Outside The Box

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What screws us up most in life

is the picture in our head

of how it is supposed to look.

Ever wish you could venture out of the “norm” by wantonly thinking outside the box? What are the “Yes, but’s” that create the mental walls of your box?  Once you begin to question your beliefs, you will be surprised at how many you took on that you got from other people. Here are some of the common ones that keep us all stuck in proverbial ruts.


  • Yes, but I don’t want to be all alone
  • Yes, but no one will ever love the real me
  • Yes, but this relationship is better than nothing
  • Yes, but at least I know what to expect


  • Yes, but it has never successfully been done before.
  • Yes, but I have a mortgage and bills to pay.
  • Yes but my whole family have been. lawyers/doctors/bankers/accountants.
  • Yes, but I’m too old to begin a new career.


  • Yes, but what will people think?
  • Yes, but what if I look silly or I FAIL?
  • Yes, but it’s not acceptable to risk security to explore a whim.
  • Yes, but that’s not how everyone else is doing it.

Any of these sound familiar?  Challenge these negative beliefs with positive affirmations that support exploring outside of the box. Begin by questioning one belief that does not resonate with your true desire. Do something more in-line with your gut feelings. When no one dies, you will realize just how self-imposed the walls of your mental box actually are and how much you’ve compromised adventure and spontaneity for safety and mediocrity. You will be amazed at how happy and fulfilling making a change can be.

I thought I would share some examples of people who I have recently discovered that are living their passion outside the box of traditional classical music. Just listening to them inspires me to think outside the box!

And just when you thought we were really outside the classical music box, get a load of THIS!! This is AMAZING!!

Thank you for not being normal with me

Now that we are frolicking outside the box, here are some resources to help you stay put!

Origin:  A great new puzzle game that debuted  this year. Free for IOS and Android.

Daily Affirmations:   A free Louise Hay web site that shares a daily affirmation.

TUT.com:  Register to receive an uplifting and personalized positive email from “The Universe.” (My personal favorite!)

Simple Abundance: A Day Book of Comfort and Joy  From Barnes and Noble, a book of 366 evocative essays-one for every day of your year-that shows you how your daily life can be an expression of your authentic self. 

Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self  From Amazon.  “Passion is truth’s soul mate,” writes Ban Breathnach in this follow-up to her stupendously successful Simple Abundance.

May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness, by Gabrielle Bernstein.  Change the way you view your daily lives, including  relationships, finances, bodies, and self-image.

Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life’s Magic, by Mike Dooley, how to start, where you are, to create the life of your dreams. I recommend getting the audio version because this man is such a fun and dynamic public speaker! He will have you rolling on the floor!

Self-Care Card App. by Cheryl Richardson, for iPod Touch and iPhone. Motivational card “draw” that inspires all to practice the art of self-care.




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