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  1. Zen for Ten {Day 6} BE A BEGINNER

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    Ponder this

    How do you know if you are going to love doing something if you have never tried it? So to do what you love, you need to be prepared to be a beginner.

    If you make a leap to something new and different, it is inevitable that there will be things you need to learn. And the fact is, you are not going to get it completely right first time. That is just something you need to accept.

    You can either come at it with a stubborn, frustrated, closed mind, or you can come at it as a hopeful beginner, willing, open and ready to learn. (Hint: The latter always gets better results). Once you know what you don’t know, and you commit to learning it, that is half the battle won. Consider new challenges as stepping stones to doing what you love, and suddenly they seem a whole lot more exciting.

  2. Zen for Ten {Day 5} FOCUS

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    Ponder this

    Often, when we are on the cusp of a major change, our heads are awash with ideas and we have no idea where to start. We can find ourselves going round and round in circles, talking ourselves into something, and then talking ourselves out of it. We can get so excited about the prospect of doing something different, that we take a scattergun approach and don’t actually move forward with anything significant. If you feel like that it’s time to focus.

  3. Zen for Ten {Day 4} OPEN YOUR EYES

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    Ponder this

    Are you paying attention to your life? Do you stand by and observe things happening to you, or do you truly see your life, and play an active part in it? Do you remember what you did yesterday, last week, last month, this time last year?

    Are you taking the time to notice the beauty in the world around you? To find pleasure in simple things? To reconnect with what used to make you happy?

    Are you curious about the world? Do you give your mind enough time to ponder, investigate and discover? When was the last time you felt awe and wonder?

  4. Zen for Ten {Day 3} CLOSE YOUR EYES

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    Ponder this

    Often closing off one sense can heighten other senses. The same can be said for the sixth sense – intuition.

    Sometimes shutting off outside noise, and really concentrating on what is within can help us tune into our intuition more closely, and help us navigate through to where we want to be. Often we consider ‘passion’ to embody something active and exciting, but sometimes it is best recognised in a quiet place where you can feel your heart quicken, notice your temperature rise, taste a sense of delight, and lose all sense of time. Often discovering what you love is less about reinventing yourself, and more about finding yourself – the self that is already there. Close your eyes and listen to what you have to say.

  5. Zen for Ten {Day 2} MAKE SPACE + SIMPLIFY

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    Ponder this

    Modern life encourages us to acquire ever more stuff. Better cars, more clothes, the latest gadgets. And oftenwe hang on to all the bits and pieces we have accumulated without any real need for them. The result is that our homes – which should be our sanctuaries – become stuffed with plastic and metal, or become shrines to our past.

    If you are not doing what you love right now, that means something has to change. And for that to happen, you have to make space for something new. If you are surrounded by stuff and constant reminders of the life you have been leading up until now, it is very hard for your mind to embrace fresh ideas, expanded possibilities, new dreams. Having a life detox – however simple or radical – can work wonders for you. Make space for possibility, minimise distractions and open your mind.

  6. My Zen for Ten Day 1

    ZEN FOR TEN DAY 1: Today is all about slowing down and breathing. After seemingly non-stop craziness since Sienna was born just over three months ago, boy do I need this!

    So… we have booked ourselves into a spa, moved most of the to-do list to next week and are committed to taking it easy this week.

    I have been playing around with the photography apps on my iPhone and am in love with the Diana app. I am going to spend lots of time taking pictures during my Zen for Ten, as it really calms me down and makes me notice more. Here’s my Diana app picture of Sienna + cherry blossom.

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  7. Zen for Ten {Day 1} SLOW DOWN + BREATHE

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    If we let it, life rushes past. We get caught up in to-do lists, obligations, other people’s deadlines. Sometimes it seems as if we wear ‘busyness’ as a badge of honour. But just being ‘busy’, being in constant motion, can blow up a cloud of dust which obscures the real view – the view of life in each moment. If you keep on running in the direction you are heading you may end somewhere you don’t want to be, fast. Sometimes we all just need to slow down, breathe deeply and take it all in.

  8. Need some free creative business guidance?

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    My friend Jennifer Lee is hosting her 4th annual Right Brainers in Business Video Summit. This is a fantastic free event, packed with interviews with brilliant people, including our very own collaborator Lilla Rogers, one of the top art agents in the world. Lilla is one of the wisest women I have had the pleasure of working with, and she tells it how it is. Her interview goes live tomorrow (Tuesday) but the summit starts today.

    Book your free place here for the summit and get some useful insight and advice to carve out your own path to sustainable success.

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  9. Zen for Ten – our free 10 day mini chill out begins today. Join us!

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    Sometimes life gets so hectic you hardly have time to think, let alone dream and plan the road towards doing what you love. We have had a crazy few months at DWYL HQ, so we are dedicating April to quiet, reflective time.

    As we search for meaning in our busy lives it can be hard to tune out the noise and listen to what we really want to offer the world. You are invited to join us for Zen for Ten – a simple ten day programme to help you slow down, tune in and light up.

    This is based on our popular resource ‘Zen and the art of doing what you love’ and it is free to participate.

    It will help you be more present, get quiet and focus.

    It will help you see more beauty.

    It will let you travel lighter.

    And it will get you on the road to doing what you love, for life.

    Just enter your details here and you will receive daily emails for ten days starting today, with beautiful imagery, short exercises and inspiring prompts.

    We cannot wait to breathe more deeply, live more slowly and appreciate life more during this special ten days. See you there.

  10. First wedding anniversary!

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    I can hardly believe a year has flown since I turned up at a tiny little chapel in Honiton, Devon, in a vintage VW Beetle, to marry the love of my life.

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    We have documented much of our first year together here on the blog, but there are so many tiny moments of laughter, care and thought that make me feel incredibly lucky to be married to Mr K, and to now have this very special bundle in our lives. Full hearts here.

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     Need a break from your hectic life? Join ‘Zen for Ten’

    Sometimes life gets so hectic we hardly have time to think, let alone dream and plan the road towards doing what you love. We have had a crazy few months at DWYL HQ, so we are dedicating April to quiet, reflective time.

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    As we search for meaning in our busy lives it can be hard to tune out the noise and listen to what we really want to offer the world. You are invited to join us for Zen for Ten – a simple ten day programme to help you slow down, tune in and light up. This is based on our free resource ‘Zen and the art of doing what you love’ and it is free to participate. It will help you be more present, get quiet and focus. It will help you see more beauty. It will let you travel lighter. And it will get you on the road to doing what you love, for life.

    Just enter your details here and you will receive daily emails for ten days starting on Monday 7 April 2014, with beautiful imagery, short exercises and inspiring prompts.

    We cannot wait to breathe more deeply, live more slowly and appreciate life more during this special ten days. See you there.