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Our Great Expectations!

Expectations copyYou have to decide and define what your expectations for life are. If you don’t, it is almost guaranteed that life will not happen the way you want! Don’t let life just happen. Nature is always in the process of reclaiming itself back to its natural state. If you let life just happen, it may strip away everything you actually want in your life.

BUT-when you are defining expectations you MUST BE HONEST! If you want to be rich and famous, that’s okay, but own it & set your goals accordingly. It is also OK not to want wealth and fame. It is perfectly possible to make a reasonable living as an artist. Society seems to have a perception that in the realm of artists, actors, musicians, etc. it is either “starving artist” or “rich & famous”, with nothing in between.

Expectations cartoon copyMichael Jordan said, “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”  Other people will, without a doubt, have expectations for your life. You cannot let other peoples expectations (positive or negative) be your guide. You must choose your own path. Conversely, we expect support or encouragement from our loved ones but often these people are not able to give it. We must relinquish them of that responsibility . It will free us up to continue moving forward in our chosen lives without the constant need for their approval. Think of it as agreeing to disagree about your life choices. It is easier to love others if you don’t expect to be understood by them.

Define what you expect from yourself and go in the direction of your expectations. Take the steps necessary. Be sure that you make an honest and real evaluation of where you are now. You have to let go of previous expectations and start from where you are now in this point in space and time. Defining expectations is a renewable process and not a one time event. It is never too late to get your shit together! You can start this process wherever you are, regardless of age, finances, or circumstances. Make sure that your expectations are ones that will make you happy, not just “successful.”

Don’t forget to take time to appreciate and be thankful for what you have already achieved in life and for all the blessings you are already surrounded with!



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Creativity ~ Curiouser & Curiouser

Curioser & CuriouserThe demands of life, practicality, and logic- they all hinder and dull curiosity.  It’s easy to get bogged down by life, curiosity is what helps to keep life interesting.  When we devalue curiosity and devalue learning for the sake of discovery, we take away a joyful and meaningful life. Curiosity brings LIFE!

If you want excitement in your life, if you want to revive your life, start taking notice of the small things you take for granted. Curiosity and creativity are intrinsically linked. Curiosity is the fuel for creativity.

Curiosity is typically thought of as outward exploration of our world, but curiosity is not just external, but can be internal as well as we ask the question, “Who am I?”  When we follow the curious journey inward, we are better able to excavate our true selves and create for ourselves a fulfilling life.

Not everyone is going to understand or jump on board with your weird curiosity. Their weirdness may end where yours begins. But ignore that! Just keep going. Keep looking, keep investigating. Keep being curious. You will discover some amazing things you didn’t know before.

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Curiosity leads to success. People who change the world do it through curiosity. Revolutionaries who change things and bring justice to the world do so because they are curious. “What does the world look like when we are all equals?” Inventors have asked questions like, “What does the world look like  when we can fly?” and when the answer for this curious question was found, life as humanity knew it, changed.

Roger Ebert said, “Socrates told us, ‘the unexamined life is not worth living.’ I think he’s calling for curiosity, more than knowledge. In every human society at all times and at all levels, the curious are at the leading edge.”

It is the people who are chasing their curiosities who change things in this world. They bring change and beauty and life to the world because they are not afraid to ask questions and curiously explore out new answers.

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3. Love and Creativity

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Shawn and Missy Hancock discuss the relationship between creativity and love and how to use love to overcome the fear and disbelief that is hindering your creative life.

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2. Why We Need Creativity

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This episode takes a look at not only why mankind needs creativity but how it benefits each of us on a personal level- from generating happiness to safeguarding sanity. Shawn and Missy showcase the value in your own creativity and provide practical advice in finding the path to your best creative life.

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1. Podcast Intro!

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Husband and wife, Shawn and Missy Hancock introduce themselves, their six creative kids, their creative podcast producibility son-in-law, and their mission to encourage your creative soul as they reflect on and share stories and personal experiences illustrating the infinite value and purpose of pursuing the creative life.

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Life the Way We Want It

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“How about we draw together?” she suggested. My daughters wanted to spend time with me and in my stressed out, frazzled, grown-up world I asked, “OK…sure…what does that mean?” I had been wanting to read To Kill A Mockingbird out loud with my younger children like I had done with my older kids when they were younger. “Do you want me to read aloud? Or do you want to play a game?” I remembered guiltily that I had turned them down the last time they asked me to play a game. We looked at our collection of games, but the girls weren’t in the mood for any of them. And then, as simple as that, “How about we draw?” Why didn’t I think of that? I would spend hours writing and drawing when I was a kid. For that matter, I have spent hours throughout the years drawing with my kiddos. But sometimes we get lost in responsibility and we forget the important things.

Immediately the paper, and a new colorful set of Sharpie markers, some colored pencils and Prismacolors all materialized and we were drawing pictures together. As parents, we forget that our children just want to hang out with us. They want to talk about things. They want to know us. And in our adult state, we forget how easy this can be. The other day, Jazlyn, one of our eleven year old fraternal twin daughters made cookies while I made dinner. We shared the kitchen, me making the main course and her covering dessert. And we talked and laughed and just enjoyed working side by side.

Far too often, my mind is working ninety to nothing trying to figure out how to make a success of myself and I almost miss making a success in the most important way—with the ones I love. We have two grown children who are out on their own and one on the brink of flying away, so trust me, I know how fleeting the time one has to develop close relationships goes! Remember, it’s not just in the big things, extravagant outings & vacations that relationships grow, it is in the impromptu bike rides, in making dinner or washing dishes together. Love grows in the very simple things. Things like sitting down around the coffee table together and drawing pictures.

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Don’t waste time thinking about what you did or didn’t do yesterday—start living life the way you want it, today!