what i am feeling is real yes but it doesn't need to be me. it doesn't need to stay with me. and when it comes again, i know i must have the self-love to surrender it right back, and let it fade away.

i'm just extremely anxious.

anxious about life, anxious about finding my first home.

i hate making excuses so i won't; this is my opportunity to grow

everything i need is coming to me when i need it.

i am patient. my dream home is coming to me effortlessly, easily, and quickly

i am ready for this growth. it's what i've been manifesting into my life.

i said yes & the universe is answering.

 
the beach is that way :)

the beach is that way :)

 

with arms wide open,

kara + i are ready. we're game.

we're ready for our new chapter together

ready to expand our souls

ready to listen to the love that is within us

ready to share our beauty with you.

i can see myself in our home. and let me just say this, the home is my absolute dream home. expansive views, lots of natural sunlight, and my own artist's studio!

and the home complements our adventurous lifestyle - it truly brings the outdoors in. it's in the best location.

i can feel it coming to us - it's right there, oh so close

i feel how magical and inspiring this place is. how my world opens up even more when i am there. i can feel my creative business really soar. how my love is shared. everything i see, everything i touch is beautiful. the love - the love that speaks the real me - shines so bright!

i'm so excited. these feelings feel so good!

as always, surrendering without love and without taking action is worthless so I want you to take a moment and listen to your feelings, is there something you desire but are not getting?

in the comments below, share with us specifically what it is - and the really important piece - tell us how when you see yourself with your desire how it makes you feel. is there another actionable insight you’re taking away from today’s message?

thank you, as always, for sharing and commenting with such kindness, enthusiasm and clarity.

xoxo

Derek Russell soulful sunday
 

my decision to choose abundance

3.5 years ago, i was ready

i was fighting bouts of depression. i felt lost. & i was scared.

i didn't want to admit anything was wrong with me. i'd try to remain cool, but deep down i knew my body was giving off an energy that said...i was sad.

it's always been hard for me to admit. i like to be happy. that's just who i am. 

but the more i pushed, the more life pushed back. and the faller away from myself i felt.

but i'm learning. i'm recognizing the opportunity i have to grow

and i'm trying hard to come clean with myself about my fears that have so dominated my life. 

fears that have been built up inside me for years. fears that i want to release because they no longer serve me

fears of rejection, embarrassment, + failure.

i was lonely.

and it felt like i was living a lie. i was working 70-80 hour weeks in construction with little or no time for myself. no time to relax. no time to play. and no time to create.

i didn't have a personal life. my job turned into my life. how horrible?

i was always the one that would rather go on an adventure, have more play in my life than work more hours for the same pay.

and so i'd criticize myself? i'd get mad at my life. and it would affect my relationships. especially my relationship with myself.

there was always an inner battle going on inside my head. i couldn't escape it! it terrorized me.

i was insecure. and these thoughts quickly consumed me. 

and when i finally stepped back after talking with my mom on a walk one afternoon, i understood what i was unconsciously doing to myself wasn't healthy. 

in fact it left me feeling depleted, lost, and hopeless.

i saw myself faced with a decision. 

i could either continue living like i was or rediscover myself.

clearly i wanted out but to do that i needed to accept my life.

i needed to appreciate myself. i needed to feel grateful for all the lessons my life was teaching me. i needed to go within for guidance.

and by making this conscious decision with myself i turned onto the road of abundance.

i accepted any mistakes i made. i realized i don't need to be perfect. besides it's way too much work and hassle.

and when i let go of the need to be perfect, i freed my soul!

i felt alive for the first time in years! 

 
enjoying my day in the mountains of vermont with my family

enjoying my day in the mountains of vermont with my family

 

it was incredible to feel this way. the joy, the passion, the love of life. everything seemed so beautiful. everything around me smiled back. my life filled with happiness.

i felt like me!

and that's when i started to create again. 

i felt connected.

the inspiration poured out of me. ideas flowed. opportunities started falling into my lap.

i love being me!

in the comments below I want to know-

have you ever had a fear of failure and overcome it? what exactly did you do?

what subconscious beliefs do you think may be getting in the way of your success and how can this process help you right now?

as always, thank you for reading and contributing. i’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say on this topic as it’s a really important one!

love

 

a white snowflake

a white snowflake kisses my face

another

+ another.

with beauty falling through the air -

soft and light -

 
i love catching snowflakes on my tongue

i love catching snowflakes on my tongue

 

i remember who i am.

i feel grounded;

i feel connected;

i feel alive.

life loves me. 

please leave me a comment below sharing how you connect to your inner self.

with happiness

derek russell
 

the ultimate question, why?

the other night i was curled up in a blanket with my wife, kara, chatting + sipping tea - sounds charming, i know. we don't have a tv so it's what we do. and yes, we actually enjoy this time together without the television.

anyways, i happened upon an article while surfing my news feed earlier that day and shared with her what the cheapest countries were to live in. i was shocked at how low the cost of living was in some countries. $70/month rent to live in a one bedroom apartment in nepal? and only $50/month for heat, electricity, water & trash? 

man, i could move there and live for an entire year for what it costs to rent here for one month! that's how they do it i exclaimed to her.

a sad expression formed on her face, I'm confused, i thought we were looking for a house?

and this was our opportunity to connect

we opened up about our feelings. what we wanted? what we needed? and then we let down our guards and voiced our fears. i confessed my fears of security and money. and how i wanted to make sure we lived the life we wanted but wasn't sure how to do it. and the fear of not having the time to experience everything i want to do. i put it all out there in the open - something i've been afraid to do in the past. it felt so good to bond with her. to really share my deepest fears & feel her support back for me. she poured her heart right back, and we shared a really special moment.

and we did something unexpected!

we exposed what i believe is the ultimate question, why? why do we do the things we do?

kara's eyes sparkled - i love when they do this by the way, "love is the answer"

i almost fell over when i heard her say those words, literally i was stunned.

no, not because i disagreed with her but more - i completely agreed with her!

i ran to get my computer.

i pointed at the screen, i wrote those exact words on my homepage earlier that day "love is the answer"

this is why i do what i do - love!

 
that's us on our honeymoon.  i love you kara

that's us on our honeymoon. i love you kara

 

i’d love to hear why you’re doing what you're doing. please leave me a comment below.

and as always, thank you in advance for sharing with such compassion and insight. so many souls come here each week for inspiration and support, and you never fail to deliver.

with love + excitement,

derek russell soulful sunday
 

looking back at college

i'm 29 now and wow, it's been over 7 years since i graduated from college!

i was talking to kara about her experiences in college, and i wanna reflect on my years.

what a journey.

from getting my heart broken freshman year - it all happens for a reason. i'm now married to my twin flame! You rock kara!!

to an unbearable amount of stress from school work - i probably did way more than i needed too

to an infatuation with life - i began to love who i was

to happiness + joy - i found peace with myself and fun times with friends.

i learned a ton during my 4 years of college and not just what i majored in. but each and every experience gave me the opportunity to gain insight and knowledge. it opened up my eyes to the abundance in the world.

i was a freshman when i picked up my first wayne dyer book, the power of intention. i remember being immediately hooked by his words. they echoed so real to me. i could sit for hours reading his stories. there was something very special in what he was sharing with me. 

it resonated within me - the energy, the power of his words. i knew what he said to be true. 

and so college was a time for me to discover myself - well more of myself i guess. i was on my own and i could do anything i wanted to.

besides the typical college stories of late nights, girls, the gym and bars,

i really connected to my higher spiritual self.

i needed too.

with all the stress and anxiety, not to mention workload, that my engineering curriculum put me through, i needed a way out. 

yes, i was a very determined student. i wanted to do well. and i was confident with my ability to excel in school. but it wasn't that it came easy to me. i had to work harder than ever. i had to spend more time studying and preparing - again i probably did way more than necessary.

i'd go through phases where i didn't want to be there! i hated it.

but my college years gave me the opportunity to learn, to develop, and to practice my skills

i'm thankful for these times as they taught me to move past the fear.

when i found and applied the teachings of tony robbins, i was able to take action immediate action in my life to make it better. 

soon, i realized i could do anything i set my mind too

anything was possible!

what i also learned that proved to help me on so many levels was to listen more to what my intuition was telling me.

instead of doing what others were doing, i'd ask my heart for guidance.

here's a funny story that happened on more than one occassion. sometimes when a group of us were preparing for a test at the library, i'd go find a comfortable armchair that i could move into a sunny spot to soak up the rays. maybe it was natures way of restoring me and giving me what i needed most. 

and then what i did next will shock you.

i'd place a book on my chest and close my eyes.

yes, while my classmates were studying, i was sleeping. i called it my way of absorbing the material. 

and i still do it today.

i didn't ask questions when i felt this urge to "absorb the material". i just trusted myself and released all the worry i had. besides i'd already studied for countless hours day after day and needed a break. i'd done all the homework and understood what my body and mind needed. and that was to feel relaxed. 

now, how in the world did i discover that trick?

in high school, i was lucky enough to have been able to study reiki and became a reiki practitioner. in the simplest sense, reiki is a form of relaxation.

and i used this gift to help me through the tough times. 

i needed a way to calm down, to relax, and to know all is well.

 
That's me on the far right with my buddies holding the banner before Commencement

That's me on the far right with my buddies holding the banner before Commencement

 

i don't even want to begin to tell you how many times i tried to get out of engineering, more than i can count - and i was good at math.

but every time i thought i had had enough and was changing majors, something didn't feel right. something felt off. 

i paid attention to this feeling and started to go with the flow, rather than fight it.

instead of being right all the time, i took the huge risk (for me anyways) of being happy. and you know what, i still made out all right, and i was able to have more fun.

i needed to accept myself - hard for me to say, even now reflecting back on it years later.

i needed to show myself the love i deserve

now, i’d love to hear from you. do you have a personal practice that helps you through the tough times? 

leave a comment below and let us know. so many incredible souls join us for insight and inspiration so thank you in advance for sharing your voice to the conversation.

with love + appreciation

derek russell soulful sunday
 

never grow up

remember when you were a kid and how innocent you were? how fun everything was?

i was thinking about this on my 55 mile commute to my "day job" this morning (I know I sound like my parents telling me how when they were in school they had to walk to school uphill both ways in the snow barefoot). have you heard a similar tune?

i say "day job" loosely because I'm only doing it for the security it provides for me and my family. there are bills to pay & mouths to feed. but as I listen to myself defend why I'm driving to a job that doesn't ignite my passion, I realize something SO important.

these thoughts are not mine -

but why do i constantly think about them? why am i dragging myself to work everyday? for what reason? if i'm thinking about them doesn't that mean they are mine?

after much struggle and confusion, my mind going cray cray, i offer this hypothesis to my own inner question. when we grow up, we learn to believe certain things to be true. we hear things, we see things and we evaluate based on our experiences. we then make educated decisions based on those experiences.

but what if those beliefs are just thoughts that we have been conditioned to believe. what if we could change those thoughts immediately?

so i tell myself - i'm gonna challenge it.

i'm not going to listen to what others tell me to do if it doesn't feel good to me

to me, life is an opportunity.

& possibilities are everywhere.

and everything that happens, happens for a reason.

my journey, my path, my life is shaped by my experiences, not by what you say to me or tell me

so yes, there is probably some lesson behind all this that i need to learn before i can move forward

so i think some more, i have plenty of time in the car to do that, and i remember when i was a kid. heck i'm still a kid

i remember a time when all I ever thought about was play.

i never worried.

i remember how the sun feels when her rays kiss my face

Photo courtesy of  Ayla

Photo courtesy of Ayla

and I think it's time to get back to that place. that place where i didn't worry. i didn't stress out.

i just enjoyed being -

being in every moment,

being present.

i need to get back to my roots.

i need to do what makes ME feel good and not worry what others have to say.

i need to laugh more.

i need to forget feeling the need to "grow up".

i need to be strong

i need to recognize that i am not here to just live day to day in the same job, doing the same thing for my entire life. i'm sorry but that's just plain boring!

so i ask myself this, what do i desire?

i love exploring nature. i love creating. i love sharing my expressions with you. i love connecting with the ones i love. i love seeing you smile. i love seeing you laugh. i love snow - wait what? sorry it's the first day of snow here and yay it brings back so many joyful memories.

i snapped this quick photo from my office overlooking the meadow beyond the trees.

i snapped this quick photo from my office overlooking the meadow beyond the trees.

now here's my first chance to take back control, to feel like me again

thanks for listening

Trust the process to make it big

Growing up, I was always considered shy and quiet. And I didn't really like it. It made me feel like something was wrong with me. Was I really shy? Do I need to change who I am and behave differently? Or is it okay for me to simply be me? Was I just being attentive and responsive? I always followed the rules, in fact, I rarely broke them. I was a perfectionist at almost everything I did. I wanted to excel; and the only way I knew how to do that was to follow the rules. And there would be rules for everything. If no rules were known, I'd create some in my head to follow.

And I would force myself to do things. Being extremely driven and motivated, which I love these qualities and will never give up, I'd put pressure on myself all the time. Granted this is a great quality, you may even be wondering what's wrong with this approach. But I've discovered something amazing. And it takes no effort at all. Yet most of us don't believe it works. We claim we need to work hard to succeed. Yet, I find when I go inward, when I meditate, when I find myself and listen to my soul, opportunities soar.

I notice when I focus my intentions and actions upon what I want, believe I have it and let it come to me, possibilities appear out of nowhere. Mind you, if you are coming at it from a place of fear or wanting or worry or anger, you are restricting the energy to you. You are not aligned. It takes time and practice to get into and stay in this state of pure awareness. It's a place when I am in complete relaxation. It's a time when goodness flows to me. And it pours in quickly and easily. It's like traveling down a river, as opposed to paddling recklessly upstream.

And it begins with simply observing my surroundings and going inward. This simple exercise has helped me cultivate a life of extreme success.

When I slow down and listen to life, the answers seem to come to me naturally. It truly is remarkable. I find balance and experience inner harmony. It makes me feel so good inside. I know I am living my purpose. And I'm living it with passion, excitement and love!

When I listen to and follow my breathing, I rediscover myself. It gives me time to reflect on my goals and visions. I enjoy writing about my successes and use my imagination to express my dreams. This openings me up to the intentions of what my purpose is. And when I understand my motives, the answers become clear. And I can reach new heights of awareness.

After meditating, I feel alive. Like my soul has been awakened with a spirit of love and abundance. I feel the creative juices flowing.

Please leave a comment below and tell me what tricks work for you...