The New School Library

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Give your true gifts this holiday season

I love beautiful things, especially those that are artfully crafted and imbued with the essence their creators, be they physical objects or less tangible creations such as an offering or an experience. Traditionally, “things” are what we choose to give as gifts during the holiday season, but this year, I am encouraging you to consider also giving another kind of gift – the...

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6 stories keeping you stuck in your old job inspired work lesson

This is an era of evolution like no other. We are being invited to step into a completely new paradigm both as individuals and as a humanity. If you are feeling the inner call towards something more expansive than what was before, then you know what I’m talking about. In relation to your work, you may also be feeling the desire for something more. You might be wanting to discover the work...

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Whose work do you celebrate? inspired work

There are tremendous new potentials being called through us at this time and I perceive us to be the generations who are responsible for creating the work of the future.

“Seek and celebrate the innovation and the evolution. It needs to be seen by us to grow.”
~ Lee Harris

These words struck a chord with me. If you don’t know who Lee Harris is, he refers to himself as an...

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Aligning your work with your core values

When I used to teach business and self-employment skills in the classroom, as an exercise, I required the students to identify their core values. Core values are a set of principles that reflect what matters most to you. If you are in a field of work where many people are offering similar types of products or services, embodying your core values is one of the easiest ways to distinguish...

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You are at the centre of your vision assignment vision

At a time when the world feels at odds, there is an understandable urge to want to effect change. However, as individuals, we have no power to change others. We do have the ability to change how we show up in the world. Your impact emanates from who you are being. And who you are being is determined by your vision.

Your vision is a core guiding principle for your life. It is...

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The key stages to discovering your inspired work inspired work lesson

So many of us seek inspiration outside of ourselves, when in fact, it can only come from within. Your work is not “out there” – it comes from within you. Your only real “job” is to get into alignment with who you really are. When you do, you open to a source of energy that sets you on fire.

In this video, I share my story about rediscovering my own inspiration and...

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How to discover your work when you feel lost inspired work lesson

Hiking is an activity that suits my personality well. I love having steady forward momentum. Along with my adventure buddy, I have hiked several thousand kilometres summiting dozens of different peaks throughout multiple mountain ranges. We are both skilled at finding our way in the wild, but there are definitely occasions when we get turned around, even lost. Though, as I like to say,...

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Nobody wants to work anymore. Or do they? inspired work story

If the work is disconnected from anything meaningful, then of course nobody wants to do it. Why would we? As a humanity, we have awakened to the notion that our lives matter and that our time on this planet is brief. We’ve been shaken out of the status quo and rushed pell-mell into a brand new reality. In this new world, many of us are feeling the call to make a genuine contribution...

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Feeling inspired is your natural state of being guide inspiration

“I just realized I’ve never felt inspired in my life,” he said softly. The room went quiet in respect for his vulnerability. It was early days in the Vision Program when I used to teach in a classroom setting. As a group, we were exploring the question “What does feeling inspired feel like?” There’s something fascinating about inspiration – even just...

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What it takes to venture out onto your own path inspired work lesson

A few years ago, I attended my 25th-year reunion for my university class where I attained my degree in chemical engineering. Before the event, I was hesitant to go. During my time in the program, I always felt like a bit of an outsider, and that’s saying something given it’s a group of people who often already felt on the edges of society. Having said that, I enjoyed my stint at...

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Let the story of “suffering” drop away

If you’re anything like me, your computer might be blanketed with sticky notes that feature little blurbs of insight you have picked up while reading or listening to this or that. Right now, I have 15 of them. One in particular falls off regularly, and I keep picking it up off my desk and pressing it back onto my monitor. It just fell off again for the umpteenth time, and when I went to...

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The creative journey can be better together community creativity inspired work

No matter how capable we are, the act of creating our inspired work can be fraught with challenges that can sometimes be more easily navigated when we are travelling in the company of others.

I glanced over at the pair of them laughing together and I longed for the same. I’ve always prided myself on my fierce independence, but given what I had just been through, I sure would have...

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