Number 7 blog post in Zen and the Art of Doing What You Love

This is post 7 in my 10 post blog series on Beth Kempton’s PDF titled “Zen and the Art of Doing what you Love.” You can check back here to see 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and the first post here. The Steps and journal prompts are taken from the PDF.


Journal prompts: What big things have you achieved in your life so far? (Big thing = something you are proud of, not necessarily to do with work) If you trace it all the way back, what was the very first step you took towards that? Do you remember how you felt? If you could go back in time and speak to yourself back then, what would you say?

Raven Art Kindred Spirits

© Lindy Gaskill, Kindred Spirits, 8″ x 8″, acrylic on wood

These are big questions. It made me sit back and think awhile. It made me look forward to the future and look back at my past.

I would have to say one thing that was big was moving to Prescott, Arizona from Bend, Oregon in 2011!

I remember how it felt. It seemed overwhelming! Having to pack up all our stuff, sell our house, find a new one in Prescott and then move! We had to break the steps down or I don’t think we would be where we are today. We made lots of lists too which helped stay organized.

But first it took visualizing where we wanted to live in Prescott. Once we decided we were going to move there we had to start looking for a house to buy.

I recently rediscovered a notebook I had written in before we found our place. It was a list of all the things we wanted in a house and property in Prescott. It was a list of 30 items. The place we bought has 25 of those items. I love that we found a place so close to what we were looking for. And what wasn’t there when we first bought it, is now as we have turned it into “our” place and transformed it to what it is now.

If I could go back in time and speak to myself back then, what would I say?

I would say, “I hold no worry.”

That sure would have relieved a lot of stress! Everything turned out and we really didn’t need to worry about anything. Looking back it is so easy to see. But when I’m in the midst of a stressful situation I tend to be a worrier. It’s something I’m working on for sure. Here’s a good story about those lessons.

What about you? Any big things happening in your life and how are you feeling about where you are now?

One thought on “Number 7 blog post in Zen and the Art of Doing What You Love

  • November 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    So bright and fitting for the end of October. I really love this design.
    And as to your story.
    We recently moved 75 miles away but our day jobs are still a commute.
    I envision every day that it will be better.
    I have started working part time locally and have some things to work out but mostly all is good.


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