success

i'm coming out of hiding

so yesterday my wife showed me a video about buddha and it inspired me.

it got me to stop taking life so seriously - well i'm on my way, it might not be an overnight thing - especially when it comes to what other people are offering me if i don't want what they are offering. because when i don't take their anger, their frustration, their disappointment personally, it stays with them. it is their anger, their frustration, their disappointment. not mine

well i applied this principle today at my current full time job as a project engineer. i know i never say much about what i do outside of art. its because its a job, like most others - it pays the bills.

but what if i'm tired of doing something to just pay for the bills?

for the past 13 years, i've been researching and learning the secrets of some of the most successful people because i know there's a way. i know there are secrets they can offer. and that's inspiring too. super inspiring. in fact everyday for 2 hours a day i read and learn about how i can improve my life. i'm always looking to grow.

i guess sometimes i get too impatient. when i want things i want them now. not later. not tomorrow but now.

i know this may sound strange but i hear my calling. it is beckoning me

its time to listen again. its time to tune in. its time to believe.

 

what do you live for?

begin each day with yourself. your true self. what do you do? do you follow your heart? are you living from a place of fear and lack or from a place of trust and prosperity? 

make today great. it all begins with you. it starts up here - in your minds eye. can you envision life the way you wish it to be? or are you stuck in fear? are you holding yourself back from your deepest desires? are you creating your own blocks to your true success? do you even know what success looks like?

let go of the doubt. let go of the voice inside your head telling you you are not good enough. let go of the chatter. stop living to get approval from others and start living for yourself. connect with this all creative energy. be lifted. we are here for you. 

you are meant to be great. you are a creative spirit. a creative soul with much to share with the world. when are you going to let it out? when are you going to let the truth free? 

it is time to trust again. it is time to free your mind. release any past "knowing" - it no longer serves you. AND do what you feel is right. 

i'm on my journey and loving it. yes there are days, there are weeks and months and even years when i question who i am, what i am doing and what my life is all about anyway. its normal to have these feelings. its normal to have doubt. its normal to be scared. you don't need to do everything perfect. you don't need to be perfect. you are a success just the way you are.

i get up each morning and connect to my source of creation. this daily activity aligns me. it puts into balance again. 

it doesn't take long, it doesn't require any special equipment. it just takes commitment from you.

what will you do today that will put you in the direction of your dreams. leave me a comment below and share with all of us, what you intend to do today,

Oprah & Wayne Dyer Speak on the Art of Manifestation

these two souls have had a huge impact in my life, and i am so thankful their messages about life came to me. they were meant to be.

here is a short video of oprah and wayne dyer discussing the art of manifestation on the oprah winfrey network. - it's a must see for anyone wishing to bring more clarity and focus into their life.

this is the direction my art is moving into. so powerful to feel this guidance

as always, i'd love to hear from you, what was the most important idea from this video that you plan to apply into your daily life and why?

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
 

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...